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The Simplicity and Enjoyment of Crocheting

Aug 17, 2007
Crochet purses are a classic and stylish replacement for leather or vinyl purses. Not only that, they are inexpensive and fun to make!

Finding the perfect pattern for your crochet purse is the easy part. There are literally thousands of purse patterns available for free online. From a traditional granny square bag to a freeform purse, from a ruffled handbag to Star Spangled clutch, you are sure to find what you want online. (Of course, if you want to have a picture of Whinny the Pooh or Mickey Mouse on your purse, you will have to pay for a commercial pattern.)

Now that you have your pattern, you are ready to start crocheting. The art of crochet is deceptively simple: all you need is a ball of yarn and a single hook. With these two things, you can create a single piece of fabric made by using the hook to loop and loop the yarn. By using different sizes of hooks, or varying the thickness, texture or color of the yarn, you can create endlessly innovative creations. The only limit when you are crocheting is your imagination.

The great thing about making your own purse, is that you can design it any way you like. The easiest designs are solid patterns, or basic geometrical patterns such as stripes or checks. Even with simple patterns, you can make your purse interesting by using different textures. At the more advanced end of the spectrum, you can actually crochet images onto your purse, although you should get a lot of practice with more simple designs before tackling such an ambitious project.

Nonetheless, despite the endless possibilities, if you are working on your first crochet pattern, you should probably stick to ones that use basic stitches such as the Afghan stitch, the puff stitch, or the V stitch. Trying more advanced stitches your first time out, such as the Tunisian Purl stitch, the double crochet cluster stitch, or the reverse popcorn stitch could leave you with a very mangled purse with oblong sides. (Of course, if anyone asks, you can always just say that you are trying to take crochet to new levels!) Indeed, before trying to crochet your own purse, it would probably be best to first try crocheting smaller items, such as coasters, or granny squares you can eventually incorporate into a larger project.

Making crochet purses can be a great hobby for you. It is an incredibly relaxing hobby that will leave you with stylish and functional purses. And best of all, it will make you part of a centuries old tradition.
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Byran Kempa for Crochet Source - A site with news and articles on crocheting and crochet patterns such as crochet cape patterns.
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