I really love pretty bags. I think bags for different outfits, and bags for different occasions are super fun, but I have never found it practical enough to spend the money on multiple bags.
Instead, I like to create them!
This sweet and simple bag is a new style favorite of mine! It would look great in solid colors, or in smaller stripes. This stitch is SO simple, yet sophisticated, and it gives the design almost a natural chevron look; more noticeable with thinner stripes.
I wanted something so simple though, that it would take exactly one skein of yarn, and zero color changes, so I opted for Premier Yarn's Sweet Roll, using Cheesecake Pop for this fun, almost Neapolitan look!
The Seamlessly Stunning Handbag is appropriately named for its complete lack of a seam! Really, it can't be found! There is no joining, and this stitch provides a texture that even eliminates what you might typically see in a round, as you circle upward. The only noticeable changes are those where the colors change naturally. If you choose to change colors yourself, you may not even see that!
Premier Yarns Sweet Roll - Cheesecake Pop - 1 roll
Crochet Hook, H- 5mm
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
Arched bamboo purse handles - 5.5-6.5 inches wide
*I used these 6.5 inch wide handles from JoAnn's
Terms and abbreviations to know:
ch, chs - chain, chains
st, sts - stitch, stitches
rnd, rnds - round, rounds
sk - skip
sp, sps - space, spaces
sc - single crochet
Notes: This bag is made in the rnd from the bottom up, with no joining. After rnd 2, you are ONLY working in the ch-1 sps, and skipping over all the sts (until final rnd). It is helpful during increases, to count the (sc, ch 1, sc) as 1, as you go, so as only to be counting the ch-1 spaces. When working into the ch-1 sps, be sure you are not just working into the 2nd sc. Go under the ch so that you can see the first sc to the right, and the beginning of the 2nd sc to the left of your hook. There should be a strand of yarn, in the back, directly to the left of your hook. See pictures below for more instruction. I have made the picture bigger for this pattern, to better illustrate working into the ch-1 space.
This pattern uses almost exactly 1 - 5 oz roll of Cheesecake Pop
Finished size of the bag measures approximately 8 inches tall and 12 inches wide.
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Seamlessly Stunning Handbag
Begin with magic ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring; 6 sts
Rnd 2: (sc, ch 1, sc) in each st around; 6 ch-1 sps
Rnd 3: (sc, ch 1, sc)2x in each ch-1 sp around; 12 ch-1 sps
Rnd 4: (sc, ch 1, sc) in each ch-1 sp around; 12 ch-1 sps
Rnd 5: [(sc, ch 1, sc)2x in next ch-1 sp, (sc, ch 1, sc) in next ch-1 sp]6x; 18 ch-1 sps
Rnd 6: (sc, ch 1, sc) in each ch-1 sp around; 18 ch-1 sps
Rnd 7: [(sc, ch 1, sc)2x in next ch-1 sp, (sc, ch 1, sc) in next 2 ch-1 sps]6x; 24 ch-1 sps
Rnd 8: (sc, ch 1, sc) in each ch-1 sp around; 24 ch-1 sps
Rnd 9: [(sc, ch 1, sc)2x in next ch-1 sp, (sc, ch 1, sc) in next 3 ch-1 sps]6x; 30 ch-1 sps
Rnd 10: (sc, ch 1, sc) in each ch-1 sp around; 30 ch-1 sps
Rnd 11: [(sc, ch 1, sc)2x in next ch-1 sp, (sc, ch 1, sc) in next 4 ch-1 sps]6x; 36 ch-1 sps
Rnd 12: (sc, ch 1, sc) in each ch-1 sp around; 36 ch-1 sps
Rnd 13: [(sc, ch 1, sc)2x in next ch-1 sp, (sc, ch 1, sc) in next 5 ch-1 sps]6x; 42 ch-1 sps
Rnd 14-41: (sc, ch 1, sc) in each ch-1 sp around; 42 ch-1 sps
Rnd 42: sc in each st around, skipping over the ch-1 sps; 84 sts
Fasten off, and weave in ends.
To sew on the handles, just hold it to the bag, and sew the yarn around, connecting to the bag, over and over, keeping the yarn snug together. Knot off and weave in ends on the inside of the bag.
1. This is finished rnd 2. Now, the rest of the pattern will be worked into the ch-1 sp, skipping the stitches, up until the last rnd.
2. It is tight, working into the ch-1 sp. Here I am pointing to the strand of yarn, in the back, that separates the ch-1 sp from the 2nd sc. That strand should be to the left of your hook.
3. And this is what it looks like when you put the hook through.
4. From the back side, you can see the separation between the stitches a little more clearly.
5. The increases will be tight, as technically they are 4 sts in one ch-1 sp, but only keep count of the ch-1 sps for final counts.
To add the straps, all I did was use what was left of the yarn to sew the metal part to the side. I started on the inside of the bag and just kept wrapping it around, back through the bag, all the way around. Just be sure to measure your placement so the two handles match up!
I chose not to line this particular bag, because I wanted it to stay simple, and because I didn't feel it was necessary, but it could be very easily lined if you'd like!
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