Even though it’s still March and we have snow on the ground, spring is on my mind! I designed this simple crochet bag that creates some cute spring vibes with the addition of sweet little flower accents stitched into the corner.
It works up quickly and has a lot of flexibility for personalization when it comes to colours, buttons and the strap. You can find all the free pattern details below…
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– This pattern is written in US terms (find a stitch conversion chart here)
– Gauge is 2×2 inches :7 rows , each containing 8 stitches of EXT/SC
– Bag measures approximately 8 ½ x 8 ½ inches
– Turning CH 1 does not count as a stitch
– This bag is easy to customize in ways of straps, accent details and yarn colours. You might choose to make your bag in one solid colour or change colours throughout with stripes. This bag is a wonderfully versatile pattern that allows for a lot of personal creativity
– Extra photos can be found on the last page for optional printing
– Approximately 199 yards of worsted weight cotton yarn. I used WeCrochet Dishie in the Begonia colourway. Yardage amount may differ slightly based on the length and width of your bag strap. Mine was 34 ½ inches long ½ inch wide. Please note the yardage for flowers is not included in the pattern as they use such a small amount.
– 4mm hook or other hook size needed to achieve gauge (I used my Radiant hook)
– 1 button for fastener (optional). Button in photo is 28mm
– Thread and needle to match your button for sewing
– Small buttons or beads for tiny flower accents (I used 8mm)
– Thread and needle to match the button/bead on your flower accents for sewing
– Yarn needle
– Scissors (these are my favourite!)
– Measuring tape
CH – Chain
SC – Single Crochet
EXT/SC – Extended Single Crochet
Special Stitch Tutorial:
Extended Single Crochet (EXT/SC) – Insert your hook into the stitch. Yarn over and pull back through the stitch (2 loops on hook). Yarn over and pull your hook down through the top loop on your hook (2 loops on hook). Yarn over and pull down through two loops on hook. Extended single crochet stitch complete.
Detailed Tutorial: How to Make the Extended Single Crochet Stitch
Pattern: (make 2 squares)
Into the second CH from your hook and each stitch across, place 1 EXT/SC. CH 1 and turn.
(30 EXT/SC stitches)
Into the first stitch and each stitch across the row, place 1 EXT/SC. CH 1 and turn for all rows except row 26. After row 26, fasten off and weave in ends.
(30 EXT/SC stitches)
(I find fastening off and re-joining the yarn in the middle of an edge provides a neater finish for the border. It’s also important that your edging on both squares contains the same number of SC for easy seaming) Join yarn into the middle of any edge with a SS and CH 1. Evenly place 1 SC around all edges and make 1 SC, CH 2, 1 SC into each corner space. SS into the beginning CH 1, fasten off and weave in all ends.
Seam the two panels together so that upon completion, the right side of the SC edging is facing out. Don’t forget to leave the top of the bag open. You might have a preferred method for seaming your panels so please use the way you are most comfortable with. I placed the two panels together so that the right side of the SC edging was inside and used the “invisible join seam” [click here for tutorial]. Upon completion, I flipped it from inside out so that the right side of the SC edging was on the outside.
This piece is dependent on your personal preferences. You might choose to make the strap short/long or thin/wide. You might also prefer to use a pre-made strap or handle that you can find in local craft stores. There is a lot of flexibility with this portion of the project to make it unique and suited for you. Looking at your project from the side, crochet the base of your strap so that it is worked evenly into stitches on both panels, on either side of the seam as seen in Photo A below. Mine was made so that there was one worked stitch on each side of the seam and 1 stitch within the seam for a total of 3 SC stitches. I joined the yarn using a SS and CH 1 (represents 1 SC). After you have your strap base established with the required stitches, CH 1 and turn. Place 1 SC into each stitch across. CH 1 and turn. Repeat this row building until you achieve the length desired for your strap. Mine measured approximately 33 ½ inches long. SS into the appropriate stitches on the other side of your bag to attach OR cut a long tail and sew into the side of the bag. Fasten off and weave in ends.
Button (Optional): If you would like to add a button for fastening, find the style you would like and sew it into the top middle of the bag (either panel is fine). On the opposite panel in the centre of the edging at the top, join yarn with a SS. The length will depend on the size of the button and the button placement. You will need a CH length that will snuggly fit under your button and reach back around to where you started. I made a CH of 12. Once you have the appropriate length, SS into the stitch beside your beginning SS. Fasten off and weave in ends [photo B].
Tiny Flower Pattern (Optional):
Begin with a magic circle. Into your circle, SS and CH 1.
*Place 1 SC into your circle and CH 4*. Repeat from * to * 4 more times. SS into the top of the beginning SC. Fasten off leaving long ends for sewing into your projects. Tighten up the centre loop.
If desired, sew a small button or bead into the centre.
Great job! Your Step Into Spring Bag is complete! A huge shout out and thank you to my amazing and creative pattern testers who shared their time and talents with me. Check out their beautiful bags below:
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