Part 1 was easy going, but it is the base of part 2 and that is a different story. And when in the base something goes wrong, part 2 becomes a hooking torture. And so it did. My advice: control round 6 and 7 of part 1 before continuing with row 8 in part 2, count the stitches carefully, do this also for the back panel. look for flaws in the rounds! frog if necessarily! I miscounted in the spaces between the frontpost, because the frontpost’s were in my opinion not neatly positioned along the round.
In round 8 there is a gap in the round, so from now on we crochet in rows. The gap in between my front panel is 15 stitches, 13 +2. It is wise to mark them with a stitch-marker. make sure the gap is exactly the same in both panels. This is not clearly mentioned in the pattern.
The rows start from now on with a standing dc or hdc. Also the cluster stitches are a bit different, follow the links in the pattern for more information. The Cluster stitches are positioning right above the frontpost stitches of round 6, when making the stitches in this row you can put them in a wrong position whenever there is a flaw in round 6 or 7, so keep attention and count carefully. If you are doing right, the total stitch-count is 75. Between the cluster stitches there has to be 7 stitches including the frontpost stitch. Row 9 will give no problems if there are 75 stitches in row 8.
In row 10 of the front side, I had to smuggle a bit. You can skip a few increases when there are more stitches in your count or make an extra stitch whenever your count is lesser. But keep in mind it can bring you in difficulties in rows to come. Now my count is the same as in the pattern, 84 stitches. Also the cluster and frontpost stitches are evenly distributed around the row.
In row 12 there were more frontpost stitches to make. These stitches lie directly above the cluster stitches of row 8 (color green).
In row 13 I encountered no problems with the pattern or the making of this row. Keep in mind that the 3 frontpost sc stitches lie directly above the cluster stitches of row 10 and there are 5 Hdc stitches above the frontpost stitches of row 11 and it will go easy.
I am also even on the backside panel of the bag. That took a lot of counting for I had missed a few stitches in row 8, but row 10 and higher have now the correct amount of stitches and the backside panel and frontpanel are of the same size. My panels are only a bit smaller than the pattern dictates.
Part 2 was costing more time than I had in mind. It learned me that i had to keep focused on the stitch count and so on.