Gauge is not crucial for this project but will affect the finished size.
The Front and Back are worked corner to corner in filet crochet turned on the bias.
Leave long tails to use for finishing.
Front and Back (Make 2)
Row 1 (Right Side): Ch 9, dc in first ch to make a square; turn.
Row 2: Ch 7, dc in dc, ch 2, skip 2 ch, (dc, ch 2, dtr) all in next ch; turn – 3 squares.
Rows 3-23: Ch 7, dc in dtr, * ch 2, dc in next dc; repeat from * to last ch-space; ch 2, skip next 2 ch, (dc, ch 2, dtr) all in last ch; turn – 45 squares at end of Row 23.
Row 24: Ch 1, slip st in dtr and next 2 ch and dc, ch 5, dc in next dc, * ch 2, dc in next dc; repeat from * to last dc; dtr in last dc; turn – 43 squares.
Rows 25-42: Ch 5, skip first dc, dc in next dc, * ch 2, dc in next dc; repeat from * to last dc; dtr in last dc; turn.
Row 43: Ch 5, skip first dc, dc in next dc; do NOT turn – 1 square.
Edging Rnd: Ch 3, 2 dc around post of last dc, work 3 dc in each space around and work 9 dc in next 3 corners and 6 more dc in last corner; join with a slip st in top of ch-3. Fasten off.
Sides and Bottom (Make 1)
Row 1 (Right Side): Ch 35; dc in 4th ch from hook and each ch across; turn – 33 sts.
Row 2: Ch 3, skip first dc, dc in next dc and in each dc across, dc in top of ch-3; turn.
Repeat Row 2 until 42” from beginning. Fasten off.
With wrong sides together, pin the Side and Bottom strip to 3 sides of bag Front. Attach yarn at top of strip; ch 1, working through both layers, sc around the 3 sides of the bag, taking care to keep work flat by working extra sts in the lower corners. Fasten off. Repeat for the back.
Attach yarn 1¼” in from seam on top edge of Front of the bag.
Row 1: Ch 1, sc in same st as joining, skip 2 dc, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in next dc, skip 2 dc, sc in next dc; turn.
Row 2: Ch 3, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in ch-2 space, dc in next sc; turn.
Row 3: Ch 3, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in ch-2 space, dc in top of ch-3; turn.
Repeat Row 2 about 33 more times or to desired length of handle.
Join Top of Handle: Hold last row of handle at top of bag 1¼” in from opposite seam of Front, taking care that handle is not twisted; ch 3, slip st in next 3 dc of bag, sc through ch-2 space of handle and next dc of bag together, slip st in next 3 dc of bag, dc in top of ch-3 of handle. Fasten off.
ABBREVIATIONS: ch = chain; dc = double crochet;
dtr = double treble crochet; mm = millimeters;
rnd = round; sc = single crochet; st(s) = stitch(es);
* = repeat whatever follows the * as indicated.
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