Sunday, 16 May 2010

This Summer's Beach Bag - Free Pattern

The Blossom Bag -this free pattern was originally published by Star New Hats, Book No. 117. Suggested yarn is AMERICAN THREAD COMPANY "STAR" FAST HEAVY CROCHET MERCERIZED COTTON, Article 140.
Now I have no idea what this is, being a bit of a yarn novice. However, I have spent a while looking to see what type of yarn other bloggers are using for similar bags and have decided to go for an Aran yarn. I think something with a big of weight will do nicely. Might even treat myself and go for a Debbie Bliss yarn because her colours are wonderful so its worth paying a little bit extra.

4 balls for Bag. (Now for this I'm going for 50g balls)
crochet hook No. 4
GAUGE: 13 s c = 2 inches. 7 rounds = 1 inch.
Each flower measures 1 ¼ inches in diameter.

Pattern is as follows:
BAG
Starting at bottom of bag, ch 28, and work 3 s c in 2nd st from hook, 1 s c in each st of ch, working 3 s c in last st, working across opposite side of chain work 1 s c in each st, do not join this or following rounds. Place a marker at beginning of each round.
2nd Round: 2 s c in each of the next 3 s c, 1 s c in each of the next 25 s c, 2 s c in each of the next 3 s c, 1 s c in each remaining s c.
3rd to 9th Round: 1 s c in each s c on sides increasing 3 s c evenly spaced around each end in each round.
10th Round: Working in back loop of sts only, work 1 s c in each s c.
Working through both loops of sts, work even in s c until bag measures 7 ½ inches from 10th round, sl st in next st to even round, cut thread. Turn down 1 ½ inches at top of bag and sew to inside of bag.
HANDLE
Crochet a chain 11 inches long, 1 s c in 2nd st from hook, 1 s c in each remaining st of ch, ch 1 to turn each row. Work 3 more rows of s c, cut thread. Fold lengthwise and sew together forming a tube. Make another handle in same manner. Sew in position on inside of bag.
FLOWERS
Ch 5, join to form a ring, * ch 3, d c in ring, ch 3, sl st in ring, repeat from * 4 times, join, cut thread. Work 32 more flowers in same manner. With "star" mercerized sewing thread sew around brim of hat as illustrated sewing one flower on top of crown.
Work 50 flowers and sew 25 flowers as illustrated 1 inch from top of bag. Sew the remaining 25 flowers 1 inch from bottom of bag. Cut a cardboard to fit bottom of bag and place in bag.
This will look super once worked up...might even add a stripe or two to the design for a seaside feel.

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