I hope your week is going great so far! I have been wanting to crochet a bag for a while now and I got really excited when I saw this one. I decided I wanted my bag to have a nautical theme, so I used blue and white yarn with red accents. It took me about a week to make, but it definitely could be completed quicker than that.
What you will need:
- Three colors of yarn–I used craft smart in navy, red heart super saver in soft white and caron simply soft in red
- Crochet Hooks in the correct gauge
- Yarn needle
I followed the pattern Elisabeth posted on her blog almost exactly, except that I made my bag a little bit bigger. So, instead of step 23 on her post, I did:
23. 1 ch, 1 dc in same stitch as ss, 1 dc in next 13 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch, *1 dc in next 14 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch*, repeat between * and * until end of row, ss in in first stitch
24. 1 ch, 2 sc in same stitch as ss, 1 sc in next 15 stitches, *2 sc in next stitch, 1 sc in next 15 stitches*, repeat between * and * until end of row, ss in in first stitch
25. 1 ch, 1 sc in same stitch as ss, 1 sc in all next stitches until end of row, ss in in first stitch
26. 1 ch, 1 dc in same stitch as ss, 1 dc in all next stitches until end of row, ss in in first stitch.
I changed the color every 3 sets of single crochet and double crochet. Therefore, I did 12 sets of single and double crochet instead of 10. I added a row of stitches here and there in order to keep my stripes even, but otherwise I followed the pattern.
Once you have made your bag to your desired height, you add the straps on. Half double crochet around the bag until you reach an area a few stitches from the middle (the sides of my straps are 11 stitches from the middle of the strap on each side). Then, chain until you have a strap the size you want (I chained 80). Half double crochet the end of your strap into the other side of your bag an even distance from the middle of the strap.
Once you have about 5 rows of half double crochet on your straps, you will fold them in half, along with the first couple of rows on the top of your bag. Safety pin the top down and stitch it together.
Then, for my favorite part: the cross stitch. Use a yarn needle to cross stitch into about the 4th row from the top of your bag. Try to follow the holes created by your crochet to create the cross stitch, this will ensure that your cross stitches are even.
The last thing you need to do is sew a button onto your bag. I didn’t have a toggle button, so I used a nice round metal one. And as you can see, it looks like a bag!
However, my bag is not quite complete yet and tomorrow I will show you how to make a granny square pocket for your bag.