Companion Bag – Stitch 373

To go with the blanket that I made, my sister asked me to make something for the other daughter of the expectant mother. So, I decided to make a little bag. I used some variegated cotton yarn that I had in turquoise, green, pink, purple and white.  It is the same yarn that I used for this project.  Each ball in that 1 pound package probably weighed about 3.2 ounces (16 ounces/5). I used about 4 1/2 ounces of the yarn.  This bag is made by first making an oval base (crocheting on both sides of the initial chain), taking up the sides a bit, following the pattern (number 373) and then putting some handles at the top. With this yarn, I decided to use my Athena’s Elements 5 mm hook (size H)

So, let’s get started:

Ch 17

Row 1: ch 1, sc across 16 st. 3sc in last st (put a stitch marker in 2nd of 3 sc). Do not turn. sc in next 15 sc along bottom of chain, 2 sc in last st (stitch marker in 2nd sc). sl st to 1st st in row. you should have 17 stitches between each st marker.

Row 2: sc across next 17 st to stitch marker. 3 sc where stitch marker is. Put st marker in 2nd of 3 sc. sc across to next stitch marker. 3 sc where st marker is. Put sts marker in 3d sc. You should have 19 st between each st marker.

{I add these comments about the stitch marker so I do not get confused, when crocheting in a circle/oval}

Row 3. sc across to stitch marker. 3 sc where stitch marker is. put stitch marker in 2nd of 3 sc. sc across to next stitch marker. 3 sc where stitch marker is, put stitch marker in 2d sc. You should have 2 st between each stitch marker.

Row 4. sc across to stitch marker. 3 sc where stitch marker is. put stitch marker in 2nd of 3 sc. sc across to next stitch marker. 3 sc where st marker is, put stitch marker in 2d sc. You should have 23 st between each stitch marker.

Rows 5-10. sc around the entire project with only 1 st where each stitch marker is. Be sure to replace the st. markers. (48 st all around)

Now for the pattern which uses the 3dc puff or what I call 3dctog. I used this in the blanket pattern referenced above. Because it was the same stitch, I thought it would be a good companion piece for the big sister.

Row 11: Ch 3 (counts as dc), skip st, *2dc in next st, skip st, repeat from * completely around, your last set will be 2dc, skip st, dc, dc, sl to to join to start of round.

Row 12: Ch 3 (counts as dc), 2dc in the space between the 2 dc’s that made up the pairs in the prior row (in the middle of each “V”). End with a dc then sl st to join at the start of the row.

Row 13: Ch 4 (counts as dc, ch 1), *3dc-puff in between the 2 dc’s that made up the pairs in the prior row (in the middle of each “V”), ch 1, repeat from *, end with a dc, sl st to join.

Row 14: Ch 1, sc in 1s st, *ch 2, sc in the st between each pair of puffs, repeat from *, sc in last st.

Row 15: Repeat Row 12 except that the 2dc’s are made in each ch 2 space. End with a dc then sl st to join at the start of the row.

Row 16: Repeat Row 12.

Row 17: Repeat Row 13.

Row 18: Repeat Row 14.

Row 19:Repeat Row 15.

Row 20: ch 1, sc all around sl st to join (48 st).

Because the end of my round was not exactly at the outermost edge of the body of the bag, the next row may not seem right to make the handles look even. If you try to repeat this pattern, I would suggest that you map out where the handles are going to be and adjust the number of stitches before you start the handle accordingly. As you can guess, I had to pull some it out and adjust it myself.

Row 21: ch 1: sc, sc 3x, turn, (ch2, dc, dc, 2dctog, turn)x18, skip 11 st, attach end of handle to body of bag as follows:  line up the last stitch of the handle with the next st of the body of the bag. make 2sc by connecting the last stitch of the handle using an sc to the stitch before the stitch you lined it up with on the body and with an sc in the stitches that you lined up. sc in the next stitch to connect the middle stitch of the handle to the corresponding stitch in the body of the bag.  Make 2 sc to connect the last stitch of the handle to the body of the bag BUT the first sc goes into the corresponding stitch of the bag and the 2nd sc attaches the last st of the handle to the next st in the bag.

Sc x 2, sc, sc x3 sc x3, turn (ch2, dc, dc, 2dctog, turn) x18, skip 11 st, attach end of handle to body of bag as follows:  line up the last stitch of the handle with the next st of the body of the bag. make 2sc by connecting the last stitch of the handle using an sc to the stitch before the stitch you lined it up with on the body and with an sc in the stitches that you lined up. sc in the next stitch to connect the middle stitch of the handle to the corresponding stitch in the body of the bag.  Make 2 sc to connect the last stitch of the handle to the body of the bag BUT the first sc goes into the corresponding stitch of the bag and the 2nd sc attaches the last st of the handle to the next st in the bag. sc x 6 to start. Fasten off.

Of course, after row 20, you can make handles any way that you want.

Here is a photo of the final project.

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