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In California, it is starting to get pretty warm already. And when it get so nice and warm, I all I want to do is go outside and get inspired by nature when crocheting. Then I realized I also needed a new shoulder bag, but instead of buying one, I made one for myself.
I added a flower which was inspiration from my garden. But instead of using the normal flower colors, I used a beautiful green metallic yarn. The reason for using green, you asked? Well, I decided to mix the color of grass with a flower. And I love it. It makes it special, because I never seen a green flower so.
Well, before I explain and list how I made this flower shoulder bag, I would like to also mentioned that I added a zipper while crocheting, for which I included a video below. So if you have never attached a zipper while crocheting, please check out this video on the bottom of this pattern.
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You will need:
- RedHeart Strata in color aran (3 skeins)
- Patrons metallic yarn in color green metallic
- 5.0mm hook
- 2.25mm hook
- yarn needle
- threading needle
- 100% cotton thread
- 9 inch zipper in white
- 1 button in yellow about 1 inch in diameter
4 hdc x 3 rows =1 square inch
- Half double crochet = hdc
- Single crochet = sc
- Slip Stitch = sl st
- hdc in BLO (back loop only) and FLO (front loop only)
Start with the Strata yarn
Ch 60, sl st to first chain to make a circle, Ch 1
Be sure to use a stitch marker now so, as you are going in continues rounds without using a sl st till the end.
Round 1-23: 1 hdc in each st all around
***Stop here, but do not sl st, we are preparing the zipper now so we can include it in the last round.
Prepare the zipper:
Using the cotton thread (make it double thread) and a threading needle sew all the way around the zipper a straight line (26 on the elongated sides, and 2 on each side on the shorter sides), like the pictures show below.
Now adding the zipper while crocheting:
Now add the zipper while crocheting the last round of the bag. Switch to the 2.25mm hook as that makes it easier to go thru the thread on the zipper.
Keep crocheting hdc’s in each stitch. So to add the hdc with the zipper, do this: yo, insert hook thru the stitch, insert hook thru the thread stitch, yo, pull the yarn thru both the thread and yarn stitch, yo, pull thru all 3 loops.
Start adding the zipper on the zipper opening. 1 hdc in each of the thread stitches and yarn stitches (60 in total).
Do this all the way around. But place 2 hdc in each of the 2 sides thread stitches, such that you have 4 hdc’s on each the zipper opening and the end part of the zipper.
You should finish on one of the sides of the bag (zipper opening), you will now add the shoulder strap.
Pictures to show better how to add the zipper while crocheting:
If the zipper feels too loose on the yarn, use superglue or hot glue to secure it tighter!
To add the shoulder strap, do the following:
Row 1: place 4 sc exactly where the zipper opening is, Ch 1, turn
Row 2-36: 4 sc, Ch 1, turn
If you like the shoulder strap to be longer, just do more rows. I made it bit shorter, because when you add items into the bag, it will be pull down and therefore stretch a bit. So you should consider that when elongating the strap.
Slip stitch the shoulder strap to the end side of the zipper area.
Fasten off and weave in the ends.
Adding the inside pocket:
Turn the bag inside out.
Row 1: 1 sc in the second ch from the hook as well as the the 3rd loop of the hdc that was created when crocheting the bag (start on the 7th round from the bottom). See picture if you do not know what I mean. Do you see the wavy horizontal lines? Those are the 3rd loops of the hdc’s.
Repeat the process, by placing 1 sc in each ch as well as the 3rd loop of the hdc from the bag, Ch 1 , turn
Row 2-16: 1 sc in each stitch across, Ch 1 , turn
Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing the sides on the bag. Again use the 3rd loop of the hdc’s from the bag vertically up and down to sew the sides onto the bag and in order not to have to cut the yarn for the opposite side, just weave the yarn thru the bottom part and work your way up the other side. See the picture below for a better idea how to do the pocket and how to sew it onto the bag.
Closing the bottom of the bag
In order to close the bottom of the bag, turn the bag inside out (unless you already have it inside out) and sew from one side to the other side. Fasten off and weave in the ends.
Now turn in it the right way around again.
To add the strings to the bag, do the following:
Use the same yarn (aran), cut 25 pieces of about 23 inches long.
Now to add one string, fold it in half and pull it thru the top left corner (see picture), now pull both strings thru and pull tide, like shown below.
Add more strings so they create a funnel/triangle, as seen on the picture below.
To cut the yarn strings all the same length, do as I show in the pictures below:
Now, it is time to add the flower. If you do not want to put a flower on it, you, of course, do not have to. This just gives it a focus point and something special to look at.
To add the flower do the following:
Using the Patron yarn
Round 1: Make a magic ring, Ch 1 and crochet 10 hdc’s into the ring, pull tide, sl st to the first st
Round 2: Using the front loop only, place 2 hdc’s in the first st, *sl st to the next st, 2 hdc in the same st, repeat from * all around
Round 3: Using now the back loop only of the created round 1, place 2 hdc in each stitch all the way around, sl st to the first st
Round 4: Using the front loop only, place 2 hdc’s in the first st, *sl st to the next st, 2 hdc in the same st, repeat from * all around
Round 5: Using now the back loop only of the created round 1, place 2 hdc in the first stitch, place 1 hdc in the next st, *2 hdc in the next st, 1 hdc in the next st, repeat from * all the way around, sl st to the first st
Round 6: Using now both loops, place 2 hdc’s in the first st, *sl st to the next st, 2 hdc in the same st, repeat from * all around
Fasten off and use the yarn to tie it to the bag where you would like the flower. Also use the same yarn to add a yellow Botton to the center of the flower.
Congratulations, you now finished your Flower Shoulder Bag.
Don’t you love it? It is just so beautiful, functional and elegant.
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