Say Cheese! Camera Crochet Bag

Lights, camera, action! The Say Cheese! Camera Crochet Bag is a unique take on the popular field bag style of handbags. Featuring a button closure at the top and a fun camera lens design on the front, this is sure to turn heads.

This is a fun crochet bag to use for your camera or just as a regular purse!

Skill Level: Easy

Size: Bag: 8” x 8”; Shoulder Strap: 1.5” x 50”

Gauge: 4 sts & 4 rows in sc = 1 inch

Materials

Yarn: Drops Paris (100% cotton; 82 yards [75 meters]/50 grams): Black (1 ball), Cream (2 balls), Sky Blue (3 balls)
Hook: US size H/8 (5.0 mm) hook or size needed to obtain gauge
Notions: Scissors, tapestry/wool needle, 1 cream shank button {0.6 inches x 0.6 inches}

Special Stitch

Camel Single Crochet
Crochet stitches are made up of 2 yarn strands. The yarn strand closest to you is the front loop. The yarn strand farthest from you is the back loop. There is also a 3rd strand/loop that is behind the front and back loop. This is the loop/bump that is required for “camel crochet.”
To create your first Camel SC, insert your crochet hook into the 3rd loop. Yarn over, pull yarn through stitch. Yarn over again, pull hook through both loops that are on your hook.

Pattern

Using sky blue yarn ch 29.
Rnd 1: Ch 1. Sc into the 2nd ch from your hook. Crochet 1 sc into the next 27 stitches. Crochet 5 sc into the next stitch. {Note: You are now going to be working on the opposite side of foundation ch.} Crochet 1 sc in the next 27 stitches. Crochet 4 sc into the next stitch. Sl st into the first sc. (64 sc)
Rnd 2: Ch 1, then crochet 1 sc into the same stitch. Crochet 1 sc into the next 28 stitches. Crochet 2 sc into the next 3 stitches. Crochet 1 sc into the next 29 stitches. Crochet 2 sc into the next 3 stitches. Sl st into first sc. (70 sc)
Rnd 3: Ch 1. Crochet 1 sc into the same stitch, but only through the back loop. {Note: Place a stitch marker in this stitch.} Crochet 1 SC into every stitch all around. {Note: Continue crocheting the stitches in this round, only in the back loop.} Do not sl st into the first sc.
Rnds 4-29: Remove the stitch marker, and crochet a camel sc in the top of the first sc from Round 3. Replace the stitch marker in this stitch. {Note: For the rest of the pattern you’ll continue working in spiral rounds instead of normal rounds.} Crochet 1 Camel SC into every stitch all around.
Rnds 30-41: Change yarn color to cream. Crochet 1 Camel sc into every stitch all around.
Rnd 42: Crochet 1 Camel sc into the next 69 stitches. Sl st into the next stitch.
Fasten off, and weave in loose ends.

Flap

With cream yarn, ch 29.
Row 1: Ch 1. Crochet 1 sc into the 2nd ch from your hook. Then crochet 1 sc into the next 28 chs. (29 sc)
Row 2: Crochet 1 Sl st into every stitch across.
Row 3: Ch 1. Crochet 1 Camel sc into the same stitch. Crochet 1 Camel sc into the next 28 stitches.
Rows 4-17: Repeat rows 2-3.
Row 15: Ch 1. Crochet 1 Camel sc into the same stitch. Crochet 1 Camel sc into the next 13 stitches. Ch 1, skip 1 stitch. {Note: You’ve just created a button hole.} Crochet 1 Camel sc into the next 14 stitches.
Rows 16-17: Repeat rows 2-3.
Fasten off, and weave in loose ends.
Taking your tapestry needle, sew the bottom of the flap (row 1) to the top of the satchel bag, in the middle, right at the back. Note: Make sure the textured side is the side showing up.
Now sew your shank button onto your satchel bag, beneath the button hole you created in row 15 of the ‘Flap’ pattern.

Camera Lens

Rnd 1: Using black yarn, Ch 2. Crochet 6 sc into the 2nd ch from your hook. Sl st into the first sc. (6 sc)
Rnd 2: Ch 1. Crochet 2 sc into the same stitch. Crochet 2 sc into every stitch all around. Sl st into the first sc. (12 sc)
Rnd 3: Ch 1, then crochet 2 sc into the same stitch. *Crochet 1 sc into the next stitch. Then crochet 2 sc in the next stitch. Repeat from the * all around. Sl st into the first sc. (18 sc)
Rnd 4: Ch 1, then crochet 2 sc into the same stitch. *Crochet 1 sc into the next 2 stitches. Then crochet 2 sc in the next stitch. Repeat from the * all around. Sl st into the first sc. (24 sc)
Rnd 5: Ch 1, then crochet 2 sc into the same stitch. *Crochet 1 sc into the next 3 stitches. Then crochet 2 sc in the next stitch. Repeat from the * all around. {Note: Change yarn color to cream when crocheting into stitches 6 – 12, before changing the yarn color back to black for the rest of the round.} Sl st into the first sc. (30 sc)
Rnd 6: Ch 1, then crochet 2 sc into the same stitch. *Crochet 1 sc into the next 4 stitches. Then crochet 2 sc in the next stitch. Repeat from the * all around. Sl st into the first SC. (36 sc)
Rnd 7: Ch 1, then crochet 2 sc into the same stitch. *Crochet 1 sc into the next 5 stitches. Then crochet 2 sc in the next stitch. Repeat from the * all around. Sl st into the first sc. (42 sc)
Rnd 8: Change yarn color to cream. Ch 1, 2 sc into the same stitch. *sc into the next 6 stitches., 2 sc in the next stitch. Repeat from the * all around. Sl st into the first SC. (48 sc)
Rnd 9: Ch 1. 1 sc into the same stitch. Sc into every stitch all around. Sl st into the first sc.
Fasten off, and weave in loose ends.
Taking your tapestry needle, sew the camera lens embellishment onto the front of the satchel bag.

Shoulder Strap

Using sky blue yarn, ch 6.
Row 1: Sc into the 2nd ch from your hook. Sc into the next 4 chs. (5 sc)
Rows 2-108: Ch 1. Sc into the same stitch. Sc into the next 4 stitches. Note: The strap should measure 50 inches in length, once completed.
Fasten off, and weave in loose ends.
Taking your tapestry needle, sew both ends of the strap on the inside of the bag, one on either side. yarn ball

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