For my office holiday party, we have a gift exchange. Buying and wrapping a gift is not enough for me; I needed to make something to put it in. So, using stitch 419, I made a small messenger bag.
The bag is made out of Premier Home cotton yarn in beige (color #59-03). I had the large 700 yd skein on hand so I used that. The project called for an I-hook.
I devised this pattern myself as a single piece (except for the sides and strap) which folds over on itself to form the closing flap.
Row 1: sc in 2d chain from hook, sc across, turn. (39 st)
Row 2 (RS): Ch2 (counts as dc), skip 1st st, *sc in next st, dc in next st, repeat from * to end, turn. (39 st)
Row 3 (WS): Ch 1, sc in first st and all subsequent st across, turn. (39 st)
Row 4: Ch 2 (counts as dc), skip 1st st, *sc in next st, FPdc (front post double crochet) around the post of the dc 2 rows down, skip the st that gets pushed behind the FPdc, repeat from * your last 2 stitches in the row will be sc followed by dc in the last st. turn. (39 st)
Repeats rows 3 and 4 for the pattern. If you do not know how to make the front post double crochet (FPdc), you can get instructions here.
I repeated the pattern until it was about 12 inches which was a total of 20 posts that were made. When I finished row 1, it was 12 inches long, so I made a 12 inch square, but you can adjust the length and height of the project as you deem appropriate. Do not fasten off.
When the piece is the size that you want, repeat row 3 only until that section alone is 5 inches high. This section forms the base of the bag and the “folding point”. If you want the piece to be wider or the base section to be higher, adjust this section accordingly. I wanted a 1 inch base. I put stitch markers to indicate the middle inch on each side.Do not fasten off.
Resume the pattern with Row 2, then Row 3, 4 and repeat rows 3 and 4 until this section is 2 times longer than section 1. End with row 3. Fasten off.
ch5. sc in 2d ch from the hook. sc across (4st) Turn.
Ch1, sc in esch st across. Repeat until Section is about 58 inches long. It can really be as long or short as you like. It needs to be at least 36 inches. This section will be the sides and strap. Do not Fasten off.
Fold the bag so that the 1 inch space in Section 2 is on the bottom. Attach the end of the strap to this bottom with sc or whatever stitch you prefer. Continue to attach the strap to one of the side. When you attach it to the back of the bag (Section 3) you will only attach it up to the start of section 1. If you go too far, you will not be able to put the flap over the top of the bag. Fasten off and then attach the other side of that strap. Fasten off
Attach the other side of the strap to the other side of the bag. Fasten off where appropriate.
Here is the finished project followed by a close up of the stitch pattern.