A post with a crochet pattern for a child’s bag.
Sometimes when I’m in the middle of really big jobs – like the seemingly never-ending Roses and Daisies Blanket, I like to take a little detour and do something quick and handy. Just a little change of scene you understand.
I’ve been meaning to make a small bag for my little girl since she started creche a few months ago – just for bringing in her teddy and ferrying home dirty clothes! I hadn’t found a pattern for one I liked so this is my first attempt at making up a pattern as I went along. And it has worked out really well!
Last year I went a bit mad and bought loads of wool and I’ve been working my way through my stash. One of my favourite yarns to crochet with is Louisa Harding’s Fleuris – a beautifully smooth Bamboo / Wool blend. It comes in a really beautiful range of colours. For the bag I used Fleuris in Fern Green. The heart shaped details were made from scraps of Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino and Prima.
To make bag: Make 34 ch foundation chain, dc to end. On the second row, ch 1 and continue across the row in dc. Continue until the piece is 58cm long at which point make two button holes: ch 1, dc in the next 7 stitches, ch 3, dc in next 13 stitches, ch 3, dc 7. On the next row, continue along with the dc stitch, working the chain of stitches above the button holes. Complete 3 more rows. On last row skip first st, tr in 2nd st, dc in same, dc until last 2 stitches, dc in 2nd last, tr in 2nd last, ss in last. Cast off.
To create the side seams, lay the fabric flat. Starting at the end without the button holes, complete a row of dc all along the side seam, stopping when there are 7 rows left. (This becomes the ‘flap’ at the top of the bag.) Bring together the two side seams and join with a row of single crochet. Repeat on the other side. Flip the work right side out.
To make the small hanging strap: make a 5ch foundation chain and work 4 dc across. Continue in dc until the strap measures 14cm. Cast off.
To make the shoulder straps: make a 5ch foundation chain and again work 4dc across. Continue in dc until strap measures 45cm. Cast off.
Sew on buttons and stitch straps in place.
In assembling, I was realistic enough that my 14 month old wouldn’t be carrying heavy loads! I stitched the straps into place and then put on decorative buttons. I just placed the ‘back straps’ coming together at a single point – though you could place them separately.
To make the hearts: Using Colour A, make 7ch, ss into the first ch to make a ring. Work in rounds:
Round 1 – 3 ch, 19 tr in ring, ss to top ch of 3ch [20 sts]
Round 2 – 1 ch, 2 dc in next st, [1 tr in next st, 2 tr in next st] 8 times, 1 tr in next st, 2 dc in next st, ss to ch
Round 3 – 1 ch, 2 dc in next st, 1 tr in next st, 2 tr in each of the next 4 sts, 1 tr in next st, 1 dc in each of next 5sts, 2 tr in each of next 2 sts, (1 tr, 1 dtr, 1 tr) in next st, 2 tr in each of next 2 sts, 1 dc in each of next 5 sts, 1 tr in next st, 2 tr in each of next 4 sts, 1 tr in next st, 2 dc in next st, ss to ch. Fasten off A.
Round 4 – Using Colour B, starting at the base of the heart, (1ch, 1 dc) in 3rd round dtr, 1 dc in each of next 22 sts, 1 dc in ch 2 rounds below, 1 dc in each of next 22 sts, 1 dc in dtr, ss to ch. Fasten off.