Wednesday, 13 August 2014

HAPPY Rucksack - FREE Crochet PATTERN - PART 1

Lots of sunshine, warm temperatures, warmer nights..... and the odd days with showers.... that has been our summer experience here in Kent, UK, and we have been enjoying it !  
And what does all this good weather bring?  days out and about.... and not much crocheting in sight!  well for me that has been the case and I have taken most of the summer season to relax and enjoy our visitors, travels, day trips and family instead.  
And I am thoroughly enjoying the time away from crochet and everything to do with it - blogging, pattern writing, answering emails, FB crochet groups, and the like.... so relaxing and stress free..... absolute bliss!

However, I must admit the odd evenings where I have crocheted away a few hours before bedtime.... so many daylight hours during summer and even after a big day out, there are still daylight hours to fill in the late evening.  

This is how my HAPPY rucksack came about.... a need for a pretty little bag for day trips.  

I crochet the rucksack, from start to finish over five days  NIGHTS. Please forgive me, I never thought I would be sharing this pattern, so I don't have a photo for every step of the way.  However, I will do my best with the photos I have taken after the making of the bag (and even after using it) so you can see here how the stitch pattern rounds look close up.

I love this bag, so much, I am happy to share and walk you through the simple pattern combinations I used.  The simple pattern stitches and the design were decided as I crocheted, nothing planned ahead, just crocheting in the round, changing the stitch, round by round, changing colour, round by round, and working with remnants of my yarn stash.  That is why the main colour is orange, I had a good amount of it, and a smaller amount of the purple, green, pink and pale blue.   

The yarn used is DMC Petra 5 and I used a steel hook size 2mm.


You can use as many colours as you like, you may want to use just one colour, or just two, or you may want to change colour every row.  

It's all good, it's about creating a HAPPY rucksack.


PLEASE NOTE:  

INSTRUCTIONS for the bag will be in THREE (3) PARTS.  
Today I will share with you PART 1, covering the Foundation Row and first nine (9) rounds.  Then in a few days times I will come back with PART 2, and we will continue with the following pattern rounds.

After all it is still summer time, and I am still having fun enjoying every moment of this holiday time.  So, if you have some free time to crochet this free pattern and would love a colourful rucksack or backpack for the summertime, then do join in, and crochet-a-long.




PATTERN DETAILS:

SKILL LEVEL:  Easy
YARN:  Petra Crochet Cotton 5 by DMC * Thread * 100% Cotton * 437 yards / 100 grams
TOTAL YARDAGE:  568 - 611 yards / 130-140 grams
HOOK:  2mm
MEASUREMENTS:   Length 15in (38cm) X Width 11in (28cm) - Bag circumference = 22in (56cm)

PATTERN NOTES:

Bag is crochet in the round, from bottom up.  Bottom of bag has a strong foundation row, slightly gathered.  Two drawstrings at the top, close the opening of the bag, and also serve as shoulder straps.

You will need to know how to:
  • crochet in the round  
  • colour change
  • single crochet
  • double crochet
  • half double crochet

PATTERN INSTRUCTIONS:  (PART 1)





ABBREVIATIONS:
Ch = chain; sc = single crochet; hdc = half double crochet; dc = double crochet; sl st = slip stitch; st/sts = stitch/es; rep = repeat; ch1-sp = chain 1 space.

WITH MC
Foundation Row:  *Ch3, dc in 3rd st from hook, rep from * 14 times (15 loops).

Rnd 1:  Ch3, *5dc in loop, 1dc in st between loops, rep from * to end, 11dc in last loop, work opposite side, ** 1dc in st between loops, 5dc in each loop, rep from ** to end, ending with 5dc in last loop, join in ch3.  (220sts)


CHANGE TO CC1
Rnd 2:  Ch3, dc around, join with sl st in ch3.


CHANGE TO MC
Rnd 3:  Ch2, hdc around, join with sl st in ch2.


CHANGE TO CC2
Rnd 4:  Ch2, hdc around, join with sl st in ch2.

CHANGE TO MC
Rnd 5:  Ch3, dc around, join with sl st in ch3.

Rounds 1 to 9
CHANGE TO CC3
Rnd 6:  Ch2, hdc around, join with sl st in ch2.


CHANGE TO MC
Rnd 7:  Ch3, *skip next st, (1hdc, ch1 in next st), rep from * around, join with sl st in 2nd ch of ch3.


CHANGE TO CC3
Rnd 8:  Ch2, 2hdc in each ch1-sp around, join with sl st in ch2.

CHANGE TO MC
Rnd 9:  Ch3, dc around, join with sl st in ch3.

PHOTO BELOW:  Bottom of bag and first nine (9) rounds.
Looking at the bottom of the bag and identifying
the first nine (9) rounds.

HAPPY Rucksack FREE Crochet Pattern PART 2 - go HERE



Hope you enjoy this FREE PATTERN for my
HAPPY Rucksack
and hope you all enjoying your summer holidays!


ciao, ciao!
Barbara Summers Hand Knit and Crochet   www.crocknit.com
(C) Copyright - All rights reserved.

HAPPY Rucksack - FREE Crochet PATTERN - PART 2


ARE YOU READY FOR PART 2?  

Here we go, starting with Round 10.

For Part 1 - go HERE


CHANGE TO CC1
Rnd 10:  Ch2, hdc around, join with sl st in ch2.

CHANGE TO MC
Rnd 11:  Ch3, dc in same st, *skip 1st, 2dc in next st, rep from * around, join with sl st in ch3.

CHANGE TO CC1
Rnd 12:  Ch2, hdc around, join with sl st in ch2.


CHANGE TO MC
Rnd 13-14:  Ch3, dc around, join with sl st in ch3.

CHANGE TO CC2
Rnd 15:  Ch2, hdc around, join with sl st in ch2



CHANGE TO MC
Rnd 16:  Ch4 (counts as 1dc, 1ch), *skip 1st, (1dc, 1ch) in next st, rep from * around, join with sl st in 3rd ch of ch4.


CHANGE TO CC2
Rnd 17:  Ch3, 1dc in ch1-sp, *2dc in next ch1-sp, rep from * around, join with sl st in ch3.


CHANGE TO MC
Rnd 18:  Ch4 (counts as 1dc, 1ch), *skip 1st, (1dc, 1ch) in next st, rep from * around, join with sl st in 3rd ch of ch4.


CHANGE TO CC2
Rnd 19:  Ch2, hdc around, join with sl st in ch2.


CHANGE TO MC
Rnd 20-21:  Ch3, dc around, join with sl st in ch3.





CHANGE TO CC4
Rnd 22:  Ch3, 2dc in same st, *skip 2sts, 3dc in next st, rep from * around, join with sl st in ch3.


CHANGE TO MC
Rnd 23:  Sc in last dc of 3dc group, *(ch3, skip 2sts, sc in next st) rep from * around, join with sl st in sc.

Rnd 24:  Sl st in ch3-sp, ch3, 2dc in same ch3-sp, *3dc in next ch3-sp, rep from * around, join with sl st in ch3.

Rnd 25:  Ch2, hdc around, join with sl st in ch2.




CHANGE TO CC3
Rnd 26:  Ch2, hdc around, join with sl st in ch2.

CHANGE TO MC
Rnd 27:  Ch3, *skip next st, (1hdc, ch1 in next st), rep from * around, join with sl st in 2nd ch of ch3.

CHANGE TO CC3
Rnd 28:  Ch2, 2hdc in each ch1-sp around, join with sl st in ch2.

CHANGE TO MC
Rnd 29:  Ch3, dc around, join with sl st in ch3.

RndS 30-33:  REPEAT Rnds 26-29.



Rnds 34-43:  REPEAT Rnds 10-19.




That's all for today - enjoy!

Join me again next week for PART 3 
Finishing the FINAL ROUNDS of the RUCKSACK 
HOW TO CROCHET the top of the bag 
with special drawstring rounds
and attaching WITH NO SEW

Hope you're enjoying this FREE PATTERN 
for my
HAPPY Rucksack
and may you all enjoy your summer holidays!

Do contact me if you need some help - I will do my best to answer within 36hrs.

ciao, ciao!
Barbara Summers Hand Knit and Crochet   www.crocknit.com
(C) Copyright - All rights reserved.















Monday, 11 August 2014

RAINBOW TREASURES Crochet eBook coming soon ...


RAINBOW Crochet Treasures 
is a small collection of patterns I have included in an ebook which will help you create
colourful and unique mother and daughter accessories.
Patterns for Baby, Toddler, Child, Teen and Adult.

In this eBook you will find patterns for a hat, sun hat, keyhole scarf and mittens
 all created using lovely colourful yarns.



Rainbow Treasures are perfect for every day wear or a special day out.
You can create your own style with different colours and different yarns.

Each design has been created with a focus on simple and quick
ways to achieve a unique crochet garment.
Which one will you make first?



This CROCHET EBook INCLUDES some PATTERNS
 previously available as stand alone patterns:
Tropo Hat
Blossom Sun Hat
Rainbow Baby Mittens

NEW patterns INCLUDED ARE:
Rainbow Keyhole Scarf


and
Henrietta Fingerless Mittens


RAINBOW TREASURES 

Crochet eBook 
has a total of 22 pages. 
First nine (9) pages include 
Cover page, copyright page, welcome page, table of contents, and Things you Need to Know - Skill Level, USA/UK Hook sizes, guidelines, yarn weights, yarn substitutes, care instructions, special stitches, USA abbreviations. 
Ten (10) pages of patterns, with photos, and a closing page.

SKILL LEVEL: Easy to Intermediate (not for beginners)

This Crochet eBook written in USA - AMERICAN crochet terms.



RAINBOW TREASURES
eBook Patterns
will be available very, very SOON 
(August 15, 2014)
from

and will also be available from your favourite online store