Monday, February 27, 2012

A Hodgepodge Collection of Crocheted Handbags

Here's the blog with the original pattern.
As I was browsing through Ravelry I came across these super cute childsized handbags.  I thought the pattern was lovely and would work for a more grown up handbag as well.  So once again I was off to modifying a pattern to make it what I wanted!



Have you noticed that I love to take a pattern and use it as a jumping off point?


I added about 40 chains to the original pattern, but followed the shell stitch per the instructions.  I also changed up my handles a bit--it ended up being somewhere between the original Strappy and the Alligator bags--which I think works quite well for the size that I made.


The shell/granny stripe consists of *three double crochets in the same space* repeated until the end of each row.  This was worked in rounds.



I still haven't decided if I will line the inside.  I am pretty sure that I have some material in my closest that would work perfectly.  However, I would have to dig it out and that could be an all day project in itself.  Although, I have been itching to get my sewing machine going again. . . . So here is what my (finished?) handbag looks like:



Since I enjoyed making the above handbag so much I also made a very simple little purse, using only single crochet and slip stitches.  It is very patriotic, isn't it?




Here is a messenger style bag that I finished a while ago.  This one has a super long strap to go over the shoulder while the bag hangs at the hip.

  


I also started another one--I am pretty much free-styling this one--but I intend for it to be a combination of the above Granny Stripe Handbag and the Patriotic Purse.  Here's what I have so far:




I think that I might make some detachable flower pins for these bags also.  That would give them some flair!

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13 comments:

  1. the last two need blue flowers, or a bow tie... or something whimsical to embellish m...

    what do you think? is that a good idea? Or would that be 'tampering' with your design... Excuses if i do...

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    1. I agree, they do need something. I was thinking cream flowers, but blue could add a great pop of color! I will have to make a variety and then decide what looks best. :-)

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  2. WOW! You did an amazing job! I would love for you to Link up at my Linky party via: www.ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com


    PS: I am your newest Linky Follower!

    Mrs. Delightful
    www.ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you for the invite! I linked up and am one of your newest followers!

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  3. These are so cute! Thanks for linking up to Manic Monday!

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  4. Wow these are great, you are very handy with that crochet needle!

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  5. Beautiful bags Rachel! You're a very talented crocheter!


    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  6. Love this! We just posted our Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday link party and would love for you to stop by and share this...http://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.blogspot.com/2012/03/kitchen-fun-and-crafty-friday-link.html

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  7. i love that first bag pictured! i would love for you to add this to my new link party… spreading the love. please go check it out if you are interested! there’s a great scarf giveaway going on there as well!
    http://lovenotesbylauryn.blogspot.com/search/label/spread%20the%20love%20link%20party
    {love} lauryn @ love notes by lauryn

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  8. OHHHH the little purses are SOOOO CUTE!!! My MC woudl LOVE them!!

    THANK you for linking up!! ;)

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  9. My goodness, you are indeed 'into crochet'. That's a lot of projects. Sweet.

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