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Since we are headed into the ‘20s of this Century, I have been heavily inspired by the fashions of the 1920s with my work lately. A vintage vibe has essentially taken me over!
I can’t think of a yarn with more of a vintage vibe than the currently popular Bernat Velvet yarns! I know many people are not fans of working with this, but I actually love it!
I have listed the pattern for the basic bag that I used here, please use this as a jumping off point to create your own beautiful piece. I am not familiar with bag making beyond boho, so I have thoroughly enjoyed the suggestions I have received so far on this project! A few are listed here:
- Velvet wears easily, ties made with velvet may not last. A fellow Hooker advised using nylon cord to reinforce or in lieu of a velvet chain. Alternatively, and sticking with the vintage vibe, you could use a silk cord doubled up instead and it would be beautiful in the right colors!!!!
- Lining handbags helps keep shape and protects the velvet from wear as well. Cotton or satin would work; I am not familiar with sewing, so please post comments on any liner you used and how you attached it securely! I would love to learn these techniques!
Please comment with any other suggestions!
1 Skein Bernat Velvet
1 Skein Caron Simply Soft (for top edging)
Decorative Pendant (I love the Hildie & Jo brand of pendants at Joann Fabric!)
Yarn Needle for finishing
Beads for drawstring ends (if desired)
Size J (6.00mm) Crochet Hook
Size H (5.00 mm) Crochet Hook
sc – Single Crochet
hdc – Half Double Crochet
dc – Double Crochet
sl st – Slip Stitch
Fan Stitch – work 1 sc and 3 dc in same stitch
There was some confusion on how I sc to the hdc, so I made a quick video that I hope will be helpful, to explain how I do that here:
Row 1: Using J hook with velvet yarn, make a magic loop, ch 1, work 8 hdc in loop, skip ch 1, sl st to first hdc (8 st)
Row 2: Ch 1, 2 hdc in each st around, skip ch 1, sl st to first hdc (16 st)
Row 3: Ch 1, 2 hdc in first st, *1 hdc, 2 hdc* repeat from * around, skip ch 1, sl st to first hdc (24 st)
Row 4: Ch 1, 2 hdc in first st, *1 hdc in next 2 st, 2 hdc* repeat from * around, skip ch 1, sl st to first hdc (32 st)
Row 5: Ch 1, 2 hdc in first st, *1 hdc in next 3 st, 2 hdc* repeat from * around, skip ch 1, sl st to first hdc (40 st)
Row 6-15 – Ch 1, hdc in each st around, skip ch 1, sl st to first hdc (40 st)
Row 16 – Ch 1, *1 hdc in next 5 st, hdtog* repeat from * to end, skip ch 1, sl st in first hdc (35 st)
Row 17: Repeat row 16 (30 st)
Row 18: Ch 2, dc in each stitch around, skip ch 2, sl st to first dc (30 st)
Row 19: Ch 1, *1 sc, 2 sc* repeat from * around, skip ch 1, sl st to first sc (45 st)
Cut yarn, pull through sl st and tie in ends
With Caron Simply Soft and H hook, sl st to any sc from last row
Row 1: Ch 1, 2sc in each stitch around, skip ch 1, sl st to first sc (90 st)
Row 2: Ch 1, Fan stitch in same stitch, *skip next 3 stitches, fan stitch in next stitch* repeat from * around, skip ch 1, sl st to first sc of first fan stitch.
Cut and finish off, weave in ends.
To make drawstring, work a chain with the velvet and J hook until it is your desired length, I chained 65 and at the end of the day….I wish I had chained 75 or 80. I may re-do this drawstring later.
Attach any embellishments you like by thing them on with yarn to blend in nicely with the bag and you’re all set!
Be sure to post any photos of your bags here, I love to see the variations! Also, any suggestions or changes you made so we can all benefit on your improvements!
Happy bag making and Happy Hooking, Hookers!!!!