Twilight Stripes Fat Bottom Bag

Alright friends, I have a confession to make.  This little bag is one of the easiest things you will ever crochet!  Why?  Because it is literally one big, solid granny square, takes only one skein of yarn, and the yarn does all of that beautiful color stripe work for you!  When you are done you will have just two ends to weave in and a beautiful bag perfect for carrying around your latest WIP.  Today's free crochet pattern is the Twilight Stripes Fat Bottom Bag and it features the new Red Heart Super Saver Stripes yarn!  Keep reading for the free pattern.

This little bag is one of the easiest things you will ever crochet!  Why?  Because it is literally one big, solid granny square, takes only one skein of yarn, and the yarn does all of that beautiful color stripe work for you!  When you are done you will have just two ends to weave in and a beautiful bag perfect for carrying around your latest WIP.  Today's free crochet pattern is the Twilight Stripes Fat Bottom Bag and it features the new Red Heart Super Saver Stripes yarn!  Keep reading for the free pattern.

Now I'll be honest, the colorway that I used for this bag is called 'Polo Stripe' but the colors reminded me of one of those crazy beautiful sunsets that you only see a few times a year...so I'm calling it the Twilight Stripes bag anyway ;)

If you have never made a fat bottom bag before, don't let them intimidate you.  They are so super easy!  This is a perfect "pick up/put down" project which makes it great for road trips and summer travel.  And after you are done with it you can USE it for road trips and summer travel.

This little bag is one of the easiest things you will ever crochet!  Why?  Because it is literally one big, solid granny square, takes only one skein of yarn, and the yarn does all of that beautiful color stripe work for you!  When you are done you will have just two ends to weave in and a beautiful bag perfect for carrying around your latest WIP.  Today's free crochet pattern is the Twilight Stripes Fat Bottom Bag and it features the new Red Heart Super Saver Stripes yarn!  Keep reading for the free pattern.

If you really want to get ambitious, this bag would be incredible easy to line with fabric because the shape of it is just one big square.  But since my husband goes into hiding when I bring my sewing machine out, I opted to leave mine as it.  Let's just say that I get along much better with my crochet hooks and yarn than I do with a needle and thread!


Supplies:

  • One skein of Red Heart Super Saver Stripes yarn in 'Polo Stripe' (or more if you want a bigger bag).  You could also substitute approx. 236 yds of any worsted weight yarn of your choice.
  • H/5.0mm crochet hook (I used Clover Amour)
  • Scissors (I always keep these travel scissors in my hook case)
  • Yarn needle
  • 2 - purse straps that attach with a clip

Abbreviations:

  • st/sts: stitch/stitches
  • sl st: slip stitch
  • ch: chain
  • SC: single crochet
  • SC2Tog: single crochet two together
  • DC: double crochet

Gauge

13 sts x 7 rows = 4" square in DC

Finished Size:  

The solid granny square is approx. 21" square before Round 20

Finished bag dimensions:

Height (without straps): approx. 11"

Width (at top): approx. 14"

Pattern Notes

  • ch sts at the beginning of a round do not count as a st
  • the end of each round will be attached to the first st of the round with a sl st.
  • the number in parentheses at the end of each round indicates the number of sts per side minus the chain stitches for the corners
  • Using a 5.0mm hook, your solid granny square may not lay flat.  That is ok because we are making a bag!  If it bothers you, or if you want the bottom of your bag bigger, you can try using a larger hook or blocking your square before starting round 20.

Instructions

Start with a magic circle

Round 1: ch 2, DC 3, ch 2, DC 3, ch 2, DC 3, ch 2, DC 3, ch 2, attach with a sl st to the first DC of the round and pull the magic circle tight. (3)

Round 2: ch 2, *DC in 3, (DC, ch 2, DC) in the corner, repeat from around (5)

Round 3: ch 2, DC in 4, *(DC, ch 2, DC) in the corner, DC in 5, repeat from * 2 more times, (DC, ch 2, DC) in the last corner, DC in 1. (7)

Round 4: ch 2, DC in 5, *(DC, ch 2, DC) in the corner, DC in 7, repeat from * 2 more times, (DC, ch 2, DC) in the last corner, DC in 2. (9)

Round 5: ch 2, DC in 6, *(DC, ch 2, DC) in the corner, DC in 9, repeat from * 2 more times, (DC, ch 2, DC) in the last corner, DC in 3. (11)

Round 6: ch 2, DC in 7, *(DC, ch 2, DC) in the corner, DC in 11, repeat from * 2 more times, (DC, ch 2, DC) in the last corner, DC in 4. (13)

Round 7: ch 2, DC in 8, *(DC, ch 2, DC) in the corner, DC in 13, repeat from * 2 more times, (DC, ch 2, DC) in the last corner, DC in 5. (15)

Round 8: ch 2, DC in 9, *(DC, ch 2, DC) in the corner, DC in 15, repeat from * 2 more times, (DC, ch 2, DC) in the last corner, DC in 6. (17)

Round 9: ch 2, DC in 10, *(DC, ch 2, DC) in the corner, DC in 17, repeat from * 2 more times, (DC, ch 2, DC) in the last corner, DC in 7. (19)

Round 10: ch 2, DC in 11, *(DC, ch 2, DC) in the corner, DC in 19, repeat from * 2 more times, (DC, ch 2, DC) in the last corner, DC in 8. (21)

Round 11: ch 2, DC in 12, *(DC, ch 2, DC) in the corner, DC in 21, repeat from * 2 more times, (DC, ch 2, DC) in the last corner, DC in 9. (23)

Round 12: ch 2, DC in 13, *(DC, ch 2, DC) in the corner, DC in 23, repeat from * 2 more times, (DC, ch 2, DC) in the last corner, DC in 10. (25)

Round 13: ch 2, DC in 14, *(DC, ch 2, DC) in the corner, DC in 25, repeat from * 2 more times, (DC, ch 2, DC) in the last corner, DC in 11. (27)

Round 14: ch 2, DC in 15, *(DC, ch 2, DC) in the corner, DC in 27, repeat from * 2 more times, (DC, ch 2, DC) in the last corner, DC in 12. (29)

Round 15: ch 2, DC in 16, *(DC, ch 2, DC) in the corner, DC in 29, repeat from * 2 more times, (DC, ch 2, DC) in the last corner, DC in 13. (31)

Round 16: ch 2, DC in 17, *(DC, ch 2, DC) in the corner, DC in 31, repeat from * 2 more times, (DC, ch 2, DC) in the last corner, DC in 14. (33)

Round 17: ch 2, DC in 18, *(DC, ch 2, DC) in the corner, DC in 33, repeat from * 2 more times, (DC, ch 2, DC) in the last corner, DC in 15. (35)

Round 18: ch 2, DC in 19, *(DC, ch 2, DC) in the corner, DC in 35, repeat from * 2 more times, (DC, ch 2, DC) in the last corner, DC in 16. (37)

Round 19: ch 2, DC in 20, *(DC, ch 2, DC) in the corner, DC in 37, repeat from * 2 more times, (DC, ch 2, DC) in the last corner, DC in 17. (39)

**If you want to block your square you should do it now**

Round 20: ch 1, *SC, SC2Tog, repeat from * 6 more times, (SC, ch 2, SC) in corner, SC in 1, SC2Tog across, (SC, ch 2, SC) in corner, *SC in 1, SC2Tog, repeat from * across, (SC, ch 2, SC) in corner, SC in 1, SC2Tog across, (SC, ch 2, SC) in corner, *SC in 1, SC2Tog across, repeat from * until your reach the first st of your round.

Round 21: ch 1, SC in 15, (SC, ch 2, SC) in corner, *SC in 1, SC2Tog, repeat from * 6 more times, SC in 1, (SC, ch 2, SC) in corner, SC in 28, (SC, ch 2, SC) in corner, *SC in 1, SC2Tog, repeat from * 6 more times, SC in 1, (SC, ch 2, SC) in corner, SC in 13 until you reach the first st of the round.

Round 22: ch 1, SC in 16, (SC, ch 2, SC) in corner, SC in 17, (SC, ch 2, SC) in corner, SC in 30, (SC, ch 2, SC) in corner, SC in 17, (SC, ch 2, SC) in corner, SC in 14 until you reach the first st of the round.

Cut off yarn and weave in any ends.  Orient your bag so that it is right side out.  The longer edges (30 sts across) will be the sides of your bag and the shorter edges will be the top opening.  Attach the clips of your purse straps into the ch 2 spaces of the corners from the last round accordingly.

And you're done!  You have a perfect little WIP bag just waiting to be used.  I can't wait to see which colors you decide to use for your bag!  Share with me on Facebook or Instagram :)


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