How to Boodle a Natasha Bag

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This bag is great for crocheters looking to progress onto the next level and who want to try out more advanced patterns. Learn how to carry out a spike stitch with this pattern to make a great bag for the beach.

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How to Boodle a Natasha Bag

Abbreviations Used

Chain Stitch = ch

Slip Stitch = ss

Double Crochet = dc

Stitch(es) = st(s)

Spike Cluster Stitch = spc

You will need

Approximate size of finished project: 50cm x 30cm

The beach bag uses a decorative stitch called a ‘Spike Cluster Stitch’. This example produces a cluster of three longer stitches placed over the coloured band below. It is achieved by doing the following before working the next stitch;

  1. Insert the hook into the bag 1 stitch to the right and 1 row down from the next stitch to be worked, hook the yarn and pull through the bag (2 loops on the hook).
  2. Next insert the hook into the bag 2 stitches directly below the next stitch to be worked, hook the yarn and pull through the bag (3 loops on the hook).
  3. Now insert the hook into the bag 1 stitch to the left and 1 stitch down from the next stitch to be worked, hook the yarn and pull through the bag (4 loops on the hook).
  4. Insert the hook into the next stitch to be worked on the top row, hook the yarn and pull it through the bag (5 loops on the hook).
  5. Hook the yarn again and draw it through all 5 loops on the hook.

Getting Started – Base of the bag

(Worked in rows)

Foundation chain. Ch31, ch1 (turning chain)

Row 1 – 1dc into 2nd chain from hook, 1dc into each st to end. Turn. (31 sts)

Row 2 – Ch1, 1dc into each st to end. Turn. (31 sts)

Row 3 to 9 – Repeat row 2. Place a marker.

Building the sides of the bag

(Worked in rounds, do not turn at the end of the row)

Note. When crocheting in the round the seam naturally slants to the left,  however due to the pattern repeat of this bag we want the seam the stay straight. In order to do this we will place a dc into the last stitch of the round and join it to the beginning of the round with a slip stitch into the 1st stitch (the first dc in this case) and not the chain stitch, we skip right over that stitch. The important thing here is to make the slip stitch and the following chain stitch almost invisible by pulling the yarn to tighten each stitch as it is made. We then place our first dc of the new round (with normal tension) into the same stitch as our chain stitch.

By doing all these things we should keep our seam straight and the pattern repeat will work each time. It is always worth counting the stitches in each round to make sure that you are not adding any extras along the way. A place marker is also a great idea to keep you on track of where the round ends.

Round 1 – Ch1 (tighten down, does not count as a st), *dc into same st as chain, 1dc into each st to end of row. Do not turn. 1dc into each of the short side sts (8 sts), 1dc into each foundation chain to end (31 sts), 1dc into each of the short side sts (8 sts). Ss to 1st dc (tighten ss). Do not turn. Insert marker. (78 sts)

Round 2 to 4 – Repeat round 1.

Round 5 – Change colour. Ch1 (tighten down, does not count as a st), dc into same st, dc into next 2 sts, *SPC into next st, dc into next 7 sts*, repeat 2 more times from * to *, SPC into next st, dc into next 14 sts, repeat from * to * 3 times, SPC into next st, dc into next 11 sts, ss to 1st dc (tighten ss). (78 sts)

Round 6 to 8 – Repeat round 1.

Round 9 – Change colour, Ch1 (tighten down, does not count as a st), dc into the same st, dc into next 6 sts, *SPC into next st, dc into next 7 sts*, repeat from * to * 2 more times, dc into next 22 sts,  repeat from * to * 3 times, dc into next 8 sts, ss to 1st dc (tighten ss). (78 sts).

Round 10 to 12 – Repeat round 1.

Round 13 to 16 – Repeat rounds 5 to 8.

Round 17 to 20 – Repeat rounds 9 to 12.

Round 21 to 24 – Repeat rounds 5 to 8.

Round 25 to 28 – Repeat rounds 9 to 12.

Cut yarn and pull through to fasten. Weave in ends.

Attaching the handles

Find the middle of each side and position the handle centrally. Attach the handle to the bag from right to left with a row of slip stitches into the top loops of the dc stitches in the last row. If the hook won’t fit through the slot in the handle, poke a loop of the yarn through, hook it and tighten before performing the slip stitch. Cut the yarn and pull through to fasten. Weave in ends and repeat with 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.

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