I love purses! I love bags! I love them all! When I got in this beautiful purple cotton yarn from Lion Brand I instantly saw a new handbag!! So here is the Hampton Handbag!
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The Perfect Stitch
I have always found the 24/7 cotton has great stitch definition, so I knew not only did I want to use a stitch that was strong but also beautiful! The Herringbone Half Double Crochet was the perfect fit!
Using the cotton double stranded gives the stitch even more definition and really makes a strong sturdy fabric perfect for a bag.
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My testers for the Hampton Handbag were amazing and had a great time experimenting with different yarn fibers and weights!
Hampton Handbag Pattern
- Approx. 320 yards of double stranded #4 worsted weight cotton yarn I used *Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton in Purple
- J/10 – 6.0mm crochet hook. I used my fave *Furls.
- Scissors – These are my fave *scissors!
- Yarn Needle – I used these *Clover needles.
- Stitch Markers – These are the ones I love by *Clover
- Button – I used *these ones
10 rows x 12 sts = 4″ Pattern for gauge: hhdc using 2 strands.
Finished dimensions laid flat, 10″ wide x 7″ high; 17″ high including handle
- ch – Chain
- hhdc- Herringbone Half Double Crochet
- dc – Double Crochet
- hhdc2tog – Herringbone Half Double Crochet 2Together
- ch-sp – Chain Space
- sk – Skip Stitch
- st(s) – Stitch(es)
- US Terminology
- All beginning ch1 do not count as a stitch
- Pattern is worked flat and seamed together, for the body, the top is worked in the round, the handle is worked in rows
- To increase or decease height of body use any number chs +2
- To increase or decrease width of body, you can adjust number of rows. You will need to adjust the top round st counts accordingly
- You can adjust the size of the handle by increasing or decreasing the repeating rows; My handles came to 17″ long
You can also find a step-by-step photo tutorial for the specials stitches here!
Yarn over, insert hook into stitch. Yarn over, pull loop through stitch AND through first loop on hook (this is similar to a slip stitch motion). Two loops remain on hook. Yarn over and pull through both loops.
Yarn over, insert hook into stitch. Yarn over, pull loop through stitch AND through first loop on hook (this is similar to a slip stitch motion). Two loops remain on hook. Yarn over, insert hook into the next stitch. Yarn over, pull loop through stitch AND through first loop on hook . Three loops remain on hook. Yarn over and pull through all loops.
With 2 strands of yarn
Row 1: hhdc in second ch from hook and each ch across, ch1, turn (34).
Row 2 – 21: hhdc in each st across, ch1, turn (34).
Row 22: hhdc in each st across, ch1, tie off leaving long tail for seam (34).
Seaming the sides Closed (one strand)
Fold the body of the bag in half with the fold at the bottom. Using long tail and tapestry needle, whip stitch to the top of the first side, tie off.
Join another long piece of yarn to the bottom of the other side, whip stitch to the top and tie off.
Top of Bag (2 strands)
With 2 strands of your yarn and hook, join to one corner of the bag, Ch1.
Rnd 1: hhdc evenly around the top, join to the top of the Ch1 with a sl-st, ch1 (50 hhdc).
Rnd 2: *hhdc next 3 sts, hhdc2tog*, repeat around, join to the top of the Ch1 with a sl-st, ch1 (40 hhdc).
Rnd 3: hhdc in the next 27 sts, place st marker in st 27, hhdc next 6 sts, put st marker in st 33, hhdc next 7 sts, join to the top of the Ch1 with a sl-st, ch1 (40 hhdc).
Strap (2 Strands)
Row 1: sl-st in the next 3 sts of the top of the bag, ch1, turn, hhdc next 6 sts, ch1, turn (6).
Row 2: hhdc in each st across, ch1, turn (6).
Row 3: hhdc2tog, hhdc next 2 sts, hhdc2tog, ch1, turn (4).
Row 4 – 38: hhdc in each st across, ch1, turn (4).
Row 39: 2hhdc in the first st, 1 hhdc in the next 2 sts, 2hhdc in the last st, ch 1 (6 hhdc). After 39 rows my handle was about 17″
Attaching the strap (1 strand)
Remove hook, do NOT tie off. Turn the bag inside out.
Take the end of the strap and line up evenly with the other handle on the opposite side of the bag. (I used the seam as a guide and placed 3 sts on either side to line it up). Using your hook in the last ch1 you made, sl-st the strap onto the body of the bag, sl-st to attach the rest of the sts across, tie off.
Turn back to right side out.
Button Flap (2 strands)
Row 1: Join both strands of yarn with sl-st to the first of the two st markers on the backside of the bag, ch1, hhdc across to the 2nd st marker, ch1, turn (6 ). If the stitch markers don’t seem to be centered due to shifting of stitches from working in the round, just adjust to center the flap.
Row 2 – 10: hhdc in each st across, ch1, turn (6).
Row 11: dc in the next 2 sts, ch1, sk 1 st, dc in the next 3 sts, ch1, turn ( 5).
Row 12: hhdc in the next 3 sts, sk ch-sp, hhdc in the next 2 sts, ch1, turn (5).
Row 13: hhdc2tog, hhdc in the next st, hhd2tog, tie off.
Button (1 strand)
Lay the bag flat with the button flap laying on top, mark where the button should go and sew on button.
Weave in all ends and you’re done!
There you have it! Your very own Hampton Handbag!
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