Beach Backpack – 5. From Straps to Back

DSC00001Woof and Welcome,

You’ve come at just the right time to finish off your back pack! Last time we finished the bag, today we’re going to make the straps and assemble the whole thing.

The first thing we do is attach the strap to the bottom corner of the back pack starting with a single crochet (sc) in the corner. I’ve chosen a lovely brown wool  for the straps to match my ears.

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Next we do 135 chain stitches to make the strap itself.

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After that we weave the strap through the eyelets at the top like this.

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Then we take the strap out the last eyelet and sc the end back to the beginning.

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For the other side you do exactly the same process, starting with a sc in the other corner

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And weaving the strap through the eyelets to ensure it is in and out of the SAME holes as the previous strap.

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Once you’ve secured your second strap back at its start and sewn in the ends, you have a finished back pack like this!

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Isn’t it great!!

This was the last of the DKO designs beginner crochet tutorials.

Woof and thank you!

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Beach Backpack – 4. From Mesh to Bag

DSC00001Woof and Welcome, I hope by now your backpack is coming along nicely. In the last lesson we started the actual crocheting of the backpack. In this lesson we’re going to focus on the middle to the end, including sewing it into a bag… but not including the backpack straps. Ambitious, I know, but let’s see how we go!

When I last left you we were working towards Row 17. I’m there now! Here’s how it looks

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The next row is a little different. It starts out the same, with 2 turning ch and a hdc, but then instead of making mesh we’re going to put a hdc in the sc and 2hdc into the space like this

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And then we just keep on going that way till the end of the row.

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The row after that is plain hdc, as are the next 4, and you can do that standing on your head by now I’m sure!

But make sure you count them carefully. If you look at the picture can you see that every second row of hdc produces a ridge? Also check that the wool ball end is on the same side as the end attached to the first chain, this means it is an odd numbered row.

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From here we repeat row 4 like thisLesson 4 photo 5

Then we repeat row 5 like this

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And then you continue to do more Row 5s until we reach the end of row 37. But please remember not only to count your rows but also your mesh spaces across. There should be 10.

As you can see here I forgot to count my spaces and wound up with too many. Ooops.The problem starts around row 5 of mesh on the right.  There is no solution but to unravel the rows back to the mistake and start again!

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So I did, and this time I got it right!

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For Row 38 we repeat Row 18 which is the row we began with in this tutorial- a hdc into each stitch, and 2hdc into each space.

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Then it is time for eyelets like we did in the last tutorial… you should have 8. Then for our last row do hdcs, putting one in each stitch and 2 in each eyelet like this.

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See how it looks now?

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Finish off leaving the thread long enough to reach at least ¾ of the way down. the crochet.

And now it is time to sew! Firstly we’ll fold the bag in half, so you can see how it fits together.

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Now what you need to do is line up the two edges – a top and a bottom – like this to sew together and make the top rim of the bag.

 

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Then we sew it – under and over – into each side in turn like this.

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Keep going until you get to the top. Then weave the needle through the fabric one way then back the other way to secure the end, and you’re done with that side.

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Woof done!

Sew up the other side the same way. If you don’t have enough thread to make it to the end don’t worry. Just finish off as you did above, secure the beginning of a new thread in the same way and carry on sewing!

Now you have the bag! Next lesson is the final lesson where we turn it into a backpack. Happy crocheting and sewing, see you then!

Woof!

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OLIVE

 

Beach Backpack – 2. Making a mesh square

DSC00001Woof and Welcome. I’m Olive the dog, and this is the second tutorial for crocheting a beginner beach backpack.

Most of the Beach Backpack is made of mesh, so today we’re going to make a mesh square. Pattern BEG004 photo 2This is only a sample, not the actual backpack, so if you feel confident you can skip onto the next lesson. But if you’ve never made mesh before you might like to try this little experiment.

Let’s start by looking at the chart and the finished square side by side:

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To start, make a foundation chain of 17 chain (ch) stitches like this.

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For the next row do two chain as turning ch and put a half double crochet (hdc) into the third ch from hook.

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Now hdc into each of the 16 foundation ch left like this.

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Turn your work, and make 2 ch, then 1 hdc into the last hdc in the previous row. Follow this with 4 ch. Skip 2 hdcs on the previous row and single crochet (sc) into the next one like this.

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You have now started the mesh pattern. Keep going by crocheting 4 more ch, skipping 2 hdc and sc into next hdc after that, and repeating this pattern until you get to the end of the row. You should have one hdc left over, put a hdc in it. It should look like this.

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To do the next line of mesh start with 2 turning ch, 1hdc, 4 ch, 1sc into space.

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Then repeat (4 ch, 1 sc into space) 4 more times to make 5 mesh holes in the row.

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Work back and forth copying this last line until you have done at least 8 rows, more if you still aren’t confident.

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I bet it’s looking woofing marvelous now! Good work. Next lesson we start the backpack itself.

 

Until next time…. Woof!

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OLIVE