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Arabesque Fringe Purse - Free Pattern

I have another new pattern for you! This is my Arabesque Fringe Purse. It uses Bernat Maker Home Dec yarn. If you're not a fan of fringe, this bag is a great blank canvas for your favorite embellishments! Get the downloadable/printer friendly version here: Ravelry Link.

Arabesque Fringe Purse

- 2 colors bulky yarn (Suggested yarn: Bernat Maker Home Dec)
- J Hook
- Scissors
- Tapestry needle
- Zipper or other closing hardware of choice (OPTIONAL)

- Chain 1 at the beginning of the round does not count as a stitch.
- Join each round with a slip stitch to the first stitch of the round.
- Stitch counts are indicated in parenthesis.
- When making the strap, ch 1 and turn at the beginning of each row.
- Gauge:  1” = approx. 3.5 stitches and 4 rows. Bag measures about 8” x 8.5” when laying flat. Gauge is not crucial to this project.

Stitches & Abbreviations:
Ch – Chain
Sc – Single Crochet
Sc dec – Single crochet decrease
Hdc – Half double crochet
St – Stitch
Sl st – Slip stitch
BLO – Back loop only

Ch 26.
1. Sc in the second chain from hook and in each ch across, 2 sc in last ch, sc into the other side of the chain across, 2 sc in last ch. (52 sc)
2. Ch 1. 2 sc in first st, hdc in next 24 sts, 2 sc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 24 sts, 2 sc in last st. (56 sts)
3. Ch 1. In BLO for this round only, sc in each st around. (56)
4. - 26. Ch 1. Sc around. (56)
27. Ch 1. Sc around, putting 1 sc dec in each of the 2 corners. (54)
Cut yarn.

Attach yarn to corner of bag (See photo for placement. When laying flat, strap ends should be centered in the corners of the bag.)
1. Ch 1. Sc in first st and in next st. (2)
2. Ch 1, turn. Sc 2. (2)
Repeat row 2 until strap is approximately 40” long.
Note: You can omit or add rows to adjust the strap. I wanted a cross body purse and I am short, but you could add rows for a longer strap or omit some for a shoulder bag instead.

Sl st strap to opposite corner of bag. Ch 1 and sc evenly down one side of the strap. Cut yarn.
Join yarn to the other side of the strap. Ch 1 and sc evenly down the other side of the strap. Cut yarn.
Strap should be centered on the corners of the bag.

Weave in all ends.
Optional: Install zipper or other closing hardware.


Begin by finding the 25 centermost stitches of round 26 on the front of the bag. Cut 10 long strands of contrast color (around 48” long). Hold 2 strands together and knot them around the first of the 25 center stitches. Skip 5 stitches, then knot 2 more strands around the next stitch. Do this until you have 5 knots with 4 strands coming from each knot. (See photo for placement)

Take the 2 right strands from the first knot and the 2 left strands from the next knot and tie another knot, creating a diamond shape. Continue this way with each set of 4 strands. Repeat for each “row” of knots, leaving the first and last two strands of each row hanging.
Trim fringe to your liking.

Here is the bag without fringe. Make it yours!

I look forward to seeing your projects on Ravelry and Instagram (#mandiethemommy). I hope you enjoyed this pattern!

Pattern and pictures property of Amanda Slate Designs. DO NOT copy, repost, redistribute, or claim as your own this pattern or any of the pictures. You have permission to sell any items you make using this pattern. Please link back to the Ravelry listing and credit Amanda Slate designs as the designer.


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