Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Crocheted Beach Bag with Seashells

Crocheted Beach Bag with SeashellsSummer is just a hope on the horizon but I'm bringing this up now to give you time to finish it before the heat hits.

I don't exactly spend my summer at the beach but it doesn't mean I don't like beach bags (I like ALL purses and bags) and this simple crocheted bag is a gorgeous tote.

Made from standard cotton thread and worked in a basic chain stitch it's a great project for those just starting to crochet. You work around and around, chain stitching five stitches then attaching the chain with a slip stitch to the loop of chains ahead.

What makes this pattern extra special are the tiny seashell beads worked into the pattern around the bottom. Not only are they pretty and summery but they make the loveliest tinkling sound. Like carrying a soft wind chime over your arm. And if that doesn't say "summer" I don't know what does.

Crocheted Beach Bag with SeashellsFor the pattern, you just need to string all the beads you'll be using onto the end of the yarn before you begin. It's kind of a pain to have to scoot them along as you go but once you get to the part where they're needed you use them up quickly.

To download the pattern as a pdf document please click here.

You'll need 76 shell beads, a size G crochet hook and some Elmore-Pisgah medium/worsted weight cotton yarn. I believe the brand is called Peaches and Cream and the color is ecru. I found a cone (enough to make several bags) for about $7 at Walmart.

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14 comments:

chelle said...

So cute! I want to learn to crochet! Knitting is great but there are so many cute crochet patterns!

illahee said...

that's really lovely. i'm going to have to try that! guess i'm going to the craft store tomorrow!!

Maria Andrelita said...

Beautiful! My mother in law will love this idea. Thanks so much for the pattern!

cndymkr / jean said...

What a great idea. I thought they were just sewn on after the bag was made. See what you can learn here?

Nicole said...

Cute bag! And just downloaded the e-book. Looks great Michelle...cant wait to sit down and read it all!

Scribbit said...

Thanks Nicole--I appreciate that!

Maddy said...

Shells with holes? I like the idea of those. Maybe I need to nip over to Beverly's and see if they stock them. Lovely pattern. Thank you.
Cheers

Damselfly said...

How perfect. Wish I remembered how to crochet.

Sarah @ BecomingSarah.com said...

It is becoming increasingly apparent that you are MUCH more crafty than I am.

Kim N said...

This is great! I am going to pick up some yarn next time I am at Wal-Mart and give it a try. Where did you get your seashell beads?

Chrissy said...

Love this bag. Makes me smile just thinking about those little shells jingling around. :) Thanks for the pattern!

Serena said...

It's so pretty! I want to make one and go swinging off to the beach now!

Mom24 said...

This pattern is off the internet. Do you happen to have it written down? I didn't expect them to take it down so quickly!

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