Help your child create their own fashion style with this easy-to-make, yet stylish shoulder bag and accessories set. It can be used in the home as part of role-playing or outside as part of their everyday look. This project is both a parenting and crafting win, letting you indulge in crafting time, with a finished project that your child will love.
The crochet pattern includes:
– Standard US and UK instructions
– Clear photos for both left-handed and right-handed crocheters
This is an easy level crochet pattern. The techniques involved are US single crochet (UK double crochet), US double crochet (UK treble crochet), working in front and back loops, chaining, and working in spiral, un-joined rounds and rows.
The bag is approximately 5 inches wide and 6 inches long (13cm wide and 15cm long)
Necklace and bracelet can be made to fit any size.
My two young girls absolutely love to dress up, both inside the home and out. Whether it’s fancy dress , partywear, or a carefully curated outfit, they love to look the part. And, naturally, alongside any special outfit, there needs to be the right kind of accessories. Especially bags!
And it doesn’t just seem to be my kids that are fascinated with bags, many of my mum-friends tell me similar stories with their little ones. So one day, after another round of the girls “borrowing” my spare handbag to fill it up with precious things, I decided to come up with something special that they could call their own.
It had to be easy to make, as I would be making two of them, but I also wanted it to look stylish, that the girls would not grow out of.
At the time I designed the bag, the girls and I were taking daily walks around the neighbourhood watching all the beautiful spring flowers start to come through, so flowers were the natural choice of decoration. I then choose a simple single crochet stitch (UK double crochet), working in front and back loops, to create a lovely, textured fabric. I also designed a matching bracelet and necklace to complete the look.
Finally came the choice of colour, and the decision that every parent dreads. Do I use the same colour for both children to stop any potential arguments or do I use different colours to recognise that they are separate and unique individuals? My eldest has recently decided that blue is her favourite colour, so that was an easy decision. My youngest loves all the colours of the rainbow, and so I chose yellow, to match the care-free joy that she lives her life by.
They were both delighted with the finished results and I’m happy to say that the bags, necklaces and bracelets have been in constant use ever since.
Below is the pattern for the necklace and the bracelet. The ad-free, printer friendly, full pattern, including the crochet pattern for the shoulder bag, is available through Etsy or Ravelry. What colour will you choose for your child?
PATTERN FOR NECKLACE/BRACELET
- You can use any cotton DK or light weight yarn, just check the length of the initial starting chain otherwise the finished item may end up bigger or smaller than desired. I have used the following cotton yarn:
- Rico Design Ricorumi DK in Light Blue (033) or Vanilla (005) 25g (yarn A)
- Rico Design Ricorumi DK in Rose (008) 25g (yarn B)
- 3.5mm crochet hook
- Yarn needle
- One button 2 cm in diameter for the necklace
- One button 2 cm in diameter for the bracelet
- I have used US crochet stitch terms for this post. Check out Tutorials & Guides in the main menu for a US to UK stitch conversion guide. The PDF version has both US and UK instructions.
- The necklace, and bracelet are worked in rows, turning at the end of each row.
- The flower is worked in continuous (spiral) rounds, with right side facing at all times. Do not turn or join at end of each round unless instructed.
Bracelet or necklace (Make 1)
The below sizing was made as a bracelet for an 8-year-old. Use the same instructions for the necklace, making a longer starting chain to begin with. Make the starting chain length longer or shorter to fit your child’s (or your own) wrist or neck. As a guide, I started with 63 chain for a necklace for my 8-year-old (including the additional 5 ch for the button).
With yarn A, 28 ch (or an even number of chains to loose-fit wrist or neck), plus an additional 5 ch (for the button). (33)
Row 1. Skip 2 ch (count as 1 sc), 1 sc in each ch to end, turn. (32)
Row 2. 1 ch (counts as 1 sc), skip 1 st, *1 sc into BL of next st, 1 sc into FL of next st; rep from * to end, ending 1 sc into top of tch, turn. (32)
Row 3. 1 ch (counts as 1 sc), skip 1 st, 1 sc into BL of next st, 3 ch, skip 3 sts, *1 sc into BL of next st, 1 sc into FL of next st; rep from * to end, ending 1 sc into top of tch, turn. (32)
Row 4-5. 1 ch (counts as 1 sc), skip 1 st, *1 sc into BL of next st, 1 sc into FL of next st; rep from * to end, ending 1 sc into top of tch, turn. (32)
Flower (Make 1)
Work in continuous (spiral) rounds
With yarn B, 2 ch. (2)
Round 1. Work 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. (6 sts, do not include the 1st ch in the stitch count)
Round 2. *Sl st into FL of next sc, 3 ch, sl st into FL of same sc; rep from * 5 times (6 petals)
Round 3. *Sl st into BL of next sc from round 1 (behind the petal from round 2), 2 ch, 2 dc into BL of same sc from round 1, 2 ch, sl st into BL of same sc from round 1; rep from * 5 times (6 petals)
Fasten off, and leave long end to attach flower
1. Sew the button to the end of the bracelet that does not have the buttonhole
2. Sew the flower to the bracelet
I hope your children enjoy the bracelet and necklace as much as mine do. If you are interested in making the matching bag you can find the complete crochet pattern, for the shoulder bag and accessories over on Etsy or Ravelry. I’d love to see your finished project, you can link to me on Ravelry, or visit my Facebook page
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