With summer comes festivals – all sorts. My favorite are the music fests, although I’m feeling pretty old when I do go to them these days. I never know what kind of bag to bring though. Too big and you piss off everyone around you (and those crowds can get thick). But too small and you end up missing something you thought you didn’t need (like a poncho, when it starts raining). So I decided to make a bag. This will fit your wallet, your keys, your emergency stash of personal essentials and maybe even a bottle of water. And this bag is not hard to make!
What you need
- One 14 oz skein of Bernat Handicrafter Cotton in off white or color of your choice. I actually only used up a little over half the skein. You can use any other cotton yarn you want (Caron Cotton Cakes would look nice).
- 5 mm crochet hook
- tapestry needle
- optional – size 20 glass beads
- optional – about a yard or ¾ of a metre of fabric for lining
- optional – magnetic snap closure
Stitches Used (US terms)
ch – chain
sl st – slip stitch
sc – single crochet
bsc – beaded single crochet
hdc – half double crochet
dc – double crochet
Main panel – make 2
Chain 5 and join with slip stitch to form a circle.
Rnd 1 ch 3, dc into ring 15 times. Join with sl st to top of beginning ch 3.
Rnd 2 ch 3, dc in same stitch, 2 dc in each stitch around. Join with sl st to top of ch 3.
Rnd 3 ch 4, skip next stitch, *dc, ch 1, skip next stitch*, repeat from * around. Join with sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch 4.
Rnd 4 ch 5, dc in same stitch, *skip ch 1 space, dc in dc, ch 2, dc in same stitch*, repeat from * around. Join with sl st to 3rd ch in beginning ch 5.
Rnd 5 sl st into first ch 2 sp, ch 5, dc into same space. *dc, ch 2, dc in next ch 2 space*, repeat from * around. Join with sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch 5.
Rnd 6-7 repeat Rnd 5.
Rnd 8 sl st into ch 2 space, ch 3, 2 dc in same sp, ch 3, *3 dc in next ch 2 sp, ch 3*, repeat from * around. Join with sl st to top of ch 3.
Rnd 9 ch 3, dc in next 2 dc, *3 dc in ch 3 sp, dc in each dc*, repeat from * around. Join with sl st to top of ch 3.
Rnd 10 ch 1, 3 sc *4 hdc, 4 dc, ch 2, 4 dc, 4 hdc, 8 sc*, repeat from * 3 times. Your last repeat will end with 4 sc. Join with sl st to top of ch 1.
Rnd 11 ch 1, *8 sc, 4 dc, ch 4, 4 dc, 18 sc*, repeat from * 3 times. Join with sl st to beginning ch 1.
Rnd 12 ch 3, 13 dc, 2 dc-2 ch-2 dc in corner space, *24 dc, 2 dc-2 ch-2 dc in corner space*, repeat from * 2 times. 12 dc, join with sl sti to top of ch 3.
Rnd 13 ch 3, dc across, with dc-ch 2-dc in corner spaces. Join with sl st to top of ch 3.
Rnd 14 ch 1, sc in next st and in next 10 stitches. *4 hdc, 3 hdc in corner space, 4 hdc, 22 sc*, repeat from * 3 times. 4 hdc, 3 hdc in corner space, 4 hdc, 11 sc. Join with sl st to top of ch 1. Fasten off.
Top panel – make 2
Optional – string 20 beads onto yarn. Keep them far down, toward your ball of yarn for now. Never did a beaded single crochet? Red Heart has a great introduction. Scroll down to beaded single crochet stitch directions.
Row 1 dc in 4th ch from hook, dc across. Ch 3, turn.
Row 2 dc across. Ch 1, turn.
Row 3 *if you are not using beads, just sc across all rows with bsc* (ch 1 does not count as sc) 4 sc, 1 bsc, 9 sc, 1 bsc, 1 sc, 1 bsc, 1 sc, 1 bsc, 9 sc, 1 bsc, 4 sc. Ch 1, turn.
Row 4 sc across. Ch 1, turn.
Row 5 5 sc, 1 bsc, 7 sc, 1 bsc, 2 sc, 1 bsc, 2 sc, 1 bsc, 7 sc, 1 bsc, 5 sc. Ch 1, turn.
Row 6 sc across. Ch 1, turn.
Row 7 6 sc, 1 bsc, 5 sc, 1 bsc, 3 sc, 1 bsc, 3 sc, 1 bsc, 5 bsc, 1 bsc, 6 sc. Ch 1, turn.
Row 8 sc across. Ch 1, turn.
Row 9 7 sc, 1 bsc, 3 sc, 1 bsc, 4 sc, 1 bsc, 4 sc, 1 bsc, 3 sc, 1 bsc, 7 sc. Ch 3, turn.
Row 10 dc across. Ch 3, turn.
Row 11 repeat row 10. Fasten off.
Bottom panel – make 2
Row 1 dc in 4th chain from hook and in each ch across. Ch 3, turn.
Row 2-3 dc across (ch 3, turn at end of row 2). Fasten off.
Join with sl st to first ch, making sure not to twist the chain.
Rnd 1 ch 2, hdc across. Sl st to top of ch 2 to join. Ch 3, turn.
Rnd 2-3 repeat rnd 1. Make more rows if you want a wider bag.
Seam top and bottom panels to main panel using sl st and right sides together, starting from middle sc in top corner, ending in middle sc in bottom corner.
Optional – if you want, sc around the assembled body, hdc or dc in valleys if your body doesn’t look much like a rectangle. It will also make it easier to attach strap.
Attach strap to panels starting at corner, slip stitching wrong sides together.
Optional – if you want to add a lining, there is a great tutorial over at Heart Hook Home. What I did was make the liner only as long as the bottom to top of main panel. Then I sewed it in by hand into the seam between the main and top panels. I also added a magnetic snap (before I sewed in the liner, of course).
And that’s it!
If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments. This is the first time I’ve published a pattern and so if something doesn’t make sense to you, do let me know. My notes while making this bag were a bit messy, so if I missed something, comment! Enjoy your new bag!