Instructions

HELPFUL ABBREVIATIONS GUIDE

ch(s) = chain(s)
hk     = hook
lp      = loop
sc(s) = single crochet(s)
sl st = slip stitch

Gauge: Before felting, 15 scs and 15 rows = 4 inches. Slight variation in gauge will change the finished size a bit.

BOTTOM:

Row 1: Ch 46, sc in second ch from hk and in each remaining ch across, turn: 45 scs.
Rows 2-9: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, turn: 45 scs.

At the end of Row 9, work 8 scs evenly spaced across short end of piece. Work 45 scs along opposite side of beginning ch. Work 8 scs evenly spaced across remaining short end: 106 scs.

SIDES:

Working in rounds, sc in front lp only of each sc around until purse measures about 12 inches from base, ending at one side of purse: 106 scs.
Sl st around top of purse to beginning sl st. Fasten off.

FELTING:

  1. To shrink and felt the crocheted piece, machine-wash piece in hot water using laundry detergent, running piece through a complete cycle that includes a cold rinse cycle. Without using detergent, repeat this process until piece measures about 10 in. wide
  2. x 9 in. high or desired size.
  3. Smooth out wrinkles and lay felted piece on a flat surface to dry. Check piece while it is drying and shape as needed to maintain desired shape.
FINISHING: 
  1. With matching yarn, hand-sew handles centered along top edges of front and back of purse
  2. Hand-sew beads just below handles.
CROCHETED AND FELTED HANDBAG FINISHED SIZE: Purse measures about 10 inches wide x 9 inches high without handles.
CRAFTER’S NOTE: For successful felting, use 100% wool yarn. “Superwash” wool does not felt. Bleached white yarn does not felt as well as off-white and colored yarn.

Crocheted and Felted Handbag pattern designed by Jane Craig of Big Bend, Wisconsin. 

Photo by Country Woman magazine.