Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Copycat Striped Bag

 A Free Crochet Pattern

I was looking at Pintrest and I came across this bag. Don't all crafting stories start like that.

It is sold for 138.00. I knew I could get a similar look for a lot cheaper. I had some Red heart: Lustersheen lying around and I thought the colors would work for what I was wanting. Now I have come to find out that these colors are discontinued, but they have other great colors to choose from. Also you could substitute any fingering size yarn for this project. I used stuff that I already had so this bag was free for me. 

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copy cat stripped bag

Designer: Julia Schwartz
Yarn: Red heart: Lustersheen I used one ball for each color
Hook: E/ 4-3.50mm
Notions: embroidery needle, thread, straight pins, handles, fabric. 
Size:12 in by 10 in
Gauge:  11 hdc = 2 in, 4 rows = 1 in

Julia Schwartz. Do not reproduce, copy, distribute, or sell this pattern without permission of the designer. This pattern must not be translated, reproduced, or circulated in another language without prior consent. If you have questions about this pattern please contact Julia.diligence@gmail.com.

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Instructions Copy Cat Bag

Front and back panel

Row 1: Ch 113, hdc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in each ch across for 112 hdc
Row 2: Ch 1 (does not count as stitch), turn, hdc in each ch across 
Repeat row 2 for 20 more rows. Switch colors at row 6, 10, 14, 18. 

Side panel (make 2)

Note: Row 1 starts the bottom of the side panel. 
Row 1:  Ch 31, hdc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in each ch across for 30 hdc
Row 2: Ch 1(does not count as a st here and throughout), turn,  hdc in next 14 hdc, 2 hdc in the next two hdc, hdc in the last 14 hdc. 32 hdc
Row 3: Ch 1, turn, hdc in the next 15 hdc, 2 hdc in the next two hdc, hdc in the last 15 hdc. 34 hdc
Row 4: Ch 1, turn, hdc in the next 16 hdc, 2 hdc in the next 2 hdc, hdc in the last 16 hdc. 36 hdc
Change color
Row 5: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each of the 36 hdc
Repeat row 5 for  36 more rows for a total of 40 rows. Change colors every 4 rows. 

Assembly of the bag

Take 1 side panel and fold it in half so the bottom is folded in half.  wip stitch the bottom so that there are 15 hdc touching 15 hdc. Repeat this with the second side. 

Then wip stitch the side panels with the front and back panel. It may help to pin the pieces together so that they will meet up evenly together at the end. 

Add lining and handles to the bag.

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  1. Very nice work. I have seen this type of bag around and have wanted to try it myself. Thanks for sharing your pattern.

    1. thank you very much. My husband always says, "you're making another bag. Don't you have enough yet."

  2. How do you make the lining for this bag?

  3. I cut two pieces of fabric that were slightly larger than the bag. then with the fabric pieces facing each other, I sewed three of the sides together. Keeping it inside out I folded the top edge down so that the front of the fabric was showing just a little, then I inserted the fabric pouch into the bag, so you can see the front fabric inside the bag. last I sewed around the edge of the bag and fabric securing it. I also added the handles before the last step so you don't see the handle ends.

  4. want to say thank you for the pattern and also liike to get newletter if have one.

    1. You are welcome. I do not have a newsletter. I could send you my yearly Christmas Family letter, but that's about it. I post on here about twice a month... I should more often. and I try to have a pattern a month so you just have to keep coming back.

  5. Replies
    1. I love it too. It is the bag I take to the park when I want to work on some crochet while my daughter is playing.

  6. Thank you Julia. This is a very pretty bag. Susan

  7. I will have to try this one. I have some leftover burgundy and black lustersheen that will make a really nice bag. Thanks.

  8. Looks so cool! I never crochet anything but squares (afghans, scarves, etc.), so this ought to be right up my ol' alley : ) Thx for sharing your recipe!!

  9. I have a question. When finished with the front and back panel do you tie off then start side panels.

    1. sorry I have taken so long, I was having a baby. Yes you will tie off and then start the sides.

    2. when you whip stitch together do you do it on the right side of pattern or back side of pattern

  10. I love the bag and must try to make it. Thanks for the pattern