Arcade Bag by Alison Smith

Arcade Bag

Crochet
July 2017
Aran (8 wpi) ?
5.5 mm (I)
4.0 mm (G)
410 - 450 yards (375 - 411 m)
UK
Flag of English English
This pattern is available for free

This bag is worked from the base up. The arcade panels of the bag are done as a front and back panel, then the sides are crocheted vertically to join them up. A top is then added in the round.

The Base
Using Mix Tape, chain 32

Foundation row: Skip 1st chain from hook, Dc 31
Row 1: Ch1 as turning chain, Dc 31
Row 2-10: Repeat row 1 times (10 rows in total)

You now crochet around the whole base

Round 1: Ch1 and Dc along row until last stitch, Dc3 into stitch and continue to Dc along row until 1 stitch left, Dc3 into stitch and continue, repeat for final side. Slip stitch to staring Dc of former round. You should have 92 stitches, its okay if you’re off by a couple!

Round 2: Ch1 and then Dc into the BACK of the stitches for the first side (31 stitches), Dc2tog through the back of the stitch, carry on to Dc 11 though the back of the stitch, Dc2tog through the back, Dc 31 through the back loop, Dc2tog through the back of the stitch, carry on to Dc 11 though the back of the stitch, Dc2tog through the back, join to previous row with a SS. 88 stitches.

Round 3: Ch1, Dc into all following stitches. Ss to previous round.

Round 4: Ch1, Dc into all following stitches. Ss to previous round. Break yarn.

Body of Bag
Change to Tina Tape

Row 1: Attach yarn to corner of long side and Ch 1. Dc 2 into each stitch along the side, 1 Dc into corner (place marker in each corner), repeat around base.

Row 2: Ch1 for turning, Dc into each stitch. Keep corner stitch markers in place.

Row 3: Decrease row – the aim is to have 55 stitches for a front panel and 55 stitches for a back panel. You’ll need to evenly decrease along the lines of: Ch1, * Dc7, Dc2tog * until 8 stitches left, Dc6, Dc2tog. Keep corner stitch markers and 1 Dc in each stitch for sides.

Row 4: Dc across one long side only, you now work the sides separately.

Arcade section

Arcade stitch is worked into multiples of 6 + 1

Row 5: set up row for arcade. Ch 1 (turning chain), DC into 2 stitches, *Ch3, skip 3 stitches, Dc into next 3 stitches* until 5 stitches are left. Ch3, skip 3, Dc into next two stitches.

Row 6: Ch1 (turning chain), turn work, 7Tc into next chain space, skip next stitch, 1 Dc into next stitch, * 7Tc into chain space, skip 1 stitch, 1Dc into next stitch, *

Row 7: Ch4 (1 as turning chain and 3 as 1st chain space), skip 3 stitches, Dc into next 3 stitches, *ch3, skip 5 stitches, Dc into next 3 stitches * until 2 stitches left, Ch1, skip 1 stitch, 1Tc in final stitch of row.

Row 8: Ch3 (turning chain), 3Tc into 1st chain space, skip next stitch, DC into next stitch, * 7Tc into chain space, skip stitch, Dc into next stitch *, until 3 stitches and chain space left. Skip next stitch, 1 dc, 4Tc in final chain space.

Row 9: Ch1 (turning chain), Dc into next 2 stitches, *Ch3, skip next 5 stitches, Dc into next 3 stitches* until 6 stitches are left. Ch3, skip 5 stitches, 1 Dc into final stitch.

Repeat rows 6 to 9 5 times (6 repeats of the arcade pattern).

Repeat from Tina Tape row 4 for back arcade panel.

Sides
Dc down the arcade side, 48 in total, slip stitch to first stitch of bottom, turn bag, Dc into next stitch of base and Dc back to the top.

Ch1 as turning chain, Dc down to bottom, Ss to base, turn, Dc into next stitch of base and Dc to the top.

Repeat until you reach the other arcade panel. Final row works from base to top.

Repeat for other side.

Top

Dc in the round for 4 rows(place marker at start, don’t join rows, just work in the round)

Round 5: Place markers to skip 18 stitches in the middle of the arcade panels.

Dc another four rows in the round. Slip end together for even finish.

Handle

Chain with the mixtape for handles to preferred length, they attach on the inside running along the inside of the sides and across the bottom (to reduce strain on the arcade part of the pattern).

Lining

Measure and sew lining, suggest using strong fabric to add structure to the bag. Recommend adapting the Purl Bee tutorial for a drawstring bag:
https://www.purlsoho.com/create/2009/03/15/easy-drawstring-bag/

For the lining width, make sure you measure the front panel plus the depth of the base, otherwise it won’t fill the whole bag.

Enjoy!

This is my first attempt at designing and writing out a pattern, any feedback and corrections will be gratefully received!