September 16, 2015 by holy rollin hooker
So this purse is so named because of where the inspiration came from. I’ve have been more than happy to take advantage of the ongoing promotion that the Catalina Express (for those of you who are not from Southern California of hereabouts, that is the boat that takes you from the SoCal coast to Catalina Island) has been offering of free rides on your birthday. This would otherwise cost about $89 round trip.
Anyways, I have made this trip a few times and each time I have made sure to visit the botanical gardens and marvel at the memorial to William Wrigley Jr—yes the gum people—that was built there in the early ‘30s. The memorial is inlaid with some pretty stunning tile work and I was instantly inspired by the geometricness—it’s my word; I made it up—of it all.
- Loops and Threads Impeccable Yarn
- Aran (MC) (1)
- Soft Fern (1)
- Lavender (1)
- Rouge (1)
- Size (I) Crochet Hook
- Tapestry Needle for weaving in ends and seaming pieces together
- (2) 4” Plastic or bamboo rings for handles
- Fabric for lining (optional but recommended)
*Gauge: 18sc and 20 rows= 4”
*Finished Purse Size= 8 ½” (L) by 7” (H) with a drop of 5”
Follow the graphs provided and make the front and back panels for the purse. Weave in all your ends.
With RS together, seam the bottom and sides of the purse together. Obviously, you want to leave the top open. Don’t “DUH” me. I have encountered people who got all seam happy and sewed the whole thing together. Fasten off. Weave in ends.
**If you want to line your bag, this would be the time to do it.
Starting in the top right of the front of the purse, count over 11 sc and join the MC yarn to the 12th sc.
Row 1: Ch 1, sc in the same st as join and in the next 13 sc. Turn. (14)
Rows 2-9: ch 1, sc across. (14)
Repeat this same procedure for the back of the purse. This will create flaps for your handles.
**At this point, it is good to decide whether or not you want to crochet over your handles as I have. It is totally optional and the bag will look good either way. If you decide that you want to crochet over the handles, join any of the yarns from the pattern that you like and work 95-99 sc around the ring. Fasten off and weave in ends.
To Attach Handles:
Place one of the plastic rings through the flap on the front of the bag and then fold the flap over the ring, making sure that you are folding towards the inside of your bag. Sew the flap closed. You want to go over the seam two or three times to make sure it’s strong. Now your ring should be nice and secure.
Repeat this for the back of the bag.
That’s it folks. Now go to the store forthwith and stock your Wrigley purse with lots of Wrigley’s gum. And while you’re at it, go to Catalina Island and wear your Wrigley purse with all your Wrigley’s gum to the Wrigley memorial and see the inspiration up close and personal for yourself.