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Handbag With Dachshund Dog Theme
An original design by Sandi Marshall

This free crochet pattern for a handbag can be made with a dachshund dog theme (as shown in the example) but the texture design has enough appeal to use it with no cross-stitch added to the finished bag, if you prefer. It has a background with rows crocheted in one loop only to form a decorative ridge across each row. This creates a texture design which gives an interesting look to the bag.

Printing Out This Pattern: Scroll to the bottom of this page, below the pattern directions, to see hints for printing patterns from this site.

Abbreviations used in this pattern: ch = chain, ea = each, sc = single crochet, sl st = slip stitch, sp = space

Materials Used In The Example:
Worsted weight yarn - about 1 oz. of each of 3 colors
In the example: color A = white, color B = burgundy, color C = black
U.S. Size H crochet hook
1/2 inch or 3/4 inch button

Finished purse size: about 8 inches wide x 7 inches long (not counting the purse strap)

Gauge: 3 1/2 sc = 1", 7 single crochet rows = 2"

How To Slip Stitch (sl st) = Insert hook in stitch, wrap yarn over hook, pull yarn through the stitch and through the loop on the hook, at the same time.

How To Crochet In The Back Loop Only - http://crochet.about.com/library/blbackfrontloop.htm

How To Decrease Over 2 sc - http://crochet.about.com/library/bl_decrease.htm

Handbag Directions:
Pattern is copyright 2006 by Sandi Marshall, licensed to About.com, Inc.
Bag Front:
Starting Chain: With color A, chain 15.
Row 1: ch 1, sc in the back loop only of the first ch, sc in the back loop only of ea ch across. (14 sc)
Row 2: ch 1 to turn, 2 sc in the back loop only of the first sc, sc in the back loop only of ea sc until one sc remains, 2 sc in the back loop only of the last sc. (16 sc)
Row 3: ch 1 to turn, 2 sc in the front loop only of the first sc, sc in the front loop only of ea sc until one sc remains, 2 sc in the front loop only of the last sc.
Row 4: ch 1 to turn, 2 sc in the back loop only of the first sc, sc in the back loop only of ea sc until one sc remains, 2 sc in the back loop only of the last sc.
Row 5: Repeat Row 3.
Row 6: Repeat Row 4.
Row 7: ch 1 to turn, 2 sc in the front loop only of the first sc, sc in the front loop only of ea sc across. (25 sc)
Row 8: ch 1 to turn, sc in the back loop only of ea sc across. (25 sc)
Row 9: ch 1 to turn, sc in the front loop only of ea sc across. (25 sc)
Row 10 - 17: Repeat rows 8 and 9.
Row 18: Repeat row 8. End off. Weave in ends.

Bag Back:
Starting Chain: With color B, chain 15.
Rows 1 - 18: Repeat rows 1 - 18 of Bag Front.
Row 19: ch 1 to turn, decrease over first 2 sc (crocheting in the front loops only), sc in the front loop only of ea sc until two sc remain, decrease over the last 2 sc (crocheting in the front loops only).
Row 20: ch 1 to turn, decrease over first 2 sc (crocheting in the back loops only), sc in the back loop only of ea sc until two sc remain, decrease over the last 2 sc (crocheting in the back loops only).
Row 21: Repeat Row 19.
Row 22: Repeat Row 20.
Row 23: Repeat Row 19.
Row 24: ch 1 to turn, sc in back loop only of ea sc across.
Row 25: ch 1 to turn, sc in front loop only of ea sc across.
Row 26: ch 1 to turn, sc in back loop only of ea sc across.
Row 27: turn, sl st in ea of first 3 sc, ch 1, sc in front loop only of ea of next 6 sc, leave last 3 sc of this row unworked.
Row 28: ch 1 to turn, 2 sc in the back loop only of the first sc, sc in back loop only of ea of next 4 sc, 2 sc in the back loop only of the next sc.
Row 29: ch 1 to turn, sc in front loop only of ea sc across. (8 sc)
Row 30 - Buttonhole Row: ch 1 to turn, decrease over first 2 sc (crocheting in the back loops only), sc in the back loop only of next sc, ch 2 (if you are using a 1/2 inch button) or ch 3 (if you are using a 3/4 inch button), skip next 2 sc, sc in the back loop only of next sc, decrease over last 2 sc (crocheting in the back loops only).
Row 31: ch 1 to turn, decrease over first 2 sc (crocheting in the front loops only), 4 sc in ch-3 space, decrease over last 2 sc (crocheting in the front loops only). End off. Weave in ends.

Front Piece Border Rows: This will be worked around the sides and the bottom of the front piece (this border row doesn't go across the top of the Front Piece).
Front Piece Border Row 1: With the right side of the piece facing you, attach color C in the end of the first row on the left-hand side of the front piece. ch 1, sc in the end of the first row on the side, sc in the end of ea row along the side, then sc in ea sc across the bottom, then sc in the end of ea row along the other side.
Front Piece Border Row 2: ch 1, turn, sc in the front loop only of ea sc along the side, the bottom and the other side.
Front Piece Border Row 3: ch 1, turn, sc in both loops of ea sc along the side, the bottom and the other side. End off. Weave in ends.

Back Piece Border Rows: With the right side of the piece facing you, attach color C in the end of row 18 on the left-hand side of the back piece.
Back Piece Border Round 1: ch 1, sc in the end of the first row on the side, sc in the end of ea row along the side, then sc in ea sc across the bottom, then sc in the end of ea row along the other side until you reach row 18. sc in the end of row 18 on that side, then sl st in the end of ea row around the front flap of the Back Piece until you have reached row 18 on the other side. sl st in the first sc made in this round.
Back Piece Border Outside Row: ch 1, sc in back loop only of ea sc along the side, across the bottom and along the other side. Stop when you reach the part where the slip stitches began on the previous round. End off. Weave in ends.

Charted Dachshund Dog - http://crochet.about.com/library/bldachshund1.htm I adapted the dachshund dog charted design for the front of this handbag. I made the following chart so that you could more easily see where to position the dog on the Front Piece of the handbag:


How To Cross-Stitch On Single Crochet: There are free instructions at http://crochet.about.com/library/weekly/aa111702.htm

Make the cross stitch on the Front Piece, following the chart above. Using yarn of the same weight as you used to crochet the Front Piece, thread a strand of the yarn on a large-eye needle. First, make the cross-stitch x's and then do the outlining in a straight stitch around the dog shape (as shown in the photo example on the right and on the chart below).

Joining: Place the front piece and the back piece with right sides together (right sides facing each other, wrong sides facing outward), with the top edges lined up evenly. Attach color C in the first sc of the outside round at the top of the front piece on the left-hand side. Work a joining row around the handbag edge (but not across the top), by working ea sc through both the sc on the front piece and the corresponding sc on the back piece, both at the same time. This will join the two pieces. Use the front piece as the guide for knowing when to stop with this joining row (because the back piece continues with a flap). When finished, end off. Weave in ends. Turn the handbag right-side out.

The image on the left, with the bag being worn as a shoulder bag, shows where the bag falls with the length of strap given in the directions (with no knot tied near the top of the strap). If you want a shorter strap, you can tie a knot near the top of the strap when the bag is finished (as shown in the photo at the beginning of this pattern) or you can make less chains for the starting chain.
Strap: With color C, chain 121.
Strap Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in ea ch across. (120 sc)
Strap Rows 2 - 4: ch 1 to turn, sc in ea sc across.
Strap Outside Slip Stitch Round: ch 1 to turn, sl st in ea sc across the first long side (the slip stitches form a decorative ridge to give the strap a finished look). When you reach the end of the first long side, with right sides together, place the end of the strap against the end of the middle portion of the handbag (between the front piece and back piece), then work a short row of single crochet across the strap end, going through the strap and the middle portion of the handbag at the same time, to join the two pieces. Unfold the strap and continue, making sure to have the right side of the strap facing you. Along the next long side of the strap, sl st in ea sc across. When you reach the end of this side, do another short row to join the short end to the other side of the handbag, as follows: with right sides together, place the end of the strap against the end of the middle portion of the handbag (between the front piece and back piece), then work a short row of single crochet across the strap end, going through the strap and the middle portion of the handbag at the same time, to join the two pieces. End off. Weave in ends.

Button: Sew a button to the front piece of the handbag, positioned to line up with the buttonhole on the handbag flap.

Copyright - This pattern is an original design by Sandi Marshall. This Handbag Pattern and the pattern photos are copyright 2006 by Sandi Marshall, licensed to About.com, Inc.
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