The Fall 2006 issue of Crochet Me Magazine will include a crocheted handbag, designed by me. Although I cannot show you the finished photos until they first appear in the magazine, I can show you the materials used. There will be a kit available here when the magazine goes live.
I used Henry's Attic Andee yarn (50% superfine alpaca, 50% merino wool). Its a worsted weight, really soft yarn and I worked it up with a US G6 (4mm) crochet hook. It comes in 8oz skeins ( 500 yds per skein).
The handbag is adorned with 8mm carved bone beads, honey-colored wooden handles, and nickle purse feet. I haven't lined the bag yet, and am not sure it needs it.
The pattern is pretty simple - no advanced stitch skills required. The construction is a bit unconventional, but not difficult.