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.


  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. =)

  2. Hi Molly,

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

  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

  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.

  5. I love this bag...very nice!

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

  7. 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!!!

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

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

  10. I am so going to make this...thanks for the great follower btw--connie,

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

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

  13. Wundervolle Arbeiten

    Gruß Mimi

  14. 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.

  15. 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!

  16. The way I read the instructions
    row 5 1dc in next 3 stitches, 2dc in next st
    Is this correct? I'm ending up with too many stitches.

    1. Yes, you will be increasing 11 sts in each round. By the end of round 5 you should have 55 sts.

  17. what type and what weight yarn did you use. the bag is beautiful.

  18. Do you have an estimate of the measurements of the bag? im making this for my niece and I'm not sure if it'll be too big for her lol

  19. I don't remember the exact size of the bag as it was made many years ago, but I think it would be perfect for your niece. It's not too big and would be less than 10 inches in diameter, could be 7 or 8 inches most likely.


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