Easy Peasy Shoulder Bag

Description:

Quick and easy, good for a beginner. I could have made it in a couple of hours, but I wasn’t motivated enough, so I just worked on other projects.  My eyes flew over the top of it when I was looking for another project to finish.

Very nice, comfortable size.  Could be used for historical dressing up if hooked in a darker colour, or used as a general everyday-handbag if done in a brighter colour.

I made this for my younger sister, in brown, to use as a WW2 prop, and it has witnessed many enjoyable hours of play.

Sizing:

Will fit any age, depending on how long the strap is.

Gauge:

I am an amateur when it comes to gauge, but I think it is around 16 stitches and 9 rows every 10cm.

Materials:

4.5mm-5mm hook

2 balls of DK yarn, in colour of choice.( I have written down the amount of wool I think is sufficient, but I didn’t exactly measuer how much wool I used.)

2 buttons (optional)

Sewing needle

Thread

Abbreviations:

ch: chain

tr: treble crochet

dc: double crochet

rem: remaining

st: stitch

Notes:

Unless otherwise stated, ch at beginning of row does not count as st.

The bag is made in 3 pieces (front-back-flap and sides), plus the strap.

The bag is worked using 2 strands of wool, because it makes the bag stronger.

Pattern:

Main Piece:

Using 2 strands of wool

ch 33

Row 1: dc into 2nd chain from hook, and in every chain to the end, turn. (32)

Row 2:ch 1, dc in every st to end, turn. (32)

Row 3-46: ch 3, tr into every st to end, turn. (32)

Fasten off.

Sides (make 2)

Using 2 strands of wool

ch 6 (rem 3 ch does not count as st)

Row 1: tr in 4th ch from hook, and in rem ch, turn. (3)

Row 2: ch 3, 2 tr into 1st st, 2 tr into every st to end, turn. (6)

Row 3: ch 3, tr into every st to end, turn. (6)

Row 4: ch 3, 2 tr into every st, except last 2. 1 tr in each of last st, turn. (10)

Row 5-14: ch 3, tr into every st to end, turn. (10)

Fasten off.

Strap:

Using 2 strands of wool

ch enough to fit comfortably over person’s shoulder, plus 3.

Row 1: tr into 4th ch from hook, and into every ch across, turn.

Row 2: ch 3, tr into every st to end.

Fasten off.

Line Row 14 of the side, up with Row 46 of the main piece.

Attach yarn to Row 14 of the side, and evenly crochet a dc seam around the two pieces, attaching them together. Repeat this for the other side. Do not turn inside out. This should form a typical bag shape. The 2 dc rows on the main piece should be at the top of the flap. Sew the straps onto the inside of the sides.

Sew buttons onto the front, approximately 8cm from the bottom of the bag, and 4 cm from the side of the bag. Push the buttons through the tr st which they line up with on the flap (this means there is no button-hole making involved.)

There! Your bag is done!

Please tell me if any of this does not make sense, or if there are any typos, this is my first pattern, and I am aware it is quite vague in places.

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