How to Boodle a Lesley Bag

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This bag is perfect for beginner crocheters out there as the bag is made up by crocheting five separate panels which are then all stitched together and then the handles added. It’s also super quick to make because of the chunky nature of the yarn that is used. What could be simpler?! Let’s get making . . .

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How to Boodle a Lesley Bag

Abbreviations Used

Chain Stitch = ch

Double Crochet = dc

Skip Stitch = sk

Slip Stitch = ss

Stitch(es) – st(s)

You will need

Approximate size of finished project: 26cm x18cm (10cm Deep)

Getting Started

The bag is made from five separate pieces; two front/back panels, two side panels and a base. These are all made in ‘Moss Stitch’, a pretty yet simple stitch which uses double crochet , chain stitch and working the double crochets into the one-chain space made on the row before. The pieces are crocheted in back and forth rows, turning at the end of each row. They are then assembled and joined together with slip stitches and the handles attached with a whip stitch.

Front and Back Panels – Make Two

Foundation row – Ch21, plus 2.

Row 1 – Dc into the 3rd chain from the hook, *ch1, sk next chain, dc in next ch*, repeat from * to * to end. Turn.

Row 2 – The pattern row. Ch2 (counts as turning chain and first ch1), sk 1st st, *dc in 1ch-sp, ch1, sk next st*, repeat from * to *. End with a dc into ch2 of the previous row. Turn.

Row 3 to 14 – Repeat row 2. Cut yarn and pull through to fasten. Weave in loose ends.

Side Panels – Make Two

Foundation row – Ch9, plus 2.

Row 1 – Dc into the 3rd chain from the hook, *ch1, sk next chain, dc in next ch*, repeat from * to * to end. Turn.

Row 2 – The pattern row, Ch2 (counts as turning chain and first ch1), sk 1st st, *dc in 1ch-sp, ch1, sk next st*, repeat from * to *. End with a dc into ch2 of the previous row. Turn.

Row 3 to 14 – Repeat row 2. Cut yarn and pull through to fasten. Weave in ends.

Base Panel – Make 1

Foundation row – Ch21, plus 2.

Row 1 – Dc into the 3rd chain from the hook, *ch1, sk next chain, dc in next ch*, repeat from * to * to end. Turn.

Row 2 – The pattern row. Ch2 (counts as turning chain and first ch1) sk 1st st, *dc in 1ch-sp, ch1, sk next st*, repeat from * to *. End with a dc into ch2 of the previous row. Turn.

Row 3 to 8 – Repeat row 2. Cut yarn and pull through the fasten, Weave in ends.

Assembling the bag

Place the back panel ‘right side’ up (the chains on the top and last row should be visible) on top of the base panel. Align the bottom edge (the foundation row) of the back panel with a long edge of the base panel. Work a row of slip stitches through the foundation row of the back panel and into the foundation row of the base panel. When you get to the end of the back panel edge open it out flat and place a side panel (right side up) on top of the base panel. Continue to work slip stitches into the foundation row of the two panels joining them together. Do the same with the front panel and again with the final side panel. You will have joined all the panels to the base panel with one continuous row of slip stitches.

Now join the side panels to the front and back panels with a slip stitch. Have the side panel uppermost when working the slip stitches so that the stitches are visible on the side panels only. On one edge of the side panel you will need to start from the base and work up to the top. On the other edge of the same side panel you will need to start from the top ans work towards the base.

Attaching the Handles

Work out where you need to position the U shaped handles so they are in the centre. Attach the handles with a whip stitch going through the hole in the handle and a stitch in the second row four times. Tie the two yarn ends together securely on the wrong side and weave in the ends. Repeat with the other end and the other handle.

Due to the unique nature of Boodles Yarn, project results may vary as the width/texture of the yarn can differ!

When making projects we recommend you purchase all your needed yarn at the same time, as colour matching from different spooling productions cannot be guaranteed.

Not Sure How to Start Crocheting?

Good news! The Boodles website offer some great beginner videos on how to crochet. We highly suggest checking them out!

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