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spiders and stripes bag

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first i was not going to write a pattern but after i finished the bag i thought it would be nice to share it with you. i hope it is clear enough, because writing a pattern while you work is much better than when a project is done. but well, here it is and i wish you happy crocheting!

note: making this bag does take experience with crocheting.

the bag has a lacy / filet crochet body with a solid top and handles 
for the body of the bag you can use this pattern for a scarf, a free pdf download diagram from a japanese website.
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thanks for sharing the pattern:
 
daruma-ito.co.jp
 
UPDATE 16 march 2015!
unfortunately the website of darumo-ito is unavailable, but luckily i saved the pdf that you can download from this link: diagram daruma-ito for spiders and stripes bag. i do not know if this is illegal and i will look for another option.

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i used material from my stash:
  1. main color: catania 245 anis – 3 balls
  2. color 2: catania 158 rosee
  3. color 3: phil coton 3 poudre
  4. color 4: catania 130 nature

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the yarn is suitable for crochet hook size 2,5 – 3,0/3,5 mm but i used hook size 4.0 mm

  • optional: a key ring
  • a small piece of matching fabric, sewing thread

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used stitches (american english):
  • ss: slipstitch
  • ch: chain
  • sc: single crochet
  • hdc: half double crochet
  • dc: double crochet
  • 2sctog: 2 single crochet together
  • 2hdctog: 2 half double crochet together
  • 2dctog: 2 double crochet together

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the body of the bag
  1. on the diagram you replace the two dc together at the beginning and end of each row with 3 ch or 1 dc.
  2. i crocheted chains until i had the length that i wanted for the bag, then i started crocheting the pattern and the remaining chains i later disconnected, the yarn end i have woven in.
  3. crochet for front and back of the bag 7 spider motifs for the width and 6 for the height each.
  4. for 7 motifs you need 101 chains.
  5. first row:
    start 1 dc in 7th ch from hook, *1 ch, skip 1 ch, 1 dc in next chain*, repeat between * and * until end of row, follow diagram from here.
  6. weave in yarn ends.

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edges
hold one of the sides of the bag with the right side facing you, attach yarn into top left 1-ch space and make 2 ch, crochet two dc together with one of them in the same space and 1 in the next 1-ch space. make two dc together with one dc in the same space as the last dc and one dc in the next dc. repeat this all along this side, the bottom and the other side an also in the corners. end with 1 dc in the last space. weave in ends.
you will see that the edge bends a little inward and corners have been created.
repeat this at the other side of the bag. 
 
attaching front and back together
place both halves with the right sides together, you crochet only along the left and right sides and the bottom.
attach yarn onto the first 2dctog of the side that lies on top, make 1 sc, remove hook from loop, insert hook in corresponding stitch of the other side of the bag, pick up dropped loop, pull loop through stitch, ch 1, * 1 sc in next 2dctog of the side that lies on top, remove hook from loop, insert hook in corresponding stitch of the other side of the bag, pick up dropped loop, pull loop through stitch, ch 1 *, repeat between * and * along both sides, corners and bottom.

do not fasten off.

spiders and stripes bag - close up of seam

spiders and stripes bag – close up of seam

 
top of the bag
  • 1 ch, make 2sctog all along the top edge of the bag in the same manner as the row with the 2dctog, that is:
    crochet 2sctog together with one sc in the same space as the last sc and one sc in the next space.
    repeat until end of row, fasten off and weave in ends.
  • attach color 2 and make a row of two hdc together along the top edge, in the same manner as the row with the 2dctog,
    but in this row crochet into the stitches. see photo below.
  • fasten off and weave in ends.
spiders and stripes bag - top of the bag

spiders and stripes bag – top of the bag

 
  • attach color 3. make three rows of hdc, fasten off and weave in ends.
  • attach color 4. make 1 row of hdc, fasten off and weave in ends.
  • attach color 2. make a row of hdc, fasten off and weave in ends.
  • attach color 3. make three rows of hdc, fasten off and weave in ends.
  • attach color 4. make 1 row of hdc, fasten off and weave in ends.
  • attach color 2. make a row of hdc,  remove hook from loop, fold bag with front and back flat on each other and
    mark the beginning and end points of the handles.
    for my bag i chose left and right 12 stitches measured from the sides, then i crocheted 75 chains for the handles.
  • pick up your hook and crochet a row of hdc and the chains for the handles.
  • crochet two rows of hdc.
  • fasten off and weave in ends.
  • attach color 3. make 1 row of hdc, fasten off and weave in ends.
  • attach color 4. make 1 row of slip stitches, into the 2 back loops only, and 1 row of slip stitches, 3 back loops only
    (that are 2 loops of the stitches of the row with hdc and 1 back loop of the stitches of the previous row).
  • fasten off and weave in ends.
  • attach color 3. crochet 1 row of ss around the other side of the handles and partially along the top of the bag, see photos.
 
 
optional
small pocket
  • make 1 spider motif and crochet all around a row of 1 ch, 1 sc, 1 ch, end with a ss into the first sc. 
  • second row into the back loops only: 1 ch, 1 sc in the first sc, *1 sc in the next ch, 1 sc in the next sc*
    repeat between * and * in all subsequent sc and chs.  
  • fasten off and weave in ends.
  • sew the motif on the side of the bag where rows have started and ended, but leave the top open.
strap for key ring
from row 2 and further: work in the front loops only.
  • crochet 5 ch, 1 ss into the second ch from hook and into the next 3 ch, 1 ch turn
  • 1 ss into the first ss and into the next 3 ss, 1 ch, turn
  • repeat row 2 until you have about 7-8 cm, fold the strap around the key ring and attach the two ends with ss.
  • cut yarn but leave enough length to sew it onto the inside of  your bag, see photo.
spiders and stripes bag - strap for keyring

spiders and stripes bag – strap for keyring

 
pocket

make a pocket of matching fabric that you sew onto the inside of the bag, i can close the pocket with a push button.

spiders and stripes bag - fabric pocket

spiders and stripes bag – fabric pocket

your bag is ready and i hope you will enjoy using it!

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but wait…. what is this?

tiny spiders bag

a tiny spiders bag

i have no detailed description for you, but i think you can make a tiny spiders bag with these instructions. 

  • create a front and back of each two spider motifs wide and high. 
  • crochet a row of hdc all around both sides each, do not make too many stitches because then the edge will not be flat.
    i alternately crocheted 1 or 2 hdc in a space and at the top 1 hdc into the 3 middle spaces. 
    in the corners you make 2 hdc, 2ch, 2 hdc.
  • crochet both parts of the bag together in the same way as the spiders and stripes bag, but this time with the wrong sides together.
  • crochet in the same color a row of hdc along the top.
  • crochet with a second color a row of hdc along the top.
  • crochet a second row of hdc but make the handles also, i needed 40 chains for a good length.
  • then with a third color you make two rows of slip stitches along the top. 
  • fasten off and your tiny spiders bag is ready.

because the  contrasting colors it was clearly visible where i had woven in the yarn ends.
therefore i crocheted a small rectangle to camouflage that on the inside and a colorful round motif on the outside of the bag.

anyway, have fun with it!
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43 thoughts on “spiders and stripes bag

  1. Thank you so much for the pattern but I think it may be a bit advanced for me – I adore it x

  2. Your bag is so pretty. I think the colour combination is what is so exciting. and the cute little pockets.

  3. Thanks for the pattern. Must have taken a while to write out!

  4. Love the colors and the little details!

  5. Wow how generous of you
    Thank you for the pattern

  6. Beautiful is not enough to define these beauties!!
    Thank you so much Andree for sharing this pattern!
    Xxxxxxx Ale

  7. An amazing pattern! Love the bag!

  8. Hello Andrèe, it’s stunning to see your pattern! I know it’s a hard job to do, thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend! Sabine.

  9. Dear Andrèe – this is so pretty!!! I love the design and the colors you choose. And the little bag is so adorable, too. have a wonderful weekend, Anette

  10. I love your bag. Thank you for sharing the pattern.

  11. You have spent a lot of time writing this! How generous of you.
    The bag looks really lovely.
    Bimbi x

  12. So cute … and I love Tiny Spiders bag too! I think the key ring is such a good idea. I have one on my purse and without it I’d be forever searching for my keys 🙂

  13. Both bags are great! I love the spider pattern. 🙂

  14. LOVE bags and the color combo!

  15. Beautiful bag in lovely spring colors!
    And all those clever details.
    I also admire your professional looking photography.

  16. I love the pattern of this bag! The laciness is gorgeous!

    I’ve already pinned it and can’t wait to try out the pattern myself!

  17. So cute, and I love the colours! Thank you for the pattern 🙂

  18. What a beautiful pattern! The big bag is perfect as a project bag and the little one is so cute 🙂 xx

  19. Reblogged this on starfire8me and commented:
    I love this!! would LOVE to have the pattern!! Thanks…???

  20. Thank you

  21. Super cuteproject! Loveit, thanks for sharingl!
    Have a wonderful week!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft
    http://www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

  22. Adorable! Adorable! I love the wee little pocket! Very well done! Thanks so much for sharing! It would make such a lovely summer/beach bag!

  23. Wauw wat prachtig!! Mooie kleuren bij elkaar!!

  24. Lovely and adorable bag!! So pretty colours:) thanks for sharing!

  25. How pretty! Love the colors and the pattern!

  26. Wow, you’re so talented! This is so pretty.
    Jamie @ somuchbetterwithage.com

  27. Gorgeous bag! and I can almost understand the pattern – just a few more things for me to learn I think!! I’m going to pin it for when my skills are finally good enough to make this!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

  28. Wow, not only the stitches, but the colors…so yummy!

  29. I just finished my first bag! I love it and it was an easy pattern to follow! I will be putting up a pic of it only on my fb page. Thank you again and I look forward to more of your fantastic and beautiful projects to follow!

  30. I love this project! I’ve featured it on my latest installment of Feature Your Fibers! Li’d love for you to come by and check it out (and also link anything new you’ve created!)

    ~ Sarah

    http://sarahndipities.indiemade.com/blog/feature-your-fibers-july-2013

  31. Thanks for sharing your pattern, the colours of your bag are really stunning.

  32. Thank you for sharing this pattern!! I LOVE this bag and I want to make one for my aunt as a “chemo” bag but I have a question…probably a stupid question…so we use the diagram from the scarf to make the spider motif’s and then follow your instructions to make the bag???
    Than you again!!!
    ~Sheri

    • Hello Sheri,
      That is correct, you can use the diagram as the stitch pattern and follow my instructions to make your bag.
      Success and thanks for your visit and comment.

  33. Looks so great! Love the color combination! Great job! 🙂