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Crochet Handbag/Purse

After getting together for our local “Stitch ‘N’ Bitch” with friends and being told I had an ugly crochet bag – I thought I’d better make something a little more presentable:) 

I didn’t want to spend a lot of time to make it so of course I used a large hook and thick yarn.  After shopping around for handles and not finding anything that would look nice I headed to the local thrift shop.
There I found a few old bags with great handles – $2.00 each!  Great deals:)
Anyway now I am offering this free crochet handbag pattern to you.  I hope you really enjoy making it.

ch – chain
dec – decrease
hdc – half double crochet
sc – single crochet
st – stitch
sts – stitches
sl st – slip stitch
rpt – repeat
8.00 mm hook
10.0 mm hook (for body of bag)
Round handles (wood or plastic which ever you prefer)
Ribbon 1 – 1 
Tapestry Needle
Stitch Markers
Entire bag is worked in rounds – (use stitch marker to mark the beginning of each round)
Ch 60 join with sl st
Rnd 1: Hdc in 1st st and each st around (60)
Rnd 2: Sk 1st st,  *(dc, sc) in next st, sk next* rpt from *to* till end of rnd (60)
Rnds 3-16: (dc, sc) in 1st dc, *sk next st, (dc,sc) in next dc* rpt from *to* till end of rnd (60)
Rnd 17: Hdc in 1st st and each st around, (60) fasten off and weave in ends.
Change to 8.00 mm hook
Making sure that right sides are facing slip stitch along bottom edge (this will be the end you just fasten off)
Working at the top of bag, join yarn with slip stitch in first stitch working left to right.
Holding handle in left hand, slip hook under handle, yarn over hook and pull up a loop.  Yarn over again and pull through both loops.  Continue all the way across, fasten off and weave in ends.  
Repeat for other handle.
Cut ribbon approximately 1 ½ meters weave through purse and tie bow. 

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