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*STRING BAG PATTERN
An original design by Julie Ourom
Donated to the CP Pattern Library 12/96


Designer's Notes: This is an amalgam of patterns from various sources. However, I would prefer that people NOT publish it in other sources.

It makes a bag that it not too large - otherwise unless you're carrying wool in it, it'll drag down to your ankles! I've always used Speed-Cro-Sheen crochet cotton; however, now that it's no longer being made, I'll have to find a substitute. SCS is a heavier-weight thread, fairly firmly twisted; a cotton twine would work, or possibly two strands of a lighter weight but still firm crochet thread.

MATERIALS:

4 balls of SCS, (100yd/90m each); I make most of them in either one colour, or in a three colour stripe, alternating rows.

Use Boye size "0" crochet hook (US size)

DIRECTIONS:

BAG: Ch 51 loosely.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across: 50 sc, end off.

Row 2: With right side of Row 1 facing, sk 16 sc, join yarn with sl st in next sc, *ch 8, sc in next sc* rep from * to * 16X to 16 loops, turn.

Row 3: Sc in 1st ch 8 sp *ch 8, sc in next ch 8 sp, rep from * across, ch 8, sk 2 sc on Row 1, sc in next sc, ch 4, sk 2 sc, tr in next sc, ch 8, turn: 17 loops.

Row 4: Rep Row 3: 18 loops.

Row 5: Rep Row 3: 19 loops.

Row 6: Rep Row 3: 20 loops.

Row 7: Sc in 1st ch 8 sp, *ch 8, sc in next ch 8 sp, rep from * across, (ch 8, sk 2 sc on Row 1, sc in next sc) rep 6X, ch 4, sk 2 sc, tr in last sc, ch 8, turn: 22 loops.

Row 8: Rep Row 7: 24 loops. Rows 9 to 24 (16 rows: could do more row if larger bag desired): Sc in 1st ch 8 sp, *ch 8, sc in next ch 8 sp, rep from * across, ch 8 turn; at end of last row, mark 1st and last loops.

Row 25: Sc in 1st ch 8 sp, *ch 8, sc in next ch 8 sp, rep 20X, ch 4, tr in next ch 8 sp, ch 8 turn: 22 loops.

Row 26: As Row 25: 20 loops.

Row 27: As Row 25: 18 loops.

Row 28: As Row 25: 16 loops; finish off. BAND: Join yarn with sl st in first sc of Row 1, ch 1, turn slightly to work across short end.

Row 1: Sc in 1st sp and in each sp to marked sp, sc in marked sp, ch 1, turn: 20 sc.

Rows 2 to 5: Sc in each sc across, ch 1, turn. At end of last row, ch 1, turn slightly to work along one long side.

Row 6: Sc in sp between each sc row. (Ch 2, sc in next sp) 4X, pull up a loop in each of next 2 sp, YO and draw thru 3 loops on hook (dec made), *dec in next 2 sps, rep from * 10X more, (ch 2, sc in next sp) 4X (last sc is worked in marked loop) ch 1, turn slightly to work along opposite short end [the # of rep may be slightly out here, can't quite read my pattern - adjust # of sc to finish at marker].

Row 7: Sc in 1st sp and in each sp across, ch 1 turn.

Rows 8 to 11: Sc in ech sc across, ch 1 turn; at end of last row, ch 1, turn slightly to work along opposite long side.

HANDLES:

Rnd 1: Sc in sp betw each sc row, working in unused loops of foundation ch, sc in each st across, sc in sp between each sc ros, sc in corner sc, ch 50 loosely, join ch with sc in opposite corner sc of same short end, sc in each sc across long side to short end, sc in sp betw each sc row, sc in corner sc, ch 50 loosely, join ch with sc in opposite corner sc of same short end, do not turn.

Rnd 2: Sc in 1st sc (mark this st for beg of rnd), working around entire band, sc in each sc and in back ridge of each ch around, do not turn.

Rnds 3 and 4: Sc in each sc around; at end of last rund, join with sl st in beg sc, finish off.

NOTE: This is an original design by Julie Ourom and is posted here with permission. Please direct reprint requests to designer at jourom@yknet.yk.ca. The designer's address was valid when this pattern was posted.

Pattern Editor: Rain Morrison

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