You will need :-
Medium sized Jute bag size – 29 cms x 29 cms x 18 cms.
Drops Paris in:-
Red (12) 370 grams
Grey Blue (30) 175 grams
Black (15) 90 grams
Moss Green (25) 45 grams
White (16) 35 grams
Strong Yellow (14) 30 grams
5mm crochet hook
Needle to weave in ends and another needle to sew down hem at top.
Thread in matching red
Terminology is in the UK terminology
DC – Double crochet (single crochet in USA terminology)
Tension – 13 double crochet x 15 rows is 4 x 4 inch square.
Main body (make 2)
Make a chain of 44 stitches in red, make a dc (double crochet (UK crochet terminology)) into the 2nd chain from hook, this is the first stitch of the 1st row of the graph at the bottom right hand corner.
Follow the graph from the bottom to the top – all odd numbers is the right side of your work (even numbers are the wrong side of your work). Each row will start with a chain.
At the end of row 45
MAKE THE SLOT FOR HANDLES by:-
Row 46:- 1chain, 1 dc in next 9 stitches, slip stitch in next 23 stitches, 1 dc in next 10 stitches.
Row 47:- 1 chain, 1 dc in next 9 stitches, chain 23, 1 dc in next 10 stitches.
Row 48 – 50:- 1 chain, 1 dc in each stitch to end.
Finish of and weave in ends.
You may find that the main body panel is slightly bigger than the main body panel of the jute bag. I have made allowances for this in the side panel.
SIDE PANEL – (MAKE 1)
With Grey Blue
Make 24 chain
DC into 2nd chain, 1 DC into every chain (23 DC & 1 Chain)
*1 chain, DC in each stitch* (22 DC & 1 Chain)
Repeat from *-* 141 more times
Finish off and weave in ends.
JOINING THE BACK AND FRONT PANEL’S TO SIDE PANEL.
With the wrong side of the front panel and side panel together and with Red starting at the right hand side of the front panel slip stitch into the first stitch going through both panels, make a chain and 1 DC into same stitch. Working down the right hand side of the front panel and along the bottom and up the left hand side do 1 DC in each row between the posts making sure that you go through both the front panel and side panel. Finish of.
Turn your work over so the wrong sides are now face up and the side panel is the closest to you. Lay the back panel (front side facing you) on top of side panel so that the wrong sides are together and with Red starting at the right hand side of the back panel slip stitch into the first stitch going through both panels, make a chain and 1 DC into same stitch. Working down the right hand side of the back panel and along the bottom and up the left hand side do 1 DC in each row between the posts making sure that you go through both the back panel and side panel. Finish of.
YOU MAY FIND JOINING THE BACK PANEL TO THE SIDE PANEL HARDER THAN JOINING THE FRONT PANEL TO THE SIDE PANEL, THIS WILL BE DUE TO THE FACT THAT YOU ALREADY HAVE JOINED THE FRONT TO THE SIDE AND YOU WILL NEED TO KEEP MOVING THE SIDE PANEL IN UNDER THE BACK PANEL TO KEEP JOINING THEM TOGETHER.
HANDLES – (MAKE 2)
THE HANDLES OF YOUR JUTE BAG MAY BE OF A DIFFERENT SIZE TO THE JUTE BAG THAT I USED – PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU MEASURE YOUR HANDLES AS YOU MAKE THEM SO THAT THEY COVER THE FULL HANDLES OF YOUR JUTE BAG.
1 DC into 2nd Chain, DC into every chain (8 DC and 1 Chain)
*1 Chain, DC in each stitch (7 DC and 1 Chain)*
Repeat from *-* until work is long enough to cover your handle of the jute bag (This was another 72 rows for my jute bag).
Finish of and weave in ends.
ASSEMBLING THE BAG TOGETHER
Slip the jute bag cover over the jute bag and put the handles of the jute bag through the holes that you have made in the cover.
With some red yarn sew along the hole that was made for the handles so the bag is now secure and the cover cannot come of. (Repeat at other handle).
With red thread sew the hem of the jute bag cover (top piece which goes on inside of jute bag) to the inside of the jute bag.
With the right side of one of the handles that you crocheted facing you wrap the handle around the handle of the jute bag making sure that the two sides meet on the underside of the handle of the jute bag. With red yarn and needle sew the handle in place attaching it to the jute bag cover and work along the seam joining the two sides together and then attaching it to the other side of the jute bag cover. (repeat on the other handle).
Your bag is now finished. All you need to do is to attach some embellishments if required. I made some small pompoms and attached them with some plaited yarn to one side of the handle.