Free Crochet Pattern:
by Cynthia J Luciene aka anitalite copyright July 5, 2012
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With worsted weight yarn and a "J" size hook, ch 32
Round 1: sc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across, making a total of 5 sc in end ch, turn clockwise and working in the unused loops of beginning chs, sc in each ch across, work 4 sc in end ch and sl st to 1st sc to join. (38 sc total)
Round 2: ch 1, sc in each sc up to last two sc on same side. 2 sc in next-to-last and end sc (middle sc of 5 sc group from prev round) then still working in the round, sc in rem sc to last two. 2 sc in next-to-last and 2 sc in end sc as mentioned prev. sl st to 1st sc to join. (42 sc)
Rounds 3 and on: Continue same as Round 2 until there are 80 sc all the way around once.
(Continue to work in the round for the following rows:)
Round 6: ch 5, dc in same st as ch 3 (beg v-stitch made), *skip 2 st. 5 dc in next st (shell made), skip 2 st, v-stitch in next st; repeat from * around until last v-stitch then skip 2 st, shell in next, join to top of ch 3 with sl st to join.
Round 7: sl st into next ch 2 space (middle of v-st), ch 3, 4 dc in same ch 2 sp (beg shell made), *v-stitch in middle dc of next shell, shell in next v-st - continue around from * until last shell then v-st in middle dc of next shell, join with sl st to top of beg ch 3 to join.
Rounds 8 and on:
Continue following stitch pattern in order Rounds 6 and 7 until bag is desired size. (For the bag shown, 10 rounds of the snapdragon stitch pattern were used.)
Fasten off, weave in ends.
For Handles As Shown:
(Of course you can use any handle you prefer, I thought fancy cording would also work well with this bag, I just didn't happen to have any on hand.)
Attach (with a sl st leaving a long - 10 " tail) worsted weight yarn to either side where you'd like the handle to be placed. ch 3, dc in same stitch as ch 3, ch 2, 2 dc in SAME stitch. turn.
Row 2: sl st to ch 2 sp, ch 3, dc, ch 2, 2 dc in same ch2 sp; turn.
Rows 3 and on: repeat row 2 until desired length is achieved. If you want the open shells in the handle to all face upward instead of having one side of the handle with shell st up and then going down on the opposite side, just make your handle half as long as you really want it and then fasten off. Attach to opposite side in the manner stated at the beginning of handle instructions and follow the directions from there. When both sides of your handle are even just slip st together the ends that meet in the middle. I used a longer tail than I normally do so I'd have plenty of yarn to weave in, assuring the handle won't pull apart with weight inside the bag as it's being used.
I simply attached the worsted weight yarn to the middle-est stitch of the bag and made a ch long enough to go around an old vintage button I had from one of my mother's old coats. Then I back-tracked on the ch with sc all the way to where I attached it. I did use a bit extra of a tail here too, to ensure it wouldn't unravel with use. This tail was about 10" long as well. (Probably a bit overkill but better safe than sorry, right?)
Hope the directions are okay. If you have any questions please comment below and I'll get back to you asap. Thanks and have a wonderful day and fun making this bag. I found it to work up quickly and the snapdragon stitch gives it a very fancy look without being a complicated stitch pattern. I am very happy with the results, are you?
God bless you and yours. God bless America