Sugar Skull Shoulder Bag

My husband and I love to take road trips to the Southwest. Whenever we go, we cannot resist the Day of the Dead-related arts and crafts. We have started quite a little collection of figurines, wall hangings, and sugar skull votives. I love all the little details that make these objects so personal. With this bag, you can take that motif with you wherever you go. This pattern can be found in Beastly Crochet by Brenda K. B. Anderson.

Photo by Joe Hancock

Book Excerpt from Beastly Crochet by Brenda K. B. Anderson

Finished Size About 15″ (38 cm) tall, 13″ (33 cm) wide, and 2½” (6.5 cm) deep.

Strap about 38″ (96.5 cm) long (not including the part that becomes the sides of the bag).

Yarn Worsted (#4 Medium). Shown here: Red Heart Super Saver (100% acrylic; 364 yd [333 m]/7 oz [198g]): #313 Aran (A), #718 Shocking Pink (B), #312 Black (C), #319 Cherry Red (D), #512 Turqua (E), and #672 Spring Green (F), 1 skein each.

Hook Size G/6 (4 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.

Notions Seven removable st markers (make sure one of these is different from the others); yarn needle; two plastic canvas circles, 12″ (30.5 cm) in diameter, Darice #33305; 12″ (30.5 cm) zipper in color A; sewing needle and thread that matches A; sewing pins; invisible (monofilament) thread (for stitching sequins onto the bag); small sequins, ¼” (6 mm) cup: 16 pink, 26 green, 2 turquoise, 1 red; ½ yd (45.5 cm) of lining fabric (optional).

Gauge 9 rnds in sc st = 4″ (10 cm) in diameter.

Note This pattern uses the term “rotate work.” This is not the same as “turn work.” While keeping the same side (the RS) facing you at all times, rotate work 180 degrees, like turning a steering wheel.


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