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#1 specialkate

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Posted 15 November 2006 - 08:44 PM

Ever since my very first crochet adventure (a green and beige granny square bag), I have loved the allure of those quick, simple, useful, and satisfying crochet cotton purse projects! Here is the basic pattern I created which I have been using to make quite the plethora of bags! They make great gifts and with a little creativity are easily altered to fit the personality and style of the purse recipient! :)

Here is the pink-princess purse (pattern written to make this bag)
[IMG]http://static.flickr.com/101/297738386_9bf4cd8ba7_m.jpg[/IMG]

Materials used:

- Two 50 gram balls of Bernat Handicrafter Cotton (main colour -mc)
- One 50 gram ball of Bernat Handicrafter Cotton (contrast -cc)
- 4.5 mm crochet hook (or what size req'd for gauge)
- Yarn needle

Gauge:
7 sc = about 5cms (about 2" for those non-metric folk)

Main Bag (mc):

Front:
Row 1: Ch. 31, turn, sc in each st starting with the 2nd ch from hook
Row 2: Sc along (30 sc), ch. 1, turn
Rows 3 - 23: Repeat Row 2, on row 23 fasten off at end

Back Piece (including front flap):
Same as front piece, but this time make 37 rows, fasten off


Handle and Sides (cc):

Row 1: Ch. 6, Sc in each ch starting in 2nd ch from hook, Ch. 1 turn.
Rows 2 - ??: Repeat the simple sc 5, ch 1, turn sequence until desired length for the sides and handle of bag (Mine was about 130 rows in length)
Row 131: sc the long strip into a loop (I used this seam as one of the bottom corners to help conceal it)

Flower (cc):

Ch 10, join with slip stitch. *Ch 2, dc in first st of loop, dc in next st of loop, ch 2, sc into the same st of loop as the second dc* (So you have ch.2, dc, dc, ch.2 in the first two sts of the loop). Repeat the *'s in the remaining 8 sts of the loop resulting in 5 petals!

**To make larger flowers you can change the pattern to be ch.3, tc, tc, ch.3 and so forth. To make the double flower shown in the picture I just used a 5.5mm hook for the outer flower and a 3.75mm hook for the inner flower.

Close up of flower:
[IMG]http://static.flickr.com/116/298431261_04f18f586a_m.jpg[/IMG]

Finishing:

Attach the cc long piece to the main bag pieces with the mc. I prefer to join the pieces by sc with the right sides together of the main bag because it seems to give it a little more structure. I also like to sc around the edges of the handle and front flap to make it look a little more finished. Then simply sew on the flower and few dashed lines in the cc. Tuck in any lose ends. I also lined this bag in felt and added some snaps to the corners of the front flap so it had a proper closure. Then you're done! :cheer Enjoy!!



I have had a lot of fun making variations of this pattern, here is a flap-less red and beige version I made for myself (with the star/snowflake pattern embroidered on the front). I hope to make a few with big button closures for some fun and simple christmas gifties.

[IMG]http://static.flickr.com/114/297738381_180cf3099b_m.jpg[/IMG]

I would love to hear what you think and would especially LOVE to see bags anyone makes from the basics of this pattern! Please drop me a line and share your work! :hook



#2 soluna

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Posted 15 November 2006 - 09:47 PM

wow that is so beautiful:eek .... thank you so much for sharing the pattern, i will try to make some for gifts. i have a question, can i use acrylic ww yarn for this purse?:think i dont have that much cotton yarn :blush
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Posted 15 November 2006 - 09:58 PM

You bet! Using acrylic yarn is totally fine! However acrylic yarn doesn't seem to keep its shape as well as cotton, but if you make your stitches tight (or use a smaller hook to avoid it from becoming too lose...especially on the handle), it should work fabulously! I am tempted to switch over to acrylic yarn myself (I live in a super small town and my cotton colour choices are VERY limited). Adding lining also helps with purse strength and shape. Hope it works out for you! :D

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Posted 15 November 2006 - 10:04 PM

great thanks:) , i will try and use a smaller hook. i was looking for something to make my two sisters in law for christmas, and i think i will make them each a purse like this in different colors. thank youuuu!:hook

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Posted 16 November 2006 - 11:17 AM

Fun purse!Thanks for the pattern.:yarn

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Posted 16 November 2006 - 12:49 PM

very cute.

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Posted 16 November 2006 - 03:21 PM

Perfect! Thanks for sharing--now I know what to make for my nieces!:cheer :yes
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Posted 16 November 2006 - 03:46 PM

I have some awesome colors left over from a poncho I just finished for my daughter and this purse is the perfect use for them.

I'll probably be working on the purse for awhile, though, as I'm a granny square making machine at the moment, lol!

Thanks for the pattern! It's really versatile looking; I'll be doing stripes for mine, as I'm using scraps.

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Posted 16 November 2006 - 07:48 PM

wow awesome i am so gonna try this out!:manyheart
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Posted 17 November 2006 - 12:23 AM

I LOVE them both!! As soon as I am done with all my CHristmas exchanges and such I will definatly make one or two of these!! Thanks for sharing your pattern!!
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Posted 17 November 2006 - 04:54 AM

Such cute little purses! They would also make great travel bags for make-up or jewelry. Thanks!

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Posted 20 November 2006 - 08:49 AM

I'm in the process of making this purse now. It's going slowly though b/c I have a few projects going now. If I'm able to do it correctly, I plan on giving it to my niece for her birthday.

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Posted 20 November 2006 - 11:03 AM

Ever since my very first crochet adventure (a green and beige granny square bag), I have loved the allure of those quick, simple, useful, and satisfying crochet cotton purse projects! Here is the basic pattern I created which I have been using to make quite the plethora of bags! They make great gifts and with a little creativity are easily altered to fit the personality and style of the purse recipient! :)
:hook


wonderful pattern...other than a hobo-type bag i just finished for a gift, i haven't made purses for a long time, but this will get me going! you have a great imagination.:clap
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Posted 20 November 2006 - 02:20 PM

definatly awsome and I can't wait to try this out my sister is itching for a purse and she saw some cotton yarn she liked my only question is what weight yarn did you use? the stuff she found was WW and I would love to use that for her since she very rarley picks stuff out when we go to pet the yarn.

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Posted 20 November 2006 - 02:33 PM

ww cotton would work perfectly! Good luck! (If you have any problems or questions with the pattern don't hesitate to ask. I am always happy to help):manyheart

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Posted 20 November 2006 - 04:02 PM

when we go to pet the yarn.


i love the way you phrased picking out yarn...i have to use it next time i yarn shop - because that's exactly what we do to the yarn -- pet it!!
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Posted 08 January 2007 - 01:25 PM

After an hour PONDERING what to make for the Valentines Day CAL, I decided on this!! I am going to make this purse, with a heart motif :manyheart
By the way, I have made this pattern and it works up very lovely!! Again, thanks for the pattern!! I made one for my Holiday exchange partner, but I never heard from her again, she fell off the earth I am afraid. Anyways, I WILL take a pic of this one :D .
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Posted 08 January 2007 - 01:39 PM

Your purses are great!!!!

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Posted 12 January 2007 - 04:25 AM

Cool purse. Way to go!
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Posted 12 January 2007 - 08:23 AM

Very cute purses!! Great job :clap
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