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How to Crochet a Granny Square Handbag

Difficulty Intermediate
Budget £10 - £30
Time 1+ Days

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Abbreviations

ch – chain st – stitch
sl st – slip stitch ch sp – chain space
sc (dc) – US single crochet (UK double crochet)
dc (tr) – US double crochet (UK treble crochet)

How to make the big granny square

ROW 1 – Using color D for the whole square – Start with a magic ring, work all in ring: ch3 [count as first dc (tr)], work 3 dc (tr), ch 2, [work 4 dc (tr), ch 2] 3 times, sl st in the first st of the row. ROW 2 – ch3 [count as first dc (tr)], work 1 dc (tr) in each of the following 3 st, [2 dc (tr), ch2, 2 dc (tr)] in ch sp, [work 1dc (tr) in each of the following 4 st, [2 dc (tr), ch2, 2 dc (tr)] in ch sp]] 3 times, sl st in the first st of the row.

ROW 3 – ch3 [count as first dc (tr)], work 1 dc (tr) in each of the following 5 st, [2 dc (tr), ch2, 2 dc (tr)] in ch sp, [work 1dc (tr) in each of the following 8 st, [2 dc (tr), ch2, 2 dc (tr)] in ch sp]] 3 times, work 1 dc (tr) in each of the following 2 st, sl st in the first st of the row. ROW 4 – ch3 [count as first dc (tr)], work 1 dc (tr) in each of the following 7 st, [2 dc (tr), ch2, 2 dc (tr)] in ch sp, [work 1dc (tr) in each of the following 12 st, [2 dc (tr), ch2, 2 dc (tr)] in ch sp]] 3 times, work 1 dc (tr) in each of the following 4 st, sl st in the first st of the row, fasten off.

NOTE: For the 2 colored granny square you have to change colors where the chart marks it, you can lay the unused yarn across the tops of the stitches of the previous row and you can hide it while you work your stitches.

How to make the small granny square

ROW 1 – Using color A for the whole square – Start with a magic ring, work all in ring: ch3 [count as first dc (tr)], work 3 dc (tr), ch 2, [work 4 dc (tr), ch 2] 3 times, sl st in the first st of the row. ROW 2 – ch3 [count as first dc (tr)], work 1 dc (tr) in each of the following 3 st, [2 dc (tr), ch2, 2 dc (tr)] in ch sp, [work 1dc (tr) in each of the following 4 st, [2 dc (tr), ch2, 2 dc (tr)] in ch sp]] 3 times, sl st in the first st of the row, fasten off.

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Blocking the squares

Blocking the squares will make them flat and easy to work with, you can use a blocking board or lay them on your mattress and use pins to hold them from the corners. Spray a little water on them and let dry.

Sew the Granny Squares together

1. Set the squares flat, align them so that the sides to be joined are touching each other, you can use markers to help you, using the tapestry needle go in and out the stitches starting from the back and sew the granny squares together as the pictures shows.

2. Use color D yarn to make a band with color D squares, this is going to be the bottom and the sides of the handbag.

3. Use color A yarn to follow the yellow line, use color B yarn to follow the green line, use color C yarn to follow the blue line to sew the squares together. Make two separate pieces as the picture shows and then sew through the middle.

Sew the Handbag 

Using color D yarn work sc (dc) in every st to join the big rectangles to the color D band. Start from one of the sides top corner and follow the line.

Using color A yarn work sc (dc) in every st at the top of the handbag to give it a finished clean look. Start from a corner.

Adding the chain and tassel. 

Add Stainless Steel Rings in the middle of the second granny square from the side, one on each corner. Pass the chain through them. Add tassel.

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