This charming crocheted purse has two faces – one side has the image of the sea coast, while the other side in checkered design looks completely different.
Have you, too (like I), been intrigued by the broomstick crochet technique? Do you, too (again – like I), enjoy
playing working with colors? If so – then crocheting this adorable useful accessory will feel like pampering yourself with a refreshing dessert on a warm summer evening.
(If you wonder, why I dared to call this small bag “charming” – well, it´s because my husband said it was “charming”. And “unique”. Or maybe he said something else. Anyhow, that´s what I believe I heard from
my fan The Expert. And I added “adorable”. Had my English vocabulary been broader – I would have added few more adjectives of the same self praising opinion for my creative work.)
Do you want to know (I´m gonna tell you anyway, sorry…) why I made the other side of the bag to look so different? Does it look somewhat masculine to you? (I hope it does. Do you agree, it does? Please?)
Besides my big wish to play with colors and couple of pleasant stitches, I, being
greedy optimizer, wished this purse to be multifunctional. I wanted it to have a gender neutral look when needed (oh, I found the right name: GENDER NEUTRAL. Now, that sounds smart). You see, when we go out for walks, I sometimes feel lazy tired to carry my belongings. (Yes, that´s correct – even if those are just few belongings packed inside a small purse. I am… that bad.) And my strong knight-of-a-husband is always willing to rescue me, so he carries my things. I was not sure if the colorful sea-coast-type-bag would look that knight-y. (Not that he minds. It´s just my wish.) So, I crocheted the other side in masculine checkered design. And then I could not resist, and… included that turquoise color that I am pretty obsessed with. That´s how the masculine side of the bag became midway masculine GENDER NEUTRAL.
Continue reading to explore more…
By the way – if you have read the whole text that I have written above – THANK YOU! I like you even more now. It feels soooooo GOOD to be able to share my
weirdness stories with a such a polite and patient person.
CROCHET PATTERN FOR DOUBLE SIDED PURSE:
Materials used: 100% cotton (suitable for 2.5-3.5 mm crochet hook) in as many colors as you wish. I used Schachenmayr SMC Catania cotton yarn (since I like to exaggerate, I used 15 colors (you might like to use fewer or maybe: more colors): 8 shades of blue, 4 shades of green, white, light brown, dark gray); 2.5 mm crochet hook and 12 mm knitting needle. For making the shoulder string I used 4.5 mm hook.
FEW NOTES before you start crocheting:
1) You can see on the below left side picture that purse is crocheted from the top part down (starting with the darkest blue color, this is where the zipper for closing the bag will be added). When the broomstick pattern is turned upside down – it looks like the sea waves.
2) Every next row of waves is crocheted in such way that each new wave is located between the two waves of previous row.
3) The bird´s foot stitch (or feather stitch) that is used for the green color to present the grass, is also crocheted from the top to down. You can see the plants when you rotate the crochet work by 180 degrees. On the above right side picture you can see how the front side of the bag looks when it is crocheted. This panel will be rotated 180 degrees to put the upper part down, so the grass can grow upwards
4) The pattern for the sand on the beach is crocheted with BACK LOOP single crochet which creates the texture to each line (see the picture above, on the left side). The same back loop single crochet stitch is used for crocheting grass, EXCEPT FOR THE FIRST ROW OF EACH NEWLY ADDED GREEN COLOR. Every time when the green color is changed to the next green shade, the first row is worked in usual single crochet through both loops of the previous row´s stitches.
5) The purse´s back side in checkered design is crocheted with regular single crochet.
6) Closing of bag has several options. You can leave the purse without any closing. You can add buttons and button loops to close it. You can also sew zipper to close the purse properly. I chose zipper for my purse because I move a lot and in different directions (taking care of my baby), so I wanted to be sure that all my belongings will remain inside the purse. Another reason to choose zipper – I plan to wear this purse when traveling, so I want to be sure that my belongings are behind more safe closing.
7) About adding lining. Your purse will be wonderful just as it is. Or you can add lining. I lined my purse with jeans fabric and inside pocket. I want my purse to be durable enough for different weather conditions and intensive wear, so it would have longer life. The tutorial for adding lining will be in the next post.
Click here: PATTERN FOR CROCHET BAG WITH TWO LOOKS to get the detailed pattern description.
TUTORIAL FOR CROCHETING BROOMSTICK STITCH
This stitch, when turned upside down, creates an image of the sea with waves.
You will need yarn (several colors, if you want to crochet waves in different colors), crochet hook and big (fat) knitting needle. For this purse I used 2.5 mm crochet hook and 12 mm knitting needle (one can use bigger needle, then crochet work has more of lace structure. I wanted the loops to be rather closed, so, after testing several sizes of knitting needles, I settled for 12 mm needle.
Abbreviation: ch= chain stitch, sc= single crochet, st (sts)= stitch (stitches)
Start by crocheting foundation row of chain crochet. Then work single crochet in each ch, starting from the second ch from the hook. Pay attention – from now on you will work WITHOUT TURNING your work. Always crocheting from the front side.
To make a sample, crochet ch 19, then crochet sc in the second ch from hook, work sc 18.
Now, use the loop that you got from working the last single crochet stitch. Remove the loop from the hook, draw it up to make it bigger, then put it on the knitting needle. *Insert crochet hook in the BACK LOOP of the next stitch, draw it up and put on the knitting needle*.
Continue making loops as described above *…* until you have worked loops in all stitches. For this sample you should have 18 loops on the knitting needle.
Pay attention that you pull loops only through the BACK LOOP of single crochet stitches from the previous row. Untouched front loops of the previous row´s stitches will make the nice edge of the wave. You can see how different are the waves in the two samples above. The sample on left side was crocheted with making loops only through the back loop of single crochet stitch. The waves on the right side´s sample do not have those nice edges because the long loops were pulled through both loops of single crochet stitch.
When all the loops of the row are on the knitting needle, remove 6 loops from the needle, put yarn over the hook and pull it through all 6 loops, then work chain 1 in this loop. This is the beginning stitch of each row.
Now, pay attention that the first wave of each even number row (also this row) needs to be “half” wave. It is needed to create more rich look of the waves when each wave is located between the two waves of the previous row.
When all the loops of the row are on the knitting needle, remove the first 3 loops (half wave) from the needle, put yarn over the hook and pull it through all 3 loops, then work chain 1 in this loop, then work sc 2 in this place. The rest of the loops are again worked in the sets of 6 loops with 6 sc sts. At the end of the row there will be 3 loops (half wave) left and there you need to work only 3 single crochet stitches.
The third line of waves is worked like the first line of waves – starting with the full wave – set of 6 loops.
You can play with the size of knitting needle and with the amount of loops you crochet together – it will create different results.
Let me know if you have any questions or comments about this tutorial!