A little while ago, Biggie told me she was going “to the shops”. She came back with an armful of wooden eggs, a couple of wooden milk bottles, and a felt lettuce. As she struggled to hold it all and show me her goodies, I realised she needed a little shopping bag of sorts, so she could trot around to her heart’s content.
Not having a sewing machine (I will one day, I swear!), I sat down with some scrap yarn and made a simple little bag for her to use. It didn’t take long, maybe a night or two, and she has been happily taking it everywhere, holding an assortment of toddler ephemera. She loves it! And more to the point, so do I. It’s very cute!
I made this little pink one for Smalls and wrapped it up for Christmas. There’s still plenty of time if you’d like to whip up a couple for your babes – they’re rather newbie-crocheter friendly! The one on the left is Smalls’s, and the one on the right is Biggie’s. I didn’t make Smalls’s too much smaller, as she’s growing so fast. So it’s the same pattern as the one on the right, except I used a 4.0mm hook, and Biggie’s I did with a 5.0mm hook. (Biggie is 2.5 years old and this comes to her hip).
Free Crochet Pattern: Little Handbags for Kids
You will need:
either a 4.0mm or 5.0mm hook
2 balls 8ply yarn (for Biggie’s I used Cleckheaton Folklore Natural wool and alpaca blend, and Magnum soft 8ply. For Smalls’s I just used the Magnum soft in two colours).
1. sc in each, then continue sc around the other side (the bottom of the work) so you are sc in each side of the original chain. Sl st to join at the point where you started the sc.
2. sc in each all the way around to the starting point. Sl st to join.
3. Sc in back loops only all the way around. Sl to join. This will create a little base for the bag so it can open out a bit wider and fit more goodies in 🙂
4-6. sc in each.
7-24 . Change colour if you like, and sc in each.
25-26. Change colour and sc in each.
To make the handle:
You can finish off above and start the handle anew, but I don’t bother. I just did 4 sc somewhere near where it looked like the sides of the bag would be. I then ch 1, turn, and sc in each. I continued that pattern for as long as necessary to match Biggie’s height (she had 49 rows of 4sc, and one row of sl st attaching it to the bag. Smalls’s was a little bit shorter.
The flower pattern I used for the decoration was the one I always use (I love it!).