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Free Pattern | Crocheted Project Bag

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Crocheted Project Bag

Learn to crochet by whipping up a beginner-friendly crocheted project bag! I designed this bag after finding some unloved cotton yarn in my stash and deciding to make something with it that was simple but very usable. If you’re new to crochet don’t worry, the project only requires a few easy stitches. Once it’s finished, you can use your new crocheted project bag to store whatever other small crafts you’re working on!

Watch the video tutorial for a walk-through of how to make your own Crocheted Project Bag!

Finished Dimensions

Approximately 22” / 56cm in width (diameter) and 14.5” / 37cm in length when laid flat, from center of crocheted project bag base to folded edge of drawstring channels.

Yarn

DK weight / 8ply cotton yarn.

Approximate yardages

COLOUR BLOCKED VERSION

Colour A: 199yds / 182m / 75g

Colour B: 305yds / 279m / 115g

STRIPED VERSION

Colour A: 199yds / 182m / 75g

Colour B: 199yds / 182m / 75g

Colour C: 106yds / 97m / 40g

Colour Blocked sample was crocheted with 4 Seasons Flinders Cotton 8ply (100% cotton, 126yds / 115m per 50g) in colourways Old Gold (brown – Colour A) and Pale Pink (pink – Colour B).

Striped sample was crocheted with Bendigo Woollen Mills Cotton 8ply (100% cotton, 530yds / 485m per 200g) in colourways Glacier (grey – Colour A), Parchment (cream – Colour B) and French Navy (blue – Colour C).

You can make this bag in other types or weights of yarn too if you’d like to experiment – just note that the size and yardage requirements of your project may be affected!

Hook

US size E / 4 / 3.5mm, OR size to obtain gauge.

Notions

At least 2 removable stitch markers (see 3rd note below)

Scissors

– Tapestry needle

– Rope / ribbon for drawstring. Cotton rope or twill tape are great choices. Samples each used approximately 68” / 170cm of macramé cord (approximately 0.25” / 3.5mm in diameter).

*Please don’t wear or carry the bag by the drawstrings for lengths of time or with any heavy weight in it – you don’t want the drawstrings digging into your skin or shoulders! Always keep drawstrings away from young children and pets who could become entangled in them as drawstrings can pose a strangulation hazard.*

Gauge

25.75 stitches x 23.25 rounds = 4”/ 10cm square in back leg-only single crochet fabric, worked in the round and relaxed after blocking.

Notes

1) This pattern uses US crochet terminology.

2) The bag base and body are worked from the bottom up in a spiral, therefore you do not need to join your rounds. The drawstring channels are worked flat at the top of the bag, then are folded over and whip stitched in place to house the drawstrings.

3) Use the removable stitch markers to mark your beginning of round point and count the number of rounds / rows you’ve worked wherever they’ll help throughout the pattern.

Abbreviations

ch: chain

hdc: half double crochet (yarn over, insert hook, yarn over, draw hook to front of work, yarn over, draw this yarn over through furthest 3 loops on the hook)

rnd / rnds: round / rounds

RS: right side

sc: single crochet (insert hook, yarn over, draw hook to front of work, yarn over, draw this yarn over through furthest 2 loops on the hook)

sl st: slip stitch (insert hook, yarn over, draw hook to front of work and bring yarn over through the furthest loop on the hook)

st / sts: stitch / stitches

( ): repeat instructions within brackets the specified number of times

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Crocheted Project Bag

Directions

BASE

Use Colour A.

Make a magic ring. Ch 1.

Rnd 1: 8 sc into magic ring, then pull tail of yarn tight to close the center hole. Do not count first ch as a st.

Note: Throughout the base and body of the bag, crochet only into the back leg of each st!

Rnd 2: Skip first ch, sc twice in each st. 16 sts

Rnd 3: (Sc in next st, sc twice in next st) 8 times. 24 sts

Rnd 4: Sc in next st, sc twice in next st, (sc in next 2 sts, sc twice in next st) 7 times, sc in next st. 32 sts

Rnd 5: (Sc in next 3 sts, sc twice in next st) 8 times. 40 sts

Rnd 6: Sc in next 2 sts, sc twice in next st, (sc in next 4 sts, sc twice in next st) 7 times, sc in next 2 sts. 48 sts

Rnd 7: (Sc in next 5 sts, sc twice in next st) 8 times. 56 sts

Rnd 8: Sc in next 3 sts, sc twice in next st, (sc in next 6 sts, sc twice in next st) 7 times, sc in next 3 sts. 64 sts

Rnd 9: (Sc in next 7 sts, sc twice in next st) 8 times. 72 sts

Rnd 10: Sc in next 4 sts, sc twice in next st, (sc in next 8 sts, sc twice in next st) 7 times, sc in next 4 sts. 80 sts

Rnd 11: (Sc in next 9 sts, sc twice in next st) 8 times. 88 sts

Rnd 12: Sc in next 5 sts, sc twice in next st, (sc in next 10 sts, sc twice in next st) 7 times, sc in next 5 sts. 96 sts

Rnd 13: (Sc in next 11 sts, sc twice in next st) 8 times. 104 sts

Rnd 14: Sc in next 6 sts, sc twice in next st, (sc in next 12 sts, sc twice in next st) 7 times, sc in next 6 sts. 112 sts

Rnd 15: (Sc in next 13 sts, sc twice in next st) 8 times. 120 sts

Rnd 16: Sc in next 7 sts, sc twice in next st, (sc in next 14 sts, sc twice in next st) 7 times, sc in next 7 sts. 128 sts

Rnd 17: (Sc in next 15 sts, sc twice in next st) 8 times. 136 sts

Rnd 18: Sc in next 8 sts, sc twice in next st, (sc in next 16 sts, sc twice in next st) 7 times, sc in next 8 sts. 144 sts

BODY

Sc in each st for 24 rnds.

COLOUR BLOCKED VERSION

Change to Colour B. (See video tutorial for how we like to do this with a minimized jog between the stripes)

Sc in each st for 36 rnds.

STRIPED VERSION

Change to Colour B. (See video tutorial for how we like to do this with a minimized jog between the stripes)

Sc in each st for 6 rnds.

Change to Colour C.

Sc in each st for 6 rnds.

Repeat last 2 stripes of colour twice more.

ALL VERSIONS

Finish off bag body with a sl st in final color. Break yarn and draw through final loop on hook to secure.

DRAWSTRING CHANNELS

Throughout the drawstring channels, your “ch 2” turning chain counts as a st.

FIRST CHANNEL

With RS of bag body still facing, skip the first 36 sts of the rnd (this will move your colour change position to the back of the bag). Prepare to rejoin Colour B.

Row 1 (RS): Insert hook in back leg of next st, ch 2. Hdc in back leg of next 71 sts. Turn work.

Note: From hereon in, you will be crocheting in both legs of each st!

Rows 2–10: Ch 2, hdc in next 71 sts. Turn work.

Break yarn, leaving a tail of approximately 28” / 70cm, and draw through final loop on hook to secure. Fold final edge of drawstring channel towards the inside of the bag. Whip stitch the final edge of the drawstring channel to the first worked row of hdc stitches, ensuring your stitching doesn’t appear on the outside of the bag.

SECOND CHANNEL

Locate the bag body st where you worked the final hdc in your first row of the first drawstring channel. Prepare to rejoin Colour B.

Work Rows 1–10 and sewing instructions of second drawstring channel as for the first.

Weave in any remaining loose ends of yarn. Remove any remaining markers.

DRAWSTRINGS

Cut 2 pieces of rope or ribbon, each approximately 34” / 85cm in length.

Tie a knot in 1 end of each piece of rope / ribbon. Optional: attach a lockable stitch marker to each knot too. Orientate bag so that the base is pointing towards you and the RS of the fabric is facing out.

Leaving a small length poking out, thread the first rope / ribbon up through the left opening of one of the drawstring channels, then down through the left opening of the other drawstring channel, using the knot and marker to help you wiggle the rope / ribbon through. Undo your knot and remove marker if used, then knot both ends of the rope / ribbon together to make 1 large loop that’s travelling through both drawstring channels.

Beginning at the opposite side of the bag to where the knotted ends of the first drawstring are located, thread the second rope / ribbon up through the right opening of one of the drawstring channels, then down through the right opening of the other drawstring channel. Again, use the knot and marker to help you wiggle the rope / ribbon through.

Remove marker if used and undo your knot, then knot both ends of the rope / ribbon together to make 1 large loop that’s travelling through both drawstring channels. You should now have 2 loops of rope / ribbon forming your drawstrings, knotted together at opposite sides of the bag.

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Crocheted project bag laid flat, with balls of yarn spilling from the opening.

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