Crocheted Handbag Pattern

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Crocheted Handbag Pattern

Sharp contrast, in the colors used, makes this bag • the original had rows of shells in Green, Lt. Brown, Dk. Orange and Yellow Enterprise Yarn, but it may be in any desired combination. Shown in an oval shape, it also may be made round or square by changing the shape of the bottom • the top can be fitted to a wood or metal bag frame for a knitting bag, if crocheted to the proper length.

MATERIALS: 2 balls Green, 1 each of Lt. Brown, Dk. Orange and Yellow. Also will need lining, buckram and 6 - ¾" bone rings. The oval shape shown is approximately 4½" x 9" and 9" deep. Steel Crochet Hook No. 1.
BASE: In Green, ch 10, 9 sc on ch.
ROW 2: Ch 2, turn, 1 hdc and 2 sc in last sc, sc across with 2 sc and 1 hdc in end st.
ROW 3: Ch 2, turn, 1 hdc and 1 sc in last st, sc across with 1 sc and 1 hdc in end st. Repeat twice. (1 row even. Repeat Row 3) twice, then plain for 37 rows.
ROW 47: Ch 1, turn, skip last sc, sc across to second from end, sl st in end sc.
ROW 48: Ch 1, turn, skip sl st, sc across. Repeat Rows 47, 48 and 47.
ROW 52: Ch 2, turn, skip sl st and 1 sc, sc across to second from end, sl st in end sc. Repeat once.
ROW 54: Ch 3, turn, skip sl st and 2 sc, 9 sc, sl st. Fasten off. Work sc around (140 sc). Steam and press on back.
TOP—In Lt. Brown, ch 140 loosely, sl st in first st, sc in next, (3 dc in next second st, sc in next 2) around (35 shells) sl st in first sc. Fasten off.
ROW 2: Turn, in Orange in back loops, sc in center dc of 1 shell, (hdc in next, a long dc over next sc, inserting hook at base of sc, hdc in next dc, sc in next) around. Sl st in first sc.
ROW 3: Ch 3, turn, dc in sl st, (sc in next long dc, 3 dc in next second st) around. End with 1 dc, sl st in 3-ch. Repeat Rows 2 and 3 in Yellow, twice in Green, and once in Lt. Brown, Orange and Yellow. Repeat Row 2 in Green. Fasten off.
Repeat entire piece and sew last rows together through 1 loop of each st, exactly matching pattern.
TOP EDGE—In Brown, sc above 1 long dc, * (sc, ch 2, sc) above next shell, sc above next long dc. Repeat from * around. Fasten off. Press on inside of band. Cut cardboard slightly smaller than Base. Cut lining ½" larger, turn edge over on back and fasten with sticky tape. Sew on back of Base. Cut lining to fit inside of bag, sew ends together, and sew one edge to edge of Base lining. Cut Buckram 3" wide and 2" longer than around inside of Top. Lap ends and tack inside Top ¼" from bottom edge. Sew Top to Base. Hem lining down 1½" from top. Mark top of lining at Center of each end and at 2 equally-spaced points on each side and sew 6 rings inside bag.
If buckram is not available for this bag, a satisfactory substitute can be made at home—a piece of fairly heavy cloth, duck, muslin or flour sacking will do. Make slightly larger than needed—dip in thick hot starch, and when dry apply one or two coats shellac on both sides—trim to size and fasten to top.
TIE—Cut 1 strand each Yellow and Brown 4 yards long, (double and twist tightly) twice. Run through rings from one side and sew ends together. Repeat with a second tie from opposite side.