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spiders and stripes bag

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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the favorite patterns on my blog

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after i had finished the list of my favorite patterns, i thought that maybe just maybe you like to know what tutorials are the most viewed on my blog. i have made an overview.

at the top:

the apricot bag

it is super convenient bag, i used mine for already the second summer.

see here for the tutorial 

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the next five favorite tutorials are:

 

just click on the name to see the tutorial

 

the candy color scarf 

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the doily-into-bag 

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the festive blanket

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how to make a mesh bag

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the winter woolly white bag (scroll down the page for the tutorial) 

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three rising stars 😉

 

the orange spider bag

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the scarf-buttons-sleeves

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the gerry flower

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these patterns i like best

(may i actually say that about my own patterns?)

rounds

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in this tutorial (divided in two parts) you can find how to crochet in circles and make a round and flat object, but also how to change colors and how to make a floor cushion or a pouf. 

see part 1

see part 2

happy sleeves

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also in two parts a tutorial for a garmant that i like to wear.

  1. see part 1
  2. see part 2

this is the end of the list:)

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old patterns with new yarn

not long ago i showed you these motives that i’ve crocheted a few years ago. some of them i made using very old patterns and i’ve learned a lot of that. 

yellow motifs by elisabeth andrée

the generations before us and the generations before them crocheted impressive works. the women learned to crochet and developed their skills and designed themselves, without books, magazines, let alone the internet. 

there are many patterns preserved. so if you like me, can’t or won’t buy expensive books for your own good reasons, don’t worry just look on these sites, but it takes time and there are no pretty full color pictures.

a while ago i came on angelfire.com/folk/celtwich many times because old patterns were gathered there. but for all sorts of reasons the lady had to quit. fortunately, these patterns are still accessible to us.

it’s nice to crochet old patterns with contemporary yarns. you can do many different things with your try outs like framing them,

doily white and yellow by elisabeth andrée

decorating bags, back pockets, knees and elbows on clothes. i made a few doilies of thick acrylic yarn for someone who, with textile hardener, made bowls of them.

to give you an idea, below is an example of a motif (with a counting error) that is actually part of a lace tablecloth. with acrylic yarn and crochet needle 4 mm, it looks very different. if you would follow the complete instructions you could make an interesting bedspread. or a couple of extra rows on the motif and voila you have a cushion cover.

the name is sunburst splendour no.7533 (1942).

sunburst splendour
sunburst splendour
sunburst splendour
sunburst splendour

you can find the patternfor this and a many other motifs on my pinterest board with crochet vintage patterns

anyway, i hope you have lots of fun with these old patterns.