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Battenberg Bag Crochet Along

Join Salena Baca and crochet this granny square bag with us!

Welcome to the I Like Crochet + American Crochet Association CAL! 

We will be making the Battenberg Bag by Salena Baca together!

If you love classic granny squares, you’ll love this modern twist on a Granny Square Bag!

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I’m Salena Baca, with the American Crochet Association, where I work to help others crochet more, better, faster, and with less mistakes! That’s why I also designed this coordinating Granny Square Poncho CAL for All Free Crochet; it’s not only a great pattern to make and wear, it is packed full of little learning objectives that will help you to, well, crochet more, better, faster, and with less mistakes.

Granny squares are a classic design in the crochet world, so working them into different projects (like this easy-to-follow bag) can be a fun way to learn something new and actually use what you love!

If you’re not familiar with granny squares, I’m here to help! You can follow my detailed instructions, pattern chart, and video tutorial to learn how to successfully follow every single stitch. 

If you’re not familiar with joining Granny Squares, this is also a great project to follow along! This bag is worked with individual squares that are joined together when you’re done, giving you time and space to get each join right.

The Battenberg Bag is a great project to work up because:

  • The yarn is easy to find or substitute (most weight 4 yarns will work)!
  • You’ll learn how to make a classic granny square (hooray)!
  • You’ll learn a quick and easy way to join granny squares together with a slip stitch seam (it’s not that hard, I promise)!
  • You can get creative with the colors you use, so you can turn this classic motif into your very own style (#winning)!

    

Join Salena LIVE on Facebook at 11am CST

  • Materials Prep + Choose Colors: Find out what yarns to use (including substitutes), to get your materials ready for this design. Then, we’ll go over the size calculations together so you can measure 1 square to size your bag! 
  • Create your Ravelry project, share what yarn you’ll use in the community #BattenbergCAL

YARN: Knit Picks Dishie, Worsted #4 (100% Cotton; 3.5 oz/100 g; 190 yds/174 m): 1 bag = 450 yds total. Example made with: 

  • A = Kenai #25788
  • B = Creme Brulee #25404
  • C = Verdigris #28098
  • D = Conch #25411
  • E = Swan #25409
  • Check for substitutes!

MATERIALS: 

  • US G/6 (4.00 mm) Crochet Hook
  • Measuring Tape
  • Yarn Needle
  • Stitch Markers

STITCH KEY: 

Specialty Stitch & Technique Key: 

GAUGE: 

  • 1 granny square = 5.5” square

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

  • 15” wide x 15” tall (without handles)

NOTES:

  • Pattern worked in parts: Granny Squares, Joining, Handles.
  • Diagrams available on final page: Granny Square, Joining Squares.
  • Change color as desired, or follow Color Chart to match example (one bag, different colors per side).

Join Salena LIVE on Facebook at 11am CST

  • Make your first granny squares: I’ll cover some tips to make your granny squares, including how to manage ends if you change colors!
  • Add progress pics to your Ravelry project, share them in the community #BattenbergCAL

Instructions: Granny Square #1 (2, 3…):

EXAMPLE COLOR CHART (optional): Work total number of squares according to color sequence outlined. Assemble and join according to example:

  • Make 5: Kenai = Round 1-4, Swan = Round 5.
  • Make 2: Creme Brulee = Round 1-4, Swan = Round 5.
  • Make 2: Conch = Round 1-4, Swan = Round 5.
  • Make 2: Verdigris = Round 1-4, Swan = Round 5.
  • Make 1: Conch = Round 1-2, Creme Brulee = Round 3-4, Swan = Round 5
  • Make 1: Verdigris = Round 1-2, Creme Brulee = Round 3-4, Swan = Round 5.

INSTRUCTIONS

Granny Square (Make 13)

Round 1 (Right Side): Form adjustable loop, Ch 3 (first Dc, here and throughout), work 2 Dc into loop, [Ch 3, 3 Dc] 3 times, Ch 3, Sl St into top of beginning Ch-3 to join – 24 Sts; 12 Dc + 4 Ch-3 spaces

Round 2: Sl St into each of next 2 Dc, Sl St into Ch-3 space, Ch 3, (2 Dc, Ch 3, 3 Dc) into same Ch-3 space, Ch 1, [(3 Dc, Ch 3, 3 Dc) into next Ch-3 space, Ch 1] 3 times, Sl St into top of beginning Ch-3 to join – 40 Sts; 24 Dc + 4 Ch-3 spaces + 4 Ch-1 spaces

Round 3: Sl St into each of next 2 Dc, Sl St into Ch-3 space, Ch 3, (2 Dc, Ch 3, 3 Dc) into same Ch-3 space, Ch 1, (3 Dc, Ch 1) into Ch-1 space, [(3 Dc, Ch 3, 3 Dc) into next Ch-3 space, Ch 1, (3 Dc, Ch 1) into Ch-1 space] 3 times, Sl St into top of beginning Ch-3 to join – 56 Sts; 36 Dc + 4 Ch-3 spaces + 8 Ch-1 spaces

Round 4: Sl St into each of next 2 Dc, Sl St into Ch-3 space, Ch 3, (2 Dc, Ch 3, 3 Dc) into same Ch-3 space, Ch 1, (3 Dc, Ch 1) into each Ch-1 space, [(3 Dc, Ch 3, 3 Dc) into next Ch-3 space, Ch 1, (3 Dc, Ch 1) into each Ch-1 space] 3 times, Sl St into top of beginning Ch-3 to join – 72 Sts; 48 Dc + 4 Ch-3 spaces + 12 Ch-1 spaces

Round 5: Sl St into each of next 2 Dc, Sl St into Ch-3 space, Ch 3, (2 Dc, Ch 3, 3 Dc) into same Ch-3 space, Ch 1, (3 Dc, Ch 1) into each Ch-1 space, [(3 Dc, Ch 3, 3 Dc) into next Ch-3 space, Ch 1, (3 Dc, Ch 1) into each Ch-1 space] 3 times, Sl St into top of beginning Ch-3 to join, fasten off – 88 Sts; 60 Dc + 4 Ch-3 spaces + 16 Ch-1 spaces


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