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I Love Yarn Day Crochet Along: Recap & Winner Announcement

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We at Stitch & Unwind hope you had a very happy I Love Yarn Day [3]! Are you enjoying your new Groovy Berry Crochet Messenger Bag? Keep scrolling to view the full pattern and find out who won the prize pack full of wonderful yarn goodies!

I Love Yarn Day 2016 [4]

Groovy Berry Crochet Messenger Bag Pattern

Groovy Berry Crochet Messenger Bag [3]

Materials:

Finished Size: 20” wide x 16” tall x 3” deep

Gauge: 11 sts and 5 rows = 4” in pattern for Back


Panel One:
MULTIPLE OF 7 + 2

With A, ch 23.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Ch 1, turn. 22 sts
Row 2: Sc in each sc across. Extend your working loop so it does not unravel; do not turn work.
Row 3: With B, starting at beg of Row 2, sc in each of first 2 sc, *ch 7, sk 4 sc, sc in each of next 3 sc. Rep from * across; last rep will end with 2 sc. Extend working loop, turn.
Row 4: With A, ch 1, sc in each of first 2 sc, *hdc in each of next 4 (A) sc, holding ch-7 loops away from you, sc in each of next 3 sc. Rep from * across, last rep will end with 2 sc. Ch 1, turn.
Row 5: Sc in each st across. Extend working loop, turn.
Row 6: With B, ch 2, sl st in first sc, ch 3, dc in next sc, *ch 3, sc in ch-7 loop, ch 3, sk 4 sc, dc in each of next 3 sc. Rep from * across, last rep will end with 2 sc. Ch 1 turn.
Row 7: Sc in each of first 2 dc, *ch 7, sc in each of next 3 dc. Rep from * across, last rep will end with 2 sc. Extend working loop, turn.
Row 8: With A, ch 4, sc in each of first 2 sc, * tr in each of next 4 (A) sc, sc in each of next 3 (B) sc. Rep from * across, last rep will end with 2 sc. Ch 1, turn.
Rows 9 – 14: Rep Rows 5 – 8, then Rows 5 – 6 once more, do not ch-1, turn; end off B.
Row 15: Working in same direction as last row, place A loop on hook, ch 4, sc in each of first 2 dc, *tr in each of next 4 (A) sc, sc in each of next 3 (B) dc. Rep from * across, last rep will end with 2 sc. Ch 1, turn.
Row 16: Sc in each st across. End off.

Edging: With A, sc around finished rectangle placing 3 sc in each corner.


Panel Two:
MULTIPLE OF 6

With B ch 24.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Ch 1, turn. 23 sts
Row 2: Sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn.
Row 3: Sc in each sc across, change to C, ch 1, turn.
Row 4: Sc in first sc, FPtr 3 rows below each of next 3 sc, *sc in each of next 3 sc, FPtr 3 rows below each of next 3 sc.. Rep from * across, sc in last sc. Ch 1, turn.
Row 5: Sc in each st across. Change to B, ch 1, turn.
Rows 6 – 7: Rep Rows 2 – 3.
Row 8: Sc in each of first 4 sc, *FPtr 3 rows below each of next 3 sc, sc in each of next 3 sc. Rep from * across, last rep will end with 4 sc. Ch 1, turn.
Row 9: Rep Row 5.
Rows 10 – 18: Rep Rows 2 – 9, then Row 2 once more. End off.

Edging: With B, sc around finished rectangle, placing 3 sc in each corner.


Panel Three:
Notes : Do not cut yarn at the end of each color row, float the colors up the side for later use.
Dc counts as 1 dc.

With C, ch 23.
Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook and in each ch across. Change to MC, ch 3, turn. 21 dc
Row 2: Sk 1 dc, 3 dc in next dc, (ch 1, sk 3 dc, 3 dc in next dc) 4 times, sk 1 dc, dc in last dc. Change to B, ch 3, turn.
Row 3: Dc in first dc, (ch 1, sk 3 dc, dc in next ch-1 sp, tr in center dc in shell below ch-1 sp, covering the ch-1, dc in same ch-1 sp) 4 times, ch 1, sk 3 dc, 2 dc in last dc. Change to A, ch 3, turn.
Row 4: Sk 1 dc, (dc in next ch-1 sp, tr in center dc in shell below ch-1 sp, covering the ch-1, dc in same ch-1 sp, ch 1) 4 times, sk 1 dc, dc in last dc. Change to MC, ch 3, turn.
Rows 5 – 9: Rep Rows 3 – 4 twice then Row 3 once more, but keep color progression as MC, B, A, MC, B, A etc. At end of Row 9, change to C.
Row 10: Dc in next dc, dc in center dc in shell below ch-1 sp, (dc in each of next 3 dc, dc in center dc in shell below ch-1 sp) 4 times, dc in each of last 2 dc.

Edging: With C, sc around finished rectangle, working 3 sc in each corner.


Panel Four:

With MC, ch 23.
Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook and in each ch across. Ch 3, turn. 21 dc
Row 2: Dc in each dc across. Change to C, ch 1, turn.
Row 3: Sc in each of first 2 dc, FPtr in row below next dc, (sc in each of next 3 dc, FPtr in row below next dc) 4 times, sc in each of last 2 dc. Ch 3, turn.
Row 4: Dc in each st across. Change to A, ch 1, turn,
Row 5: Sc in each of first 2 dc, FPtr in FPtr, (sc ine ach of next 3 dc, FPtr in next FPtr) 4 times, sc in each of last 2 dc. Ch 3, turn.
Row 6: Dc in each st across. Change to C, ch 1, turn.
Rows 7 – 8: Rep Rows 5 – 6. Change to MC, ch 1, turn.
Rows 9 – 10: Rep Rows 5 -6. End off.

Edging: With MC, sc around finished rectangle, working 3 sc in each corner.


Finishing and Assembly:

Strap/Gusset:
With MC, ch 11.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Ch 1, turn. 10 sc
Row 2: Sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn.
Rep Row 2 for pattern until strap measures 80” (or desired length), end off. In the model shown I did a 20” section in Color A to make the MC yarn last longer but you can make it all solid if you invest in another skein of MC.

Back:
With MC, ch 55.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Ch 3, turn. 54 sc
Row 2: Dc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn.
Row 3: Sc in each dc across. Ch 3, turn.
Rep Rows 2 – 3 for pattern until work measures 16” tall, ending with a Row 3. End off.

Front:
Rep all instructions for Back.

Top Gusset:
With MC, ch 55.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Ch 1, turn. 54 sc
Row 2: Sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn.
Rep Row 2 for pattern until work measures 3”. End off.

Finishing:
Flap:
With MC, sc 4 colorwork panels together in order shown in photo, or desired order.
With MC, with RS facing and starting in top right corner, work 1 rnd sc around assembled flap, working 3 sc in each corner.
With MC, work crab st along right side, bottom, and left side of flap. End off.

Bag Assembly:
Sew beginning of strap/gusset to end of strap/gusset, being careful not to twist it.
Pin Back and Front to each side of Gusset, aligning color change section with bottom of bag if you made a 2-color gusset.
With RSs facing you each time and MC, sc Front and Back to Gusset, working 3 sc in each corner.

Top Gusset:
Pin Top Gusset into place with one long edge along top of Back and one long edge along top of Flap.
With RSs facing you each time, and MC, sc Top Gusset into place.
Weave in all ends.


We hope you enjoyed our crochet along! Be sure to show off your I Love Yarn Day Crochet Along [4] progress on social media by using the hashtags #StitchItForward and #ILoveYarnDay.

I Love Yarn Day Giveaway [5]

Now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for: The winner of our I Love Yarn Day giveaway!

The lucky winner of all the goodies you see in the photo, including yarn, ribbon, crochet hooks, stitch markers, a yarn ball winder, and an assortment of fabulous knit and crochet books is: MaryLou Rush

Based on her comment below, MaryLou is doing a fabulous job of “stitching it forward:”

“I am helping one of the ladies who lives in my apartment building learn how to crochet. She’s about 80 years young and wants to learn how to crochet. This will be an adventure for me and her. She’ll probably start crocheting and become better than me. Looking forward to our second session today. Can’t wait to see the scrub cloth she is making.”

MaryLou, we will contact you via email with instructions on how to claim your prize.

Congratulations and a big thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s I Love Yarn Day celebration! Don’t forget to #StitchItForward all year long!