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February Hearts Bag

Those of you who have made my shell stitch bag will recognize this pattern. It is a variation of that pattern all gussied up for Valentine's giving. A small exterior pocket and hearts on the ends of the drawstrings, make this a cutie for the little girl in your life.

Approximate Time: 2 hours

Supplies:

  • worsted weight yarn in white
  • worsted weight yarn in red
  • yarn needle for sewing and weaving in ends
  • a CD for the bottom
  • crochet hook size H (5.0 mm)

Instructions:

Gauge: 4 dc = 1 inch

Size: 6 inches in diameter and 8 inches tall.

Inside Base:

Round 1: Ch 3, (do not count as first dc) 12 dc in the 3rd ch from hook. Join with a slipstitch in first dc. (12 sts)

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Round 2: Ch 2 (do not count as first dc from now on), 2 dc in each st. Join with a slipstitch in first dc. (24 sts)

Round 3: Ch 2, (dc in 1 st, 2 dc in next st) repeat around. Join with a slipstitch in first dc. (36 sts)

Round 4: Ch 2, (dc in 2 sts, 2 dc in next st) repeat around. Join with a slipstitch in first dc. (48 sts)

Fasten off, weave ends into back of work.

Outside Base:

Round 1-4: Rep rounds 1 - 4 of inside base but DO NOT fasten off. Ch1.

Side:

Round 5: Put both pieces together, wrong sides facing each other. Working through both layers, insert hook through same st as slipstitch and through any sc on the other layer. Work a *sc in 3 sts, 2 sc in next st* repeat around. Insert CD before closing. Join with a slipstitch in first sc. (60 sc)

Round 6: Ch 1, sc in join. *Skip 2 st, 5 dc in next st, skip 2 st, sc in next st* repeat around, ending skip 2, 5 dc in next st. Join with a slipstitch in first sc. (10 shells)

Round 7: Ch 3, 4 dc in same st as join. *Sc in 3rd dc, 5 dc in next sc*, repeat around, ending with sc in 3rd dc. Join with a slipstitch in top of ch 3. (10 shells)

Round 8: Slipstitch in 2 dc, ch 1, sc in same dc, *5 dc in next sc, sc in 3rd dc* repeat around, ending with 5 dc in next sc. Join with a slipstitch in first sc. (10 shells)

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Rounds 9-20: Repeat rounds 7 and 8.

Round 21 (eyelet round): Ch 3, [ch 1, skip 1 st, dc in next st, ch 1, skip 1 st, dc in next st, ch 1, skip 1 st, tc in next st] repeat around, ending with slipstitch in third chain of ch 3.

Round 22: Ch 1, sc in same st as join, *skip ch, 5 dc in next st, skip ch, sc in next st* repeat around, ending with skip ch, 5 dc in next st. Join with slipstitch in first sc. (15 shells)

Fasten off white.

Round 23: Attach red with a sc in the center st of any 5 dc shell. *Sc in next st, (insert hook in next st, yo and pull through) repeat twice, yo and pull through all 4 loops on hook. Sc in next st, 3 sc in next st (center dc of shell). Repeat from * around.

Drawstrings: Make 2

Chain 4, work all stitches in the first chain. 3 tr, 3 dc, chain 1, 1 tr, chain 1, 3 dc, 3 tr, chain 2, slip stitch.

Ch 90, work all stitches in the fourth chain from hook. 3 tr, 3 dc, chain 1, 1 tr, chain 1, 3 dc, 3 tr, chain 2, slip stitch.

Now slipstitch in each ch to other heart. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Weave drawstrings in and out of eyelet round starting on opposite sides. Tie the ends of drawstrings in an overhand knot about an inch from the hearts.

Large Heart Motif For Pocket

Round 1: Chain 4, work all stitches in the first chain. 3 trc, 3 dc, chain 1, 1 trc, chain 1, 3 dc, 3 trc, chain 2 slip stitch.

Round 2: Chain 3, in first trc make sc and hdc, in next stitch 3 hdc, in next stitch 2 hdc, 1 sc in next four stitches, chain1 dc in trc chain 1, sc in next four stitches, 2 hdc in next stitch, 3 hdc in next stitch, hdc and sc in next stitch, chain 3 and slip stitch in joining. Fasten off.

Round 3: Attach white with slipstitch in dip of heart. Ch 2, slipstitch in next st. Repeat around. Fasten off.

Weave in ends and sew heart about an inch above round 5. Leave the top of heart open for a pocket.

By Suzie from Bellingham WA

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