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Sweet Summer Crochet Handbag Crochet Along: Week 2

Sweet Summer Handbag Week 2 Sides
Sweet Summer Handbag Week 2 Sides

Designed for the spring 2016 AllFreeCrochet Crochet Along, the Sweet Summer Crochet Handbag uses three basic stitch patterns, custom seamless transitions and bright, light yarn to achieve the perfect summertime crochet tote. The chosen colors resemble a sandy shore and sweet tropical fruit, and its small size makes it the perfect summer companion. Best of all, this darling crochet bag is lined, so all your summertime essentials will be safe and sound. We're excited you're here and checking out all the fun, and we hope you'll join in. We love this summery bag already and we promise it will be worth the wait.
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Instructions

Week 2: Sides of the Bag

  1. Starting on next round and until 6th round, the 1st dc (uk: tr) will be replaced by 2 ch sts.

  2. Rnd 1: 1 shell in 1st st, skip 2 sts, 1 shell in next st, skip 2 sts, 1 shell in next st, * skip 4 sts, 1 shell in next st *, work 8 times from * to *, skip 2 sts, 1 shell in next st, skip 2 sts, 1 shell in next st, skip 2 sts, 1 shell in next st, skip 2 sts, 1 shell in next st, * skip 4 sts, 1 shell in next st *, work 8 times from * to *, skip 2 sts, 1 shell in next st. Close round with 1 sl st to 2nd ch at beg of round. (24 shells)

  3. Rnds 2 to 6: 1 sl st in next dc (uk: tr), in the ch-1 space work 1 sl st and 1 shell. Then, 1 shell in the ch-space of each foll shell. Close round with 1 sl st to 2nd ch at beg of round.

  4. Rnd 7: 1 sl st in next dc (uk: tr), in the ch-1 space work 1 sl st, 3 ch (replaces the 1st dc (uk: tr) and the ch-1 space), 1 dc (uk: tr), 1 shell in the ch-space of each of the next 11 shells, in the ch-space of next shell, work 1 dc (uk: tr), 1 ch and 1 dc (uk: tr), 1 shell in the ch-space of each of the next 11 shells. Close round with 1 sl st to 2nd ch at beg of round.

  5. Rnd 8: 1 sl st in next dc (uk: tr), in the ch-1 space work 1 sl st, then 2 ch, 1 shell in the ch-space of each of the next 11 shells, 1 dc (uk: tr) in next ch-1 space, 1 shell in the ch-space of each of the next 11 shells. Close round with 1 sl st to 2nd ch at beg of round.

  6. Rnd 9: 1 sl st in each of the next 2 sts, in the ch-1 space work 1 sl st, 2 ch, 1 dc (uk: tr), 1 ch and 2 dc (uk: tr), 1 shell in the ch-space of each of the next shells. Close round with 1 sl st to 2nd ch at beg of round.

  7. Rnd 10: In the ch-1 space work 1 sl st, 2 ch, 1 dc (uk: tr), 1 ch and 2 dc (uk: tr) (= the 1st shell), then, 1 shell in the ch-space of each foll shell. Close round with 1 sl st to 2nd ch at beg of round. (22 shells)

  8. Rnds 11 & 12: 1 sl st in next dc (uk: tr), then work as for Round 10.

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I am also having problems. I finished the whole bag and it was a struggle to try to keep to the right number of stitches and shells and in the end it was crooked. I took it completely apart and started over. I ended up with one extra stitch on the last two rounds of the bottom, ok, no problem, will just skip a stitch on each round. now I am on the first round of shells. At the end of the bottom last round it states I should have 100 stitches so I made sure I did. following the pattern doing shell, skip 2 stitches, twice, then shell skip 4 stitches. Then repeat from star 8 times, repeating this at the other end it would take 110 stitches to be able to complete the round. Should it be only 7 repeats or should we only be skipping 3 instead of 4 stitches between shells? Thanks

I figured it out. You must have 110 stitches at the end of Round 5 for the first row of shells to work out.

PLEASE HELP. what am I doing wrong.my base looks curly at round 3. What's happening or do I just keep going?

Don't add extra stitches on the straight sides of the base. Add a few stitches around the corners though but just enough to keeep it flat so it doesn't curl or ruffle.

Hi I have been trying for two days to complete weeks 1 and 2 both patterns seem to be wrong!! I am new to this and thought it would be easy. Don't want to give up as the bag is so nice. Help?!!!!!

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