Do you remember the pattern for the cactus appliqué I posted the other day? This is what I ended up doing mine! I had this idea in my head of a small, summery cross-body bag and I just had to make one. And I'm sharing the pattern so that you can make one too!
This bag went through a few different iterations before I came up with the final design. After picking my yarn, I knew that more complicated designs wouldn't work as well. This yarn is just too gorgeous to hide in an intricate pattern. So I decided to keep it simple and let the yarn speak for itself by using the moss stitch. Once the stripes emerged, I instantly started thinking "Arizona," so I'm calling this the Sedona Sunrise Bag.
I used less than 1 skein of I Love This Yarn! in Clay Prairie for the body of the bag. This yarn is awesome for this project because the color changes are long enough to be self-striping, which is often tricky to find when it comes to crocheting. If you're lucky enough to get your hands on a skein of I Love This Yarn! in the coveted Painted Canyon colorway, I think it would be amazing for this bag. But you could also use another worsted weight yarn for the pattern, it will just look different (obviously).
st(s) = stitch(es)
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
rsc = reverse single crochet (crab stitch)
fsc = foundation single crochet
Row 1: sc in the 4th ch from the hook, [ch 1, skip 1 st, sc in the next st] across, turn
Row 2: ch 2, sc in the first ch-1 space, [ch 1, sc in the next ch-1 space] across, ending with a sc in the ch-3 space from the previous row, turn
Row 3: ch 2, sc in the first ch-1 space, [ch 1, sc in the next ch-1 space] across, ending with a sc in the ch-2 space from the previous row, turn
Repeat row 3 until the piece is about 18" long (or until your desired length).
Once the bag is the length you want, fold the bag in half so that the top and bottom of the piece meet. Holding the halves together, switch to the light taupe yarn and sc down the side, across the bottom, and back up the other side (be sure to insert the hook through both halves of the bag to join them together as you go). Work 3 sc in each corner as you go. Once you're done, the bag should be joined together, except for the opening at the top. To finish off the edging, rsc around and then fasten off.
Row 1: fsc 120, turn
(If you don't want to use fsc, you can also ch 121, then sc in the 2nd ch from the hook and in each st across instead)
Row 2: ch 1, sc across (120)
If you'd like to add it, sew the cactus appliqué onto the bag using a tapestry needle and the long yarn ends leftover from the cactus. I placed mine on the lower right hand corner of the bag.
Stitch the straps to both ends of the purse, along the top, using the same yarn and the tapestry needle. Be sure to stitch the handles on securely so that they don't come loose and make sure the handle isn't twisted before you attach it.
And there you have your own Sedona Sunrise Bag!
I hope you enjoy this simple, summery bag! If you make one of your own, it would make my day to see a picture! And, as always, if you have any questions or comments, you can find me in the comment section below or on social media. Happy hooking!
***You're welcome to do whatever you'd like to with finished products made from this pattern but if you do sell them, I ask that you link back to my page. You may not copy this pattern, repost it anywhere (either altered or in its original form), or claim it as your own. You may not use any photos on this site for your own use. ***
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