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Sweet Summer Crochet Handbag Crochet Along: Week 1

Sweet Summer Handbag Week 1 Bottom
Sweet Summer Handbag Week 1 Bottom

Designed for the spring 2016 AllFreeCrochet Crochet Along, the Sweet Summer Crochet Handbag uses three basic stitch patterns, custom seamless transitions and bright, light yarn to achieve the perfect summertime crochet tote. The chosen colors resemble a sandy shore and sweet tropical fruit, and its small size makes it the perfect summer companion. Best of all, this darling crochet bag is lined, so all your summertime essentials will be safe and sound. We're excited you're here and checking out all the fun, and we hope you'll join in. We love this summery bag already and we promise it will be worth the wait.
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Intermediate

Crochet HookH/8 or 5 mm hook

Yarn Weight(3) Light/DK (21-24 stitches to 4 inches)

Materials List

  • 1 Wood toggle button - colorway brick
  • 25 mm ref. 30530 (pk of 3)
  • 1 sheet of rigid plastic (not sold)

Instructions

Week 1: Bottom of the Bag

  1. Using 2 strands of color A held together, make a foundation chain of 40 ch. Then:

  2. Rnd 1: In 2nd ch, work 1 sc (uk: dc), 1 ch and 1 sc (uk: dc) ; then 1 sc (uk: dc) in each of the next 37 ch sts, in the last ch work 1 sc (uk: dc), 1 ch, 1 sc (uk: dc), 1 ch and 1 sc (uk: dc);  then, cont at the other end of the foundation ch and work 1 sc (uk: dc) in each of the next 37 ch sts, 1 sc (uk: dc) in last ch, 1 ch. Close round with 1 sl st to 1st sc (uk: dc) at beg of round. (84 sts)

  3. Then, from 2nd to 5th round, work in the back loop only of each st.

  4. Rnd 2: 1 ch,1 sc (uk: dc) in 1st st, 1 ch, 1 sc (uk: dc) in each of the next 41 sts,1 ch, 1 sc (uk: dc) in next st, 1 ch,1 sc (uk: dc) in each of the next 41 sts, 1 ch. Close round with 1 sl st to 1st sc (uk: dc) at beg of round. (88 sts)

  5. Rnd 3: 1 ch, 1 sc (uk: dc) in 1st st, 1 ch, 1 sc (uk: dc) in each of the next 43 sts, 1 ch, 1 sc (uk: dc) in next st, 1 ch, 1 sc (uk: dc) in each of the next 43 sts, 1 ch. Close round with 1 sl st to 1st sc (uk: dc) at beg of round. (92 sts)

  6. Rnd 4: 1 ch, 1 sc (uk: dc) in 1st st, 1 ch,1 sc (uk: dc) in each of the next 45 sts, 1 ch, 1 sc (uk: dc) in next st, 1 ch, 1 sc (uk: dc) in each of the next 45 sts, 1 ch. Close round with 1 sl st to 1st sc (uk: dc) at beg of round. (96 sts)

  7. Rnd 5: 1 ch, 1 sc (uk: dc) in 1st st,1 ch, 1 sc (uk: dc) in each of the next 47 sts, 1 ch, 1 sc (uk: dc) in next st, 1 ch, 1 sc (uk: dc) in each of the next 47 sts, 1 ch. Close round with 1 sl st to 1st sc (uk: dc) at beg of round. (100 sts)

Abbreviations

Chain stitch
ch or ch st
Slip stitch
sl st
Single Crochet
sc
Double Crochet
dc
Half Double Crochet
hdc
Shell
2 dc, 1 ch and 2 dc
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I did the initial ch 40 in a contrasting color. It was much easier for me to do the sc's.

In the materials list - what is 25mm ref. 30530 pack of 3? How much total yarn? It looks like 3 skeins, but I'm confused because I would need 2 of each color to have 2 strands together and there are 3 colors in the purse. Also, you mention the purse is lined but I don't see a reference for how much/what kind of fabric for lining. Sorry, but I live an hour away from civilization and need to make one shopping trip.

I am trying to watch how to make this bag and can not for the life of me figure out how to watch, I click on watch video nothing happens some help please. Thank you

I can't find week 2, it always takes me to week 1

Hi Member 4281164, In the first paragraph of text, 2016 AllFreeCrochet Crochet Along is linked to our hub page for this crochet along that features links to each individual part as well as a link to the finished, full project: http://www.allfreecrochet.com/crochet-bag-patterns/Crochet-Along-Sweet-Summer-Crochet-Handbag Thanks! Julia, editor for AllFreeCrochet

I am trying to watch how to make this bag and can not for the life of me figure out how to watch, I click on watch video nothing happens some help please. Thank you

I am trying to watch how to make this bag and can not for the life of me figure out how to watch, I click on watch video nothing happens some help please. Thank you

I would LOVE to be able to print this out, but find no place for printing. I tried copy and paste, but that did not work worth a pooh. I do not care about pintrest, google, fb, twitter, etc. I just want to print the pattern so I have it with me when I am not near the computer. sighhhh

Hi Shaye! This is actually only part of the pattern - it will be released bit by bit over 4 weeks as part of the crochet along we are doing. At the very end we will release the pattern as a whole. If you would still like to print part 1 of this project, you can do so easily by hovering over the little "P" icon under the comment stars and selecting the Print option from there. :) I hope that helps! Julia, editor of AllFreeCrochet

Confused - do we not count the chains as stitches? Do we skip them and only crochet in the sc's? The stitch count is way under how many there really are. Sorry if this is a stupid question but my bottom is so wavy if I crochet in every stitch

I found that confusing as well. After doing the third row, I ripped it out and redid it, only doing the chains in the corners. This gave me the stitch count as stated and a flat base.

Thank you - that's what I did as well

You will need 110 stitches at the end of round 5 to be able to make the first row of shell stitches work. Increase at each end of the piece, do not sc ch 1 along he sides or it will ruffle.

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