I am a firm believer that you can never have too many tote bags laying around the house. They work for everything! Library books, farmer's markets, harvesting my garden, packing for a quick day trip...you name it! They are simply convenient and I usually have one tucked into each nook and cranny so that there is always a bag if I need it.
I am also a firm believer in one skein projects. Haha ok maybe that's an exaggeration, but I love nothing more than having at least one crochet project that I can pick up and put down without worrying about cutting, changing colors, needing more yarn, etc. The Star Pop Bag fits that bill and is the new free crochet pattern on my blog today! Keep reading for the free pattern :)
This little bag is the perfect size for all of your day tripping essentials! And while it only uses one skein of yarn, it incorporates a couple of different stitches and techniques that give it a really pretty texture. Nervous about new stitches? No problem! I have some video tutorials to help you out down below :)
This was my first time working with Bernat Pop yarn, and I LOVE this Paisly Pop color combo. They also have a few new color combos that you can check out here. If the cake yarn/abrubt color changes are for you-no worries! You can use any worsted weight yarn to make this bag. It would also make a great stash buster :)
sl st: slip stitch
SC: single crochet
HDC: half double crochet
HDC in third loop: instead of working a HDC stitch into the traditional front/back loops, work it into the “third loop” found behind the back loop.
First start stitch of a round: Ch 2, Insert hook into back loop of the second ch from the hook and pull up a loop (2 LOH), insert hook into front loop of the same ch stitch and pull up a loop (3 LOH), insert into the next 3 sts and pull up a loop through each one (6 LOH). YO and pull through all 6 loops, ch 1 to make the "eye" of the star.
Star stitch: Insert hook into the "eye" of the previous star and pull up a loop (2 LOH), insert hook into the last post of the previous star and pull up a loop (3 LOH), insert your hook into the last stitch of the previous star and pull up a loop (4 LOH), insert hook into the next 2 sts and pull up a loop in each one (6 LOH). YO and pull through all 6 loops, ch 1 to make the "eye of the star.
Surface sl st: surface slip stitches are worked like chain stitches, but they are pulled through a layer of crochet (in the case of this pattern, the bag strap) so that it makes an embellishment on the fabric. See video tutorial below if you are not familiar with this technique.
Your circle will be approx. 4" in diameter after Round 5.
Finished bag dimensions:
Height (without straps): approx. 13"
Width: approx. 12"
The chain stitches at the beginning of rounds do not count as a stitch (unless used for part of the first star stitch of a round)
The end of each round is attached to the first stitch of each round with a sl st.
Start with a magic circle.
Round 1: ch 1, 10 HDC in magic circle, pull tight (10)
Round 2: ch 1, 2 HDC in each st around (20)
Round 3: ch 1, *2 HDC, HDC in next st, repeat from * around (30)
Round 4: ch 1, *2 HDC, HDC in next 2 sts, repeat from * around (40)
Round 5: ch 1, *2 HDC, HDC in next 3 sts, repeat from * around (50)
Round 6: ch 1, *2 HDC, HDC in next 4, repeat from * around (60)
Round 7: ch 1, *2 HDC, HDC in next 5, repeat from * around (70)
Round 8: ch 1, *2 HDC, HDC in next 6, repeat from * around (80)
Round 9-13: ch 1, HDC around
Round 14: ch 2, crochet first star st of the round, continue crocheting star sts around, HDC in the last st of the round (41 stars + 1 HDC)
Round 15: ch 1, 2 SC into the “eye” of each star from the previous round, SC in the last HDC st from the previous round (80)
Round 16: ch 1, HDC around (80)
Round 17: ch 1, HDC in the third loop around (80)
Round 18-25: repeat Rounds 14-17 two more times.
Round 26: ch 2, crochet first star st of the round, continue crocheting star sts around, HDC in the last st of the round (41 stars + 1 HDC)
Round 27: ch 1, 2 SC into the “eye” of each star from the previous round, SC in the last HDC st from the previous round (80)
Round 28-31: ch 1, HDC around (80)
Round 32: ch 1, SC in 18, ch 4, skip 4, SC in 36, ch 4, skip 4, SC in 18. Tie off yarn. (80)
Making the Strap:
Row 1: SC in second ch from the hook and SC across (80)
Row 2-4: ch 1, SC across (80). Turn.
Surface sl st down the length of the strap between rows 1/2 and rows 3/4.
Insert on end of the strap into the ch 4 space of the last round of your bag. Fold over about 1” of the strap around the ch 4. Use a yarn needle and yarn to sew the strap into place. Repeat on the other side of the bag.
And you're done! Come share your finished projects with us in my Left in Knots Crochet Community!
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