Crochet Bag for Beginners

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The Reel Deal Summer Bag is an easy crochet bag for beginners and is the perfect straw bag for summer. Raffia paper ribbon is used to crochet this crochet bag design. The bag is worked in the round in two pieces with a join as you go gusset. The crochet bag handle uses the Romanian cord technique for a strong and unique crochet strap. Keep scrolling for the Free crochet pattern.

crochet bag for beginners

The crochet stitches used to make this crochet bag tote are simple basic stitches perfect for a beginner. You will need to know the crochet magic ring, double crochet and a single crochet stitch. I have a beginner video tutorial you can watch if you need to refresh these crochet skills. Then go watch the crochet bag for beginners on YouTube.

Crochet a Purse for Summer

The crochet bag for beginners will look great with everything in your summer wardrobe! It’s the perfect straw bag for summer. Use this straw bag for beach, or for the market. Wear with any outfit dressy or casual for a natural beachy vibe. The easy crochet bag pattern for beginners is written in Standard American terms and detailed pictures are included in the written PDF.

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Crochet Hook Needed

This easy crochet bag tote pattern calls for a US J/10 (6mm) crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge. I used the gorgeous Metal Streamline Hook from Furls Crochet – They should be back in stock in August 2022. I also recommend the Odyssey Hook. Make sure to use a strong hook when working with raffia.

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crochet bag for beginners

The Yarn

I used Raffia Paper Ribbon to crochet the Reel Deal Summer Bag

Raffia Ribbon– Kraft Matte Paper Ribbon – 218 yds – Folded ribbon width: 1/4 inch; unfolded ribbon width: 1.5 inch

Exactly 1 roll used

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Yarn Substitutes

2 strands of cotton yarn held together – Gauge may vary but sizing is not critical for this pattern

Dishie Cotton in Mushroom or Linen

Lily Sugar’N Cream in Jute or Overcast

2 Strands of Acrylic yarn held together – Gauge may vary but sizing is not critical for this pattern

Mary Maxim Best Value in Mocha or Cottonwood

Wool of the Andes Worsted in Almond, Camel Heather or Oyster Heather

Easy Crochet Bag for Beginners Crochet Pattern – The Reel Deal Summer Bag

Get the PDF on RAVELRY, ETSY or the Digital interactive pattern on Ribblr in Spanish and English

crochet bag for beginners

Crochet Purse Yarn Requirements:

Raffia Ribbon– Kraft Matte Paper Ribbon – 218 yds – Folded ribbon width: 1/4 inch; unfolded ribbon width: 1.5 inch

Exactly 1 roll used

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Size Chart

Crochet Hook Requirements:

US J/10 (6mm)

or size needed to obtain gauge

Metal Streamline or Odyssey recommended

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Additional Supplies:

Tapestry Needle

Stitch Markers

Scissors

Measuring Tape

Steamer

crochet bag for beginners

Gauge:

12 sts and 4.5 rows equal to 4″ in dc

Video:

Watch how to crochet bag for beginners on YouTube

https://youtu.be/xp1_B69Ym6g

crochet bag for beginners

Crochet Bag Tote Construction

The Bag is worked in the round in two pieces. The gusset is worked in rows and joined as you go to the back piece. The front is then slip stitched to the gusset. The Romanian cord technique is used to crochet the handles. The handles are seamed to the front and back of the bag. Step by step video tutorial is provided on our YouTube channel. https://youtu.be/xp1_B69Ym6g

Crochet Techniques

Reverse Sl St – Go through the stitch back to front, Keep working yarn to the front, YU (Yarn Under) pulling through the loop on the hook.

Crochet Magic Ring – See video Tutorial – https://youtu.be/QMZpO5-19hQ

crochet bag for beginners

The beautifully designed PDF pattern includes step-by-step picture instructions

Abbreviations

Ch – Chain

Dc – Double Crochet

Pm – Place Marker

Rep – Repeat

Rev – Reverse

RS – Right Side

Sc – Single Crochet

Sk – Skip

Sl St – Slip Stitch

Sp(s) – Space(s)

St(s) – Stitch(es)

This pattern is the sole property of MJ’s Off the Hook Designs. This pattern is copyright protected and cannot be copied or reproduced in any way. You are welcome to sell your finished items from this pattern. I require a reference or link for my design. My photos are copyright protected and are not to be used to sell your items.

Circular Piece Front & Back:

Round 1:

Magic Ring, ch 2 (not incl as a st here and throughout), work 12 dc in the ring, pull ring tight, rev sl st in the first dc to join—12 sts.

Round 2:

Ch 2, work 2 dc in each st around, rev sl st in the first dc to join—24 sts.

Round 3:

Ch 2, work 1 dc in first st, 2 dc in next st, * 1 dc in next st, 2 dc in next st; rep from * around, rev sl st in the first dc to join—36 sts.

Round 4: Ch 4 (counts as 1 dc and ch 1), * work 1 dc, ch 1 in next st; rep from * around, sl st in the third ch of ch 4 to join—36 sts and 36 ch-1 sps. The diameter should measure approx 7.25″.

Round 5: Ch 2, work 2 dc in each ch-1 sp around, rev sl st in the first dc to join—72 sts.

Round 6: Ch 2, work 1 dc in first 3 sts, 2 dc in next st, * 1 dc in next 3 sts, 2 dc in next st; rep from * around, rev sl st in the first dc to join—90 sts.

Round 7: Ch 1, work 1 sc in each st around, sl st in the first sc to join—90 sts. The circle should measure approx. 11.5″.

Back – Without fastening off continue to the Gusset.

Front – Without fastening off continue to Mark Bag Opening

Gusset: Join as you go

Row 1: With back piece, ch 9, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, sk first st at the circle base, sl st in next 2 sts (base), turn—8 sts.

Row 2:

Sk sl sts, 1 sc in each st across, turn—8 sts.

Row 3: Ch 1, work 1 sc in each st across, sl st in next 2 sts (base), turn—8 sts.

Rows 4- 64: Rep rows 2 & 3. The last row fasten off and weave in ends.

Mark Bag Opening

At the join of the front piece count over 26 sts and mark with a st marker. The 26 sts mark the opening of the bag.

Join the Bag

With RS facing line up the front bag opening with the back piece. With working yarn sl st the front to the gusset. Work through 64 sts of the front and every 64 rows of the gusset joining the bag. Fasten off and weave in ends. Turn the bag so that the RS is facing out.

crochet bag for beginners

Crochet Bag Handle: Make 2

The Romanian cord technique is used to crochet handle for crochet bag. Leave a starting and ending tail long enough to sew the straps to the bag.

#1 Ch 2, work 1 sc in the second ch from the hook.

#2 Turn to the left, work a sc by inserting the hook through the one loop, directly under the hook, yarn over and complete sc.

#3 Turn to the left, work a sc by inserting the hook through the two loops, directly under the hook, yarn over and complete sc.

romanian cord

Repeat step #3 until the cord is approximately 30″. If you run short on raffia make the handles shorter or attach only one handle to the sides of the gusset.

crochet bag for beginners

Attachment

With raffia tails from the handles sew to the third round of stitches at the circle halfway point. Sew approx. 2″ of the handle to the bag. Repeat for the front and the back of the bag.

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