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Ratsche Beach Bag Free Tutorial (US terms)

2. June 2017

Welcome, lovely fellow crocheters, to the free tutorial for the Ratsche-Beach-Bag!

With this brand-new Ratschebutsch design, a dream comes true for many of us, because…?

You won’t have to weave in one single end! 🙂

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So grab yourself a wonderful range of Paintbox and Stylecraft Chunky yarns and a 5 mm hook and let’s get started!

My bag took approximately 10 skeins of yarn and measures 70 cm x 50 cm as I need very much stuff at the beach. 😉         If you want yours bigger or smaller, adjust the count of stitches and rows as you like it.

Chain 92 and fasten the chain off. Make sure to leave approximately 25 cm of yarn at the beginning and at the end.       We will need those long ends later for our boho-hippie-style finish.

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Don’t turn your work. Insert your hook like I did in the pic and pull your yarn through. Remember to leave a long end again. Yarn over with both threads to secure the beginning.

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Chain 2.

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Crochet a double crochet (dc) into the same stitch and skip the next stitch. Continue crocheting 2 dc into every second stich, so you work the V-Stitch. Remember to leave long ends.

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Finish the row with chain 1 and pull the yarn completely through to secure it. Don’t turn your work if you like a smooth look of your texture. (The advantage of turning is that it will be perfectly rectangular.) I decided to not turn, as the slight skewness that results from not turning will not show when you use your bag.

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Insert your hook into the space between the chain 2 and dc at the beginning of the previous row. Pull the yarn in the next color through and make sure to yarn over both threads one time to secure the end again. Continue to crochet 2 dc into every space of 2 dcs of the previous row.

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Crochet 44 rows. Do the same a second time to get a front part and a back part for your bag. I made one side with color change in each row and one side with color change every 4 rows.

For the handles, cut 6 times 5 threads of your yarn to a length of 100 cm. Pull those 6 threads through the stitches in the second least row of your bag counting 14 “Vs” from the edges.

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Put 3 times 2 of your threads together (make sure they come from different holes!) and knot them.

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Sort by color and braid the threads.

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Pull the ends through on the other side (again, 14 “Vs” = 28 stitches from the edge) and knot them. Do the same for the other part of your bag.

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To crochet the bottoms of your bag together, lay the two parts flat on each other, wrong sides facing each other. Make sure to leave a long end when you crochet your parts together with the slip stitch.

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Now the exciting part comes, let’s celebrate! Spare yourself weaving in ends, do knots instead! They leave us with nice boho-hippie fringes and a real Ibiza-Feeling!

Use 3 threads from each side, so you have 6 threads in each knot. When you are finished with knotting, cut the fringes to one length and you are ready for the beach!

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I hope you enjoyed making your very own beach bag and wish you so much fun at the beach, by the pool, at a Shopping spree…wherever you take it!

Share your pics tagging @ratschebutsch at Facebook and Instagram, I loooooove to see your results!

I’m ok if you sell your results in small amounts, but please make sure to mention me as the designer of this pattern.

All the best for you, keep on crocheting!

Sonja

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