Channel your inner bohemian spirit with this trendy bag. This cute little bag is both functional and stylish. The fabric made with tapestry crochet and Java (100% hemp) as quite sturdy, yet still soft.
Skill Level: Intermediate
Sizes: 6” wide x 8.75” tall (not including strap)
Gauge: 21 sc and 16 rnds = 4” [10 cm] in tapestry crochet after steam blocking
Yarn: FibraNatura Java (100% Hemp; 219 yards [200 meters]/100 grams): 103 Walnut (A, 1 skein), 106 Desert Rose (B, 1 skein), 107 Riviera Blue (C, 1 skein), 104 Pistachio (D, 1 skein), 105 Horizon Pink (E, 1 skein), 101 Parchment (F, 1 skein), 108 Golden Sun (G, 1 skein)
Hook: US size D/3 (3.25 mm)
Notions: Tapestry needle, ¼ yards of lining fabric, 6” zipper
This bag is worked in the round from the top down. This bag is done entirely in tapestry single crochet. Carry a strand of each color around throughout the entire bag, even on single color rounds. Crochet around every unused strand of color for each stitch.
Each square of the chart represents a single crochet stitch. When changing between colors, begin the stitch with the current color and pull through the final time with the color of the next stitch.
With A, fsc 64, join with sl st to beg fsc to work in the rnd.
Rnd 1: With A, ch 1, sc in each sc around, working around a strand of each other color (colors B-G), join with sl st to beg sc.
Rnds 2-10: Cont as est’d through Rnd 10 of Chart.
Rnd 11: Follow Rnd 11 of chart, but do not join. The center part of the bag is worked in a spiral.
Rnds 12-31: Cont as est’d through Rnd 31 of Chart.
Rnd 32: With F, follow Rnd 32 of chart, join with sl st to beg sc.
Note: The lower part of the bag has joined rnds.
Rnds 33-35: Cont as est’d through Rnd 35 of Chart.
Break all colors except C. Turn Bag inside out, fold bag so that motif shows as shown in photo. Sl st Rnd 35 tog. Turn Bag right side out.
Steam bag to help relax the fabric.
Tassels (make 2)
Wrap C around 4” piece of cardboard. Cut a 12” piece of C and run through the top of one side of the wrapped yarn, and tie the 12” piece in a knot. Cut yarn at the other end to free the tassel from the cardboard. Cut a second 12” piece of C. Wrap it around the top of the tassel several times about 1” below the top of the tassel. Hide the ends of this piece in the center of the tassel. With the first 12” piece of C, tie to the lower corner of the bag. Trim tassels.
Cut a 9-yard piece of yarn or 6 times the desired finished length of tie. Fold piece of yarn into thirds such that it is 3 yards long now. Knot one end and place around a sturdy chair or table leg. Twist the opposite end until it is very twisty. Allow the cord to twist back on itself. Tie a knot in each end. Sew each end of Strap inside the bag.
Cut 2 pieces of fabric, 7” wide x 10.75” tall; this includes 0.5” on each side for seam allowance. With RS together, sew top of each piece of fabric to zipper tape. With WS together, sew side and bottom of bag pieces tog, enclosing ends of zipper tape in this seam.
Place WS of Lining into bag. Invisibly whipstitch top of Lining to Rnd 1 of Bag.