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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Purse Lover's Scarf - Featured Pattern

The photographer did a fantastic job!
by Mary Jane Hall
Published in Positively Crochet!

I don't think I've met many women or girls who aren't crazy about purses. Call them whatever you want - purse, bag, tote, carry-all, hand bag, market bag, fanny pack, back pack, clutch purse or pocketbook, as my father in law used to say. There are 1,000's of different designs out there for all kinds of bags and new ones cropping up everyday. One thing for sure is that I don't think purses will ever go out of style. How would we carry all our personal items? Purses are just as much for style or a fashion statement as they are as a necessity.

Since purses are so popular with females of all ages, I had the idea to showcase some small applique purses to apply to a scarf. The true purse collector really loves this scarf! You could add the appliques to many other projects as well.

The appliques are not difficult to make
 The scarf itself is a nice crochet stitch pattern using a # 4, medium worsted weight yarn, accented with a # 3 cotton thread. I've always loved to mix and match yarns, which makes a project interesting. I used an even smaller crochet thread (# 10) for the purse appliques.

If you've never made a crochet thread project, please don't let this scare you! I went over 40 years of my life without ever attempting to make something out of thread. But with my special Ottlite, it's so much easier than I thought to see the small stitches. The placement of the purses looks a little off in the photo, but they're really not!

If you have trouble seeing your stitches, then one of these lights can be life changing and well worth the investment. I think my floor lamp was around $100 a few years ago, and places like JoAnn Fabrics has sales on them once in a while.They also carry the smaller desk lamp from $19.99 and up.


  1. I'm trying to figure out how to contact you by e-mail. I'm having trouble with one of your patterns in your Positively Crochet book. I've already checked your section for corrections to this pattern but didn't find any. I know I'm not doing anything wrong, but I'm finding that what I'm doing isn't matching what you're saying at the end of the round(ex. row 1--54 dc and 53 ch 1 sps). How can I find your email address so I can go in to my email and send you my question? Thanks.

  2. Sorry you're having problems with the pattern. My email is maryjanehall@gmail.com it's to the left where my Facebook picture is (under my photo & name)

    Mary Jane

  3. I didn't go to your facebook page, guess I should have...lol. Thanks. I will be sending you an email soon.

  4. I sent you an email last night with my question. Hope you got it.

  5. S0 sorry, Wendy! I didn't see the email. I'll look now!