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::: UPDATE :::

The CAL is officially DONE! But don’t worry, the pattern will remain on my blog for free. 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

(Original post below)

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HEY! Guess what? I’m about to start the very first Little Monkeys Crochet CAL! For those of you who are newer to the crochet world, CAL is short for Crochet-Along. It basically means that a pattern is released in sections over a period of time, and we all follow along together to make it. This CAL will produce a pretty adorable bag I’m calling the Wildflower Shoulder Bag! Using the recommended yarn, its base will measure about 15″ across.

Interested? Great!

The Wildflower Shoulder Bag pattern will include clearly-written instructions, helpful photos, and a video tutorial that I’ve been working really hard on over the last few weeks. So whether you work best from a pattern or you’re a more visual learner, you’ll be able to follow along with this easy-level pattern. The schedule for the CAL is as follows:

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

Here’s what you can do now to get the most out of the CAL experience:

1. Join the CAL Facebook group (optional)
2. Join the Little Monkeys Crochet mailing list (via the aqua-colored form at the top of the blog) so you don’t miss anything (also optional)
3. Share this blog post in your favorite crochet groups on Facebook (again, optional)
4. Read through the FAQs at the bottom of this post
5. Start gathering your materials

Supply List

Here’s what you’ll need for this CAL:

Cotton-Ease Yarn (4 skeins)  This worsted weight yarn from Lion Brand is a blend of cotton and acrylic, and it’s very easy to work with. I made the bag in the photos with the color Stone, which is a lighter medium gray. (You can substitute with 800 yards of a different worsted weight yarn.)

Wildflower Shoulder Bag CAL  |  Free Crochet Purse Pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet5.0mm (H) Hook – Gauge is generally unimportant, as this pattern will work with any yarn and appropriately-sized hook. To achieve the size of the bag in the photo (shown on a petite model), which is 15″ wide x 12″ tall (strap not included), use this gauge:

4 rows of 6 HDC = 1.5″ square

Button (1″ or 1-1/8″)

Plastic Canvas – This can be found at craft stores for less than a dollar. It’s a sheet of plastic mesh that is sold in various sizes. I used a sheet of 13.5″x10.5″. You won’t need this until Week 3 of the CAL.

(2) 32mm Split Rings – Like what holds your keys on your keychain.

Needle & Thread – For sewing on your button(s).

Crochet Basics – Tapestry Needle, Scissors, and a Stitch Marker – I use a bobby pin as a stitch marker.


6 Buttons – If you want to add buttons to the center of your flower squares. These buttons should match the button from the list above, which will be used as a closure.

Leather Purse Strap – If you want to give your shoulder bag a bit fancier of a look.

2 Rings With Clasps – If you would like your strap to be removable, you can crochet it to these. Then you can switch between the crocheted (casual) look and the leather (chic) look. I also happen to love the look of the extra hardware, so I chose to include these in my bag.

Order Your CAL Supplies From Amazon

If you don’t have a local craft store, consider ordering your CAL supplies from Amazon! When you purchase from Amazon using these links, you’ll get the same great Amazon prices you always get, and I’ll get a small percentage of the sale (which helps keep the blog alive and the free patterns coming). Thank you for considering it!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Do I have to join the Facebook group? Is the CAL free?
A. The CAL is 100% free and you are not required to join/sign up anywhere to participate. You only need access to my blog, which is free. The Facebook group is just a fun way to stay connected and help each other out. Joining my blog e-mail list will ensure that you receive an email when each new part of the CAL is published. These things are all optional.

Q. Can I use [insert name of a different yarn] instead?
A. This pattern will work fine with any yarn and appropriately-sized hook. You should consider whether the yarn you wish to use will hold up as a bag. Also, the dimensions of the bag using Cotton-Ease and an H hook will be approximately 15″ wide, so keep that in mind if you choose a thinner or thicker yarn. The width will change.

Q. What are the details of Cotton-Ease so that I can find something comparable in my home country?
A. Cotton-Ease, by Lion Brand, is a 50/50 cotton/acrylic blend. It’s a #4 worsted weight yarn and is machine washable and dryable. The skeins come in 3.5oz (100g), 207 yds (188m).

Q. Is the pattern on Ravelry?
A. Yes! View on Ravelry.

Q. What is the plastic canvas for, and can I use [insert a different material here] instead?
A. The plastic canvas will be used as a base liner (for stability) and will be hidden in between two crocheted pieces. So if you have another material in mind, you can use it instead. Just make sure it’s washable!

Q. Will the CAL include instructions for lining the bag?
A. Unfortunately, no… unless you consider “give your bag to your friend who knows how to sew and ask her to line it for you” to be complete instructions. 😉 This bag would benefit from a lining and zipper, though, so if you know how to do it, your bag will be all the better for it. Here is an awesome tutorial that is very similar to the style of this bag.

Q. Is the CAL going to be available in [insert your native language here]?
A. The pattern is currently available in American Standard Terms, UK Terms, Dutch, German, Norwegian, Danish, French and Spanish. Everything except the original (American Standard) exists because of kind-hearted translators who simply wanted to help. These versions have very limited support (because I don’t speak the languages), but you can access them all here.

Q. Will the patterns be printable?
A. You can purchase an ad-free PDF of the American Standard version in my Etsy shop for just $2!

See you next week!

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

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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
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 (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).

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

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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  • Gaile June 24, 2015, 8:34 pm

    Thank you so much for putting on this CAL. I am excited. The bag is gorgeous. I am sue I won’t be able to start right away, but will be printing and keeping track of the glad you are doing tutorials really helps.

  • Peggy June 24, 2015, 8:40 pm

    Looking forward to the pattern

  • carol Ann June 24, 2015, 9:41 pm

    What other yarn cotton acrylic would you recommend.I shop at Walmart or JoAnns arts n crafts less expensive than Michael’s orAmozon I don’t want high price of postage and waiting for supply’s to come .I ordered crochet hooks from amozon were suppose to arrive today didn’t come don’t trust shipping.

    • Rebecca June 25, 2015, 8:14 am

      My alternate recommendation is Hobby Lobby’s “I Love This Cotton” but that probably doesn’t help you out. Another option might be ordering the Cotton-Ease from Walmart and using the free site-to-store shipping. Otherwise, just look for a nice sturdy cotton/acrylic blend. 🙂

    • Tammy June 25, 2015, 9:23 am

      I shop at Joann’s and they have this yarn and often have coupons for % off regular price if they do not have it on sale already.

  • Chantal June 25, 2015, 3:31 am

    Wow!! What is the size of the bag please?

    • Rebecca June 25, 2015, 8:14 am

      Using Cotton-Ease yar, the base is about 15″ across. 🙂

  • Veronica June 25, 2015, 3:46 am

    Do you think Hobby Lobby’s ‘I Love This Cotton’ would work too?

    • Rebecca June 25, 2015, 8:16 am

      Actually I know it will, because I accidentally crocheted up a whole base before I realized I’d grabbed the wrong yarn. That’s how similar it is to Cotton-Ease. What gave it away was that the base was 2″ smaller (about 13″ across) than it was supposed to be (15″ across). So your bag will be slightly smaller, but gauge really is unimportant in this pattern.

  • Kokopelli Design June 25, 2015, 4:05 am

    Lovely bag! Think I’m joining this CAL!

  • Jacqueline Strand June 25, 2015, 7:14 am

    Love the bag and can’t wait to get started. I’ll be using 100% worsted weight cotton.

  • Amy June 25, 2015, 8:01 am

    How much fun will this be? Great purse for the summer…. Thanks for creating

  • Debbie June 25, 2015, 8:11 am

    Can I particpate in the CAL if I don’t access to facebook?

    • Rebecca June 25, 2015, 8:17 am

      YES! Just be sure to sign up for my email list (via the form on the sidebar) so you don’t miss out when I release a new section of the pattern.

  • Sarah Green June 25, 2015, 8:26 am

    This is one lovely bag!!!! I hope to join you all in making this beautiful item!!
    Thank you!!

  • Rachel June 25, 2015, 8:26 am

    This will be my very first CAL, and I am super excited. Ordering my extra supplies now (have plenty of worsted yarn!).

  • noelie du toit June 25, 2015, 8:39 am

    I would loveto make the bag

  • Pam June 25, 2015, 8:40 am

    Can’t wait to start this one.

  • Eileen Ryan June 25, 2015, 8:57 am

    I’m taking the CAL “dive”. My first! I have so many things going on in July, it’s a bit risky. But I love the purse, so today I will get supplies! I’m very excited… This is a commitment…. Publicly! Thanks for the ” invitation”

  • Tammy lunde June 25, 2015, 9:01 am

    That is a darling purse!!! Thank you for sharing your creations:)!!!

  • Judy June 25, 2015, 9:10 am

    I will be away for two weeks staring the 28th of June. Would Ibe able to still follow along? I am not sure how this works. Thanks.

    • Rebecca June 25, 2015, 9:46 am

      Hi Judy! I’ll be releasing a new section of the pattern every Thursday for the next 3 Thursdays. To be eligible for the giveaway (which I’ll be announcing next week), you have to complete the pattern by July 23. But, the pattern will be available for free on my blog forever, so even if you don’t finish by the giveaway deadline, you’ll still be able to complete the pattern!

  • Karen June 25, 2015, 9:34 am

    I am so excited this will be my first bag to make.

  • Brenda June 25, 2015, 9:37 am

    I tried to join. I think I have to be invited. Will you please allow me to join this group? (Wildflower Shoulder Bag CAL) ~ Thank you, Brenda Kools Underwood

  • Debi Tisdale June 25, 2015, 9:46 am

    This should be fun!

  • Julie June 25, 2015, 9:48 am

    This is my first CAL and it sounds like so much fun! Love the purse, can’t wait to get started!!

  • Catrina June 25, 2015, 10:03 am

    Looking forward to doing this 🙂 I think I may try making the flowers in Almond or another color to give it some contrast from the stone.

    • Rebecca June 25, 2015, 10:09 am

      Great idea! When I was dreaming up the pattern I went back and forth about a hundred times as far as whether to do it all one color or in multiple colors. That’s why I love it – it would give it a completely different look in multiple colors! The next time I make it, I’m thinking about doing a range of neutrals.

      • Ashlyn June 26, 2015, 3:31 pm

        That sounds awesome Rebecca! You will have to post pictures of it when you make it! I have a ton of cotton-ease yarn so the first one I will probably do in all white, then the second I will do white with coral or violet or cream flowers. Maybe all three!

  • Ashlyn June 25, 2015, 10:15 am

    I’m so excited for this! I like that it will be worked in steps over the next 3 weeks since I’m always working on some project! I’m a little sad its not out yet but I’m so looking forward to making one!

  • Kelley Shelton June 25, 2015, 10:30 am

    I’m soooooooo looking forward to this CAL! My first one!! I reallieeeee look forward to this!

  • Deborah Yestramski June 25, 2015, 10:33 am

    Can’t wait…Christmas presents!

  • Kate Porter June 25, 2015, 10:42 am

    That’s a gorgeous purse! Thank you for having a CAL. To everyone: please don’t shop at Hobby Lobby as they have been nasty to the LGBT community.

    • onegrannygoose December 29, 2016, 5:09 pm

      I agree with you 100% I shop at hobby lobby only as a last resort.

  • Jackie June 25, 2015, 10:46 am

    The purse is beautiful! Thank you for doing this CAL.

  • Blaze June 25, 2015, 10:46 am

    I was so HAPPY to see this GORGEOUS bag…I put it on my pinterest even before I got the disappointment that I have to get the pattern in bits and pieces… what a shame.

    • Rebecca June 25, 2015, 4:22 pm

      You’re certainly welcome to wait a month and then get it all at once. 😉

  • Allison June 25, 2015, 10:49 am

    I so can’t wait to get started! So excited!

  • Marie June 25, 2015, 10:49 am

    Super excited with you…

  • Linda Banke June 25, 2015, 10:50 am

    Thank you so Much for this CAL, I’m looking very Much forward to do this <3

  • Debbie Young-Danis June 25, 2015, 11:06 am

    Ohhh this will be my first cal.. I’m so excited 🙂

  • Corrie June 25, 2015, 11:31 am

    Does this look better in a light color? Do u need a stiffer yarn? I have a very soft yarn from Deborah Norville, will that work?

    • Rebecca June 25, 2015, 4:21 pm

      I would stick with something a little stiffer, but the pattern will work with any yarn.

      • Corrie June 25, 2015, 7:57 pm

        I am trying to figure out how to unsubscribe from this wordpress but not from your blog. I got 24 emails in the past couple hours?!

  • Leslie Johnson June 25, 2015, 11:54 am

    I love this bag! So cute. I can’t wait to make it. I’ve wanted a project to work on this summer. This will be perfect.

  • M June 25, 2015, 11:59 am

    Looking forward to starting! I’m thinking about using Red Heart Heathers Lavender instead of cotton-ease just because I want to use something from my stash, & I love this color. It looks like this yarn has the same gauge as the cotton-ease so hopefully it will work well.

  • Linda Aponte June 25, 2015, 12:17 pm

    would love to work on this but will have to see what time I have available babysitting for my little greatgranddaughter so time limited. Home to be able to follow along with the written pattern and the tutorial.

    Thank you so much,

  • gerrie van spengen June 25, 2015, 12:20 pm

    wat een gave tas ….zou hem graag willen maken

  • Tammie June 25, 2015, 1:12 pm

    This will be the first CAl I have ever tried. Very excited to begin.

  • Jean Hurst June 25, 2015, 1:17 pm

    Looking forward to making this purse, and meeting other members. Thank you

  • lillian gilliland June 25, 2015, 1:42 pm

    Don’t like having to get paternity in separate weeks. I don’t always get things

    • Rebecca June 25, 2015, 4:21 pm

      You’re welcome to wait a month and then get it all at the same time. 😉

  • Carla Abreau June 25, 2015, 2:07 pm

    This purse is adorable and I can’t wait to get started. I am a beginner/intermediate but eager to learn. Just one question: if I miss one of the class dates will I be able to go back to the date missed to catch up? Love your tutorials and thanks for sharing! Carla

    • Rebecca June 25, 2015, 4:20 pm

      Yes, Carla! The pattern and tutorials will be available on my blog post forever after they are published. 🙂

  • Karen June 25, 2015, 4:08 pm

    What color buttons did you use with the stone? I pulled up your Amazon link and I know you didn’t use that color.
    Thank you for your help!

    • Rebecca June 25, 2015, 4:20 pm

      I bought them at Joann fabrics (in-store) and couldn’t find them anywhere online to link to. I can give you the info though: It was a 2-pack from LaMode. Style # was 31678 and there was a number, 785, in the top right corner. Size 1-1/8″, color Tan. I hope that helps 🙂

      • Karen June 26, 2015, 12:59 am

        Yes, it does! Thank you!

  • CAROLYN BATTEAS June 25, 2015, 4:35 pm

    I am so excited. This bag is so pretty. Can’t wait to start making it.

  • Jennifer Plodzien June 25, 2015, 4:50 pm

    I’m super excited about making this adorable handbag!

  • Sharon Moreland June 25, 2015, 4:50 pm

    I’m looking forward to this! Such a cute purse. This is my first CAL!

  • Catina` June 25, 2015, 4:58 pm

    I can’t wait!

  • Gail June 25, 2015, 5:34 pm

    I do not have a Facebook Account not
    How do I join the CAL

    • Gail June 25, 2015, 5:40 pm

      I don’t have a Facebook Account
      Can I still join the CAL?

      • Rebecca June 25, 2015, 8:48 pm

        Yes! The Facebook group is not required. All of the patterns will be posted here on my blog. 🙂

  • Toni Compton June 25, 2015, 5:39 pm

    I love this purse. I am excited for this CAL. Thanks so much for all your hard work.

  • Zentillegirafe June 25, 2015, 6:03 pm

    I m french and I love the idea of this CAL.
    I hope i Will be able to follow you.

  • Cydni (Carla) Caldwell June 25, 2015, 7:24 pm

    Can’t wait for the CAL purse. I’ve got some yarn in mind already for this project.

  • Kim Stone June 25, 2015, 8:20 pm

    What a stunning hand bag! I can’t wait to make this with you! You are actually bringing me out of a 2 year crochet slump! That is how much I love this design!
    Thank you for the inspiration!


    • Rebecca June 25, 2015, 8:47 pm

      Wow, I’ll take that as quite a compliment! 🙂

  • CARLA BARBER June 26, 2015, 1:12 am

    I’m really looking forward to making this! I’ve got a friend doing it with me.

    i just need a little clarification on this CAL. Are we just going to see the pattern and a video? Or are we going to be connected someway? if live, is there a set time?

    Obviously I’m new to this and don’t have a clue! 🙂

    • Rebecca June 27, 2015, 9:40 am

      It’s not live. Every Thursday morning (EST) I’ll be posting a new part of the pattern in written-out form, with an accompanying tutorial video that will help with the trickier parts.

      • Carla Barber June 29, 2015, 9:51 pm

        Thank you! So looking forward to this!

  • Sue Cawthorne June 26, 2015, 3:04 am

    Love the bag and cannot wait to get started! Does the size of the mesh on the plastic canvas matter? Would 10 count do or would 7 be better?

    • Rebecca June 27, 2015, 9:44 am

      Whatever feels stiffest.

  • Jeanette Benson June 26, 2015, 8:21 am

    Hi Rebecca! ~ What fun! – and so many possibilities 🙂 Will the bag be lined? I realize the supply list isn’t calling for fabric, so I am wondering if the mesh is the liner. Thanks!

    • Rebecca June 27, 2015, 9:43 am

      Lining the bag won’t be included in the tutorial. The mesh is for stability in the base of the bag. 🙂

  • Carla June 26, 2015, 10:33 am

    It is an beautifull bag, i would love to join the group to make this lovely bag!

  • janet June 26, 2015, 12:17 pm

    where can the pattern be found to start?

    • Rebecca June 27, 2015, 9:42 am

      It will be published next week.

  • Lynne June 26, 2015, 1:37 pm

    May be crazy question but is there a charge to participate in the CAL??

    • Rebecca June 27, 2015, 9:41 am

      No charge.

  • Carmen N June 26, 2015, 3:00 pm

    Do you plan to list the pattern on Ravelry so we can link up to it? (I know the CAL instructions will be here on the blog)

    • Rebecca June 27, 2015, 9:41 am

      Yes, as soon as part of the pattern is published. I can’t list an unpublished pattern, per Ravelry’s policy. I’ll be sure to provide the link in all of the blog posts!

  • Mama June 26, 2015, 5:15 pm

    I also won’t be able to start right away but I will start saving the instructions as they are available.

  • Elizabeth June 26, 2015, 9:23 pm

    I’ve been meaning to make myself a new purse and this is lovely! Can’t wait to participate in the CAL!

  • Pamela Gugliotta June 27, 2015, 3:34 am

    Thank you for creating this CAL, it looks like fun!

  • Carol Ann Kruse June 27, 2015, 9:54 am

    Good Morning thank you for the information .I’m very excited to join this cal .Thank Very Much.

  • Mama June 27, 2015, 11:45 am

    Although plastic canvas is washable it cannot go into the dryer. I would suggest hand washing the completed bag and air drying.
    I believe there are products that can be purchased that can be used for stability
    that bag manufacturers use.

  • Tone June 27, 2015, 2:16 pm

    Love the bag and wil join 🙂 Someone who can translate pattern into norwegian? Will there be pictures for help?

    • Rebecca June 27, 2015, 2:44 pm

      There are lots of pictures, plus a video tutorial for most parts of the pattern. Hopefully it will be enough to help you through it! 🙂

  • Jeanette Hamrick June 27, 2015, 2:23 pm

    I was able to find that the is supposed to be 15 inches across but I was wondering what the height of the shoulder bag is going to be. I may have just overlooked it. I have never made a purse before and have never done anything CAL so I am really looking forward to getting started next week.

  • Meredith June 27, 2015, 2:39 pm

    I would love to join in this
    The Wild Fire purse is absolutely beautiful! I like the yarn selectoon as well!

  • Hilary June 27, 2015, 6:16 pm

    Looks lovely hope l can manage to do it.

  • Karen June 27, 2015, 6:48 pm

    Thank you so much for this lovely bag and doing tutorials, it really will help since I have never crocheted anything like this before.

  • Keith Evans June 27, 2015, 7:25 pm

    Hi Rebecca, thank you for putting up this CAL, I’m looking forward to seeing how it all comes together over the weeks. Unfortunately I won’t be able to take part as I will have one useable arm for quite a while. But will do it sometime later.
    Keith x

  • Rae June 27, 2015, 10:06 pm

    I am so excited!! I have gotten Berat in turquoise and a variegated blues/greens….these amazing soft green buttons. I cannot wait for July 2!!!! Thank you for your kindness and generosity of this CAL.

  • marti June 28, 2015, 3:54 am

    cant wait for the pattern

  • Diane Grezik June 28, 2015, 12:07 pm

    I always wanted to do a CAL and this one is perfect for me. I love bags/purses. Thank you.

  • Bobbi June 29, 2015, 12:56 am

    Can’t wait to get started. Thanks you so much for doing this.

  • Gillian Evans June 29, 2015, 2:18 am

    Hello if I want to make the flowers in a different colour how can I break down the amount of wool I need i.e. main colour and contrast colour, the bag looks beautiful, thank you for sharing and adding me to the CAL.

    • Rebecca June 29, 2015, 8:15 am

      If you are referring to just the petals (not the entire square motif), it won’t take much yarn for those and you’ll still need most of what I called for, for the main color. I’m getting that question a lot but I honestly didn’t weight out each individual part of the bag to be able to answer the questions with complete certainty.

  • Emily June 29, 2015, 1:45 pm

    Beautiful bag!! I just discovered you today through your featured patterns on Moogly Blog. I’m falling in love with your patterns, I love how contemporary and practical they are!! Excited to get started on this project, it will be my first CAL 🙂

  • Mary Birenbaum June 30, 2015, 3:41 pm

    .Looks like a fun project. I plan to participate.

  • vonnie June 30, 2015, 5:41 pm

    this will be my first interaction

  • Monique July 1, 2015, 2:38 am

    great bag i love it

  • janet July 1, 2015, 9:00 am

    I was so looking forward to my first CAL, but will have to pass. My small dog was attacked yesterday by a large pit bull while we were out. Long story short the dog is more bruised and I wound up with stitches in one of my fingers. Can’t hold a hook for a while. I will however be watching….

  • bev July 1, 2015, 2:48 pm

    Looking forward to this CAL. Love the design.

  • Kelley Hilla July 1, 2015, 4:55 pm

    This looks like a lively summer project. I have surgery scheduled for both hands July 13th, but will do my best!

  • Mary Smith July 1, 2015, 6:35 pm

    Thanks for including me on this journey. I am so excited. I taught myself all my needlework and I love a challenge. Thank you.

  • Louise July 2, 2015, 9:21 am

    I am very excited to join this cal! Somehow I missed this post of the materials so I am going to be a little behind but I don’t mind. \( ö )/ I am planning on using Sugar and Cream on a cone. It is 100 % cotton so I wanted to make sure whether or not that would stand up to being a purse. This pattern is stunning and I can’t WAIT!! Hehehee! Thank you for your tireless work to give us such a beautiful and very well organized pattern.

  • Victoria July 2, 2015, 11:41 am

    I think I may use some tee shirt yarn that I have in my stash or 100% cotton for a more casual look
    Looking forward to this CAL it will be my firat.

  • Judy July 2, 2015, 1:24 pm

    Searched for the cotton ease yarn in my area with no luck. Just put in an order online. Look forward to starting!

  • Toqua July 3, 2015, 11:00 am

    Split rings come in different sizes, what size is your recommendation?
    Thank you.

    • Rebecca July 5, 2015, 3:27 pm

      I’m chaperoning a youth group trip at the moment and don’t have mine in front of me to remind me… They are about an inch, maybe slightly more, wide. I can’t remember the millimeters. I didn’t want you to think I was ignoring your question, but that’s the best answer I can give you until Tuesday 🙂

  • Mama July 3, 2015, 11:37 am

    The pattern was supposed to start yesterday. I don’t see where I can access the pattern. Is there a link to it or will there just be a download a/o print button somewhere?

    • Rebecca July 5, 2015, 3:28 pm

      Scroll up to the timeline, there is a link for July 2nd that will take you to it 🙂

  • Lisa Alliston Curt July 3, 2015, 9:43 pm

    I am having trouble with the link for the giveaway. It won’t load the button so I can enter. Please help with any suggestions

    • Rebecca July 5, 2015, 3:33 pm

      If you’re on mobile, try it on desktop. Mobile doesn’t load for me sometimes.

  • Lis J July 5, 2015, 1:18 pm

    What size split rings and where did you get your split rings with the hook. I really love the look of them and can’t find one like them. Thanks!

    • Mama July 5, 2015, 2:48 pm

      When will you start posting the pattern?

      • Rebecca July 5, 2015, 3:21 pm

        The first part of the pattern has been posted. Scroll up to the timeline in the blog post, and there is a link on July 2 that will take you to it.

        • Mama July 5, 2015, 4:56 pm

          Thanks…I didn’t realize that I had to click it on that way,.

    • Rebecca July 5, 2015, 3:39 pm

      The split rings are just over an inch wide… I can’t remember the mm measurement and I’m out of town for a couple of days. I’m sorry! It’s really more about what you think will look nice on your purse. The rings with clasps I found at Joann Fabrics in the jewelry section.

      • Lisa J July 5, 2015, 4:47 pm


  • Alice Reissmann July 8, 2015, 4:38 pm

    can;’t wait to start!!!!!!!!

  • Bev July 9, 2015, 3:24 am

    Please could you tell me what size the split rings are in mm. Thanks!

  • July 10, 2015, 7:41 am

    This bag is beautiful. We’ve featured your CAL + pattern at PP. Thank you for all the work that you put into this.

  • Mary Smith July 12, 2015, 6:45 pm

    Looking forward ‘to making this purse. Thank you

  • Deborah Groover July 15, 2015, 10:12 am

    Love this CAL

  • mamie July 16, 2015, 11:23 am

    I truly enjoyed doing this purse thank you for the adventure !!!!!!

  • sandy July 16, 2015, 7:17 pm

    I’m sorry but you go extremely fast on the video. So I can progress at
    my own speed, can I get a copy of the pattern sent to my email? I’m having trouble with the body of the flower…..thanks

    • Rebecca July 16, 2015, 7:40 pm

      I’m sorry, it’s against my policy to send out patterns via email. The entire pattern is written out on its blog post. You are welcome to print it for personal use. There is a “print” button located just above the video tutorial section that you can use, and if you read the instructions after you click it, you will be able to delete any sections you don’t want (such as the comments). Thanks!

  • Denise. Evans August 7, 2015, 9:37 pm

    What a great bag pattern please send more love the site

  • Jolene August 8, 2015, 8:10 am

    Just what I’ve been looking for

  • Patricia Roth August 8, 2015, 8:09 pm

    I can not get the DL to work, I still can’t access the pattern!

    • Rebecca August 12, 2015, 8:05 pm

      There is no download. The pattern is written out in full on the blog. Please read the post. Near the top is a list of links to parts 1, 2 and 3.

  • ANTONIA ALVAREZ August 12, 2015, 12:38 pm

    Where can I get this pattern with out joining 20 thousand things.
    I would like to shoulder bag pattern not the tot. Please advise. Thank you

    • Rebecca August 12, 2015, 8:04 pm

      You don’t have to join a single thing. Please scroll back up and read the post. Near the beginning, there is a list of links for parts 1, 2 and 3. That is where you wil find the pattern. There is only one pattern, and the size of your bag will depend on the yarn and hook you choose.

  • mary August 17, 2015, 1:55 pm

    I gave up on trying to print the pattern – I got tired of plowing through all those annoying ads.

    • Rebecca August 17, 2015, 3:48 pm

      Well, it’s a free pattern. I can’t provide free patterns if I don’t have ads on my site to provide me income. 🙂

  • Susan Roberts November 16, 2015, 3:08 am

    How much fun will this be? Thanks for creating. you are so talented!

  • Estelle Hill December 2, 2015, 9:27 am


    • Rebecca December 2, 2015, 10:12 am

      Hi Estelle,

      This pattern is broken up into a series of 3 different posts. If you want to print each one, there is a “print” button just above where the pattern begins, and you can follow the directions there to delete what you don’t want to print (comments, etc). Or, I also have a concise, ad-free PDF for sale in my Ravelry shop for just $2:


  • June Sterling January 4, 2016, 1:47 pm

    I would also like to make that beautiful bag

  • dottie January 8, 2016, 11:59 am

    On this site you claim it’s free it’s false hope to someone who doesn’t have the money and really wants the pattern,,,,

    • Rebecca January 8, 2016, 12:11 pm

      Please read the above blog post more carefully before commenting. The pattern is available, written out in full, 100% free and accessible on this blog. There is a list in the above post that tells you exactly where each part can be found (it was split into different weeks because it was originally a crochet-along). I do offer a $2 PDF if you want the ad-free, concise version, but you are in no way required to purchase that PDF to complete the pattern.

  • stephanie cahow January 11, 2016, 9:16 am

    I loved making this! i made me one and a bigger one for my daughter as an overnight bag

  • Lisa Lingoes January 11, 2016, 9:19 am

    I loved doing this CAL It was fun and easy. Thank you

  • kathryn magner January 11, 2016, 9:34 am

    Thank you so much for this great pattern! It was easy to follow and all the follow up comments were great!

  • Patricia Caminada January 11, 2016, 9:39 am

    This is a beautiful bag. I put it on my “to do” list ( a long one) and this was exceptional with the pattern: It was available in Dutch, what makes it easier for me to follow 🙂

  • Beverly Ashwell January 11, 2016, 9:41 am

    This was my first ever CAL and I really enjoyed it! I loved making the bag and am so pleased with the result. The pattern was easy to follow and great fun crocheting along with others and seeing everyone’s completed bags, all different colours and yarns. Thank you!

  • Stephanie January 11, 2016, 9:45 am

    This was such a joy to make! Thank you very much!

  • Rachel Martinez January 11, 2016, 9:59 am

    This is beautiful. I may need to make this for myself.

  • Sandy January 11, 2016, 10:10 am

    I love the way this bag looks and the pattern is awesome! I’ve never done a Cal but this one I will do soon because I want this bag 🙂

  • Debra January 11, 2016, 12:21 pm

    I just love the look of this bag! It was very easy to make and I will be making more! Thanks again for such a great pattern!

  • Jan Milton January 11, 2016, 12:58 pm

    I just saw this pattern yesterday, and I want to make one of the first projects I do for 2016. It is so pretty!

  • Laurie January 11, 2016, 2:04 pm

    This has been one of my most favorite CALs!

  • Kathy Fowler January 11, 2016, 2:50 pm

    I loved doing this bag so much that I just completed my second one. My first one was a little too white for day to day use so I used some darker yarn for the second. Still love it

  • Teresa January 11, 2016, 3:17 pm

    I made two of these and gave them as Christmas presents, they were very well received!

  • Alice January 11, 2016, 5:30 pm

    This pattern was easy to understand and produced a beautiful bag. Love It

  • Debi Tisdale January 11, 2016, 5:36 pm

    I almost have mine finished, just need to do the lining

  • Lori Coulson January 11, 2016, 6:20 pm

    I loved doing this CAL. I ended up making 2 of these bags.

  • Amanda Jowers January 11, 2016, 7:14 pm

    I had so much fun doing this as the CAL. 🙂

  • Joyce C January 11, 2016, 7:59 pm

    Love this bag! Need to make another one.

  • Virginia Clark January 11, 2016, 9:04 pm

    I made this bag quite a while ago, but was just too lazy to comment on it. Oh well, better late than never, ‘eh?!! I LOVE this bag! I used it all summer.

  • Deb Karn January 11, 2016, 10:31 pm

    I just love this pattern to pieces I have made 5 purses so far and getting ready to make a 6th one. Everyone that sees one can’t believe that I made it. LOVE it

  • Aulene January 12, 2016, 12:34 am

    I started on the Wildflower Bag and I love it. In fact, all your patterns are really pretty, and I can tell you have put in a great amount of time and effort to perfect them. I appreciate your sharing and giving spirit.

  • Toni January 12, 2016, 1:03 am

    Love! Love! Love!! On my to-do list… Life keeps getting in the way… ?

  • Riana Pretorius January 12, 2016, 1:41 am

    This is the nicest bag I have ever made. I also used the never ending wildflower in a blanket of mine after I made the bag. thank you so much.
    South Africa

  • Nancy January 12, 2016, 8:28 am

    This pattern and CAL were such a great 3 weeks for me. The pattern was easy to follow and your step by step video taught me so much. A great pattern.

  • Jan Swarbrick January 12, 2016, 12:52 pm

    On my to-do list for a future project. Many thanks.

  • Audra Bolsley January 12, 2016, 5:20 pm

    This was my first CAL, I so loved this pattern, Thank you for allowing us all to do it….

  • Barbara January 13, 2016, 9:17 am

    I love this pattern! And I so enjoyed working the CAL! Great fun!

  • Linda January 13, 2016, 11:40 am

    Love this purse. It’s beautiful!!!! It is on my list lol. Thanks for sharing.

  • BearMtnCrochet January 14, 2016, 11:58 am

    Such a delightful pattern for a purse! Love the button embellishments!

  • Chris Marsh February 6, 2016, 10:20 pm

    I have never crochet an oval. And I can not find your wtitten instructions. Please tell me where the instructions are. This is a great bag I want to use it but it needsa bottom! Thank you. Chris

  • Dorie April 13, 2016, 3:10 pm

    I would just like to say you make beautiful items. I haven’t had the chance to do any yet but plan on doing a lot these this year. Thank you for all your hard work.

  • michelle Turner July 6, 2016, 12:13 am

    This is the best tutorial I have ever seen. Definitely this will be my next project.
    Thank you so much.

  • Faye Vaughan July 18, 2016, 7:12 pm

    I love the shoulder bag but cannot print it in English. Can you send it to my email? It is beautiful and I know my granddaughter would love it.

    • Rebecca July 19, 2016, 9:12 am

      Hi Faye, thank you for your interest! As a rule, I don’t email my free patterns out. If you’re looking for the American Standard version, I put everything into a nice PDF and it’s just $2 on my Etsy shop here:

      If you’re looking for a printout of the UK version, you’ll have to go to that page and use the “print” button, which takes you to Thanks!

  • Katherine Leyland August 7, 2016, 11:09 am

    for my own use

  • Myra Lewis August 18, 2016, 8:08 am

    I would love the pattern for the wildflower shoulder bag? How do I get it please

    • Rebecca August 18, 2016, 9:25 am

      Hi! Please read the blog post above, it gives the links to each of the parts of this crochet-along pattern. There are 4 parts (including the intro / supply list, which is the post you’re on now).

  • Ann August 25, 2016, 4:54 pm

    Finished a Wildflower Bag for my daughter two weeks ago. LOVED you pattern and the finished purse.

  • Marilynn David November 5, 2016, 1:41 pm

    The bag is gorgeous! ThanK you.

  • Fatima khan November 15, 2016, 11:12 am

    Can I please get the tutorial for never ending wild flower

  • Pauline December 5, 2016, 6:09 am

    I love the bags

  • Linda Hinson December 17, 2016, 12:39 pm

    I am looking forward to making this pattern. I have been looking for just the right size crochet purse pattern, and it looks as though I have found it. Thank you so much!


  • Jo Atkin December 29, 2016, 11:48 am

    i don’t want to sound odd, but what is CAL? Great purse!

    • Rebecca January 1, 2017, 7:40 pm

      CAL = Crochet-A-Long. It’s a pattern that is presented in parts, over the course of time (usually one part per week). It’s just a fun thing crocheters like to do 🙂

  • onegrannygoose December 29, 2016, 5:04 pm

    I enjoyed your tutorial it was so easy to follow. I also like the link to the lining another great reason to have a computer.

  • Melissa March 10, 2017, 12:44 pm

    I would like the video an pattern I do better with bith

  • Florence Campbell April 17, 2017, 4:52 pm

    Itching to get started on this bag. I love it

  • MARSHA MUTSCHLER June 1, 2017, 11:42 pm

    I would love to get your free crochet patterns

  • el July 19, 2017, 8:38 pm

    Hi! Looks like a beautiful bag. It would really be even more awesome if it included instructions for lining the bag, esp. since the lining is essential. Also, I want to make a smaller bag. Any yarn suggestions? Keep up the good work. Crocheters unite!

    • Rebecca July 20, 2017, 7:50 pm

      Thanks El! I actually used my bag for 2 years without a lining, so it can be done 🙂 I would have included instructions for a lining if I’d known how to sew, but that’s something I haven’t attempted to learn yet. 🙂 As far as yarn for a smaller bag, I would probably use Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton (it’s still worsted but it’s thinner) or, for even smaller, Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Cotton.

  • Sara stallcuo August 26, 2017, 3:44 pm

    Where do I find the pattern?.

    • Rebecca September 2, 2017, 3:44 pm

      The different parts are listed and linked to in the blog post above.

  • Judith August 27, 2017, 1:15 pm

    I am looking forward to making and learning the Bag pattern. Thank you for posting it.


  • Montserrat November 5, 2017, 2:58 am

    Buenos días
    Me encanta tu blog y me gustaría subscribir me a él.
    Un saludo

  • Dana van Heerden December 15, 2017, 12:04 pm

    Can’t wait to start making this lovely bag. Thanks for the free pattern. Really stunning. Dana

  • kerry wolf March 5, 2018, 6:37 pm

    purse is beautiful !

  • Zita March 13, 2018, 8:52 am

    Looking forward for the pattern

  • Sarah Durbridge April 24, 2018, 7:36 pm

    Hi Rebecca, Thank you for this gorgeous bag pattern! I’m enjoying creating this bag, however I’m up to creating the base and no matter how hard I try after row 2 I can’t keep my numbers consistent. You ask to have 33 stitches in between the ends I’m always ending up with 36. I’ve undone the base several times now and following your YouTube tutorial. Could you please point me in the right direction as to what I’m doing wrong. Thank you so much. I await your reply.

    • Rebecca April 26, 2018, 9:09 pm

      Hi Sarah! You should remain consistent with 33 stitches along each side, throughout the base pattern, but these do NOT include the stitches that are worked as part of the increases on either end of the base. Without seeing your work, it’s hard to know what you’re doing.

  • ROSA MARIA April 28, 2018, 5:57 pm


  • Sindy Smith May 10, 2018, 3:06 am

    Good morning from a chilli South Africa. Can I use acrillic yarn for the shoulder bag?
    Your yarn look so beautiful than our yarn here in South Africa.
    I just follow the YouTube wildflower bag and love it. Busy with the Base of the bag. I’m new to crochet and want to know must I increase the Base only on the 3 double single crochet at the ends or more times?
    Have a great day.
    Sindy Smith

  • Virginia July 2, 2018, 12:51 am

    I love this purse. But whenever I go to doing the bottom of the purse I am sorry but I don’t quite understand the part ” 2 sc in first stitch and 2 sc in the next two stitch’s. (2 sc in next stitch and 2 into the next 2 stitch’s) three times. I followed the post but still come up either short or long.

  • Sheila Reinders August 23, 2018, 9:33 am

    Love the wildflower shoulder bag. Can’t wait to start.

  • Rajeswary jimmy September 17, 2018, 12:49 pm

    I really loved your wildflower shoulder bag.I have been trying to make one for a long time. I would be greateful if you could share r
    the pattern with me.

  • Rajeswary jimmy September 17, 2018, 12:50 pm

    I really loved your wildflower shoulder bag.I have been trying to make one for a long time. I would be greateful if you could share r
    the pattern with me.It

  • Rajeswary jimmy September 17, 2018, 12:51 pm

    Your wildflower shoulder bag is beautiful.I have been trying to make one for a long time. I would be greateful if you could share
    the pattern with me.

    • Rebecca September 17, 2018, 8:15 pm

      If you read the post above you’ll find the links to each part of the pattern according to the crochet-along schedule. 🙂

  • Denise Hickson October 22, 2018, 4:02 am

    Looking forward to receiving You pattern for this lovely bag