Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Textured Stripes Purse

Textured Stripes Purse

This purse is worked in rounds. The different stitches used in the various rounds result in monotone stripes appearing because the stitches are a different texture. This purse can be made to be a cross body bag, a shoulder bag, or a handbag. It can easily be made shorter, and even smaller in diameter, by decreasing the beginning chain by multiples of 3.


Nylon Crochet yarn in taupe and black (I used a little over one spool of taupe and a smaller amount of black)
G hook
Stitch markers
2 D rings
Large button for closure
Tapestry needle
Fabric for lining, basic sewing supplies (optional)

This pattern will work with any yarn, used with appropriate hook.

Gauge: not important, finished size may vary depending on yarn and hook used. The body of my bag is about 10 inches by 10 inches

Stitches used:
Ch (chain)
Sc (single crochet)
Ss (slip stitch)
Dc (double crochet)
St (stitch)
FLO (front loop only)

Notes: mark the first sc of each round just to make it easier to see where you started. Each row will be joined to it’s beginning st with a ss.


Ch 31

Bottom of bag:
Round 1: sc in second ch from hook (mark this stitch), sc in each ch across.(30 sc), place 1 extra sc in last ch, sc across other side of chain. Place 1 extra sc in last ch, join with ss to beginning sc.

Round 2: ch 1, sc in each sc, around, placing 3 sc in marked sc and 3 sc in last sc before joining. Join to 1st sc of round with ss. (66 sc)

Round 3: repeat round 2, placing 3sc in each end to make a smooth turn. (70 sc)

Round 4: repeat round 3 (74 sc)

Round 5: repeat round 3 (78 sc)

If your stitch count is off, don’t worry. You will need a multiple of 3 to make the pattern work out, but the pattern doesn’t start until round 16, so you can add or subtract a stitch or two to make it work. It won’t show on the finished project.

Begin sides:

Round 6: Sc around in FLO of each stitch (78 sc.) Join with ss in beginning sc.
Round 7 – 11: sc around, join with ss in beginning sc.

Join black.

Round 12 and 13: Repeat round 7.

Join taupe.

Round 14: Repeat round 7.

Round 15: Ch 3, (counts as DC), dc in same st, 1 dc in next st, sc in next st, +2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next st, sc in next st+ repeat from + to + around. Join with ss in top of beginning ch 3.

Round 16: Ch 1, sc in top of each of the next 2 dc, sc in sc, +sc next 2 dc together, sc in next dc, sc in sc+ repeat from + to + around, join with ss in top of first sc. (78 sc)

Round 17: Repeat round 7

Round 18-20: Repeat rounds 15 to 17.

Rounds 21-23: Repeat round 7. (78 sc)

Round 24: ch 1, sc in same st, + dc in next st, sc in next st + around, end with a dc in last st. Join with ss in top of first sc.

Round 25: ch 3, +sc in next st, dc in next st, + repeat from + to + around, end with sc in last st, join to top of beginning ch 3 with a ss

Round 26-29: Repeat round 24 and 25

Round 30 –38: Repeat round 7. (78 sc)

Round 34-39: repeat rounds 15 to 17 twice.

Rounds 40-41: repeat round 7. (78 sc)

Join black.

Round 42-43. repeat round 7 (78 sc)

Join taupe.

Round 44 and 45: sc around (78 sc)

Round 46: Mark the middle of the front and the back of the purse.

Sc to the marked middle back st, and into the marked stitch,. ch 3, sc into the 2nd and 3rd ch from the hook, ss into the side of the last sc you made on the main part of the purse, (you have formed a tab to sew the button onto), then continue to sc in each st around until you get to one stitch before the marker that marks the middle of the front part of the purse. Ch 2, skip the 3 stitches at center front, (this will form a button-hole) continue to sc around until you get to where you started the round. Join with a ss to the beginning sc.

Fasten off.

Begin working the side shapes for the handles.

Mark the stitch on both outside edges of the bag.

Working from the wrong side of the bag, join taupe to the 5th stitch before the marked side stitch.

Row 1: sc in that stitch and in the next 10 stitches. You have stitched 5 stitches on either side of the marked stitch and in the marked stitch (11 sc)

Row 2: ch 1, turn, sc across (11 sc)

Row 3: ch 1, sc in first st, sc 2 together, sc in next 5 stitches, sc 2 together, sc in last st

( 9 sc)

Row 4: ch 1, turn, sc across (9 st)

Row 5: Ch 1, turn, sc in first st, sc 2 together, sc in next 3, sc 2 together, sc in last st. (7 sc)

Row 6: ch 1, turn, sc across (7 st))

Row 7: Ch1 , turn, sc in first st, sc 2 together, sc in next st, sc 2 together, sc in last st (5 sc)

Row 8: sc across (5 st)

Fasten off.

Repeat for other side.

Join black with a ss and sc around the entire bag, placing one sc in the sides of each of the rows of the raised sides, and one sc in each st around. Work the sc for the button hole around the chain rather than into the chain.


Using taupe, make a chain the length that you want the handles to be. Remember that the handles will stretch some.

Row 1: Sc into the second ch from the hook and sc to the end.

Row 2: Ch 1, turn and sc across again. Fasten off.

Join black with a ss in the first sc of one of the long sides of the handle and sc across. Fasten off. Repeat for the other side.

To assemble.

Attach a D-ring to each side of the purse body, by folding over the side tabs and sewing them down over the flat part of the D ring.

Attach handles to D ring using same method.

Sew button to center of button tab.

I made a lining by simply measuring the bag and cutting two rectangle to fit (plus a little extra for seam allowance). I sewed up 3 sides of the rectangle and hemmed the open side. I then hand sewed the lining into the bag. I added a pocket to my lining before I sewed the rectangles together.

Here is a picture of the bag partially finished. It shows the stripes better:

Pattern is untested, except by myself. Please let me know if something is unclear, or you find a mistake.
You may sell items made from this pattern, but you may not sell the pattern or publish it anywhere else. Please link to the pattern if you post a picture elsewhere.



  1. This is absolutely wonderful!

  2. Thank you for the kind comment.

  3. I love this bag! Thanks for the pattern.

  4. This is great! Thanks so much for the pattern, it is just what I was looking for!!

  5. You're welcome, Thanks for the kind comments.