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Free Tutorials SFMGS Boho Spike Stitch Bag

Published on March 22nd, 2017 | by Miki

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Make the SFMGS Boho Spike Stitch Bag!

Meet Miki from the Set Free My Gypsy Soul blog! If you haven’t discovered her gorgeously bright boho style yet, you’re in for a treat! Make her Boho Spike Stitch bag with her fabulous free tutorial!

SFMGS Boho Spike Stitch Bag

I just LOVE Spike Stitch! So much so, that it has almost become a SFMGS signature. It’s such a simple yet satisfying stitch that adds vibrance, texture and dimension to your projects.

It’s also a stitch with endless possibilities… use alone, or in combination with your fave stitches in the round or worked straight… spike across 2, 3, 4 rows… it’s just so versatile! The stitch itself is an elongated regular crochet stitch and has many abbreviations… the part you are looking out for when reading a pattern is ‘SP’. I like to use SP-2, SP-3 or SP-4 as it clearly states how many rows/rounds to spike down into but you will also see it written as SPtr, SPtc, SPhtr, SPtc and so on.

When you work two or more rows of the same colour together with a Granny Spike cluster the chevron zig-zag created is so eye-catching. It also creates a super cozy, warm and tough fabric… can you tell I’m just a little bit obsessed?!

For this pattern, we will be using SP-2 on a tc in combination with regular treble crochet stitches to create that Granny Spike Stitch.  For SP-2, instead of inserting your hook directly into the row below, yarn over and insert the hook into the 2nd row below and complete the stitch. (I’m using UK terminology – but for US crocheters, a treble crochet is a US double crochet!)

The way this fun Boho-inspired bag is constructed, together with the denser fabric created by using this stitch with a smaller hook and crocheting between the stitches means that unlike most crochet bags, it’s not going to stretch so you don’t need to line it if you don’t want to! Yay!

You will need:

Paintbox Yarns Simply Chunky 100% Acrylic 100g/136m balls :

A –  Kingfisher Blue (334) *

B –  Rose Red (313) x 2

C – Pure Black (301)

D – Mustard Yellow (323)

E – Spearmint Green (325)

F – Bubblegum Pink (350)

G – Champagne White (302)

H – Marine Blue (333)

*To fringe in one colour only, add one more ball of Kingfisher Blue (334)

5.5mm Crochet Hook

Scissors

Yarn needle

4 Stitch Markers

 

Abbreviations:

  • tc = treble crochet (US double)
  • dc = double crochet (US single)
  • ch = chain
  • st sp = stitch space – space between stitches
  • st = stitch
  • ss = slip stitch
  • FO = fasten off
  • YrH – yarn over hook
  • SP-2 = spike stitch over 2 rows: spike stitch is an elongated crochet stitch. For SP-2, instead of inserting your hook directly into the row below, yarn over and insert the hook into the 2nd row below and complete the stitch.
  • WS = wrong side
  •  RS = right side

Special Techniques:

To create a denser fabric, this bag is made by crocheting into the spaces between stitches using a slightly smaller hook than recommended.

Tension & Gauge:

A firm even tension is required for this project, but take care not to work too tightly to keep an even shape.

Gauge is 4 tc st/inch.

Crochet Pattern:

BAG BODY

SFMGS Boho Spike Stitch Bag

Keep a firm but relaxed tension when making your ch, don’t make your ch too tight.

R1: With yarn A, make a slipknot and ch91. Dc into 2nd ch from hook.

Dc into each ch to end. Ch1. Turn.

R2: Dc into each st sp to end. FO.

SFMGS Boho Spike Stitch bag

To make the SP-2 on R3, YrH and instead of inserting your hook directly into the row below, insert hook into the 2nd row below into the sp between the dc stitches of R1 and complete as a tc stitch. Follow with tc into the same st sp. Your SP-2 st will now be sandwiched between 2 tc st to make a cluster/shell, just like when you make a regular ‘Granny’ st cluster/shell when making Granny Squares or Granny Stripes.

SFMGS Boho Spike Stitch Bag

R3: Join yarn B. Ch3 as 1st tc.

Miss 2 st sp.

(tc, SP-2, tc) into next st sp.

Miss 2 st sp.

Repeat [(tc, SP-2, tc)] into every 3rd st sp to end. End with final tc into top loops of final st.

Ch3, turn.

SFMGS Boho Spike Stitch bag

To make the SP-2 on R4, YrH and instead of inserting your hook directly into the row below, insert hook right through the centre of R2 dc st below and complete as a tc stitch. Now make your tc into the same space to sandwich in your SP-2.

R4: (SP-2, tc)

Miss 2 st sp.

Repeat [(tc, SP-2, tc) into every 3rd st sp to end. Ch3, turn.

SFMGS Boho Spike Stitch bag

Now your foundation is complete, after every 1st tc of the cluster when you spike down, YrH and instead of inserting your hook directly into the st sp below, insert hook right through the centre of the previous row’s SP-2 st and complete as a tc stitch. Then tc into the same space to sandwich in your SP-2 as before.

R5: Miss 2 st sp.

(tc, SP-2, tc) into every 3rd st sp to end. End with tc into top loops of final st of last row. Ch3, turn.

R6 – 7: Repeat R4 and R5. At the end of R7, do not ch3 or turn. FO.

R8: Join yarn C into 1st st sp. Ch3 as 1st tc.

(SP-2, tc) into same st sp. Miss 2 st sp.

Repeat [(tc, SP-2, tc)] into every 3rd st sp to end. Do not ch3 or turn. FO.

R9: Join yarn D into top loops of 1st tc. Ch3 as 1st tc.

Miss 2 st sp.

(tc, SP-2, tc) into next st sp.

Repeat [(tc, SP-2, tc)] into every 3rd st sp to end. End with tc into top loops of final st of last row. Do not ch3 or turn. FO.

R10: Join yarn C into 1st st sp. Repeat R8. FO.

Rows 11 – 54 will be using a 2 row repeat of R11 – 12.

R11: Join yarn E into top loops of 1st tc.

Ch3 as 1st tc.

Miss 2 st sp.

(tc, SP-2, tc) into next st sp.

Repeat [(tc, SP-2, tc)] into every 3rd st sp to end. End with tc into top loops of final st of last row. Ch3, turn.

R12: (SP-2, tc)

Miss 2 st sp.

Repeat [(tc, SP-2, tc)] into every 3rd st sp to end.

R13 –14: Repeat R11-12. FO.

R15 – 16: With yarn F, repeat R11-12. FO.

R17 – 20: With yarn G, repeat R11-12. FO.

R21 – 22: With yarn F, repeat R11-12. FO.

R23 – 24: With yarn B, repeat R11-12. FO.

R25 – 26: With yarn H, repeat R11-12. FO.

R27 – 28: With yarn C, repeat R11-12. FO.

R29 – 30: With yarn D, repeat R11-12. FO.

R31 – 34: With yarn B, repeat R11-12. FO.

R35 – 36: With yarn D, repeat R11-12. FO.

R37 – 38: With yarn C, repeat R11-12. FO.

R39 – 40: With yarn H, repeat R11-12. FO.

R41 – 42: With yarn B, repeat R11-12. FO.

R43 – 44: With yarn F, repeat R11-12. FO.

R45 – 48: With yarn G, repeat R11-12. FO.

R49 – 50: With yarn F, repeat R11-12. FO.

R51 – 54: With yarn E, repeat R11-12. FO.

R55: With yarn C, repeat R8. FO.

R56: With yarn D, repeat R9. FO.

R57: With yarn C, repeat R8. FO.

R58 – 62: With yarn B, repeat R11-12. FO.

R63: Join yarn A into 1st st sp. Ch1. Keep tension firm but not too tight.

Dc into same st sp.

Dc into next st sp.

Miss 1 st sp.

Repeat [dc, dc, miss 1 st sp] to end. Ch1, turn.

R64: Dc into each st sp to end. FO.

FINISHING

SFMGS Boho Spike Stitch bag

With WS facing, lay work vertically and fold in half. Insert stitch markers into top and bottom st of R1 and R63.

With yarn A and yarn needle, join together along seam.

SFMGS Boho Spike Stitch Bag

Still with work WS facing, fold top seam over 1 inch. Fold again. With yarn needle and yarn A, taking care to sew through the WS stitches only, sew together.

HANDLES – MAKE 2 ALIKE

SFMGS Boho Spike Stitch Bag

R1: With yarn A, make a slipknot and ch66.

Dc into 2nd ch from hook.

Dc into each ch to end. End with 2dc in final ch to turn ‘corner’.

R2 – 6: Without turning, continue dc into each st sp and 2dc into final st sp to turn ‘corner’. Join with ss and FO.

With yarn A and yarn needle, and WS facing WS, sew seams together leaving 2 inches unsewn at either end.

With yarn A and yarn needle, making sure the join is facing towards you, sew handles onto the inside of the bag at R17-20 and R45-48, yarn G.

Turn work RS facing.

SFMGS Boho Spike Stitch Bag

Using remaining yarn, add fringe at 1 inch intervals and poms poms. Insert your hook through the st sp’s from underneath to pull yarn through and create neat knots.

SFMGS Boho Spike Stitch Bag

 

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We’d love to see your Boho Spike Stitch Bags! Come and share your photos in the Community!

 

 


About the Author

is a self-confessed crochet addict, yarn hoarder and crazy cat lady. She loves bright colours and modern bohemian vibes, and shares weekly free mandala patterns on her blog. When she's not designing, she can be found squishing yarn, making crochet hooks, and restoring her 65ft narrowboat.




8 Responses to Make the SFMGS Boho Spike Stitch Bag!

  1. c. hartlen says:

    love this bag! what are the finished measurement?

  2. B says:

    4 triple crochet = 1 inch for gauge

  3. Loretta Morandin says:

    So I chain 91, which gives a stitch count of 90. At the end of the first spike stitch row it says end with final tc into top loops of final stitch. There are only two stitches left at the end of the row, so do I just skip one and make a spike or should the original chain be 92 to give a multiple of 3+1 stitches?
    Thanks

    • B says:

      You should have 1 dc/tc at beginning and the end, but is only 90 total dc/tc I had the same problem and had to redo it. I started with a standing dc/tc. I finally got it to come out right. Hope this helps.

  4. Carol says:

    Love this bag!!

  5. Carol says:

    I love this bag!!

  6. Edie says:

    How do I incorporate this stitches using one color or a verigated yarn?

  7. Sheree Workinger says:

    This would make a really nice blanket. What are the multiplies to make it larger? Thank you!

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