Loops & Threads® Impeccable™ Brights Blue Slushee Drawstring Bag (Crochet)
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Loops & Threads® Impeccable™ Brights Blue Slushee Drawstring Bag (Crochet)

Stay cool poolside with this crocheted Blue Slushee Drawstring Bag! It’s just big enough for you to throw in your phone, keys, sunnies, lip balm and a little cash, so you can keep a light load while catching some rays. I reused a takeout soup container to reinforce the inside of my project, but you can still use your Slushee without it. Since the lettering is cut from felt instead of crocheted, you can customize your cup by choosing the word or phrase that you like best. You can even add a real red straw accent!

Twinkie Chan is a crochet designer from San Francisco with an insatiable appetite for creating fun, food-themed accessories. Since she launched her website in 2005 with a dozen scrumptious scarves, her unique work has been featured online, in print, on television and in art shows. Inspired by the high demand from her fans for her crochet patterns, she published her first book, "Twinkie Chan's Crochet Goodies for Fashion Foodies: 20 Yummy Treats To Wear,” in 2010.

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Craft Time: varies
Uses Recycled Items: No
 
 
 
 
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Material List

  • Crochet Hook, Size I/5.5mm or Size Needed to Obtain Gauge
  • Loops & Threads® Impeccable™ Brights Yarn – Popsicle Blue (1 Ball)
  • Loops & Threads® Impeccable™ Yarn – Cherry (1 Ball), Aqua (1 Ball) and White (5 Yds.)
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Felt – White
  • Fabric Paint – Black*
  • Paintbrush – Fine-tipped*
  • Fabri-Tac™ Fabric Glue
  • Plastic Takeout Soup Container (1-quart) (Optional)
  • Drinking Straw – Red (Optional)
  • *Embroidery Thread – Black
  • *Embroidery Needle
 

Project Instructions

Gauge: Loops & Threads® Impeccable™: 14 sc x 16 rows = 4"x4".

Special Stitches

Sc2tog: “single crochet 2 together.” Insert hook into next st, YO, pull through 1 loop. Insert hook into next st, YO, pull through 1 loop. YO and pull through all 3 loops.

Notes

When changing to a new color of yarn, work the last stitch in the old color until the last pull-through, then pull through with the new color.

If your yarns become too twisted while alternating two colors, pull your hook out of the project and spin the project around to untwist the yarns. Re-insert your hook and continue.

Striped Cup

You’ll be starting with the bottom of the cup.

With Popsicle Blue, make magic ring, or ch 3 and sl st to 1st ch to form ring.

At the end of each rnd, sl st to 1stst of rnd to join.

Rnd 1: Ch 2 (doesn’t count as 1st stitch of round), 10 hdc into ring. (10)

Rnd 2: Ch 2, 2 hdc in each st. (20)

Rnd 3: Ch 2, [2 hdc in next st. 1 hdc in next st.] 10 times. (30)

Rnd 4: Ch 2, [2 hdc in next st. 1 hdc in next 2 sts.] 10 times. (40)

Rnd 5: Ch 2, 1 hdc in each st. (40)

Now you will begin to create the stripes of your cup.

Ch 2 does not count as 1st stitch.

When you drop the color you are not working with, you should carry it along.

In order to make the stripes line up as straight as possible, start each round with ch 2 then place your first stitch in the next stitch -- meaning, work your 1st hdc in the 2nd hdc of the previous row. Your stripes will still lean and swirl a little bit, but to a lesser degree.

 

Rnd 6-8: Ch 2, 4 hdc evenly. Drop Popsicle Blue, join Cherry. 4 hdc. [Drop Cherry, pick up Popsicle Blue. 4 hdc. Drop Popsicle Blue, pick up Cherry. 4 hdc.] 4 times. With Popsicle Blue sl st to 1st hdc to join. (40)

Rnd 9: Ch 2, 2 hdc in same st, 1 hdc in next 3 sts. Drop Popsicle Blue, join Cherry. 4 hdc. [Drop Cherry, pick up Popsicle Blue. 2 hdc in next st. 1 hdc in next 3 sts. Drop Popsicle Blue, pick up Cherry. 4 hdc.] 4 times. With Popsicle Blue sl st to 1st hdc to join. (45)

Rnds 10-12: Ch 2, 5 hdc evenly. Drop Popsicle Blue, join Cherry. 4 hdc. [Drop Cherry, pick up Popsicle Blue. 5 hdc. Drop Popsicle Blue, pick up Cherry. 4 hdc.] 4 times. With Popsicle Blue sl st to 1sthdc to join. (45)

Rnd 13: Ch 2, 5 hdc. Drop Popsicle Blue, join Cherry. 2 hdc in next st. 1 hdc in next 3 sts. [Drop Cherry, pick up Popsicle Blue. 5 hdc. Drop Popsicle Blue, pick up Cherry. 2 hdc in next st. 1 hdc in next 3 sts.] 4 times. With Popsicle Blue sl st to 1st hdc to join. (50)

Rnd 14-16: Ch 2, 5 hdc. Drop Popsicle Blue, join Cherry. 5 hdc. [Drop Cherry, pick up Popsicle Blue. 5 hdc. Drop Popsicle Blue, pick up Cherry. 5 hdc] 4 times. With Popsicle Blue sl st to 1st hdc to join. (50)

Rnd 17: Ch 2, 2 hdc in same st, 1 hdc in next 4 sts. Drop Popsicle Blue, join Cherry. 5 hdc. [Drop Cherry, pick up Popsicle Blue. 2 hdc in next st. 1 hdc in next 4 sts. Drop Popsicle Blue, pick up Cherry. 5 hdc.] 4 times. With Popsicle Blue sl st to 1st hdc to join. (55)

Rnd 18-20: Ch 2, 6 hdc. Drop Popsicle Blue, join Cherry. 5 hdc. [Drop Cherry, pick up Popsicle Blue. 6 hdc. Drop Popsicle Blue, pick up Cherry. 5 hdc] 4 times. With Popsicle Blue sl st to 1st hdc to join. (55) Break off Popsicle Blue and Cherry. Weave in ends.

Blue Slushee

With Aqua, ch 28.

This piece will first look like a parallelogram, or a rectangle with angled sides. When instructed, working in the back loops only (BLO) creates the ridges and texture.

Row 1: Sk 1st ch. Then 2 sc in next st through both loops. 24 sc evenly in BLO. Sc2tog through both loops. (27)

Row 2: Ch 1, turn. Sc2tog through both loops. 24 sc evenly in BLO. 2 sc in last st through both loops. (27)

Row 3: Ch 1, turn. 2 sc in 1st st. 24 sc evenly in BLO. Sc2tog through both loops. (27)

Rows 4: Repeat Row 2. (27)

Throughout this piece, you will create 10 holes towards one end, alternating every 5th or 6th row. You’ll use these holes later to weave a drawstring through your purse.

Row 5: Ch 1, turn. 2 sc in 1st st. 1 sc in both loops (will make the hole stronger). Ch 2 and sk 2 sc. 1 sc in both loops. 20 sc evenly in BLO. Sc2tog through both loops. (27)

Rows 6-10: Alternate Rows 2 & 3, ending with Row 2. (27)

Row 11: Repeat Row 5 to create a hole. (27)

Rows 12-15: Alternate Rows 2 & 3, ending with Row 3. (27)

Row 16: Ch 1, turn. Sc2tog through both loops. 20sc evenly in BLO. 1 sc in both loops. Ch 2 and sk 2 sc. 1 sc in both loops. 2sc in last st through both loops. (27)

Rows 17-21: Alternate Rows 3 & 2, ending with Row 3. (27)

Row 22: Repeat Row 16. (27)

Rows 23-26: Alternate Rows 3 & 2, ending with Row 2. (27)

Rows 27-48: Repeat Rows 5-26. (27)

Row 49: Repeat Row 5. (27)

Rows 50-54: Alternate Rows 2 & 3, ending with Row 2. (27)

Row 55: Repeat Row 5. (27)

To form a tube, sl st or whip-stitch Row 55 to Row1. Break off and weave in ends. 

 

 Drawstring

With Popsicle Blue, ch until your drawstring is approximately 22 inches long. Break off and weave in ends.

Assembly

Step 1 You will attach Striped Cup to Blue Slushee by crocheting through both pieces with white, which also creates a white lip for the cup. You might want to start crocheting at the seam of both pieces, so that these seams line up and fall on the same side. Begin with Blue Slushee, holes facing down, and insert hook into a free stitch along the top edge of the tube. Then, with Striped Cup upside down, also insert hook into a free stitch at the mouth of the Cup. Now, join white and begin to sc through both pieces all the way around. For each stitch on Striped Cup, there will be 1 Row of Blue Slushee (both will equal 55). After working 55 sc to connect the pieces, sl st to 1stsc to join. Break off and weave in ends. 

 

Step 2 Starting from the outside going in, weave Drawstring in and out of the holes at the top of Blue Slushee. Both ends should end up on the outside. Tie a knot to secure.

 

Step 3 Cut letters out of felt. I drew my letters freehand with a disappearing ink fabric marker, but you can also print out letters on regular paper and cut them out to use as stencils for your felt. Each letter should be about the same width as a colored stripe. My cup says “COOL,” but maybe your cup will say “CHILL OUT,” “SWEET” or “ICE QUEEN!”

Step 4 Outline each letter with black embroidery thread or black fabric paint. Add “frozen drip” details, if you wish.

Step 5 Attach letters with Fabri-Tac™ and allow time to dry.

Step 6 Insert plastic container if you have one, but your bag should still look cute and be functional without.

Step 7 If you want to stick a straw into the Blue Slushee, pinch one end of the straw to fit it through your stitches. You’ll be cutting this off, so it’s ok if it looks ugly! I left about 3" of straw on the outside of my bag and trimmed the end on the inside of the bag to about ¼". I then applied a line of glue around the bits where the outside of the straw touched the crochet fabric. 

Abbreviations

BLO = back loops only

ch(s) = chain(s)

hdc = half double crochet

rnd(s) = round(s)

sc = single crochet

Sc2tog = single crochet 2 together

sk = skip

sl st = slip stitch

st(s) = stitch(es)

YO = yarn over

[ ] = repeat what is inside the brackets the number of times indicated.