Striped Crochet Bag - Project Overview
This striped crochet bag almost appears woven, but it is definitely crocheted. The bag is made using afghan stitch, otherwise known as Tunisian simple stitch.
This bag has crocheted handles, which means that you do not have to purchase separate purse handles to complete it.
Abbreviations Used in This Pattern:
My sample bag was crocheted using Lion Brand Homespun yarn, but you can use just about any yarn you like. If you want your bag to be the same size as mine, use a textured bulky yarn that works up at the same gauge.
Color A: You'll need about 3 3/4 oz of the main color. In my sample, color A is the purple yarn. The official color name is "Baroque."
Color B: You'll need about 2 ounces of the secondary color. In my sample, this is the off-white yarn with multicolored accents. The official color name is "Tudor."
- I used a size 10 / 6.0 mm afghan hook, measuring 10" long, to make the sample bag. Use that as a starting point, and adjust as necessary.
- I used a regular size J hook to do the finishing and some of the details. Again, feel free to adjust as necessary.
- Sewing needle
- Thread that matches your chosen yarns
- Safety pins
The bag measures about 15 1/4" high from top to bottom, including the handles. The body of the bag measures 10 1/2" high by 10 1/4" wide.
Working the afghan stitch striped pattern, 3 sts = 1"; 3 1/3 rows = 1"
Avoid Weaving in Excessive Loose Ends:
As you crochet the striped afghan stitch pattern, I recommend carrying your yarn up the sides of your work. Otherwise, this striped pattern will generate a mess of loose ends.
To carry a yarn up the sides, do not cut it when you are finished with the color. Simply drop it and pick it up again when you are ready to resume using it.
In the sample bag pictured, I carried all my yarns up the sides. See this tutorial for more info (note that different stitches and color changes are used in the tutorial.)
At the end, the carried yarns are hidden by the single crochet stitches used to join the pieces of the bag.
Body of Bag:
Using your afghan hook, work 27 rows in the afghan stitch stripe pattern.
Upper Edge of Bag:
When crocheting the upper edge of the bag, you might wish to switch to a shorter crochet hook. If you notice a significant difference in your tension as you crochet this part, adjust your hook size accordingly.
Work in color A.
Work 1 slip stitch in each vertical bar all the way across. Work one slip stitch in the same spot you would normally work your last afghan stitch in the row.
Ch 2, turn.
(Sc, ch 1, skip next st.) Repeat sequence in parentheses 13 more times. Sc in the last stitch in the row.
Ch 2, turn.
(Sc in next ch-1 space, ch 1.) Repeat sequence in parentheses 13 more times. Sc in the last stitch in the row.
Ch 3, turn.
(Sc in next ch-1 space, ch 1.) Repeat 13 more times
End off and weave in all the loose ends.
Crochet 2 identical pieces using these instructions.
Crocheting the Purse Handles:
Ch 5. Work 27 rows in afghan stitch using color A.
Do not cut the yarn yet or end off, but stop and weave in the loose end from the beginning of the row.
Row 28: change to shorter crochet hook. Work slip stitches in the vertical bars, plus a slip stitch in the last stitch in the row.
Finishing the Purse Handles:
Fold the piece in half to form the purse handle. You can pin the pieces together if you wish; pinning can help you keep the work together as you crochet.
Working through both edges of the piece, work slip stitches evenly spaced all the way across the purse handle to form a tube.
Make 2 identical handles using these instructions.
Joining the Purse Handles to the Body of the Bag:
You have a couple different options for joining the purse handles to the body of the bag:
- You can stitch the handles to the bag using a sewing needle and coordinating thread. This is probably the easiest method.
- You can use slip stitches to attach the handles to the body of the bag. This is the method used in the sample.
Joining the Purse Handles Using Slip Stitches:
To accomplish this, I held the right sides together. I inserted my hook a few stitches ahead of the place where I'd be crocheting through all the layers, and drew up a loop. Then I slip stitched across the handle, working through both layers of the handle and the upper edge of the bag.
After I'd stitched the handle, I made a couple more slip stitches on the body of the bag, just to be sure the handle was firmly attached. I then ended off, leaving a long tail of yarn, and wove in the ends securely.
After you've attached the first handle, make sure you match the placement precisely when you attach the second handle.
Weaving in Ends:
Be sure to weave in all your loose ends very carefully before finishing the rest of the bag. You should take special care with this part. Do not leave long strands of yarn exposed, because things could catch on them when you use the bag.
Blocking the Bag:
If you use the yarn specified, or another synthetic yarn, blocking is not necessary. If you've substituted a wool yarn or another natural-fiber yarn, you may wish to block the pieces of the bag before joining them.
Joining the Pieces of the Bag:
To join the pieces of the bag, place the wrong sides together. You may find it helpful to safety pin the corners of the bag together, and remove the pins as you go along.
Start by drawing up a loop of yarn. Ch 2, then work one sc stitch per row, working through both pieces of the body of the bag. In the corners, sc then ch 2 to form the corner, and resume working sc all the way across. When the piece is completely joined, end off.
Turn the bag inside out, and weave in the loose ends securely. After ends are woven in, turn it right side out again.