Fast and Fabulous: Reticule

Dec 1, 2011
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This quick and easy reticule makes a great gift. The lining keeps smaller items such as change, keys, lipstick, or a small music-player and earbuds safely tucked away. This small bag is also a fabulous way to present a small gift, such as jewelry.

Designer: Mishon Wallace
Finished Size:
4" wide and 7" long, closed.
Aunt Lydia's Fashion Crochet Thread Size 3 (100% mercerized cotton; 150 yd [137 m]): #625 sage, 1 ball. Yarn distributed by Coats & Clark.
Hook Size:
C/2 (2.75 mm) steel hook. Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.
1" curtain ring; lining fabric; yarn needle.
25 sts and 12 rows = 4" in dc.


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KZerby wrote
on Jan 1, 2012 11:10 PM

Hello!  I am working on this lovely project and all has gone well until I began the "Closure" step.  When it says to "hold the top opening folded flat," should the first set of chain 24's be on the side of the bag or in the middle?  I can't seem to visualize how to proceed from there.  Am I correct in thinking that the chains pass through from one side to the other and are the method of closing the bag?  I'll keep trying, but if anyone can explain this to me, I'd be grateful.  Thanks so much, Kris.

on Jan 10, 2012 9:21 PM


If you are looking at the front of the bag, with the beginning at the bottom and Row 12 at the top, the first set of 24 chains will be on the right.  After chaining 24 you will single crochet to the 1" plastic ring.  Then you will chain 24 again and attach to the bag.

To attach to the bag, lay the bag flat so that the openings on the front of Row 11 are on top of the openings on the back of Row 11.  To attach to the bag you will insert your hook from back to front, through the 1st set of front and back openings, on the right of the bag).  You will single crochet around the single crochet between the triple crochet on the front of Row 10.

Then you will chain 24 and attach to the ring again.

Then you will chain 24 and attach to the bag again.

If you take the above instructions slowly and one step at a time, this should help.  If not, let me know and I will try to break it down even more.


dianlynn wrote
on Jan 14, 2012 11:15 PM

Hello Mishon, Such a beautiful and fun project but like Kris, I seem to be having the same problem with the CLOSURE RND.  Your explanation to Kris looks very helpful so I will follow through tomorrow and let you know how I did.  Thank you for the unique reticule  pattern, it will make a lovely gift.   Be Well, Dian

on Jan 16, 2012 6:39 PM
on Jan 16, 2012 6:41 PM


I'm glad you like the pattern.   Please let me know if you need more clarification.


krlawson wrote
on Feb 21, 2012 5:08 PM
I've also been frustrated trying to close this! Am anxious to try the clarification here....since others have not come back, I'm hoping this has helped them!
on Feb 27, 2012 8:19 PM

Dear KRLawson, and others,

I'm sorry this has been confusing.  It is difficult to explain so here are some pictures which I hope will help.

Rnd 1-9 are in green.  Rnd 10 is in red.  Rnd 11 is in yellow.  Rnd 12 is in blue.  The chains are in orange.

This first photo shows the reticule worked through Rnd 12 and beginning the closure.  The first chain is complete. 

This second photo shows making a sc onto the ring.

This third photo shows inserting the hook from back to front on Rnd 11.  You will be going in back to front in the spaces furthest to the right.  There is one space on the back of the reticule and one space on the front of the reticule.  This picture only shows going into the back space.

This fourth picture shows the hook going from back to front through both spaces.  The hook is poised to pick up the red horizontal ch 1 on the top of Rnd 10.

This fifth photo shows picking up the horizontal ch 1 on the top of Rnd 10.  You will bring it through both spaces to the back of the reticule.

This sixth photo shows the back of the reticule.  Here you can see the horizontal red ch 1 which has been brought through to the back of the reticule.

This last photo shows the sc over the red horizontal ch 1.

From here you will make the next ch and sc to the ring, being very careful to keep it from twisting.  Then you will make the next ch and repeat the above procedure to attach to the bag.  You will insert your hook back to front, in the second set of spaces on the back and front of the bag.  You will pick up the horizontal ch 1 from the top of Rnd 10 and pull it through to the back.  You will sc over the horizontal ch 1 and your next set is complete.

Continue with the third spaces from the right and so on.  You will end up on the left side of the bag with 20 chains.  You will then make a chain, attach to the ring and crochet over the sc on the ring as described in the pattern.  You will cover the rest of the ring as described in the pattern.  Last, you will make a ch and join to the left side of the bag.  You will have a total of 22 chains for the closure.  Finish off.

I sure hope these pictures help.


gurl_angel_7 wrote
on Mar 6, 2013 4:15 PM

I cant find the complete pattern!!! Help I need to finish the reticule gifts I am making. PLEASE HELP ASAP!!!

Mishon wrote
on May 15, 2013 8:04 AM

Dear girl_angel_7:

I was supposed to be receiving emails when someone comments here, but that setting changed and I didn't see your post until this morning.

If you go to the top of this page and click on "Shop," you will be taken to the Interweave Store.  Enter "reticule" in the search bar and you will be taken to a page of reticule and related patterns.  This pattern is available for download fo $5.50.


PennyM@8 wrote
on May 31, 2013 8:30 PM

Hello!  I made this for my Mother for Mother's Day this year.  She LOVES it!  

I was also having issues with the closure, but the additional instructions posted here cleared up the problems I was having. 

Thanks for the fun pattern!

Mishon wrote
on Jun 1, 2013 8:05 AM

Dear PennyM,

So glad your Mother likes it!  And I'm glad the additional directions and pictures helped.

Happy Crocheting!