One of my favourite things to crochet is bags because they are so versatile. Therefore, I’ve made SO MANY bags for my daughter to carry her fidgets around, bags to keep notebooks in, bags for all of my crochet and knitting tools, and bags to put on display because they’re just so pretty! This Sweet Stripes Pouch FREE crochet bag pattern will be the go-to bag you make for all of your storage needs!
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What is a crochet bag? How do you make one?
Crochet bags are ridiculously easy to make. SO easy, in fact, that if you’re a crocheter and only know simple stitches, you can still make a bag! A lot of the time, crocheting a bag means either joining your initial chain, making a circle, and then crocheting round and round to form your bag, and then seaming the bottom. OR, you might crochet two flat pieces and then seam them together. It really is SO easy to crochet a bag.
What type of yarn is best to make a bag with?
While you can use any type of yarn to crochet a bag, my personal favourite is cotton because it provides durability that acrylic does not. I really like the stitch definition that cotton has, and with so many different colours available in cotton and it being readily available at craft stores, it’s a great choice. Of course, you can still use any type of yarn to make your bag – it’s your project!
Can I put a lining in a crochet bag?
Linings aren’t necessary for crochet bags, but they do make your bag look amazing! If you go to your local craft store, you can usually find affordable fat quarters of fabric that are so easy to put together for linings. The Crochet Crowd has a great tutorial on lining your crochet bags – you can find it here.
Are there any special stitches in this pattern?
There are two stitches that aren’t common stitches in this pattern. The written instructions are below, and if you click on the links, you will be taken to a video tutorial from a trusted crochet source.
dc3tog = (yarn over, insert hook in indicated stitch, yarn over, pull through, yarn over again, pull through 2 ch on hook) 3 times, yarn over, pull through all 4 loops on hook.
crab stitch = without turning your work, insert your hook from front to back into the first sc, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over again and pull through the two loops on your hook. For the next stitch, insert your hook from front to back into the stitch to the right of the last stitch worked, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over again and pull through the two loops on your hook. You will continue to work clockwise around.
Sweet Stripes Pouch Free Crochet Bag Pattern
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Bernat Handicrafter Cotton, worsted weight #4 (100% cotton; 573 yards/524 meters per 340 gram/12 ounce skein)
- 1 skein Floral Prints (A)
Lily Sugar’n Cream, worsted weight #4 (100% cotton; 120 yards/109 meters per 70.9 gram/2.5 ounce skein)
- 1 skein each of Hot Pink (B), Hot Orange (C), and Soft Violet (D)
Hook & Other Materials
US Size H/8 (5.0mm) crochet hook
4 1-inch buttons
Using A, ch 41.
Row 1 (RS): Working down one side of the chain, sc in 2nd chain from hook, sc to last chain, 2sc in last. Turn to continue working up opposite side of beginning chain. 2sc in first chain, sc to last, 3sc in last, join to first sc. (84 sc)
Rows 2-6: Ch 1, hdc around, join. Drop A, but don’t fasten off. (84 hdc)
Row 7: Using B now, ch 3, dc3tog in same, ch 1, skip 1, (dc3tog, ch 1, skip 1) to end, join to first dc3tog. Drop B, but don’t fasten off. (42 dc3tog clusters, 42 ch-1 spaces)
Row 8: Ch 3, rejoining A, skip the first dc3tog cluster, dc3tog in the ch-1 space, (skip 1, dc3tog in space, ch 1) to end, join to the first dc3tog. Drop A, but don’t fasten off. (42 dc3tog clusters, 42 ch-1 spaces)
Row 9: Ch 1, rejoining B, hdc around, join to the first hdc. Fasten off B. (84 hdc)
Rows 10-15: Ch 1, rejoining A, hdc around, join to the first hdc. (84 hdc)
Row 16: Using C now, ch 3, dc3tog in same, ch 1, skip 1, (dc3tog, ch 1, skip 1) to end, join to first dc3tog. Drop C, but don’t fasten off. (42 dc3tog clusters, 42 ch-1 spaces)
Row 17: Ch 3, rejoining A, skip the first dc3tog cluster, dc3tog in the ch-1 space, (skip 1, dc3tog in space, ch 1) to end, join to the first dc3tog. Drop A, but don’t fasten off. (42 dc3tog clusters, 42 ch-1 spaces)
Row 18: Ch 1, rejoining C, hdc around, join to the first hdc. Fasten off C. (84 hdc)
Rows 19-21: Ch 1, rejoining A, hdc around, join to first hdc. Fasten off A. (84 hdc)
Row 22: Using D, ch 1, sc around, join. (84 sc)
Row 23: Ch 1, without turning your work, insert the hook from front to back in the first sc stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through both loops on your hook. Working clockwise, continue working in crab stitch all the way around, join. Fasten off. (84 sc)
Weave in all ends.
Straps (Make 2)
Using A, chain 51.
Row 1: Sc in the back bump of the 2nd chain from the hook, sc to end, ch 1, turn. (50 sc)
Row 2: Sc in first 5, hdc to last 5 stitches, sc to end, ch 1, turn. (10 sc, 40 hdc)
Row 3: Sc in first 2, ch 2, skip 2, sc to last four stitches, ch 2, skip 2, sc to end, ch 1, turn (46 sc, 2 ch-2 spaces)
Row 4: Sc in first 2, 2 sc in ch-2 space, sc in next, hdc to the last stitch before next ch-2 space, sc, 2 sc in ch-2 space, sc to end. (10 sc, 40 hdc)
Row 5: Sc across. Fasten off. (50 sc)
Weave in all ends.
Lay your tote on a flat surface. On the first side, measure 2 inches from each edge and sew on your first two buttons on row 20. Flip over and sew on your last buttons the same distance apart so each side matches. Attach your straps, and you’re done!
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