Yarnberry

Fruit of the twine

Work Your Way Up String Bag

I’m using this pattern in my Spring ’07 crochet class. It is a nice progressive challenge for beginners, beginning with several rows of single crochet to build skills, then moving on to double crochet, half double crochet, treble crochet, and chain spaces. You can also customize the bag with flowers or other embellishments as desired.

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Supplies

  • 3 skeins Cotton Classic by Tahki-Stacy Charles (worsted weight, 100 metres), or equivalent
  • size H (5mm) crochet hook
  • tapestry needle
  • approx. 1.6m of ribbon or cord
  • Optional supplies
    • beads with a 3mm or larger hole
    • size 10 steel (1.3mm) crochet / tatting hook
    • specialty yarns as desired

Stitch guide:
ch: Chain
sl st: Slip stitch
sc: Single crochet
hdc: Half double crochet
dc : Double crochet
tr: Treble crochet

Instructions:
Ch 93.

Row 1: Sc into 4th ch from hook and each ch to end, turn. – 91 sc including turning ch.

Row 2-8: Ch 2, sc into 2nd st and each st to end, turn – 91 sc including turning ch.

Rows 9, 11, 13, 15: Ch 4, sk 1st st, * dc, ch 1, sk 1; repeat from * to second last st, dc into last st.

Row 10: Ch 2, sc into 2nd st and each st to end, turn. – 91 sc including turning ch.

Row 12: Ch 3, hdc into 2nd st and each st to end, turn. – 91 hdc including turning ch.

Row 14: Ch 4, dc into 2nd st and each st to end, turn. – 91 dc including turning ch.

Row 16: Ch 5, tr into 2nd st and each st to end, turn. – 91 tr including turning ch.

Rows 17 through 32: Repeat rows 9 through 16 twice.

Rows 33 through 38: Repeat rows 9 through 14 once.

Row 39: Ch 4, sk 1st st, dc into 2nd st, ch 1, sk 1, * 2 dc, ch 1, sk 1; repeat from * to 2nd last st, dc into last st.

Row 40: Ch 4, dc into 2nd st and each st to end, turn. – 91 dc including turning ch.

Row 41: Ch 2, sc into 2nd st and each st to end, turn. – 91 sc including turning ch.

Tie off and weave in ends. Wash and block evenly.

To seam up bag: Starting at top corners, slip stitch into the top stitches at each side, then turn and slip stitch into the side of each row. Slip stitch around the bottom corner, then for 2 stitches of the bottom row, slip stitch only into one piece (so you are not joining the two halves together, just carrying the yarn across for 2 stitches). This will leave a small opening. Slip stitch the rest of the way across. Tie off and weave in ends.

To create drawstring straps: Starting at the seam, weave ribbon through the chain-spaces in Row 39. Pull both ends of ribbon through the hole left open at the bottom of the bag, then pull each end through the first row of filet crochet, on opposite sides of the seam. Fold up ribbon ends and sew to rest of strap to secure.

Possible embellishments:

  • Change colours between rows. One possible combination is to use a contrast colour on rows 18, 19, 28, and 29. And a second contrast colour on rows 22, 23, 32, and 33.
  • Add beading to top of bag. Place bead after each 3rd sc.
  • Create a flower and add it to the top of the bag at the fold.
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