I start work on a red hot pocket purse

Inspired by the Taco Bell bag that had once housed a Crunchwrap Supreme, just over 13 months ago I crocheted a “pocket purse” that I intended to use to hold the stuff I take with me when I walk my dog but for which I don’t always have a suitable pocket.

Here is how that “pocket purse” looks more than 365 days of dog walking later:

One side of the original pocket purse
One side of the original pocket purse
The other side of the original pocket purse
The other side of the original pocket purse

I have long thought that my mother needs a small bag like this, and with the sawtooth sunflower throw completed, the pocket purse project rocketed to the top of my “to-do yesterday list.”

I started with a 3.75 mm hook and, in order to ensure that the resulting purse would be easy to find, I elected to use Red Heart Super Saver hot red, a color I think of as a vibrant neutral.

In just over an hour, I had crocheted the body of the bag in its entirety:

The body of a future pocket purse
The body of a future pocket purse

Happy with the color, but finding the decorative scheme too demure for my taste, I decided that after the success of my “put a cookie on it” tote, I would try a “put a dot on it” approach.

First, I made the dots (12 of them as it happens):

Dots for the future pocket purse
Dots for the future pocket purse

and then I laid them out in various arrangements until I found one that pleased me:

The dots hanging out on the pocket purse
The dots hanging out on the pocket purse

If tomorrow’s crochet day only goes half as well as today’s, I expect that I will be able to put this project in the “ta-done” column by the next sunset, and my mom will, at long last, have a light weight, easy to carry (and easy to find) bag.

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3 thoughts on “I start work on a red hot pocket purse

  1. Love the bag!! I just got inspired to make my first bag and so far it is turning out bright and pretty but I have the construction phase ahead so we”ll see!!

  2. Your mom will love the bag! I’ll bet she gets a big smile on her face when she sees this on your blog.

  3. If the Red rose tote is any indication she will LOVE this bright and breezy bag as well!!!! So cheery!

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