Thursday, April 9, 2015

Girl's Crochet Fat Bottom Bag

I've seen a lot of talk lately about crochet charts and I thought now would be a good time to share a project I made using a crochet chart pattern! 


I came across this pattern a while ago when I first got back into crochet. I was so excited, it was so cute and looked to be fairly easy from the picture. Then I clicked on the pattern...a chart!? I had never seen a chart pattern and had no clue how to read it. I set it aside and never attempted it. Since then, I have followed a couple charts to make crochet doilies that I used on my crochet rocks and found it easier than I thought. After you figure out what all those crazy symbols mean, it's really quite easy and the chart helps you to visualize your project better. I finally made this purse this year as a Christmas gift

The pattern for this purse comes from Pierrot Yarns(Gosyo CO., Ltd.) and is called 210-32 Flower Bag. I did not design this pattern. The chart pattern is very detailed and can be figured out by a beginner chart pattern reader. This post is meant to accompany the original pattern for anyone who still may be nervous to try it. If you are interested in making this purse, please print the original pattern and instructions and follow along!

I used 3 skeins Sugar and Cream cotton yarn in Lilac and a 4.25 mm hook for the whole project. I didn't change hook size for the handle as the pattern calls for. This pattern uses ch, sc, dc, sl st, and whip stitches. My finished bag measures 6.5x11 inches from opening to bottom and side to side.

Body of bag
To start, ch 62. In the chart it says ch 61 but that isn't including your turning chain.
Row 1: sc in second chain from hook, ch2, dc in same as first sc. *Skip 2, (sc,ch2,dc)...repeat to end of row, sc in last stitch, ch1, turn.

Rows 2-38: rows start with (sc, ch2, dc) in first stitch and in each sc from previous row. End each row with a sc in last. Ch1 and turn.



Mouth of bag
At the end of row 38 ch1 and turn. Work 20 sc across top of body section inserting hook under each ch2/dc space. When I reached the end of row I found I didn't like the little section popping out so I end with a sc dec combining the last ch2/dc and the first sc from the previous row. If you want to do this you will have 19 sc, 1 sc dec. Ch1, turn.



Work 20 sc across for each row, 8 rows total. Tie off. Now tie on to opposite side of body and do the other side of the mouth of bag and tie off.



Sides and handles
Make 2 ch 50 sections and set aside.
Row 1: Tie yarn on to corner and work 20 sc up side of body. Now work 50 sc into one of the ch 50's you made. Continue on to opposite side of bag with 20 sc down other side. Work 50 sc in to second ch 50 section. Sl st into first sc to complete round.

Row 2-9: Ch1, sc in same and in each stitch around. Join each row with a sl st into first sc.

*note: I don't actually think it's necessary to make the separate ch 50 sections. If I make this bag again, I would work 20 sc, ch 50, 20 sc, ch 50, join row. Then in second row I would work into the chain 50's, probably adding an extra row so there would be 10 rows instead of 9.





Finishing
All your crocheting is done! Now for each side of the mouth of bag fold in half towards inside of bag and whip stitch in place. Fold handles and sides in half and do the same, remembering to stitch together the short side of mouth to handles as well. Weave in all your ends. Attach button and loop for closure and sew on any embellishments you choose such as flowers. I free-styled this flower I used for my bag, no pattern, sorry!






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36 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! I now want to make one for my daughter...

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    1. I've made one as a gift and one for my shop so my daughter has been patiently waiting for me to make hers. She has her yarn picked out and everything!

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    1. Me too! I hope you get a chance to try it! Thank you for visiting me;-)

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  3. lovely i have linked you on my free crochet FB pattern site https://www.facebook.com/jennekevm?ref=hl x jenneke

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    1. Thanks Jenneke! I'm so glad you stopped by!

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  4. Thank you so much for sharing, Can't wait to start my project ;)

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  5. I'm pinning this because I'm going to have to make it at some point. It would be great if you linked it up at Two Uses Tuesday tomorrow too :o)

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  6. This is lovely and I think the pansy is absolutely beautiful! Visiting from #merrymondays

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  7. Hi Laura, this is so nice and perfect for a little girl and thanks for the tutorial too!

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    1. Thanks Julie! I think I'm going to make a couple more, my daughter has been patiently waiting for hers!

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  8. This is really cute. :)

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

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  9. This is cute. Love it :) Thanks for sharing dear!

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  10. this is absolutely adorable! might need a refresher course in crochet to get this going, my little ones would love it!!

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    1. It looks more complicated than it is. Good luck!

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  11. This is precious! PInning it on my "Crochet!" board and sharing it, too.

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    1. Glad you like it, thanks for sharing!

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  12. This is lovely, I'm a complete beginner when it comes to crochet but will definitely try something like this out when I'm a bit more seasoned! Thanks for sharing -- Romany

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    1. If you know the basics you could totally do it! I always surprise myself with the stuff I manage to pull off. Good Luck!

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  13. Hi there! Visiting from the Your Turn To Shine link party. This is super cute! Thanks so much for sharing the pattern!

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  14. Hello gorgeous! I love seeing your masterpieces.Thank you for bringing such great things to our party. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm.. Lou Lou Girls

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  15. Super cute! I can crochet tablecloths, but I don't think I could do this. So happy you linked up with us at Thursday Favorite Things.

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  16. What a super cute purse! I know that when I first learned how to crochet (when I was a kid) I was terrified of crochet charts -- they looked so confusing! When I got back into crocheting as an adult I was determined to not be turned away from anything just because it looked complicated. Now I love when patterns include charts!
    Thanks for sharing at the Yarn Fanatic Party! You're one of my features this week. I hope that you'll stop by again this week! :-)

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    1. Whoo Hoo! Thank you so much Rachel!

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  17. I know nothing about crochet but I love this bag!Great job , Laura!

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  18. Thanks for sharing! I can't wait to try this pattern!

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  19. I love this! gonna try this...Thank you for sharing

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  20. Hi Laura,

    Thanks for sharing this! I love to crochet and you've given me an idea of a project I'm going to make. :-)

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  21. What a great pattern! Is there an adult size version of it? I would wear just "as is", it looks awesome! Thank you!

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    1. You could easily adjust the size of this bag or even just make the strap a little longer. Thanks for stopping by Maria!

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  22. we are featuring this awesome purse in our April edition of the Free Crochet Patterns from Snickerdoodle Sunday! http://2crochethooks.com/snickerdoodle-sunday-free-patterns-april/

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  23. Thanks for the pattern!
    I was wondering if i could use an unused crochet blanket and turn it into a bag using this pattern..do you think i can start with a square? Yours looks more rectangle to me.

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    1. When you look at the photo of the open bag from the top down, it's kind of an oval. I guess if you used a square it would be more of a circle. Obviously you'd have to adjust the stitch number for the size square base you use but I think that it would probably work out fine.

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