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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. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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!!!

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

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

  6. 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!!

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