Lace Skull bag!

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It has been a long time since I wrote something for my blog, life has been busy 🙂 But there has been time for crochet and I recently posted a pic on Facebook of this skull bag I made for my daughter.

There were quite a few requests for the pattern so I thought I would try to describe how I made it.

You will need some basic sewing skills since you have to line the bag.

I made a mock lining for this post to make it easier for you to see how I lined the bag. That is why the lining in the pics below is grey with red thread 🙂 And if you click on the small pics  they will show larger.

The skull pattern comes from an afghan square made by Pysselkiisen, and she got the idea from a skull shawl by Kungen och Majkis.

Here is a link to the skull Square on Ravelry. The pattern is in English and Swedish and you need the pattern to make the bag since the front of the bag pretty much follows the pattern, except for some rows of dc in bottom and top and an addition of 3 dc in each side of every row for sturdyness.

I made my bag in a yarn called Catania wich is cotton and 137 yds by 1,75 oz or 125 m by 50 gr. For this I used hook size E 4 or 3,5. But you could use any yarn, the bag will just vary in size. You could also easily adapt the size and make it larger by adding rows in bottom and top and adding on groups of dcs on each side. I think I used 4  balls of yarn. My bag measures 9,5 x 10 in (25 x 27 cm) and the sides are about 2,5 in (6 cm) wide.

I start with a chainless foundation (link to tutorial below). The great thing about it is that the bottom edge is as stretchy as the rest of the work. And it looks really neat. But you could start with a regular chain foundation also.

Update: Here is a link to this pattern at Ravelry, feel free to add it to your queue and favorites for easy access! 🙂

This is what I did:

Bottom- Front:

54 dc with chainless foundation dc stitch. Or chain 56, 1 dc in 4:th ch from hook, 1 dc in every stitch until end (54 st) Turn.

Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc). 1 dc in every st. Turn.

Ch 3, 1 dc in back loop of every st. Turn. (You don’t have to crochet into the back loop but it gives a clean edge that helps to show were bottom ends and side begins.)

Ch 3, 1 dc in every st. Turn.

Pattern:

Ch 3, 1 dc in each of the next 5 st. * ch 2, skip 2 st, 1 dc in each of next 3 st*. Repeat *-* 7 times. Ch 2, skip 2 st, 1 dc in each of last 6 st. Turn. (2 groups with 6 dc, 8 groups with 3 dc and 9 ch spaces).

Ch 3, 1 dc in each of next 2 st. Ch 2, skip 3 st, 3 dc in ch space. * Ch 2, skip 3 st, 3 dc in ch space.* Repeat *-* 8 times. Ch 2, skip 3 st, 1 dc in each of last 3 st. Turn (11 groups of 3 dc and 10 ch spaces).

Ch 3, 1 dc in each of next 2 st. * 3 dc in ch space, ch 2, skip 3 st.* Repeat *-* 7 times. 3 dc in next ch space, 1 dc in each of last 3 st. Turn. (2 groups with 6 dc, 8 groups with 3 dc and 9 ch spaces)

This completes the first 3 rows of the skull square. Keep chrocheting by the skull square pattern but add the 3 extra dc’s in the beginning and end of each row.

When the square is done:

Ch 3, 1 dc in each st and 2 dc in each ch space. Turn (54 dc)

Ch 3, 1 dc in every st. Turn.

Ch 1 (doesn’t count as st), 1 sc in every st. Turn. Repeat once more. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Bottom- back:

Here you can choose to to add bottom and back to the front piece you just made by starting crocheting in opposite direction in bottom chain, or if this doesn’t make sence to you at all, make it as a separate piece and sew or crochet together with front piece when done. I describe the latter.

54 dc with chainless foundation dc stitch. Or chain 56, 1 dc in 4:th ch from hook, 1 dc in every stitch until end (54 st) Turn.

Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc). 1 dc in every st. Turn.

Ch 3. 1 dc in back loop of every st. Turn. (If you didn’t crochet into the back loop for bottom- front, you don’t do it now either.)

Ch 3. 1 dc in every st. Turn.

Pattern:

R 1: Ch 3, 1 dc in each of the next 5 st. * ch 2, skip 2 st, 1 dc in each of next 3 st*. Repeat *-* 7 times. Ch 2, skip 2 st, 1 dc in each of last 6 st. Turn. (2 groups with 6 dc, 8 groups with 3 dc and 9 ch spaces).

R 2: Ch 3, 1 dc in each of next 2 st. Ch 2, skip 3 st, 3 dc in ch space. * Ch 2, skip 3 st, 3 dc in ch space.* Repeat *-* 8 times. Ch 2, skip 3 st, 1 dc in each of last 3 st. Turn (11 groups of 3 dc and 10 ch spaces).

R 3: Ch 3, 1 dc in each of next 2 st. * 3 dc in ch space, ch 2, skip 3 st.* Repeat *-* 7 times. 3 dc in next ch space, 1 dc in each of last 3 st. Turn. (2 groups with 6 dc, 8 groups with 3 dc and 9 ch spaces)

Repeat row 2 and 3 seven times and finish off with 1 more row 2 ( all in all 17 rows of pattern).

Ch 3, 1 dc in each st and 2 dc in each ch space. Turn (54 dc)

Ch 3, 1 dc in every st. Turn.

Ch 1 (doesn’t Count as st), 1 sc in every st. Turn. Repeat once more. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Crochet or sew front together with bottom- back to make one long piece.

Sides and choulder strap:

10 dc in chainles foundation stitch or ch 12, 1 dc in 4:th ch from hook (counts as st), 1 dc in every st, turn. (10 st)

Ch 3, 1 dc in every st rest of row. Turn. Repeat until desired lenght of strap + sides.

Lining and putting the bag together

I lined my bag with a thin black cotton fabric. Since the fabric will show through all the holes in the bag you need to take care choosing the rigth fabric.  It is nice to use fabric in contrast color of yarn to really show off the skull.

You also need sewing thread same colour as fabric and same color as your yarn.

I lined the shoulder strap to make it more durable and so it wouldn’t stretch when using the bag. It also looks neat. If you want to line your strap you need to do it before attatching it to the bag.

Measure length and wideness of shoulderstrap. Add 2 inches to lengh and 2 inches to wideness. (I do realise wideness isnot a proper word but I can’t for the love of my life remember the correct word…) Cut a piece of fabric with these measurements. Zigzag around edges to stop threading. Fold an inch around each side and iron the crease to make it sharp. Sew lining to strap with same colour as yarn. Be careful to leave 1 dc in each side “bare” (not covered with lining). You will need this when sewing or crocheting bag together.

You don’t have to line the whole strap, you can leave the parts becoming sides bare since they will get lining anyway. But let strap overline bag lining  an inch or two.

Now you sew or chrochet ends of strap to bag as sides, Right side against right. Do not twist strap.

Time to line the bag. Measure length and wideness of the front-bottom-backside. Add 4 inches. Measure with of front, Add 3 inches. Cut out piece of fabric after these measurements.

Measure hight of bag (do not include bottom). Add 4 inches. This is too much but is it better that you cut some fabric of from the top of the lining when done than having the sides be too short. Take wideness of shoulderstrap and add 3 inches. Cut out two pieces with these measurements.

Find middle of long side on big piece and place a pin in each end. Find middle of short side on small pieces and place a pin in the middle of one side on each piece.

Now pin middle short side of small pieces to each long side of big piece as in pic. Sew together.

Sew sides of small pieces to sides of big piece. Cut top of sides to same hight as front and back if needed. You should end up with a bag like this.

Place in crochetet bag, wrong side of lining facing bag. Measure how much you need to fold top down to make it end just below top of bag.

Take lining out of bag, fold by measurements above (make a double fold if possible), fold facing wrong side. Iron the crease. Pic below taken before ironing.

Put lining back in bag, take care to place it neatly. Sew together with bag using thread same colour as yarn.

Sew snap button to top of bag. Done!

Here my daughter’s dog Biffen is trying the bag out!

 

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15 thoughts on “Lace Skull bag!

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  2. I can not get past row 8 on the skull square. Dont know what to do to get from one side of the eye to the other. The directions are very confussing to me. After the chain 8 and slip stitch in the first and then ….please please help!!!

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    • Hi Stephanie!
      Could you post a pic, or email me a pic on where you got stuck, that might help me understand better what trouble you are experiencing? This might be a stupid question, but you did make the separate eye-part, the one that looks like an 8?

      Also, here is a link to the pattern for a skull shawl, the pattern that inspired the skull square pattern you are having trouble with. The shawl pattern is all in swedish but there are great pics on how to make the skull, wich might help you. http://kungenomajkis.blogspot.se/2013/04/virkad-doskallesjal-med-monster.html
      But please do not hesitate to mail or post a pic on where you are stuck and I will try to help you!
      /Kajsa

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  3. This pattern is exactly the same for the front and back panel both. I have nothing showing the actual front panel with the skull. Am I missing something??

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    • Yes, I think you are missing to click the link for the skull square pattern wich you are supposed to refer to for the front. Try that and see if the pattern becomes clearer, otherwise send a new comment and I will try to explsin further.
      Kajsa

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