October 26, 2014

Rorikstead Farmer's Sling Pattern

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This pattern was designed exclusively for using up the leftover yarn from the Rika's College Tote Bag pattern I designed this year. I love patterns and projects that call for leftovers because not only is that within my budget, it is so much more fun to be creative with leftovers!

When I'm crafting things, I like to be as efficient as possible. And when I use up all the materials I've set aside for a certain project, it feels like such a satisfying accomplishment. In my opinion, creating something useful and functional out of a bunch of unorganized (often random) bits and pieces is one of the most appealing concepts there is. Not to mention, it's earth-friendly! :)


MATERIALS:
-leftover yarn from Rika's College Tote Bag project (Lily Sugar 'n Cream “Soft Ecru,” “Warm Brown,” “Jute” and Lily Sugar 'n Cream Denim “Indigo”)
-size G crochet hook
-yarn needle

INSTRUCTIONS:

Rorikstead Granny Square:

(Make 10)

Tip: For the start of some rounds, you may want to use a “ch3” as the first dc, and a “ch2” as the first hdc. The “ch3” counts as the first dc of the round, and the “ch2” counts as the first hdc of the round. I tried to write up this pattern as simply as I possibly could, but I find it kind of hard to write up granny square patterns. (I tried making a chart, but apparently I need to work on my chart-making skills.)

Make ring: Ch6, sl st in first ch to form ring.
Round 1: Ch3 (counts as dc here and throughout), 2dc into ring, *(ch2, 5dc into ring), repeat from * 3 times, ch2, 2dc into ring, sl st in first dc (remember, the ch3 is the first dc).
Round 2: Attach next color in any corner space and work *(sc, ch2, sc) in corner space, (ch1, skip next st, sc, ch1, skip next st, sc, ch1), repeat from * around. Sl st in first sc.
Round 3: Attach next color in any corner space and work *(2dc, ch2, 2dc) in corner space, (hdc in next sc st, dc into the next dc the round below current round), repeat from * around. Sl st in first dc.
Round 4: Attach next color in any corner space and work *(hdc, ch2, hdc, ch1) in corner sp, (hdc in each of next 3sts, ch1)3times. Sl st in first hdc.
Round 5: Attach next color in any corner space and work *(sc, ch2, sc, ch1) in corner sp, (sc in next ch space, ch3)3times, sc in next ch space, ch1, repeat from * around. Sl st in first sc.
Round 6: Attach next color in any corner space and work *(dc, ch2, dc) in corner sp, hdc in next sc, dc into the next dc 2 rounds below current round, (hdc in next sc, dc into each of the next 3 dc 2 the round below current round)3times, hdc in next sc, dc into the next dc the round below current round, hdc in next sc, repeat from * around. Sl st in first dc.
Round 7: Attach next color in any corner space and work *(sc, ch1, sc) in corner sp, sc in each of next 19 sc, repeat from * around. Sl st in first sc.
Fasten off.

Strap:

Note: At this point, I was left with mostly just the color “Indigo” still leftover, so I made the strap entirely with that color.

Ch6, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each remaining ch. Ch1, turn.
*Sc in each sc, ch1, turn.
Repeat from * until strap reaches desired length plus about 2 inches, give or take, for sewing to the sides of the bag.

Pocket (OPTIONAL):

Make another Rorikstead Granny Square.


ASSEMBLY:

Arrange the 10 Rorikstead granny squares into a 2x5 strip and sew them together.
Fold the 2x5 piece in half with wrong sides facing and sew up the sides.
Optional: If you still have some leftover yarn, you can sc a round or two around the top of the bag.
Securely sew the strap to the sides of the bag.
Optional: Decide what side you want as the front of the bag and sew 3 sides of the 11th Rorikstead granny square onto that side so that it can function as a pocket. (Or sew the pocket on the inside of the bag, if you'd prefer to make it an interior pocket.)

This pattern is part of a 2-pattern set, which uses the same materials for both patterns.
Downloadable PDF (contains BOTH patterns in one file)

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