This is a very easy beginner bag to make, especially if you have never made a crocheted felted bag before. I made this as a gift for a friend.
1 skein (4 oz) Lamb's Pride Worsted Weight 85%Wool/15%Mohair
Size J Crochet Hook
8 1/2" wide X 6 1/2" high
Bottom: Chain 31, turn, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 29 chs (30 sc total) Row 2-6 sc in both loops in each sc across (30 sc/row.
At the end of row 6, turn work 90 degrees clockwise, evenly space 6 sc along short edge; turn, work 30 sc along foundation chain; turn, work 6 sc along opposite short edge; turn, work 30 more sc along long edge for a total of 72 sc. Do not fasten off.
Place marker through loops of last stitch and move up as you continue each round.
Now, working in BACK LOOPS only, continue to work "in the round" until bag measures approximately 8.5 - 9 inches from beginning (Or until desired height has been reached). Once I was approximately 1 inch from desired height, I sc through BOTH loops for a few rounds before ending. Fasten off. Note: I usually slip stitch into the top stitch of the next 2 scs to get a more even edge at the end of my piece before fastening off.
Attach yarn with a sc in the 15th stitch of long edge and chain 25 for little strap, sc in next (16th) stitch, turn and slip stitch back through each ch to make the strap a little more durable.
Handle Strap: Make 2 Chain 86, turn and hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each stitch across (85 hdc), ch 1, turn, slip stitch along long edge, around side and through each foundation chain to opposite side, ss to first stitch, fasten off. Weave in end strand.
Felt your pieces to desired size, cut small slit approximately 2 inches from each side to place and knot handle straps. (See first image.) Add button on top. You're done!