Neon Stripes Messenger Bag- Free Pattern

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Neon Stripes Messenger Bag

© Amanda Bryant 2018

Materials Used:

Red Heart Super Saver- 5 oz/141 g; 236 yds/215 m; Medium weight 100% acrylic- color Neon Stripes (about 1 ½ skeins)

Red Heart Super Saver- 7 oz/198 g; 364 yds/333 m; Medium weight 100% acrylic- color Black (only for the strap and trim- about ¼ skein)

5.5 mm hook

100% cotton fabric for lining (I used Waverly Inspirations Fat Quarter pre-cut 18″x21″, available from Walmart)

Sewing thread to coordinate with lining

1 ¼  inch button

Stitch markers

Yarn needle

Sewing needle

Sewing pins (for lining)

Iron (for lining)

Scissors

Gauge: 4 sc= 1 inch; 4 rounds or rows = 1 inch

Finished Measurements: bag 10 inches x 10 inches; flap approx. 8 inches x 9 ½ inches ; strap 44 inches long

Abbreviations Used (American Terminology):

Ch- chain

Sc- single crochet

FC- foundation chain

Sl st- slip stitch

RS- right side (of work)

WS- wrong side (of work)

Sk- skip

St- stitch

Instructions:

With Neon Stripes, Ch 35

Round 1- make 2 sc in the 2nd ch from hook, make 1 sc in each of the next 32 ch, make 2 sc in the next sc. Turn chain so that you will be working in a round. Make 2 sc in the first unused loop of the FC, make 1 sc in each of the next 32 unused loops of the FC, make 2 sc in the last unused loop of the FC. Join with a sl st to the first sc. (72 sc)

Round 2- Ch 1, make 2 sc in the same sc as the join, make 1 sc in each of the next 34 sc,  make 2 sc in each of the next 2 sc, make 1 sc in each of the next 34 sc, make 2 sc in the last sc. Join with a sl st to the first sc. (76 sc)

Round 3- Ch 1, make 2 sc in the same sc as the join, make 1 sc in each of the next 36 sc, make 2 sc in each of the next 2 sc, make 1 sc in each of the next 36 sc, make 2 sc in the last sc.  Join with a sl st to the first sc. (80 sc)

Round 4- Ch 1, (do not make a  sc in same sc as join), make 1 sc in each sc around. Join with a sl st to the first sc. (80 sc)

Repeat Round 4 until 10 inches long. At the end of the last round, DO NOT join. DO NOT fasten off. Place stitch marker in the last sc from the end of the last round.

Marking For Flap & Strap Placement-

Flatten bag and find the middle of the bag by using a tape measure. The bag at this point should be about 10 inches wide by 10 inches long (square). Place the tape measure along the top edge of the bag and place a stitch marker in the center stitch (should be 5 inches from either side edge of the bag). Count 17 sc’s from the center stitch marker to the right edge of the bag and place a stitch marker in the 17th sc over. Now count 17 sc’s from the center stitch marker to the left edge of the bag and and place a stitch marker in the 17th sc over.  Remove the center stitch marker.

Next- You will begin working in rows. Picking up where you left off with the last sc at the end of the last round (remove this stitch marker as it’s no longer needed),  skip over the join st from the previous round and make 1 sc in each of the next sc’s before the left hand side stitch marker. Ch 1, turn work.

Row 1 (WS)-  Sc in the same sc as the Ch-1 and in each sc across the row before the stitch marker, ch 1, turn work (34 sc between the 2 edge stitch markers. These are the base sc’s for your flap)

Row 2 (RS)- sc in each sc across row, ch 1, turn (34 sc)

Repeat Row 2 until flap is about 6 ½ inches long, ending with a WS row

Next Row- (RS)- making the buttonhole-  make 1 sc in each of the first 15 sc, ch 4, sk the next 4 sc, as in the next sc and in ea of the next 14 sc, ch 1, turn (30 sc and a ch-4 sp)

Next Row- make 1 sc in each of the first 15 sc, make 4 sc in the ch-4 sp,  make 1 sc in each of the next 15 sc, ch 1, turn (34 sc)

Repeat Row 2 three more times. Fasten off.

Strap:

The strap is made in 2 sections, and then sewn together to make 1 complete strap. **Please note: once your bag is complete, if you put a lot of weight in the bag the strap will stretch (a couple of inches for me), and so you might want to make the strap a bit shorter to accomodate this**

First strap section:

Row 1- With RS facing you, join black with a sc in the first unworked sc of the bag next to the flap. Sc in each of the next 4 sc, ch 1, turn (leave remaining stitches unworked). (5 sc)

Row 2- make 1 sc in each sc across, ch 1, turn (5 sc)

Repeat row 2 until this half of the strap is 22 inches long. Fasten off.

Second strap section:

Row 1- With RS facing you, join black with a sc in the 5th sc to the right of the flap. Sc in each of the next 4 sc to the left, ch 1, turn (5 sc)

Row 2- make 1 sc in each sc across, ch 1, turn (5 sc)

Repeat row 2 until this half of the strap is 22 inches long. Fasten off, leaving a long yarn tail. With this yarn tail, sew the 2 sections of the strap together to form one long (44 inch) crossbody strap.

Trim-

With the RS of the front of the bag facing you, join black yarn in the corner sc at the base of the strap. Sl st in each sc across the front of the bag and in the side edge of each row along the strap. Join with a sl st in the first sl st. Fasten off.

With the RS of the back of the bag facing you, join black yarn in the base side edge of the strap. Sl st in the side edge of each row along the flap, in each sc across the front edge of the flap, in the side edge of each row along the other side of the flap, and in the side edge of each row along the edge of the strap. Join with a sl st in the first sl st. Fasten off.

Finishing off-

If the flap is curling up, block the flap (see the photo below for how I did it).

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Sew button to the front of the bag, making sure it’s lined up with the button hole on the flap. Weave in all yarn tails.

Lining- You can do the lining however you wish to, as there are many ways to do it, but if you’re new to adding a lining to a crocheted bag, click HERE to see instructions from Craftsy (these are the instructions I follow for lining my bags).

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And you’re done! Hurray!

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