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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

.. and YET ANOTHER WATERMELON BAG 1

free crochet watermelon bag pattern

.. and YET ANOTHER WATERMELON BAG 1

As I was working on my second watermelon inspired bags, I came up with an idea for another one – inspired by something I’ve worked on before.  The 2nd bag was worked with a circle and though it turned out pretty good, I thought that it could have had a slightly ‘flatter top’.  I am hoping that this one will achieve that.
That said, my earlier watermelon bags look awfully cute too ;)

The beauty of this bag is that you can make it in just about any size you want.  Just go ahead and increase the rounds, and you’ll have a larger bag.  Throw in a few black beads and you get an authentic watermelon slice with seeds !

I’m making this bag also, to be used to put in toilet accessories – so it does not require a handle.  I am, however, giving you links for lining the bag and adding an I-cord if needed, so you can make this a nice hanging bag too.

With this blog, you get a whole load of new bag ideas.. and if you like swag / potli bags, then you get a whole load of those ideas too.. check out the links at the end of this blog J

Finally, please note that I use two colours for my notes (which can be extensive and reallllllly detailed ;) ) so that the words pop out at you.  May I suggest that you save the blog and use it (without printing) directly from your laptop or tablet so that we can save paper and help our environment, while making this lovely project and spreading smiles.  Cheers :)

Materials used : Polyester purse yarn in cones , with a 4 mm crochet hook

Info for Non-Indians : This polyester purse yarn is a local yarn and has a 4-ply or sport ply thickness.  If interested it is available at Pradhan Stores (in Mumbai) via Facebook. The other international yarn I have used of this gauge would be "I-love-this-cotton" cotton from Hobby Lobby, but it does not have the sheen of my yarn.

Stitches used :
 fdc : Foundation Double Crochet : This is a unique way of starting a project directly with a row of double crochet stitches.  This makes your whole project neat and even.. in a way that you need to do once, to agree!  If you are familiar with fsc, you’ll wonder why you never used this start before !

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3,I’d like to introduce a lovely way of starting a double crochet row.  Do take a look at this self explanatory super video
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using this chainless dc start.

How to carry your yarn along when using more than one colour : http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-carry-yarn-in-crochet.html


How to make a rounded cord for the handle : View the video link below for a really simple way to make a rounded cord handle for your handbag.  http://vimeo.com/88972371

How to make an I-cord : A neat way to make an I-cord in this video by June at http://www.planetjune.com/blog/how-to-crochet-an-i-cord/

How to line the bag : View the link below to see how to easily line your handbag. http://pattern-paradise.com/2014/06/12/tutorial-how-to-line-a-crocheted-bag/

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Abbreviations used : (Using U.S terminology)
lp(s) : Loop(s)                                                 sc : Single crochet
dc : Double crochet                                     sp : Space                                 
sl-st : Slip stitch                                              ch : Chain
st(s) : Stitch(es)                                              hk : Hook
yo : Yarn Over                                              

As usual, before we head off into our project, let’s take a quick look at what we’re working on today.  We will work two halves to our bag and then we join the two halves together, put in a zipper along the flat top end, line it .. and voila we’re done with our lovely bag. 

You can use this pattern to make any bag (i.e not just watermelon but any semi-circular fruit), but if you’re making the watermelon bag, you need to use the three colours – red, white and then green.

So we will start with a fdc strip and work back and forth along this strip on both sides.  So if you are working on a larger bag, just increase the length of your start fsc strip.


Part 1 : Front / Back of the bag
Make two pieces

free crochet watermelon bag pattern


Start Row 1 (with red yarn) : with 8 fdc.
We will now turn and work these 8 sts, at the end we will work around the last fdc and along the back of these same stitches.

Row 2 : (with red yarn) : dc in the 1st 7 fdc ; 7 dc in the next fdc ; (turn and work along the back of the fdc) ; dc in each fdc till end.  Turn.

Row 3 : (with red yarn) : dc in the 1st 8 dc ; 2 dc in the next dc ; dc in the next dc ; 
3 dc in the next dc ; dc in the next dc ; 2 dc in the next dc ; dc in the last 8 dc.  Turn.

Row 4 : (with red yarn) : dc in the 1st 10 dc ; 2 dc in the next dc ; dc in the next dc ; 
3 dc in the next dc ; dc in the next dc ; 2 dc in the next dc ; dc in the last 10 dc.  Turn.

Row 5 : (with red yarn) : dc in the 1st 12 dc ; 2 dc in the next dc ; dc in the next dc ; 
3 dc in the next dc ; dc in the next dc ; 2 dc in the next dc ; dc in the last 12 dc.  Turn.

Row 6 : (with red yarn) : dc in the 1st 12 dc ; (2 dc in the next dc ; dc in the next dc) ; rep (to) once ; 3 dc in the next dc ; dc in the next dc ; 
rep (to) 2 times ; 
dc in the last 11 dc.  Turn.

Row 7 : (with red yarn) : dc in the 1st 12 dc ; (2 dc in the next dc ; dc in the next dc) ; rep (to) 2 times ; dc in the next dc ; 3 dc in the next dc ; dc in the next 2 dc ; 
rep (to) 3 times ; dc in the last 11 dc.  Turn.

Row 8 : (with red yarn) : dc in the 1st 12 dc ; (2 dc in the next dc ; dc in the next dc) ; rep (to) 4 times ; dc in the next dc ; 3 dc in the next dc ; dc in the next 2 dc ; rep (to) 5 times ; dc in the last 11 dc.  Turn.

Change to white yarn. Fasten off red yarn.

Row 9 : (with white yarn) : dc in the 1st and in each dc till end.  Turn.

Change to green yarn. Fasten off white yarn.

Row 10 : (with green yarn) : dc in the 1st and in each dc till end.  Fasten off and weave in ends. 


free crochet watermelon bag pattern



Part 2 : Side for our bag

For the sides of our bag, I have decided to make a flat rectangle which I plan on attaching around the sides of the green watermelon part.  This will give our bag a little thickness / space.

For this, please first count the number of stitches you have in your last row (so check either or both the green and white rows). 
You should have the same number of stitches for both the halves of your bag.

This is the start number of stitches that you will use for your rectangle.

Start Row 1 : With green yarn :
(Using fsc for the number of stitches you just counted) : with as many stitches as needed / counted.  Turn.

Rows 2 - 4 : (Using green yarn) : sc in the 1st fsc and in each fsc till end.  
Fasten off.


Finishing : 
Now all we need to do is attach this long rectangular strip to the sides of the bag only from one end to the other along the green section.

Using one of the methods below, please join the flat strip to the rounded purse.

How to single crochet join :  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmYEsHlgQ30

How to whip stitch join : 

If you are making this a hanging bag, check out the “how to” make an I-cord.  There are also convenient links for a “how to line” as well as “how to add zipper” at the top of this blog.

If you want to add more authenticity, go ahead and either embroider in black seeds, OR add in some beads to mimic the seeds of the lovely watermelon.

We’re ready to show off this lovely creation too.

free crochet watermelon bag pattern


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Monday, 19 June 2017

AN EXQUISITE ROSE MOTIF and then some...

free crochet pattern for rose motif

AN EXQUISITE ROSE MOTIF and then some...

I have made rose motifs before, and am always on the lookout for cute little motifs that can be used in a different set of ways.

I found this chart and it makes quite a large rose – so tweaking it just a bit, I made two roses .. smart eh? One chart, two flowers.. well, three if you go the whole hog with the chart.. so let’s get started.

As usual, let me point out that this is not my chart and not my pattern.  These are just my notes as I make my own project with the chart that I found on the internet.

Materials used : Today I’ve used a little bit of our Indian Oswal Cashmilon acrylic 3-ply yarn with a 3 mm crochet hook
For Indians : I’d also suggest using our Anchor knitting , Red rose , White Rose or Alize knitting cotton yarns – and you can get all of this with an easy mouse click on the top right hand side of this blog (read : Click here to buy yarns Online)

I used acrylic to match a dress I’ve made with the same yarn – (and yes, hold your horses, I will upload the pattern for the dress shortly).  So do not worry about the yarn – just get the pattern going.

Stitches used :
fsc : Foundation Single Crochet : To refresh your skill on the fsc, please view this superb video by Tamara Kelly at the link  http://www.mooglyblog.com/foundation-single-crochet-fsc/

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3, I’d like to introduce this lovely new way of starting a dc row.  Do take a look at this self explanatory super video http://www.mooglyblog.com/chainless-starting-double-crochet/
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using the chainless dc start.

dc 5-tog : Double crochet 5-tog : [yo, insert hk in st or ch-sp, yo and pull up a lp ; yo and draw through 2 lps] 5 times (6 lps on hk) ; yo, draw through all lps on hk.  One dc 5-tog made.

dc 4-tog : Double crochet 4-tog : [yo, insert hk in st or ch-sp, yo and pull up a lp ; yo and draw through 2 lps] 4 times (5 lps on hk) ; yo, draw through all lps on hk.  One dc 4-tog made.

How to do a picot stitch :A neat video link to refresh this procedure. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GGlzZZl3I8

How to join with whip stich : Check the links below :

For my earlier patterns on headwear and little motifs, do visit me at https://shyamanivas.blogspot.in/2017/01/some-more-fun-curly-wurlies-scrunchies.html


1.       Small rose

free crochet rose motif pattern

free crochet rose motif pattern

free crochet rose motif pattern




Start with a fsc and a chain in multiples of 2 + 1.  Turn.
I started with a ch of 39 fsc like in the chart.
(Oh, note that the pearls in the photo above are only for photographic value.  I have not used pearls in my rose)

For our following row, we will use a “V”-st which is (dc ; ch 1, dc) all in the same st or ch-sp.  Work a slightly loose ch-1 as we will need to work a lot of sts into it
Row 1 : “V”-st in the 1st fsc ;
*sk next fsc, “V”-st in the next fsc* ;
rep *to* till end.  Turn.

In our following row, we will work 11 dc in the ch-1 sps of the Shell st all through.
Row 2 : sl-st into the 1st Shell st , 11 dc in the 1st ch-1 sp and in each Shell st ch-sp all through. 
Fasten off and leave a tail.

Now comes the fun part.  As you have been working the 11 dc, (which is a lot I know..) you will notice that it all starts getting frilly and wonky.. but that just adds to the beauty of the flower – so don’t panic.

Now if you have made a rose like this before, you know what do – Basically you need to start rolling the strip you’ve made and start attaching the  bottom of the flower together, and magically when you reach the end of ther rolled strip, you will have a beautiful rose ready to use!  Play with how loose or tight you want to keep your roll, and you will get a different flower with each roll. 

Now I am not sure how you want to use this motif, so what I’d suggest is work a small loop at the back of the motif.  You can then either thread this onto a ribbon / metal headband or use a small safety pin to attach it onto the dress or cap.

free crochet rose motif pattern

free crochet rose motif pattern




For a slightly larger flower, all we’re doing is adding one row. 

2.     Slightly larger rose
free crochet rose motif pattern

free crochet rose motif pattern


free crochet rose motif pattern

Start with a fsc and a chain in multiples of 2 + 1.  Turn.
I started with a ch of 39 fsc like in the chart.

For our following row, we will use a “V”-st which is (dc ; ch 1, dc) all in the same st or ch-sp.  Work a slightly loose ch-1 as we will need to work a lot of sts into it
Row 1 : “V”-st in the 1st fsc ;
*sk next fsc, “V”-st in the next fsc* ;
rep *to* till end.  Turn.

For our following row, we will use a Shell-st which is (2 dc ; ch 1, 2 dc) all in the same st or ch-sp.
We will work our Shell st in the ch-1 sp of our “V”-st all through.
Row 2 : Shell-st in the 1st “V”-st  and in each “V”-st till the end.  Turn.

In our following row, we will work 11 dc in the ch-1 sps of the Shell st all through.
Row 3 : sl-st into the 1st Shell st , 11 dc in the 1st ch-1 sp and in each Shell st ch-sp all through. 
Fasten off and leave a tail.

If you see the chart, there is yet another rose you can make, adding another rows.. but that’s for another day.  For my cute little (well, not that tiny) rose, this is as far as I’m headed today.

For the leaf, you can either check out my earlier blog for an Irish crochet leaf at https://shyamanivas.blogspot.in/2017/03/irish-lace-leaf-pendant.html

OR here’s what I did for my leaf here.

3.     Leaf motif - 1
free crochet leaf motif pattern

Start with a 4 chain.  Turn and work 3 more dc into the 4th ch from hk.  Turn.

For this pattern, I've tweaked a little bit off the tiny doily pattern - as you may have guessed if you have worked that pattern from my blog before ;)

Row 1 : dc in the 1st dc and the next 3 dc.  Turn.

In our following row, we will work a dc 4-tog.  For a “how to” check the top of this blog for a link.
Row 2 : dc4-tog over all 4 dc.  Fasten off and leave a long tail to attach the motif onto the base of the flower.


To make a slightly wider leaf, work 4 dc (instead of 3), which means you will need to work a dc 5-tog.  Once again, check the top of this blog for a “how to”.  You will also need to work in all 5 dc from one end to the other (i.e Row 1 says work next 3 dc, you will work in the next 4 dc)


4.     Leaf motif – 2
For a slightly longer leaf, just add one row, and ta da.. it groweth ! ;)

Start with a 4 chain.  Turn and work 3 more dc into the 4th ch from hk.  Turn.

Row 1 : dc in the 1st dc and the next 3 dc.  Turn.

Row 2 : dc in the 1st dc and the next 3 dc.  Turn.

In our following row, we will work a dc 4-tog.  For a “how to” check the top of this blog for a link.
Row 3 : dc4-tog over all 4 dc.  Fasten off and leave a long tail to attach the motif onto the base of the flower.

Once again, to make a slightly wider and longer leaf, work 4 dc (instead of 3), which means you will need to work a dc 5-tog.  Once again, check the top of this blog for a “how to”. Of course I needn’t add that in rows 1 and 2, you will work in all 5 dc end to end.


5.     .. and just a little something more
free crochet tiny doily pattern

free crochet tiny doily pattern

free crochet tiny doily motif

 Oh, just for kicks I decided to remake the little motif I’ve made before – a tiny tiny doily of sorts, which I think will make a neat backdrop for the lovely flowers.. whatcha think?  So head on over to https://shyamanivas.blogspot.in/2017/01/some-really-cute-toy-furniture-4.html
for the doily pattern.

Remember that you can either attach all your motifs off one to another, OR you can work that lil loop.. Read through this blog again if you don’t know what I mean by ‘lil loop’ ;)

And that’s done.. yet another set of exquisite projects brilliantly executed ! J

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