MATERIALS:The original pattern calls for 4 balls of KNITCRO-SHEEN – a heavy weight cotton thread , using four strands of thread together throughout the pattern.
Crochet Hook Size G/6 or size to obtain gauge of 4 stitches = 1″, 4 rows= 1″
1 yard each of buckram and felt for lining
2 yards of ribbon.
BAG Starting at side, ch 63.
1st row: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across.
2nd to 52nd rows inc1: Sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn. Break off at end of 52nd row.
Fold Bag in half. Attach thread in the 8th sc from top. Working through both thicknesses, thus joining edges, make sc in each sc to fold. Break off. Join other side in the same manner. Line bag with buckram and lining material.
TOP (Make 2) Starting at center, ch 16.
1st rnd: Sc in 8th ch from hook and in each ch across, ch 7. Do not turn.
2nd rnd: Working along opposite side of starting chain, make sc in next 9 sts, sc in next 2 ch, 2 sc in next 3 ch, sc in next 2 ch, sc in next 9 sc, sc in next 2 ch, 2 sc in next 3 ch, sc in next 2 ch (38 sc).
3rd rnd: Sc in next 11 sc, 2 sc in next 6 sc, sc in next 13 sc, 2 sc in next 6 sc, sc in next 2 sc (50 sc).
4th and 5th rnds: Sc in each sc around. Sl st in next sc. Break off.
Using top as a pattern, cut out 2 cardboard pieces and 2 felt pieces. line each top with felt, inserting cardboard piece between. Cut holes in cardboard and felt to correspond with holes in top. Mark the top center at each side of bag and make inverted pleats on each side of center, making pleats deep enough so that top of bag measures same as long side of top. Sew pleats in place. Sew pleated edges to a long side of top. Cut ribbon into lengths of 31 and 41 inches. Draw ribbon through the 4 holes in top, drawing each ribbon from opposite sides. Tie longer ribbon in a bow. Sew ends of shorter ribbon together.