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I Carried A Watermelon - Free US Terms Crochet Pattern (free for a limited time only)

Updated: Jul 26

Watermelon Bag



This pattern was inspired by an 80’s themed crochet weekend I went to at The Crochet Sanctuary. Fabulous fun! I highly recommend this great crochet retreat. Find details at



When I first went I felt very nervous and awkward, a little like Baby in the classic 80’s film Dirty Dancing, when she meets Johnny at the staff party and says that iconic line, ‘I carried a watermelon’.



And so I was inspired to make this fun bag – it’s a real ice-breaker if you are ever in a room full of strangers (or should I say, friends you haven’t met yet!)

If you would like support with the making of Joodybloos patterns, there are videos for UK Terms Crochet on You Tube follow the link below, or simply search Joodybloos.

The Pattern is made Double Stranded – so holding two strands of yarn at the same time. This gives a great colour variation in the design and also crochets up super fast on a nice big hook.




To make the Watermelon Bag You will need:

5mm(H/8) hook*

A wide eyed sewing needle

Scissors

50g each of 4ply Cotton in light red & dark red

100g each of 4ply Cotton in light green, dark green & white

Plus a small amount of Black for the seeds

I use Scheepjes Catona.

We work this bag up double stranded (holding two strands together) and so it is best to buy the yarn as follows:

1 x 50g 517 Candy Apple

1 x 50g 192 Scarlet

2 x 50g 106 Snow White (you may get away with 2x 25g, but it is close so I have gone for 2 x 50g to be safe – and I can always find a use for left over white Catona)

2 x 50g 212 Sage Green

2 x 50g 244 Spruce

A small amount of 110 Jet Black

*Please note that hook size is dependent on tension and therefore my vary.


Abbreviations:

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ch - chain

sc – single crochet

sc2tog – single crochet 2 together

rpt – repeat

[ ] – a group of stitches to form a pattern, usually repeated

slp st – slip stitch

slp st join – join in a round with a slip stitch

sts – stitches

Some Tips Before You Begin:

This pattern is worked holding two yarns together. It has been suggested that I crochet more loosely than average, and so it may be that you wish to go up half a hook size to match the size and drape of my pattern.

Tension Square:

I know, I know, I hate doing tension squares too, but without one you run the risk of running out of yarn. I use this tension square as a pocket inside the Watermelon bag.

Using the white yarn and holding two strands together (so I take one end from the centre of the ball and one from the outside)

For me 14dc x 16rows = 10cm x10cm square.

To make your tension square:

Foundation ch 15

Row 1: working in to the second chain from your hook, 14sc, turn (sts)

Rows 2-16 : 1ch, 14sc, turn (15 rows)

If your tension square is not the same size as mine, try adjusting your hook up or down a half size; try going up half a size if your square is smaller (your tension is tighter than mine) or down half a size if your square is bigger (your tension is looser than mine)


Let’s Begin!



Watermelon Front:

Tip: it is helpful to use a stitch marker to mark the first stitch of each round. There is a You Tube Video to support this pattern should you need a little help


Begin using two strands of red – a light red and a dark red

Rnd 1: MR. Slp st into the MR, 1ch and 6sc into the MR, join with a slip st into first sc (6sts)

Draw up the MR

Rnd 2: 1ch, 2sc into each st, slp st join into the first sc (12 sts)

Rnd 3: 1ch, [1sc, 2sc in the nxt st] rpt to end, slp st join into the first sc (18 sts)

Rnd 4: Carry a single strand of black for this next round as we will begin to make some seeds as follows: 1ch, [3sc, using the black yarn 1sc into the same stitch] rpt to end, slp st join into the first sc (24 sts)

Rnd 5: 1ch, [3sc, 2sc into the nxt st] rpt to end, slp st join into the first sc (30 sts)

Rnd 6: Carry a single strand of black for this next round to make some more seeds as follows: 1ch, [2sc, then using the black yarn 1sc into the next stitch, using reds again 1sc, 2sc into the next] rpt to end, slp st join into the first sc (36 sts)

Rnd 7: 1ch, [5sc, 2sc into the nxt st] rpt to end, slp st join into the first sc (42 sts)

Rnd 8: Carry a single strand of black for this next round to make some more seeds as follows: 1ch, [7sc, then using the black yarn 1sc into the same stitch] rpt to end, slp st join into the first sc (48 sts)

That’s it for the black seeds, we continue using just the two red strands as follows:

Rnd 9: 1ch, [7sc, 2sc into the nxt st] rpt to end, slp st join into the first sc (54 sts)

Rnd 10: 1ch, [8sc, 2sc into the nxt st] rpt to end, slp st join into the first sc (60 sts)

Rnd 11: 1ch, [9sc, 2sc into the nxt st] rpt to end, slp st join into the first sc (66 sts)

Rnd 12: 1ch, [10sc, 2sc into the nxt st] rpt to end, slp st join into the first sc (72 sts)

Rnd 13: 1ch, [11sc, 2sc into the nxt st] rpt to end, slp st join into the first sc (78 sts)

Rnd 14: 1ch, [12sc, 2sc into the nxt st] rpt to end, slp st join into the first sc (84 sts)

Rnd 15: 1ch, [13sc, 2sc into the nxt st] rpt to end, slp st join into the first sc (90 sts)

Rnd 16: 1ch, [14sc, 2sc into the nxt st] rpt to end, slp st join into the first sc (96 sts)

Rnd 17: 1ch, [15sc, 2sc into the nxt st] rpt to end, slp st join into the first sc (102 sts)

Rnd 18: 1ch, [16sc, 2sc into the nxt st] rpt to end, slp st join into the first sc (108 sts)

Rnd 19: 1ch, [17sc, 2sc into the nxt st] rpt to end, slp st join into the first sc (114 sts)

Rnd 20: 1ch, [18sc, 2sc into the nxt st] rpt to end, slp st join into the first sc (120 sts)

Rnd 21: 1ch, [19sc, 2sc into the nxt st] rpt to end, slp st join into the first sc (126 sts)

Rnd 22: 1ch, [20sc, 2sc into the nxt st] rpt to end, slp st join into the first sc (132 sts)

Rnd 23: 1ch, [21sc, 2sc into the nxt st] rpt to end, slp st join into the first sc (138 sts)

Rnd 24: 1ch, [22sc, 2sc into the nxt st] rpt to end, changing to two strands of white, slp st join into the first sc

(144 sts)

Rnd 25: Using two strands of white 1ch, [23sc, 2sc into the nxt st] rpt to end, slp st join into the first sc (150 sts)

Rnd 26: 1ch, [24sc, 2sc into the nxt st] rpt x 5, ch24, 2sc into the last st, slp st join into the first sc (156 sts)

Rnd 27: 1ch, [25sc, 2sc into the nxt st] rpt x 5, work 24sc into the chain, 1sc, 2sc st, changing to the two green yarns, holding both strands together slp st join into the first sc (162 sts)

Rnd 28: Using the two strands if green 1ch, [26sc, 2sc into the nxt st] rpt to end, slp st join into the first sc (168 sts)

Rnd 29: 1ch, [27sc, 2sc into the nxt st] rpt to end, slp st join into the first sc (174 sts)

Cast off

Surface crochet

Using a single strand of the light green yarn, surface crochet a ch st around the post of rnd 27 ( the last round of white)

See You Tube Video for help



Watermelon Back:


Using two green strands

Rnd 1: MR. Slp st into the MR, 1ch and 6sc into the MR, join with a slip st into first sc (6sts)

Draw up the MR

Rnd 2: 1ch, 2sc into each st, slp st join into the first sc (12 sts)

Rnd 3: 1ch, [1sc, 2sc in the nxt st] rpt to end, slp st join into the first sc (18 sts)

Rnd 4: 1ch, [2sc, 2sc into the nxt st] rpt to end, slp st join into the first sc (24 sts)

Rnd 5: 1ch, [3sc, 2sc into the nxt st] rpt to end, slp st join into the first sc (30 sts)

Rnd 6: 1ch, [4sc, 2sc into the nxt st] rpt to end, slp st join into the first sc (36 sts)

Rnd 7: 1ch, [5sc, 2sc into the nxt st] rpt to end, slp st join into the first sc (42 sts)

Rnd 8: 1ch, [6sc, 2sc into the nxt st] rpt to end, slp st join into the first sc (48 sts)

Rnd 9: 1ch, [7sc, 2sc into the nxt st] rpt to end, slp st join into the first sc (54 sts)

Rnd 10: 1ch, [8sc, 2sc into the nxt st] rpt to end, slp st join into the first sc (60 sts)

Rnd 11: 1ch, [9sc, 2sc into the nxt st] rpt to end, slp st join into the first sc (66 sts)

Rnd 12: 1ch, [10sc, 2sc into the nxt st] rpt to end, slp st join into the first sc (72 sts)

Rnd 13: 1ch, [11sc, 2sc into the nxt st] rpt to end, slp st join into the first sc (78 sts)

Rnd 14: 1ch, [12sc, 2sc into the nxt st] rpt to end, slp st join into the first sc (84 sts)

Rnd 15: 1ch, [13sc, 2sc into the nxt st] rpt to end, slp st join into the first sc (90 sts)

Rnd 16: 1ch, [14sc, 2sc into the nxt st] rpt to end, slp st join into the first sc (96 sts)

Rnd 17: 1ch, [15sc, 2sc into the nxt st] rpt to end, slp st join into the first sc (102 sts)

Rnd 18: 1ch, [16sc, 2sc into the nxt st] rpt to end, slp st join into the first sc (108 sts)

Rnd 19: 1ch, [17sc, 2sc into the nxt st] rpt to end, slp st join into the first sc (114 sts)

Rnd 20: 1ch, [18sc, 2sc into the nxt st] rpt to end, slp st join into the first sc (120 sts)

Rnd 21: 1ch, [19sc, 2sc into the nxt st] rpt to end, slp st join into the first sc (126 sts)

Rnd 22: 1ch, [20sc, 2sc into the nxt st] rpt to end, slp st join into the first sc (132 sts)

Rnd 23: 1ch, [21sc, 2sc into the nxt st] rpt to end, slp st join into the first sc (138 sts)

Rnd 24: 1ch, [22sc, 2sc into the nxt st] rpt to end, slp st join into the first sc (144 sts)

Rnd 25: 1ch, [23sc, 2sc into the nxt st] rpt to end, slp st join into the first sc (150 sts)

Rnd 26: 1ch, [24sc, 2sc into the nxt st] rpt x 5, ch24, 2sc into the last st, slp st join into the first sc (156 sts)

Rnd 27: 1ch, [25sc, 2sc into the nxt st] rpt x 5, work 24sc into the chain, 1sc, 2sc st, slp st join into the first sc (162 sts)

Rnd 28: 1ch, [26sc, 2sc into the nxt st] rpt to end, slp st join into the first sc (168 sts)

Rnd 29: 1ch, [27sc, 2sc into the nxt st] rpt to end, slp st join into the first sc (174 sts)

Rnd 30 - 33: 1ch, 174sc, slp st join into the first sc (4 rnds)

Do not cut the yarn here as we are now going to crochet these two pieces together, right sides together, and then turn out the right way to make the bag. You can watch me join these pieces on the You Tube Video if you need a little more guidance.



Continue using the two strands of green as follows:

With right sides of the bag together, 147Slp st the two closest loops for together to join the bag together from one side of the handle to the other. (I only join the back and front loops so that the join is not too bulky)

Cast off.

I like to then sew my tension square to the green side of my bag, using a single strand of green yarn.

Sew in all ends securely.

Turn the bag right sides out.


and you’ve finished!



Now you too can Carry a Watermelon!


I had great fun making this pattern and I sincerely hope that you have enjoyed it too. I value your feedback so do please get in touch. You can message me on Instagram @joodybloos or email joodybloos@yahoo.com.

If you wish to make this pattern to sell I have no problem with that & wish you the very best of luck with your sales – I would be grateful if you would advertise the fact that this is a Joodybloos© Pattern.

I would love to see a photo of your Watermelon Bag on Instagram #joodybloos or @joodybloos in the comments so that I can find them easily.

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Happy Crocheting!

Jude x



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