Side tracked – A different bag with Stitches 15 and 14

My husband and I were taking a weekend trip to visit his daughter and son-in-law in the Boston Area. When we take long drives, I usually bring a crochet project to do in the car or during any “down time”.  I decided to start a new project for this trip which did not have a very complicated stitch pattern. So using a huge skein of cotton yarn which was natural in color with flecks of light blue, purple, and a pinkish-red color, and an I-hook, I made a copy of stitch number 15 and off we went.Of course I did not finish the project over the course of the weekend, but I did finish it. The yarn, I think. Is called potpourri ombré. Here is what it looks like.


potpourri ombre yarn

potpourri ombre yarn

Ch 38.

Row 1:ch 1, sc in each ch (38 sc) turn

Row 2: ch-3 (counts as dc), sk 1st sc, *dc in each of next 3 sc, ch-3, skip 3, repeat from *, the row will end with a single dc in the last sc, turn

Row 3: ch-3 (counts as dc), sk 1st dc, *3dc in ch-3 space, ch-3, skip 3, repeat from *, the row will end with a single dc, turn.

Repeat row 3 to desired height. I repeated it 20 times. Here is what it looks like.

back panel


Row 24: ch-1, sc in dc, *3sc in ch-3 space, sc in each of next 3 dc, repeat from * ending with sc in last dc. (38 sc) turn.

row 25: ch1, sc in each sc, turn.

Rows 26- 60: repeat row 25 so there is a total of 31 rows of sc. This will become  5 rows at the bottom of the front and back panels with a 20 row base.

Repeat rows 2 through 25. Fasten off.

This finishes the front and back panels with the bottom.


front back bottom

front-back- bottom

It looks a bit odd, but once the side panels are made and attached, everything should even out. I hope.

The side panels will be made using stitch pattern 14.

Ch 21 turn

Row 1: ch 1, sc in each st. Turn.

Row 2: ch3 (counts as dc), sk st, dc in each of next 2 st, *ch 1, sk st, dc in next 3st, repeat from *, turn.

Row 3: ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in ch1 space, dc in next dc, *ch 1, skip 1 st, dc in next dc, dc in ch1 space, dc in next dc, repeat from *, the row will end with  a dc in the top of prior ch3 following the ch1. Turn

Row 4-23: repeat row 3.

Row 24: ch 1, sc in each dc and ch1 space. (Should be a total of 21 sc) turn

Row 25: ch 1, sc in each sc, turn.

row 26-28: repeat row 25. Fasten off.

That is one side panel. Repeat the process again for the second side panel. Each will be a row of sc followed by 22 rows of the dc pattern followed by 5 rows of sc.

Here is what one panel looks like:


side panel

side panel

Then repeat that process so you have two panels.

The simplest thing for me to then say is attach each side. Keep in mind that the  center of each panel is supposed to line up with the center of the base. I am lousy at stitching pieces together which is why I prefer to make bags that do not require me to make pieces that have to be out together. I could not figure out how to do that with what I started. So, we are going to see how this turns out.

As I mentioned above, the center of each side panel is supposed to line up with the center of the base. So I counted off 11 st on the base of the panel – the part that has the 5 rows of dc. That stitch gets lined up with the stitch at the middle of the base (that’s the really big odd looking piece that we first completed).  I found the middle stitch by folding it in half making sure ALL of the rows lined up.

Once they are lined up, sc 10 st across attaching the two pieces together. In the next st, 3 sc. This will take you to the end of the panel. The next 5 sc will connect the base to the sides of the panel. When completed, you will be ready to start connecting the sides of the panel to the sides of the front or back.

There should be the same number of rows of the pattern in the panel as well as the front/back piece. Each row ends with either a dc or a ch-3. CAREFULLY line up your rows and put 3sc in each ch3 or dc  to connect the side panel to the front/back. End with sc in the row of sc that is at that end of each piece. Fasten off.

Return to where you started connecting the pieces at the base and sc the same way to finish attaching that panel. Make sure to orient the side and front/back so that the stitches are on the same side.

Attach the other side panel in the same way as the first making sure the stitches are on the same side as the other panel. For me the stitches were visible on the outside so when it is completed, I will turn it inside out to hide the stitching.

After your attach the other side panel, do not fasten off.

Row 1 (of handles): Sc in each st around what is now the top of the bag. I had 21 stitches along each side and 37 along the front and back. Must have lost a stitch on each when joining with the sides. Sl st into first sc. Ch 1

Row 2: Sc in each sc along one of the sides (21 sc) Sc in the next 10 sc of the front/back panel. Turn (we are going to make the first handle.)

Row 3: Ch3 (counts as dc) skip 1st sc, dc in next 4 dc. Turn

Row 4: Ch3 (counts as dc) skip 1st dc, dc in next 3dc, dc in top of turn chain, turn.

Rows 5-34: repeat row 4.

Go back to row 2. Skip 17 st. Use sc to attach the 5 st at the end of the strap to the next 5 sc in the row. Sc in each of the next 5 sc to end the part of the bag.

Follow along with the Instructions before for row 2 and sc along the next short side (21 sc) And continue along to follow the same steps as above to create the second strap and follow the remaining steps to attach it.

When I attached it or maybe it was when I was finishing up the second strap, I snapped my hook.

Here are some shots of the final product:


hang on the door

hanging bag



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