DROPS / 147 / 22

Jean by DROPS Design

Crochet bag/tote bag in DROPS Bomull-Lin or DROPS Paris

Tags: bags, lace,
DROPS design: Pattern no l-121
Yarn group B
Circumference: approx. 62 cm
Length: approx. 33 cm (without shoulder strap)

Materials: DROPS BOMULL-LIN from Garnstudio
200 g colour no 21, dark blue
Or: DROPS PARIS from Garnstudio
200 g colour no 28, navy blue

DROPS CROCHET HOOK SIZE 4 mm – or size needed to get 18 tr = width 10 cm.

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Not sure which size you should choose? Then it might help you to know that the model in the picture is approx. 170 cm and uses size S or M. If you are making a jumper, cardigan, dress or similar garment, you will find a graphic with the measurements of the finished garment (in cm) at the bottom of the pattern.

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Pattern instructions

NOTE: This pattern is written in British English. All measurements in charts are in cm. For conversion from cm to inches - click here. There are different terms for crocheting in British and American English. If this pattern includes crochet, click for "crochet terms" here. For this pattern in American English, please click here.
When piece is worked in the round, start with this technique to avoid holes in the middle (instead of ch-ring): Hold the yarn end and wind the yarn one time around the index finger to make a loop. Hold the loop with left thumb and middle finger, place the thread over left index finger. Insert hook through the loop, make a YO and pull thread through loop, work 3 ch (counted as 1st tr), then work tr around the loop. When the desired no of tr have been reached, pull the yarn end to tighten the loop. Fasten the yarn end at the back.

Beg every round with tr with 3 ch (counted as 1st tr), work tr in every tr, finish with 1 sl st in 3rd ch from beg of round.

1 tr-group = in same tr work 2 tr, 2 ch and 2 tr.

Worked in the round. Start by making a MAGIC CIRCLE - read explanation above - at the bottom of bag with Bomull-Lin on hook size 4 mm.
ROUND 1: Work 16 tr in the magic circle.
ROUND 2: READ CROCHET INFO! Work 2 tr in every tr = 32 tr.
ROUND 3: * 1 tr in next tr, work 2 tr in next tr *, repeat from *-* the entire round = 48 tr.
ROUND 4: * 1 tr in each of the next 2 tr, work 2 tr in next tr *, repeat from *-* the entire round = 64 tr.
ROUND 5: Work 1 tr in every tr.
ROUND 6: * 1 tr in each of the next 3 tr, work 2 tr in next tr *, repeat from *-* the entire round = 80 tr.
ROUND 7: Work 1 tr in every tr.
ROUND 8: * 1 tr in each of the next 4 tr, work 2 tr in next tr *, repeat from *-* the entire round = 96 tr.
ROUND 9: Work 1 tr in every tr.
ROUND 10: * 1 tr in each of the next 5 tr, work 2 tr in next tr *, repeat from *-* the entire round = 112 tr.
ROUND 11-13: Work 1 tr in every tr.
Then work pattern A.1 - see diagram - as follows:
ROUND 1: Work 5 ch (replaces 1 tr and 2 ch), skip the first 3 tr, * work 1 TR-GROUP - read explanation above - in next tr, 2 ch, skip the next 3 tr, 1 tr in next tr, 2 ch, skip 3 tr *, repeat from *-* the entire round, finish with 1 tr-group, 2 ch, skip the last 3 tr and 1 sl st in 3rd ch from beg of round = 14 tr-groups.
ROUND 2: In same ch work 1 tr-group, * 2 ch, 1 tr in ch-loop on next tr-group, 2 ch, 1 tr-group in next tr *, repeat from *-* the entire round, finish with 2 ch, 1 tr in ch-loop on last tr-group, 2 ch and 1 sl st in 3rd ch from beg of round = 14 tr-groups.
ROUND 3: Work 5 ch, * 1 tr-group in next tr, 2 ch, 1 tr in ch-loop on next tr-group, 2 ch *, repeat from *-* the entire round, finish with 1 tr-group in last tr, 2 ch and 1 sl st in 3rd ch from beg of round = 14 tr-groups.
Repeat ROUND 2 and 3 upwards. Work diagram A.1 for approx. 18 cm (piece measures approx. 30 cm vertically).
Then work as follows: In every ch-loop (also in ch-loop on tr-groups) on round work 2 tr, in every single tr (not in tr on tr-groups) work 2 tr (i.e. 8 tr over every repetition of diagram A.1) = 112 tr in total. Work 1 round with 1 tr in every tr, do not cut the thread, now piece measures approx. 33 cm vertically. Insert a marker at beg of round and a marker after 56 tr (= middle of the side).

Worked back and forth as follows: Turn piece and work sl sts until 5th tr after 1st marker, turn piece and work 1 tr in each of the next 10 sts (marker is in the middle of these sts), turn. Work 1 tr in every tr on row until strap measures approx. 80 cm from marker (or until desired length). Cut and fasten the thread. Fasten the end directly above the marker on the other side of bag as follows: Sew with neat little stitches in front loop on last row.


= ch
= tr
= TR-GROUP: In same tr work 2 tr, 2 ch and 2 tr
= 1st round
= crochet direction

Do you need help with this pattern?

Thank you for choosing a DROPS Design pattern. We take pride in providing patterns that are correct and easy to understand. All patterns are translated from Norwegian and you can always check the original pattern (DROPS 147-22) for measurements and calculations.

Are you having trouble following the pattern? See below for a list of resources to help you finish your project in no time - or why not, learn something new.

1) Why is the knitting/crochet tension so important?

Knitting tension is what determines the final measurements of your work, and is usually measured per 10 x 10 cm. It is provided like so: number of stitches in width x number of rows in height - eg: 19 stitches x 26 rows = 10 x 10 cm.

The knitting tension is very individual; some people knit/crochet loosely while others work tightly. You adjust the knitting tension with the needle size, which is why the suggested needle size only serve as a guide! You need to adjust this (up or down) to ensure that YOUR knitting tension matches the knitting tension provided in the pattern. If you work with a different knitting tension than provided you will have a different yarn consumption, and your work will have different measurements than what the pattern suggests.

The knitting tension also determines which yarns can replace each other. As long as you achieve the same knitting tension you can replace one yarn with another.

See DROPS lesson: How to measure your tension/gauge

See DROPS video: How to make a gauge tension swatch

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2) What are the yarn groups?

All our yarns are categorised into yarn groups (from A to F) according to thickness and knitting tension – group A contains the thinnest yarns and group F the thickest. This makes it easier for you to find alternative yarns to our patterns, should you wish to switch yarn. All yarns within the same group have a similar knitting tension and can easily replace each other. However, different yarn qualities have different structures and properties which will give the finished work a unique look and feel.

Click here for an overview of the yarns in each yarn group

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3) Can I use a different yarn than what the pattern suggests?

The important thing when changing from one yarn to another is that the knitting/crochet tension remains the same. This is so that the measurements of the finished piece will be the same as on the sketch provided. It is easier to achieve the same knitting tension using yarns from the same yarn group. It is also possible to work with multiple strands of a thinner yarn to achieve the knitting tension of a thicker one. Please try our yarn converter. We recommend you to always work a test swatch.

Please NOTE: when changing yarn the garment might have a different look and feel to the garment in the photo, due to individual properties and qualities of each yarn.

See DROPS lesson: Can I use a different yarn than the one mentioned in the pattern?

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4) How do I use the yarn converter?

At the top of all our patterns you’ll find a link to our yarn converter, which is a helpful tool should you wish to use a different yarn than suggested. By filling in the yarn quality you wish to replace, the amount (in your size) and number of strands, the converter will present good alternative yarns with the same knitting tension. Additionally it will tell you how much you’ll require in the new qualities and whether you’ll need to work with multiple strands. Most skeins are 50g (some are 25g or 100g).

If the pattern is worked with multiple colours, every colour will have to be converted separately. Similarly, if the pattern is worked with several strands of different yarns (for example 1 strand Alpaca and 1 strand Kid-Silk) you will have to find alternatives for each, individually.

Click here to see our yarn converter

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5) Why do I get the wrong knitting tension with the suggested needle size?

The needle size provided in the pattern serves only as a guide, the important thing is to follow the knitting tension. And since knitting tension is very individual, you will have to adjust the needle size to ensure that YOUR tension is the same as in the pattern – maybe you’ll have to adjust 1, or even 2 needle sizes, up or down to achieve the correct tension. For this, we recommend that you work test swatches.

Should you work with a different knitting tension than the one provided, the measurements of the finished garment might deviate from the measurement sketch.

See DROPS lesson: How to measure your tension/gauge

See DROPS video: How to make a gauge tension swatch

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6) Why is the pattern worked top-down?

Working a garment top-down provides more flexibility and room for personal adjustment. For example it is easier to try the garment on while working, as well as making adjustments to length of yoke and shoulder caps.

The instructions are carefully explaining every step, in the correct order. Diagrams are adjusted to the knitting direction and are worked as usual.

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7) Why are the sleeves shorter in larger sizes?

The total width of the garment (from wrist-to-wrist) will be larger in the larger sizes, despite the actual sleeves being shorter. The larger sizes have longer sleeve caps and wider shoulders, so there will be a good fit in all sizes.

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8) What is a repeat?

Diagrams are often repeated on the round or in height. 1 repeat is the diagram the way it appears in the pattern. If it says to work 5 repeats of A.1 in the round, then you work A.1 a total of 5 times after/next to each other in the round. If it says to work 2 repeats of A.1 vertically/in height you work the entire diagram once, then begin again at the start and work the entire diagram one more time.

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9) How do I work according to a knitting diagram?

The diagram depicts all rows/rounds, and every stitch seen from the right side. It is read from bottom to top, from right to left. 1 square = 1 stitch.

When working back and forth, every other row is worked from the right side and every other row is worked from the wrong side. When working from the wrong side, the diagram will have to be worked reversed: from left to right, knit stitches are purled, purl stitches are knit etc.

When working in the round every round is worked from the right side and the diagram are worked from right to left on all rounds.

See DROPS lesson: How to read knitting diagrams

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10) How do I work according to a crochet diagram?

The diagram depicts all rows/rounds, and every stitch seen from the right side. It is worked from bottom to top, from right to left.

When working back and forth every other row is worked from the right side: from right to left and every other row is worked from the wrong side: from left to right.

When working in the round, every row in the diagram are worked from the right side, from right to left.

When working a circular diagram you start in the middle and work your way outwards, counter clockwise, row by row.

The rows usually start with a given number of chain stitches (equivalent to the height of the following stitch), this will either be depicted in the diagram or explained in the pattern.

See DROPS lesson: How to read crochet diagrams

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11) How do I work several diagrams simultaneously on the same row/round?

Instructions for working several diagrams after each other on the same row/round, will often be written like so: “work A.1, A.2, A.3 a total of 0-0-2-3-4 times". This means you work A.1 once, then A.2 is worked once, and A.3 is repeated (in width) the number of times provided for your size – in this case like so: S = 0 times, M = 0 times, L=2 times, XL= 3 times and XXL = 4 times.

The diagrams are worked as usual: begin with the first row in A.1, then work the first row in A.2 etc.

See DROPS lesson: How to read knitting diagrams

See DROPS lesson: How to read crochet diagrams

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12) Why does the piece start with more chain stitches than it’s worked with?

Chain stitches are slightly narrower than other stitches and to avoid working the cast-on edge too tight, we simply chain more stitches to begin with. The stitch count will be adjusted on the following row to fit the pattern and measurement sketch.

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13) Why increase before the rib edge when the piece is worked top-down?

The rib edge is more elastic and will contract slightly compared to, for example, stocking stitch. By increasing before the rib edge, you avoid a visible difference in width between the rib edge and the rest of the body.

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14) Why increase in the cast-off edge?

It’s very easy to cast off too tightly, and by making yarn overs while casting off (and simultaneously casting these off) you avoid a too tight cast off edge.

See DROPS video: How to bind off with yarn overs (yo)

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15) How do I increase/decrease on every 3rd and 4th row/round alternately?

To achieve an even increase (or decrease) you can increase on, for example: every 3rd and 4th row alternately, like so: work 2 rows and increase on the 3rd row, work 3 rows and increase on the 4th. Repeat this until the increase is complete.

See DROPS lesson: Increase or decrease 1 st on every 3rd and 4th row alternately

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16) Why is the pattern slightly different than what I see in the photo?

Pattern repeats can vary slightly in the different sizes, in order to get the correct proportions. If you’re not working the exact same size as the garment in the photo, yours might deviate slightly. This has been carefully developed and adjusted so that the complete impression of the garment is the same in all sizes.

Make sure to follow instructions and diagrams for your size!

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17) How can I work a jacket in the round instead of back and forth?

Should you prefer to work in the round instead of back and forth, you may of course adjust the pattern. You’ll need to add steeks mid-front (usually 5 stitches), and follow the instructions. When you would normally turn and work from the wrong side, simply work across the steek and continue in the round. At the end you’ll cut the piece open, pick up stitches to work bands, and cover the cut edges.

See DROPS video: How to knit steeks and cut open

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18) Can I work a jumper back and forth instead of in the round?

Should you prefer to work back and forth instead of in the round, you may of course adjust the pattern so you work the pieces separately and then assemble them at the end. Divide the stitches for the body in 2, add 1 edge stitch in each side (for sewing) and work the front and back pieces separately.

See DROPS lesson: Can I adapt a pattern for circular needles into straight needles?

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19) Why do you show discontinued yarns in the patterns?

Since different yarns have different qualities and textures we have chosen to keep the original yarn in our patterns. However, you can easily find options among our available qualities by using our yarn converter, or simply pick a yarn from the same yarn group.

It is possible that some retailers still have discontinued yarns in stock, or that someone has a few skeins at home that they would like to find patterns for.

The yarn converter will provide both alternative yarn as well as required amount in the new quality.

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20) How do I make a women’s size garment into a men’s size one?

If you have found a pattern you like which is available in women’s size it’s not very difficult to convert it to men’s size. The biggest difference will be the length of sleeves and body. Start working on the women size that you think would fit across the chest. The additional length will be worked right before you cast off for the armhole/sleeve cap. If the pattern is worked top-down you can add the length right after the armhole or before the first decrease on sleeve.

Regarding additional yarn amount, this will depend on how much length you add, but it is better with a skein too many than too few.

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21) How do I prevent a hairy garment from shedding?

All yarns will have excess fibres (from production) that might come off as lint or shedding. Brushed yarns (ie hairier yarns) have more of these loose, excess fibres, causing more shedding.

Shedding also depends on what is worn under or over the garment, and whether this pulls at the yarn fibres. It’s therefore not possible to guarantee that there will be no shedding

Below are some tips on how to get the best result when working with hairier yarns:

1. When the garment is finished (before you wash it) shake it vigorously so the looser hairs come off. NOTE: do NOT use a lint roller, brush or any method that pulls at the yarn.

2. Place the garment in a plastic bag and put it in your freezer - the temperature will cause the fibres to become less attached to each other, and excess fibres will come off easier.

3. Leave in the freezer for a few hours before taking it out and shaking it again.

4. Wash the garment according to the instructions on the yarn label.

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22) Where on the garment is the length measured?

The measurement sketch/schematic drawing provides information regarding the full length of the garment. If it’s a jumper or a jacket the length is measured from the highest point on the shoulder closest to the neckline, and straight down to the bottom of the garment. It is NOT measured from the tip of shoulder. Similarly, the length of yoke is measured from the highest point on the shoulder and down to where yoke is split into body and sleeves.

On a jacket measures are never taken along bands, unless specifically stated. Always measure inside band stitches when measuring the length.

See DROPS lesson: How to read a schematic drawing

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23) How do I know how many balls of yarn I need?

The required amount of yarn is provided in grams, eg: 450 g. To calculate how many balls you’ll need you first need to know how many grams are in 1 ball (25g, 50g or 100g). This information is available if you click on the individual yarn quality on our pages. Divide the amount required with the amount of each ball. For example, if each ball is 50g (the most common amount), the calculation will be as follows: 450 / 50 = 9 balls.

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Comments / Questions (27)

Le Chat Détricote 21.08.2020 - 12:44:

Bonjour, Merci pour votre réponse. Je bute maintenant sur le début du tour 3 du point de fantaisie A1.😞 Le tour 2 commence par 1 groupe de B, 2ml, 1 B dans l'arceau du groupe de B suivant... et finit par 1 groupe de B, 2ml, 1mc dans la 3e ml du début du tour. Le tour 3 commence par 5ml, 1 groupe de B dans la B suivante, 2ml,... Mais au rang en dessous, j'ai déjà un groupe de B? Je ne vois pas comment faire? Merci pour vos lumières. Belle journée

DROPS Design 21.08.2020 kl. 13:12:

Bonjour Le Chat Détricote, le motif se croc hète sur 8 mailles, au 2ème tour vous devez terminez par 1 bride dans le groupe de Brides, 2 ml, 1 mc dans le groupe de brides du début du tour (= la 3ème ml qui remplace la1ère bride du 1er groupe de brides), le 3ème tour va ainsi commencer par 3 ml, (= 1ère bride), puis 2 ml, 1 groupe de bride dans la bride suivante, etc... Au début du 3ème rang, vous pouvez crocheter des mc dans le 1er arceau pour que les 3 ml partent au milieu du groupe de brides du début du 2ème tour. Bon crochet!

Le Chat Detricote 14.08.2020 - 23:59:

Bonjour, je ne comprends pas le descriptif de la fin du 2e rang du diagramme: on commence le rang par un groupe de brides et tout à la fin on parle de fermer le rang par une maille coulée dans la 3e maille en l'air... pouvez vous clarifier ce point? Mille mercis d'avance pour votre réponse

DROPS Design 17.08.2020 kl. 08:07:

Bonjour le Chat Detricote, vous commencer chaque tour par 3 mailles en l'air pour remplacer la 1ère bride (cf INFO CROCHET au début des explications), à la fin du 2ème tour (comme à la fin du 1er) vous terminez le tour par 2 mailles en l'air et 1 maille coulée dans la 1ère maille du début du tour = la 3ème maille en l'air du début du tour qui remplace la 1ère bride. Bon crochet!

Ariadna 02.09.2019 - 13:44:

Hola! El bolso es precioso pero tengo una duda con el asa. Pone que ponga un marcapunto en el inicio de la vuelta y en el p.a 56. Pero cuando luego dice que haga 5 p.a. me encontraré con el primer marcapuntos. Eso no lo entiendo porque no le cuadra. Gracias

DROPS Design 05.09.2019 kl. 20:44:

Hola Ariadna. Los marcapuntos están situados en el centro del asa a cada lado. Trabajamos puntos enanos desde el primer marcapuntos hasta el 5º punto de la vuelta para empezar el asa. El asa se trabaja con puntos bajos de ida y vuelta , con 5 puntos a cada lado de los marcapuntos (= un total de 10 puntos el ancho del asa).

Cande 04.07.2019 - 22:32:

Bonjour sauf erreur de ma part vous ne dites pas comment crocheter le 12 eme rang c'est comme le 10 eme? merci pour ce modèle

DROPS Design 05.07.2019 kl. 08:35:

Bonjour Mme Cande, les tours 11 à 13 se crochètent de la même façon, c'est-à-dire avec 1 bride dans chaque bride tout le tour. Bon crochet!

StefanieSenger 09.10.2018 - 08:56:

Im Folgenden ein Vorschlag, wie man die Enden der Netzrunden unsichtbar machen kann. 1. Man beginnt die Reihe mit 5 Lm, dann direkt 2 Stb ins gleiche Loch. 2. Wenn man die Runde durch hat und am Ende ist, häkelt man 2 Lm, wie gewohnt. dann macht man ein Stb in das erste Loch der Reihe und vervollständigt damit die Stb-Gruppe. 3. 1 Km in die 3. Lm vom Rundenanfang 4. 1Km in den anliegenden Lm-Bogen, jetzt ist man in der Mitte der Gruppe nächste Runde beginnen

Anikjl56 10.11.2017 - 09:35:

Oh merciiii bcp pour votre réponse rapide!!!! Tbon vendredi à vs !!😘!

Anikjl56 10.11.2017 - 07:33:

Bonjour Je suis étr in de faire se sac Et jen suis au tout début pour faire les point fantaisies A1! Je suis au tour 1 quand sa dit 1 ) faire 5 ml (remplacent 1B et 2ml) Est se que je ne doit faire que les 5ml? se qui remplacent bien les 1Bet les 2ML?c bien sa??? En vous remerciant pr votre aide bon vendredi à bientot!!

DROPS Design 10.11.2017 kl. 08:09:

Bonjour Anikjl56, tout à fait, au début du tour 1, on crochète 5 mailles en l'air pour remplacer la 1ère bride et les 2 premières mailles en l'air, répétez ensuite la partie de *-*. Bon crochet!

Andrea Schwarz 18.06.2016 - 17:18:

Hallo, ich habe Probleme beim Übergang von der 3. Runde im Muster A.1. Die Übergänge der einzelnen Runden 2 und 3 sehen bei mir komisch aus, wenn ich nach der Anleitung stricke. Es kommen immer Maschen dazu. Ich häkel nach der Kettmasche für die nächste Reihe immer erst 3 Luftmaschen. Ist das richtig? Vielen Dank für eine Antwort und liebe Grüße, Andrea

DROPS Design 20.06.2016 kl. 20:30:

Liebe Andrea, haben Sie beachtet, dass das erste Stb jeweils durch 3 Lm ersetzt wird?

Jocelyn 01.07.2015 - 16:44:

I am having trouble at the start of row 3 on A1. After joining to the third chain from the beginning, it says chain 5 then a treble group in the next trable - but what about the treble in the first treble loop? Thanks

DROPS Design 02.07.2015 kl. 09:43:

Dear Jocelyn, on row 3 in A.1 the 5 ch are made for: 3ch replacing 1st tr + 2 ch. Happy crocheting!

Lory 07.06.2015 - 16:11:

Grazie per lo schema, chiaro e ben spiegato! La borsa finita è molto, molto carina! A presto, Lory

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