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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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