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Cell Phone Bag With Openwork Center Design

Pattern Created by Sandi Marshall

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I gave this little cell phone bag an openwork design on the front of the bag, using the updown stitch and openwork combination of stitches that I had created for my Updown and Open Path Afghan Square pattern.

Materials Used In The Example: About 1 oz. worsted weight yarn, US size H hook
Finished Size: About 5 inches wide x 5 1/2 inches tall (not counting strap). Piece is 4 1/2 inches wide (on single crochet rows of the back) before the outside joining row is added.
Gauge: 4 sc rows = 1 inch, 6 1/2 sc = 2 inches
Abbreviations: ch = chain, dc = double crochet, ea = each, sc = single crochet, sl st = slip stitch

How To Slip Stitch (sl st) = Insert hook in stitch, wrap yarn over hook, pull yarn through the stitch and through the loop on the hook, at the same time.
How to Crochet in Back Loop Only: http://crochet.about.com/library/blbackfrontloop.htm
How to Skip a Stitch: http://crochet.about.com/library/weekly/aa071804.htm
How to sc decrease: http://crochet.about.com/library/bl_decrease.htm

The example on the left shows how the piece looks before it is folded to form the bag shape. In this example, I used Caron Simply Soft Shadows yarn, color 0002 Plum Mist (a self-striping yarn with subtle color changes). In the lighter color example shown in the photos at the top of the page, I used color 0001 Pearl Frost, Caron Simply Soft Shadows yarn.

Pattern Directions
Designed by Sandi Marshall, copyright 2006 by Sandi Marshall, licensed to About.com, Inc.
See terms of use below the pattern directions. Please keep the copyright statement with the pattern directions when you print out or save the pattern.

Starting Chain: chain 15.

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in ea ch across. (14 sc)

Rows 2 - 20: ch 1 to turn, sc in ea sc across (14 sc)

Row 21: ch 1 to turn, sc in back loop only of ea sc across. (14 sc) This row is worked in the back loops so that the piece will fold easily at this row, when it is time to fold the piece in half to form the bag.
Row 22: ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in next sc, sc in next sc, dc in next sc, ch 1, skip next 2 sc, dc in next sc, ch 2, dc in next sc, ch 1, skip next 2 sc, dc in next sc, sc in next sc, dc in ea of next 2 sc.
Row 23: ch 3 (counts as first dc), sc in next dc, dc in next sc, sc in back loop only of next dc, sc in back loop only of next ch, sc in back loop only of next dc, sc in back loop only of next 2 chains, sc in back loop only of next dc, sc in back loop only of next ch, sc in back loop only of next dc, dc in next sc, sc in next dc, dc in 3rd ch of ch-3 at end of row.
Row 24: ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in next sc, sc in next dc, dc in next sc, ch 1, skip next 2 sc, dc in next sc, ch 2, dc in next sc, ch 1, skip next 2 sc, dc in next sc, sc in next dc, dc in next sc, dc in 3rd ch of ch-3 at end of row.
Rows 25 - 30: Repeat rows 23 and 24.
Row 31: Repeat row 23.
Row 32: ch 1 to turn, sc in both loops of each stitch across the row. (14 sc)
End off. Weave in ends.
Joining and Strap: Fold piece in half with the wrong sides together. Attach the yarn in the edge of the first row (at the fold) on the right-hand side bottom edge of the piece. To join the two pieces, you will work through both thicknesses along the side of the piece, working a single crochet around both the front edge stitch and the corresponding back edge stitch at the same time. Because the front is double crochet and the back is single crochet, work two sc around each double crochet post while working only one single crochet in each single crochet on the back. How to sc around dc post along an edge: http://crochet.about.com/library/blscdpost.htm
When you have worked in sc all the way along the edge in this manner, begin the strap. The Strap: chain 125 for a shoulder bag length strap, as shown in the example. Adjust the number of chains for a shorter or longer strap, if desired. Other Side: When you have made the number of chains that you want for the strap, continue with the joining of the other side of the piece in the same manner as the first side, of single crochet worked through both thicknesses (this time starting at the top edge of the bag and working along that side until you reach the bottom edge).
Slip Stitch Along Edge and Strap: ch 1, turn, slip stitch in both loops of each sc along the side. When you reach the strap chain, slip stitch in one loop of each chain. When you reach the next side edge, slip stitch in both loops of each sc along that side.
End off. Weave in ends.
Optional Top Flap: You can leave the top of the bag open, if you prefer it that way. If you wish to add a top flap, with a button closure, hold the bag with the back of the bag facing you and attach yarn in the first edge stitch on the right-hand side of the bag back.
Top Flap Row 1: ch 1, sc in ea stitch across. (14 sc)
Top Flap Row 2: ch 1, turn, sc in front loop only of ea sc across. (14 sc) Working in the front loops helps the flap to fold easily at this row.
Top Flap Row 3: ch 1, turn, sc decrease over first two sc, sc in ea sc across until only two sc remain, then sc decrease over last two sc. (12 sc) How to sc decrease
Top Flap Row 4: ch 1, turn, sc decrease over first two sc, sc in ea sc across until only two sc remain, then sc decrease over last two sc. (10 sc)
Top Flap Row 5: ch 1, turn, sc decrease over first two sc, sc in ea sc across until only two sc remain, then sc decrease over last two sc. (8 sc)
Top Flap Row 6: ch 1, turn, sc decrease over first two sc, sc in next sc, ch 7, skip next 2 sc, sc in next sc, sc decrease over last two sc.
End off. Weave in ends.
Add Button or Bead: Sew a button or cylinder bead in place to line up with the spot where the buttonhole is when the flap is folded forward to close the bag. In the example, I used a 1 inch wide rectangle-shape button. A slightly larger button would work also. I used a 1 inch round button on the Pearl Frost example.
Untraditional Closure: For the Plum color bag shown at the top of this page, I created a different kind of closure. I wanted to come up with a cell phone bag closure that would open very easily, even when using only one hand to open the bag. Free instructions for this closure can be printed from: http://crochet.about.com/library/weekly/aa081706.htm

Edging: If you would like to add the edging that is shown on the bag above, that free edging pattern can be printed from http://crochet.about.com/library/weekly/aa081806.htm

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