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Aussie Shoulder Bag

It was the handles all along. That’s what was bugging me about the purse I made a few weeks ago. I have decided I rather like the design I came up with for the body, with the decorative braid and subtle ridged texture. I think it would make a cute little yarn bag for projects on the go. And Marly, Jodi Yarnbug, and my dad all agree that the project was not the fiasco I originally thought it was. It was just the handles I didn’t like about it.

I’m curious to see how this bag might look with different handles, so I’m providing the pattern here for you. I’d love to see what you create with it!
Aussie Shoulder Bag

Aussie Purse
Finished Size:
12 inches wide x 10 inches high

Skill Level:
Intermediate.

Materials:
2 skeins (244 yd) Lion Brand® Lion Suede or 5/bulky weight yarn in Main Color (MC)
1 skein (144 yd) Lion Brand® Lion Suede or 5/bulky weight yarn in Contrasting Color (CC)
Size H-8 (5.0 mm) crochet hook
Stitch markers
Yarn needle
2 purse handles
Purse snap

SPECIAL STITCH: Reverse Single Crochet (sc)
Worked as regular single crochet, except the hook is inserted into the next stitch to the right of the current stitch instead of the next stitch to the left. This creates a “corded” look.

PANELS – make 2.

Worked sideways.
With MC, ch 36.

Row 1 (RS). Sc in 2nd ch from hook and ea ch across. 35 sc. *The first stitch in this row is on the top edge of the panel, while the last stitch is on the bottom edge.

Row 2 (WS). Ch 1; turn. 2 sc in flo of 1st sc, 1 sc in flo of next sc and ea sc across to last sc, 2 sc in flo of last sc. 37 sc.

Row 3. Ch 1; turn. 2 sc in flo of 1st sc, 1 sc in flo of next sc and ea sc across. 38 sc.

Rows 4 & 5. Rep rows 2 and 3. 41 sc.

Row 6. Ch 1; turn. Sc in flo of ea sc across to last sc; 2 sc in flo of last sc. 42 sc.

Row 7. Ch 1; turn. Sc in flo of ea sc across.

Row 8. Ch 1; turn. Sc in flo of ea sc across to last 2 sc; dec 1 sc in flo of last 2 sc. 41 sc.

Row 9. Ch 1; turn. Dec 1 sc in flo of first 2 sc, 1 sc in flo of next sc and ea sc across. 40 sc.

Rows 10-15. Rep rows 8 and 9 three times. 34 sc.

Row 16. Rep row 8. 33 sc.

Row 17. Ch 1; turn. Sc in flo of 1st sc; place stitch marker. Sc in flo of next sc and each sc across.

Rows 18-22. Ch 1; turn. Sc in flo of ea sc across.

Row 23. Rep row 17.

Rows 24-29. Ch 1; turn. Sc in flo of ea sc across.

Row 30. Ch 1; turn. Sc in flo of ea sc across; place stitch marker.

Rows 31-35. Ch 1; turn. Sc in flo of ea sc across.

Row 36. Rep row 30.

Row 37. Ch 1; turn. Sc in flo of ea sc across.

Row 38. Ch 1; turn. Sc in flo of ea sc across to last sc; 2 sc in flo of last sc. 34 sc.

Row 39. Ch 1; turn. 2 sc in flo of 1st sc, 1 sc in flo of next sc and ea sc across. 35 sc.

Rows 40-45. Rep rows 38 and 39 three times. 41 sc.

Row 46. Rep row 38. 42 sc.

Row 47. Ch 1; turn. Sc in flo of ea sc across.

Row 48. Ch 1; turn. Sc in flo of ea sc across to last 2 sc; dec 1 sc in flo of last 2 sc. 41 sc.

Row 49. Ch 1; turn. Dec 1 sc in flo of first 2 sc, 1 sc in flo of next sc and ea sc across. 40 sc.

Row 50. Ch 1; turn. Dec 1 sc in flo of first 2 sc, 1 sc in flo of next sc and ea sc across to last 2 sc, dec 1 sc in flo of last 2 sc. 38 sc.

Row 51. Rep row 49. 37 sc.

Row 52. Rep row 50; finish off. 35 sc.

DECORATIVE BRAID – make 2.

Worked from bottom to top.
With MC, ch 5.

Row 1 (RS). Sc in 2nd ch from hook and ea ch across. 4 sc.

Row 2 (WS). Ch 1; turn. Sc in first 2 sc, ch 8, sc in last 2 sc. Keep chains to right side of work.

Row 3. Rep row 1.

Rows 4-31. Rep rows 2 and 3.

Row 32. Ch 1; turn. Sc in ea sc across. Do not finish off.

To work braid, pull ch-8 loop from row 4 through ch-8 loop from row 2. Then pull ch-8 loop from row 6 through ch-8 loop from row 4. Continue working in this fashion, pulling each ch-8 loop through the ch-8 loop from the previous row, until all ch-8 loops are braided together.

Row 33. Ch 1; turn. Sc in first sc, (1 sc in next sc and ch-8 loop from previous row together) twice, sc in last sc. Finish off.


PURSE ASSEMBLY

To make pleats, fold the top edge of one of the panels so that the first two stitch markers placed are aligned; whip stitch pleat into place across the top edge. Repeat with the second two stitch markers placed, and with second panel.

Attach one half of the purse snap to the top center of one of the panels, with the snap facing the wrong side of the panel. Whip stitch decorative braid onto the center of the right side of the panel, making sure the braid covers the back of the snap at the top edge. Repeat with second panel.

With wrong sides facing, whip stitch the two panels together down the first side, across the bottom, and up the second side.


EDGING

With MC, join with sl st at side seam.

Rnd 1. Ch 1; do not turn. Sc evenly around. Join with sl st in first sc.

Rnd 2. Change to CC. Ch 1; do not turn. Work 1 reverse sc in blo of ea sc around. At each of the four peaks, work (1 reverse sc, ch 3, 1 reverse sc) in same stitch for purse handles. Finish off. Weave in all ends.

Slip handles into ch-3 loops of last rnd of edging.


Abbreviations:
blo back loops only
CC contrasting color
ch chain
dec decrease
ea each
flo front loops only
MC main color
mm millimeter
rep repeat
rnd round
RS right side
sc single crochet
sl st slip stitch
WS wrong side
yd yard


Care Instructions:
Machine-wash warm water, gentle cycle. Gently squeeze; air dry flat. Do not bleach.


©CrochetKitten.com 2007. All rights reserved.

19 comments:

  1. I do really like this bag. I am actually contemplating trying to get one done this weekend. What do you think?

    I do have a bag I desperately need to finish first though...we will see.

    Hey, what do you think about all the podcast listeners doing bags for the KAL vs CAL? You know, they are small projects, relatively simple, and they have tops of possible embellishments!

    I think that is the way I am leaning...what do you think?

    Marly
    knitthing.mypodcast.com
    yarnthing.blogspot.com
    knitthing.blogspot.com

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  2. I would love to see your version of this bag. And as for the KAL vs. CAL, I think I would have to get in on that if you're going to have listeners doing bags. :D

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  3. I just want to compliment you on your bag design, it's really beautiful. Handbags are one of my favorite projects whether knit or crochet. This one is a winner, but I agree with you on the handles.

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  4. AnonymousMay 14, 2007

    Gorgeous bag! I'm picturing longer handles, so it can go over-the-shoulder. It's a beautiful design!

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  5. I am gonna give your pattern a try. I think I see what you mean about the handles. I think that a beaded handle or maybe a thicker handle would really compliment the design of the bag. I will let you know what i come up with.

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  6. wow, love your bag design. I have lots of lion brand suede and now I know what I will do with a few skeins of it. I will send you a pic when i finish one. Thanks for the pattern.

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  7. I just found this purse pattern and love it! I may attempt it. :)

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  8. I actually really like the handles, they are unique. I went to the local Hobby Lobby looking for them and had no luck :'( Hopefully I can find some similar ones so i can make the purse too :-)

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  9. I saw the aussie bag and loved it , but tried my darnest to print it the first of the yr. and it wouldnt . but found it on you web site and it printed just fine . I dont know if I can do it or not .. Im just learning how to read patterns , because I learned from my grandmother @ the age of 9 and only watched her ,never read the patterns . Wish me luck...

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  10. LOL It was the handles that got my attention. I love them!

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  11. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

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  12. I love this bag. Just made it in a lovely brown. I love throwing a bag over my shoulder so I made the straps out of the braid used for decoration. I probably won't hold anything heavy, but it came out pretty nice. Well done on the beautiful bag and easy instructions!

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  13. I really like this bag...I'm going to make it, definitely. thanks for sharing

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  14. I love it too and where did you get the handles?

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    1. I actually got the handles at Michaels, but you can probably find them at most fabric supply stores and online. Google "bamboo purse handles."

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  15. I can't figure out how to attach the braid in the center so it looks nice. Maybe I'm not stitching it together right. Any suggestions?

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    1. This is the technique we used to attach it: http://crochetkitten.blogspot.com/2007/03/whipstitching.html

      I would recommend pinning it in place before you start.

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  16. I love to carry handbags with me. I was so shocked to get a Kate Spade Shoulder Bag as a surprise gift from my husband. He must had seen that i was looking for the same.

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  17. It is lovely and beautiful bags, I love the fabric and the style you go.

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