In just a couple of weeks, I’ll be at the Knit and Crochet Show in Manchester, New Hampshire – helping to celebrate the Crochet Guild of America’s 20th Anniversary. I’m super excited to go, and all that excitement has inspired two new crochet patterns! And since I missed last week due to flooding, I thought I’d best share both this week… Introducing the Manchester Handbag and Sunglasses Case!
This post has the pattern for the handbag – click HERE to go to the pattern for the Sunglasses Case! They make a great set – but of course they are super fun on their own as well!
- US – I, 5.5mm Hook (Furls Fiberarts Hook shown)
- 180 yds total Bernat Handicrafter (Worsted; 100% cotton)
Stormy Skies, Sail White, and Orangesicle shown
- Finished size: 11″ wide and 7″ tall underneath the handles.
- Video tutorials that apply to this pattern: Diagonal Dip Stitch; Half Double Crochet; Bag Bottoms; Post Stitches (fpdc); Seamless Join
NOTE: You can carry the yarn along the inside of the bag rather than cutting it after each row, if desired.
Row 1: With Color A, ch 33, hdc in the 2nd ch from the hook, hdc in each remaining ch to end; turn. (32 sts)
Row 2 – 4: Ch 1, hdc in each st across; turn. (32 sts)
Round 5: (See Bag Bottoms tutorial linked above) Ch 1, hdc in 32 sts across, hdc 4 along the side, hdc 32 across the foundation chain, hdc 4 up the last side; join with Color B with a sl st in first hdc of round, do not turn. (72 sts)
Round 6: Continuing with Color B, Ch 1, hdc in the 1st st, fpdc around last st of previous round, skip the next st, *hdc in the next st, fpdc around the skipped st (before the last hdc st), skip the next st; repeat from * to end, join with Color A with a sl st in first hdc of round. (72 sts)
Round 7: Continuing with Color A, ch 1, hdc in each st around; join with Color B with a sl st in first hdc of round. (72 sts)
Round 8 – 15: Repeat Rounds 6-7; join with Color C with a sl st at the end of Round 15. (72 sts)
Round 16: Continuing with Color C, repeat Round 6; join with Color A with a sl st in first hdc of round, break Color C. ( 72 sts)
Round 17 – 19: Repeat Round 7, then 6-7; break Color B after Round 18, continue with Color A to join with a sl st at end of round 19. (72 sts)
Round 20: Ch 1, sc in each st around; join with a sl st in first sc of round. (72 sts)
HANDLES NOTE: (Individual tension may mean you need to adjust starting and end points as needed to make the handles centered and matched. The following worked for me, use the stitch counts as a guide for your own bag.)
Round 21: Ch 1, sc in the 1st 22 sts, ch 14, skip 14 sts, sc in the next 22 sts, ch 14, skip the last 14 sts; join with a sl st in the first sc of the round. (72 sts inc chs)
Round 22: Ch 1, sc in each st and ch around; join with a sl st in the first sc of the round. (72 sts)
Round 23 – 24: Ch 1, sc in each st around; join with a sl st in the first sc of the round. (72 sts)
Round 25: Sl st in each st around. Break yarn and finish off. (See Seamless Join tutorial linked above)
The Fine Print
And that’s it for the bag! The post stitches plus color changes create a great pattern and texture to this simple bag. I hope you enjoy making it. And be sure to CLICK HERE to get the pattern for the matching Sunglasses Case!
Written pattern and photos copyright Tamara Kelly 2014. You are welcome to make finished items from this pattern to sell – see the About page for details. To print this pattern for personal use, please use the Print Friendly button below – there’s a tutorial HERE if you need help.