The Ventimiglia bag is the first crochet pattern Hoooked ever made. The name is derived from the train from Den Haag Hollands Spoor to the south of France with, you guessed it, Ventimiglia as its final destination. This free pattern for a crochet bag is based on a few basic stitches and is easy to crochet. A nice and easy project for an absolute beginner!
First you crochet a chain of chain stitches and then you crochet with double crochet around the chain. This will be the base. After crocheting the base, you work your way up in a spiral form. The rounds are not closed. You can make this bag in two variations. With straight sides or with a cute waistline. In the straight version you crochet 1 dc in each stitch all around and in the version with waist you decrease both sides by crocheting stitches together, followed by increase of stitches a few rounds later.
The original bag was made in 2008 and unfortunately was lost during a craft exhibition. These new versions are crocheted with RibbonXL in the colours Riverside Jeans and Spicy Ocre. We ended up using 1 bobbin of 250g. for each bag and we made both of the bags with a 8 mm crochet hook.
Used stitches (UK terms): Slip knot Chain (ch) = O Double crochet (dc) = X Slip stitch (sl. st).
Size of the bag: 28 x 22 cm (11 x 9 inches)
Step 1: Crochet the base
You start by making a slip knot. Then you chain 26 to reach a length of 25 cm. This will be the bottom of your bag. Go back in the chain and crochet a dc in each chain stitch until you have reached the end of the chain. Increase and crochet 3dc in the last chain, allowing you to continue on the other side of the chain. This is shown in the diagram below.
Continue to crochet 1 dc until you have gone all the way around. End with 3 dc in the first chain. This is your bag base.
Step 2: The shape of your bag
After completing the bag base, continue to crochet dc. You can work both loops or work the back loop only to create a horizontal line in the crochet work. Just as shown on the images. Crochet 16 rounds, until you have reached a height of 18 cm.
Tip: Crochet a tailored “waist line” as shown in the blue bag in row 10 by decreasing 2 stitches on both sides (left and right) of the bag. Crochet round 11 and 12 2 dc in every dc round out. In row 13 increase with 2 stitches on both sides, before you continue with the next rounds.
Step 3: Crochet the handle
The next row is the one in which you have to leave the opening for the handle. Count the number of stitches on the front side and make sure you place the handles in the middle. In our case we crocheted 8 dc, chained 10, skipping 10 stitches and continued with 8 dc - and repeated the same process on the back. After completing this round, crochet 1 round in dc (1 dc in each stitch), followed by a row of slip stitches. Fasten off.