I created this bag to take to the CGOA conference a couple of weeks ago. I wanted a large tote (this measures 11″ tall x 14 1/2″ wide and 5″ deep) that I could carry all of my class info and papers in. I like chunky textures so I used three strands of Lion Brand Cotton-Ease held together with a P hook – it worked up super fast. The pocket on the front carried business cards and keys. Since I wanted it to keep its shape I gave it a fabric lining and added real handles instead of crocheting them.
Overall I am really pleased with how this turned out and got great reviews of it at the conference from other crochet lovers. The skill level on this is easy and it makes a good project for beginners since there is no shaping – simply hdc and slip stitches. So – without further ado…
- Yarn needle
- Lining and Backing Fabrics (optional) – 1 yard each
- Purse Handles
- 1/2 yard 1 ½” ribbon
- 1 slide buckle 1 ½”
hdc, 1 hdc into next sl st; rep from * ending sl st into top of turning ch,
Sew ribbon in place around pocket, placing slide buckle through ribbon before stitching. Sew lining fabric to back of pocket, if desired.
seam allowances on all sides.
desired, and hand sew to top of crocheted bag with a whip stitch with right
side of fabric showing inside bag. Attach handles.