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(American Standard) Wildflower Shoulder Bag CAL – Part 1 of 3

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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!

This pattern is written in American Standard Terms. It is also available in the following translations:

UK Terms (click here)
Nederlandse (click here)
Deutsch (click here)
Dansk (click here)
Français (click here)
Español (click here)
Norsk (click here)

Please click here for a complete listing of all translations and their links.

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!

Ad-Free PDF

If you would like to purchase an inexpensive, ad-free, concise PDF version (American Standard Version only), you can find it on Ravelry or Etsy!

View on Ravelry | View on Etsy

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.

A NOTE ABOUT PRINTING: My patterns no longer show up when accessed via PrintFriendly.com. (This is out of my control; please see my FAQs for more info.) If you wish to print this pattern (for personal use only), you can copy & paste it into a text editing document, or purchase the inexpensive PDF (see pattern info, below).

Tutorial Video

Visual learner? Here's a helpful video. 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

Video not showing up? Try refreshing the page, and if that doesn't work, click here.

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 American Standard Terms.
For UK 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) A lot of people's squares are looking like pinwheels (curved corners). If your square is curving, you probably need to better understand the anatomy of a stitch. Take a look at this helpful resource from Look At What I Made: Corners and the Elusive Hidden Stitch.

 

To begin:
Make a Magic Circle; CH2.

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

1st Round of Petals (FLO): CH2. In same St, 2DC, CH2, SL ST. This is your first petal. (SL ST to next St. In same St, CH2, 2DC, 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. 2DC in same ST. 2 DC in each ST around. Join with a SL ST to first DC. (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. DC in same ST. In next ST, DC, CH2, SL ST. (SL ST to next St, CH2, DC in same ST. In next ST, DC, 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, 2DC, CH2, 2DC. HDC in each of the next 2 STS. SC in next. HDC in each of the next 2 STS. (In next ST, 2DC, CH2, 2DC. HDC in each of the next 2 STS. SC in next. HDC in each of the next 2 STS.) Repeat ( ) 2 more times. Join to first DC with a SL ST.

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

Round 4: CH1. HDC evenly around the square, putting (2HDC, CH2, HDC*) in each corner chain space. Join to first HDC with a SL ST. (You'll end up with 12 HDC stitches per side.) *Don't miss that ONE HDC in the chain space. It's not a typo  :)

Round 5: CH1HDC evenly around the square, putting (2HDC, CH2, HDC) in each corner chain space. Join to first HDC with a SL ST. (You'll end up with 15 HDC stitches per side.)

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

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

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Wildflower Shoulder Bag CAL in American Standard Terms, UK terms, Nederlandse (Dutch), Norsk (Norwegian), Deutsch (German), Dansk (Danish), Français (French), and Español (Spanish) |  Free Crochet Purse Pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

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.

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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: I’ve just given birth to my 3rd little monkey, a baby boy named Henry James, on 12/28/16. I may be slow at responding to messages and greatly appreciate your patience during this time of transition. I’m not disappearing, but I may not be able to help you as quickly as you need it. – Rebecca 🙂

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  • Wendy July 2, 2015, 12:05 am

    Awesome! I’m on vacation for a week out of town so I will have to start when I get back, but I have it saved on my computer! 🙂

  • Ellen Fayard July 2, 2015, 1:10 am

    Let the fun begin. Thanks for doing this…this is such a great group!

  • Susan in the UK July 2, 2015, 7:21 am

    The link for the pattern in UK terms comes up blank

    • Rebecca July 2, 2015, 8:17 am

      Thank you! It’s fixed now 🙂

  • Farmgirl103 July 2, 2015, 7:44 am

    Why, oh why, did I decide TODAY would be a good day to head in to do some summer work for my school district??? I can’t wait to get home and get started on this project!! My two loves….purses and crochet!!!

  • Alice Darter July 2, 2015, 8:00 am

    I’m very excited to participate. I’ve been putting off making a summer bag and this one is just perfect! Time to hit the hooks!

  • Eugenia July 2, 2015, 9:14 am

    Hi Rebecca,

    Thanks for this wonderful pattern. I still have to buy my materials, but I’ll do it this weekend. 🙂

    I have a question: do you block the squares when you finish in order to “open” the petals or they just accommodate in the square once it’s finished? Thanks!

    • Rebecca July 2, 2015, 9:30 am

      Eugenia, mine accommodate but others have said they don’t. It may depend on your tension. Either way, blocking is always a good idea if you’re up for it!

      • Eugenia July 2, 2015, 11:39 am

        Excellent, thanks! 🙂

  • Catrina July 2, 2015, 10:29 am

    I am looking forward to getting started on this when I get back in town. Love it so far!

  • kathryn magner July 2, 2015, 11:32 am

    Looking forward to this CAL!! Thank you!!

  • Jayla July 2, 2015, 1:56 pm

    I’m getting 13 hdc in each side on row 4.

    • Rebecca July 2, 2015, 2:23 pm

      A lot of people are. Make sure you notice the * and what it says. That’s probably where you’re going wrong. 🙂

      Round 4: CH1. HDC evenly around the square, putting (2HDC, CH2, HDC*) in each corner chain space. Join to first HDC with a SL ST. (You’ll end up with 12 HDC stitches per side.) *Don’t miss that ONE HDC in the chain space. It’s not a typo 🙂

    • Sandy July 3, 2015, 3:56 pm

      Easier if u follow her vid

  • Carla July 2, 2015, 2:03 pm

    Thank you for sharing this with us. I want to say that I especially appreciate that you added the breakdown times in your video. Most instructors do not do this…it makes it so helpful when you need to skip to the beginning of a particular round.

    • Rebecca July 2, 2015, 2:21 pm

      You’re welcome! I wish I’d thought to actually include it at the beginning of the video, but it was already uploaded when I thought of it and it literally took 12 hours to upload. So I decided, I’ll do it on the next one. 😀

  • Sue Carruthers July 2, 2015, 3:07 pm

    So looking forward to doing this CAL!

  • Catharina Holmes July 2, 2015, 4:46 pm

    I’m just getting back into crocheting – Have NEVER made a purse – so this is a first for me. I love the pattern and the flower was easier than I thought. Thank you so much for doing this. After starting on it with yarn I had (to see if I could do it) I went out and bought all my materials and found Lion Brand Pearl Mist – I think it will make a pretty bag.

  • Jayla July 2, 2015, 6:35 pm

    On row 4(2HDC, CH2, HDC*) in each corner chain space
    or should it read (2HDC, CH2,2HDcC*) in each corner space
    Thank you, Love the pattern.

    • Wanda July 2, 2015, 8:20 pm

      It’s only the one. It’s not a typo.

  • Leslie Johnson July 2, 2015, 6:49 pm

    I love this CAL! I am having so much fun with this project. I love the video, it was so very helpful.
    Quick question: Is there a hashtag to use on Instagram? I want to post my progress. Thanks so much!

    • Rebecca July 2, 2015, 8:43 pm

      No hashtag… I’m not active on Instagram or Twitter like I should be! But if you want to start one, let’s say… #wildflowerbagcal 🙂

  • Kathy Prickett July 2, 2015, 8:04 pm

    It won’t let me upload my pic. It says the file is too large. It was only of the square. 🙁

    • Rebecca July 2, 2015, 8:43 pm

      Strange! Maybe try again later?

  • Janet Percy July 2, 2015, 10:11 pm

    I’ve searched and searched for a shoulder bag I would use. This is it!!! Thank you and I will enjoy this CAL.

  • melynda Perkoski July 2, 2015, 11:11 pm

    So cute!!! I can’t decide what color to use!!!!!!

  • Harrietta Wright July 3, 2015, 2:08 am

    A simply beautiful and easy to make crochet flower. A crocheter’s imagination can take off with many variations in color and embellishments. Girl, you really brain stormed this one!

  • CJ Durbin July 3, 2015, 8:55 am

    So excited to get started on this course, and its my first! Have to paint my bedroom and husband’s den first…then the fun begins! Thanks so much for having this group, I really appreciate having something fun to do with my break from teaching 1st graders!

  • CarolAnnKruse July 3, 2015, 11:52 am

    ThankYou for this cal.I can’t figure out how to enter giveaway.

    • Rebecca July 3, 2015, 4:36 pm

      Under the photo of the WIP Hook Markers, you need to log in to the giveaway form with your Facebook or email address, then follow the instructions.

  • Sue Gilck July 3, 2015, 12:01 pm

    I have ordered a set of your amazing hook markers and look forward to receiving them. What a wonderful idea. I tend to have multiple projects on the go at the same time and many of them use the same hook size. Will there be a possibility of ordering a size on its own? For example, I currently have 4 projects that use a 4mm hook (I’m sorry don’t the US size off the top of my head), so I could really use 5 or 6 of this size. Also do you have any plans to make these available in the metal hook sizes (smaller than 3mm)?

    • Rebecca July 3, 2015, 4:38 pm

      Thank you for your order! At this point I’m just testing the product, so I’ll look into expanding into other measurements if all goes well. There is an option to customize your set in the Etsy listing – you can get a set of 4 or a set of 12 of whichever letters you want. 🙂

  • Sandy Hinde July 3, 2015, 3:59 pm

    What will be the overall measurement of the bag part be….approx?

    • Rebecca July 3, 2015, 4:38 pm

      It all depends on your yarn, but mine is 15″ wide and about 13″ tall (Cotton-Ease and a 5.0mm hook).

  • Kerry Dean July 4, 2015, 12:58 am

    My first CAL and enjoying this project. Not sure I will use the button in pic hoping to fine something to pop. For now these are the buttons I will use.

  • Dee July 4, 2015, 7:37 pm

    I got the part 1 but now can’t get the part 3. IWhere can I find it?

    • Dee July 4, 2015, 7:39 pm

      I’m sorry. Part 2 is what I meant.

      • Rebecca July 4, 2015, 11:17 pm

        Dee, the pattern is part of a CAL and is being released in 3 installments. Part 2 will be released Thursday, July 9. 🙂

        • Dalena July 8, 2015, 5:31 am

          Please help – I’ve finished Part 1, how do I get Part 2 and Part 3?
          Searched everywhere for the links but unable to find it..

          • Rebecca July 8, 2015, 11:38 am

            Part 2 will be released Thursday, July 9.

  • Adria Waddell July 8, 2015, 8:20 am

    I can’t get the link to stop loading in order to add my photo for the giveaway.

    • Rebecca July 8, 2015, 11:37 am

      I’m not sure. I would try exiting, and returning and trying again.

  • galinda wright July 9, 2015, 6:02 pm

    I love this cal. Thank you for putting your valuable time and talent for us to use. I dont know how to add a photo of my work so far, or for the giveaway so i guess i will just post on the facebook page my progress.

  • Litl Bits July 12, 2015, 6:26 pm

    I’m also curious how much difference it would be in yardage (and what I’d need) if I were to do just the flower part of the ‘flower squares’ in a contrasting color? – so just the flowers in, e.g., a muted aqua and the rest of that square in the stone/background color?
    Looks like the flower petals use a good bit of yarn….
    I’m not asking for exact numbers….never! but just to have an idea….I love the stone with an aqua type color – think it would be very pretty for a purse (and I DO like the stone!)

    • Rebecca July 27, 2015, 10:50 am

      Not sure. Definitely less than a skein.

  • Sharon Weberling July 15, 2015, 11:00 pm

    I received notice in my email s on the 1s section but the released on the 2nd section I never received. Now I’m worried about the final sections. HELP!

  • Diane Hearne July 16, 2015, 9:09 am

    Loving this bag. Will surely end up makin g several for my grand daughters.

  • Krista Jensen July 23, 2015, 2:41 am

    Here’s my first square! I’m so excited!! I think it’s so pretty! Thank you for this CAL, Rebecca!
    [IMG]http://i524.photobucket.com/albums/cc321/kc71595/image.jpeg[/IMG]

  • Theresa Lambert August 15, 2015, 10:35 pm

    Hey! i love your Purse and im working on mine now. i have one question on the rows that im putting 1 HDc in every stitch and thenon the corners 2HDC cd2 then 1 HDC. i been getting 11 instead of 12 do you know what im doing wrong?

  • Christy October 21, 2015, 1:27 am

    I have started the squares using DK 100% cotton yarn. The yarn is very soft and has no stretch at all. I am worried that the bag will end up flimsy and will not retain its shape. What do you think? Should I stop now and go and search for an acrylic blend rather?

    • Rebecca October 31, 2015, 10:59 am

      I think a lot of people went with 100% cotton and were happy with it. It’s totally up to you. If you can line the bag with fabric, your yarn choice won’t matter as much. Best of luck! 🙂

  • Lois Vernon November 26, 2015, 11:32 pm

    Just found you on Pinterest. Going to crochet this bag for my mother for Christmas. Thanks so very much.

  • Margie Thomas January 16, 2016, 8:44 pm

    This pattern is not complete, why? Do I have to watch the tutorial?..I am a seasoned crocheter and would like the whole pattern if that is possible!
    I already have the flower motifs, I just need the rest of the pattern.
    Thanks,
    Hope

    • Rebecca January 16, 2016, 8:47 pm

      Please scroll back up to the blog post to find the complete schedule and links. This was originally a crochet-along, so it was divided into a few different weeks. 🙂

  • Lisa Catlin April 15, 2016, 1:06 am

    You are a GODDESS! I am a new crochet addict and a visual learner and appreciate the video link so I can follow both ways!!

    Thanks!

    Love & Light,

    Lisa

  • Lois May 11, 2016, 4:10 pm

    I just found your bag pattern and LOVE it. I also really like your WIP hook markers. Do you still sell these? I checked your etsy site but didn’t see them. Thank you for the pattern!

    • Rebecca May 11, 2016, 4:16 pm

      Thank you Lois! The hook markers have been out of stock for a while but I am currently working on a large batch which should be available in June. Be sure to sign up for my free e-newsletter via the aqua bar at the top of the page if you want to know as soon as they’re available! 🙂