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Crochet Bags Starter Projects for Beginners - WITH FREE PATTERN (below)

When I started crocheting, I really wanted some quick projects that would enable me to practice the basic crochet stitches and give me a usable product at the end of it. I struggled to find any that would allow me just get on and do it without having to learn another crochet technique to complete it. I also couldn’t find any that gave three different projects in the same place that covered UK double (US single), UK htr (US half double) and UK tr (US double) crochet stitches. I was quite disappointed because I just wanted inspiration to crochet a project in each of the three stitches so I could practice them and get used to how they work up. I didn't want to have to go and watch more videos nor read more descriptions in a book just to practice a stitch. This was the reason for my Crochet Belt Bag design and creation. It was something simple, straight forward and gave me a physical, usable product at the end of it. This got me thinking recently and so I decided to create 3 projects that each covered the 3 basic crochet stitches.


The first I started with, for UK Double Crochet/dc (US Single Crochet/sc), was a small bag/purse. These are great for children because they are the perfect size for them to carry over their shoulder and put fun stuff in, like small toys, tissues, play makeup, etc. I remember loving these as a child carrying around my toys or toy money. I thought they were great. I worked this in straight forward rows until I reached the size I wanted. I then folded the piece over (at approx row 20) leaving eight rows for the flap and crocheted the sides together, which gave it a lovely, neat edging. I also worked this all the way round the edge of the flap. For the strap, I worked in UK dc (US sc) in rows containing two stitches, until I reached 100 rows. I sewed this onto the back of the bag. For the fastener, I used a large popper so little hands could open and close it easily.


The second bag, worked in UK Half Treble Crochet/htr (US Half Double Crochet/hdc), was a clutch bag. Again, I worked this in rows and UK htr (US hdc) the sides together. I sewed a heart button on and attache a piece of yarn to tie round the button to close the bag.


The third bag, worked in UK Treble Crochet/tr (US Double Crochet/dc), was a mini backpack. I also worked this back in rows for simplicity. However, I sewed the sides together, holding the right sides together, then turned it the right way out. I also created holes near the top by skipping stitches and chaining 1. This was to enable the strap to be thread round. I was originally going to make a separate draw cord and separate straps, but the whole point of these projects was to make it as simple as possible. Therefore, I decided to have the straps as the draw cord as well. For the strap, I chained 202 and worked a UK tr (US dc) into each chain. Then I thread this through the holes at the top of the bag and sewed the ends onto the bottom of the bag.


Finished Sizes:

Small Bag/Purse -  13cm (5˝) by 10cm (4˝) - strap - 70cm (27.5˝)

Clutch - 22cm (8.6˝) by 13 cm (5˝)

Mini Rucksack - 16cm (6.2˝) by 20cm (7.8˝) - strap - 200cm (78.7˝)



Yarn

Hayfield Bonus Chunky (shade - Softmint (0741)).

2 x 100g (3.5oz/150yds/137m) ball.

Weight category: UK Chunky [US 5/Bulky/Chunky].

Tension/gauge: 14 stitches x 19 rows = 4″ (10cm) on size 6mm/UK 4 [US J/10] hook.

The crochet hook I used was a 6mm/UK 4 [US J/10].


I would give the Hayfield Bonus Chunky a 4 out of 5 for the following reasons:-

- It was easy to work and worked up quickly;

- There is a large choice of colours available;

- There are yarns softer than this brand;

- The cost of yarn is very reasonable - I paid about £2.25 per 100g ball and you get a lot on a ball;

- Would I use this yarn again? YES.


STARTER PROJECTS FOR BEGINNERS - FREE CROCHET PATTERN

Materials

Hayfield Bonus Chunky

6mm Crochet Hook

1 x button

1 x fastener (popper)

Scissors

Darning/yarn needle


NOTES: The instructions are written in UK terms, US terms are in [SQUARE PARENTHESES].  For other countries see                 “Crochet Conversion Charts”.

                

Instructions

SMALL BAG/PURSE

Ch 21.

Row 1: Work dc [sc] in 2nd ch from hook, dc [sc] each ch, turn;

Row 2: ch 1, dc [sc] each st, turn;

Row 3-48: rep row 2;

Next:


STRAP

Ch 3.

Row 1: Work dc [sc] in 2nd ch from hook, dc [sc] each ch, turn;

Row 2: ch 1, dc [sc] each st, turn;

Row 3-100: rep row 2;

Next: Fasten off, leaving a long tail and sew strap onto bag. Weave in any ends. Then sew your fastener/button onto the bag. YOUR SMALL BAG IS NOW COMPLETE.


CLUTCH BAG

Ch 22.

Row 1: Work htr [hdc] in 3rd ch from hook, htr [hdc] each ch, turn;

Row 2: ch 2, htr [hdc] each st, turn;

Row 3-24: rep row 2;

Next:


MINI RUCKSACK

Ch 22.

Row 1: Work tr [dc] in 3rd ch from hook, tr [dc] each ch, turn;

Row 2: ch 2, tr [dc] each st, turn;

Row 3-20: rep row 2;

Next:

Attach yarn to a st at the top of bag and ch 2 (you will now be working the top of the bag without turning);

Row 21: tr [dc] in first st, ch 1, sk 1, *tr each next 2 sts, ch 1, sk 1* rep from * to *, sl st to tr at the beg of the row to join;

Row 22: ch 2, tr [dc] each st and ch sp, sl st to tr at the beg of the row to join. Fasten off and weave in ends.


STRAP

Ch 202.

Row 1: Work tr [dc] in 3rd ch from hook, tr [dc] each ch. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Next: Thread strap in and out through holes, making sure you have both ends coming out in holes next to each other. Then sew the ends of the strap onto the bottom of the bag. YOUR SMALL BAG IS NOW COMPLETE.



I hope this brings you creative joy and inspires you to start your own yarn-tastic journey.

You can sell anything you make using this pattern but please respect my right as owner of this design and pattern by not redistributing, copying or selling it nor claiming it as your own (FOR FULL TERMS PLEASE SEE OUR “TERMS & CONDITIONS” SECTION).

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