Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Bare Essentials Bag -- A Hipster Style Crochet Purse

My hands and my head have been busy these past few months creating crochet pattern designs, which I blogged about here. In my next crochet pattern eBook, which should be out later this week, I focused on some fun cotton yarn projects, giving me the chance to try a couple different cotton yarns to see how I liked working with them. The verdict is: I like cotton yarn a lot more than I thought I would! I was worried it would be too stiff to work with and that I wouldn't like the result. But I was wrong, and I must say...at this point...Hobby Lobby's "I Love My Cotton" is my favorite brand. It's durable, easy to care for and super-soft. Granted, there are a lot more cotton yarns out there that I need to try, but this is my current favorite.

The first two patterns in my upcoming eBook are Easter surprises for family members so I can't tell you what they are yet, but I can post some sneak peeks.

I'll reveal these two projects in a couple weeks!

But in the meantime, I'm excited to show you the third pattern in the collection -- the Bare Essentials Bag! The perfect, lightweight cotton yarn crochet purse for a busy mom or anyone who would benefit from being hands-free. And DON'T FORGET to enter my giveaway for this bag and a few other prizes!

Bare Essentials Bag by Crochet Crazy

This hipster-style bag goes across the body, freeing up the hands for kids, strollers, groceries or anything else. It holds the essentials and then some with durability and style. Having never crocheted a purse before, let alone designed one, I'm really pleased with how this came out. :) It has all I require in a purse -- style, function and durability.

I've really enjoyed working with cotton yarn lately, even finding time to work up this free cotton crochet coaster pattern.Who knows what's next?! The crochet pattern eBook for my Bare Essentials Bag and the two other patterns will be coming out soon, just in time to keep you busy with crochet projects that are ideal for springtime and summer.

Have you ever made a crochet purse before? Does this look like a style of bag you'd carry?

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  1. Not a purse, but a market bag and I love it! I want to make yours - it's so pretty!

    I found out that I can order silk yarn to make the sweater I'm planning to make. If it's going to be a summer-weight sweater, it has to be a fabric that won't overheat me.

    Also, I am looking at my hairpin lace hook-thingie. I want to start learning how to do hairpin-lace crochet as well.

  2. Pretty bag Mary yes I had made one before a purse in black shining yarn. My mother fitted a zipper on it, it was nice one but the yarn was like fur so the stitches were not showing. Anyway my friend who received the gift loved. It

  3. What a beautiful purse, Mary... And I love the colors! How ironic is this... I JUST started a purse yesterday with Sugar n Cream yarn and today I see your blog! I guess great minds think alike... Lol :) I've made 2 purses a couple of years ago, but they were more for teenager ages. I think I'm going to line this one I'm making for myself now, though, so little things don't poke through and fall out of the spaces between the crochet stitches. You did a really nice job on yours :)

  4. Cute bag - I love the edging strip at the top. I have made one or two crochet bags and felted them in the past. Most of the bags I make are ones that I sew.

  5. I love the color! great job on your design and good luck with your giveaway.

  6. Great design!! Lovely little bag.

  7. Thank you all for your positive feedback! My Bare Essentials Bag has been well-received and is now available in pattern form on Amazon in my latest crochet pattern ebook, titled A Bonnet, a Blanket & a Bag.

  8. I love the bag, and the yarn! Still trying to get up the courage to crochet a bit bigger than baby booties :)

  9. Hi Mary! This is a fantastic bag! I really love the design and the yarn you chose to crochet it with!! and Congratulations! This project was one of the most clicked at Link & Share Wednesday!! http://bit.ly/1l9MXoI Thank you for linking up :) Rhondda

    1. Thank you, Rhondda! It's a real pleasure to be featured on your fantastic blog!