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Draw String Duffle Bag

Designed by Bernice Swain

knitting pattern bag bag The base of this purse is crocheted. It allows for a truly round base. Even if you have never crocheted before, it is very simple to crochet this part so do give it a try.

The handle is worked in Tunisian crochet which is quite a different technique than regular crochet. If you are not familiar with this, there are several options. You could crochet a strap by chaining 40 or so stitches and then working several rows of single crochet. Or if you prefer to knit, cast on about 50 sts and work several rows of garter stitch.

Materials:
2 balls Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick-color Wheat 640-402
Size 17 US circular needles
Size N crochet hook
Stitch markers
Two 3 inch/8 mm craft rings

Gauge:

Not vital for this project

Instructions:
Base (Crochet)
Chain 3 and join with slip stitch.
Row 1: ch 1, 6 sc into ring (7 st), join last stitch to first with a slip stitch
Row 2: ch 1, 1 sc in same st, 2 sc in each st around, join last stitch to first with a slip stitch
Row 3: ch 1, 1 sc in same st, *(1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st) repeat from * to end, join last stitch to first with a slip stitch
Rows 4 & 5: repeat row 3
Rows 6 - 9: ch 1, sc in each sp around, sl st in beginning ch

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Place loop on circular needle, place marker. Pull a loop through next sp and add on to needle, repeat around base (64 loops)

Body (Knit)
Join and mark beginning of round.
Rnds 1-3: K
Rnds 4-10: P
Rnds 11-13: K
Begin Basketweave Pattern
Rnds 1-7: *k4, p4; rep from *
Rnds 8-14: *p4, k4; rep from *
Rnds 15-21: *k4, p4; rep from *

Top Border
K 3 rnds.
BO.

Strap (Crocheted in Afghan/Tunisian Crochet)
With a slip knot on hook, sc into ring, then work 6 sc into ring. Keep all loops on hook (7 sts).
Work Afghan/Tunisian stitch for 37 rows.
Add ring to last row of stitches (make loops inside ring).
Sc to finish off.

Finishing
Turn bag inside out, fold opening in half, attach ring to each end.
With a slip knot on hook at the 3rd row from the top work 7 sc around ring and through bag. Finish off.
Weave in ends on WS.

Drawstring
Work a chain with remaining yarn.
Start at the center point (between rings) on the 3rd row from the top and weave chain in and out of each stitch around to beginning point.
Pull and tie a knot or add a stopper (knot both ends of draw string).

See Abbreviations and the Glossary for help.