Carousel Crochet Bag

carousel bag

This carousel crochet bag is perfect as a project bag or even as an everyday carry all. Its circular base means you can stash much more than you would think into it. Looks like a basket but when slouched over your shoulders, turns into a sort of hobo/slouch bag. Have fun choosing a button to customize it to your liking. And as you probably already know, I love to crochet bags, so be sure to check out other free patterns on the blog, like  the Summer Festival Bag or the Mocha Sling Purse.

carousel bag

What you need

  • 3 skeins of Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick in carousel colour for bag. I actually used a little over 2 skeins for this.
  • 1 skein of Lion Brand 24/7 cotton in ecru colour for strap.
  • 8 mm crochet hook (for bag)
  • 3.5 mm crochet hook (for strap)
  • tapestry needle
  • 1.5 inch/38 mm button
  • Ashland 0.2 inch/7 mm rope (available at Michaels)


Not important!

Stitches Used (US terms)

mc – magic circle
sc – single crochet
sc inc – single crochet increase (two sc in one stitch)
sc flo – single crochet front loop only
hdc – half double crochet
ch – chain

carousel bag

The Pattern 

Note: Bag is worked in a continuous spiral.

Rnd 1 (with 8 mm hook and wool ease) in a magic circle, work 6 sc (6 sc).

Rnd 2 work 2 sc in each sc (12 sc).

Rnd 3 [1 inc, 1 sc] 6 times (18).

Rnd 4 [1 inc, 2 sc] 6 times (24).

Rnd 5 [1 inc, 3 sc] 6 times (30).

Rnd 6 [1 inc, 4 sc] 6 times (36).

Rnd 7 [1 inc, 5 sc] 6 times (42).

Rnd 8 [6 sc, 1 inc] 6 times (48).

Rnd 9 [1 inc, 7 sc] 6 times (54).

Rnd 10 [4 sc, 1 inc, 4 sc] 6 times (60).

Rnd 11 [9 sc, 1 inc] 6 times (66).

Rnd 12 [5 sc, 1 inc, 5 sc] 6 times (72).

Rnd 13 sc around (72).

Rnd 14-29 hdc around (72 hdc).

Do not fasten off yet. This is where the flap is made. If you want your bag to be a little taller, continue working rounds until you are satisfied with height. If not, continue with instructions.

Row 1 ch 1, sc in next 18 hdc.

Row 2 ch 1, turn, sc across (18).

Row 3 ch 1, turn, sc flo (front loop only) (18).

Row 4-8 ch 1, turn, sc across (18).

Row 9 ch 1, turn sc until last two stitches, then sc dec (16).

Row 10-11 repeat row 9 (14,12).

Row 12 ch 1, turn, sc in same space and in next 4. Ch 2, skip next 2 stitches, sc in last 5 stitches (this is the button hole) (10).

Row 13 ch 1, turn, sc across (2 sc in ch 2 space). Fasten off.

carousel bag


For the strap, I followed the wonderful tutorial by All About Ami. However, to secure the cord in the strap, I did not whip stitch the sides closed, but single crocheted it closed. I placed the strap at each end of the bag and about 2 rows down from the top. Then, with the 24/7 cotton and a tapestry needle, I sewed around the rectangle to secure the strap to the bag.

Button Closure

Using the 24/7 cotton and a tapestry needle, I sewed the button about 6 rows down from the top.

Weave in any loose ends and you are done! I’d love to see any Carousel Crochet Bag that you create, so @loopvloop or #loopvloop me on Instagram or Twitter.

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Written by

Vanessa is an avid crocheter. She also loves to read historical fiction and has even written a few (unpublished) novels. By day Vanessa crunches numbers in an office but by night if she's not crocheting or book binding, she's probably sleeping. With her cat on/near her head.

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