How to crochet a shopping bag

Crochet bags are all the rage this season! Never crocheted one before? Do not worry! Here’s a step-by-step tutorial on how to crochet the bag Pacific Blues (DROPS 199-15), so you can easily get to work on your first (or maybe tenth...) bag.

Do you have any questions? Leave them in the comment section at the bottom of the page and we'll get back to you asap!

Size: The crocheted square measures approx. 74 x 74 cm = 29 1/8" x 29 1/8", before the edge and straps are worked.

Straps: approx 33 cm = 13" without the edge (approx. 43 cm = 17" including the edge).

NOTE: The straps will stretch with time, as the bag is being used.

Materials:
DROPS Cotton Light from Garnstudio (belongs to yarn group B)
250 g color 34, light jeans blue

Crochet hook: DROPS crochet hook size 4 mm = US 6.

Gauge: 18 double crochets in width and 9 rows in height = 10 x 10 cm = 4" x 4".

Hook size is only a guide. If you get too many stitches on 10 cm = 4", change to a larger hook size. If you get too few stitches on 10 cm = 4", change to a smaller hook size.

Let’s get started!

Below you’ll find the complete diagram for the bag we are about to crochet. Have problems following it? No worries, if you scroll a little more you’ll see we have broken the diagram into smaller pieces that are followed with pictures, so that you can crochet the bag with us, one step at a time!

SHORT OVERVIEW OF THE PIECE:
The piece is worked in the round from the bottom of the bag and outwards in a square. We are describing every round of A.1. Then the rest of the square, the edge and straps are worked in the round. More information, including lessons and video tutorials can be found at the bottom of the page.

Diagram

= Start here - this chain-stitch ring (= 4 chain stitches + 1 slip stitch in first chain stitch) is described in text. Continue with symbol over point on circle and work towards the left
= 1 chain stitch (if there are several chain stitches in a row, these are referred to as a chain space)
= 6 chain stitches (chain space)
= 1 single crochet around chain stitch/chain-space
= 1 double crochet around chain stitch/chain-space
= Round begins with 3 chain stitches (replaces first double crochet on round) and finishes with 1 slip stitch in 3rd chain stitch at beginning of round
= Round begins with 3 chain stitches (replaces last double crochet on round) and finishes with 1 slip stitch in 3rd chain stitch at beginning of round
= Round begins with 1 chain stitch (does not replace first single crochet on round)
= Round ends with 1 single crochet around first chain space on round
= Slip stitch

One step at a time

Now we are going to work diagram A.1 step by step. The red arrows illustrate the crochet direction.

Are you already finished with A.1? Click here to go directly to step 10 and continue with your bag.

1) SQUARE: Work 4 chain stitches witch Cotton Light and hook size 4 mm, and form them into a ring with 1 slip stitch in the first chain stitch.

2) 1. ROUND: Continue in the round according to diagram A.1, see symbol definition above.

3) Finish round with 1 slip stitch in the 3rd chain stitch from the beginning of round.

4) 2. ROUND: Continue in the round according to diagram A.1.

5) Finish round with a slip stitch in the 3rd chain from beginning of round.

6) 3. ROUND: Begin round with 1 chain stitch (this does NOT replace the first single crochet on round), continue according to A.1

7) Finish round with a single crochet around the first chain space from beginning of round.

8) 4. ROUND: Begin round with 6 chain stitches, continue according to diagram A.1.

9) Finish round with 1 single crochet around the first chain space from beginning of round.

10) When entire A.1 has been worked 1 time vertically, continue in the round according to the last 2 rounds of diagram. Ie: for each round, there will be 1 more chain space on each side of the square - REMEMBER THE CROCHET GAUGE!

11) When you have worked 28 rounds from the chain stitch ring, there are 27 chain spaces along each side of the square + the chain space in each corner. Finish with a single crochet (star) as illustrated in A.1.

12) Then work 6 chain stitches and 1 slip stitch in the first of the 4 double crochets before the next corner.

13) The square is now complete and measures approx 74 x 74 cm.

14)
THE EDGE:
CROCHET INFORMATION-1: The instructions in between two * are to be repeated every time “from *-*” is found in pattern.

CROCHET INFORMATION-2:
At the beginning of each round of single crochets, start with 1 chain stitch; this chain stitch does not replace the first single crochet. The round finishes with 1 slip stitch in the first single crochet on the round.

ROUND 1: * Work 1 single crochet in each of the first 4 double crochets – read CROCHET INFORMATION, work 2 single crochets around the chain-space in corner, 5 chain stitches, 2 single crochets around the same chain-space in corner, 1 single crochet in each of the next 4 double crochets.

15) Then work 3 single crochets around each of the next 3 chain spaces.

16) Then work 1 single crochet around each of the next 21 chain spaces.

17) Then work 3 single crochets around each of the next 3 chain spaces *.

18) Now, work from *-* (point 14-17) - SEE CROCHET INFORMATION-1 - a total of 4 times on the round (=51 single crochets along each of the sides) and finish with 1 slip stitch in the first single crochets on the round.

19) ROUND 2: *Work 1 single crochet in each of the first 6 stitches, 2 single crochets around the chain space in corner, 5 chain stitches, 2 single crochets around the same chain space in corner, 1 single crochet in each of the next 6 stitches.

20) Then work 1 single crochet in each of the next 39 single crochets *.

21) Repeat from *-* (point 19-20) a total of 4 times on the round (= 55 single crochets along each side). Finish with 1 slip stitch in the first single crochet on the round.

22) ROUND 3: * Work 1 single crochet in each of the first 8 stitches, 2 single crochets around the chain space in corner, 5 chain stitches, 2 single crochets around the same chain-space in corner, 1 single crochet in each of the next 8 stitches.

23) Then work 1 single crochet in each of the next 39 single crochets *.

24) Then work from *-* (point 22-23) a total of 4 times on the round (= 59 single crochets on each side). Finish with 1 slip stitch in the first single crochet on the round.

25) Now, work straps as follows:
ROUND 4: Work 1 single crochet in each of the first 10 stitches.

26) Then, * work 3 single crochets around the chain space in corner, work 60 loose chain stitches for the strap, skip the next side of the square and continue working around the chain-space in the next corner (make sure the row of chain stitches has not twisted).

27) Work 3 single crochets around the chain space in corner.

28) Then work 1 single crochet in each single crochet as far as the next corner *.

29) Work from *-* 1 more time (point 26-28). but finish with 1 slip stitch in the first chain stitch at the beginning of the round.

30) ROUND 5: Work 1 single crochet in each stitch.

31) ROUND 6: Work 1 single crochet in each stitch. Cut and fasten the strand.

32) Now, work 1 round of single crochets on the opposite side of the strap, ie: work in the chain stitch row that was worked for strap:
Fasten the strand with a single crochet in the first chain stitch worked after the corner.

33) Continue with 1 single crochet in each of the 60 chain stitches for the strap, work 3 single crochets around the chain stitch in the corner.

34) Continue with 1 single crochet in each stitch until the next corner, work 3 single crochets around the chain stitch in the corner, finish with a slip stitch in the first single crochet on the round.

35) Cut and fasten the strand. Repeat around the second strap.

Finished

Thanks for crocheting this bag with us!

We can’t wait to see how yours turned out. Post your pictures on social media using hashtags #dropsalong and #pacificbluebag so we can see them!

Need some help?

Should you want more information about the different stitches or techniques, here’s a list of lessons and video tutorials that will help:

Comments (9)

Valeria 21.08.2020 - 22:30:

Posso sostituire il filato da voi utilizzato con il filato Paris? Grazie 😊

DROPS Design 27.08.2020 - 19:30:

Buonasera Valeria, il filato Paris appartiene al gruppo filati C: lavorandola con questo filato la borsa verrebbe più grande del modello proposto a meno che non intenda riproporzionare il modello in base al suo campione con il filato Paris. Buon lavoro!

Valeria Truitt 18.08.2020 - 17:56:

It took me a while to figure out that the symbol chart is British/UK! Fortunately, the photos are explicit, so it was easy to get on track when the first "double-crochet" joining did not look right, nor did the first star "double crochet." Thanks for including the photos.

DROPS Design 19.08.2020 - 08:33:

Dear Mrs Truitt, you can always check which "English" you are reading by checking the scroll down menu - all our lessons/crochet patterns are both in US and UK-English so that you can adjust to the desired language/crochet terminology. Happy crocheting!

Natalia 23.05.2020 - 18:22:

Thank you very much for the detailed description of the bag. It's very cool and I crocheted it. Love it!!!

Hetty Stok 20.05.2020 - 09:53:

Do you have left handed instructions for a very beginning beginner?

DROPS Design 22.05.2020 - 10:41:

Dear Mrs Stok, we have unfortunately not a left-crocheter in our team so that we cannot have specific instructions, but you might find help with this lesson explaining how diagrams are read. Please contact your yarn store, they might be able to provide you any individual assistance. Happy crocheting!

María Encina Fernández 10.05.2020 - 19:27:

Me ha encantado confeccionar la bolsa. Tenía en casa hilo de algodón you#7 y ha quedado genial. Gracias

Marlie 05.05.2020 - 20:39:

Ik vond het een hele uitdaging om op deze manier een tas te haken. Maar met het patroon en de uitleg ging het geweldig goed. Dank voor het leuke ontwerp!!

ZTREMJ 05.02.2020 - 13:35:

Je débute le crochet et j'ai trouvé ces explications illustrées très compréhensibles, plus faciles à reproduire. Merci

YOLANDA ARCHUNDIA ARRIAGA 24.11.2019 - 00:58:

ES EXCELENTE LA FORMA COMO LO EXPLICA, ME AGRADO MUCHO Y LE AGRADEZCO.

Lisa 28.09.2019 - 16:54:

Fantastico!!!! Non ho mai trovato un sito con spiegazioni così capillari, chiare e semplici da seguire: una vera scuola di knitting. Grazie!!! Se posso dire manca una sola cosa, il modo cioè di usare un "segnalibro" per ritrovare poi con facilità la spiegazione o il pattern preferito. Bravissimi. Io, grazie solo alla vostra cura nell'appassionare alla maglia, mi sono già rifornita di una montagna di lane e cotoni drop (colori magnifici)!!! Grazie

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