Get ready for Part 7
Part 7 explains how to make the gusset and for this, you already need to have made the other pieces so that you can work out how long to make it. Have you been following along? If so, you’re ready to go. If not head back and do, Parts 1 (main square rounds 1-6) , Part 2 (rows 7-9), Part 3 (finishing the main square) , Part 4 (small squares) , Part 5 (side strips) and Part 6 (finishing the sides) first.. If you prefer to follow standard written instructions instead of the version with lots of pictures, head here.
Part 7 doesn’t seem to have many instructions, but there’s quite a lot of crocheting involved!
Work 10ch, turn.
Miss the chain nearest your hook and start in second ch, work 1dc in each chain stitch, turn. You’ll have 9 double crochet stitches.
Next row: 1ch, dc in each st along, turn. (Make sure you remember to do the double crochet in the first stitch after you’ve done the initial chain stitch – you should always have 9 dc in a row.)
Repeat last row until gusset is long enough to fit down one side, across the bottom and up the other side. Measure it against the bag side as you go, and don’t finish off at the end. You may need to adjust the length as you start pinning it.
Here’s mine when I’d worked 44 rows – this was long enough to fit down one side…
And here it is when I’d done 88 rows…
This is mine when I’d worked 126 rows.
I decided that was enough to start pinning in place. I’d then add more rows or take a few back when I’d pinned it all the way round, as then I could judge what fitted exactly.
Attaching the gusset
Pin one long side of the gusset around the main square with wrong sides together – going down one side strip, across the bottom and up the other side strip. Ease it round the corners when pinning.
Now you should be able to see whether the gusset is the correct length, so adjust slightly if you need to – either add a few more rows, or take a few rows back – and then finish off and cut the yarn. Here you can see I needed to add a few extra rows – you can see I’ve left the loop so I could just insert the hook again and do a few more rows.
Now starting at a top corner, work 1dc in each st and edge of gusset along the side, again catching one loop from each piece as before.
When you get to a corner, work 3dc in the same place, then continue along the bottom to the next corner, work 3dc in the same place again and up the other side.
Now attach the other side of the bag to the gusset in the same way, being careful when you pin it that it doesn’t distort – make sure the place you pin the corners at the bottom correspond with the same points of the gusset as the corners you’ve already joined.
Now go on to Part 8 to find out how to make the strap…
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