The Elowen Bag
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This design is definitely one of my more unique ones - it has a bohemian feel, while still a practical design so it will hold items easily! While I normally plan and draw out my designs before I start them, this was totally a "lets see where this goes!" kind of design. It made for a fun and sort of relaxing process- and I think that you can see it in the end result!
Elowen is a "girls name of Cornish meaning Elm" - and I thought the whimsical and nature-inspired name totally gave life to this bag!
This pattern is written in US Standard Terms.
Yarn: 24/7 Cotton by Lionbrand Yarn in 2 Colors (1.5 skeins – 279 yards of color A - .5 skeins – 96 yards of color B): Ecru and Café Lait used in examples. I Love this Cotton from Hobby Lobby, or any worsted weight cotton yarn will also work great! for yarn! You can shop for yarn you need using my affiliate links below!
Hook Size: 3.75 mm
Gauge: 9 SC rows of 9 SC = 2” square
-Purse Straps (I found an old purse with nice straps at a garage sale – and I just cut them off so the brass rings were at the end. You can also use a leather strap or belt, and you can learn how to modify these to add to your purse here: https://persialou.com/boho-tassel-crochet-bag-free-pattern/ )
-Optional: Boye Handmade Label (I found mine at Joann’s in the crochet hook section!)
-DVD Case (for constructing tassels)
- Stitch Marker
Finished Dimensions of Purse: Circumference: 25.5 inches, Width: 12.75, Length: 10 inches
Ch – Chain
SC – Single Crochet
St/Sts – Stitch/Stitches
HHB – Half Herringbone Stitch
SLST – Slip Stitch
DC – Double Crochet
Half – Herringbone Stitch: Yarn over, insert hook into next stitch and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook). Pull first loop straight through the second, like a slip stitch. Yarn over, pull through two remaining loops on hook.
Round 1: SC in the 2nd Ch from hook, placing your stitch marker. SC all the way across (113). Join to the first SC in the round, being careful to not twist the yarn.
Rounds 2 - 39: Working in a continuous round, SC all the way around.
Fasten off color A.
Rounds 40 – 49: Working in a continuous round, HHB all the way around. Fasten off and weave in ends.
Bottom of Purse:
Row 2: SC in 2nd chain from hook and all the way across (9). Ch 1 and turn.
Rows 3 - 49: SC all the way across. Ch 1 and turn.
Row 50: SC all the way across. Fasten off and weave in ends.
NOTES: You will be working in a continuous round.
Make Magic Circle.
Round 1: Make 10 DC in magic circle. Join with a SLST into the first DC.
Round 2: *Ch 3, SLST in next DC.* Repeat all the way around a total of 10 times (40 total sts).
Round 3: *Ch 3, SLST into the 2nd ch of the closest ch 3. Repeat all the way
around a total of 10 times. (40 total sts).
Round 4: SC all the way around (40).
Round 5: *Ch 5, sk 3, SLST into next st.* Repeat all the way around from * to * a total of 10 times (60).
Round 6: *SC 2, 2 SC in next st*. Repeat all the way around from * to * for a total of 20 times (80).
Round 7: *Ch 5, sk 3, SLST into next st. Repeat from * to * all the way around for a total of 20 times. (80).
Round 8: *Ch 3. SLST into the 3rd CH of the next Ch 5 set*. Repeat from * to * all the way around for a total of 20 times, ending with a slip stitch into the 1st ch of the round.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Tassels can be very customizable too! You can make them as long or as chubby as you want, and there are many ways to make them. Here is what I did for mine:
1. Wrap your yarn about 30 times around a DVD case.
2. Take your yarn off the case, but be careful to maintain the shape. Wrap your yarn about 1 inch from the top, and tie it off as shown in the photo below.
3. Cut off about ¾ of an inch off the bottom of the tassel, and trim to make the strands even.
4. Make 3 tassels for your handbag!
1. The base of your purse should look like the photo below:
2.Sew your applique directly onto the center of the purse. Work around the applique, as shown in the photo below:
3. Sew your purse straps onto the purse.
4. Sew the bottom of your purse onto the base of the bag, as shown in the photo below:
5. Add your tassels to the bottom of the applique, and the left and right side of your purse.
Do this by threading a strand of yarn through the middle of your tassel.
Then, insert your hook into the stitch and pull the thread through. Tie off your thread.
Note: for the leftmost and rightmost tassels, I put them on about 4 stitches from the side.
6. Optional: Sew your label onto the center of the border of your purse!
VOILA! Your beautiful bag is complete!
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