This is a very simple step by step guide to make this chunky big shoulder bag. Just add a big button and some lining! You can even add a little freeform into this crafting endeavour if you wish to produce colourful added texture. Purchase a bag of loose end and weave them in wherever you like. If you want to loosen the crochet stitch for a row or two to produce a loose weave in the main body of the bag adds a little individuality to it! See below image. Notice the ends woven into the design, and a bit of loose weave!
You will need a 10mm (UK) crochet hook or bigger keeping it loose weave. 200g of sari silk ribbon (colours of your choice)!
Single crochet in 2nd chain from hook (2st).
2sc in each ch (4st).
2sc in 1st chain, 1 sc in next 2 chains, 2 sc in last chain (increasing) (6st).
Sc in each chain (6st)
2sc in 1st chain from hook, 1 sc in next 4 ch, 2 sc in last chain, (8sc)
sc in each chain (8sc).
2sc in first chain, 1 sc in next 6 ch, 2sc in last chain (10sc)
sc in each chain (10 sc)
2 sc in 1st chain, 1 sc in next 8 ch, 2 sc in last chain (12 sc)
Repeat above instructions for the second side of the bag.
Sew up sides.
TIP: Turn the bag inside out. This is a little tip. If you turn it inside out you will see that it gives a rounded effect since you are crocheting with chunky yarn it sits really well and you do not see the side seams :-)
Chain 35, turn, sc in each chain from hook for 34 ch. Leave loose ends and you can tie them to each end of the bag rather than sewing handle on.
Keep ends loose on the handle do not weave in. Add the handle to each end of bag and tie to the bag with the loose ends.
Turn the bag inside out. This is a little tip. If you turn it inside out you will see that it gives a rounded effect since you are crocheting with chunky yarn it sits really well and you do not see the side seams :-)
This is where you can use a little freeform and fingers!
Row 1: Single crochet second chain from hook to the end (11st). Ch1. Turn.
Row 2: Single crochet to the end (11st)
NOTE: If you want it to look a little bit more interesting, you can then do a third row and end half way along the strap to add a chunky bit to the strap. See the second bag image. The front part of the strap is wider than the back of the bag.
You can now weave in ends. You don't have to weave in all of them. Leave some flowing and loose (see above cream bag with ends left).
For the loop close you can chain a few stitches (depending on the size of the button) Add a loop to the centre of one side of the bag and a button to the other and voila. A freeform crochet bag made out of recycled sari silk ribbon!