|BLO||Back Loops Only|
|LSC||Long Single Crochet|
|* A * × B||Repeat “A” for a number of B times|
14 stitches × 16 rows in 10 × 10cm – not very important here, just make any size you want!
Tip: Beginning chain determines the wideness of the base. Begin with a longer chain if you want a slimmer base and work lesser rounds.
|1||CH 12, SC in 2nd CH from hook, SC along, 5 SC in last stitch, turn as you work in that last stitch, SC along other side of CH, 4 SC in last stitch (same stitch as 1st SC). SS.||28|
|2||SC in each stitch till the 5-in-1.|
SC, 3SC, SC, 3SC, SC.
SC in each st till last 4-in-1.
SC, 3SC, SC, 3SC. SS.
Each 3SC is the corner.
|3||SC in each st. 3SC in 2nd of each corner. Repeat till the end. SS.|
Repeat Round 3 until you reached your desired size. I stopped at Round 12 with 116 stitches and my base measured at L28 × B20 cm.
You can use any stitches to build up the body of the bag. I used the Moss stitch i.e. alternating CH and SC. And I used LSC in place of the SCs.
The same stitches are used for the cover. After 20 rows of 33 stitches and narrowing down to 30, I ended the cover with a row of SCs to make it easier to fix the lock buckle.
For the straps, I used thermal SCs, and the result is a thicker and sturdier strap.