Northern Lights Handbags Crochet Pattern

Pattern Terms:

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J hook is used in video tutorial to create the purse and the clutch. Beach bag in photo was created using the M hook

-Yarn – Pattern was designed using Bernat Pop. Color for Purse: Full Spectrum, Color for Beach Bag: Paisley Pop, Color for Clutch: Gold Rush River

-Blunt needle


-Optional: Buttons or other embellishments



Sc – Single Crochet (Insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull yarn through stitch, yarn over, pull  through both loops on hook)

Sl st – Slip Stitch (Insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull yarn through, continue to pull yarn through both loops on hook.)

Puff st – Puff Stitch (Yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull through (you will have 3 loops on hook.) Yarn over again, insert hook into same stitch, yarn over & pull through (you will now have 5 loops on your hook) Yarn over one last time, insert hook into same stitch, yarn over & pull through (you now have 7 loops on your hook). Yarn over, pull through all 7 loops on hook. Chain 1 to close puff stitch.

Extra Notes:

In the photo above, you will see the 3 types of handbags made. The purse, the beach bag and the clutch.

Purse Information: (Used just less than 1 skein with strap)

Made with J hook – measures 9” x 9.5” (Strap measures 30”) [Beginning chain 27]

Beach Bag Information: (Used approximately 1 ¼  skein for full with strap)

Made with M hook – measures approximately 12” x 16” [Beginning chain 37]

Clutch Information: (Used less than ½ skein with wrist strap)

Made with J hook – measures approximately 9” x 5” [Beginning chain 27]


Pattern: (Following pattern will create width of purse or clutch (dimensions above in notes) To make size of beachbag, start with ch 37 or longer, making sure to start with odd number chains.)

  1. Chain 27, working into 2nd ch from hook, work 1 sc. 1 sc into each chain down until you reach your last chain, work 3 sc into final chain then turn slightly clockwise to work the opposite side of foundation chain. 1sc into ea chain back to beginning of round, in last chain, work 2 sc. Place stitch marker. (54)
  2. Working directly into 1st st from last row (do not join, do not chain up), work 1 sc into ea stitch around to end. (54)
  3. Repeat round 2, 3 more times working just 1 sc in ea st around. Join after 4th row to 1st sc made in final round. Ch 1, place stitch marker. (54)
  4. Puff stitch into same space as starting chain, ch 1 (This ch 1 is in addition to the chain 1 close of the puff stitch.), *skip next st, puff st into next st, ch 1*. Repeat ** to end of round. Join (27 puff st + 27 ch 1 = 54)
  5. Ch 1, sc into top of 1st puff st, sc into following ch space, *sc into top of next puff st, sc into following ch sp*. Repeat ** to end of round. Join to 1st sc from start of round. (54)
  6. Ch 1, sc into same join ch space, 1 sc into each st around to end. Join to 1st sc from start of round. (54)
  7. Repeat round 6, 2 more times. (54)
  8. Continue working rounds 4 through 7 until you have built your handbag to your desired length.

If you would like to make the flap closure seen in photo above, you will complete round 7 for the final time, decide where you will place your button so you know how long you will need to make the flap, then continue with the following:

  1. After final join from sc repeat round, (do not chain up), work slip stitch into the first 8 st, sc into next 11 st, back loop only of stitch, turn without chaining, work 1 sc into ea of the 11 sc made, *turn without chaining, work 1 sc in ea of the 11 sc*. Repeat ** until your flap is just before the button placement, then work the following after turn, sc into 1st 4 st, ch 3, skip next 3 st, sc into last 4.
  2. Turn, sc into ea 11 stitches, 3 of those sc will be in the chain space.

You can border the flap by continuing with slip st in ea stitch around entire flap. When you reach the flap section connected to the bag, slip stitch into front loops left from beginning single crochets. Finish off.

Rejoin yarn to bag at unfinished side of handbag following the flap, then slip stitch into each st to end of handbag.

Strap: (Picture diagram below)

  1. Chain 3, sc into 2nd and 3rd chain from hook. Turn
  2. Sc into loop on far left end, (see photo #1). Turn slightly to left.
  3. Sc into 2 loops facing you then turn slightly to left, sc into 2 loops now facing you. (See photo #2)
  4. Continue turning project just enough to left to sc into next 2 loops until you have reached the desired length for handbag strap.

Basically, you will be working this in a circle, turning ever so slightly after each sc created. Video for strap



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