The Beach Blossoms Market Bag

While it may be hot outside this time of year, the cool and calming shades of The Beach Blossoms Market Bag will have you imagining you are dragging your feet through the wet sand, or enjoying the feeling of cool water lapping against your toes. While designed as a market bag, The Beach Blossoms works well as an everyday tote, or bag to take to the beach! It is designed to easily be made larger or smaller to fit your needs (especially when it comes to shopping!). While designed with Caron Cotton Cakes in mind, cotton yarns of all types and colours will accentuate the stitching and style of the bag.

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Difficulty: Advanced Beginner

US Terminology

Materials:

Gauge:

18 DC and 8 rows=4 inch square

Measurements:

  • Length: 18 inches
  • Width: 14 inches
  • Strap length- 22.5 inches

Other Notes:

-Beginning CH 1, CH3, CH 4 do NOT count as a stitch.

-This pattern is worked in rows, connected with a SL ST (does not count as a stitch).

-2DC BOB- to make a 2DC BOB, YO, insert into next stitch, YO, pull through. YO, pull through first 2 loops on your hook. YO, insert into same stitch, YO, pull through. YO, pull through first 2 stitches. YO, pull through all remaining loops on your hook.

-Flame ST- to create a flame stitch, working around the CH 3 from the row below-(2DC BOB, CH 3) x4, 2DC BOB. Your flame stitch will look like a modified shell with 4 petals. When completing the rows between the flame stitch rows, you will only SC around the 2nd and 3rd petals (see below photo)

Each flame stitch is made of 4 petals. The SC stitches in R15 attach around the 2nd and 3rd petals. The SC of R14 and TC of R15 line up above one another

-In the repeating rows 14 and 15, the TC and SC stitches that separate each flame stitch should always line up on top of each other (see above photo)

-You can easily alter the width of the bag by increasing/decreasing the number of stitches by 10, and alter the length of the bag by increasing/decreasing the number of times you repeat R14/15

Pattern

R1: MR, CH 3, 10 DC (10 st)

R2: SL ST to 1st ST of previous row, CH 3. INC DC around (20 st)

R3: SL ST to 1st ST of previous row, CH 3. (DC, INC DC) x 10 (30 st)

R4: SL ST to 1st ST of previous row, CH 3. (2 DC, INC DC) x 10 (40 st)

R5: SL ST to 1st ST of previous row, CH 3. (3 DC, INC DC) x 10 (50 st)

R6: SL ST to 1st ST of previous row, CH 3. (4 DC, INC DC) x 10 (60 st)

R7: SL ST to 1st ST of previous row, CH 3. (5 DC, INC DC) x 10 (70 st)

R8: SL ST to 1st ST of previous row, CH 3. (6 DC, INC DC) x 10 (80 st)

R9: SL ST to 1st ST of previous row, CH 3. (7 DC, INC DC) x 10 (90 st)

R10: SL ST to 1st ST of previous row, CH 3. (8 DC, INC DC) x 10 (100 st)

R11: SL ST to 1st ST of previous row, CH 3. (9 DC, INC DC) x 10 (110 st)

R12: SL ST to 1st ST of previous row, CH 3. (10 DC, INC DC) x 10 (120 st)

R13: SL ST to 1st ST of previous row, CH 1. (SC, CH 3, skip 3 st, SC, CH 3, skip 1 st, SC, CH 3, Skip 3 st) x 12 (36 st, 108 CH)

*see other notes for instructions on how to complete Flame Stitch*

R14: SL ST to 1st ST of previous row, CH 1. (SC, CH 1, skip both CH 3 and SC of previous row. Flame ST around CH 3, CH 1. Skip SC and CH 3 of previous row) x 12 (12 SC, 12 Flame ST, 24 CH)

R15: SL ST to 1st ST of previous row, CH 4. (TC, CH 3, SC around the CH 3 that forms the 2nd ‘petal’ of the flame stitch, CH 3, SC around the CH 3 that forms the 3rd ‘petal’ of the flame stitch, CH 3) x12 (36 st 108 CH)

Repeat R14 and R15 until you complete R32 (ends on R 14)

R33: SL ST to 1st ST of previous row, CH 4. (TC, CH 3, SC around the CH 3 that forms the 2nd ‘petal’ of the flame stitch, CH 1, SC around the CH 3 that forms the 3rd ‘petal’ of the flame stitch, CH 3) x12 (36 st, 84 CH)

R34: SL ST to 1st ST of previous row, CH 1. SC in each stitch and CH around (120 st)

35-37: SL ST to 1st ST of previous row, CH 1. SC around (120 st)

R38: SL ST to 1st ST, CH 1. 12 SC, CH 90, skip 36 st, 24 SC, CH 90, skip 36 st, 12 SC. (228 st)

R39: SL ST to 1st ST, CH 1. SC in each st and CH around (228 st)

R40-41: SL ST to 1st ST, CH 1. SC in each st around (228 st)

SL ST to 1st ST and FO. Weave in the ends.

R42: Reattach yarn to a SC in to bottom of the loop formed by the strap/handle and top of the bag. SC evenly all the way around the inside of the loop, connecting to the first SC with a SL ST and FO. Weave in the ends. Repeat R42 once more with the other strap/handle.

Enjoy your new bag!

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Thank you so much for making this pattern! If you run into any problems or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me through Facebook or Instagram! Please remember to tag me @thecozychipmunk #thecozychipmunk so I can see your completed creation!

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