DIY Learn How to Make & Crochet Easy Beginner Tote Bag Handbag Purse Summer Pattern


Hi I’m Donna Wolfe from naztazia.com Today I’m going to show you how to make
a tote bag or larger handbag. To do this you will need two 350-yard skeins of
worsted weight yarn and a size H hook. We’re going to hold two strands of yarn
together the entire time. To begin make a slip knot and then chain 41. This pattern is relatively easy for
someone who already knows how to crochet. If you need help with the basics please
see my beginner crochet videos on YouTube. For round one, skip the first chain and single crochet
in the next chain and each remaining chains. Since we’ll be working in spirals,
always mark your first stitch. By the end of this one side you will have a total
of forty single crochet stitches. Slightly pivot your work and put one
single crochet in the corner of the original chain. Pivot your work again to work on the opposite side of the starting chain and put one single crochet in each chain. You
will have a total of forty single crochet stitches on this side now. At the
beginning area again pivot your work and put one single
crochet in the other corner of the original chain. For round two remove the stitch marker and begin by
putting one single crochet in the first stitch and in each stitch around. We’re not slip stitching since we’re
working in spirals. Always mark your first stitch. You will end up making
eighty two single crochet stitches all the way around. For round three just do one single crochet in each
stitch around again. And for round four we’re doing the same
one single crochet in each stitch around. For round five we’re changing things up a bit. This time,
we’ll do 1 half double crochet in each stitch around for a total of eighty two
half-double crochet stitches in this round. At this point the bottom of your purse
is going to start taking shape. By the way you can find the written
pattern on my website naztazia.com For round six repeat the
process of doing one half double crochet all the way around again. If you want to
make your tote multicolored on the first stitch of the new round begin your
normal half double crochet. Take your new strands of yarn and pull through the new
color to complete the stitch. Mark the first stitch as always so you
know where your beginning stitch is. Continue working with the new color of
yarn for this round… leaving the old color hanging underneath. Iit’s up to you as to what to do with the
old color yarn. If you aren’t using it anymore, you can cut it and properly weave in the
ends. If you plan on using it again in the purse you can carry it upwards. When you are
ready to use it follow the same procedure as changing
colors this time grabbing the old color yarn again from inside the purse. For
round 7 through round 23 you’ll do 1 half-double crochet around
and around changing colors or not as desired. Feel free to add a few more rows if you
want your tote to be a bit taller. Once you are satisfied with the height
of your handbag remove the stitch marker and just slip stitch into that first
stitch. Then cut the ends and properly weave them in. Lay your purse flat on the
table and put one stitch marker in one corner… …and another stitch marker in the
other corner. Verify they are relatively evenly spaced. For the first strap count
over 12 stitches from the stitch marker. Connect your yarn. Chain one and do 1
half-double crochet in that same stitch. Then do 1 half double crochet in the
next 11 stitches for a total of twelve half double crochets occurring before
that stitch marker. Do 1 half double crochet in the stitch marker stitch. Then
do 1 half double crochet in the next 12 stitches. Once completed you will have made a total of twenty-five half double crochet stitches for this row. For row two chain
one and turn your work. Skip the first stitch and do 1 half
double crochet in the next 23 stitches. Then skip that last stitch. Row 3 – chain 1
and turn your work. Skip the first stitch and then do 1 half
double crochet in the next 21 stitches. Skip that last stitch continue this
process on each row. Skip the first and last stitch and half
double crochet in the remaining middle stitches. You will do this until you end up with a
row containing five half double crochet stitches. At this point chain 1, turn your work and do 1 half
double crochet stitch in each stitch, for a total of five half double crochets on
these rows. It’s up to you to determine how many
rows you want to make for the strap. I made fifteen more half double crochet
rows for my strap. Once you’ve completed the first side
strap, you’ll repeat the process for the other
side. Count over 12 stitches from the stitch
marker, connect the yarn, and make 25 half double crochet stitches across. Once both straps are completed, use your yarn and sew the two straps
together at the top. If you want sew a button on to the front
of the bag to serve as a closure. On mine I added a row of single crochet stitches all along the inner part. Connect your yarn anywhere you wish and
just evenly single crochet around the purses inner edging. On the backside of
the purse I also did a row of single crochet
stitches around the inner section. I then chained 15 for the button loop. Test it out by bringing it around the
front of the button. If it looks good go back and continue single crocheting
around – incorporating the button’s loop as part of the inner edging. Cut and weave
in all ends. And your tote bag is completed. By the way to view this video
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