Vintage Crochet Square Motif Hand Bag

Materials:

3 Balls Ecru Cordonnet Crochet Thread No. 10.
1 Steel Crochet Hook No. 5.
10 plastic rings, one half inch in diameter





Forty-eight medallions are needed for this bag, and they are made first, as follows:

Chain 10, join in a ring and in the ring work 16 single crochet.
2nd round: 1 single crochet in first stitch of preceding round, picked up on the double thread. Chain 5, 1 treble crochet each in the next 3 single crochet, chain 5, 1 single crochet in the next stitch. Repeat from * around the ring, 4 shells in all, and fasten off.





When all the medallions have been made join them as follows

Make 1 treble crochet in the center treble crochet at one side of one of the medallions, chain 5, 1 treble crochet in same stitch, chain 7, make 2 treble crochet with 5 chain between in the center stitch of next side of medallion, and repeat around, ending the round with 7 chain stitches caught to the first treble crochet of the round.
2nd round: Slip stitch to the center of the space between first 2 trebles of preceding round. Chain 8, 1 double crochet in same space, chain 2, turn and make 1 treble crochet in the center stitch of one of the shells of second medallion, turn and make 1 double crochet in first stitch of chain around first medallion, chain 2, skip 2 chain, 1 double crochet in the next, chain 2, skip 2 chain, 1 double crochet in the next, turn and make 1 treble crochet in the center of the second shell of second medallion, turn, 1 double crochet in space between treble crochet of first medallion, chain 5, 1 double crochet in same space. Chain 2, turn, 1 treble crochet in the center of first shell of third medallion, turn, 1 double crochet in first chain along first medallion, chain 2, skip 2 chain, 1 double crochet in the next, chain 2, skip 2, 1 double crochet in the next, turn and make 1 treble crochet in the center of the second shell of third medallion, chain 2, 1 double crochet between treble crochet of first medallion. Continue the work along the third medallion. Turn, chain 5, 1 treble crochet where last treble crochet was worked, chain 7, 2 treble crochet with 5 chain between in the center of next shell of third medallion, chain 7, trebles and chain in next shell. chain 7, 1 treble in center of next shell (already worked into), chain 2, 1 single crochet in 5-chain loop below, chain 2, 1 treble crochet in center of first shell of second medallion (already worked into) chain 7, 2 trebles with 5 chain between in next shell, chain 7, 2 trebles with 5 chain in next shell, chain 7, treble in center of next shell, chain 2, catch to double crochet of first medallion, turn, chain 3. catch in center of chain loop of first medal lion, chain 2, 1 double crochet in space before catching to first medallion, work around as instructed for the first medallion, catching to the fourth medallion on the first 2 corners, and to the fifth medallion also on the second corner. Catch to the second corner of the fifth medallion when crossing from third to the second medallion, and there omit the chain stitches between the double crochet.

Work row after row in this way. always catching in extra medallions, until there are 4 medallions in the final row. Lay this piece of work aside and make another piece like it for the other side of the point of the bag. Then work the joining rows round and round, always, catching in new medallions, until all the medallions have been joined.

Finish the top of the bag with a picot round, as follows :

Make 1 single crochet in the space at one of the points. Chain 5, catch in the first chain made for a picot, repeat from beginning until 4 single crochet and 3 picots have been made in the same space, work 1 single crochet and 1 picot in each space to the next point, and repeat from beginning around the top of the bag. Join and fasten off.

Work the unfinished side edges of the medallions at the bottom of the bag, then overhand shut.

The drop ornaments at the bottom of the bag are made as follows :

Chain 2 and work 5 single crochet in the first chain made. Work round and round, increasing 5 times in each round, and having the wrong side of the work out. until there are 20 stitches in the round. Work 2 rounds without increasing, then narrow 5 times in each round, stuffing the drop with cotton before working the final round. Chain 10, catch in bottom point of bag, chain 10, catch to drop and fasten off. Make 3 drops for each side in the same way, spacing them evenly apart.

Take 10 plastic rings, one-half an inch in diameter, cover them with single crochet and sew them to the bag on a line with the center of the second row of medallions from the top, spacing them evenly apart.





Then crochet the cords as follows

Chain 7 and join in a ring, and in the ring work 7 single crochet. On these 7 single crochet work round and round, picking up on the back thread, until the cord is 32 inches long. Run it through the ring, and join the ends, knotting the cord to conceal the joining. Make a second cord exactly like the first, and line the bag with tan silk.

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