How to make: a modern crochet evening bag
This stylish triangle pattern is formed using a technique that changes colours regularly on each row. You’ll need to set aside several evenings for this project, but once you get the gist of it the work will go smoothly
1. Chain 159 in black, join ring with a double (single) crochet stitch. Note: the bag pictured here is smaller than that specified in the pattern. Follow the instructions to get a bag of the right size.
2. Work one row of dc (sc) in black.
3. Work 8 dc (sc) in black, carrying the white yarn at the back of the work.
4. Change colour: insert the hook into the stitch, yarn on hook (yoh) black, pull yarn through, yoh white and pull the white yarn through both loops, leaving a white loop on hook.
5. Work the next stitch the same way: insert the hook, yoh white, insert hook, yoh black, pull black through both loops.
6. The colour change is complete and you now have a black stitch on the hook. Continue in dc (sc), working every tenth stitch in white, always carrying the unused colour at the back of the work.
7. Row 3. Work 7 dc (sc) in black, changing to white at the eighth stitch.
8. Work 1 dc (sc) in white, on the second stitch change to black.
9. The photo shows Row 3 completed.
10. Row 4. Work 6 dc (sc) in black, with a colour change on the seventh stitch.
11. Row 5. Continue in the pattern. The white triangles grow steadily with each row.
12. The photo shows Row 6 completed.
13. This photo shows one pattern repeat, consisting of nine rows.
14. Row 10. Continue from the point pictured in photo 13 and dc (sc) 8 in black, changing to white on the ninth stitch.
15. The colours switch with each pattern repeat.
16. Continue in the pattern.
17. The photo shows three completed pattern repeats. The finished bag has nine repeats in all.
18. Work one row of dc (sc) in white, then work one row of slip stitch to finish the edge.
19. Cut yarn and weave in ends.
20. Materials for the evening bag: zip (zipper) (25 cm/10 in), lining fabric (3 cm/1¼ in longer than the crocheted piece), strap (here a thin silver belt), snap fastener and strong sewing thread.
21. Sew the lower edge of the crocheted piece closed, making sure to match the pattern. Sew the zip (zipper) into the top opening.
22. Sew the lining to the edge of the zip with small stitches.
23. The strap attaches to the edge that you pull the zip towards when opening it.
24. Mark the place for the strap by folding the bag in half near the middle.
25. Sew strap in place with strong thread.
26. Mark the place for the snap in the middle of the top opening.
27. Mark the place for the other half of the snap by folding the piece to match the two sides. Sew snap in place.