Friday, February 4, 2011

My sweet heart bag

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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.

16 comments:

  1. Your bag looks great, I think I will give it a try. Thanks for joining my blog, I joined yours so maybe I will learn something. =)

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  2. Hi Molly,

    Glad you liked my bag. Thanks for joining though I am a newbie.

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  3. Hello Pradeepa, Your sweetheart bag is adorable! I hope to make it soon, but I do have a few projects already lined up. Hee hee! you are a hobby hopper, I am a project hopper :) I like your blog, I just found it & now I am a follower. Your lil mushroom/cottage fridgie is so cute & you do real good with that M-Seal(I never heard of that before)what a clever penhholder. I also just LOVE India & your culture, I sure would feel privileged, blessed & definitely enjoy any part of your heritage/culture that you share with us. I don't yet have a blog--I'm saving up for a camera & then I will start one. Keep up the cute crafting & I'll probably comment again--thank you for the pattern! --Valerie

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  4. Hi project hopper, thanks a lot for joining my blog and thank you sooo much for your lengthy comment. You really make my day. I am glad you love India. I do have a few things lined up for posting related to India and I am sure you would like those. Valerie, I wish you start your blog soon and you can count on me to be among the first ones to follow you.

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  5. Clara, happy you liked the bag. Thanks for joining my blog.

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  6. That's a really really cute bag. I too have admired Lucy's over at attic24, because of the colours, but LOVE your variation with the basket weave pattern!!!

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  7. Claire, thanks for stopping by and thanks for for your comment on the bag. Please do visit again.

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  8. This is so beautiful! Thanks for the tutorial! Thanks for linking up to our YARN IT ALL party! :]

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  9. I am so going to make this...thanks for the great pattern...new follower btw--connie, measuredbytheheart.blogspot.com

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  10. The hearts add such a pleasant touch to this all ready adorable bag. Great pattern!

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  11. donno how i missed it pradeepa..it is indeed soo sweet luking!

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  12. wow! the sweetheart has stolen my heart! very nice combination of stitches. the basket weaves gives a rich look. The colour combo is superb! thanks for sharing the pattern.

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  13. this is so lovely and i love the delicate texture of the basketweave pattern. the hearts are the perfect touch. thank you for sharing the pattern for this!

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