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Choo-Choo Bag
A crocheted bag

 

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Two Color Choo-Choo Bag in Single Crochet

Designed & Crocheted by Kristen Droke for Crystal Palace Yarns

Materials & tools:
1 - 50 gram ball (Color A) of Crystal Palace Choo-Choo
2 - 50 gram balls (Color B) of Crystal Palace Choo-Choo
1 button
(Model bag uses A:#1770 "dusty blue" and B:#2742 "blueberry ice"
Crystal Palace Bamboo Crochet Hook size H and a smaller hook for working in the loose ends
(Note for knitters: For an I-cord strap you will need double pointed knitting needles US size 9)

Gauge: stitches and rows = 1 inch

The stitches used:
slip stitch
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
Dec = Decrease: Work the final 2 sc together. Pull one loop through stitch (2 loops on hook), pull one loop through next stitch, Yarn Over, pull through all 3 loops on hook (decrease made)

Pattern:
Base: Color A:
Chain: 25 (24 chains for the base + ch 1 to turn)
Row 1:
sc1 in 2nd chain from hook, sc in each ch across - work in back loops only for this row (24 sc made)
Row 2: ch1 to turn, sc1 in each sc across with final sc worked in top of turning chain of previous row
Repeat Row 2 until piece measures 2 long.

Body: (worked in the round)
Row 1: Color A ch2 to turn, sc1 in each sc of previous row (24sc), then work sc along short side of base (12sc), along 2nd long side (24sc) and along 2nd short-side (12sc), slip stitch to turning chain of this row
Row 2:
Color A ch2 but do not turn, sc1 in each sc across the long side (24sc front of bag) switch to Color B and sc1 in each sc all the way around, slip stitch to beginning chain of this row
Row 3:
Color B ch2 to turn, sc1 in each sc below that was worked in color B, switch to Color A, sc1 in each sc below that was worked in color A, slip stitch to turning chain of this row.
Row 4:
Color A ch2 to turn, sc1 in each sc below that was worked in color A, switch to Color B, sc1 in each sc below that was worked in color B, slip stitch to turning chain of this row.
Repeat Rows 3 and 4 until bag is 5 tall. End with Row 3, then make draw string holes as follows: put a marker 15 color B stitches from slip stitch/chain join to mark where second set of holes should start.

Drawstring Row 1: Color A ch2 to turn, sc1 in each sc below that was worked in color A, switch to Color B, sc1 in next 2 sc, ch1, skip next sc, sc1 in next 7 sc, ch1, skip next sc, sc1 in next 3 sc, ch1 skip next sc, sc1 in each sc across until you reach your marker (15 stitches from end of row), ch1 skip next sc, sc1 in next 3 sc, ch1 skip next sc, sc1 in next 7 sc, ch1 skip next sc, sc next 2 sc, slip stitch to turning chain of this row.

Drawstring Row 2: Color B ch2 to turn, sc1 in each stitch (sc and chain spaces) below that was worked in B, switch to Color A, sc1 in each sc below that was worked in color A, slip stitch to turning chain of this row

Final round: Repeat Row 4, then bind off.

Color B only for all remaining rows
Flap Row 1: start 12 stitches from end just bound off, ch2 to begin, sc1 in each sc across long side (24sc made).
Flap Row 2: ch1 to turn, sc1 in each sc across, final sc worked in top of beginning chain of previous row.
Repeat Row 2 until flap measures 2 long. Then begin decreasing.
Flap Decrease Row 1:
ch1 to turn, sc1 in each sc across until there are only 2 sc left to work. Work Decrease.
Flap Decrease Row 2:
ch1 to turn, sc1 in top of Decrease stitch, sc1 in each sc across until there are only 2 sc left to work. Work Decrease.
Repeat Flap Decrease Row 2
until only 5 sc remain (6 stitches counting turning chain)
Buttonhole Row:
ch2 to turn, sc1 in next sc, ch3, skip next sc, sc1 in next sc, sc1 in top of turning chain of previous row.
Final Row: ch2 to turn, sc1 in next sc, sc 3 in chain space (button hole), sc1 in next sc, sc1 in top of turning chain of previous row

To make the strap:
Crochet strap: Make a chain the desired length (plus an inch or so for 2 knots). Then either sc1 in each ch, or work as in pattern: sc1 in 3rd chain from hook, * ch1, skip next ch and sc1 in ch after that.
Repeat * to the end.

Or knit an I-cord strap: Cast on 3. *Slide the stitches down to the opposite point and knit 3 * Repeat until strap is desired length.
Thread strap through draw string holes, secure ends with knots just inside the bag at front. Strap will be outside along the short sides and emerge at the back of the bag.

Sew button on the front panel. Work in all loose ends and you are good to go!

Pattern Copyright 2006 Crystal Palace Yarns/Straw Into Gold, Inc. - We are happy to share this pattern with knitters. The pattern may be used for non-commercial personal or knitting guild use. It is not to be used in any publication in print nor should it be reproduced in electronic/digital format without permission. Knitting shops carrying CPY Yarns Choo-Choo are welcome to print and share this pattern with customers of our yarns.

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Last revision of this page July 10, 2006

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