Free Classic Bag Pattern
Vintage Crochet Pattern

This free classic bag pattern was originally published by in Hats and Bags - Accessories in Crochet, Book No. 126.

Follow the easy step-by-step instructions of this vintage bag pattern to crochet this bag with a classic design. There is absolutely no charge for personal use of this crocheted bag pattern.

Free Crochet Pattern for a Bag:
Crocheting a Classic Purse

Vintage Crochet Bag


Choose one of the following threads in size 20, White or Ecru:
MILWARD's Steel Crochet Hook No. 8
1 Large Wooden Button
1/2 Yard Buckram
1/2 Yard Lining Material


Gauge: 4 pattern sts make 1 inch, 9 rows make 2 inches.

Straw effect is achieved by using 3 strands of thread throughout.


Starting at front edge (beneath flap), ch 73.

1st row: S c in 3rd ch from hook, d c in same ch, * skip 1 ch, s c and d c in next ch (2 pattern sts). Repeat from * across (36 pattern sts). Ch 1, turn.

2nd row: * Skip next st, s c and d c in next st. Repeat from * across. Ch 1, turn.

Repeat 2nd row throughout, increasing 1 pattern st at both ends of the 7th and 16th rows (40 pattern sts).

To increase, work a pattern st in 1st st (usually skipped), work in pattern across to within last pattern st, work a pattern st in next st (usually skipped), pattern st in last st.

Work over these 40 pattern sts until 34 rows in all have been completed.

Mark this place with a colored thread as center bottom of bag.

Work next 34 rows (back half of bag) to correspond, making decreases to correspond with increases - to decrease, work s c in 1 pattern st, d c in next pattern st, thus working off two pattern sts as one.

Mark this place with a colored thread. Do not break off but continue front flap, decreasing 1 st at both ends of every 6th row (counting from last marking thread) until 30 pattern sts remain.

Work 4 rows without decreasing.

On next row, work across 1 st 13 pattern sts, ch 8, skip 4 pattern srs, work across remaining 13 pattern sts.

Following row: Work in pattern across, working 4 pattern sts on chain (a buttonhole made). Break off.

Gussets (Make 2)

Ch 9 and work in pattern for 6 inches. Break off.

Back Handle

Ch 7 and work in pattern until piece measures 4 1/2 inches. Break off.

Measure off 1/2 inch on either side of thread at center bottom of bag (at side edge), and mark with pins. Sew narrow edge of gusset to edge thus marked. Sew gussets to sides of bag, leaving upper edges of gussets free. Line bag with buckram and lining material.

Sew on button to correspond with buttonhole. Sew handle across center back of bag, from top to bottom.

This free classic bag pattern was originally published by in Hats and Bags - Accessories in Crochet, Book No. 126.

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Crochet Pattern Books for Bags

All these gorgeous and fashionable patterns for bags came from our large collection of vintage crochet pattern books. Here are some of the books that have crochet patterns for bags in them:

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Book 219
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Book 310

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