Among many things that I would love to change this new year is the use of eco friendly products. That is why I designed this bag to carry my knick knacks around. The bag is perfect for grocery shopping, open market shopping, beach going, and can even be used as a purse
The idea of eco friendly products became more evident to me in the summer 2019 when I visited Kenya on a mission trip and see my family. It had been awhile since I had been home. Before landing, the flight attendant announced that the use of plastic bags was prohibited, and that if they found you using them, you will either be fined or prosecuted.
I was more impressed with how clean the streets and rivers were because of this change. Previously, you could not walk in the city or streets without seeing plastic bags everywhere, leading to blocked drainage systems, which resulted to stagnant water, the breeding place for mosquitoes, and hence, increase in malaria cases.
After seeing what a difference small changes can make, I got energized. I want to make small changes in my life that can make a big difference in the world. Why not start with a bag. And this eco friendly reusable bag is where I start.
I was even more energized when Fiona Field of Cosy Rosie uk said that she was doing a New Year Resolution Blog Hop for 2021. This has given me the opportunity to share my desire and my pattern with the world. So, as part of Fiona's New Year Resolutions Blog Hop 2021, this pattern is offered in PDF for free through January 16, 2021 at 0800.
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To make this bag, I used Lily Cream n' Sugar 100% Cotton yarn to make the bag. I used different colors in the same color scheme. The pattern is easy and quick to make , using only single crochet and double crochet stitches. The double stitches are criss crossed adding texture and style to the bag. The strap is made of single stitches making it more firm and strong to carry the weight.
Lily Sugar ‘ N Cream 100% Cotton 190 yds (174 m)/4oz (113 g) worsted weight yarn -4
Color A- Marine Blue 175 yds (160 m)
Color B- Blueberry 80 yds (73 m)
Color C- Cornflower 80 yds (73 m)
Hook 4 mm (G)
15 sts x 10 rows (5 dc + 5 sc) = 4 in x 4 in (10 cm)
12 in x 14 in (Laying flat)
Sc- single crochet
Dc- double crochet
Bpdc- Back post double crochet
Ccs- criss-cross stitch
Crisscross stitch (ccs)- sk 1 sc, 1 dc in next sc, 1 dc in sc just skipped. This creates a crossed or twisted pair of dc sts.
- Ch 2 at the beginning of each round does not count as a stitch
- Colors are changed every 2 rows while repeating rounds 9 and 10
With Color A, Ch 29
Round 1: sc 3 sts in 2nd st, sc in next 26 sts, sc 6 sts in last st, do not turn, sc in next 26 sts on the opposite side to last st, sc 3 sts in last st where you sc 3 sts the first 3 sts to make 6sts, join (64)
Round 2: ch 2, 2 dc each in next 3 sts, dc each in next 26 sts, 2 dc each in next 6 sts, dc each in next 26 sts, 2 dc each in next 3 sts, join (76)
Round 3: ch 2, (2 dc in next st, dc in next st) x 3, dc each in next 26 sts, (2dc in next st, dc in next st) x 6, dc each in next 26 sts, (2 dc in next st, dc each in next st 2 sts) x 3, join (88)
Round 4: ch 2, (2 dc in next st, dc each in next 2 sts) x 3, dc each in next 26 sts, (2 dc, in next st, dc each in next 2 sts) x 6 sts, dc each in next 26 sts, (2 dc in next st, dc each in next 2 sts) x 3, join (100)
Round 5: bpdc in each st to end, join
Round 6 & 7: ch 2, dc in each to end, join
Round 8: ch 1, sc in each to end, join
Round 9: ch 2, ccs 50, join
Round 10: sc in each to end, join (Round 9 & 10 make the pattern)
Rounds 11 & 12: Change Color B and rep rounds 9 & 10
Rounds 13 & 14: change to Color C and rep rounds 9 & 10
Rounds 15-34: Rep rounds 9 & 10 changing colors every 2 rounds in the same order starting with Color A, then Color B and then Color C
Round 35: With Color B, sc in each to end , join
Round 36: With Color C, sc in each st to end, join
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Round 37: With Color A, sc in next 15 sts, ch 70, sk next 20 st, sc in next 30 sts, ch 70, sk next 20 sts, sc in next 15 sts, join
Round 38: sc in next 15 sts, sc in next ch 70, sc in next 30 sts, sc in ch 70, sc in next 15 sts, join
Round 39: With Color B, sc in each st to end, join
Round 40: With Color C, Rep round 39
Round 41: With Color B. rep round 39
Round 42: With Color A, rep round 39
Fasten off and weave in ends