Blue Blocks Jute Bag Cover

You will need :-

Medium sized Jute bag size – 29 cms x 29 cms x 18 cms.

Stylecraft Mystique Quick and Light in:-

Azul (2565) 150 grams

Aqua (2564) 150 grams

5mm crochet hook

Needle to weave in ends and another needle to sew down hem at top.

Thread in matching blue

 

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 41 stitches in Azul,

1st row make a dc (double crochet (UK crochet terminology) into the 2nd chain from hook, and into every chain to end. (Count 40 dc)

2nd row Chain 1 dc into next stitch and every stitch to end. (Count 1 chain & 39 dc)

** 3rd row Chain 1, 2 dc in Azul, 13 dc in Aqua, 24 dc in Azul.

4th row Chain 1, 23 dc in Azul, 13 dc in Aqua, 3 dc in Azul.

5th & 6th rows repeat rows 3 and 4.

7th row Chain 1, 2 dc in Azul, 13 dc in Aqua, 8 dc in Azul, 13 dc in Aqua, 3 dc in Azul.

8th row Chain 1, 2 dc in Azul, 13 dc in Aqua, 8 dc in Azul, 13 dc in Aqua, 3 dc in Azul.

9th & 10th rows repeat rows 7 and 8

11th – 14th rows repeat rows 3 – 6

15th & 16th rows Chain 1, dc to end in Azul.**

17th row Chain 1, dc 23 in Azul, dc 13 in Aqua, dc 3 in Azul,

18th row Chain 1, dc 2 in Azul, dc 13 in Aqua, dc 24 in Azul.

Repeat rows 17 & 18 – 5 more times.

29th & 30th rows repeat 15th & 16th rows.

31st – 44th rows repeat from ** – **

MAKE THE SLOT FOR HANDLES by:-

45th row 1 chain, 1 dc in next 8 stitches, slip stitch in next 22 stitches, 1 dc in next 9 stitches in Azul.

46th row 1 chain, 1 dc in next 8 stitches, chain 22, 1 dc in next 9 stitches in Azul.

47th row 1 chain, 1 dc in next 8 stitches, 1 dc in each of the 22 chains, 1 dc in next 9 stitches in Azul.

48th – 50th rows 1 chain, 1 dc in each stitch to end .

Finish of and weave in ends.

1 side of the jute bag

 

Side Panel – (Make 1)

Using  Aqua make 26 chain

1st row dc into 2nd chain, 1 dc into every chain (Count 25 dc)

2nd row 1 chain, dc in each stitch (Count 1 chain and 24 dc)

Repeat 2nd row 122 more times.

Finish off and weave in ends.

 

Joining the Back and Front Panels to the Side Panel

With the wrong side of the front panel and side panel together and with Azul starting at the top of 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 Azul starting at the top of 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 THE HANDLES YOU ARE MAKING COVER THE FULL HANDLES OF YOUR JUTE BAG.

Using Azul chain 9

1st row dc into 2nd chain from hook, dc into every stitch to end. (Count 8 dc)

2nd row – 1 chain, dc into next stitch and every stitch to end.

Repeat row 2 until work is long enough to cover your handle of the jute bag (This was another 78 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.

Using Azul dc along the slit between the 2 ends of the handle. (Repeat with other handle slit).

With blue 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.

Jute bag inside hem

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 the Azul 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.