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Groovy Berry Crochet Messenger Bag Crochet-Along - Pt 6: Assembly

Groovy Berry Crochet Messenger Bag - Assembly
Groovy Berry Crochet Messenger Bag - Assembly
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Learn how to stitch together all four panels of the Groovy Berry Crochet Messenger Bag, as well as offer some insight regarding the bag’s assembly. The video will also explain why seaming is important, the proper way to construct the strap, whether or not you should line the bag, and what color you should choose for the bottom of the bag. You definitely do not want to miss this important installment!
 
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Crochet HookI/9 or 5.5 mm hook

Yarn Weight(5) Bulky/Chunky (12-15 stitches for 4 inches)

Crochet Gauge11 sts and 5 rows = 4” in pattern for Back

Finished Size20” wide x 16” tall x 3” deep

Materials List

  • Patons Shetland Chunky [75% acrylic/25% wool; 100 g; 148 m/135 yds); 5 skeins #24107878046 Oxford Grey (MC), 1 skein each #24107878310 Lilac Lace (A), #24107878008 Aran (B), and #24107878416 Pretty in Pink (C)
  • Crochet hook size I/9/5.50mm or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Tapestry needle

Finishing

  1. Strap/Gusset:
    With MC, ch 11.
    Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Ch 1, turn. 10 sc
    Row 2: Sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn.
    Rep Row 2 for pattern until strap measures 80” (or desired length), end off. In the model shown I did a 20” section in Color A to make the MC yarn last longer but you can make it all solid if you invest in another skein of MC.

    Back:
    With MC, ch 55.
    Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Ch 3, turn. 54 sc
    Row 2: Dc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn.
    Row 3: Sc in each dc across. Ch 3, turn.
    Rep Rows 2 – 3 for pattern until work measures 16” tall, ending with a Row 3. End off.

    Front
    Rep all instructions for Back.

    Top Gusset:
    With MC, ch 55.
    Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Ch 1, turn. 54 sc
    Row 2: Sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn.
    Rep Row 2 for pattern until work measures 3”. End off.

    Finishing:
    Flap:
    With MC, sc 4 colorwork panels together in order shown in photo, or desired order.
    With MC, with RS facing and starting in top right corner, work 1 rnd sc around assembled flap, working 3 sc in each corner.
    With MC, work crab st along right side, bottom, and left side of flap. End off.

    Bag Assembly:
    Sew beginning of strap/gusset  to end of strap/gusset, being careful not to twist it.
    Pin Back and Front to each side of Gusset, aligning color change section with bottom of bag if you made a 2-color gusset.
    With RSs facing you each time and MC, sc Front and Back to Gusset, working 3 sc in each corner.

    Top Gusset:
    Pin Top Gusset into place with one long edge along top of Back and one long edge along top of Flap. With RSs facing you each time, and MC, sc Top Gusset into place.
    Weave in all ends.

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