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Crochet DROPS bag with stripes and squares in ”Paris”.

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DROPS 139-13

DROPS design: Pattern no W-436
Yarn group C
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Height: Approx. 30 cm (incl the bottom)
Circumference: Approx. 80 cm

Materials: DROPS PARIS from Garnstudio
150 g colour no 17, off white
150 g colour no 38, raspberry
100 g colour no 13, orange
100 g colour no 14, strong yellow
100 g colour no 33, medium pink

DROPS CROCHET HOOK SIZE 3.5 mm – or size needed to get 17 tr = width 10 cm. 1 square = approx. 10 x 10 cm.

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CROCHET TIP:
Replace first tr on every round with 3 ch.
Replace first dc on every round with 1 ch.
Finish every tr round with 1 sl st in 3rd ch from beg of round. Finish every dc round with 1 sl st in 1st ch from beg of round.
STRIPES:
Work stripes with 1 round in each colour as follows: * raspberry, pink, off white, orange, raspberry, strong yellow, off white, pink, strong yellow, orange *, repeat from *-*. NOTE: Do not cut the threads but pull them upwards on WS of piece when working.
PATTERN:
ROUND 1: 3 ch, * 1 ch, skip 1 st, 1 tr in next st *, repeat from *-* the entire round and finish with 1 ch, skip last st and work 1 sl st in 3rd ch from beg of round.
ROUND 2: 1 tr in every tr and 1 tr in every ch.
ROUND 3: 1 dc in every tr.
ROUND 4: 3 ch, then work cross tr, this is done as follows: * Skip 1 st, 1 tr in next st, then 1 tr in st that was skipped *, repeat from *-* the entire round, finish with 1 tr in last tr and 1 sl st in 3rd ch from beg of round.
ROUND 5: 1 dc in every tr.
ROUND 6: 1 dc in every dc.
ROUND 7: 1 tr in every dc.
Repeat rounds 1 to 7.
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BAG:
Worked from bottom up. READ CROCHET TIP!
Work 5 ch with raspberry and form a ring with 1 sl st in first ch.
Work STRIPES – see explanation above – as follows:
ROUND 1: Work 10 tr in ch-ring, finish with 1 sl st in first tr.
ROUND 2: Work 2 tr in every tr = 20 tr.
ROUND 3: Work 1 tr and 2 tr alternately in every tr the entire round = 30 tr.
ROUND 4: Work 1 tr in every tr but work 2 tr in every 3rd tr = 40 tr.
ROUND 5: Work 1 tr in every tr but work 2 tr in every 4th tr = 50 tr.
Continue working 1 tr more between inc every round until there are 120 tr on round.
Then work 1 round with tr while at the same time inc 8 tr evenly = 128 tr. Continue with stripes while at the same time working PATTERN - see explanation above! When piece measures approx. 32 cm (measured from the middle of circle and upwards), finish after 1 round with tr, cut the thread.

CROCHET SQUARE:
There are 4 different colour combinations on the squares.
SQUARE 1: Colour 1 = raspberry, colour 2 = strong yellow.
SQUARE 2: Colour 1 = orange, colour 2 = raspberry.
SQUARE 3: Colour 1 = medium pink, colour 2 = orange.
SQUARE 4: Colour 1 = strong yellow, colour 2 = medium pink.

Crochet 4 ch with colour 1 and form a ring with 1 sl st in 1st ch.
ROUND 1: 1 ch, 8 dc in ch-ring, finish with 1 sl st in first dc.
ROUND 2 (switch to colour 2): Work 5 ch (= 1 dc + 4 ch), * 1 dc in next dc, 4 ch *, repeat from *-* a total of 7 times and finish with 1 sl st in 1st ch from beg of round = 8 dc with 4 ch between each.
ROUND 3: 1 ch, continue to crochet as follows in every ch-loop: 1 dc, 1 htr, 2 tr, 1 htr and 1 dc, finish round with 1 sl st in ch from beg of round = 8 leaves. Cut the thread.
ROUND 4 (switch to off white): Work 1 dc at the top of first leaf, * 8 ch, 1 dc at the top of next leaf, 3 ch, 1 dc at the top of next leaf *, repeat from *-* the entire round but finish with 1 sl st in dc from beg of round.
ROUND 5: * In ch-loop in the corner work: 5 tr + 2 ch + 5 tr, 4 tr in next ch-loop *, repeat from *-* a total of 4 times, finish with 1 sl st in first tr from beg of round, cut the thread. 1 square = approx. 10 x 10 cm.

Work 2 squares in every colour combination.
Sew them tog edge to edge with 1 stitch in every st in the following order: Square 1, square 2, square 3, square 4, square 1, square 2, square 3 and square 4 - then sew square 4 against square 1 to make a circle.

SHOULDER STRAP:
Crochet 5 ch on hook size 3.5 mm with raspberry and form a ring with 1 sl st in first ch. Then work 1 dc in every st in the round until piece measures approx. 75 cm. Cut and fasten the thread. Crochet another shoulder strap the same way.

ASSEMBLY:
Fasten the circle of crochet squares at the top of bag – sew edge to edge with 1 stitch in every st – sew with WS on squares outwards (they are to be folded down over the bag afterwards). Work 1 round with raspberry and tr at the top around the squares – there should be 1 tr in every tr and 1 tr in every ch = 16 tr per square = 128 tr in total. Switch to off white and work 1 round with 1 tr in every tr. Cut and fasten the threads.
Fold the crochet squares over the bag.
Fasten one shoulder strap on each side of the bag as follows (also see picture): Thread the end of strap in from WS and out through upper corner to the left of one of the squares, make a knot at the end of strap to keep it in place. Skip one square and thread the other end of strap in from WS and out through upper corner to the right of the next square, make a knot.
Fasten the other strap the same way in the other side of bag.





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