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A Lively Handbag

I have not exactly been going to bed early the last week or so and that is for a very good reason, if I may say so myself. I allowed myself to indulge in a spot of my all time favourite crochet discipline, namely tapestry crochet.

I have harboured the idea for a colourful handbag for a while but never got around to doing the number crunching to make it possible to manifest. However, the Tinahely Arts Group are having huge Culture Night celebrations on Friday September 23rd and one of the events is a group exhibition at the Riverside Business Centre and I thought my Live Life * Love Life Tapestry Handbag would lend itself to an outing for that.

There is nothing like a deadline to focus the mind and this is the result of my labour.

Life life - love life tapestry crochet handbag detail 1 by Irene LundgaardLive Life * Love Life Handbag © Irene Lundgaard 2011

Life life - love life tapestry crochet handbag by Irene LundgaardLive Life * Love Life Handbag © Irene Lundgaard 2011

Life life - love life tapestry crochet handbag detail 2 by Irene LundgaardLive Life * Love Life Handbag © Irene Lundgaard 2011

I rolled out a large ball of the wonderful Kauni Effektgarn. The colours are rich and clever – they inspire me every time I have a ball about the place. It’s actually not just the colours that inspire me, but also the coarseness of the wool and not least the wonderful scent of lanolin that emits as one works through the ball of yarn resulting in baby soft hands. The contrast colours are worked in Einband from Ístex, another one of my all time favourite yarns which is coarse too. Coarse yarns are great for stitch definition, a vital ingredient in anything I crochet.

I used simple, classical bamboo handles which I got at The Yarn Room, they are ‘au naturel’ which plays well with the yarn, while they, at the same time, are delicate enough to give the bag balance. They make the most wonderful clicking sound when one grabs the two handles together.

Oh yes, the aesthetics of a handbag…

The pattern is available in UK as well as US terminology and it is also available in Danish.

I love the material of the bag and not least the sentiment of the writing on the bag. I hope you will enjoy this bag as much as I do too!

Approx 30cm x 30cm / 12in x 12in.
100g / 4oz Kauni Effect Yarn EQ;
1 x 50g / 2oz Einband Lopi 9028 – A or single colour Kauni;
1 x 50g / 2oz Einband Lopi 1770 – B or single colour Kauni.
Approx 60cm / 24in length of rope (approx 3-4mm / 1/8 in diameter);
2 D-shaped cane handles;
Approx 100cm / 40in of leather strap in contrast colour for tying on handle.
Hooks & Notions:
2.5 mm crochet hook, tapestry needle.
Tension: Approx 26 sts x 26 rows to 10 cm / 4 in.
Special skills:
This bag is worked in tapestry crochet. The design pattern is worked from a chart only, all other instructions are written. I would classify the level of difficulty as intermediate.

€ 3.50

The pattern will be sent to you by E-mail as a PDF-file ready to print with both UK and US terminology or in Danish if that is your chosen language. It will be sent to you within 24 hours of your purchase.

The pattern is also available in my Ravelry shop and can be found here: buy now

11 replies on “A Lively Handbag”

Monika, thank you so much for your kind words! I must say, I do adore it myself. You know what I mean, don’t you? 😉

Fuur, jeg glæder mig allerede!

Nic, ta luv, I really had a fabulous time making it!

Mairin, it was great fun to make! Thank you for your kind comment!

Jenny, the yarn is really doing all the work but I really do LURV that yarn!

Happened upon your site b way of
Both bags are beautiful. Where can I get more information on Tapestry crocheting?

You are so talented.

Love from Houston, TX

I see your last comment was in 12/2011 but, still just had to say something. I found your bag on Pinterest…and must say it is AMAZING. I love tapesry crochet. I am off to look to see if there is a pattern to buy for this beauty…I just love it. Fingers crossed.

Tija, Thank you, it was great fun to make!

Susan, Google or Search YouTube where you will find all sorts of goodies.

DeAnna, thank you so much for your kind comment. There is not pattern yet for this bag, but it is very much in the making and I will put it up on the website here, once it’s done.

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