March 18, 2015 by holy rollin hooker
I designed this little bag with festivals in mind. The lace stitching, beading, and fringe give it that ultra boho-hippie vibe that is the standard for all things festival. The size and crossbody design are perfect for fitting all of the essentials while making sure that you can keep it close by at all times.
This is an easy style bag to customize by making it in different or multiple colors, adding more or less or bigger or smaller beads, adding more or less or shorter or longer fringe, or by making it bigger or smaller. It works up quickly and the pattern is super easy to memorize. You’ll be making one of these for all your friends.
- Worsted weight acrylic or cotton yarn. Cotton would be a bit more durable.
- Size (I) Hook
- Wooden beads (if desired)
- Matching sewing thread
- Lining fabric—I actually dismantled an old dress that was past its prime but had a really pretty print. I used the bodice to line the bag.
- Ch 3 counts as dc unless otherwise stated
- Shell Stitch: 3dc, ch 1, 3dc
Row 1 sc in second ch from hook, sc across to end
Row 2 Ch 3, dc in same st, [ch 3, sk next 6 sc, shell in next sc] across to last 8 sc, ch 3, skip next 6 sc, 3 dc in next sc, dc in last sc, turn.
Row 3 Ch 3, dc in next dc, [ch 2, shell in ch sp of next shell] across, ch 2, skip next 2 dc, 3dc in next dc, dc in last dc, turn.
Row 4 Ch 3, 3dc in next dc, [ch 1, working over ch space of last row, sc in ch space on row before last, ch 1, shell in ch space of next shell] across, ending with ch 1, skip next 2 dc, 3 dc in next dc, dc in last dc, turn.
Row 5 Ch 3, 3dc in next dc, [ch 2, shell in each ch sp of next shell] across, ending with ch 1, skip next 2 dc, 3 dc in next dc, dc in last dc, turn.
When you’re done, you should have two identical pieces. At this point, you can choose to add whatever embellishments you like. I chose to sew wooden beads on to the front of the bag in a sporadic pattern. *In this case, it was easier to sew them on afterwards than crocheting them on as I went.
You might also want to line your bag at this point. The stitch pattern is pretty open and if you don’t want to lose everything you put into it, you need to line it. Since the pattern is so open, take this opportunity to use a bright color or a pretty print. Just make sure that you either use two sided fabric, or that you double layer it since it is going to show on both the outside and inside. This is something that I, of course, forgot to do myself hence my not including a picture of the inside of my bag.
Couldn’t be any simpler. Using two strands of yarn (for added strength), ch 160. Do two rows of sc across. Fasten off, weave in the ends, and attach it to your bag.
*I wanted a long crossbody bag that would fit comfortably over my ginormous boobs, so I chained a lot. You can make your strap longer or shorter if you like.
You could also use ribbon, leather or suede, or strong lace for a strap. You can also add fringe to the bottom of your bag once the whole thing is put together and lined.