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(UK TERMS) Wildflower Shoulder Bag CAL – Part 1 of 3

Wildflower Shoulder Bag CAL (Part 1 of 3) in UK terms |  Free Crochet Purse Pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

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Welcome to Part 1 of the Wildflower Shoulder Bag CAL! I’ve been working on this for quite a while and am really pumped to finally get started. Over the next 3 weeks, we’re going to be making a gorgeous crochet purse together. If this is the first time you’ve heard of the CAL, be sure to check out this post that lists all of your needed materials. Even if you’re a little late to the party, you can still join in!

You are currently viewing the UK version of this pattern. To view in American Standard Terms, and to see a list of other translations available, please click here.

A HUGE thanks to Natalie Beresford for converting the pattern to UK Terms!

And, don’t forget to join the Wildflower Shoulder Bag CAL Facebook Group to share your progress, get tips from others, and maybe answer a question or two yourself. We’re in it together, and that’s what makes it fun!

The schedule for the CAL is as follows:

June 25: Start Here! Intro Post and Materials List
July 2: Part 1, Flower Squares (this post)
July 9: Part 2, Body of the Bag
July 16: Part 3, Base, Embellishments and Strap
July 23: Giveaway Winners Announced

Each pattern post will include clear instructions, helpful photos, and a great tutorial video. When you’re done with each week’s assignment, head over to the Facebook Group to share your progress. And don’t forget to enter yourself in the giveaway, down below the pattern. There will be new opportunities to add entries each week, so pay attention!

The Giveaway

The giveaway is down below the pattern, so don’t miss it!!

So grab your chosen hook and yarn, and let’s get started! (Scroll down for the pattern and tutorial video!)

Pattern Permissions

This is a FREE pattern, and by using it, you're agreeing to the following legally-protected conditions. You're welcome to sell what you make with it; for online listings, please link back to my blog using something like this:

Pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet littlemonkeyscrochet.com
Here are the “do nots”:
  • Do not resell the pattern, altered or in its original form.
  • Do not copy and paste the pattern onto your own blog, in a Facebook group, or anywhere else. Simply link to this page instead. Anything beyond this is copyright theft, regardless of what your pattern-sharing buddies tell you. 🙂
  • Do not pull any of my photos from this site (or any of my other sites) for your own use. The exception to this is if you want to share my article link(s) on your own blog; in this case, you are welcome to take one photo per post for use on your site as long as it is accompanied by a direct link back to my post.

TO PRINT: If you wish to print this pattern (for personal use only), you can copy & paste the URL into Printfriendly.com and follow their “click to delete” instructions for removing anything you do not wish to print.

Tutorial Video

Visual learner? Here's a helpful video. Please note, the terms used in the video are American Standard. I actually make the entire square on camera, since I know this will be the first time that many of you have made a square motif before. If you're only going to use the video as a reference, here's a helpful breakdown:

0:39 Round 1
3:48 1st Round of Petals
7:46 Round 2
10:28 2nd Round of Petals
13:03 Rounds 3-7

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Wildflower Shoulder Bag CAL  |  Free Crochet Purse Pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

Wildflower Shoulder Bag Part 1: Wildflower Square Motifs

This pattern is written in UK Terms.
For American Standard terms, click here.

Hook: H (5.00mm) OR whichever hook you've chosen for this project
Yarn: Cotton-Ease (more than 1 skein) OR whichever yarn you've chosen for this project
Difficulty: Easy
Gauge: Not really important. Make sure you are using a hook that gives you a tighter stitch rather than a looser one. 
You'll also need: Yarn needle and scissors

Notes: 
(1) You'll need 6 of these squares.
(2) Beginning chains do not count as stitches.
(3) Note that some of the instructions call for FLO (Front Loop Only) and BLO (Back Loop Only). This is crucial for building the center flower.
(4) You will not turn at any point.
(5) The photos below are screenshots from the video and are in American Standard terms. Sorry for any confusion :)

 

To begin:
Make a Magic Circle; CH2.

Round 1: 12TR in magic circle. Join to first TR with a SL ST. (12)

1st Round of Petals (FLO): CH2. In same St, 2TR, CH2, SL ST. This is your first petal. (SL ST to next St. In same St, CH2, 2TR, CH2, SL ST to same St) around. SL ST to base of 1st CH2. (12 petals)

Wildflower Shoulder Bag CAL  |  Free Crochet Purse Pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

Round 2 (BLO - You’re now going to work around Round 1 again, this time working in the loop that you ignored during the first round of petals): SL ST to 1st back loop of Round 1. CH2. 2TR in same ST. 2TR in each ST around. Join with a SL ST to first TR. (24)

These screenshots from the tutorial video show the circle of back loops you'll be using (1st photo) and the completed round from the back (2nd photo):

Wildflower Shoulder Bag CAL  |  Free Crochet Purse Pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

Wildflower Shoulder Bag CAL  |  Free Crochet Purse Pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

2nd Round of Petals (FLO): CH2. TR in same ST. In next ST, TR, CH2, SL ST. (SL ST to next St, CH2, TR in same ST. In next ST, TR, CH2, SL ST) around. SL ST to base of 1st CH2. (12 petals)

This is the completion of the flower center. We now move on to turning it into a square.

Round 3: SL ST to 1st back loop of Round 2. CH2. In same ST, 2TR, CH2, 2TR. HTR in each of the next 2 STS. DC in next ST. HTR in each of the next 2 STS. (In next ST, 2TR, CH2, 2TR. HTR in each of the next 2 STS. DC in next. HTR in each of the next 2 STS.) Repeat ( ) 2 more times. Join to first TR with a SL ST.

Wildflower Shoulder Bag CAL  |  Free Crochet Purse Pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

Round 4: CH1. HTR evenly around the square, putting (2HTR, CH2, HTR) in each corner chain space. Join to first HTR with a SL ST. (You'll end up with 12 HTR stitches per side.) 

Round 5: CH1HTR evenly around the square, putting (2HTR, CH2, HTR) in each corner chain space. Join to first HTR with a SL ST. (You'll end up with 15 HTR stitches per side.)

Round 6: CH1. HTR evenly around the square, putting (2HTR, CH2, HTR) in each corner chain space. Join to first HTR with a SL ST. (You'll end up with 18 HTR stitches per side.)

Round 7: CH1. DC evenly around the square, putting (DC, CH2, DC) in each corner chain space. Join to first DC with a SL ST. (You'll end up with 20 DC stitches per side.)

Fasten off and weave in ends. (You can attach your buttons at this point, if you've chosen to embellish your flower centers.)

Don't forget to snap a photo of your work-in-progress
and submit it below, then snag your extra entries in the giveaway!

Giveaway

Ever take a break from one of your many WIPs, only to return with no memory of what size hook you were using? No more! I'll be giving away a set of 4 Little Monkeys Crochet WIP Hook Markers to THREE randomly-selected winners!  So be sure to claim your entries today, and watch for new opportunities to gain entries each week during the CAL.

WIP Hook Markers Giveaway  |   by Little Monkeys Crochet

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Link Up Your Work-In-Progress

Finished with this week's assignment? Snap a photo of your work-in-progress and upload it here for all to see! Just scroll down to the blue "Add Your Link" button and follow the directions provided. (Be sure to include your first and last name in the Link Title section to be eligible for the CAL giveaway. Giveaway entries are due July 23, but you can still link up your WIPs after that date if you want to show them off!)

[inlinkz_linkup id=538411 mode=1]

Pattern Permissions

This is a FREE pattern, and by using it, you’re agreeing to the following legally-protected conditions.

You’re welcome to sell what you make with it; for online listings, please link back to my blog using something like this:

Pattern by
Little Monkeys Crochet
littlemonkeyscrochet.com

Here are the “do nots”:

  • Do not resell the pattern, altered or in its original form.
  • Do not copy and paste the pattern onto your own blog, in a Facebook group, or anywhere else. Simply link to this page instead. Anything beyond this is copyright theft. You are welcome to copy/paste it into a document for printing, for personal use only.
  • Do not pull any of my photos from this site (or any of my other sites) to promote yourself or your crochet business on your own blog, Facebook page, or anywhere else. The exception to this is if you want to share my article link(s) on your own blog; in this case, you are welcome to take one photo per post for use on your site as long as it is accompanied by a direct link back to my post and does not include any portion of the pattern itself.
  • Do not post a translation of the pattern anywhere – this is copyright theft. If you would like to help make a translation available, I am happy to publish it on my blog with a link to your blog or Crochet-related Facebook page.
  • Do not make a video tutorial of this pattern (or any of my patterns). For a detailed explanation of why this hurts designers, please contact me.

Leave a Comment

I welcome all comments and questions as long as they are spoken with kindness, and I will always try to extend the same respect to you with my replies. If I feel your comment is inappropriate or unnecessarily hurtful, it may be deleted at my discretion.

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  • Marilyn July 3, 2015, 2:23 pm

    Anxious to start flower bag

  • ANNE VILJOEN July 5, 2015, 8:56 pm

    Hello Rebecca

    Thank you so much for making this project freely available!
    I love it and am going to make it for my 12 year old granddaughter.
    I saw on your FB post somewhere that we can buy an initial of our choice to clip to the bag at the cost of $1. I would so love to purchase one but can’t find the post now! Could you kindly help me please?

    Many thanks
    Anne

  • Berni October 2, 2015, 11:23 am

    I run sewing/craft classes for domestic workers in South Africa. I would like permission to make copies of some of the patterns on the website available to the ladies. We try to teach them ways of earning an extra income in their free time. They also take their skills ‘home’ with them and teach their families in rural areas how to earn an income from craft work. This is often the only way of earning any income for unemployed women.
    Thanks.