I made the Buxton Satchel as a crochet project that my fellow holidayers might enjoy on our annual knitaway in Buxton. I now find I am using it a lot – it is a great size for taking magazines, files and patterns, as well as space for yarn and projects.
The satchel is based on granny squares and joined with a ‘gusset’ made of linen stitch. I didn’t write a full pattern just a recipe giving basic components and steps. Also, there are no photos showing steps, so rather a lot of words I’m afraid! Here it is:
These are what I used, but quantities would vary depending on your tension, what type of yarn you use and how many colours you want.
Scheepjes Cotton 8, 50g/170m/186yds per ball. I used 9 colours, 1 ball of each (actual quantities shown also):
A – Light Purple (651) – 11g
B – Olive (669) – 12g
C – Light Pastel Green (663) – 16g
D – Moors (726) 17g
E – Purple (661) – 18g
F – Light Green (642) – 20g
G – Seagreen (723) – 24g
H – Violet (529) – 26g
I – Dark Green (713) – 50g
3mm crochet hook (US D/3)
4 lockable stitch markers
Tapestry needle for sewing ends
Press stud fastener
English crochet terms are used.
St(s) = stitch(es)
Sp(s) = space(s)
Ch = chain
Ch-sp(s) = chain space(s)
Ss = slip stitch
Tr = treble
Dc = double crochet
RS = right side
This is not important, just aim for a finish you like.
First make 2 granny squares approx. 14” square.:
Foundation: Using Yarn A, make a 4ch foundation ch and join into a ring with a ss
Round 1: 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), (3tr, 2ch) 3 times into the ring, 2tr into the ring, join to 3rd st of starting 5ch with a ss. Break yarn and fasten off.
Round 2: Change to yarn B, ss into 2ch-sp, 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), (3tr, 1ch) into the same 2ch-sp, (3tr, 2ch, 3tr, 1ch) into each of the next three 2ch-sps, 2tr into the first 2ch-sp, join to 3rd st of starting 5ch with a ss. Break yarn and fasten off.
Round 3: Change to Yarn C, ss into 2ch-sp, 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), (3tr, 1ch) into the same 2ch-sp, *(3tr, 1ch) into each 1ch-sp, (3tr, 2ch, 3tr, 1ch) into the next 2ch-sp; repeat from * another 2 times (3tr, 1ch) into each 1ch-sp, 2tr into the first 2ch-sp, join to 3rd st of starting 5ch with a ss. Break yarn and fasten off.
Repeat Round 3, changing yarn each round until you have your desired size of granny square.
Now make a granny triangle following the same colour scheme, as follows:
Foundation: Using Yarn A, make a 4ch foundation ch and join into a ring with a ss.
Row 1 (RS): 3ch (counts as 1tr), 4tr in ring. Break yarn and fasten off.
Row 2: Change to Yarn B, ss into top of first st of last Row (note you always want to start on RS), 3ch (counts as 1tr), 3tr in same st, 1ch, miss 3 sts, 4tr in last st. Break yarn and fasten off.
Row 3: Change to Yarn C, ss into top of first st of last Row, 3ch (counts as 1tr), 3tr in same st, 1ch, (3tr, 1ch) in each 2ch-sp, 4tr in last st. Break yarn and fasten off.
Repeat Row 3, changing yarn each row until you have your desired size of granny triangle.
Now you are going to form the strap and gusset:
The photo above shows the base of the bag and the full width of the gusset.
The photo above shows the side gusset, it is narrow at the left (the strap end).
Round 1: Join yarn to any corner of a granny with a ss, make a chain the length of your strap, ss into next corner of the granny (going anti-clockwise), 1dc in each st and along the side, base and opposite side of the granny until you reach your chain, 1dc in each st of the ch, join to 1st dc with a ss. Break yarn and fasten off.
Round 2: Join next colour to any st with a ss, 1ch (does not count as st), 1dc in next st, 1ch, miss 1 st, (1dc, 1ch, miss 1 st) all around the strap and gusset, join to 1st dc with a ss. Break yarn and fasten off.. Note you may have to adjust if you find you are one st out at the end, I suggest you dc2tog in one place to make this adjustment.
Round 3: Join next colour to any 1ch-sp with a ss, 1ch (does not count as st), 1dc in same 1ch-sp, 1ch, (1dc, 1ch) in each 1ch-sp all around the strap and gusset, join to 1st dc with a ss. Break yarn and fasten off.
Round 3 is the pattern for the strap. Continue in this way and changing colour each round until the strap is half the desired width. Then start short row shaping to create the gusset on the next round/row, starting first about an inch below the top edge of the bag, and moving down an inch each new round/row until your gusset is half the desired width. Now start increasing the short rows to match the decreasing using the same colours. Once your short row shaping is complete, continue the strap and gusset until it is your desired width. Now do a final round using the same colour working dc into each st and 1ch-sp but also joining to the other granny square by working through both sts of the gusset and the granny square, work the dc all round the strap as well and one row along the top of the second granny.
Rejoin yarn to top of the first granny and work a round of dc all along that and around the strap.
Now work a round of dc around the whole of the granny triangle.
Finally join the granny triangle to the top of one side of the bag with a row of dc.
NOTE: when you started the gusset the join to the first granny was flat. When you join the second granny you end up with a ridge. If you want a matching ridge on the first join, then simple work over that join with a row of dc.
Line the bag, stiffening as necessary and use a press stud or other fastener to close it.
If you make a satchel, please do share photos of it either here or on Ravelry
Happy crocheting xxx