As we are getting towards the holiday season and the weather is improving, thoughts start wandering in the direction of sun, sea, sand and just getting away from work in general. I spotted this “how to crochet a beach bag” recently and as this really chimed with my summer thoughts, I wanted to share this with you. I love the colours: they are bright and summery but not so unusual that you’ll end up being limited as to what you can wear when toting this bag.
Ch = chain
Ch sp = chain space
Dc = double crochet
Ss = slip stitch
St = stitch
Tr = treble
How To Make
The bag is started from the bottom and worked up. The handles and pompoms are made separately and stitched on.
Ch 4 . Join ends with a ss to form a circle.
Round 1: Ch 4 (counts as 1 tr and 1 ch). *1 tr into ring, 1 ch* Repeat from * to * x11. Join with a ss to the 3rd ch of initial 4 ch. Ss into ch sp. [12 spokes].
Round 2: Ch 3 (counts as a tr), 2 tr into ch sp, ch 1, *3 tr in next ch sp, ch 1* Repeat from * to * around. Join with a ss to top of initial ch 3. Ss next 2 tr and into ch sp. [12 clusters of 3 tr]
Round 3: Repeat round 2.
Round 4: Ch3, 3 tr into ch sp. Ch 1. *4 tr in ch sp, ch1* Repeat from * to * around. Join with a ss to the top of initial ch 3. Ss in next tr and in the middle of first 4ch cluster (between 2nd and 3rd trs). [12 clusters of 4 tr]
Round 5: Ch3, 2tr in middle of 4 tr cluster. 3 tr in next ch sp. *3tr in middle of cluster, 3tr in ch sp* Repeat from * to * around. Join with a ss to top of initial ch 3. Ss in next 2 tr and into ch sp. [24 clusters of 3]
Round 6: Ch 3 (counts as a tr), 2 tr, *3 tr in next ch sp* Repeat from * to * around. Join with a ss to top of initial ch 3. Ss next 2 tr and into ch sp.
Round 7: Repeat round 2
Round 8 – 9: Repeat round 4
Round 10: Repeat round 5 [48 clusters]
Round 11 – 36: Repeat round 6
Round 37: Ch 3, 1 tr in each st around. Fasten off and sew in ends.
Handles (make 2):
Row 1: 1 dc in 2nd ch from hook (for a neater finish, work through the back “bumps” of the chain). Turn.
Row 2: Ch 3, 1 tr in same st, miss 2 st. *3 tr in next, miss 2 st* Repeat from * to * along. 2 tr in last st.
Row 3: Ch 3, *3 tr between clusters* Repeat from * to * along. 1 tr in top of 3 ch. Turn.
Row 4: Ch 1, 1 dc in each st along until the end. Fasten off and sew in ends.
Optional: Wind off a ball of the colour from the beginning and ends of both cakes to have different colours for handles and pompoms.
Attach the handles:
Lay the bag out flat and measure across the top (approx 58cm). Mark 12cm in from each side, and pin handles to the inside of the bag (on both sides). Sew to the main body of the bag using plenty of stitches.
Optional: With leftover yarn, make pompoms in a couple of different sizes and sew them to one (or more) areas where the handles meet the bag.
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Although the pom poms are an “optional extra” I actually think they help to bring the whole thing together. They add that certain, something extra to the design and make the finished product stand out from the crowd. Worth the additional time to make these and add them on.
If you decide to have a go at making this lovely bag, do send us the photos of the bag in use. We promise not to be too jealous if the pics show you sporting it somewhere sunny and gorgeous. Just get in touch using the contacts box below.
Article first seen on Crafty Bug – Wool at http://woolcraft.craftybug.co.uk/crochet/how-to-crochet-a-beach-bag/