Crocheted stylish shopper

This crocheted stylish shopper is beautiful and practical at the same time.

You’ll need

  • 8 x 50g balls Nurturing Fibres Eco-Cotton Fawn
  • 4.5mm crochet hook
  • tapestry needle
  • scissors
  • 2 x 60cm leather handles
  • lining fabric (if required)

Measurements 

Width: 43cm; length: 29cm

Abbreviations 

blo – back loop only
ch – chain
flo – front loop only
RS – right side
slst – slip stitch
st/s – stitch/es
tr – treble
trtog – treble together
WS – wrong side

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IMPORTANT PATTERN NOTES

  • Pattern is written in UK terminology.
  • Work ch3 at the beginning of tr rounds. This counts as a stitch.
  • Work 1ch at the beginning of dc rounds. This does not count as a stitch.
  • The pattern is worked with two strands of yarn throughout.
  • For a seamless finish, replace the starting ch3 with a standing tr. There
    are plenty of tutorials for different methods available on YouTube.
  • When crocheting the bottom, count every round after completion.

To make

BOTTOM

Using a 4.5mm hook, and two strands of yarn, loosely make 12ch.

Round 1: Insert hook in 4th ch from hook, work 1tr, 1tr in the next 7 ch, 7tr in the next ch, (now working on the opposite side of the foundation ch), 1tr in the next 7 ch, 5tr in the last ch, close with a slst in the 3rd ch. (28 sts)
Round 2: Ch3, 1tr in each of the next 10 sts, (3tr in next st) 3 times, 1tr in the next 11 sts, (3tr in next st) 3 times, close with a slst in the 3rd ch. (40 sts)
Round 3: Ch3, 1tr in next 10 sts, 2tr in next st, 1tr in next st, (2tr in next 2 sts, 1tr in next st) twice, 2tr in next st, 1tr in next 11 sts, 2tr in next st, 1tr in next st, (2tr in next 2 sts, 1tr in next st) twice, 2tr in next st, close with a slst in 3rd ch. (52 sts)
Round 4: Ch3, 1tr in the next 12 sts, (2tr in next st, 1tr in next st) 5 times, 2tr in next st, 1tr in next 15 sts, (2tr in next st, 1tr in next st) 6 times, 1tr in last st, close with slst in 3rd ch. (64 sts)
Round 5: Ch3, 1tr in the next 11 sts, (2tr in the next st, 1tr in the next 2 sts) twice, 2tr in the next st, 1tr in the next
5 sts, (2tr in the next st, 1tr in the next 2 sts) twice, 2tr in the next st, 1tr in the next 13 sts, (2tr in the next st, 1tr in
the next 2 sts) twice, 2tr in the next st, 1tr in the next 5 sts, (2tr in the next st, 1tr in the next 2 sts) twice, 2tr in the
next st, 1tr in the last st, close with a slst in the 3rd ch. (76 sts)
Round 6: Ch3, 1tr in the next 12 sts, (2tr in the next st, 1tr in the next 3 sts) twice, 2tr in the next st, 1tr in the next
6 sts, (2tr in the next st, 1tr in the next 3 sts) twice, 2tr in the next st, 1tr in the next 14 sts, (2tr in the next st, 1tr in
the next 3 sts) twice, 2tr in the next st, 1tr in the next 6 sts, (2tr in the next st, 1tr in the next 3 sts) twice, 2tr in the
next st, 1tr in the last st, close with a slst in the 3rd ch. (88 sts)
Round 7: Ch3, 1tr in the next 13 sts, (2tr in the next st, 1tr in the next 4 sts) twice, 2tr in the next st, 1tr in the next 7
sts, (2tr in the next st, 1tr in the next 4 sts) twice, 2tr in the next st, 1tr in the next 15 sts, (2tr in the next st, 1tr
in the next 4 sts) twice, 2tr in the next st, 1tr in the next 7 sts, (2tr in the next st, 1tr in the next 4 sts) twice, 2tr in the
next st, 1tr in the last st, close with a slst in the 3rd ch. (100 sts)
Round 8: Ch3, 1tr in the next 14 sts, (2tr in the next st, 1tr in the next 5 sts) twice, 2tr in the next st, 1tr in the next 8 sts, (2tr in the next st, 1tr in the next 5 sts) twice, 2tr in the next st, 1tr in the next 16 sts, (2tr in the next st, 1tr in the
next 5 sts) twice, 2tr in the next st, 1tr in the next 8 sts, (2tr in the next st, 1tr in the next 5 sts) twice, 2tr in the
next st, 1tr in the last st, close with a slst in the 3rd ch. (112 sts) Fasten off.

SIDES

With RS facing, using a 4.5mm hook, and 2 strands of yarn, join yarn to the back loop of any stitch on either side of the oval (use a different st, not where the previous join was made).

Round 1: Ch3, work 1blo-tr in each st around, close with a slst through the blo of the 3rd ch. (112sts)
Round 2: Ch3, *1flo-tr in next st, 1blo-tr in next st*, rep from * all around to last st, 1flo-tr in last st, close with slst in the flo of the 3rd ch.
Round 3: Ch3, *1blo-tr in next st, 1flo-tr in next st*, rep from * all around to last st, 1blo-tr in last st, close with slst in the blo of the 3rd ch.
Round 4: Rep round 2, but close with slst through both loops of the 3rd ch.
Round 5: This round is worked through both loops. Ch3, 1tr in the next 12 sts, 2tr in the next st, *1tr in the next 13 sts, 2tr in the next st*, rep from * all around, close with a slst in the blo of the 3rd ch. (120 sts)
Round 6-8: Rep round 2-4.
Round 9: This round is worked through both loops. Ch3, 1tr in the next 13 sts, 2tr in the next st, *1tr in the next 14 sts, 2tr in the next st*, rep from * all around, close with a slst in the blo of the 3rd ch. (128 sts)
Round 10-19: Rep round 2-3.

EDGING 

Round 1: Ch1, 1dc in same sp, sk next 3 sts, 9tr in next st, sk next 3 sts, *1dc in next st, sk next 3 sts, 9tr in next st,
sk next 3 sts*, rep from * all around, close with a slst in first dc.
Round 2: Ch2, 4trtog over the next 4 tr, ch4, 1dc in next tr (5th tr of prev round’s scallop), *ch4, 9trtog over next (4tr,
1dc, 4tr), ch4, 1dc in next tr*, rep from all around, 4trtog over next 4tr, close with slst in starting 5trtog.
Round 3: Ch3, 4tr in the same sp, *1dc in next dc, 9tr in next 9trtog*, rep from * all around, 4tr in the same space as the starting ch3, close with slst in 3rd ch.

FINISHING

Weave in loose ends, sew straps in place and line if preferred.

ABOUT THE YARN

Eco-Cotton is an all-purpose yarn with 125m to a ball. It is 100% cotton and hand-dyed in South Africa. Visit Nurturingfibres.com for stockists.

DESIGNED AND CROCHETED FOR NURTURING FIBRES BY BRENDA GROBLER  AND PHOTO: DYLAN SWART

Magazine issue date: May, 2017

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