Crochet for a Cause: Navy Baby Ditty Diaper Bag in ZigZag Stitch

 

Crochet for a Cause Navy Baby ZigZag Bag

 

“Wartime knitting may have had a feminine image, but it was not timid.“

Current crafts craze echoes World War I knitting projects

 

Now that you know who were crocheting for – the USO – here’s another Baby Ditty Diaper Bag.  This one’s made using a ZigZag stitch. If you missed the first bag pattern, here’s the Ditty Bag in Shell Stitch.

Change up the colors, move them around, add some white zigs along with blue zags.  The world of color is your oyster!  (Oooh, now I want seafood!)

Be sure to scroll down for a photo of the pattern using vintage Americana colors.

Navy Baby Ditty Diaper Bag in ZigZag Stitch

 

Pattern Notes

    • Hook Size: I
    • Red Heart Super Saver in Cherry Red, Royal Blue and White
    • This pattern is worked in the oval. It will look like a canoe in the early rows.
    • Do not fasten off at the color changes. The unused color will drop into the bag and hang off the edge. When time to change colors, drop the yarn you were using, and pick up new yarn in last yarn over of last stitch in the round.

Using Royal Blue, ch 32.

Round 1 Continuing in Royal Blue and beginning with the 2nd chain from the hook, sc in each of the bumps on the back of the chain. Put an extra sc in the last chain. Turn your work a bit so you are crocheting into the remaining two loops along the other side of the chain. Sc across. Sl st to join.

Round 2 Continuing in blue, ch 1. Sc in every st around the oval. Sl st to join.

Round 3 Continuing in blue, Ch 3, dc in every st around the oval. Sl st to join.

Round 4 Change to Cherry Red. Ch 4, dc in same st, skip 2 sts. [In next st (dc, ch 1, dc), skip 2 sts.] Repeat around. Sl st to join.

Round 5 Change to Royal Blue, ch 3. 2 dc in next ch-1 space. 3 dc in each ch-1 space around. Sl st to join.

Round 6 Continuing in blue, ch 3. Dc around. Sl st to join.

Round 7 Repeat Round 6.

Repeat Rounds 4-7, three more times.

For your convenience, check off each repetition as it’s completed:

4   5   6   7             4   5   6   7            4   5   6   7

Detail Edge

Decorative Edging:

Round 1 of Edging: In Cherry Red, ch 3. Dc in next st. [Ch 1, skip a st, dc in next 2 sts] Repeat around. Ch 1, sl st to join.

Round 2 of Edging: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next dc. [Sc in ch-1 sp. Ch 2. Sc in the 2nd chain from hook. Sc in same ch-1 sp. Sc in next dc. Ch 2. Sc in the 2nd ch from hook. Sc in next dc.] Repeat around. Sl st in first sc to join.

Make the Tie

Using White, ch 100. Finish off. Weave in and out of ch-1 holes created by Round 1 of Edging.

Americana Baby Ditty Diaper Bag

I used the same pattern, changing colors more often, and using muted colors for an Americana look: Red Heart’s Burgundy and Aran, and Mainstay’s True Navy.

Americana ZigZag Gift Bag

Closeup Americana ZigZag Gift Bag

Inspired By …

This week’s Navy Baby Ditty Diaper Bag pattern was inspired by the zigzag stitch rows in this Fantasy Blanket  on Ravelry.  If you don’t have a Ravelry account, it’s easy to sign up –  and it’s FREE!

 

ZigZag Row in Fantasy Blanket

 

And here’s a ditty bag pattern inspired by the shell stitch of the same blanket.  🙂

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REALITY CHECK: Sometimes, I like to curl up with a good book instead of a crochet hook.  Lately, however, it’s been a challenge to read, which makes me think: It’s time to get my eyes checked.

 

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