You can’t have too many bags!!

In my last blog post I showcased my take on attic24s’ Jolly chunky bag. I love the shape and size of this bag and have been daydreaming ever since about ways in which to vary it.

First up ‘fishies!’

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Instructions

For this bag you will need…

for the bag body, 3 shades of blue – I used dk weight

3.5 hook

scissors

darning needle

For the appliques

small amounts of coloured yarn of your choice for the fish

small amount of green yarn for plantlife

small amount of white yarn for the air bubbles

googley eyes – I used safety eyes but you can make out of felt or glue on eyes or buttons

Abbreviations

dc = double crochet

ss = slip stitch

sc = single crochet

hdc = half double crochet

ch = chain

colour a – dark blue

colour b – mid blue

colour c – light blue

Pattern

At the beginning of each round chain two – your first dc will always be in the same stitch as the chain 2 and you will slip stitch to close the round into the top of the first dc – I find this helps to keep gaps to a minimum and hide the joins.

round 1 – With colour a form a magic ring and chain 2 (does not count as stitch) dc 12 times into the ring and join at top of fist dc to close (12 st)

round 2 – chain 2, dc twice in each stitch around (24 st)

round 3 – chain 2, dc in same stitch, 2 dc in next, *dc in next stitch, 2 dc in next* repeat * * to end of round (36 st)

round 4 – chain 2, dc in same stitch, dc in next, 2dc in next *dc in next 2 stitches, 2 dc in next* repeat around (48 st)

round 5 – chain 2. dc in same stitch and the next 2, 2 dc in next *dc in next 3 st, 2 dc in next* repeat around (60 st)

round 6 – chain 2, dc in same stitch and the next, 2 dc in next, *dc in each of the 4 next stitches then 2 dc in next* repeat until you have 2 stitches remaining and dc in remaining 2 stitches (72 st)

round 7 – chain 2, dc in same stitch and the next 4 stitches, 2 dc in next *dc in next 5, 2 dc in next* repeat around (84 st)

round 8 – chain 2 dc in same stitch and next 3 stitches then 2 dc in next *dc in each of the next 6 stitches then 2dc in the next* repeat until you have 3 stitches left and dc in each (96 st)

round 9 – chain 2, dc in same stitch and next 6 stitches then 2 dc in next, *dc in the next 7 stitches then 2 dc in next* repeat around (108 st)

round 10 – chain 2, dc in same stitch and next 4 stitches then 2 dc in next, *dc in each of the next 8 stitches then 2 dc in next* repeat around until there are 4 stitches remaining – dc in each of those 4 stitches (120)

round 11 – 14  change to colour b chain 2, dc in same stitch and each stitch around  (120 st)

round 15 – 18 change to colour c chain 2, dc in same stitch and each stitch around (120 st)

round 19 – 22 change to colour a chain 2, dc in same stitch and each stitch around (120 st)

round 23 – 26 change to colour b chain 2, dc in same stitch and each stitch around (120 st)

round 27 – 30 change to colour c chain 2, dc in same stitch and each stitch around (120 st)

round 30 – 33 change to colour a chain 2, dc in same stitch and each stitch around (120 st)

Top edging.

still using colour a, chain one and sc into the same st

*skip one stitch and dc 5 times into the next, skip one stitch and sc into the next* – first ‘shell’ made – repeat * * around until end of round and slip stitch into the first sc you made. Weave in ends

Bag Handles make two

row 1 With colour a leave about 20 cms of yarn for sewing handle to bag then chain 131, turn and sc into second chain from hook and into each stitch (130 st)

row 2 – 6  chain 1 and turn, sc in each stitch across fasten off yarn and break leaving 20cms or so for attaching handle to bag

Attach the handles to your bag – I folded the bag in half and counted 15 stitches in from each side and pinned the handles in place with the end of each handle lining up with the beginning of the last dark blue round. Then sewed them securely on.

FIsh applique, make two.

For the fish I followed this excellent video tutorial on youtube from Kiki Crochet

Written instructions.

Using colours of your choice

make a magic ring and sc 12 slip stitch into the first sc and break yarn (12)

attach your next colour and dc twice in each stitch  slip stitch into the top of the first dc and break yarn (24)

attach your next colour, chain 3 and triple crochet three times into the same stitch, chain 3 and slip stitch into next stitch, chain one

sc in each of the next three stitches,

dc three times in the next stitch,

Hdc twice in the next stitch,

sc in the next 5 stitches,

chain 3 sc in next stitch,

chain 3 and sc in next stitch,

sc in each of the next 4 stitches,

hdc twice in the next stitch,

dc three times in the next stitch,

sc in remaining 4 stitches slip stitch into last stitch fasten off and break yarn leaving a long enough tail to sew onto bag. Weave in ends

Attach your chosen eyes

Air bubbles – make as many as you like

Small,

Sc into a magic ring 6 times, slip stitch into the first sc and fasten off, break yarn leaving a tail to sew onto bag

Medium

Hdc into a magic ring 9 times, slip stitch into the first hdc and fasten off, break yarn leaving a tail to sew onto bag

Large

Dc into a magic ring 12 times, slip stitch into the first dc and fasten off, break yarn leaving a tail to sew onto bag

Plant

I used the pattern found here by www.beginner-crochet-patterns.com

Sew your appliques onto your bag in whatever configuration pleases you – and you should have a ‘fishtastic’ happy little bag!

Bag two. Stripes!

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For this bag I used stylecraft extra special dk in greengage, viola and waterfall and mariners dk in beige

Using the same pattern as above rows 34 onwards are dc in each stitch around unless otherwise stated. Colour changes are as follows…

colour a = greengage

colour b = viola

colour c = waterfall

colour d = beige

Colour changes:

Rows 1- 3 = colour a

row 4 = colour d

rows 5 – 8 = colour b

row 9 = colour d

rows 10 – 12 = colour c

row 13 = colour d

rows 14 – 16 = colour a

row 17 = colour d

rows 18 – 20 = colour b

row 21 = colour d

rows 22 – 24 = colour c

row 25 = colour d

rows 26 – 28 = colour a

row 29 = colour d

rows 30 – 32 = colour b

row 33 = colour d

rows 34 – 36 = colour c

row 37 = colour d

row 38 = hdc in each stitch around fasten off and weave in ends

For the strap follow the same pattern as the fishies bag – I used colour d for the straps

Stripey bag done!

I am currently working on a garden themed and a sky themed bag using the same pattern but with different appliques – would love to see what you come up with 🙂

anonymouse x
anonymouse x

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