To make a crochet bag, step by step for beginners.
See yesterday’s 6-word-Saturday for examples
Experienced crocheters can skim read for the method and shape, then let rip with their own creative process.
Start by making a chain about 30/40 stitches long, depending on the thickness of your yarn and how wide you want the bag. I m using a bigger crochet hook than normal so that you can see the individual stitches. A size 4.0 would be fine with crochet cotton, or maybe dischcloth/craft cotton, which is slightly thicker and less stretchy.
Make 1 more chain stitch to count as first stitch. You will be working throughout in double crochet – follow link for video tutorial.
Make a double crochet into each loop of one side of your chain, holding it flat with your thumb as you go.
When you reach the end, simply start back on the other side of the chain with a double crochet stitch into each loop. The principle is that you crochet round and round and round without increasing at the ends, (the bag shape emerges after a few rows) thus avoiding any sewing up at the end.
Continue until the bag is as deep as you want it – hold up your phone/purse/Kindle/camera , or whatever you want to carry, up against it to judge how deep is deep enough!
Now comes the clever bit. On one end of the back, at about 8 rows down, insert the crochet hook into a stitch, put the yarn round the hook and do a double crochet, moving towards the middle, repeat this for 5 stitches,
Turn and double crochet backwards and forwards across these few stitches for 7 or 8 rows. Make an extra chain stitch at the start of each row to count as first stitch.
2nd row of loop joining top of loop to edge of bag
Then, pick up a stitch from about the top row of the bag, yarn across the hook and pull it through the picked up stitch as well as the last loop on the stem of the hook; repeat across the top of the loop. On last stitch, pull yarn right through and cut it off leaving about 3” free. One loop done.
Starting at the same height, near the centre of the back, make another loop the same number of stitches and rows and a third at the other end of the back.
Now is the time to neaten your loose ends by pulling them to the wrong side and slipping under a few stitches, using a darning needle.
At this point, you can finish either by continuing to double crochet backwards and forwards on ONE SIDE ONLY of the bag (the same side as the belt loops!) for about 2” to make a flap, which you could close with Velcro or maybe a button . Remember you may want to open it one-handed. Kindle cover with flap and press stud closure.
My preferred option is to insert a zip, which I do by hand, having first added tabs of fabric to each end (see yesterday’s photos)
Now you’ve made one, you’ll come up with all sorts of ideas for different versions! Bon courage.
PS Sorry about the state of my gardener’s / quilter’s hands in the photos.