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Plastic Bag Handbag

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This pattern was created by  NOELLA ROBERGE

PREPARATION of the PLASTIC BAGS FOR CROCHETING

Take your plastic bag and flatten it out on a clean, flat surface. Fold it in half lengthwise. Fold it in half again, so that you have a long skinny, flat piece.

Cut off the bottom end. Take a ruler and starting at the bottom of the bag, mark off once inch markings on both sides of the ruler. When you reach the end, cut the bag at the markings into one-inch strips.

These strips are what you are going to crochet. It will be in a circle. Use it two ply. Connect pieces together by doing a slip knot with the two pieces. The knot will blend into the bag and not show.

Now you are ready to go.

Tote Plastic Bags ( Handbag ) 

Can be made with any size hook.

Chain 38

ROW 1: 2 dc in 3rd chain from hook, 1 dc in next 34 stitches, 5 dc in last stitch, 1 dc in each stitch on other side of chain 34 stitches, 2 dc in last stitch.Slip stitch to join. ( 78 sts. )

ROW 2: Chain 2, 1 dc in same stitch,  2 dc in next 2 stitches, 1 dc  in next 34 stitches,  2 dc in next 6 stitches, 1 dc in next 33 stitches, 2 dc in next  3 stitches.Slip st. to complete Row. ( 91 sts.)

ROW 3: chain 2,  l dc in same stitch,  1 dc in next stitch,  2 dc in  next stitch, 1 dc in next stitch, 2 dc in next stitch, 1 dc in next stitch,   2 dc in next stitch, dc in next 34 stitches, ( 2 dc in next st. 1 dc in next st.)  5 times, 2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 35 stitches,  ( 2 dc in next st.1 dc in next st.) 2 times.  Slip st. to complete Row. (103 sts )

These three rows will be the bottom of the HANDBAG

ROW 4: ( sides of HANDBAG ) chain 2,  1 dc in each stitch around without increasing being sure to pick up only back half of stitch. Slip stitch to complete Row. With bottom facing you, mark off corners with small pieces of yarn making sure there are the same number of stitches on each end (10 ts). 

THERE will be 41 sts. on ONE side and 42 sts. on the OTHER side. 10 on each end. = 103 stitches

ROW 5: chain 2, 1 dc in each stitch to marker,  Make a dc around post of  Row below ( FPDC =  ridge stitch), 1 dc in each stitch until you reach marker, make a FPDC at marker to form a ridge stitch. Continue  around Row making a FPDC to form the ridge stitch.

ROW 6: ( Repeat ROW 5 ) except increase one dc on the side of 41 sts to make 42 sts. So both sides will be equal.

ROW 7: chain 2, 1 dc in each stitch to ridge ( FPDC in that stitch ), Side - - (Skip 1 dc, 1 dc in next 2 stitches), Repeat across Row to the  next ridge, ( FPDC ) in this stitch to form ridge.  End -- 1 dc in each stitch on end FPDC in ridge stitch side, same as  first. Side FPDC in ridge stitch.  End-- dc in each stitch, join to complete Row.

ROW 8: chain 2,  1 dc in each stitch to ridge ( FPDC ).Side-- 2 dc in space, chain 1,  2 dc in space, chain 1, continue across  Row to ridge (FPDC) End-- 1 dc in each stitch,  FPDC in ridge stitch.Side same as first side, FPDC in ridge stitch,End -- dc in each stitch,  Join to complete Row .

ROW 9: chain 1, 1 sc in each stitch to ridge FPSC, Side -- 1 sc in each stitch and in each space across Row stitch, End -- 1 sc in each stitch to ridge FPSC in ridge stitch, Side -- same as first side . FPSC in ridge stitch.  End -- sc in each stitch. Join to complete Row.

ROW 10
chain 2, 1 dc in each stitch,  FPDC in ridge stitch, Side -- 1 dc in each stitch to ridge stitch, FPDC in this stitch,End -- 1 dc in each stitch on the end,  FPDC in ridge stitch.  Side -- same as first side. FPDC in ridge stitch End -dc in each stitch. Join to complete Row .

ROW 11 ( Repeat ROW 9 ) count your sts often. There should be 8 sts on each end between ridge sts and 42 sts on each side between ridge sts.

Continue alternating rows (9 and 10) until you complete the size desired.

Strap: Approximately 6 stitches from ridge stitch. Attach " YARN " sc in next 4 stitches. Turn, 1 sc in next 4 stitches, continue 4 sc in each Row until you have reached the desired length. Attach about 6 stitches from ridge stitch on the side.  Make strap on the other side in the same way.

City of Middletown PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT 245 dekoven Drive, P.O. Box 1300. Middletown, CT 06457-1300  who featured this pattern in their newspaper for recyclers to crochet.

Please note that the purpose of this project is to use the plastic bags that accumulate around the house from shopping. The point is not go out and get new bags to use.

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