This crocheted handbag works just as well as a crocheted tote or a laptop bag. I do not however recommend it to smaller children since t-shirt yarn tends to weigh a bit more the regular yarn. But it’s the perfect gift to make for a college student.
If you want to make a cute clutch you can use this free pattern.
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Please pay attention to the type of yarn you are using, T-shirt yarn is usually leftover from the fabric industry and will therefore way in thickness and stretch and can affect the size of your finished bag.
The bag is made using mostly single crochets made in the center of the single crochet from the previous round. This stitch has many names: knit stitch, waistcoat stitch to name a few. The stitch is always referred to as sc but remember to insert your hook in the middle of your stitch.
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Yarn: 1 1/2 – 2 spools Hooked zpagetti
Finished size approx. 42cm wide and 28cm tall
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For a sturdier bag make 2.
1. In second ch from hook make 2sc, 1 sc in 18 sts, 3sc in last ch. Now working on other side of chain. 1 sc in 18 sts, 1 sc in last st, sl st into your first st (42)
2. Ch 1, 2sc in 2 sts, 1 sc in 18 sts, 2sc in 3 sts, 1 sc in 18 sts, 2sc in last st, sl st into your first st (48)
3. Ch 1, *1sc, 2sc in next st* x2, 1 sc in 18 sts, *2sc, 1 sc in next st* x3, 1 sc in 19 sts, 2 sc in last st, sl st into first st.
If you made 2 bases you will now place them wrong side together – if you need guidance for this part you can look at the pictures from my FREE T-shirt yarn slippers pattern here the soles are crocheted together in the same way.
Make a sl st through both bases all the way round.
If you only made 1 base you will just make your sl sts through 1 layer.
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You will now crochet through your slip stitches. Remember after the first round single crochets your will make your single crochets in the center of the previous one.
1-20. Ch 1, 1 sc in each st, sl st into your first st (54)
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You will now decide where you want your handles to be, use 4 markers, two fir each handle, mark the first stitch you will skip and then leave 7 sts in between the next marker, you will skip 9 sts total for each handle. Once you have placed your markers double check that the look even.
1. Ch 1, 1 sc in each st until first marker, ch 11, skip the two markers and the sts between them, in the first st after the second marker continue making sc until your next marker, ch 11 and skip the marked sts, in the first st after your last marker make 1 sc in each st left. Sl st into the first st.
2. ch 1. 1 sc in each st all round including 1 sc in each of the handle chains. Finish off with a false st, cut your yarn and fasten it.
If you are using bag straps sew them in place or use o-locks to have them be removable.
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