Red Handbag

By  Sandra Lebrun  for  Stackpole Books, ©2014

size: varies

  • Red Handbag


  • Dark red t-shirt yarn, one ball
  • Large wooden beads, four
  • Round plastic or wooden purse handles, two


  • Crochet hook, 12mm or size US O/16
  • Yarn needle

Basic Supplies

  • tape measure, scissors
  • Gauge
  • 1. Gauge is not crucial for this pattern.
  • Handbag
  • 1. Start with ring: Chain five, then work slip stitch in first chain to join piece into ring.
  • 2. Single crochet around ring, working in back loop only of each chain stitch. When you get to beginning, continue to work in continuous spiral around piece, increasing one stitch every three stitches to keep flat circle shape.
  • 3. Continue single crochet around piece, increasing evenly, until you have flat circle measuring 8" in diameter.
  • 4. Work three rounds even in single crochet, without increasing or decreasing.
  • 5. Continue to single crochet around piece, decreasing one stitch each round (by skipping a stitch), varying placement of skipped stitch so that piece gets smaller evenly.
  • 6. Stop decreasing when bag is about 8" tall.
  • 7. Attach handles by crocheting through them. On each stitch along top edge where handle should lie, insert hook into stitch, then yarn over once in front of handle and once behind handle, and then complete stitch as normal. Fasten off and use yarn needle to weave yarn ends into fabric. Alternatively, if this is easier for you, simply sew handles to purse with yarn needle and same yarn you used to make bag.
  • 8. Use yarn needle to thread two lengths of yarn through stitches around top edge of bag, letting ends hang out on either side of bag. Thread bead onto end of each strand of yarn and tie off end to hold the bead in place.
  • Increasing Stitches
  • 1. Adjust increases to match your yarn. If bottom of bag is not flat enough, increase every two stitches instead of every three stitches. If bottom piece warps, increase every four stitches.
  • Tip
  • 1. When working in the round, it can be easy to lose track of the beginning of the round. You can make it easier on yourself by marking the first stitch of the round with a small piece of scrap yarn in a contrasting color.