ELK Studio has been crazy busy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way! I love having a crochet hook in my hands and creating something that makes me smile.
I started working on this Hounds Tooth tote a couple of months ago and the pattern is now ready! I used Sinfonia cotton yarn because it’s hot outside and this has been my go to yarn all summer. I really love the feel of the yarn and it has a “sheen” to it that I think gives the project a quality look. You can find a select few colors of this yarn from Hobby Lobby (definitely the black and white), but I love ordering from Creative Yarn Source. I haven’t tried this project using a different yarn, but I’m sure it would work out fine with any other sport weight yarn.
The tote is so much fun to make and works up nicely. The end project measured approximately 10 inches in length and 9-9 1/2 inches wide. The strap length is more of a personal preference and can be different for each person. I made one for someone that wanted to wear it across her body, so it needed to be longer.
Let me know if you need any help, and I hope you enjoy the pattern!
Watch the houndstooth tutorial for more help!
- Sinfonia Yarn (white and black) – available at Hobby Lobby or www.creativeyarnsource.com
- Crochet Hook Size – G
- Tapestry needle for weaving in the ends.
- D Rings – Purchased from Hobby Lobby
Gauge: 10 stitches and 8 Rows = approximately 2 inches.
ch – chain
st – stitches
sc – single crochet
dc – double crochet
sl st – slip stitch
I carried the unused portion along with me and did not cut the yarn at the end of a round. I demonstrate how to carry along with yarn on my Hounds Tooth Scarf pattern. You can choose to cut the yarn but the integrity of the purse would be lessened and not to mention all the ends of weaving you would have to take care of!
Ch 88 using black yarn
Ch 1 does not count as a stitch throughout this pattern.
Round 1: Continue using the black yarn and join with sl st in first sc, ch 1 sc in same st and in each ch around, sl st to first sc. (88 st) Make sure you chain is straight when joining!!!
Round 2: Continue using black yarn and ch 1 and sc in same st, *dc in next st, sc in next st* repeat from * to * until last dc. Work dc until 2 loops left on hook, change color, complete dc, sl st to first sc,
Round 3: ch 1 and dc in same st, *sc in next st, dc in next st* until last sc. Work sc until 2 loops left on hook, change color, complete sc, sl st to first dc
Repeat rows 2-3 until the bag reaches your desired height and finish with a sc in each st around. (End your rows with black yarn) Finish off. (I had approximately 30 rows including sc row.)
Joiner Strap for D rings and Straps: – I used black yarn
To attach the joiner strap, remember you have 88 stitches around, it will take 8 stitches for each joiner strap for a total of 16 stitches. That will leave you 72 stitches (36 stitches for the front of the purse and 36 for the back)
Count 4 sc to the right (to the left if you are left-handed) of your join and begin the joiner strap here.
Row 1: ch 1 and sc in same st, sc in next 7 sc, ch 1, turn (8 st)
Row 2: sc in first sc and in next 7 sc, ch 1 turn (8 st)
Repeat Row 2 an additional 5 rows. You will have a total of 7 rows. Fasten off leaving a long tail for stitching your joiner strap together. Place the D ring and sew the joiner strap together using tapestry needle.
Count 36 st to your right (to the left if you are left-handed) and in the next st repeat the above process beginning with Row 1
Purse Flap: – I used black yarn
You will now make the flap for your purse. There should be a total of 36 stitches in between each joiner strap. Below are some suggested numbers of rows, but you can adjust according to your liking.
Row 1: Skip 1 st and join with ch 1 and sc in same st and next 33 sc. ch 1, turn (34 st). (Yes, you will have one empty stitch on each side of the purse flap).
Row 2: sc in first sc and next 33 sc, ch 1, turn (34 st)
Repeat Row 2 for 26 rows.
Row 27: sc in first sc and next 14 sc, ch 4, skip next 4 st, sc in next 15 sc, ch 1, turn
Row 28: sc in first sc and next 14 sc, sc in next 4 sc, sc in next 15 sc, ch 1, turn (34 st)
Repeat Row 28 once. Finish off.
Edging for purse flap:
Remember I left 1 stitch open between your joiner and purse flap? Ch 1 and sc in that st and then sc around the outer edging of the flap evenly until you reach the corner then sc twice and then continue sc until reaching the next corner and sc twice and then continue sc evenly until you reach the edge and sc and sl st in the remaining one stitch between the flap and joiner strap.
Closing the Tote:
Turn the bag inside out and using a long strand of the black yarn, whip stitch the bottom portion of the bag closed using tapestry needle.
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 5 ch , ch 1 turn (6 st)
Row 2: sc in first sc and next 5 sc, ch 1, turn (6 st)
Repeat row 2 until reached the desired length. Fasten off. Join the strap to the D rings using tapestry needle.
Add a button using tapestry needle.
Block if needed.
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Have a blessed day!
Judy Brown says
I love this bag, but how do you keep the strap from stretching when you put something a little heavy in the bag?
Kathy Lashley says
I’m not totally sure you can get away with that for all projects. Let the handles be a decorative item. ❤️
Kathy Lashley says
Hi Judy! You can go down a hook size to make the stitching tighter. It also depends on the type of yarn you use. The Sinfonia is a mercerized Cotten which means it’s already stretched and that helps.
Donna Cooney says
Beautiful, as always, Kathy – thank you so much!!!! Gonna do it in Red & Charcoal!!
How many skeins did it take to make this purse? I LOVE this design!!!
Kathy Lashley says
I used less than 1 skein each of the black and white.
Would there be a way to add handles without the D rings?
Kathy Lashley says
You could begin with the instruction where I tell you to make the loops for the D rings and instead of finishing them off just continue that part until you reach your desired length and then attach to the other end. Does that makes sense?
Charla London says
Love your patterns! I’ve made the houndstooth scarf and have gotten so many compliments. Just saw the purse and now I’ve got to make it. You are a wonderful designer!
Marjorie Johnecheck says
My son, grandkids and most of their friends are University of Alabama fans, so houndstooth patterns will be great to make for them as Bear Bryant houndstooth prints are very popular. Thank you so much for the patterns.
ELK Studio - Handcrafted Crochet Designs says
Awesome! You are so welcome and I hope you enjoy! I would love to see your finished projects!
Beverly Sanders says
one of my granddaughters loves houndstooth. I am going to try and make this bag for her for Christmas. thank you so much for sharing the pattern.
A perfect Christmas gift. I would love to see it when after you’ve finished and let me know if you need any help!
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elisabeth andrée says
Great bag! Thanks for sharing your pattern!
Thanks Elisabeth! Enjoy!
Thanks for the tutorial! Your bag is just beautiful. I pinned your bag for future reference. At this time I have many projects already begun, but your purse is on my list of things to do.
Thanks for the pin! I can totally understand the “too many projects” problem. Don’t forget to come back and let me know when your done!
Thank you for the pattern!! I am going to have to work this one into my list of projects 🙂
You are so welcome and I would love to see it once your finished!
This is beautiful! I have a scarf and glove pattern that this will go well with!
Perfect! I would love to see all of them!!
Thanks Julieann! Hope you enjoy the pattern!
I LOVE the way you point to Hobby Lobby as supplier. I do the same thing. Your designs are awesome. Too bad I have so many things to crochet for my own business, because I would like nothing better than to crochet this. Thank you so much! be blessed!
Thanks for the compliments and I understand how busy you are but maybe if you get down time you can make something for yourself. I would love to see the pics!
This would go perfect with a houndstooth shawl I made for someone. I’ll have to do this and surprise her.
Kathy Lashley says
That sounds like a great idea Joyannerose!