1 large skein Perle Cotton, No. 5 ;
1 Star crochet hook, No. 2 1/2;
1 bone or amber crochet hook, No. 7.
USING the steel hook * chain 12 and join in a ring, repeat twice from * to form the foundation for the shamrock.
In the first ring made now put 1 s. c, 25 d. c, 1 s. c. and repeat in each ring.
Second round : beginning again with the first ring, make 1 s. c. in each stitch all around the three leaves of the shamrock. Fasten off and draw the center of shamrock up with the end of thread.
First picot round : make 1 s. c. in the sixth stitch of one of the leaves, ch. 7, catch back in second chain to form picot, ch. 8, catch back in third chain to form another picot, ch. 2. thus forming one set of picots, skip 4 stitches on leaf, catch with s. c. in next stitch.
Make another set of picots, as directed, skip 4 stitches and catch down with s. c.
Continue in this way making a set of picots and catching down until 4 s. c. stitches have been caught down in each of the first two leaves. On the third leaf of the shamrock fewer stitches must be skipped, so that an extra set of
picots can be made and caught down, five times in all.
Second picot round : 1 set of picots, catch in center between the 2 picots of preceding round, chain 8 snugly, catch in next center, turn the work and in the chain 8 just made, make 16 s. c. ch. 3 and turn, 15 d. c. on the 16 s. c. just made, ch. 3 and catch down in same space. * 1 set of picots, catch in center between next two picots, 1 set of picots, catch in next center, chain 8 snugly, catch in next center, turn, 16 s. c, chain 3 and turn, 15 d. c, ch. 3, catch down as before and repeat from * twice.
Third round : 1 set of picots, catch in center between the 2 picots of preceding round and continue as the twelfth round was made, excepting that the picots are caught in the third, middle and thirteenth stitches of petals. (Three times.)
Repeat the second and third rounds until there are four petals in each corner. There will be more picots between the petals on each round. Fasten off. This completes the back of the bag.
The front of the bag consists of four motifs joined together. Make two of them with the shamrock in the center, following the directions given for the back of bag, up to and including third round of picots; then fasten off.
Rose motif : chain 6 and join in a ring.
Second round : chain 5, * 1 d. c. in the ring, ch. 2 and repeat from * 4 times ; join to third chain of the chain 5 at beginning of the round, with a slip stitch, thus forming six spaces.
Third round : turn, 1 s. c, 4 d. c, 1 s. c, all in the first space, repeat in each space of round, chain 3, turn work and catch around first spoke of second round with a slip stitch.
Fourth round : chain 5, catch around next spoke and repeat all around.
Fifth round: 1 s. c, 8 d. c. 1 s. c. in first space and repeat all around, chain 3 and turn.
Sixth round : catch around first spoke of fourth round with a slip stitch, ch. 7 and catch around next spoke and repeat all around, turn work.
Seventh round : 1 s. c, 12 d. c, 1 s. c. in each space all around.
Eighth round : make sets of picots as before, catching- in fourth and tenth stitches of each petal of rose.
Next make two rounds as directed for the second and third picot rounds of shamrock motif and fasten off.
Join the motifs with a single row of picots caught alternately in the centers of picots of the two motifs. Join the front and back of bag in same manner.
Border around the top.
First round : make 1 s. c. in center of some picot space, * ch. 6 and catch in center of next space with 1 s. c. and repeat from * all around.
The ribbon holes are next to be made; ch. 5, * 1 d. c, ch. 2, skip 2 chs. and repeat all around.
Make another round of ribbon holes, putting the d. c. in the spaces of
Then a round of picots caught down in alternate spaces. Fasten off.
Then make a round as the first round of top was made, working from the wrong side. Turn: make 7 s. c. in chain just made, 1 s. c. in s. c. and repeat all around. Turn ; ch. 8 and catch down in the s. c. of previous round and repeat all around.
Turn: * 5 s. c. in chain just made, ch. 3 and catch back to form picot, 5 s. c. in chain, 1 s. c. in s. c. and repeat from * all around.
Balls: chain 4 and join in a ring. Make 8 s. c. in the ring. Do not join, as the balls are worked around and around, both threads of the stitch being taken up.
Next round : put 2 s. c. in each stitch of preceding round. Make four more rounds of 16 s. c, then two rounds skipping every third stitch on each round. Fill with cotton and make a final round skipping every other stitch. Draw up with 1 s. c, chain 10 and fasten off.
Make seventeen more balls in same manner. Fasten two balls on each corner of bag – two in center of lower edge, two in center of each rose and two on each of the slip balls on cordeliere. Join then into pairs by catching the third stitch of the chain of second ball through the chain of the first ball, then finish chain and fasten off.
Make cordeliere as follows : make a chain five yards long, or longer if an extra length cordeliere is desired. Turn, skip the chain next to the needle and make 1 s. c. in each succeeding ch. until the work measures 16 in. : then, without breaking thread, make another chain, long enough to reach within 16 in. of the beginning of the first chain made. Make 1 s. c. in each chain to the end, thus forming two ends to be run through the ribbon holes, with two long chains between.
Now, with No. 7 needle, crochet a chain beginning at the end of one s. c. strip and ending at the other s. c. strip, using the two lengths of chain as one thread.
Slip balls: chain 6 and join in a ring, 10 s. c. in the ring.
Second round : 2 s. c. in each stitch. Make five more rounds of 20 s. c, followed by 2 rounds skipping every third stitch. Fasten off, but leave a long end of thread. Slip ball on cordeliere, and after running the end of cord through the ribbon holes and fastening it firmly, slip ball over the joining, fill with cotton and draw up the thread left. Fasten the two balls to the slip ball.