Dakia means the Postman in Hindi, who in my childhood always had a bag of this sort ( a larger version made of canvas and full of letters for all) hanging from his shoulder. This was the pre-e-mail days, when we used to eagerly wait for the arrival of the Postman.
Dakia bag is a messenger bag, which will come handy for you when you need to carry a book or two and a few more things like your phone and shades and your keys and do not want to carry a large bag.
Use of this combination of colours was there in the back of my mind for a while, but then I was a bit apprehensive as to whether this would be liked by others. The friend for whose birthday I was planning to make a bag gave me a free hand to select the colours. And I used these two sober colours to be offset by the bright one. As the crocheting progressed , and I completed the body, the idea of placing the straps in a different way formed and on a trial it looked fine, so I went ahead and finally put it and found that the balance of the bag is not lost. The closure is also crocheted separately and stitched on.
Finished Size – 12″ x 10.5″
-DK wt yarn of your choice of colour.
I used Vardhman Millenium ,acrylic, DK, in shades of black, gray and golden yellow.
-Hook – 4.5 mm
-Fabric for lining and matching thread.
-Buttons for closure strap. I used a large golden yellow and a smaller one with gray and black zig-zag lines.
-Pearl-headed pins to tack in the pieces in place.
Gauge – Not important.
You can customise the size of the bag as per your need by increasing/decreasing the number of starting chs, the width of crocheting in each colour following the basic scheme.
Abbreviations (US terms)
Ch – chain
Sc – single crochet
Sl st – slip stitch
Hdc – half double crochet
With Black and 4.5mm hook make 45 chs.
Row 1 – sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch till end. Ch 2 turn. (44 scs)
Row 2 – hdc in each sc till end, ch 2 turn.
Repeat Row 2 in black till you reach 4” starting from the first hdc row.
Change to colour Gray.
For changing colour on the last st of last row of black – yarn around, insert hook into the last hdc of previous row, pull yarn through (you have three loops on your hook), now join Gray yarn and pull through the three loops on hook, ch 2 turn.
Next row onwards continue working on Row 2 with Gray, till the gray part measures 4”.
Change to colour Golden Yellow, changing the colour the way described for gray above. Continue Row 2 in Golden Yellow till the Golden Yellow part measures 4”.
In the last row of Golden Yellow make ch 1 instead of ch 2 and turn.
Last Row – sc in each hdc of previous row.
Attach black with right side of the work facing you, at the start of the beginning ch row.
Do Row 1 in the beginning ch loops till end.
Do Row 2 with black till the black part measures same as done in first side.
Change to colour Gray and do Row 2 till the gray part matches the width of the same in first side.
Change to colour Golden Yellow and do Row 2 till the Golden Yellow part matches the width of the same in first side ending with the sc row.
With Black ch 195. Keep a long tail, approx 12”, which will come handy in joining.
Row 1 – sc in the 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch till end, ch 1 turn.
Row 2 – sc in each sc of previous row, ch 1 turn.
Do 2 more rows of Row 2 in Black. (Total 3 rows of sc in Black)
Change to Gray, do 2 rows of Row 2 in Gray.
Change to Golden yellow, do 2 rows of Row 2 in golden yellow.
Change to Gray, do 2 rows of Row 2 in Gray.
Change to Black, do 3 rows of Row 2 in Black.
Do 1 row of sl st in black in each sc of previous row till end.
Fasten off keeping approx 12” yarn tail for joining.
With Black, ch 37.
Row 1 – 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch till last st. change to Gray when the two loops of last sc are on the hook. ch 1, turn. (38 sts)
Row 2 – sc in each sc till last st 2 sc in last st. Ch 1, turn. (39 sts)
Row 3 – 2 sc in first sc , sc in each sc till last sc, , Change to Golden Yellow when two loops of last sc are on hook, ch 1 turn (40 sts)
Row 4 – sc in each of the next 32 sc, ch 3, skip 3 sc (created the buttonhole), sc in each of the next 3 sc , 2 sc in last sc, ch 1 turn.
Row 5 – 2 sc together (reduced one st) sc in each sc till the 3 ch, sc in each ch, sc in each sc till end, change to Gray when two loops of the last sc are on hook, ch 1 turn.
Row 6 – sc in each sc till last 2 sc, sc 2 together ch 1 turn. (39 sts),
Row 7 – sc 2 together, sc in each st till end, change to Black when 2 loops of the last sc are on hook, ch 1 turn. (38 sts)
Row 8 – sc in each st till last 2 sts, sc 2 together. Turn (37 sts)
Row 9 – sl st through each sc till end .
Fasten off with a long tail for joining.
Putting it together
Fold the bag along the beginning ch line with right side out and join the sides with black yarn and blanket stitch. Yes, the stitches will be distinctly visible when done across the olden Yellow and Gray part. I felt, it just adds to the charm.
Position the Closure at the centre of the bag also ensuring that the both sides are hanging equally on either side of the bag, tack the base part of the closure with the body of the bag with pearl-headed pins so that position does not shift. Sew about one inch square of the base part with the body of the bag with small hem stitches with the yarn that you left as tail for this purpose, securing it properly.
On the other side f the bag, aligning with the buttonhole created in the closure, sew in the button of appropriate size. I stacked a smaller button on top of the large one and sewed both together in place.
I put a lining to the strap too for added firmness. If you wish to do so, please line it before you attach it to the bag.
Now place the straps as shown in the photo. Place one end aligning with the edge of the bag on the side and where the Golden Yellow part ends at the lower edge. Tack it in place with pins and sew it along the area overlapping the body of the bag.
Fold the strap in a way that other end of it comes in the same part of the body of the bag as the first end but at the other end. Sew it on the same way as the first end. Remember, you have to stitch the area of the strap which overlaps the body of the bag (this will be a rectangular part and secure the strap firmly to the body).
Now line the bag with your choice of fabric. I put an inner pocket too, with a contrasting fabric and before attaching it, did one row of simple embroidery stitches along the two sides. You can modify the lining to your liking, can even add a zipper if you wish.
Now you are ready with your Dakia bag!!
Put in a book, your sketch pad and pencils, a small project and a few more things and you are ready to go out!!
Here is my Dakia Bag in Ravelry.
In case some error is noticed or any part of the pattern is not clear or difficult to understand, please let me know.
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