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Free Crochet Pattern: Bobble-licious Bag

November 19, 2010


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  1. November 19, 2010 7:43 pm

    Fantastically thorough tutorial! I must admit, at first glance I thought it said boobalicious….

    • November 19, 2010 8:00 pm

      Ahhahaha. Funny. Wish I would have thought of that earlier. Maybe I will scheme up a boobalicious bag. BTW, people always think it’s “Speckles” instead of “Speckless.”
      Boobalicious. *snort*

    • November 20, 2010 8:10 am

      BTW, I truly think this is funny–I’m not being sarcastic. =)

  2. November 20, 2010 3:01 am

    I just saw this on whiupup and had to come over and check it out! I love both the pattern and the color you chose for it! The name is appropriate!
    Thank you for sharing.

  3. November 21, 2010 4:50 pm

    This is so pretty! And an awesome tutorial. I started a blog that is a crochet pattern collective. So many creative bloggers out there! Hope you don’t mind I linked to one of your photos with a short description and a link back here for the pattern. It will post 11/23/10. Thank you for sharing this beautiful pattern!

    • November 22, 2010 9:47 am

      Thanks, Sara! I really like your site, and I am honored to be linked up!

    • November 22, 2010 5:13 pm

      Just getting started and have a lot to learn about blogging but I’m fun with it. Thanks again and I appreciate you letting me share it with others! I will be lining my first bag for a Christmas gift so this post will be lots of help to me.

    • November 22, 2010 7:56 pm

      Alice over at Future Girl has excellent tutorials for both lining a bag AND sewing the lining in:

      These two tutes have been very helpful to me!

  4. December 6, 2010 3:45 pm

    This bag is extremely beautiful. Thank you very much for the explanations, and the very clear and beautiful pictures. Would you authorize me to translate it for my French readers, of course with a link to your blog? Best wishes,

    • December 6, 2010 8:11 pm

      Bien sur, Gisele! That sounds like a great idea!

    • December 7, 2010 6:27 am

      thank you so much, I’m so happy!!! I will keep you informed as soon as it is online. Merci beaucoup!

    • December 17, 2010 3:57 pm

      The French translation has now been published on my blog, I have used some of your pictures, I hope it is not a problem 😦 Again thank you so much for this very clear pattern and this beautiful bag 🙂

    • December 17, 2010 7:03 pm

      Super! Thanks!

  5. December 13, 2010 12:37 am

    thank you for your share

  6. December 21, 2010 9:22 am

    Such a pretty purse, thanks for sharing!

  7. December 21, 2010 9:26 am

    I just wanted to pop in and say “Thanks” for the great response to this pattern! I would love, love, love to see any photos of completed purses!

  8. Fawnscrafts permalink
    December 24, 2010 12:11 pm

    *Sigh* What a beautiful project.

    I sigh, because now I will have to chose, which to make today. This or another pattern I ran across this morning.

    The other pattern I know I can get done in an evening, this one, I am not so sure.

    Thank you so very much, for your kindness and generosity.

    • December 24, 2010 12:18 pm

      I’m so glad you like it! This can definitely be finished in an evening if you don’t line it (unless you’re a quicker seamstress than I am–and I think most people are quicker than me)!

  9. Cas permalink
    January 6, 2011 7:00 pm

    Hi Heidi,

    I’m working through your Bobble-licious bag (ha! I just wrote booba-licious too) bag and I’m not that familiar with decreasing. Could you please explain what you mean by “decreasing 2 evenly around”? Do I hdc then do the decrease hdc in alternate stitches? Hope you can help!

    • January 6, 2011 7:58 pm

      Oops. Sorry, that is a little unclear! Don’t decrease every other stitch, just do two decrease stitches in the row (or each row indicated). So, just do a decrease stitch, continue doing regular stitches, then when you get about half way through the round, decrease one more. This is just so that you don’t do both the decreases right next to each other (which could look a little wonky). I hope this helps–I often wish I could be right there with you to help!

      Let me know if you need some better explanation!

    • Cas permalink
      January 6, 2011 8:36 pm

      Thanks for getting back to me so quickly! That’s perfectly clear – thanks for explaining.

      And thanks for sharing the pattern – my niece will love her bag!


    • Sherrie permalink
      January 21, 2011 3:09 pm

      Thanks for explaining this. I only wish I had read the comments before nearly finishing the bag and realizing something was very very wrong. oooopsie! Really super cute bag!

    • January 21, 2011 4:24 pm

      I think I know what you’re speaking of . . . off to make some changes to the pattern!

  10. Tasha) permalink
    January 26, 2011 6:42 am

    Thank you for this free pattern. I have a few questions on Row 1. I’m literally scratching my head. LOL!

    After the * Repeat * until the last chain, should I only have 11 bobbles?

    Once I make two more bobbles in the last stitch, should I have 13 bobbles?

    What does ch1 groups in last chain? I looked at the graph but I’m not quite sure where the
    “last chain” is that you are referring to.

    “Spin your work so that the completed bobbles are facing you”, do you mean the WS will be facing you? Once I finished the last two bobbles, the bobbles are already facing me.

    Am I like totally lost somewhere? Sorry this is so long on your blog page but I was unable to find a contact page for you.

    • Tasha) permalink
      January 26, 2011 7:08 am

      UPDATE…as soon as I finished writing, I picked up my work and the light bulb went off. Sorry for being such a slow boat…newbie on board!

  11. January 26, 2011 8:54 am

    Hi Tasha,
    As per your most recent post, I am assuming (hoping) that the pattern makes sense to you now. Please let me know if you need some further explanation. Yes, you’re right, the right side of the work will always be facing you for the entirety of this project, as you are working in rounds–I guess what I meant by “turn the bobbles so they are facing you” was this: spin the work (like a steering wheel) so that the completed bobbles are pointing at your belly instead of pointing away from you (does that make any sense?).

    Anyhoo, let me know if you have any more questions. And don’t be sorry–we all run into issues when reading a pattern for the first time! 🙂

    • Tasha) permalink
      January 26, 2011 6:16 pm

      Thank you for being so gracious!

      I just hope I finished Round 1 correctly. I believe I was suppose to make two bobbles in the last stitch…right? Then sl st to top of beg bobble. I wasn’t quite sure, so I ran with your comment to have three bobbles on each end…I did come out with 26 bobbles on Round 1 though.

    • January 26, 2011 9:16 pm

      Yup, 26 total bobbles on round one. Once round one is over, the rest should be easy-peasy.

    • Tasha) permalink
      January 29, 2011 5:46 pm

      I’m on Row 5 and I notice that all of my Beg Bobbles are in a diagonal. Meaning, they are not lined up on top of each other. Shouldn’t the Beg Bobbles be aligned near the edge/side of the bag? I would hate to rip it all out. It still looks pretty good. If this is wrong (diagonal beg bobl’s), can I just make the beg bobbles into regular bobbles?

      Here is a picture:

    • January 29, 2011 6:29 pm

      Hi you!
      This “diagonaling” is normal for most crochet projects, and it appears that you are on the right track! You need to do the beginning bobble (with the ch3 start) to get your stitch to the right height. There are two other alternative methods for this (to replace the ch3), so if you want, you can try them out and see how you like them. You might want to do a search for these, as I don’t know how well I can explain:

      The chainless start: After you sl st to join the round, yarn over, insert your hook in the stitch indicated, yarn over, pull up a loop (yo, draw through 2 loops on hook) twice. Essentially, you are making a double crochet right off the bat instead of using the chain 3 to start.

      Or: make a single crochet, then chain 2 instead of making the ch 3

      Making the ch 3 is the easiest, and I find that it gets hidden well in a bobble stitch. I think your bag looks great so far, but like I said, do a search for chainless start or “alternative ways to begin crochet row” or something like that if the ch3 start is getting your goat!

  12. Tasha permalink
    January 31, 2011 7:39 pm

    I almost fell out when I saw the ch3 for the beg bobble. I TOTALLY forgot about the ch3. I’m just crochetin’ away making my beg bobble the wrong way. I couldn’t stand knowing that I had did five beg bobbles wrong. So, I ripped it all out down to Row 1. I even found that I missed a ch1 in Row 1. I felt much better as I chugged back thru all of the rows. I’m ready to start Row 10.

    I’m not quite sure about Row 10. I need to read it again to make sure I have a clear understanding. I gather that I can make a decrease anywhere in this Row just as long as the decreases are not side by side…right?

    • January 31, 2011 7:45 pm

      You got it–just decrease a total of 2, just not smack together. Curious: how were you doing the first bobble of each round? From your picture, I thought everything looked pretty dang good!

    • Tasha permalink
      February 1, 2011 1:14 pm

      Ha! I thought my beg bobbles were on point also. I was just making it without the ch3:

      yarn over, insert hook into stitch indicated, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through2 loops on hook] twice. (3 loops on hook)

      Ok, so after Row 9, I should have 52 hdc’s.

      By the end of Row 10, I should have 104 hdc, 102 because of the 2 dec’s, or do I just need Math 101. LOL!

  13. February 1, 2011 2:14 pm

    I actually didn’t count the hdc’s when I made the pattern . . . so . . . sure! At this stage of the game, I think you will find that even if you are off by one or two stitches, everything will still turn out!

    • Tasha permalink
      February 1, 2011 3:39 pm

      I was WAY off. Now I know how my ds feels when he gets a word problem wrong in homeschool. It’s 50 hdc not 104…

    • February 1, 2011 8:15 pm

      Oh ya–off a couple is okay. But an extra 50! 🙂

  14. Tasha) permalink
    February 5, 2011 8:32 am

    I got a big chuckle out of that one (an extra 50). Yea, is there any way to erase my comment with the math calculation. Just don’t let my ds read that. LOL!

    • February 5, 2011 12:19 pm

      It made me laugh, too. I agreed, after all! If you really want me to delete that bad math comment, I can. I’m anxious to see your bag when it’s finished, so let me know if you post pics!

  15. mizb1996 permalink
    March 17, 2011 3:11 pm

    I LOVE this bag! I’ve been looking for something to make for my niece’s birthday gift, and this looks like what it’s going to be! Thank you for sharing!

    • March 17, 2011 3:27 pm

      Thanks, Shirley! I hope she likes it (handmade gifts are the best)!

    • unda permalink
      May 3, 2011 11:24 pm

      i have a bad look of the bobble under new row & the beg row of hdc (or maybe its bcause i use the multicolor yarn)…
      here the pic :

      i follow the instruction about to make bobble n others,but not the number of row (but i dont know maybe i make some mistake,i just want to try…hehe)

      thank you…
      i will try my best to make this one again…\(>0<)/

    • May 4, 2011 9:31 am

      Unda, I think it looks almost right! The photo is a little blurry, but I can see that something is a little off.
      1) Are you working in the round (if you are turning your work at the end of each round, that could be creating the odd looking stitch). 2) At the end of each round, you need to slip stitch to the next space to start the new round, so are you slip stitching in the top of the bobble, then slip stitching into the first space? If not, this could make the stitches look strange. 3) When working in the round like this, you will always see a little bit of a diagonal “seam” where the round starts and ends, so maybe it is a result of the multicolor yarn (maybe the yarn makes it more noticeable). 4) The last thing I can think is this: from the picture, it kind of looks like you ended the round, then made the first bobble in the wrong space (like you “backed up” one space to the right rather than moving forward). If this is the case, at the end of the round, you will need to slip stitch in the very top of the first bobble, then slip stitch in the first space to the left of that bobble, then begin your next round.

      Geez, I hope this makes sense! Like I said, you are definitely on the right track, but let me know what you think of all this. It definitely seems that the problem is a result of an incorrect join or an incorrect beginning bobble that is pulling at the work.

  16. unda permalink
    May 3, 2011 1:44 am

    this bag soooo amazing…i love it…i’m a beginner, i try to make this but small version and not exactly follow the instruction..i have problem with begin the row, it’s make the project not too neat…
    sorry i think my english bad…

    • May 3, 2011 6:50 am

      I can help you out if you can give me some more specific information on what you are having problems with. This purse is a pretty small project, so I would suggest that you not try to alter the pattern, and follow the instructions exactly (this will ensure the best results for your first time making it). The diagram at the top shows exactly how to make the first round.

      Also, reading the comments might help with any questions you may have. Let me know what you think!

  17. Christie permalink
    June 15, 2011 6:05 pm

    Beautiful! I am planning on this being my next project. I am going to do it in purple and give it to my great niece for christmas, but I was just curious as to how much yarn to purchase.

    • June 15, 2011 9:13 pm

      It doesn’t take much yarn — one skein would for sure be enough for one, and probably enough for two or three. I made this with an already-used skein of Red Heart Acrylic, so it’s hard to say exactly how much :/

    • Christie permalink
      June 16, 2011 1:41 am

      Thanks for the quick response. That was what I was thinking but in the picture you really can’t tell the size.

  18. July 17, 2011 8:43 pm

    Do you have twitter? Great stuff by the way…

    • July 18, 2011 9:36 am

      Yup! The link is along the right-hand side of the page.

  19. August 10, 2011 7:30 am

    Cute! Thank you for the pattern. 🙂

  20. Jenny permalink
    October 8, 2011 1:11 pm

    Hello, I would love to make this purse. I have a 7 y/o and would like to make it a tad bit bigger. Would that be possible? If so, can you please post new chain amount to make a medium sized purse. Thank you very much! It looks soooo cute!

    • October 8, 2011 5:13 pm

      The pattern is a multiple of 2+1. Now, I hope this makes sense: just add a multiple of 2 more chains to the original “chain 26” pattern to make it wider. I would maybe start with a chain of 32 and see if that’s wide enough. Then just follow the pattern (making the extra bobbles, of course). To make it taller, just add more rounds. Also, you can increase your hook and yarn size.

    • Jenny permalink
      October 8, 2011 6:07 pm

      Thank you very much for responding so quickly! I am excited to get started.

    • October 8, 2011 7:50 pm

      No problem! Lemme know if you have any questions along the way.

  21. CrochetByShay permalink
    October 20, 2011 1:53 pm

    I love this pattern! Thank you so much for posting it! I found it through a google search as it stood out among the rest (during an image search) and I was in love! 🙂 I just made it for a 10yr old girl and she LOVES it! I did the strap slightly differently and added a pocket to the lining.

    You may have already stated your answer to this question, but I cant find it. Am I allowed to sell my project, made from your pattern?

    Thanks again! It is so cute!

    • October 20, 2011 4:42 pm

      Hi-ya! Yes, you may sell finished items from ANY of my patterns (free or sale). I just ask that you don’t sell or distribute the pattern itself (like printing it and sharing it, or e-mailing it to someone). And, just the old honor-system thingy that you don’t mark or declare these items as your own original design. Other than that, sell, sell, sell! I’d love to see your projects, too, if you’re interested in posting photos on the Flickr page (link on the sidebar).

      I’m so glad to hear that you liked the pattern!

    • CrochetByShay permalink
      October 20, 2011 7:30 pm

      Great to know! Thanks! Yes, I posted the one I made to flickr today! 🙂 it is the grey one with a blue ribbon.

    • October 20, 2011 8:02 pm

      Yeeeehooo! It’s awesome!

  22. October 27, 2011 12:27 pm

    It really is tooooo cute, I immediately made it with some white leftovers I had laying around…

    • October 27, 2011 4:22 pm

      I LOVE IT! Especially the little tag. And the yarn. Thanks for sharing!

  23. diana fox permalink
    December 15, 2011 5:00 pm

    Again, I love your patterns . They are such neat stitches and written more easy to understand and follow than any I’ve ever used. Thank you for them. I just found the Bobbolicious purse! And just finished the scalloped hat and cowl. LOVE them.

  24. fabiola permalink
    January 6, 2012 10:31 am

    this is an awesome purse!!!

  25. February 13, 2012 7:53 pm

    Hey! Thanks for posting your lovely pattern :). I’ve just made 3 in different colours and sizes for my lil’ cousin’s 8th birthday :). She’ll love them! (hopefully ;))

    Thank you!

  26. March 10, 2012 9:06 am

    Great bag. I hope i`l try it soon. Thanks for sharing your pattern.

  27. Sharon Cunniffe permalink
    June 5, 2012 7:20 am

    A beautiful little gem, made it in white for my daughters first holy communion,she loved it and the pattern was perfection.

  28. June 21, 2012 8:18 am

    STUNNING. so happy to have found your stuff! 🙂

  29. Betty permalink
    October 10, 2012 1:22 pm

    Beautiful bag, I love the way you explain very clear, easy and fast ….

    Thanks for your time … I am lucky to have found your stuff …. Stunning !!!!

  30. October 14, 2012 6:14 am

    Very good article. I absolutely appreciate this site. Thanks!

  31. March 21, 2013 12:26 pm

    Great, thanks! I love that you even did the inside lining!!!!

  32. May 8, 2013 9:04 am

    Thank you for the pattern : this bag is lovely !!!

  33. Anonymous permalink
    May 12, 2013 10:57 pm

    I make most of my purses, just a suggestion, I also make pockets for the inside, for my cell phone or meds or lipstick, also a little case for my glasses…in additon I also line the handles so they won’t stretch. But I am going to make this one, in RED, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR PATTERN…

    • May 13, 2013 7:44 am

      HaHA! Yes, lining the handle is a super-extra bonus. I have a larger bag that I wish I would have lined the handles — they do get stretched under a heavy load!

  34. Y A permalink
    June 7, 2013 2:08 am

    I love this bag, and am looking forward to finishing it! I’m in the middle, and I have a question. I have completed rounds 1 – 6. For round 7, you wrote to change hooks (which I assume is what makes the bobbles come out smaller), but in the picture it looks like there are 8 rounds with the larger hook. Is there a mistake, am I supposed to change hooks only after round 8? thanks,

    • June 7, 2013 8:17 am

      Nope, this is how I made it. But, you could change hooks at round 8 if you wanted — or not change hooks at all — for varying results. There are also decreases in upcoming rounds, so the shape will come in at the top a little even if you don’t change, or change later!

  35. rami permalink
    July 6, 2013 5:29 am

    i would like to make a bigger size bag how many chains should i put?

    • rami permalink
      July 6, 2013 8:07 am

      so sorry i got the answer it is 2 plus 1 which you have already written

    • July 6, 2013 10:35 am

      No problem, Rami — let me know if you need anything else!

  36. Gloria permalink
    August 2, 2013 1:44 pm

    This was very helpful in seeing how to write out a crochet pattern. Adding the graph definitely helps a lot. I actually prefer the graph over written out patterns. I was wondering how you did that. Did you use a program? 🙂 thank you!

    • August 2, 2013 5:11 pm

      I draw my graphs with pencil, then scan them, then make the symbols in Illustrator. I’m sure there’s a better way, but that’s what I know!

  37. August 12, 2013 2:48 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for this adorable pattern! I just one in black sparkly yarn for myself for an evening bag and am getting ready to make a bright pink one for my 3 year old!

  38. Ruth permalink
    November 19, 2013 8:49 am

    Cute purse. With forty plus years of crocheting under my belt, I have never seen that stitch called a bobble. It’s called a cluster stitch. There is a completely different stitch called a bobble stitch, I believe.

  39. Rachel permalink
    December 24, 2013 6:44 pm

    Thank you for this fabulous pattern! It was very easy to understand and I enjoyed making it. It will make a great present for my niece for christmas. I was able to make it last minute very quickly. You rock!

    • December 26, 2013 7:02 am

      Yay! Thank you so much — happy holidays!


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