Tri-Color Braided Bag

This woven-edged bag is a great on-the-go bag for your springtime essentials. Small and compact, this design features a braided accent along the top and a small crochet pocket on the outside.

Skill Level: Intermediate 

Size: 10.5” high 

Gauge: 16 sts and 16 rows = 4” square in sc 

Materials

Yarn:

Medium Weight Yarn Cascade Yarns Pacific (40% superwash merino wool, 60% acrylic; 213 yards [195 meters/100 grams): Silver (A, 2 skeins), Yellow (B, 1 skein), Dusty Turquoise (C, 1 skeins)

Hook: US size H/8 (5.0 mm) or hook to obtain gauge

Notions: Tapestry needle, large button, sewing thread and needle, Everything Mary Microfiber Rolled Double Handles

Pattern Notes

The 3 strips will be made for the woven section first, then they will be braided and finally the body of the bag will be worked directly onto the woven section. The pocket will be added last.

Pattern

Weave Strips – (Make Three, One in each color)

Ch 131.
Row 1: Sc in second ch and in each ch across. (130 sts)
Row 2: Turn, ch 3, dc in each st across. (130 sts)
Row 3: Turn, ch 1, sc in each st across. (130 sts)
Fasten off, leaving a long tail.
With each strip RS facing up, tightly braid the 3 strips. Do not fold the strip, simply braid. I had 18 sections on the bottom.
Sew the ends together with the tail. I made sure to braid mine so that the strips line up with the same color.

Body

Rnd 1: Join Color A on RS of bottom of braid, ch 1, work 5 sc across bottom, *work 5 sc in next color; rep from * to complete the round, sl st to first st to join. (90 sts)
NOTE: I had 18 color changes x 5 stitches per strip = 90 sts.
Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in each st, do not join.
Rnds 3-40: Sc in each st. (90 sts)
To finish, sl st to the first st of the last round.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail.
Using yarn needle, mattress stitch the bottom together.

Tabs (Make Four)

Using Color A, ch 6.
Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across. (5 sts)
Rows 2-7: Turn, ch 1, sc in each st across.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail.Locate even positions of tabs on inside of bag at Rnd 1 of the body. Do not attach to the woven section. Attach to the first round.
Using yarn needle, sew one end of tab onto bag, slip tab on handle through handle ring, sew other end of tab to bag.
Repeat for other 3 tabs to attach handles.

Pocket

Using Color A, ch 16.
Row 1: Sc in second chain from hook and in each ch across. (15 sts)
Rows 2-23: Turn, ch 1, sc in each st across. (15 sts)
Rows 24-25: Turn, ch 3, *fpdc, bpdc; rep from * to end, dc in last st. (15 sts)
Row 25: Turn, ch 1, sl st in each st across. (15 sts)

Pocket Trim

Turn, using ends of rows as stitch, sc in each stitch down side of pocket, sc across the bottom, sc across other side.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

Finishing

Using yarn needle, sew pocket onto front center of bag.
Using sewing needle and thread, sew the large button onto inside of back weave so that it can slip through the front to close. yarn ball

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