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Topic: Yummy Felted Crochet Handbags!  (Read 32173 times)
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« on: May 02, 2004 04:41:22 AM »

I've seen all the nice knitted and felted handbags and being absoluteley useless at knitting I decided to crochet some instead!!

I got a big hook (no 10 I think) and some really cheap wool from a discount shop (5 NOK. Roughly 0.40, 0,50 EURO, $0,70 etc etc...) and started crocheting (with double thread) 'til there was no more yarn left!

I totally winged it, so there's no pattern. I'ts basically just DC, but instead of doing one long piece and sewing up the sides afterwards to make the bagshape I didn't stop and turn when I reached the end of the initial chain. I kept going 'around' and picked up the 'opposite' loops to the ones I'd just done. If that makes sense... I imagine it's a lot like knitting in the round, 'coz instead of stopping and turning all the time you can just keep going and going and going and going... veeery relaxing and you might find you'll have to unravel again occasionally.... Smiley

The handles I made on one of those round things you can hold with 4 prongs at the top that you wrap the yarn around and, magically, a long 'worm' comes out the bottom... Sorry, have no idea what it's called.  Roll Eyes
Then I just stuck it through the stitches and made a big knot. (This has  obviously got to be done before washing it as the felting will tighten the wool and secure the handles. If it's not secure enough, tie another knot.)

I added some beads to the pink one and they look really nice and sparkly in real life, but don't really show in the pic. I also thought it would be nice to add some felted crochet flowers and leaves to some of them but I had ran out of wool... Sad

For a bit of security I added some velcro at the top for fastening.

Lastly, mine shrunk about 2/3 so if you want a biiig bag you need to make it about the size of a plastic bag before shrinking. Small ones are nice & cute though!

Phew!! I'll shut up and show you the pics now!  Wink

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« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2004 04:50:49 AM »

I'm coveting those!  They're seriously soooo pretty looking.  I love that you crocheted them too, because I'm just not much of a knitter, but love the felting thing.  

I'm so glad you reminded me of the around and around technique.  I made a bag for Barbie (for my niece) like that with crochet cotton once, but it's so small that I never thought to apply it to a big one, lol.

One question:  Did you make any increases to have the bag larger at the top than the bottom (like the one in the first picture)?  Or did that happen naturally?  Thanks!

And I don't look good in leggings.

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« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2004 07:31:39 AM »

Be-Eeee-AA- Utiful! I like muchos Grin
Love the colors and all that nonsense
Especially the pinks;p
How did you felt yours? Ex. how many times washed exceterea?
« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2004 08:49:21 AM »

Fabulous bags!!  I must make!!  Can someone clarify this "around and around" crochet technique?  

« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2004 09:58:52 AM »

Glad you like them!

Q: One question:  Did you make any increases to have the bag larger at the top than the bottom (like the one in the first picture)?  Or did that happen naturally?  

To be quite honest I'm still figuring out what to to at the end of each round so the shapes are a bit odd and different from eachother...
On the top one it happened automatically because I was kinda randomly picking up stitches at the end. I've mostly done slip stitches at the end of round, then 2 chains and then a DC to start the round again, but haven't decided on what's best yet. If anyone has any good ideas/solutions, let me know!!!

Q: How did you felt yours? Ex. how many times washed exceterea?

Some people measure gauge, do a test felting and figure out percentages and stuff but I'm very 'accidental' when I felt... I like the surprise when you open the machine and see how things turn out!! So I just throw it in the machine, wash on a full cycle, 40 degrees and if it hasn't shrunk enough I wash it again.
If it still isn't to my liking I wash it on 60. It will make it really nice and thick, but also very small...

Q: Can someone clarify this "around and around" crochet technique? 

I'm not good at explaining things, but here it goes. Make a row of chains, DC in 3rd chain from hook keep going until you reach the end. Don't turn and go back on yourself but pick up the loop opposite the loop you just made a DC in. Same chain, other side of it. Continue picking up the 'back' loop of every chain until you get back to the start of your DC's. Hope that makes it a bit clearer..
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« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2004 08:38:30 PM »

I love the handbags.  I've seen the cutest knitted handbags and was sad because I have no idea how to knit.  I'm excited to try it out now.

I was just wondering how big did you have to make the handbag before you felted it?  Oh, and how did you start?

Those are wicked cute handbags.  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: May 07, 2004 07:53:11 PM »

Those are reallllllllllly beautiful pieces.
« Reply #7 on: May 07, 2004 09:09:30 PM »

What is the difference between knitting and crocheting? Is it just the difference between having a hook and not? I've been teaching myself knitting and I don't see the difference between yours and knitting. Your handbags are BEAUTIFUL. Awesome job.
« Reply #8 on: May 10, 2004 01:28:22 PM »

Thanks!  Smiley

What is the difference between knitting and crocheting? Is it just the difference between having a hook and not?

Here's a crochet page you can check out if you want:


Hmm, both methods let you produce a piece of 'solid material' from a string so generally speaking it's kinda the same... Grin

Coolbeans, check out above thread for starting instructions. For a smallish bag I'd probably start with about 40-45 chains. Any more than that and it tends to get a bit tedious working on it after a while... feels like you're neeever going to finish or you run out of yarn.. very upsetting!
« Reply #9 on: May 10, 2004 05:09:22 PM »

I have looked all over for how to felt things...does anyone have a link for a page with instructions?  Thanks very much!
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