Chroma Crochet Bag

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The Chroma Crochet Bag features gradient ombre coloring and 3 different finishing methods – so you can make the purse that’s just right for you. Make one today and go out on the town with it tonight!

Chroma Crochet Bag - choose your colors and then choose your style! Free pattern from Moogly! #crochet

Chroma Crochet Bag - choose your colors and then choose your style! Free pattern from Moogly! #crochetYou can add more stripes for a taller crochet bag if you like – it’s an easily memorized 4 row repeat. And there are even more finishing options than what are pictured here! Make small flaps at each end to attach D rings for a leather strap, or crochet a short wrist strap to attach to the clutch. The only limit is your imagination and yarn stash!

Chroma Crochet Bag
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  • US-G, 4.0mm hook
  • Approximately 300 yds total Aran or Worsted weight yarn, in 5 colors (I Love This Yarn in Navy, Royal, Turquoise, White, and Gray Mist shown)
  • 4 Stitch Markers
  • Handles, optional
  • Fabric lining with closure, optional
  • Tutorials for stitches and techniques used in this pattern can be found on the Video Tutorials page.

Bag Instructions:

Row 1: With Color A, ch 40. Hdc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch to end. Turn. (39 sts)

Row/Round 2: Ch 1, hdc in each st to end of row. Turning to work in the side, hdc in the side of the first st of Row 1. Turning again, hdc in the each ch of the starting ch, opposite the first row of hdc sts. With one more clockwise turn, hdc in the side of the last st of Row 1 and join to the first st of Row 2 with a sl st, to begin working in the round. Do not turn. (80 sts)

Round 3: Ch 2 (does not count as first st), dc in each st around. Join with a sl st to first dc. (80 sts)

Round 4: Ch 1, sc in each st around. Join with sl st to first sc. (80 sts)Chroma Crochet Bag - choose your colors and then choose your style! Free pattern from Moogly! #crochet

Round 5: Ch 2, fptrc around dc below the first st. Dc into the next st. *Fptrc around the st below the next st, dc in the next st. Repeat from * to end. Join with a sl st to first fptrc. (80 sts)

Round 6: Ch 1, sc in each st around. Join with sl st to first sc. (80 sts)

Round 7: Ch 2, dc in the 1st st, fptrc around st below next st. *Dc in the next st, fptrc around the st below the next st. Repeat from * to end. Join with a sl st to first dc. (80 sts)

Round 8: Ch 1, sc in each st around. Join with sl st to first sc, using the Next Color. (80 sts)

Round 9-12: With Color B, repeat Rounds 5-8.

Round 13-16: With Color C, repeat Rounds 5-8.

Round 17-20: With Color D, repeat Rounds 5-8.

Round 21-24: With Color E, repeat Rounds 5-8. Add more stripes in pattern for a taller bag if desired. Do not cut yarn, but go to the Finishing Instruction set of your choice.

Finishing Instructions:

For Clutch Style Bag:

At end of Round 24, break yarn and use seamless join to finish off. Weave in ends. Add fabric lining if desired.Chroma Crochet Bag - choose your colors and then choose your style! Free pattern from Moogly! #crochet

For Crochet handle Style Bag:

Round 25: Ch 1, sc in each st around. Join with sl st to first sc. (80 sts)

Round 26: Counting from the 1st st, place marker at sts #15, 30, 55, and 70. Check that they match up when the bag is laid flat, and that they are spaced to your preferences. [For a longer (arm or shoulder style) strap bag, move the markers out to the sides to create the opening desired.]Β  Chroma Crochet Bag - choose your colors and then choose your style! Free pattern from Moogly! #crochetCh 1 and sc to 1st marker. Remove marker and sc in that st. Ch 14 and skip to next marked st. Sc in marked st (remove marker). Sc in each st to next marker. Remove marker and sc in that st. Ch 14 and skip to next marked st. Sc in marked st (remove marker). Sc in remaining 10 sts. Join with sl st to first sc. (52 sc and 28 ch)

Round 27: Ch 1, sc in each st and ch to end. Join with sl st to first sc. (80 sts)

Round 28: Ch 1, sc in each st around. Join with sl st to first sc. (80 sts)

Round 29: Ch 1, sc in each st around. (80 sts) Break and use seamless join to finish off. Weave in ends. Add lining if desired.Chroma Crochet Bag - choose your colors and then choose your style! Free pattern from Moogly! #crochet

For wooden/plastic handle Style Bag:

Round 25: Ch 1, sc in each st around. Join with sl st to first sc. (80 sts)

Round 26 – end:

  1. Counting from the 1st st, place marker at sts #15, 30, 55, and 70. Check that they match up when the bag is laid flat, and that they are the approximate width to fit in your handles, adjusting if necessary.
  2. Without making a starting ch, sl st in 2nd st of round and each st to marker. Sc in first marked st (remove marker) and each st to second marker, including second marked st (remove marker). (16 sc)
  3. Ch 1 and sc even across those 16 sc. Repeat until flap is long enough to cover handle. Ending on left side of flap, sl st down left side of flap back to top of bag.Chroma Crochet Bag - choose your colors and then choose your style! Free pattern from Moogly! #crochet
  4. Sl st in each st around to third marker. Sc in third marked st (remove marker) and each st to last marker, including last marked st (remove marker). (16 sc) Make second flap as in Step 3.
  5. Sl st in remaining 10 sts. Break yarn and use seamless join to finish off. Use additional yarn to sew flaps over handles. Weave in ends and add lining if desired.Chroma Crochet Bag - choose your colors and then choose your style! Free pattern from Moogly! #crochet

So which style is your favorite? Clutches are hot for evenings out, crochet handles are super cute and great for immediate gratification, and wooden and plastic handles are easy on the hands and look good too. They all have their appeal! With the different finishing options and all the colors of yarn available, I can’t wait to see what you all come up with while making the Chroma Crochet Bag!

Be sure to Like the moogly Facebook page for the latest updates and have some fun with us! Written pattern copyright Tamara Kelly 2013. Please do not reprint, or repost this pattern, but please do link to this page to share this pattern with others. You may sell items made from this pattern, but please include a link to www.mooglyblog.com on the online listing, or on the sale tag if selling at a craft fair, storefront, or other in person sales.

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  1. 1

    Tammy says

    Love love love! Can’t wait to try this. I love the ombre look so I will try it with one of my favorite color families! Thank you!

  2. 5

    Soumya says

    Hey..

    Wanna start it right away. But, I’m not sure whether I’m missing the stich. What is fptrc??? Couldn’t find it in the video tutorial page too.

    • 6

      moogly says

      Hi Soumya! Fptrc is front post treble crochet. Worked just like front post double crochet (fpdc), but as a treble instead of a double. :)

  3. 10

    Aubrey says

    So I love this and am working on it right now! I have a question: I can fptrc but cannot figure out how to do around the dc under the first stich. I will check the tutorial link. But I am stumped here. help please?

    • 11

      moogly says

      Thanks Aubrey! Ok, so the first stitch of the round from the previous round (round 4) is a sc. That sc was worked into the top of a dc stitch. You want to fptrc around the post of that dc st. Does that help at all?

      • 12

        Aubrey says

        Sure does. I think I have it. I have never done it before so can’t tell if it looks right. But we shall see!! Thanks!! :)

  4. 13

    Karol says

    Hi! Thank you so much for sharing this pattern. I love it and I’m working on it :). I’m a bit confused with round 8. Is the entire round with the next color? Thanks again!

    • 14

      moogly says

      Hi Karol! I’m so glad you like it! Yes, Round 8 is all in one color until the very very end – when you go to slip stitch to the first stitch of the round, to complete the round, yarn over and pull through with the next color. That sets you up to use that next color for the next round. When you work the first st of round 9, you can enclose or work over the end of the previous color to hold it down a bit before you continue on. I hope that clears it up, let me know if you have any other questions!

  5. 18

    Marie says

    I don’t understand the instructions here: Turning to work in the side, hdc in the side of the first st of Row 1. Turning again, hdc in the each ch of the starting ch, opposite the first row of hdc sts. With one more clockwise turn, hdc in the side of the last st of Row 1 and join to the first st of Row 2 with a sl st, to begin working in the round. What side? I have done lots of front and back posts, but just don’t understand this. Thanks.

    • 19

      Tamara Kelly says

      Sorry for the confusion Marie! There aren’t any back posts in this row. What you’re doing, rather than turning the piece over to work back in the opposite direction, is working half double crochet (Hdc) sts around all the edges – spinning the work clockwise, working into the edge or side of the end of row 1, then along the starting chain, and then a stitch in the side of row 1 at the other end, and then finally joining with a sl st to the first hdc of the round. Does that help at all?

      • 20

        OPAL says

        I remember this part.. it’s the start and the base of the clutch so it can sit a little flat on the bottom if you like. It threw me for a loop at first, as well. And I often make up intricate grouped stitches, just for fun. But, and you’ll laugh at this… In my 35+ years of crocheting, I have never come across a “seamless join” before. It makes me wonder how long it’s been around. I could not find it in any of my crochet books or patterns. I do prefer it though. Opal

        • 21

          Tamara Kelly says

          πŸ˜€ It’s just a little trick I happened across a few years ago, and it gives such a nice invisible ending I can’t help but use it every time I work in the round!

    • 23

      Tamara Kelly says

      Thanks Fredi! Mine turned out about 10.5 inches wide by about 7 inches tall when flat, excluding any handles. Tension and specific yarn used will change the measurements a little bit, but that’s a good estimate. :)

  6. 24

    MARLENE says

    THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL BAG. THE STITCHING IS ELEGANT. I WILL BE MAKING IT SOON. THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR PATTERN.

  7. 27

    Judy says

    I’m lost with regards to the “turning to work in the side, hdc in the side of the first st of Row 1″ What is the side? and what is the hdc in the side of the first st of Row 1? I love the pattern and I’m just learning to crochet so I thought I’d give this a try. I know how to hdc but I don’t understand working in the side …..!!!

    Sorry I’m so dumb Thanks for any help.

    • 28

      Tamara Kelly says

      Not dumb at all! Ok, so what I’m talking about when I say turn to work in the side, is different then what is usually meant by “turn.” Instead of flipping your work over to make the next row, you spin it – working into the edges all around. So the top of the row is where the next row is usually worked into, the bottom of the row is attached to the previous row, and the sides of the rows are the edges on the left and right.

      Therefore, you work across the top of the previous row as usual, then instead of flipping your work over, you spin it a bit to keep working into the left edge – the sides of the rows. In this bag there’s only one row already made, so it’s just one stitch worked into the side of the first st you made in row 1. Then you spin it a little more and work along the other side of the starting chain, as if it were the top of the row. Then one more stitch into the side of the last stitch of the first row you made and you’re ready to join to work in the round.

      Here’s a video about working into the edge that might help a little bit: http://www.mooglyblog.com/working-into-the-edge/

  8. 31

    sandy Lucci says

    Love this! Have made a few bags in a variety of patterns and sizes and wanted to show you but can’t figure out how to put up pictures.

    • 32

      Tamara Kelly says

      I’m glad you like it! I’m afraid I can’t offer picture hosting here on the blog, but if you’re on facebook you can post them on the Moogly page there! :)

  9. 33

    Letizia says

    Hi! Beautiful this bag! Sorry, but can you make a video showing how to make this stitch? I don’t speak english and read the pattern is so difficult for me and can’t understand how to make it. We use to make symbol pattern that are more easy to read.
    Thanks so much from Argentina

    • 37

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Janice! It depends how familiar you are with post stitches! If you’re ready to learn some new skills I think maybe so!

  10. 38

    Lori Johnson says

    I love this bag!! Just made it with bamboo handles. I put a lining in it with a little pocket. I got a lot of compliments on it. I see Christmas gifts……………………..

  11. 40

    amanda nichols says

    is the handle you used white plastic..im having the most horrible time trying to find white online and i dont think black will look good..what was the brand you found as yours looks white …where did u get it?

    • 42

      MARLENE says

      THIS BAG IS ON MY TO DO LIST. I DON’T KNOW WHERE TO FIND THE WHITE HANDLES. SORRY, I CAN’T HELP YOU.

  12. 48

    Pat Stubbs says

    I am so glad I subscribed to you,this site has everything I need and will ever need.Thanks to all concerned in putting this site and everything that goes with it together.

  13. 50

    opalwind says

    I crocheted this “crochet handle clutch” version, in one day. It’s a beautiful Patten. I used Knit Picks “Shine Worsted” (60% pima cotton, 40% modal (Modal – beach wood fiber)). Perfect yarn for this purse. I started with black for the base, then used purple, periwinkle, aqua and silver grey for the last rows and handle. I also slip stitched around handle openings, to add more strength and durability. I just have to line it. Thank you for this unique and great pattern! Everyone who sees it, wants me to make them one! Opal

  14. 52

    Janice Corley says

    Can a beginner crocheter make this bag Or do we need to know how to read directions better. I too a beginner class in 2012, and just have made dish cloths and a few potholders.

    • 53

      Tamara Kelly says

      Only way to find out is to try! πŸ˜€ There’s a video tutorial for the stitch pattern to help! :)

    • 55

      Tamara Kelly says

      Mine turned out about 10.5 inches wide by about 7 inches tall when flat, excluding any handles. Tension and specific yarn used will change the measurements a little bit, but that’s a good estimate.

  15. 56

    kaz says

    lovely bag, Could I use this pattern to use in a workshop. I would have your site mentioned and point all the ladies to follow you and your wonderful patterns. No problem if this is not possible. many thanks

  16. 58

    says

    Love this bag. Made it for my daughter. She requested it in with purples instead of blues but just realized I made it wrong. It came out good but misread the instructions and did a FPDC so my bag isn’t as tall as yours but it still came out very nice. I wish I had read the comments to see that you used a wood handle. I couldn’t find the white plastic handle so used a clear handle for my bag. If I make it again, I’ll know to use the FPTC

  17. 63

    Jo Atkin says

    I just finished the chroma purse..it turned out beautifully! I was having trouble with the Manchester bag, but your instructions on this bag were perfect.. (not that the other was not perfect) I just could never get the meeting of the rows right. I am going to try it again..want to thank you for such unusual bags, I love making them.
    Thanks again, and keep up the good work, you’re amazing!

  18. 65

    Judy says

    thanks for the really great pattern. Took me awhile to get it right. But i”‘m new at crocheting and now I’m on a roll with this one… Thanks again… Appreciate ….

  19. 67

    YemEe says

    I love this ombre bag pattern. I completed it two months ago. However, I would like to make a larger version of this bag. I am still very new to crocheting. So how many stitches would I increase the bag to for a fall shoulder bag or tote size? Thanks you so much for sharing your talent with others.

    • 68

      Tamara Kelly says

      Thank you YemEe! You can start with any number of stitches in the first row. So if you want it to be twice as big, start with a chain that’s twice as long! :) Any number will work.

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