Bobble Purse

Materials

  • Simply Soft® (100% acrylic) (Caron): Chocolate (A), 10 oz.; Bone (B), 3 oz.
  • Simply Soft Shadows (100% acrylic) (Caron): Pearl Frost (C), 3 oz.
  • Purse handles, 13” (33cm) long, two
  • Wooden beads of choice to match bag handles, two
  • Optional: Craft felt (lining)
  • Coordinating grosgrain ribbon, 2” (5cm) wide, 2/3 yd. (1m)

Tools

  • Crochet hook: size US I-9 (5.5mm)
  • Stitch marker
  • Yarn needle

Directions

Gauge

  • 1. 16 sts = 4” (10cm)
  • 2. Gauge is not critical for this project.

Special Terms

  • 1. 5-dc Cl (5 double crochet cluster): Yarn over, insert hook in indicated stitch and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook (2 loops on hook), [yarn over, insert hook in same stitch and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook (1 more loop on hook)] 4 times (6 loops on hook), yarn over and draw through all loops on hook.
  • 2. dc2tog (double crochet 2 together): Insert hook in next st and draw up a loop, insert hook in following st and draw up a loop (3 loops on hook), [yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook] twice. Note: This is a non-standard dc2tog, and is less bulky than the standard dc2tog.
  • 3. FPdc (front-post double crochet): Yarn over, insert hook from front to back and then to front again around post of stitch, yarn over and draw up loop, complete as dc.
  • 4. rev sc (reverse single crochet): Work single crochet in opposite direction by inserting hook in next stitch (to the right if right-handed, and to the left if left-handed), yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through both loops on hook.
  • 5. sc2tog (singe crochet 2 together): [Insert hook in next st and draw up a loop] twice, yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook.

Notes

  • 1. Gauge is not critical for this project. However, work tightly for a sturdy bag.
  • 2. Purse is worked with two strands of yarn held together throughout.
  • 3. For best results, when beginning a round that is worked in back or front loops only, work a sl st in the back (or front) loop of the first st, ch 1, and work first st of round in same st as the sl st.

Purse - Bottom

  • 1. With 2 strands of A held together, ch 31.
  • 2. Rnd 1 (RS): Dc in 4th ch from hook (beginning ch counts as dc) and in each ch across to last ch, 6 dc in last ch; rotate piece to work across opposite side of foundation ch, dc in next 27 ch, 7 dc in next ch; join with sl st in top of beginning ch—68 dc.
  • 3. Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in first 28 dc, 2 sc in next 6 dc, sc in next 28 dc, 2 sc in last 6 dc; join with sl st in first sc—80 sc.
  • 4. Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in first 30 sts, [2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts] 3 times, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 30 sts, [2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts] 3 times, 2 sc in next st; join with sl st in first sc—88 sc.
  • 5. Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in first 30 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 32 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in last 2 sts; join with sl st in first sc—96 sc.
  • 6. Rnd 5: Ch 1, working in front loops only, sl st in each sc around; join with sl st in first st.
  • 7. Rnd 6: Ch 1, working in free back loops of Round 4, sc in each sc around; join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off A.
  • 8. Rnd 7: Draw up a loop of B in joining sl st, ch 1, sc in each st around; join with sl st in first sc.
  • 9. Rnd 8: Ch 1, working in front loops only, rev sc in each st around; join with sl st in first st.
  • 10. Rnd 9: Ch 1, working in free back loops of Round 7, sc in each sc around; join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off B.

Body

  • 1. Rnd 10: Draw up a loop of C in joining sl st, ch 3 (counts as first dc here and throughout), dc in each sc around; join with sl st in top of beginning ch.
  • 2. Rnd 11: Ch 3, FPdc around first dc, *dc in next dc, FPdc around next dc; repeat from * around; join with sl st in top of beginning ch. Fasten off C.
  • 3. Rnd 12: Draw up a loop of B in joining sl st, ch 1, sc in each st around; join with sl st in first sc.
  • 4. Rnd 13: Ch 1, working in front loops only, rev sc in each st around; join with sl st in first st.
  • 5. Rnd 14: Ch 1, working in free back loops of Round 12, sc in each sc around; join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off B.
  • 6. Rnd 15: Draw up a loop of A in joining sl st, ch 1, working in front loops only, rev sc in each st around; join with sl st in first st.
  • 7. Rnd 16: Ch 1, working in free back loops of Round 14, sc in each sc around; join with sl st in first sc.
  • 8. Rnds 17 and 18: Ch 1, sc in each st around; do not join. Note: Work in continuous rounds when working this section. Use a stitch marker to indicate the beginning of the round, and move the marker up as work progresses.
  • 9. Rnd 19: *Sc in next 5 sts, 5-dc Cl in next st, ch 1 (to secure cluster); repeat from * around—16 clusters.
  • 10. Rnd 20: Skipping all ch-1 sps, sc in each st around—96 sc.
  • 11. Rnd 21: Sc in each sc around.
  • 12. Rnd 22: Sc in next 3 sts, 5-dc Cl in next st, ch 1 (to secure cluster), *sc in next 5 sts, 5-dc Cl in next st, ch 1 (to secure cluster); repeat from * around to last 2 sts, sc in last 2 sts—16 clusters.
  • 13. Rnd 23: Repeat Round 20.
  • 14. Note: In Round 25, resume working in joined rounds.
  • 15. Rnds 24 and 25: Sc in each sc around. At the end of Round 25, join with sl st in first sc.
  • 16. Rnd 26: Ch 1, working in front loops only, rev sc in each st around; join with sl st in first st. Fasten off A.
  • 17. Rnd 27: Draw up a loop of B in joining sl st, ch 1, working in free back loops of Round 25, sc in first 6 sts, sc2tog, *sc in next 6 sts, sc2tog; repeat from * around; join with sl st in first sc—84 sc.
  • 18. Rnd 28: Ch 1, working in front loops only, rev sc in each st around; join with sl st in first st.
  • 19. Rnd 29: Ch 1, working in free back loops of Round 27, ch 1, sc in each st around; join with sl st in first st. Fasten off B.
  • 20. Rnd 30: Draw up a loop of C in joining sl st, ch 3, dc in next 4 sts, dc2tog, *dc in next 5 sts, dc2tog; repeat from * around; join with sl st in top of beginning ch—72 dc.
  • 21. Rnds 31 and 32: Ch 3, FPdc around next dc, *dc in next dc, FPdc around next dc; repeat from * around; join with sl st in top of beginning ch. Fasten off C.
  • 22. Rnd 33: Draw up a loop of B in joining sl st, ch 1, *sc in next 4 sts, sc2tog; repeat from * around; join with sl st in first sc—60 sc.
  • 23. Rnd 34: Ch 1, working in front loops only, rev sc in each st around; join with sl st in first sc.
  • 24. Rnd 35: Ch 1, working in free back loops of Round 33, *sc in next 8 sts, sc2tog; repeat from * around; join with sl st in first sc—54 sc. Fasten off B.
  • 25. Rnd 36: Draw up a loop of A in joining sl st, ch 1, working in front loops only, rev sc in each st around; join with sl st in first st.
  • 26. Rnd 37: Ch 1, working in free back loops of Round 35, sc in each st around; join with sl st in first sc.
  • 27. Rnd 38: Ch 1, sc in each st around; do not join. (Note: Work in continuous rounds in this section.)
  • 28. Rnd 39: *Sc in next 5 sts, 5-dc Cl in next st, ch 1 (to secure cluster); repeat from * around—9 clusters.
  • 29. Rnd 40: Skipping all ch-1 sps, sc in each st around—54 sc.
  • 30. Rnd 41: Sc in each st around; join with sl st in first sc. Note: Work in joined rounds from here on.
  • 31. Rnd 42: Ch 1, working in front loops only, rev sc in each st around; join with sl st in first sc.
  • 32. Rnd 43: Ch 1, working in free back loops of Round 41, sc in each st around; join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off A.
  • 33. Rnd 44: Holding 1 strand each of A and B together, draw up a loop of yarn in joining sl st, ch 1, working in front loops only, rev sc in each st around; join with sl st in first sc.
  • 34. Rnd 45: Ch 1, working in free back loops of Round 43, sc in each st around; join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off.

Finishing

  • 1. Attach Handles: With 1 strand each of A and B held together, sew handles to top of purse, working around bottom of handle rings and back and forth through top row of purse opening.
  • 2. Tie Closures: With 1 strand each of A and B held together, draw up a loop of yarn on inside of purse at center, top front, ch 28. Fasten off, leaving a 4–5”/10–12.5cm tail. Thread a wooden bead onto tail and knot yarn to secure bead. Make 2nd tie, in same manner at center, top back. Tie closures together into a bow to close purse.
  • 3. Lining (optional): Cut craft felt to fit bottom of purse. With sewing needle and thread, sew lining into place. Cut craft felt to fit bag front and back between purse bottom and first decrease row. With sewing needle and thread, tack front and back into place, making sure to hide all loose yarn ends under lining.
  • 4. Top Lining: Cut grosgrain ribbon about 1–1-1/2”/2.5-4cm longer than circumference of top opening. With sewing needle and thread, tack into place around inside of top opening, folding under top edge, and continuing to tack around all sides of ribbon. Hide all loose yarn ends under ribbon.
  • 5. Using yarn needle, weave in any remaining ends.
by Mary Nolfi for Caron International
Bobble Purse
Bobble Purse