Ombre Bag by Carol Ibbetson

Ombre Bag

June 2023
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
17.5 stitches and 19 rows = 4 inches
in Double Crochet (UK), Single Crochet (US)
3.5 mm (E)
250 - 300 yards (229 - 274 m)
22cm (8¾in) wide and 17cm (6½in) high
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This is a robust bag designed for everyday use. It has reinforcement in the base and the sides and a magnetic closure. Instructions are included for adding a lining.
The bottom is worked in rows then stitches are picked up around the base to work the body in the round. The pattern uses two strands of yarn throughout with varying combinations to give the ombre effect.
As well as a pair of wooden handles, a thin crocheted handle can be used to keep the bag on the shoulder.

The bag is approximately 22cm (8¾in) wide and 17cm (6½in) high without handles.
The base is 22cm (8¾in) by 5cm (2in).
The wooden handles measure 20cm (8in) by 6cm (2½in) - available at
The long handle is 114cm (45in) long and is designed to be attached so that it can be hidden inside the bag if only the short handles are used. The handle can be made to any length.

UK terms are used throughout the pattern, equivalent US terms are listed in the abbreviations.

You Will Need
3 x 10g balls in each of 5 shades of Scheepjes Catona Cotton
A pair of wooden handles approx. 20cm x 6 cm - available at
1 sheet of plastic mesh for reinforcement
Half a fat quarter of fabric to line the bag (optional)
A sewing needle and thread to attach the lining (optional)
A tapestry needle to weave in ends and attach the handles.
A magnetic fastener
Four stitch markers
You will also need a 3.5mm (US E4, UK9) crochet hook (or size to obtain gauge) and a sewing needle and thread to attach the lining.