Fleuri: A bag in blossom

Dec 29, 2005
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by Julie Holetz

Introduction

Fleuri BagI’ve dreamed of this bag for a couple of years. Every once in a while I would pick up some yarn and give it a try, but it just wouldn’t come out right. Then, one very gray, very rainy Seattle morning I picked up a chunky, bright fuchsia yarn and started again. As I dreamed of spring and all that’s blooming the bag made itself.

This bag is pretty versatile in design. If you want a slightly less blooming bag, then fasten off your petals after only a couple of rows. If you want fewer layers of petals, just fasten off and pick up the yarn after a round or two and start the petals again. It can be made into a larger bag or a smaller one like a coin purse. You can even do petals on both sides of the bag for an exploding blooms bag, just work the back of the bag as you do for the front. A lining can be added, but since I’m slightly intimidated by sewing I like the option of not having to line. So using the chunky/bulky yarn and medium sized hook makes it sturdy enough to keep from stretching.

Materials List

  • About 165 yards chunky or bulky weight yarn. (Sample used Bernat Softee Chunky (68 yards/1.34 oz/50g) in Hot Fuschia.)
  • Size J/6mm hook (if you want a sturdier or bulkier bag try a smaller hook)
  • Stitch marker
  • Yarn needle for weaving ends
  • Two acrylic ring handles

Gauge

There is really no gauge as the bag can be done in any size. Using a smaller hook would make the bag smaller and more sturdy; using a larger hook or a worsted weight yarn would give it more drape, and you would probably need to have a lining added to counter any stretching.

Notes

Back of bag is done in both loops.

The entire body of the bag is made as a spiral, so you will not join to the beginning of the round. Your first stitch will always be where the marker is. You will need to place a stitch marker to mark the beginning of each round. You will always end each round with 2 hdc in the last stitch. When doing a two-color bag, work the back loop only rounds in the color of the flower and work the remaining rounds and back in the second color.

US pattern notations used
Ch = chain
St = stitch
Sl st = slip stitch
Sc = single crochet
Hdc = half double crochet

The Pattern

Begin

Ch 3, this counts as your first hdc.

markerRnd 1: 1 hdc in 3 rd chain from hook 7 times. Place marker (the safety pin in the photo marks where you will begin round 2. – 8 hdc

Rnd 2: 2 hdc in first st of next round, 2 hdc in each st around.  Move marker up.  – 16 hdc

Rnd 3: 1 hdc in first st. 2 hdc in next st, (1 hdc in next, 2 hdc in next) repeat around. Move marker up. – 24 hdc

Rnd 4: 1 hdc in first st. 1 hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next (1 hdc in each of next two sts, 2 hdc in next st) repeat around. Move marker up. – 32 hdc.

Rnd 5: 1 hdc in first st. 1 hdc in next two sts, 2 hdc in next st, (1 hdc in next three sts, 2 hdc in next st) repeat around. Move marker up. – 40 hdc.

Rnd 6: 1 hdc in first st. 1 hdc in next three sts 2 hdc in next st, (1 hdc in next four sts, 2 hdc in next st) repeat around. Move marker up. – 48 hdc.

Rnd 7: 1 hdc in first st. 1 hdc in next four sts, 2 hdc in next st, (1 hdc in next five sts, 2 hdc in next st) repeat around. Move marker up. – 56 hdc.

Rnd 8: 1 hdc in first st. 1 hdc in next five sts, 2 hdc in next st, (1 hdc in next six sts, 2 hdc in next st) repeat around. Move marker up. – 64 hdc.

Rnd 9: 1 hdc in first st. 1 hdc in next six sts, 2 hdc in next st, (1 hdc in next seven sts, 2 hdc in next st) repeat around. – 72 hdc.

Next, Sc in first st, sl st in next and fasten off. These sts will help smooth out the end of the last round.

Repeat pattern for front of bag working in back loop only for rounds 1-7. Work in both loops on rounds 8 and 9.

Petal Pattern: (Hdc, dc, dc) in the next st. (Dc three times) in the next st. (Dc, dc, hdc in the next st). Sl st in the next two sts.

Petals are done on the front of the bag in the exposed top loops from each round.

Starting in the middle, or anywhere else your heart desires, pull yarn through and sl st in the next st.

Rnd 1: *Place (sc, hdc, hdc) in the next st, (hdc, hdc, sc) in the next st. Sl st in next two sts*. Repeat ** pattern 2 more times.

Rnds 2-5: Begin Petal Pattern, spiraling your way around the bag. Sl st to next st and fasten off.

Attaching the handlesFinishing: With right sides facing, sew the last round together for about 45 sts. Fasten off and turn right side out. Starting 6 sts to the right of the center at the top of the bag, join ring to bag with a sl st and work 13 sc around the acrylic handles. Turn the bag over and repeat for the other handle. Weave in ends.

 

 


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Beth Salwaechter wrote
on Apr 29, 2006 9:08 AM

I wanted to let you know I love this bag. I actually crocheted in larger and in wool and then felted the bag. Just love it. I actually have pictures on my yahoo 360 blog-- http://360.yahoo.com/tallyhoney

Bonita wrote
on Aug 11, 2006 10:01 AM

Thanks for this pattern. I crocheted it in wool yarn and felted it and the flower really stood out beautifully. Had to add a few more rows to the purse in order to make it large enough after felting, but that's OK. I made a wool shoulder strap that was felted as well and will have a snap closing.

sockey wrote
on Aug 13, 2006 9:33 AM

Just love this!! The rose is my fav. flower and purses are 1 of my fav. things!! Thanks!

Shelle Cain wrote
on Aug 13, 2006 4:27 PM

I love the bag! It's my favorite color, too. Thanks for sharing. :)

luiza wrote
on Aug 26, 2006 12:59 PM
very beautiful :D~

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Mary Rhudy wrote
on Oct 13, 2006 11:23 AM

This purse is just too pretty. But have I been good enough to deserve it??? Heck yeah!! I love this lady's designs. Theyare so therpeutic to work on. THANK YOU!!!

sheela wrote
on Nov 9, 2006 2:36 PM

I wanted to thank you, Julie, for sharing your patterns; they are simple and beautiful. I recently came across your pattern "Baby Its Cold Outside" for a kimono-style baby sweater and tried it yesterday - came out great. I am sure I am going to try this bag soon and maybe give away a few as christmas gifts. Thank You!

Anonymous wrote
on Feb 4, 2007 8:02 PM

The bag is beautiful.

Deb wrote
on Jun 15, 2007 9:39 AM

I just made this bag with Hobby Lobby's Dreamy Chenille in Roseberry. I used round rosewood colored rattan handles from Joann Fabrics. It turned out so daaarling! I just love it! I may have to make another in a different color!

on Dec 8, 2007 11:23 PM

I absolutely love this pattern. I made it with the petals on both sides and it's GORGEOUS!!! Thanks so much for sharing!

Tilou wrote
on Sep 7, 2008 11:59 AM

I made this bag last year as a b-day present for a friend and she loved it! It was absolutely gorgeous.(I have to say, I loved it enough that I hesitated about giving it away :P)

The choice of yarn is good too: softee chunky has a nice sheen to it and it's sooo soft...

on Oct 17, 2008 8:25 AM

That bag is incredible! I'm just beginning, but I'm so tempted to try this!

Absolutely beautiful, thank you for sharing and inspiring!

on Aug 17, 2009 9:46 AM

Just saw you on Uncommon Threads and loved this purse. Roses are the symbol of Delta Kappa Gamma International, so I will be making these in red for my group!

on Nov 10, 2009 12:33 PM

Just made two of these bags with an old chunky red craft yarn and black bamboo oval handles They are VERY nice!

cheriedurbin wrote
on Jan 20, 2010 8:56 AM

This bag is lovely. The pattern looks easy to follow !

katiegurumi wrote
on Dec 26, 2011 12:47 AM

I made three of these bags for Christmas. They were a big hit! I was surprised at how easy they were to make. The hardest part for me was giving them away, lol. I think I may make myself one soon.

katiegurumi wrote
on Dec 26, 2011 12:47 AM

I made three of these bags for Christmas. They were a big hit! I was surprised at how easy they were to make. The hardest part for me was giving them away, lol. I think I may make myself one soon.

katiegurumi wrote
on Dec 26, 2011 12:47 AM

I made three of these bags for Christmas. They were a big hit! I was surprised at how easy they were to make. The hardest part for me was giving them away, lol. I think I may make myself one soon.

FleurBelge wrote
on Apr 17, 2012 6:10 PM

Very lovelly,

I have seen you on Pinterest.

Jeannette,it is a pitty that the patterns are not done with a complete diagramme ,and shema, much more easy for non Englis speking person.

Thank you.

Your realisation is so beautifull!

( I am from Belgium,63 years old, passion for nature, and crochetyarn )

FleurBelge

on Aug 23, 2013 8:31 AM

this is the bag I want to crochet in red since it's the new winter color thank for posting it