When I first designed the Lost in Paris Sweater, I started off with a heavy worsted weight yarn.
But, once I got the ribbing done, I realized I didn’t like the yarn I was using, so I set the ribbing aside and started with a new yarn.
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Well, a couple weeks ago I came across that original ribbing and thought about the cute upcycled sweater purses I’ve seen. I knew immediately that this ribbing would be so cute as a purse edging!
I knew the ribbed top had to be the main focus, so I decided to work simple stitches on the body… but I’m also a sucker for stripes, so I had to add those in too!
So here we have the Crochet Sweater Bag!
Want to make your own? Keep reading.
Worsted Weight Yarn (#4)
Cardboard or Plastic Canvas
14.5 hdc x 16 rows = 4”
Gauge is not important for this project
13.5 x 12.5” approximately
arnd = around
BLO = back loop only
ch = chain
hdc = half double crochet
Lhdc = See Special Stitches
sk = skip
sl st(s) = slip stitch(es)
st(s) = stitch(es)
YO = yarn over
WRITTEN IN U.S. TERMS
- Beginning ch-1 does not count as a stitch
- The finished size can be adjusted by changing the number of rows you work in the ribbing section. Rows need to be worked in multiples of 2.
- This bag is worked top down.
- Tutorial photos are at the end of the pattern
- Find a bag liner tutorial on my blog>> http://bit.ly/2JF2kHP
Long half double crochet (Lhdc) – YO, insert hook in the skipped stitch two rows below current working row (working over chain space), YO, draw up a loop, YO, draw through all loops on hook.
With Color A,
1. Ch 29, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn (28)
2. Ch 1, BLO sc across, turn (28)
3-108. Repeat row 2 >> Add or remove rows here to increase or reduce finished size.
Hold short ends of ribbed strip together and slip stitch in each stitch across, working through both layers together; keep working loop <Seam Created>
Switch to Color B,
1. Ch 1, sc in the end of each row arnd (make sure the seam from the ribbed section is on the outside), sl st to join (108)
2. Ch 1, *hdc, ch 1, sk 1* arnd, sl st to join (54 hdc, 54 ch-1 sps)
3. Ch 1, *hdc, Lhdc* arnd, sl st to join (54 hdc, 54 Lhdc)
4-9. Repeat rounds 2 & 3.
Switch to Color C,
10-13. Repeat rounds 2 & 3.
Switch to Color B,
14-19. Repeat rounds 2 & 3.
Switch to Color C,
20-31. Repeat rounds 2 & 3; Fasten at the end of round 31.
Cut 2 – 40” pieces of clothesline, knot both ends, and sc arnd them until you can no longer see clothes line.
Cut cardboard or plastic canvas to a 12” x 2.5” rectangle. Optional: cover completely with fabric.
- Turn bag so seam is on the side when bag is laid flat.
- Create a fold on the side, by tucking the side towards inside (six stitches wide). Place a stitch through row one of base, working through all layers, to hold fold/tuck in place. Repeat on opposite side.
- Move to the bottom and sew folds (tucked in portion to outer edge), so that the bottom corners of the bag look like a “V”. Then, sew across the bottom.
- Fold the ribbing in half towards the front, so it overlaps a few rows of the base.
- Attach handles to the inside of the purse, so the knotted end touches the bottom seam. Place several stitches around the handle through the ribbed portion to hold secure.
- Place cardboard or plastic canvas into the bottom of the bag, over the rope handles, to create a boxed bottom.
- Optional: Place rivets through cardboard/canvas and down through the bag bottom to hold the pieces in place.
- Optional: Line the bag with fabric. See tutorial.
- Optional: Place grommets through front center of bag to string yarn through for a project bag.
- Hide all strings
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