Saturday, May 9, 2015

Triangular Tassel Bag



Skill Level: Intermediate

Finished Measurements: Approximately 8.5 ” wide

Yarn: 8-ply or DK weight cotton yarn (This project uses approximately 80 grams of South Maid Cotton 8-ply in Coral colour)

Hook: Crochet hook size 3.5mm

Gauge: 22 sts in sc = 4”

Notions: Tapestry needle, sharp scissors

SPECIAL STITCHES

Popcorn Stitch: A popcorn is a group of complete stitches usually worked into the same place, folded and closed at the top. To make a popcorn with 5 double crochet stitches: Make 5 dc in same stitch. Now take the hook out of the working loop, and insert it in the top of the first dc in the group. Pick up the working loop again and draw this loop through across the back to close the group together. Adjust the group (popcorn) so that it projects towards you.

3 double crochet together (3 dc tog): Keeping last loop of each stitch on hook, make 3 dc in stitch indicated, yo and draw through all loops on hook. Picot: Ch 3, sl st in third ch from hook (picot made).

2 single crochet together (2 sc tog): Keeping last loop of each sc on hook, make a sc in each of next 2 sts indicated. Yo and draw through all loops on hook.

BAG – FRONT

Ch 4, sl st in first ch to make a ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 1, 6 sc in ring. Join with sl st to first sc.

Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in first sc, [ch 2, sc in next sc] 5 times; hdc in first sc to join.

Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc around post of hdc, [ch 3, popcorn in next sc, ch 3, sc in next 2-ch sp] 5 times; ch 3, popcorn in next sc, ch 3, sl st in first sc to join. (6 popcorn stitches made).

Rnd 4: Sl st in next 3-ch sp, ch 1, sc in same sp, ch 3, *sc in next 3-ch sp, ch 11, sl st in ninth ch fr hook, ch 2, [sc in next 3-ch sp, ch 3] 3 times; rep fr *; sc in next 3-ch sp, ch 11, sl st in ninth ch fr hook, ch 2, sc in next 3-ch sp, ch 3, sc in next 3-ch sp, dc in first sc to join. (3 nine chain loops made).

Rnd 5: Ch 1, sc around post of dc, *ch 5, sc in next 3-ch sp, in next 9-ch loop make (7 dc, ch 3, 7 dc), sc in next 3-ch sp, ch 5, sc in next 3-ch sp; rep fr * around ending last rep with sl st in first sc to join.

Rnd 6: Sl st to middle of 5-ch loop, ch 1, sc in same loop, *ch 5, sk 3 dc, sc in next dc, ch 5, sc in 3-ch sp, ch 4, sc in same 3-ch sp; ch 5, sk 3 dc, sc in next dc, [ch 5, sc in next 5-ch loop] twice; rep fr *; ch 5, sk 3 dc, sc in next dc, ch 5, sc in 3-ch sp, ch 4, sc in same 3-ch sp; ch 5, sk 3 dc, sc in next dc, ch 5,sc in next 5-ch loop, ch 2, dc in first sc to join.

Rnd 7: Ch 1, sc around post of dc, [ch 4, sc in next 5-ch loop] twice, ch 4, sc in next 4-ch loop, ch 4, sc in same loop; *[ch 4, sc in next 5-ch loop] 5 times, ch 4, sc in next 4-ch loop, ch 4, sc in same loop; rep fr * around; [ch 4, sc in next 5-ch loop] twice, ch 1, dc in first sc to join.

Rnd 8: Ch 1, sc around post of dc, [ch 3, 3 dc tog in next sc, ch 3, sc in next 4-ch sp] 20 times ending last rep with sl st in first sc to join.

Rnd 9: Sl st in next 3-ch sp, ch 1, sc in same sp, [ch 4, sc in next 3-ch sp] repeat all around ending with sl st in first sc to join. Fasten off.

BAG – BACK

Same as in FRONT.

JOIN SEAMS AND MAKE TRIM AROUND OPENING OF BAG

With wrong sides facing together and working through both front and back panels of bag, join yarn with sl st to corner 4-ch loop, ch 1, sc in same loop, ch 2, picot, ch 2, sc in next loop. Work in this manner to join two sides of the bag, up to the last corner loop. Now working only along one side of the bag, make 3 sc in each 4-ch loop across, turn to other side of bag and work 3 sc in each 4-ch loop. Finish off.



STRAP

Row 1: Ch 6, sc in second ch fr hook and in each ch across. (5 sc made)

Row 2: Ch 3 (count as dc), skip first sc, dc in each sc across (5 dc made)

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in each dc.

Row 4 onwards: Rep rows 2-3 until you have a strap at least 36 inches long. Fasten off.

TASSEL

Make two tassels. Here’s how to make a tassel:

1. Cut or fold up a sturdy piece of cardboard that’s about half to one inch longer than the desired length of the tassel you want to make. My tassel is 5 inches long so I used a cardboard 5.5 inches long.

2. Wrap the yarn lengthwise around the cardboard as may times as you need to get a good thick tassel. I wrapped the yarn for my tassel about 15 times.

3. Get another yarn cut to 12 inches and slip this under the wound yarn and pull up towards the top. Now tie this yarn (called a “hanging loop”) securely around the top of the tassel. Slide the tassel off the cardboard then cut the yarn at the base.

4. Cut another piece of yarn about 3 times the length of the tassel and wrap this tightly around all the strands about half to an inch away from the hanging loop of the tassel. Secure the ends of the wrapping yarn by threading them under the strands and down through the center of the tassel. Trim the ends with sharp scissors.



BALLS (Make 2)

Rnd 1: Ch 2, work 5 sc in first ch. Join with sl st to first sc.

Rnd 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each sc. Join with sl st to first sc.

Rnd 3: Ch 1, [sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc] all around. Join with sl st to first sc.

Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in each sc. Join with sl st to first sc.

Rnd 5: As in rnd 4.

Rnd 6: Ch 1, [sc in next sc, 2 sc tog in next 2 sc] all around. Join with sl st to first sc.

Rnd 7: Ch 1, [2 sc tog in next 2 sc] all around. Fill ball with polyester fiberfill or with pieces of same yarn. Join with sl st to first sc. Fasten off with long tail for sewing. Fasten off.



FINISHING

Tie the tassels through a loop at the bottom tip of the bag. Secure by sewing the ends of the yarn through the bag.

With two strands of yarn, crochet a long chain about 12 inches long. Sew one crocheted ball to one end of the tie. Pass the open end of the tie through two loops across the top of the bag. Sew the other ball to the other end of the tie. Sew the strap to the sides of the bag.

Weave in all ends. Sew bag lining if desired.