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Closure and Strap Directions for Crocheted Bag

Designed by Sandi Marshall

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Crocheted Bag designed by Sandi Marshall
Photo © Sandi Marshall. Licensed to About.com, Inc

Directions for the bag are on Page 1 of this pattern.

Following are directions to crochet the buttonhole closure that is sewed on the crocheted bag, along with pattern instructions to crochet the bag strap.

Closure: ch 9, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in ea of next 7 chs.
Closure Rows 2 - 10: ch 1, turn, sc in ea sc across. (8 sc)
Closure Row 11: ch 1, turn, sc dec over first 2 sc, sc in next sc, ch 3, skip next 2 sc, sc in next sc, sc dec over last 2 sc.
Closure Row 12: ch 1, turn, sc dec over first 2 sc, 3 sc in ch-3 sp, sc dec over last 2 sc.
Using a large-eye sewing needle, use yarn strand left at the end of row 12 to sew the closure piece on the back part of the bag, centering the closure in the middle.
Button: Sew on button to the front, at about rnd 14, centering the button in the middle, lined up to match the buttonhole of the closure piece.

Strap: With color A, ch 65.
Strap Rnd 1: Working in the back loop of ea ch, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in ea of next 62 chs, 3 sc in last ch, then work in the remaining loops along the other side of the starting chain: sc in ea of next 62 chs, 3 sc in last ch, sl st in first sc of this rnd. End off color A.
Strap Rnd 2: Attach color B in first sc of rnd 1. ch 1, sc in first sc, sc in ea sc across, then make 2 sc in ea of the 3 sc around the curve of the end, sc in ea sc across the other side then make 2 sc in ea of 3 sc around the curve of the end, sl st in first sc of this rnd.
Strap Rnd 3: ch 1, sc in first sc, sc in ea sc across, then make 2 sc in ea of the 3 sc around the curve of the end, sc in ea sc across the other side then make 2 sc in ea of 3 sc around the end, sl st in first sc of this rnd. End off.
Using a large-eye sewing needle and a long strand of yarn, sew the ends of the strap to the outside of the bag, overlapping so the rounded edge point of the strap end is at about the top of rnd 16 of the bag (refer to the photo to see where the strap ends are sewn on the side edges of the bag).

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