All these days I had been crocheting only tablecloths and doileys. Only recently I started experimenting with toys and bags. I had never imagined making these would be so easy. Now I have become addicted to it. I have so many in my "to do" list. This bag in one of them. I got the inspiration for this bag from attic24. That bag was a multicolored one but I chose to make it using one color. Actually I started off with her instructions but midway through I got bored of doing the same stitch again and again. So I thought I would tweak it a bit here and there. When going through my crochet books I came across this basket weave pattern. Initially I thought it was a difficult one but since I did not find any other pattern as interesting as this one I decided to give it a try. Believe me, it is not at all difficult and I never got bored doing this.
Here is the instruction for the bag
Ch 4. Join with sl st to form ring.
1st Row: C 3 to count as 1st dc. Make 10 dc into ring. Join to the top of 3rd chain. (11 dc).
2nd Row: Ch 3 to count as 1st dc. 1 dc in the same stitch. Make 2 dc in each stitch till end of row. Repeat. Join. (22 dc).
3rd Row: 3 ch. 1 dc in same st. *1 dc in next stitch, 2 dc in next stitch. Repeat * till end of row. Join. (33 dc).
4th Row: 3 ch. 1 dc in same st. *1 dc in next 2 st, 2 dc in next st. Repeat. Join.
5th Row: 3 ch. 1 dc in same st. *1 dc in next 3 st, 2 dc in next st. Repeat. Join.
6th Row: 3 ch. 1 dc in same st. *1 dc in next 4 st, 2 dc in next st. Repeat. Join.
7th Row: 3 ch. 1 dc in same st. *1 dc in next 5 st, 2 dc in next st. Repeat. Join.
Continue this way till the 14th row.
14th Row: 3 ch. 1 dc in same st. *1 dc in next 12 st, 2 dc in next st. Repeat till end of row. Join. You will have 154 st in total.
15th Row: 3 ch. 1 dc in each dc till end of row. Join.
Repeat the 15th row for 10 more rows before starting the basket weave pattern.
25th Row: Start the basket weave pattern.
25th to 44th Row: Basket weave pattern. This pattern has vertical and horizontal blocks. Each block I have made is 4 stitches across and 3 rows deep.
45th to 48th Row: 3 ch. 1 dc in each dc till end of row. Join.
To make the shell edging
Make 1 ch. 1 sc into next st. *Skip 2 st and make 7 dc into the next st, skip 2 st, 1 sc into next st. Repeat * till end of row. Join.
Straps (make 2)
I got the pattern for the straps from here. But the pattern is not so distinct in my bag because of the single color I used.
You can attach the straps to the bag and your bag is ready.
Now to the final part. Initially I planned to make a flower and stitch to the bag, but I felt it was so common and I wanted something different. Then I found the pattern for the heart from here.
So I made two hearts and a small strip and sewed the two ends of the strip to the hearts and tied to the strap.
I hope you enjoy making this bag.