Bags for Beach or Festivals
Summer season bags in crochet this time - for beach - or for festivals if you want the full seventies vibe. Easy to make using a single basic granny square motif.
The bags are made up by joining a number of the same basic "granny square" motif. If you are feeling adventurous you could make up your own version of the squares to approximately the same size or you could use a variety of colours (in the "granny square" tradition) to use up wool oddments.
With Gold (G) make 4 ch, join into ring with slip stitch (ss).
1st round: in G, 3 ch, 11 tr into
ring. [12 sts]
Make 10 motifs.
Join remaining motifs in the same way, thus having 5 strips made of 2 motifs each
Now make a square by joining 2 strips together using the slip stitch
technique as before. Make another square the same.
Handbag - main part
[Editor's note: In this section you make diagonal edgings for each side of the square sections of the bag. You end up with another square with the original 4 motifs set "on point" as you can see in the photo.]
With right side facing and Gold (G), join yarn to corner ch SP of one
of the squares, and work along first side edge as follows :
2nd row: in Red (R), 3 ch, 2 tr in
1st SP between first 2 groups, 3 tr in
3rd row: in Cream (C), as 2nd row [5 groups].
Alternating colours as before, work 4 more rows, thus ending 3 ch 2 tr
in G worked in SP between 2 groups. [1 group].
Joining yarn to corner ch SP already used, work along 2nd and 3rd sides
of square in the same way, then work along 4th side starting
Work the other main part in the same way on the second 4-motif square.
Handbag - flap
[Editor's note: At this point you might think "flap" is an instruction - but it isn't - it' just the description of the piece you are making next. The instruction is "just keep calm and carry on". Crochet is always more difficult to read from a pattern than it is to actually do it.]
With right side facing and G, join yarn to corner ch SP at long side of remaining oblong strip and work as follows:
1st round: in G, 3 ch 2 tr in corner
ch SP, (3 tr in SP between next 2 groups) twice; 3 tr in centre of joining
row; (3 tr in SP between
Handbag - gusset
With G, make 10 ch
1st row: 1 tr in 4th ch from hook,
1 tr in each following ch
Repeat 2nd row until strip measures 24 inches (61 cm).
Handbag - to make up
Using a warm iron and damp cloth, press parts lightly on wrong side.
Make twisted cord from 18 strands of remaining yarn, each strand 100 inches (254 cm) long (or however long you want the shoulder strap to be), and attach to top of gusset at each side of bag.
Join lining and place inside bag with seams to inside, turn in raw edges at top and inside flap, and slip hem neatly in position.
Sew on buttons.
Make 55 motifs.
Beach bag - back
Join 6 strips together, thus having an oblong.
1st row: in G, 3 ch 2 tr in corner
ch SP, * (3 tr in SP between next
2 groups) twice, 3 tr in centre of joining row; repeat from *
ending 3 tr in corner ch SP [16 groups].
Alternating colours as before, work 13 more rows, thus ending 3 ch 2
tr in G, worked in SP between 2 groups. [1 group].
Beach bag - flap
Working along opposite edge of oblong, work as for point.
Beach bag - front
Join 5 strips together, thus making a square.
Beach bag - to make up
Press as for handbag.
Cut lining as for front and back, allowing ½ inch (1 cm) extra for
Using a flat-stitch seam, join points by catching together tips of each group.
Make twisted cord as for handbag and attach to sides.
Using 18 strands of remaining yarn, each strand 12 inches (30 cm) long, make tassel and attach to point.
Sew on button to match loop.