Spring Stripe Satchel

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I have a current love affair with containers. Who doesn’t love a pretty storage space? And now with the advent of Pinterest I can browse designs and dream of spaces I’d never have imagined.

I had a wonderful dilemma yesterday. The weather was glorious! Yes, glorious! Last week we were barely hanging onto our sanity, housebound as we were. Then came a single day of spring, and we packed a season’s worth of adventure in!

So my tiny problem…

I have officially transitioned to taking most of my photographs with my tablet, instead of our family camera. With the advent of warmer weather, I need some way to port it around town, secure but hands-free.

I have been wishing to make a little something for myself, too, after a long winter of orders. And I love bags. Handbags, purses, knapsacks, drawstring satchels, messenger bags– I love them!

definition of satchel

So to celebrate (hopefully) the beginnings of warmer weather, I began a messenger satchel for my essentials when we go gadding about and am delighted to share the first part with you today!

Spring Stripe Satchel Messenger Bag

Worsted weight acrylic
H hook, 5mm

Ch 80, turn
*Note: for a firmer texture, insert hook BETWEEN each st, instead of under the top v
Row 1: Ch 2, hdc across, turn (80 st)
Rows 2-5: repeat row 1

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Now for the fun part! Using any color…
Row 6: hdc, ch 1, skip next st, across

Here is a picture of what the first row (of color) looks like:
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Rows 7-9: repeat row 6, changing color each row
*Note: in row 7-9, hdc in ch-1 sp from previous row AND insert hook through back loop of row below that to create firmer weave.

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Here is a chart, if you like. It is written in sc, so I simply substituted hdc. I have seen this called both the Moss Stitch and the Linen Stitch.
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Repeat pattern to desired height. I plan to make my bag about 14×17 inches, so my rectangle will be 28×17 inches when worked. Only six inches to go!

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Now, for sewing up the side and attaching the handle…if you’d like to forge ahead, feel free to use your imagnation. Otherwise we will continue next time, with a pretty striped handle and some fun spring embroidery and appliques.

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Happy crocheting!

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