Acorns & Diamonds Bag

 

         Materials used

         Approx 250g double knitting wool-

                    colour A   80g 

                    colour B 120g

                    Knotting  50g

         10mm crochet hook

         Bag strap

      Medium Butterfly Loom   

 

Notes

If you want the same effect that I have, make 8 in colour A and 12 in colour B.  I used contrast for my knotting, for 8 = 20g for 12 = 30g (approx)

Where there are two colours always work in the same direction; e.g. all blue square to be on the left and all brown squares to be on the right, when holding them ready to join.

Press your squares and straighten out your loops, this makes them easier to work with.

Cut out paper squares representing the diagram and piece together – this helps to understand how the bag fits together.  Make Fold B your first fold, then (15, 10) & (11, 6) wrap around the sides while 20 and 1 each fold in half to make the top of the bag.  There is a short video ‘Acorns & Diamonds Bag Piecing) on this website.

How do to the Double Butterfly Twist Technique

Watch the video or

Instructions in your instruction book – brief instructions

On this website  pictures and written instructions

You will have a number of ‘ends’ – put a piece of wool through, this will help to stop unravelling and help you to see where they are. 

To help with joining the right ones together, pin the number to the square and keep relaying out your work out so you can see where the next row needs to be.

Where you are joining 4 squares together, sometimes you will have a loop too many, work it in with one of the other loops.

 

Instructions

Following the instructions in your booklet make 20 squares wrapping 6 rows using the cross-stitch technique.

 

Once you get going this isn’t anywhere near as complicated as it initially looks!

 

Joining

Press your squares and straighten out your loops, this makes them easier to work with.

Using the Double Butterfly Twist Technique and referring to Diagram A

 

Start by joining the central rows together -

7 to 11, 8 to 12, 9 to 13 & 14 to 10, joining each pair as you go so you have the central panel joined together one way. 

Join (2 to 6, 3 to 7, 5 to 8) (16 to 13, 17 to 14, 19 to 15). 

Finally, (1 to 2, 4 to 3), (18 to 17 and 20 to 19).

 

You now have squares joined on way; you now need to go across –

(2 to 3, 6 to 7),   (3 to 5, 7 to 8, 11 to 12), (8 to 9, 12 to 13),                                         

(9 to 10, 13 to 14, 16 to 17) , (14 to 15 and 17 to 19)

 

Press all of your work again

 

Folding

Use scraps of wool as markers once you have matched squares together and refer to your paper version and Diagram B

Make the fold at ‘Fold B’.

Match up the V at the top of the bag and with the front facing you

Start at square 20  (which you can see the reverse of), fold wrong sides together on the diagonal, so the outer tip joins the upper tip of square 4 - this will make a continuation of the V.  Put a piece of wool through where the squares join to secure.

Moving down the right-hand side, fold square 15 (which you can see the reverse of), fold wrong sides together on the diagonal, so the outer tip joins junction of square 4, 3 and 5.  Put a piece of wool through where the squares join to secure.

Moving down the right-hand side, fold square 10 (which you can see the reverse of), fold wrong sides together on the diagonal, so the outer tip joins junction of square 5, 8 and 9.  Put a piece of wool through where the squares join to secure.

You have now completed one side.

Turn your bag over and repeat, Fold 1 the same as square 20 so the outer tip joins the upper tip of square 18 and continues the V

Matching 6 to 18, 17 & 16 and 11 to 16, 13 & 12.

 

 

 

Final joining

Still using the Double Butterfly Twist Technique

Refer to Diagram B there are now 4 joins to make –

(9 to 10, 10 to 5), (5 to 15 ,15 to 4) and (12 to 11, 11 to 16), (16 to 6, 6 to 18)

Remember to use row end and beginnings the same as loops and if you have too many loops include the spare one with one of the other loops.

Finishing

You should now have a few end loops (with spare wool through) to secure.  Follow the video instructions or written instructions.

To edge the top use the Butterfly Braid Technique  - same as joining but use one loop at a time, secure the end the same as above.

Fold over the tops of the V to attach your handle; I used a webbing strap and D rings to make a cross-body bag.  Wooden handles would work well.  I also made an i-cord and threaded it through the braiding edge and attached a few crocheted acorns and lined my bag with a piece of brown cotton fabric.

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