Starling Handbag »
InstructionsI used Red Heart SuperSaver yarn for this project. I got the wool from my mother, and unfortunately do not have the tag for it with the dye number.
I used a 4mm crochet hook and 6 stitch markers.
This bag was made in rounds and is based on the pattern for the Starling Handbag by FutureGirl.com. You can download her Starling Handbag pattern (for free!!) here: ...
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Type of item: Accessory
Style: Cute, Holiday
I used half a skein of Red Heart medium worsted weight wool with a 4mm crochet hook and stitch counters made from paper clips. The embellishment on the bag is a broach that I found a few years back in a discount bin.
What was your inspiration?
I had travelled to Canada for Christmas and needed a bag for the holidays and a christening that we were invited to - so I decided to make one for myself!
Thankfully, I had a little zippered pouch that fit perfectly into the bag, so I did not need to make a lining for it. The broach was also a great time-saving addition, as it meant that I did not have to rack my brain thinking of ways to embellish the bag.
What are you most proud of?
I am most proud of this purse being so simple, yet so cute. It took almost no time to make, which was really great. When I have gone out with this bag, I have received so many compliments!
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
If you are making a bag like this and you have a zippered pouch to go inside it, make sure that you measure the pouch prior to starting the bag, so that you can be sure that it fits! I did not do this when I made my purse, so the bag is quite a lot bigger than the pouch - which is not a bad thing, as I can fit more things in there. I guess the key is to make sure that the bag is not too small!