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This is a free crochet pattern to make a Large Crochet Project Bag called “Purple Passion Project Purse”. This pattern used to be part of a Crochet Along and uses one large Caron Cake.
Yet again, the bag slipped off her arm as the bus bounced over a rut in the road. Yarn and project spilled out onto the floor in a tangled mess.
“Shoot,” she muttered angrily under her breath.
A kindly grandmother sitting across from her witnessed the predicament. “Oh, no. That is most unfortunate.”
She forced a smile and said politely to the old lady, “Yes, but it’s okay. It happens a lot so I’m used to it.”
The old lady tisked at the mess. “That’s surely no way to live. Might I make a suggestion, dear?”
She looked up and narrowed her eyes at the old lady unsure of what she should expect. “I suppose…”
“Make yourself a project bag – one with a wide handle. You’ll find it doesn’t slip off your arm so easily in the future. Ah, here’s my stop.” The old lady gingerly gathered her belongings and shuffled off the bus without another glance back.
Use the Crochet Bag
Do you need a project bag? This pattern will give you just that! In fact, you can use this amazing unique crochet bag also for a wheelchair or for a stroller. Many crocheters have reached out to me and mentioned that it’s the perfect bag for them.
The versatility of the bag is due to the handle and buttons. You’ll be able to detach one side of the handle easily by releasing it from the buttons. That allows you to attach the bag to an object such as a stroller or wheelchair.
But of course, having a very wide bag handle, you can easily transport your crochet project on your arm while on the go or sitting on a park bench, without your bag slipping away from you.
Stitch Features of the Large Crochet Project Bag
You will learn and use three different types of stitch patterns that are featured on this Purple Passion Project Purse. The great thing is, I will break up the pattern such that you will be working on one stitch pattern at a time.
First, you’ll make the rectangular bottom of the purse which features the thermal stitch to provide a great amount of stability.
Next, you will work on the main body of the bag which has a beautiful texture due to the Tri Square stitch pattern.
And lastly, you’ll be finishing the bag using the Linked Treble Crochet stitch on the edge and handle of the bag. Finally, we are adding some buttons and then show off our beautiful crochet project bags to everyone.
Get the PDF of this Large Crochet Project Bag
So, let me now give you the supplies you need in order to crochet this handy pattern.
This pattern is also available as an ad-free, printer-friendly pdf pattern which can be purchased at the links below for only a small fee.
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How to make the
Large Crochet Project Bag Pattern
- 1 Caron Big Cake
- 5.0mm hook
- tapestry needle
- 3 buttons (I used 6 to have 2 on top of each other)
- 8 in height (without counting the handle x 18 in diameter inches if lying flat
- bottom of bag is 5 inches x 12 inches
Stitches used (US terms)
Click HERE to learn these basic stitches
- dc = double crochet
- ch = chain
- sc = single crochet
- blo = back loop only
- sl st = slip stitch
- fp = front post
- bp = back post
- Linked tr = Linked Treble Crochet
- Tri Square = 3 FPDC, 3 BPDC
- Thermal stitch
4 sc and 3 visible (one side only) rows of thermal stitch = 1 square inch
Written Instructions for the Large Crochet Project Bag
Row 1: starting with the 2nd ch from the hook 1 sc in each ch (in the back hump of the chains), ch 1, turn (40 sts)
Now you will start crocheting the thermal stitch
Row 2: Tilt the piece to the side, now insert the hook into the back loop and the parallel loop from the chain row, now crochet a single crochet; repeat this for every stitch, ch 1, turn
Row 3- 29: Insert the hook thru the back loop and this time the leftover loop (it was the front loop we ignored in the previous row) which is parallel to the back loop, crochet a single crochet, chain 1, turn
Now you will go around the rectangle you just made.
Round 1: Ch 1, 16 sc along the short side, 1 sc in the corner, place 40 sc along the long side, 1 sc in the corner, 16 sc along the short side (74 sts) -> You are only going 3/4 of the way of the round, then starting the new round
You will now start the next round on the long side.
Round 2: Ch 2, 1 dc in each st all around, sl st to the first st (114 sts) (see the picture reference on how to do the first 40 dc’s)
Round 3: Ch 2, *1 FPDC in the next 3 sts, 1 BPDC in the next 3 sts, repeat from * all around, sl st to the first st, (114 sts)
Round 4: Ch 2, *1 BPDC in the next 3 sts, 1 FPDC in the next 3 sts, repeat from * all around, sl st to the first st, (114 sts)
Round 5 – 19: repeat rounds 3 and 4
You will now start with the linked treble crochet.
Round 1 – 2: Ch 4, 1 Linked TC in each st all around, sl st to the first st (like you see in the video HERE) (114 sts)
Wide Bag Handle
You will make the handle in rows, starting on one side and then using buttons on the other side to connect it.
Row 1: skip 9 sts, ch 4, 1 Linked tr in the next 28 sts, ch 4, turn (28 sts)
Row 2 – 12: 1 Linked tr in each st, ch 4, turn (28 sts)
In the next row, we will make buttonholes using simple treble crochets to create gaps.
Row 13: *1 Linked tr in the next 6 sts, 1 tr (use the same as a ch 4 in the beginning of a row of linked tr), repeat from * till the end
Row 14: 1 Linked tr in each st (28 sts)
Fasten off and weave in the ends.
Adding the buttons to the crochet bag
Slip the handle over to the other side of the bag and align it evenly. That will help you see where to add the buttons. Now using some of the leftover yarn from the Caron Big Cake, sew on the buttons in the correct spots.
Fasten off and weave in the ends.
Now you are done and can enjoy your new Large Crochet Project Bag. In fact, some even use this bag for a stroller or wheelchair. What will you use it for?
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