Thursday, 21 August 2014

HAPPY Rucksack - FREE Crochet PATTERN - PART 3


ARE YOU READY FOR PART 3? 


This week we will

Finish the FINAL ROUNDS of the RUCKSACK 

CROCHET the top of the bag 
with special drawstring rounds

and attach the drawstring enclosure WITH NO SEW 



Here we go, starting with Round 44.

For Part 1 - go HERE

For Part 2 - go HERE


CHANGE TO MC
Rnd 44:  Ch3, dc around, join with sl st in ch3.
Rnd 45:  Repeat Rnd 44.

CHANGE TO CC4
Rnd 46:  Ch3, 2dc in same st, *skip 2sts, 3dc in next st, rep from * around, join with sl st in ch3.

CHANGE TO MC
Rnd 47:  Sc in last dc of 3dc group, *(ch3, skip 2sts, sc in next st) rep from * around, join with sl st in sc.
Rnd 48:  Sl st in ch3-sp, ch3, 2dc in same ch3-sp, *3dc in next ch3-sp, rep from * around, join with sl st in ch3.

CHANGE TO CC1
Rnd 49:  Ch2, hdc around, join with sl st in ch2.

CHANGE TO CC3
Rnd 50:  Ch2, hdc around, join with sl st in ch2.

CHANGE TO CC1
Rnd 51:  Ch3, *skip next st, (1hdc, ch1 in next st), rep from * around, join with sl st in 2nd ch of ch3.

CHANGE TO CC3
Rnd 52:  Ch2, 2hdc in each ch1-sp around, join with sl st in ch2.

CHANGE TO CC1
Rnd 53:  Ch3, dc around, join with sl st in ch3.


CHANGE TO CC3
Rnds 54-57:  Repeat Rnds 50-53.


CHANGE TO MC
Rnd 58:  Ch3, dc around, join with sl st in ch3.
Rnd 59:  Repeat Rnd 58.

DRAWSTRING RNDS

CHANGE TO CC4
Rnd 60:  Ch4 (counts as 1dc, 1ch), *skip 1st, (1dc, 1ch) in next st, rep from * around, join with sl st in 3rd ch of ch4. 

Lay out your bag, and identify the sides.  Place a marker at each side, dividing back and front equally.

CHANGE TO CC2
Making openings for drawstring.
Rnd 61:  Skip first ch1-sp, (ch3, 1dc in ch1-sp), *2dc in next ch1-sp, rep from * to  ch1-sp before next marker,  ch4, skip 2 ch1-sp,  2dc in next ch1-sp, to end, skip last ch1-sp, ch4, join with sl st in ch3.  


CHANGE TO CC4
Rnd 62:  Repeat Rnd 60.

Rnd 63:  Ch4 (counts as 1dc, 1ch), *skip dc, (1dc, 1ch) in ch st, rep from * around, join with sl st in 3rd ch of ch4.

Rnd 64:  Rep Rnd 63.

CHANGE TO MC
Rnd 65:  Rep Rnd 63.

NO SEW ATTACHMENT OF DRAWSTRING ENCLOSURE

 Fold edge of bag over so you can attach drawstring round to the inside of bag.

Rnd 66:  Ch1, *sc in dc, sc in next ch AS WELL AS skipped st of Rnd 60, rep from * to end, join to ch1.



Weave in ends

DRAWSTRING - Shoulder straps - MAKE TWO (2)

Lay bag out flat, and measure the length of the bag and the width of the bag, multiply by 2, and add 3in (7.5cm).  The result will be the length of your drawstring.  You will need to make 2.

Chain until your chain measures the length needed for drawstring. 
Sc in back bump of chain to end.  
Fasten off, weave in ends.

WEAVE DRAWSTRING INTO DRAWSTRING ENCLOSURE through the drawstring openings at each side.  Using a safety pin in one end of drawstring, feed one drawstring into the opening on left-hand side of bag, all the way around, exiting in the same opening.  


Take both ends down the outside of the bag and feed through Rnd 7 (as shown) and out at bottom of bag through the foundation loop.  Tie a knot in the drawstring approximately two (2) inches from the end.  

NOW repeat the same process, and feed the second drawstring through the drawstring enclosure, from the right-hand side of bag, and attach to bottom in same way.
Tighten the opening by pulling on the drawstrings and check the length of the shoulder straps, check you can comfortably get your arms through.  If too long - retie the knot at the bottom of drawstring ends.




Hope you're enjoying this FREE PATTERN 
for my

HAPPY Rucksack

and may you all enjoy your summer holidays!

Do contact me if you need some help - I will do my best to answer within 36hrs.

ciao, ciao!
Barbara Summers Hand Knit and Crochet   www.crocknit.com
(C) Copyright - All rights reserved.



Wednesday, 13 August 2014

HAPPY Rucksack - FREE Crochet PATTERN - PART 1

Lots of sunshine, warm temperatures, warmer nights..... and the odd days with showers.... that has been our summer experience here in Kent, UK, and we have been enjoying it !  
And what does all this good weather bring?  days out and about.... and not much crocheting in sight!  well for me that has been the case and I have taken most of the summer season to relax and enjoy our visitors, travels, day trips and family instead.  
And I am thoroughly enjoying the time away from crochet and everything to do with it - blogging, pattern writing, answering emails, FB crochet groups, and the like.... so relaxing and stress free..... absolute bliss!

However, I must admit the odd evenings where I have crocheted away a few hours before bedtime.... so many daylight hours during summer and even after a big day out, there are still daylight hours to fill in the late evening.  

This is how my HAPPY rucksack came about.... a need for a pretty little bag for day trips.  

I crochet the rucksack, from start to finish over five days  NIGHTS. Please forgive me, I never thought I would be sharing this pattern, so I don't have a photo for every step of the way.  However, I will do my best with the photos I have taken after the making of the bag (and even after using it) so you can see here how the stitch pattern rounds look close up.

I love this bag, so much, I am happy to share and walk you through the simple pattern combinations I used.  The simple pattern stitches and the design were decided as I crocheted, nothing planned ahead, just crocheting in the round, changing the stitch, round by round, changing colour, round by round, and working with remnants of my yarn stash.  That is why the main colour is orange, I had a good amount of it, and a smaller amount of the purple, green, pink and pale blue.   

The yarn used is DMC Petra 5 and I used a steel hook size 2mm.


You can use as many colours as you like, you may want to use just one colour, or just two, or you may want to change colour every row.  

It's all good, it's about creating a HAPPY rucksack.


PLEASE NOTE:  

INSTRUCTIONS for the bag will be in THREE (3) PARTS.  
Today I will share with you PART 1, covering the Foundation Row and first nine (9) rounds.  Then in a few days times I will come back with PART 2, and we will continue with the following pattern rounds.

After all it is still summer time, and I am still having fun enjoying every moment of this holiday time.  So, if you have some free time to crochet this free pattern and would love a colourful rucksack or backpack for the summertime, then do join in, and crochet-a-long.




PATTERN DETAILS:

SKILL LEVEL:  Easy
YARN:  Petra Crochet Cotton 5 by DMC * Thread * 100% Cotton * 437 yards / 100 grams
TOTAL YARDAGE:  568 - 611 yards / 130-140 grams
HOOK:  2mm
MEASUREMENTS:   Length 15in (38cm) X Width 11in (28cm) - Bag circumference = 22in (56cm)

PATTERN NOTES:

Bag is crochet in the round, from bottom up.  Bottom of bag has a strong foundation row, slightly gathered.  Two drawstrings at the top, close the opening of the bag, and also serve as shoulder straps.

You will need to know how to:
  • crochet in the round  
  • colour change
  • single crochet
  • double crochet
  • half double crochet

PATTERN INSTRUCTIONS:  (PART 1)





ABBREVIATIONS:
Ch = chain; sc = single crochet; hdc = half double crochet; dc = double crochet; sl st = slip stitch; st/sts = stitch/es; rep = repeat; ch1-sp = chain 1 space.

WITH MC
Foundation Row:  *Ch3, dc in 3rd st from hook, rep from * 14 times (15 loops).

Rnd 1:  Ch3, *5dc in loop, 1dc in st between loops, rep from * to end, 11dc in last loop, work opposite side, ** 1dc in st between loops, 5dc in each loop, rep from ** to end, ending with 5dc in last loop, join in ch3.  (220sts)


CHANGE TO CC1
Rnd 2:  Ch3, dc around, join with sl st in ch3.


CHANGE TO MC
Rnd 3:  Ch2, hdc around, join with sl st in ch2.


CHANGE TO CC2
Rnd 4:  Ch2, hdc around, join with sl st in ch2.

CHANGE TO MC
Rnd 5:  Ch3, dc around, join with sl st in ch3.

Rounds 1 to 9
CHANGE TO CC3
Rnd 6:  Ch2, hdc around, join with sl st in ch2.


CHANGE TO MC
Rnd 7:  Ch3, *skip next st, (1hdc, ch1 in next st), rep from * around, join with sl st in 2nd ch of ch3.


CHANGE TO CC3
Rnd 8:  Ch2, 2hdc in each ch1-sp around, join with sl st in ch2.

CHANGE TO MC
Rnd 9:  Ch3, dc around, join with sl st in ch3.

PHOTO BELOW:  Bottom of bag and first nine (9) rounds.
Looking at the bottom of the bag and identifying
the first nine (9) rounds.

HAPPY Rucksack FREE Crochet Pattern PART 2 - go HERE



Hope you enjoy this FREE PATTERN for my
HAPPY Rucksack
and hope you all enjoying your summer holidays!


ciao, ciao!
Barbara Summers Hand Knit and Crochet   www.crocknit.com
(C) Copyright - All rights reserved.

HAPPY Rucksack - FREE Crochet PATTERN - PART 2


ARE YOU READY FOR PART 2?  

Here we go, starting with Round 10.

For Part 1 - go HERE


CHANGE TO CC1
Rnd 10:  Ch2, hdc around, join with sl st in ch2.

CHANGE TO MC
Rnd 11:  Ch3, dc in same st, *skip 1st, 2dc in next st, rep from * around, join with sl st in ch3.

CHANGE TO CC1
Rnd 12:  Ch2, hdc around, join with sl st in ch2.


CHANGE TO MC
Rnd 13-14:  Ch3, dc around, join with sl st in ch3.

CHANGE TO CC2
Rnd 15:  Ch2, hdc around, join with sl st in ch2



CHANGE TO MC
Rnd 16:  Ch4 (counts as 1dc, 1ch), *skip 1st, (1dc, 1ch) in next st, rep from * around, join with sl st in 3rd ch of ch4.


CHANGE TO CC2
Rnd 17:  Ch3, 1dc in ch1-sp, *2dc in next ch1-sp, rep from * around, join with sl st in ch3.


CHANGE TO MC
Rnd 18:  Ch4 (counts as 1dc, 1ch), *skip 1st, (1dc, 1ch) in next st, rep from * around, join with sl st in 3rd ch of ch4.


CHANGE TO CC2
Rnd 19:  Ch2, hdc around, join with sl st in ch2.


CHANGE TO MC
Rnd 20-21:  Ch3, dc around, join with sl st in ch3.





CHANGE TO CC4
Rnd 22:  Ch3, 2dc in same st, *skip 2sts, 3dc in next st, rep from * around, join with sl st in ch3.


CHANGE TO MC
Rnd 23:  Sc in last dc of 3dc group, *(ch3, skip 2sts, sc in next st) rep from * around, join with sl st in sc.

Rnd 24:  Sl st in ch3-sp, ch3, 2dc in same ch3-sp, *3dc in next ch3-sp, rep from * around, join with sl st in ch3.

Rnd 25:  Ch2, hdc around, join with sl st in ch2.




CHANGE TO CC3
Rnd 26:  Ch2, hdc around, join with sl st in ch2.

CHANGE TO MC
Rnd 27:  Ch3, *skip next st, (1hdc, ch1 in next st), rep from * around, join with sl st in 2nd ch of ch3.

CHANGE TO CC3
Rnd 28:  Ch2, 2hdc in each ch1-sp around, join with sl st in ch2.

CHANGE TO MC
Rnd 29:  Ch3, dc around, join with sl st in ch3.

RndS 30-33:  REPEAT Rnds 26-29.



Rnds 34-43:  REPEAT Rnds 10-19.




That's all for today - enjoy!

Join me again next week for PART 3 
Finishing the FINAL ROUNDS of the RUCKSACK 
HOW TO CROCHET the top of the bag 
with special drawstring rounds
and attaching WITH NO SEW

Hope you're enjoying this FREE PATTERN 
for my
HAPPY Rucksack
and may you all enjoy your summer holidays!

Do contact me if you need some help - I will do my best to answer within 36hrs.

ciao, ciao!
Barbara Summers Hand Knit and Crochet   www.crocknit.com
(C) Copyright - All rights reserved.