DROPS / 153 / 39

Kalahari by DROPS Design

Crochet bag/tote bag with fan pattern in DROPS Bomull-Lin or DROPS Paris

Tags: bags, fan pattern,
DROPS design: Pattern no l-129
Yarn group C or A + A
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Measurements: Height: 34 cm Circumference: 62 cm
Materials:
DROPS BOMULL-LIN from Garnstudio
250 g colour no 03, light beige
100 g colour no 05, brown
Or use:
DROPS PARIS from Garnstudio
250 g colour no 26, dark beige
100 g colour no 44, brown

DROPS CROCHET HOOK SIZE 4.5 mm – or size needed to get 16 tr in width x 8 rows = 10 x 10 cm. 2 x A.2 in width = 9.5 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.
CROCHET INFO:
Beg every tr round with 3 ch (not counted as 1st tr), finish with 1 sl st in 3rd ch from beg of round.

PATTERN:
See diagrams A.1, A.2 and A.3.

REVERSE CROCHET:
Work as dc but backwards. I.e. crochet around from left to right
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BAG:
The piece is worked in the round from bottom up. Work 4 ch on hook size 4.5 mm with light beige and form a ring with 1 sl st in first ch.
ROUND 1: READ CROCHET INFO! Work 11 tr in ch-ring.
ROUND 2: Work 2 tr in every tr = 22 tr.
ROUND 3: * 1 tr in next tr, work 2 tr in next tr *, repeat from *-* the entire round = 33 tr.
ROUND 4: * 1 tr in each of the next 2 tr, work 2 tr in next tr *, repeat from *-* the entire round = 44 tr.
ROUND 5: * 1 tr in each of the next 3 tr, work 2 tr in next tr *, repeat from *-* the entire round = 55 tr.
ROUND 6: * 1 tr in each of the next 4 tr, work 2 tr in next tr *, repeat from *-* the entire round = 66 tr.
ROUND 7: 2 tr in first tr, 1 tr in each of the next 4 tr, 2 tr in next tr, * 1 tr in each of the next 5 tr, 2 tr in next tr *, repeat from *-* the entire round = 78 tr. Insert a marker after round – NOW MEASURE PIECE FROM HERE!

Then work according to diagram A.1-A.3, i.e. work as follows:
ROUND 1: Work 4 ch (= 1 dtr), 3 dtr in first tr, skip 2 tr, * 1 dc in next tr, skip 2 tr, 7 dtr in next tr, skip 2 tr *, repeat from *-* 11 more times, 1 dc in next tr, skip 2 tr, 3 dtr in 3rd ch from beg of previous round, finish with 1 sl st in 4th ch from beg of round = 13 fans.
ROUND 2: 1 ch, 1 dc in first ch, * 7 dtr in next dc, skip 3 dtr, 1 dc in next dtr *, repeat from *-* 11 more times, 7 dtr in next dc, finish with 1 sl st in first dc from beg of round = 13 fans.
ROUND 3: 4 ch, 3 dtr in first dc, skip 3 dtr, * 1 dc in next dtr, 7 dtr in next dc, skip 3 dtr *, repeat from *-* 11 more times, 1 dc in next dtr, 3 dtr in 1st dc from beg of previous round, finish with 1 sl st in 4th ch from beg of round = 13 fans.
Repeat round 2 and 3 until piece measures approx. 25 cm from marker.

Continue to work as follows:
ROUND 1: READ CROCHET INFO! Work 1 tr in each of the next 2 dtr, skip 1 dtr, * 1 tr in next dc, skip 1 dtr, 1 tr in each of the next 5 dtr, skip 1 dtr *, repeat from *-* 11 more times, 1 tr in next dc, skip 1 dtr, 1 tr in each of the next 3 dtr = 78 tr.
ROUND 2: * 1 tr, 1 ch, skip 1 tr *, repeat from *-* the entire round = 39 holes.
ROUND 3: * 1 tr in tr, 1 tr in ch *, repeat from *-* the entire round = 78 tr.
ROUND 4: 1 tr in every tr = 78 tr.
ROUND 5: 1 ch, work REVERSE CROCHET – see explanation above, in every tr. Finish with 1 sl st in first ch from beg of round. Fasten off.

HANDLE:
Work 6 ch on hook size 4.5 mm with brown and form a ring with 1 sl st in first ch. Work 1 dc in every ch = 6 dc. Then work in the round with 1 dc in every dc until handle measures approx. 100 cm, fasten off. Pull end of handle through a hole at the top of bag from WS, make a knot from RS. Repeat on the other side of bag.

TIE:
Cut 10 brown lengths of 4.5 metres each. Twine the strands tog until they resist, fold the string double so that it twines again. Tie a knot in each end - leave some cm outside. Thread tie through eyelet row, tie a double knot over first knot in each end and make fringes at the end of tie.

This pattern has been corrected. .

Updated online: 28.04.2014
Under BAG and Then work according to diagram A.1-A.3, i.e. work as follows: ROUND 1: Work 4 ch (= 1 dtr), ...

Diagram

= ch 1
= 1 dc
= 1 dtr
= 1 sl st
= 1 tr (i.e last round before chart starts- explained in pattern)
= into first tr at beg of round
= into first dc at beg of round
= start here

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 153-39) 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 (29)

Hilde 06.08.2020 - 15:49:

Ich habe nach ca. 25cm mit einer 2.Runde abgeschlossen, d.h. mit einer Kettmasche in der festen Masche und möchte nun mit der Stäbchenreihe beginnen. Wie muss ich hier vorgehen? Ich habe ja nicht mit einer 3. Runde also nicht mitten in der Doppelstäbchenreihe abgeschlossen. Welche Doppelstäbchen muss ich überspringen bzw. Wie fange ich an? 3 Luftmaschen und dann?

DROPS Design 06.08.2020 kl. 16:40:

Liebe Hilde, Sie können die 1. Runde mit Stäbchen genauso wie beschrieben häkeln, diese Runde wird nur die Maschenanzahl abenhmen, ie 1 Doppelstäbchen regelmäßig überpsringen damit 78 Stb am Ende dieser Runde bleiben. Viel Spaß beim häkeln!

Hilde 05.08.2020 - 16:11:

Wenn ich die gewünschte Gesamthöhe erreicht habe, muss ich dann mit einer 3. Runde (nach Diagramm) abschließen, bevor ich das nächste Muster anwende? Oder kann ich auch mit einer 2. Runde (also die, die mit 1Lm und 1fM beginnt) abschließen, bevor ich das Muster für die Löcher beginne?

DROPS Design 05.08.2020 kl. 16:50:

Liebe Hilde, es wird genauso das gleiche sein, Sie sollten die selbe Maschenanzahl haben. Viel Spaß beim häkeln!

Hilde 27.07.2020 - 21:34:

Bei mir ergibt die Maschenprobe bei 16 Stäbchen in Breite und 8 Runden 10cm in der Breite und 8cm in der Höhe. Wieviele Maschen brauche ich dann für die Taschenbasis bzw wie muss ich ab der 7. Runde arbeiten, um auf die angegebene Größe zu kommen?Die Maschenprobe 2xA2 ergibt bei mir eine Breite von 7,5cm . Wie muss ich hier anpassen? Für eine Rückmeldung bin ich dankbar. Vielen Dank.

DROPS Design 28.07.2020 kl. 13:18:

Liebe Hilde, wenn Sie 16 Stb in der Breite auf 10 cm haben, müsste auch eigentlich A.2 in der Breite zur angegeben Maschenprobe passen. Am besten häkeln Sie mehrere Rapporte A.2 und messen dann 2 Rapporte ab. Für die Tasche insgesamt könnten Sie bis zur 7. Runde einschließlich häkeln und dann den Durchmesser noch einmal messen - etwas dehnt sich das Garn ja noch. Der Taschenboden sollte einen Durchmesser von ca. 17-18 cm haben. Ggf. können Sie eine 8. Runde häkeln und dabei 12 Stb zunehmen, dann müssten Sie nachfolgend zwei Rapporte A.2 in der Runde mehr häkeln.

Muller 15.08.2019 - 10:45:

Bonjour Point Fantaisie A.1-A.3 Tour 2 : 1ml. 1ms dans la 1ère ml. De quelle 1ère ml d’agit-il ? Et est ce dans cette ms qu’on devra terminer le tour par une mc ?? Merci beaucoup

DROPS Design 15.08.2019 kl. 14:55:

Bonjour Mme Muller, on va crocheter cette maille serrée dans la 4ème ml du début du tour précédent = la 1ère ml du tour. Le tour 2 se termine par 1 maille coulée dans la maille serrée du début du tour. Bon crochet!

Sandrine 08.05.2019 - 09:44:

Bonjour. Serait il possible de connaitre les dimensions de ce sac ? Quel est le diamètre du sac et la hauteur sans les brides? Je suis entrain de le réaliser, il me semble petit au regard de la photo. Merci

DROPS Design 08.05.2019 kl. 09:49:

Bonjour Sandrine, vous trouverez les dimensions dans l'en-tête: 34 cm de hauteur x 62 cm de circonférence. Avez-vous bien réalisé votre échantillon? Si vous avez bien 16 brides x 8 rangs = 10 x 10 cm et 2 x A.2 en largeur = 9,5 cm, alors votre sac devrait avoir les mêmes dimensions que sur la photo en conservant la même tension. Bon crochet!

Nicole 26.02.2019 - 16:32:

I would like to do some amigurimie doll which calls for cotton yarn. Which of your yarns woud you suggest and being soft? Thank you

DROPS Design 27.02.2019 kl. 09:18:

Dear Nicole, you will find all our cotton yarns here , what about DROPS Loves You #7, #8, #9 or Muskat, Paris or Safran? Your DROPS store will help you choosing the best matching yarn - even per mail or telephone. Happy crocheteing!

Jeny 27.06.2016 - 11:29:

Hello, i hv just finished making the bag part. And a little bit confused on how to crochet the handle part. Please help..

DROPS Design 27.06.2016 kl. 17:36:

Dear Jeny, start handle with 6 ch, join in the round with 1 sl st in 1st ch, then crochet 1 dc in every chain around = 6 dc (= UK-English terminology). Continue then working 1 dc in each st around until piece measures approx. 100 cm. You will have something like a long "tube" and each end of this tube will be then inserted into a hole at the top of bag (from inside towards outside) and make a knot at the end (facing outwards) to keep it in place. Happy crocheting!

Estelle 24.05.2016 - 16:22:

Bonjour, Concernant ce modèle, il faut acheter combien de pelotes ? Car vous mettez les grammages mais sur le site, on ne sait pas combien pèse une pelote. Cordialement

DROPS Design 24.05.2016 kl. 17:48:

Bonjour Estelle, vous trouverez le poids de chaque pelote sous chaque nuancier et sous la liste des prix - Bomull-Lin et Paris sont toutes les 2 en pelotes de 50g, soit 250 g = 5 pelotes beige clair (Bomull-Lin)/beige foncé (Paris) + 2 pelotes brun (Bomull-Lin/Paris). Bon crochet!

Kriz 07.04.2016 - 15:57:

Hi, Which hole is the one for the handle? Is it one of the holes in the eyelet row? Thanks :D

DROPS Design 07.04.2016 kl. 17:35:

Dear Kriz, that's correct - happy crocheting!

Hadar 01.02.2016 - 17:08:

Hello, i love this bag! although i got confused by the CROCHET INFO.. when counting the dc after every round in the beginning the 3 chains doesn't count? meaning, if after round 2 i should have 22 dc including the 3 chains or not including? thanks a lot!

DROPS Design 02.02.2016 kl. 09:25:

Dear Mrs Hadar, the 3 ch at beg of round do not replace the 1st dc, ie when you have 22 dc, you should have 22 dc + 3 ch at beg of round. Happy crocheting!

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