Crochet string bag pattern

Refuse…reuse…recycle…rot…

As we are all trying to cut down on our single use plastic dependency I thought I’d post this pattern for a string bag. You can make it out of all those little ends of wool that(lots of us) seem to accumulate over time.

crocheted_string_bag

 

MATERIALS:

3 skeins or approx. 558yds/510m of  worsted weight, cat. 4 yarn
Size US G/6 (4mm) crochet hook
Stitch markers
Tapestry needle

FINISHED SIZE:

Width: 16”/41cm
Length: 17”/43cm
Straps: 20”/51cm

GAUGE:

15 sts = 4”/10cm in pattern

ABBREVIATIONS:

* written in standard US terms*

Ch – chain
Hdc – half double crochet
Rep – repeat
Sc – single crochet
Sc2tog – single crochet 2 together
Sc3tog – single crochet 3 together
Sk – skip
Sl st – slip stitch
Sp – space
St(s) – stitch(es) 
Tr – treble

 

Note: Pattern is first worked in back and forth rows to form a square, which is then gathered with decrease rounds to cinch and create bag. Strap length can be adjusted.

Ch 143.

Row 1: Starting in 11th ch from hook, tr 1, *ch 3, sk 3, tr 1 in next ch, rep from * to end of row.

Row 2: Ch 7 (counts as 1 tr and 1 ch-3 sp), tr 1 in top of next tr, *ch 3, tr 1 in top of next tr, rep from * with last tr going into 4th ch of turning ch from row below.

Rep row 2 until you have 34 vertical “squares” to match the number of horizontal “squares.” 

Do not cut yarn. Block work. Begin working decrease rows to cinch top edge together.

Row 1: Ch 1, sc 1 in 1st tr, sc 2 in next ch sp, *sc 1 in next tr, sc 2 in next ch sp, rep from * across row. (102 sts)

Row 2: Ch 1, sc3tog across row. (34 sts)

Row 3: Ch 1, *sc 1, sc2tog, rep from * to last st, sc 1. (23 sts) 

Rows 4-9: Ch 2 (does not count as a st), hdc across row.

Cut yarn and reattach on opposite edge at beginning of foundation chain.

Row 1: Ch 1, sc 3 in 1st ch sp, *sc 1 in ch at bottom of next tr, sc 2 in next ch sp, rep from * across row. (102 sts)

Rep rows 2-9 above along this bottom edge.

Do not cut yarn. You will now work in rounds around all 4 edges of the work to join the bag and add the straps. Begin by working down the side edge instead of back over the row you just worked. Use a stitch marker to mark the beginning of the round. Note that in round 1, the “ch 74” is what creates the straps, which are 20”/51cm – for longer or shorter straps, add or subtract ch sts.

Round 1: Ch 1, and working into side edge, sc 9 evenly down the side of hdc and sc decrease rows (until you reach the net portion), place marker, sc 3 in 1st ch sp, *sc 1 in side of ch 3, sc 2 in next ch sp, rep from * to end of net portion (102 sc along net portion), place marker, sc 9 evenly up side of hdc and sc decrease rows, ch 74, sc 9 evenly down other side of hdc and sc decrease rows (until you reach the net portion), place marker, sc 3 in 1st ch sp, *sc 1 in side of ch 3, sc 2 in next ch sp, rep from * to end of net portion (102 sc along net portion), place marker, sc 9 evenly up side of hdc and sc decrease rows, ch 74, sl st to 1st sc at beginning of round.

Round 2: Sc to marker at beginning of net portion, sc 1, sc2tog to 1 st before next marker, sc 1 (52 sts along net portion between markers), sc up side, into each chain, and down other side to next marker, sc 1, sc2tog to 1 st before next marker, sc 1 (52 sts along net portion between markers), sc up side and into each chain.

Rounds 3 and 4: Sc all the way around. Sl st to close off at end of round 4. 

Secure and weave in all ends.