July CAL~ Stitch ‘n’ Style Handbag Week # 4


Welcome to the July Crochet-Along featuring the Stitch ‘n’ Style Handbag! I have teamed up with two wonderful ladies, Maria from Pattern Paradise and Wendy from The Hooked Haberdasher, to design this gorgeous bag and I couldn’t be happier with the results.

Stitch 'n' Style Handbag by Pattern Paradise, The Hooked Haberdasher & Charmed By EweStarting on July 1st, we will be rolling out the instructions weekly on each of our websites, so you will get to visit with all of us! You can also follow along by joining our Facebook Event here.

  • Week 1 (July 1): Squares 1 & 2 (Hosted by The Hooked Haberdasher)
  • Week 2 (July 8): Squares 3 & 4 (Hosted by Charmed By Ewe)
  • Week 3 (July 15): Joining Squares (Hosted by Pattern Paradise)
  • Week 4 (July 22): Strap & Gusset; bag completion, including an optional liner. (Hosted by Charmed By Ewe; Liner Tutorial by Pattern Paradise)
  • Week 5 (July 29): Brag Alert! Show off your amazing finished bags.

What you need to bring to the party:

  • Sport, DK or light worsted weight #3 yarn, 600 – 650 yards (I used Knit Picks Dishie, which is worsted weight, but it matched the gauge)
  • F-5 (3.75 mm) crochet hook
  • ½ yard – 1 yard of lining fabric (optional)
  • Iron on interfacing strip (optional)
  • Basic crochet tools such as a yarn needle and scissors
  • A good attitude and fun spirit!

Here is the yardage for the yarn I used on my bag. You will need one skein of each color, although I did not use up the entire skeins other than the Tranquil color . You can see the colors or purchase this yarn here. Of course, you can use any yarn for this project as long as you adjust the hook size for different weights.

  • Tranquil – 100 grams / 190 yards
  • Swan – 66 grams / 126 yards
  • Honeydew – 50 grams / 95 yards
  • Crème Brulee – 50 grams / 95 yards
  • Azure – 44 grams / 84 yards
  • Aster – 37 grams / 71 yards

Week # 1 has been posted! Head on over to The Hooked Haberdasher for Square 1 and Square 2 instructions: http://thehookedhaberdasher.com/2014/06/30/july-cal-stitchn-style-handbag-blog-hop/

Week # 2 – Spatter Stitch Square & Boxed Puff Stitch Square

Spatter StitchJuly CAL - Spatter Stitch Square
Square Three (make two)
Yarn: DK, sport, category 3
Hook size: F-5 (3.75mm) or size needed to obtain the gauge
Gauge in SC: 18 sts x 20 rows = 4″ (10 cm)

R1: Ch 26, sc in the 2nd ch from hook, *skip ch 2, in next ch make [1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc], skip ch 2, in next ch make 1 sc*, repeat between * to end, turn (17 sts, 8 ch-2 spaces)
R2: Ch 4 (counts as first dc and ch 2), in the first sc make 1 dc, skip the next dc, make 1 sc in the next dc, *working into the next sc make [1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc], skip the next dc, sc into next dc*, repeat between * to last sc, in last sc make [1 dc, ch 2, 1dc], turn (17 sts, 8 ch-2 spaces)
R3: Ch 1, sc in first st, skip next dc, *into next sc make [1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc], skip next dc, sc into next dc*, repeat between * to end, making the last sc in the 2nd ch of the ch-4 from the previous row, turn (17 sts, 12 ch-2 spaces)
R4 – R12: Repeat R2 & R3, ending with a repeat of R2. DO NOT FASTEN OFF – skip to SC Border for joining squares.

July CAL - Boxed Puff Stitch SquareBoxed Puff Stitch
Square Four (make two)
Yarn: DK, sport, category 3
Hook size: F-5 (3.75mm) or size needed to obtain the gauge

PUFF St: *YO, insert hook in st, YO and pull loop through* 4 times (you will have 9 loops on hook), YO and pull through all 9 loops, ch1 to lock st.

Long double crochet (Ldc): work dc in st of previous row stretching to height of current row.

R1: Ch 23, work PUFF St in 5th ch from hook, *skip 2, (dc, ch2, PUFF St) in next st*, repeat between ** to last 3 sts, dc in last st. (6 PUFF st)
R2: Ch1, turn, *Ldc in first skipped ch of row below, sc in PUFF St, sc in ch2 space*, repeat ** to end, sc in 3rd ch of beg ch5. (19 sts)
R3: Ch5 (counts as dc + ch2), PUFF St in next st, *skip 2, (dc, ch2, PUFF St) in next st*, repeat between ** to last 2 sts, dc in last st.

R4 – 16: Repeat Rows 2 & 3 ending with a repeat of Row 2.  DO NOT FASTEN OFF – skip to SC Border for joining squares.

SC Border For Joining Squares:
Ch1, *work 22 sc evenly to st before corner, 3sc in corner st* 4 times. Join with sl st to beg sc. Fasten off.

Tip: To assist in placing the 22 stitches evenly across the square, divide the square edge into 4 sections and figure out how many stitches you’d need to have in each section to make it even – I did 5 in the first section, 6 in the next 2 sections and 5 in the final section.

Week # 3 has been posted! Head on over to Pattern Paradise to get the instructions for joining the squares: http://pattern-paradise.com/2014/07/15/week-3-stitchn-style-handbag-blog-hop-cal/

Week # 4 – Strap & Gusset

Yarn: DK, sport, category 3
Hook size: F-5 (3.75mm) or size needed to obtain the gauge
Gauge in LKDC: 18 sts and 10 rows = 4″ (10 cm)

Linked Double Crochet Turning Stitch: To begin a row with LKDC start by chaining 3, pull up a loop in the 2nd chain from hook, pull up a loop in the first st of the row, YO and pull through 2 loops, YO and pull through 2 remaining loops on hook (first LKDC made).

Linked DC (LKDC): Pull up a loop in the horizontal bar at the front middle of the previous stitch, pull up a loop in the next st, yarn over and pull through 2 loops, yarn over and pull through 2 remaining loops on hook.

Linked DC Decrease: Pull up a loop in the horizontal bar at the front middle of the previous stitch, pull up a loop in next st, yarn over and pull through 2 loops, but do not complete the st, pull up a loop in next st, yarn over and pull through 2 loops, yarn over and pull through all remaining loops on hook.

 (I used this site for visual reference: http://www.mooglyblog.com/linked-double-crochet/)

StrapR1: Ch 3, pull up a loop in 2nd ch from hook, pull up a loop in 3rd ch, YO and pull through 2 loops, YO and pull through 2 remaining loops on hook (counts as first LKDC), make 2 LKDC in the 3rd ch, turn (3)
R2: Ch 3, LKDC in each st, turn (3)
R3: Repeat R2
R4: Ch 3, LKDC in first st, make 2 LKDC in next st, LKDC in last st, turn (4)
R5: Ch 3, LKDC in each st, turn (4)
R6: Ch 3, LKDC in first 2 sts, make 2 LKDC in next st, LKDC in last st, turn (5)
R7: Ch 3, LKDC in each st, turn (5)
R8: Ch 3, LKDC in first 2 sts, make 2 LKDC in next st, LKDC in last 2 sts, turn (6)
R9: Ch 3, LKDC in each st, turn (6)
R10: Ch 3, LKDC in first 3 sts, make 2 LKDC in next st, LKDC in last 2 sts, turn (7)
R11: Ch 3, LKDC in each st, turn (7)
R12: Ch 3, LKDC in first 3 sts, make 2 LKDC in next st, LKDC in last 3 sts, turn (8)
R13: Ch 3, LKDC in each st, turn (8)
R14: Ch 3, LKDC in first 4 sts, make 2 LKDC in next st, LKDC in last 3 sts, turn (9)
R15: Ch 3, LKDC in each st, turn (9)
R16: Ch 3, LKDC in first 4 sts, make 2 LKDC in next st, LKDC in last 4 sts, turn (10)
R17: Ch 3, LKDC in each st, turn (10)
R18: Ch 3, LKDC in first 5 sts, make 2 LKDC in next st, LKDC in last 4 sts, turn (11)
R19: Ch 3, LKDC in each st, turn (11)
R20: Ch 3, LKDC in first 5 sts, make 2 LKDC in next st, LKDC in last 5 sts, turn (12)
R21: Ch 3, LKDC in each st, turn (12)
R22 – 154: Repeat R21
At this point, the strap should measure approximately 71″ from end to end. If you want a longer or shorter strap, adjust the number of Rows before continuing.
R155: Ch 3, LKDC in first 5 sts, LKDC dec, LKDC in last 5 sts, turn (11)
R156: Ch 3, LKDC in each st, turn (11)
R157: Ch 3, LKDC in first 5 sts, LKDC dec, LKDC in last 4 sts, turn (10)
R158: Ch 3, LKDC in each st, turn (10)
R159: Ch 3, LKDC in first 4 sts, LKDC dec, LKDC in last 4 sts, turn (9)
R160: Ch 3, LKDC in each st, turn (9)
R161: Ch 3, LKDC in first 4 sts, LKDC dec, LKDC in last 3 sts, turn (8)
R162: Ch 3, LKDC in each st, turn (8)
R163: Ch 3, LKDC in first 3 sts, LKDC dec, LKDC in last 3 sts, turn (7)
R164: Ch 3, LKDC in each st, turn (7)
R165: Ch 3, LKDC in first 3 sts, LKDC dec, LKDC in last 2 sts, turn (6)
R166: Ch 3, LKDC in each st, turn (6)
R167: Ch 3, LKDC in first 2 sts, LKDC dec, LKDC in last 2 sts, turn (5)
R168: Ch 3, LKDC in each st, turn (5)
R169: Ch 3, LKDC in first 2 sts, LKDC dec, LKDC in last st, turn (4)
R170: Ch 3, LKDC in each st, turn (4)
R171: Ch 3, LKDC in first st, LKDC dec, LKDC in last st, turn (3)
R172: Ch 3, LKDC in each st, turn (3)
R173: Ch 3, LKDC dec over next 3 sts, do not turn (1)
SC Border: Ch 1, work SC stitches evenly around the entire strap. Join with sl st to beg SC. Fasten off.

Joining Gusset

Decide where you want the handles to tie (top center, one of the sides).

Mark the gusset and the bag side. Line up the stitches on both pieces all the way around to the top of the bag. With the gusset facing you, join yarn and sl st through both thicknesses down the side, across the bottom and up the opposite side to join the gusset to the bag. Fasten off.

Repeat for the other side.

Take the tapered ends of the straps and tie in a knot. With a small piece of yarn and tapestry needle, sew through the knot to secure it.

Lining your handbag

If you would like to line your handbag (strongly suggested), Maria at Pattern Paradise has the most awesome tutorial for How to Line A Crocheted Bag.

Handbag LiningHappy Hooking!