Southwestern Bucket bag

This bag was one of the first tapestry projects I designed. I use the term design very loosely.  Crochet isn’t something I invented and this pattern goes back centuries.  I just happened to write it down.

Notes:  This project is worked in the round, so you will not be flipping your work.  Please use the color chart to show when to change yarn to the other color.

Yarn:  Jupiter Moon Farm, Neve. This is a worsted weight yarn, that comes in 444 yard skeins.  I used color way 5 Aruba and 1 Sandbox.  I used 2 skeins of the Aruba and 2 of the Sandbox.

 

Hook: I used a 5.0MM/Size 8/ H hook and an 10.00 MM/Size 15/N hook.Image-1

Pattern:  I personally like my hand made objects to look hand made and rustic.  Because of this I often do not work into the back loop when working tapestry projects.  If you want a more polished look please make each stich in the back loop only.

In the Sandbox colored yarn and the 5.0 MM/H/8 hook, CH 4. SL in the last CH from the hook to create a circle.

RND 1:  CH up 3. (This counts as a DC here and throughout the project.) Place 9 DC in the original circle. SL ST to the 3rd loop of your original CH up 3. You will have 10 DC.

RND 2: CH up 3. Place DC in the same space as the CH up 3. Place 2 DC in each ST until the end of the round.  You will have 20 DC’s.

RND 3: CH up 3. Place DC in the same space as the CH up 3. *1DC in each of the next  2 STs. 2DC in the next st.* repeat from * to * until the end of the round.  You will have 30 DC’s.

RND 4: CH up 3. Place DC in the same space as the CH up 3. *1DC in each of the next 3 STs. 2DC in the next st.* repeat from * to * until the end of the round.  You will have 40 DC’s.

RND 5: CH up 3. Place DC in the same space as the CH up 3. *1DC in each of the next 4 STs. 2DC in the next st.* repeat from * to * until the end of the round.  You will have 50 DC’s.

RND 5: CH up 3. Place DC in the same space as the CH up 3. *1DC in each of the next 4 STs. 2DC in the next st.* repeat from * to * until the end of the round.  You will have 50 DC’s.

RND 6: CH up 3. Place DC in the same space as the CH up 3. *1DC in each of the next 5 STs. 2DC in the next st.* repeat from * to * until the end of the round.  You will have 60 DC’s.

RND 7: CH up 3. Place DC in the same space as the CH up 3. *1DC in each of the next 6 STs. 2DC in the next st.* repeat from * to * until the end of the round.  You will have 70 DC’s.

RND 8: CH up 3. Place DC in the same space as the CH up 3. *1DC in each of the next 8 STs. 2DC in the next st.* repeat from * to * until the end of the round.  You will have 80 DC’s.

RND 9: CH up 3. Place DC in the same space as the CH up 3. *1DC in each of the next 8 STs. 2DC in the next st.* repeat from * to * until the end of the round.  You will have 90 DC’s.

RND 10: CH up 3. Place DC in the same space as the CH up 3. *1DC in each of the next 9 STs. 2DC in the next st.* repeat from * to * until the end of the round.  You will have 100 DC’s.

Bottom of the bag

Next you will be working the sides of the bag.  You will no longer be increasing, but will be placing 1 DC in each DC from the previous row until you complete the pattern.  In the last three rounds, I held both the Aruba and Sandbox colors together to create a marled look.

Handles: Switch to the 10 MM/ N hook. Cut 8 sections of yarn, each being 30 inches long.  I used 4 in Aruba and 4 in Sandbox. Holding all 8 together tie a knot, be sure to leave some excess yarn to create a fringe. Next CH 19. Tie off, and create another large knot.  Cut  Make two.  Using the center of the half diamonds as a guide, force the knots from the inside of your bag to the outside.

If you need a button closure, use the same method. Just use your 5.00 MM/H hook to create a denser cord.  Use the point of the full diamond as a guide, and force the knot between the stitches, from the inside of the bag out, creating a loop on the inside of the bag. I choose a large wooden button and used the Sandbox colored yarn to sow it to the other side of the bag.

Button

 

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