A Bag Story




This handbag has been floating around on Pinterest and Facebook crochet groups in Holland. It's a pattern called 'Mermoz Round Bag' from an Anny Blatt magazine, but there is no source to be found. However, there is a site, which has the pattern and diagram, you can find it here:

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-fY0WasT-qZ8/TtbFAIqSK0I/AAAAAAAAA0Q/tMaStAZx4JY/s1600/chillibolso-01.jpg

The original bag doesn't have the little leaves behind the flower. On Facebook some crocheters made a pattern of their own. I as well was smitten by this bag, so i gave it a try myself.



This is what i came up with. The flower in the original pattern has 6 leaves, the other pattern has 8 leaves. The flower is made like an Irish flower, where the petals are crocheted on a chain behind the previous petals. In my experience the chains usually are too long, they create a rather large gap, so i reduced the number of chains by 2.


The leaves are crocheted the same way, behind the petals.


Because the gaps in the flower always will be there, i sewed them together at the back. It doesn't show in the front, and it effectively closes the fabric.


Making the same kind of chain round for the start of the big circle. I introduced another thread of yarn, when i started the circle, crocheting single crochets over the second thread, like in tapestry crochet. The goal is to create a fabric, that doesn't need lining. If you do use a second thread, pull it regularly, preferably after 10 or 15 single crochets, because it tends to bulge a little in loops.


The original pattern is made of clusters and 2 chains, but again, too open to my liking. I changed to bubbles.
First round: 1 single crochet, 1 bubble of 5 double crochet, 2 single crochet, 1 bubble, 2 single crochet, ending with 2 single crochet.
Second round: (wrong side) single crochet in every single crochet and bubble.
Third round: 2 single crochet, 1 bubble, 2 single crochet, 1 bubble, ending with 1 single crochet.
Fourth round: single crochet across the round like the second round. In this part of the bag i used the second thread as well, simply crocheting the single crochets and bubbles over the thread. This gives a very tight and closed fabric. The same principal of tightning regularly!

The handles in the original pattern are tubes, which are filled after finishing. My fear was, they would be too heavy. I chose to make a simple handle of single crochet rounds, lenghtwise. Again crocheting over the second thread. This is a very good idea, because this will prevent the handles from stretching too long when the bag is used. I made a phototutorial on how to attach the handles to the bag.

This also can be used for other bags. The order of photos is from top left to bottom right.
Photo 1: The handle is sewed onto the bag, slightly lower then the edge, in order to spread the pulling force. Start at the place where the needle is placed.
Photo 2: The back, the handle is sewn only on the sides and bottom.
Photo 3: Crochet at the wrong side a surface chain under the 2 loops of the last round. This way you create 2 sides to crochet onto.
Photo 4: When you get to the handle, push the hook through both the handle and round.
Photo 5: This is how the chain on the back of the handle looks.
Photo 6: You have arrived at the left side, crochet crabstitch on the front round of the 2-in-1 round. It's a bit of a hussle, but it should work:)
Photo 7: At the end of the round, pull the working loop through the first loop of the round to the back, chain 1, crochet single crochet on the back of the 2-in-1 round. This is the front of the work, but it's crocheted behind the handle. Keep crocheting single crochet rounds over the second thread.
Photo 8: This is how the attachment of the handle on the back looks like.
Photo 9: And here's the front. There is a nice and almost invisible connection.


The original bag is closed with a zipper. I don't like to use zippers in knit- and crochetfabric, often they don't get sewn in as nicely as i want to. My solution for closing the bag is an 8-shaped figure. It is made like this:
Chain 20, slipstitch in the 9th chain from the hook, slipstitch 3 more chains, slipstitch in the 1st chain. Chain 1, crochet in the circle: 1 half double crochet, 6 double crochet, 1 chain, 6 double crochet, 1 half double crochet. Single crochet in the next 4 slipstitches, in the next circle 1 half double crochet, 6 double crochet, 1 chain, 6 double crochet, 1 half double crochet, 4 single crochet in the other side of the slipstitches. Close with slipstitch and fasten off. I embellished the 8 figure by crocheting a round of surface chain stitches around.

The buttons are crocheted as follows:
Start with a magic circle with a very long tail. You will need it for sewing the button on. Crochet 10 single crochet in this magic circle, close with slipstitch, crochet 13 single crochet OVER the first round, close with slipstitch and continue with a surface chain round under the 2 loops of the previous round. Slipstitch and fasten off.



Here is the end result. I'm quite proud of my bag!

50 comments:

  1. Very beautiful and great tutorial ! The flower at the side is simply gorgeous ! And I do like the texture of the bag.
    Appreciate all the effort you have put in to share .....

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    1. Thank you for the compliment! I'm very pleased with it myself:) And sharing my 'hop, skip and a jump' in crochet is so much fun:)

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  2. Exultant work and design is wonderful, great talent!

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  3. oh WOW!! you are really talented and the bag is BEAUTIFUL!! Thanks you for taking the time to share your project, the details and the photos..it is very nice of you!!!

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  4. Vielen Dank für die schöne Anleitung. Ihre Tasche sieht super chic aus. Meine drei Kinder und meine fünf Enkelmädchen werden sich freuen

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  5. Es freut mich, das Sie etwas uas mein Geschichte ubee die Tasche bekommen haben!

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  6. is there anyway I could get the pattern for this it is so beautiful plz

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    1. My pattern is not available, but the original bag is called Mermoz round bag, if you google that, you'll find it for sure!

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  7. BREATHTAKING!!! Thank you so much for sharing! Outstanding!

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  8. I don't understand this part "I introduced another thread of yarn, when i started the circle, crocheting single crochets over the second thread" . Is this the same as when you are changing colors and instead of dropping the yarn you carry it ???

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    1. Yes indeed, you carry the thread.

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  9. where to get the pattern for the bag I tried to go to the link above and it did not come up thank you

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    1. Here's an alternative source

      http://een-kijkje.blogspot.nl/2014/07/mermoz-round-bag.html

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  10. Wonderful work and I think great additions to the bag from the original. I believe it made it more crochet friendly than trying to put in a zipper. Thank you for the tutorial of what you did

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  11. Wonderful work and I think great additions to the bag from the original. I believe it made it more crochet friendly than trying to put in a zipper. Thank you for the tutorial of what you did

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  12. If I was to make one could I sell it?

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    1. Yes you can, because the pattern isn't mine.

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    2. How did you make the leafs?

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    3. On the fourth photo you can see how it's done

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    4. I don't get this either....
      I guess the leafs itself ate made from trebles and chains...
      But before and after the leaf I think is confusing me. And how did you make this loops?

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    5. I don't get this either....
      I guess the leafs itself ate made from trebles and chains...
      But before and after the leaf I think is confusing me. And how did you make this loops?

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    6. @Jaunty Jo, I don't exactly understand what you mean... but the leaves are crocheted in 2 rounds, the first is set up like the irish flowers in the back of the leaves of the flower, 1 sc around the base of a leaf, ch 2, 1 sc in 2 backloops of the corresponding leave from the previous round, ch 2, 1 sc in the sc between the 2 leaves, ch 6, 1 sc in the same stitch (this will be the heart of the leaf). Repeat this till the end, close with 1 ss in first sc. Next round ch 1, 1 sc in the same stitch, 6 dc in the loop between the leaves, ch 3, 6 sc in the same loop, 1 sc in the next sc (round the base previous round),6 dc, ch 3, 6 dc in the next loop, 1 sc in the next sc. Repeat around, finish with 1 ss in the first sc. The circle behind the flower and leaves is starting the same way, with 1 sc around the base of the leaf, 2 ch, 1 sc in 2 backloops of the corresponding leaf, 2 ch, 1 sc in the next sc, repeat. The next rounds you fill the chains with sc over a thread, which is described above. I hope this helps!

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    7. Oh thank you. I tried something diffetent and it worked out pretty well.:) at the moment I struggle a bit with the bubble stitch from the original pattern.

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  13. Really beautiful. Is there a written pattern for the flower? I have searched everywhere for a flower or Mandela that doesn't have a lot of holes, the searches bring me back to you all the time. Lol. I appreciate it

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    1. Karen, my flower is based on an Irish flower, and there were holes in my too;) i sewed them closed to eachother, you can see in the photos how i did that

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  14. So beautiful and sudes à nice Patternthank you

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  15. Am I correct in thinking that the main part of the bag can be crocehted flat, in my own preferred stitch, and just needs to line up with however big I want the circles on the end to be? Could it be that simple?
    Your bag is beautiful, truly beautiful.

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    1. Thank you JulieLinn:) and yes it is that simple. I made mine big enough to carry 40 cm knittingneedles, but you can choose any size.

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  16. Thank you it is beautiful! I will be starting on making one.

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  18. I love the look of this bag but am struggling with this pattern really bad can someone help? I cant read the graphs properly and there just isnt enough info for me to understand it...

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    1. Perhaps you can find some help on Ravelry.com
      Ask for help on the Mermoz bag.

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    2. I am just wondering where you are saying " 2 single crochet, 1 bobble 2 single crochet '1bobble are the 2 singles and 1 bobble in the same stitch ?
      The bag is beautiful!!

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    3. Hi Joan, if i remember correctly, the single crochets and bobble stitch are individual stitches.

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  19. Beautiful! What yarn and hook guages did you use?
    THanks Joanne

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    1. The hook i used was 3 mm, and the yarn left over, but suited for that hook.

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  20. Hey there...I wanted to open the link for the pattern and diagram but it did not work ��

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    1. Hi Jo, i just tried it and it worked just fine? Here is my try http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-fY0WasT-qZ8/TtbFAIqSK0I/AAAAAAAAA0Q/tMaStAZx4JY/s1600/chillibolso-01.jpg

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  21. What are the dimensions for this bag?

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    1. Hi, sorry for the delay, but here are the dimensions: the popcornstitch part is 42 cm wide, and 20 cm high, the bottom is 11 cm high, the top part is 2 x 5.5 cm. The circle is app 22 cm. The shoulderstraps are 68 cm.

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  22. Just love your bags, great job.

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