By Crochet Contributors Sara & Helen. Follow them on their blog, Sunflower Cottage Crochet.
Along with our Stitch of the Week, we’re including a Pattern of the Week that goes with the corresponding stitch of the week. This week, it’s the Wattle Stitch and this is the handbag pattern to go with it!
We like to include these as a free pattern to you, so that you have something to make with that new stitch you just learned.
These patterns are also usually small and do not require a lot of yarn or time to do. We hope you enjoy this pattern and the Wattle stitch as much as we do!
- Worsted Weight Cotton Yarn – less than 140 yards of
- Size H (5 mm) Crochet Hook—this is the usual hook size for worsted weight yarns.
- Yarn Needle—for weaving in ends.
- Stitch Markers (optional)
My bag was 7 x 8 inches
- dc–double crochet
- sc–single crochet
- ss–slip stitch
- FSC – foundation single crochet
- Written in US terms
- Ch1 does not count as a stitch
The wattle stitch consists of a [sc, ch1 and a dc] all into the ch1 spaces of the previous row.
We have a how to video on our YouTube channel that will show you exactly how to do this stitch. You can find it here.
FOUNDATION SINGLE CROCHET–
This is a really nice alternative to using a chain to start and, in my opinion, will give a much better finish on the vast majority of projects.
You can find a good tutorial on how to do this here.
Row 1— FSC 36.
Working along the bottom of the fsc row you have just created sc across 36 stitches and ss to the first fsc you made.
Row 2— Ch1, sc around, ss to join (72 stitches)
Row 3— Repeat row 2
Row 4— Ch1, *[sc, ch1, 1dc] in the same st, sk2* rep between * and * around, ss to first sc
Row 5— Turn, ss Into the next ch1 sp, *[sc, ch1, 1dc] in the same st, sk2* rep between * and * around, ss to first sc
Rows 6-19— Repeat row 5
Rows 20-22— Ch1, sc In each st around, ss to join (72 stitches)
Row 23— Note: this Is where you create the handles
Ch1, sc In next 10 stitches, ch15, sk15, sc In next 22 stitches, ch15, sk15, sc In last 10 stitches. SS to join
Row 24— Ch1, sc in each st around and 15sc in each ch15 space. SS to join.If you find that your starting stitch has moved around whilst you have been working – It happens to a lot of people! – then lay your work flat before doing this row, work out where the middle 15 stitches are on both sides of the bag and use stitch markers to denote the first and last. SC around to the first stitch marker, ch15, sc from second stitch marker to the third marker, ch15 and sc from the fourth marker to the beginning of the row. ss to join.
FO, weave in ends. Embellish as you please 🙂