Firstly - it will hold THREE DOZEN medium size apples!
Secondly - it helps you remember the pattern... ONE DOZEN foundation chain... ONE DOZEN rounds of sc... ONE DOZEN chains for each handle... too easy!
I have used a 20mm crochet hook and worked this in coloured jute. For the trim I used a 4mm hook and some kitchen string. I have also worked this bag using rags, with good results... and plan to make one using a bulky cotton. Experiment a little with whatever you have access to.
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The instructions are simple, and I have a bunch of progress shots below.
body of bag... using 20mm hook and bulky yarn
- chain 12
- work sc into 2nd chain from hook, and every other chain until end
- turn work upside down, and work between each sc until you reach the other end (photos below will show you exactly what I mean)
- continue working in rounds (without joining) until you have completed 12 rounds in total
- mark where you want you handles to be
- sc to first marker, make 12 chain, sc from 2nd to 3rd marker, make 12 chain, 2sc, fasten off
- work 2sc into the top of each stitch
- work 24sc into each handle
work 12 chain
sc row - yes mine looks like a dog's breakfast, so don't worry if yours looks a mess... it is the nature of using such a large hook
Turn your work upside down. Usually you would work into the underside of the chain (which I am pointing to here) BUT NOT IN THIS CASE!!!
To make the base more sturdy, I want you to work BETWEEN each sc... into the hole I am pointing to here
At the end of your first round, it should look something like this
Give your work a bit of a stretch, it will help define the stitches more, and you will be able to see where your hook needs to go next... that's better, isn't it?
Here we are at the half way mark
The spots for the handles are marked
Working the chain for the handle
Handle one complete
Body of bag is done. Yes, it looks small. Mine is about the size of a magazine. Don't worry... it will stretch!
Bit blurry, but I'm working on the trim... 2sc into the top of each stitch
Working the sc into the handles
Oops... I've worked my 24sc, but I'm still not at the end of the handle! No need to panic, just stretch them along the handle to fit
Not many apples at my place today... but that's ONE DOZEN in there now... so you can see it will easily hold a lot more
I've added a celery and a 1kg bag of carrots... still plenty of room!
Just a close up of the stitches for you
Oh, and I tied a few beads onto some kitchen string to embellish the bag. They're actually a bit annoying, and tend to get in the way a bit... but I couldn't help myself!