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blue and black handbag


blue-and-black-handbag by elisabeth andrée

i had to work quickly and therefore at first i was not going to make a tutorial, that’s why i have no pictures taken while i was making the bag. anyway, i hope it’s all clear to you, it’s not a complicated pattern (at least i think so).

blue-and-black-handbag by elisabeth andrée

with the blue yarn, i tried to crochet a sweater last year, but that did not work and i ripped the thing. i hope you can see on the pictures that the blue yarn is slightly thicker than the black.

i used about six 50 grams balls of the blue yarn and about 2 of the black (but it may be that the blue yarn is stretched a little)

the blue yarn is charly, phildar, 50 gram – 114 m
the black yarn is popular fin, beijer, 50 grams – 200 m
you need 4 push buttons and – if you like – something nice to decorate your bag with like an old brooch or earrings.

the bag is crocheted with double strands of yarn with crochet hook size 5 mm

used stitches (american terms)

chains -ch
slipstitch -ss
single crochet -sc
double crochet -dc


how to make the bag

make 76 chains 
  • row 1. first dc in the third ch from hook and in all the other chains until end of row, 2 ch, turn
  • row 2. 1 dc in 2nd stitch and in all the other stitches till end of row, 2 ch, turn
  • row 3 and further. repeat row 2
  • i crocheted about 52 cm
  • the blue part of my bag measures now it is finished: width 52 cm (without the edges) and height  24 cm
  • don’t cut the yarn
  • fold the left and right sides towards each other 
  • you can attach the sides together in the following way, start with the side where the yarn is still attached: 1 ss in the last dc you have made, 1 ss in the the opposite dc. crochet alternately 1 ss in each dc on one side and 1 ss on the opposite side. you get a nice edge this way
  • cut the yarn and do the same on the other side of your bag
  • cut yarn, weave in ends.

top of the bag
  • on the next row, you work in the top of the dc, that is the smallest space (actually the sides of the stitches)
  • attach the same color yarn onto any stitch at the top of your bag
  • work 1 sc in the top of the dc, *1 ch, 1 sc in the next dc*, repeat between * * until the end of row
  • cut the yarn and weave in ends (i never finish with a ss into the first stitch but sew the yarn neatly) *.
blue-and-black-handbag by elisabeth andrée
  • attach your second color yarn to any 1 ch space, make 1 ch, *1 sc in next 1 ch space, 1 ch*, repeat this but don’t end the row, just keep crocheting in circles until you like the height of your bag.
  • the black part on my bag is about 8 cm high.
  • don’t cut the yarn, but crochet these stitches until you are 9 cm from the side (left or right), here you start making your first handle
  • crochet 80 chains (customize this number if you want longer or shorter handles, mine measure about 48 cm and fit around my shoulder if i wear my winter coat)
  • make 1 sc in the 1 ch space 9 cm from the other side, 1 ch, 1 sc in next 1 ch space
  • keep crocheting and repeat this to make your second handle
  • keep crocheting until you reach your first handle.
  • crochet 1 sc in the first ch of your first handle and in all other chains,
  • between the handles you crochet 1 sc into only the 1 ch spaces of the last row,
  • 1 sc in all the chains of your second handle and
  • 1 sc in the remaining 1 ch spaces of the last row until you reach the first handle again. 
crochet 2 rows of ss, then you can cut the yarn and weave in the ends. *
  • attach the yarn in any ch on the inside of the handles, crochet a sc in every ch and every 1 ch space
  • then you crochet 2 rows of ss
  • cut the yarn and weave in the ends. *
attach press buttons at the top on the inside of your bag and decorate as desired.
see: how-to-make-a-mesh-bag. scroll down to ‘top part of the body’.
 blue-and-black-handbag by elisabeth andrée
your bag is ready now, enjoy!

7 thoughts on “blue and black handbag

  1. This is amazing! I love the bag! Thanks for linking up and sharing:>

  2. This is super cute!! Thanks for sharing the tutorial! Would love it if you would stop by and share this at my linky party going on right now 🙂 http://everything-underthemoon.blogspot.com/2011/11/bedazzle-me-monday-10.htmlHave a great week!!

  3. Cute bag! I love the blue color blocking…..

  4. Beautiful bag!Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!Hope you have a great week!Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  5. This is lovely! I really like how those two colors look together! Thanks for sharing this on Fancy This Fridays! 🙂 Especially during a busy Holiday weekend!!!

  6. wow this is beautiful! and thanks for sharing the tutorial..I think I have to read again but only because my English isn´t that perfect;) love this bag!JenMuna

  7. Hi, this looks like another great pattern. I tried your mesh bag in the summer which was a great success. I just made a lovely bag and felted it which turned it into a disaster so I’ll try this one. Looks really lovely!Thanks for sharing.Bimbi x