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Chhota Spikes

Chhota Spikes

Chhota Spikes is a small 12” x 10” sling bag, which can easily accommodate a book or two, your wallet, your keys, mobile and shades and you are on the go for the short trip, when you do not want to be bothered with a large purse.

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You’ll need

-DK weight yarn in two contrast colours. I used Vardhman Millenium acrylic approx 85 gms in each colour.

-Hook – 4.5 mm and 5.5 mm

– Fabric for lining

-Magnetic closure

– Tapestry needle

Gauge

Not important. The fabric done in spike stitch is dense so use a hook which is a size thicker than what you would use otherwise.

You can customise the size of the bag as per your need, by increasing/decreasing the number of starting chs in the multiples of 5.

Abbreviations

Ch – chain

Sc – single crochet

Sl st – slip stitch

Flo – front loop only

Blo – back loop only

Spike stitch – Spike stitch is scs done in the rows below.

It has been beautifully explained here

Yarn Dark colour – D

Yarn Light colour – L

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How to

 Make 41 ch with the D.

First side

1st row – sc in second ch from hook, sc in each ch till end. 40 scs. 1 ch turn

2nd row – sc in first sc, sc in each sc till end.

Change to colour L. ch 1 turn

3rd to 7th row – sc in first sc, sc in each sc till end, ch 1 turn.

8th row – sc in first sc, sc in each sc till end,

Change to D. ch 1 turn.

9th row –  *sc in the first sc. Spike st 2 into next sc, Spike st 3 into next sc, Spike st 4 into next sc, Spike st 5 into next sc*  Repeat from * to * 7 times more. Ch 1 turn.

10th to 13th row – sc in first sc, sc in each sc till end, ch 1 turn.

14th row – sc in first sc, sc in each sc till end,

Change to L. ch 1 turn.

15th row – *sc in the first sc. Spike st 2 into next sc, Spike st 3 into next sc, Spike st 4 into next sc, Spike st 5 into next sc*  Repeat from * to * 7 times more. Ch 1 turn.

16th row to 19th row – sc in first sc, sc in each sc till end, ch 1 turn

20th row – sc in first sc, sc in each sc till end,

Change to D. ch 1 turn.

Repeat from 9th to 20th row till you get the desired length for the bag.

I repeated 4 times more.

Repeat 9th to 14th row once more in D.

Roll-on tube border

1st row –sc in blo in each sc till end, ch 1 turn

2nd row –sc in flo in each sc till end, ch 1 turn.

Repeat 1st and 2nd row 5 times more.

Fasten off keeping a good length of yarn for stitching up the tube border.

Second Side

 Attach D at the CO end, with right side facing, working on the loops of beginning ch row , sc in each of the 40 sc, ch 1 turn.

Next row – sc in each sc till end.

Join L ch 1 turn.

Beginning with 3rd row  repeat as in First side till roll on tube border. Fasten off keeping a good length of yarn for stitching up the tube border.

Straps (Make two)

Taking one strand each of D and L and a 5.5 mm hook, make a ch as long as you want the strap to be plus 11” (this extra part will go inside the tube border.

Sc in the second ch from hook , sc in each ch till end. Fasten off.

Join the edges of the strap, without twisting the strap. It’ll form a long untwisted ring.

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Joining

Fold the piece along the CO ch line with right side out. Join D near beginning ch row , join the two pieces together with scs putting the hook through both sides together, evenly along the side, only upto the last spike st row. Do not join the sc rows meant for the roll-on tube border. Repeat with the other side.

Fold the border into half, folding it towards the outside so that the edge is aligned with the first row of sc in the border, do not join as yet. Attach the magnetic clasp at the centre of the border at the inside of the fold on both sides.This way the metal washer of the magnetic clasp will be inside the fold and not visible.

Then place a strap inside the fold on one side of the bag, placing the joined part in the centre so that it will not be visible once the tube is folded over and sewn. Tack the strap inside the tube with small stitches. Repeat with the other strap.

Now sew the edge of the tube border aligning it with the first row of border sc with small stitches.

Weave in all the loose ends.

Line it with a matching fabric. I attached  a pocket too with a fabric in contrast print.

Now put in your books, keys, mobile and the keys and you are ready to go out with your Chhota Spikes!

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In case some error is noticed or any part of the pattern is not clear or difficult to understand, please let me know.
This pattern is free for non-profitable/personal use and gifting purposes only. And not for commercial use. Please do give credit for this pattern, whenever you use it – linking it to my post and/or blog.

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Hanging by a Yarny Tale

When you are planning go to another country as a tourist, what are the things you do?

-Look up on the net about the country/city, may be consult Lonely Planet or Frommer’s,

-Make a list of the places to be seen,

-Read up about the history, art and culture of the place

-Plan an itinerary within the time you’ll spend there

-Check weather conditions and plan the clothes to be taken

-Also check if there is anything worth buying there, if so, where?

Well, a yarn-lover does all this, plus

– secretly (lest it gets shot down right at inception by the family members) looks up the locations of yarn-shops (thanks to Google)

-Checks up what all kinds of yarn is available there

-Get inputs from fellow Ravellers

-Checks and rechecks the secret stash of euros or whatever be the currency, which will be the key to owning the yarn

-And does not breathe a word about it to anyone.

So you see a yarn-lover/crazy person has much more to plan and prepare before she travels!

Since I was to visit Rome, Florence, Venice and Barcelona, my print out of shops ran into a few pages. After discussing with fellow Ravellers and reading up, the shops were star-marked with one, two or three stars. The schedule was tight so I have to read and re-read addresses and check up whether these were located near any of our other destinations.

Armed with all these inputs, when I landed in Rome and started my touristy tour, I realised that it is going to be a difficult thing to snatch away time to go to a yarn shop as there was so much to see, so much to imbibe and of course so much to enjoy. Despite that, one day while walking from Piazza Navona to another destination, we saw this yarn shop at the corner and yes, it was one of the listed ones! Daughter did not object much when she looked at my face. But unfortunately, language proved to be a barrier for communication. Asking for cotton/cotton blends in our rudimentary Italian, resulted in bringing out oh-so-familiar Anchor knitting cotton balls and nothing else. The shop had a good stock of wool and wool-blends but I picked up two balls of sockyarn and two lady-bug buttons and came out. So that’s the end of my yarn-sob-story in Rome!

Florence, our next destination, held more promise. The list of shops was long, with a few highly acclaimed ones. And every source spoke about the reasonable price. So I was more hopeful. In the train travelling to Florence, the-ever-so-hopeful-me gathered some courage and showed the list of yarn shops to daughter and she burst out laughing, “Ma, you can’t think of anything else!!” was the only comment and that definitely stoked the fire of yarn-purchase-hopefulness in me!

On the first day after visiting Duomo, Ufizzi Gallery and a walk on the Ponte Vecchio when we returned to the hotel, which was luckily very near Duomo, we were resting our tired legs and planning next day’s itinerary. It was then that my daughter said, there is a small slot of time after visiting Accademia available to us and may be that is the time we can go to your yarn shop. She, the navigator, looked up the map and stated it’s on the backside of Duomo and we can easily walk down to the place. It was a very happy sleep that I had that night with the dreams of sheep and fleece and colourful, soft yarn and what not!

After ogling at David for an appropriate but  always-so-insufficient time and being awestruck at the genius of Michelangelo and marvelling the other objects of art in the Accademia, we walked towards the yarn-shop. The walk was accompanied by constant reminder from my daughter that, I should be quick with my purchases and should remember about the luggage restrictions and also the fact that, we are not visiting Florence solely to buy yarn.

Then we finally reached the doors of Campolmi Roberto Filati. The door itself was interesting enough to make one rush inside.

And the next moment my jaw was touching the floor! The shop was a fairly large sized one, in L-shape and there was cartons overflowing with yarns of all variety, colour and thickness in addition to the ones arranged on shelves on the wall. And there was a whole lot which was on sale for 2 euros a ball of 100 gms as prominently displayed. I almost felt like picking up whole lot of them in all the lovely colours, but then the constraints of luggage weight and your not being born in the Medici family, always pulls you back to to reality.

A further walk into the long arm of the L showed the display of lovely variegated yarn with knitted samples on display. The knitted scarves etc actually showed how the variegation will show up once knitted. What a lovely idea!

Then there was this whole shelf full of lovely mohair in yummmmy colours and at unbelievable price. By this time my daughter was equally taken up with the amazing array and helped me to pick some mohair for scarves for herself and her sister.

Thankfully in this shop there was this young girl who could manage to speak some English and we could communicate comfortably. She was indeed very helpful. What I really loved here was that all shop assistants were knitting sample pieces with different yarns. There was a constant flow of customers and they were being helped promptly too. With the happy smiles and chattering and the one or two balls that they picked up matching them with samples, one could make out that they were the regulars.

The young shop assistant confirmed that they have cotton yarn meant for knitting and then bought out a folder in which she had samples of undyed cotton yarn in different weights and ply and twists and she had a colour card with about 30 colours and said that each of the weights of yarn are available in each of the shades. That made my selecting difficult as I was liking almost all the colours but then my daughter stepped in and I purchased a deep red in sport weight.

After picking up some and taking out some a few times, we zeroed on our final purchase and the bill was made and paid.

I came out of the shop very happy yet with a heavy heart

-knowing that I’ll perhaps never visit this lovely shop again, and

-wishing that I had a LYS like this!!

I can’t end the story without this post-script!

When we reached Venice, I had realised I can not do any more yarn shopping as I may find it difficult to fit in all in my suitcases while returning to India (which did happen, part of my stuff had to be left with my daughter. Yes, you guessed right, mostly clothes and none of the yarn!). So the list was left in the confines of the suitcase in the hotel.

On the second day we were walking in the narrow one-of-their-kind lanes near Realto and soaking in the aroma of coffee and food coming from the numerous cheerful little cafes, the buzz and laughter of the tourists, the dazzle of the shops and what do we see……..a yarn shop tucked in between two souvenir shops! My daughter smiled and asked, do you want to go in? And I said, not really. The look of disbelief was clear in her eyes. I took out my camera to take a photo of the shop and exactly at that moment this lady was walking in to the shop. She said something to her companion perhaps daughter and the exasperated look of oh-no-not-again was written all over the young girls face!

I looked at my daughter and we exchanged a knowing smile! 🙂

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Dakia Bag

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″

You’ll need

-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


How To

First side
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.
Fasten off.

Second side
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.
Fasten off.

Shoulder Strap
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.

Closure Strap
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.
This pattern is free for non-profitable/personal use and gifting purposes only. And not for commercial use. Please do give credit for this pattern, whenever you use it – linking it to my post and/or blog.

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