How to crochet a custom bag in any size featuring the star stitch. Beginner friendly, using any yarn. Full video tutorial included.
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My daughter loves her little fisher price purse but being a maker, I had to make my own purse for her! So I went deep into my stash and found a 100% cotton cake yarn and got to crocheting!
Ra-Ra Raffia by Wool and the Gang
Suggestion on Hook Size:
I recommend playing around with your hook size. I decided to hold two strands of DK weight yarn which equals the same as worsted weight yarn. I started out with a 6mm crochet hook and didn’t like it so I sized down to a 5.5mm. Using a smaller hook will make your bag more structured and sturdy.
These instructions are very loose guides to help you design and customize your own bag that’s uniquely you! Between the two bags I made, there are definitely slight differences so don’t be afraid to get creative!
Using 2 strands of yarn and the appropriate hook size (5.5mm in my case, go smaller for more structure).
Foundation Single Crochet (or chain) 5-6, begin to work single crochets around increasing on the ends and the center until the desired oval size is reached for the base.
Begin Star Stitch Section:
Sc5tog: *insert hook into designated stitch, draw up a loop* repeat 5x for 6 loops on hook, yarn over and draw through all 6 loops, ch 1 to close the stitch (creating an eye)
Star Stitch Section, 2 row section:
Row 1: ch 3, sc5tog starting in the 2nd ch from the hook, sc5tog across ending with a hdc in the final stitch. (RS)
Row 2: ch 2 (counts as hdc), *2 hdc in each ch 1 from the previous row* end with hdc in starting ch 3. (WS)
Continue the 2-row repeat until the desired size.
Single Crochet Section:
Optional Decrease: sc2tog every 6-8 sc
Ch 1, sc around for the desired number of rows.
Attaching the Handle:
Determine the number of middle stitches to designate for attaching the handle.
You are going to use a single crochet to attach to the wooden ring/handle.
Insert hook into 1st st, grab yarn & pull through st (2 loops on hook).
Then pull yarn through the center and over the ring then through both loops on the hook.