Made the base in single crochet because it makes a nice firm fabric and then carried on in star stitch. I decided to close the bag with a zipper and made a row of shells around the top opening.
I lined the bag to prevent too much stretching and also so that very small items wouldn't work their way through the crochet stitches.
I sewed black ribbon on the inside of the shoulder strap, again to prevent it stretching too much when the bag is full.
I also made a plastic base which was inserted into the lining to help the bag keeps its shape.
I'm pleased with it. The only thing is I'm finding this cotton a bit too "fluffy" and it won't look sharp for very long I don't think. Perhaps a crochet handbag would benefit from being made with a yarn that has more synthetic in it. What would you guys use?
I'm now thinking I'd like one in another colour….
And I'm nearly there with the Jan Stawasz! Should be able to show you very soon.