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Valentine's Day Stripe Bag
Lion Brand® Homespun® - Chenille Thick & Quick®
Pattern Number: 40551
This simple striped handbag is finished off with a soft chenille rosette.

SKILL LEVEL:  Easy (Level 2)
SIZE: One Size
13 1/4" wide x 8 1/4" tall [34.5 x 21.5 cm]

CORRECTIONS: (applied Feb 4, 2008)
Pattern is worked with one strand of B throughout.The above is only a summary of corrections; the corrected pattern text is below (if free) or shipped upon completion of order (if purchased)

MATERIALS

790-367 Homespun Yarn: Covered Bridge Red

Heathered Solid Old-barn red


Quantity needed: 1 Skeins
Estimated Price: $ 6.99
Note: (A)

950-113 Chenille Thick & Quick Yarn: Scarlet DISCONTINUED A bright, intense and true red
Quantity needed: 1 Skeins
Estimated Price: $ 8.49
Note: (B)

Lion Brand Crochet Hook - Size N-13 (9 mm)
Quantity needed: 1
Estimated Price: $ 2.95


Lion Brand Large-Eye Blunt Needles (Set of 6)
Quantity needed: 1
Estimated Price: $ 3.59

Additional Materials
1 set sew-on snaps Sewing needle and matching thread
GAUGE:
8 sc + 9 rows = 4 inches [10 cm] with 2 strands of A held together or 1 strand of B. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles. Making a Gauge Swatch
Exact gauges is not imporant to this project.


INSTRUCTIONS



BAG

BOTTOM

With 2 strands of A held tog, ch 28.

Row 1 (RS) Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across; turn - 27 sc.



Rows 2-6 Ch 1, sc in each sc across; turn.



Fasten off.

FRONT

Row 1 With RS of Bottom facing, skip first 3 row-end sts on right side, join 2 strands of A in next row-end st, ch 1, sc in same row-end st, sc in each of next 2 row-end sts, working across top edge of Bottom, sc in each of next 27 sc, working across other side edge, sc in each of next 3 row-end sts; turn, leaving remaining sts unworked - 33 sc.



Row 2 Ch 1, sc in each sc across.

Fasten off A; join 1 strand of B.



Rows 3-19 Repeat Row 2, working in the following color sequence: [2 rows B, 2 rows A] 4 times, 1 row B.

Fasten off.



BACK

Row 1 With RS of Bag facing, join 2 strands of A in first row-end st on side edge of Bottom to the left of last st made in Row 1 of Front, ch 1, sc in same row-end st, sc in each of next 2 row-end sts, working across opposite side of foundation ch, sc in each of next 27 ch, working across other side edge, sc in each of next 3 row-end sts; turn - 33 sc.



Rows 2-19 Repeat Rows 2-19 of Front.



HANDLES - Make 2

With 1 strand of B, ch 60.

Row 1 Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across; do not turn - 59 sc.



Round 2 Ch 1, slip st in each st and row-end st around; join with slip st in first slip st.

Fasten off.



CLOSING TAB

Row 1 With RS of Bag facing, skip first 14 sc on top edge of Back, join 2 strands of A in next sc, ch 1, sc in same sc, sc in each of next 4 sc; turn - 5 sc.



Rows 2-6 Ch 1, sc in each sc across; turn.



Fasten off.

ROSETTE

With 1 strand of B, ch 17 (35, 53) for Small, Medium, or Large Rosette.

Row 1 Dc in 5th ch from hook, *ch 1, skip 1, (dc-ch-dc) in next ch - V-stitch made; repeat from * across; - 6 (16, 25) V-stitches made.

Turn.



Row 2 Ch 3 - counts as dc, 5 dc first in ch-space, *sc in next ch-1 space, 6 dc in next ch-1 space - shell st made; repeat from *, ending 6 dc in last ch-1 space - 6 (16, 25) shells.

Fasten off, leaving long tail for anchoring Rosette.



Assembly

Thread needle with tail and weave to base of last st.

Starting at that end, roll first shell tightly to form center bud; anchor at base of shell with 2 sts.

Roll remaining strip to form Rosette, then secure by stitching in and out through layers of foundation ch at bottom of Rosette.

FINISHING

With RS of Front and Back facing, matching sts across side edges, using 1 strand of A, working from top to bottom, slip st Front to Back along each side seam.

Turn Bag right side out, push top of side seams in to form pleats, and sew first 3 sc on Front and Back tog to secure pleats.

With 1 strand of B, sew 1 end of each Handle to each side of Bag.

With sewing needle and sewing thread, sew top half of snap to wrong side of Closing Tab.

Sew other half of snap to corresponding position on Front of Bag.

Sew Rosette to front of Closing.

ABBREVIATIONS / REFERENCES
beg = begin(s)(ning)
dpn(s) = double pointed needle(s)
k = knit
k2tog = knit 2 together
p = purl
p2tog = purl 2 together
rem = remain(s)(ing)
rep = repeat(s)(ing)
rnd(s) = round(s)
RS = right side
St st = Stockinette stitch
st(s) = stitch(es)
WS = wrong side
ch(s) = chain(s)
ch-space = space previously made
dc = double crochet
RS = right side
sc = single crochet
st(s) = stitch(es)
tog = together


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