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Multipurpose Crochet Bag - Free Crochet Pattern

I am so excited for this new pattern I created. It is called the Multipurpose Crochet Bag. When I recently started multiple different projects that had lots of different colors, I realized I need to find a way to take them all with me when running errants so I can work on them while waiting at the doctors office for example.

And sometimes I really don’t know which mood I will be in, so I need all my WIPs with me. Am I the only one who does that? lol

Anyways, I realized that my other yarn storage bags where either full, broken or did not have the functionality I wanted in a yarn storage bag, so I thought, well, I will make my own, the way I like it, with lots of pockets for hooks, scissors, pattern printouts etc.

 

And this is how I created this Multipurpose Crochet Bag. I love it and am so happy I could jump in the air.

Just to get an overview about what you will need and what you need to crochet, as well as what you can do with it, I created this fun short video to introduce you to the Multipurpose Crochet Bag. Enjoy!


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The bag is an estimate of 10 inches in height, 10 inches in width (with yarn inside, but not stretched out) and 15-16 inches in length.

Let me first tell you what you will need to make the bag, before I will tell and show you how to make the bag.

You will need:

Gauge:

2 Suzette stitches x 2 rows =1 square inch

Stitches used:

  • hdc
  • sc
  • sl st
  • suzette stitch (1sc, 1dc in the same stitch, sk next st)
  • waistcoat stitch (wst)

Instructions:

Bag

Working on the bottom of the bag first, then you will working your way upwards.

Start with the yarn Deep Purple, use a stitch marker

Round 1: Ch 31, 2 sc in the 2nd chain from the hook, 1 sc in the next 28 chs, 3 sc in the last ch, (now you will work on the other side of the chain, working yourself backwards, so it is a round) 1 sc in the next 28 chs, 1 sc in the first ch (where you place the 2 sc in the beginning), do not sl st, use a marker and continue to the next round

Round 2: place 2 sc each in the next 2 sts, place 1 sc in the next 28 sts, place 2 sc each in the next 3 sts, place 1 sc in the next 28 sts, place 2 sc in the next st, do not sl st, use a marker and continue to the next round

Round 3: 2 sc, 1 sc, 2 sc, 1 sc, place 1 sc in the next 28 sts, [2 sc, 1 sc] 3 times, place 1 sc in the next 28 sts, 2 sc, 1 sc,  do not sl st, use a marker and continue to the next round

Round 4: [2 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc] 2 times, place 1 sc in the next 28 sts, [2 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc] 3 times, place 1 sc in the next 28 sts, 2 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc,  do not sl st, use a marker and continue to the next round

Round 5: [2 sc, 1 sc in the next 3 sts] 2 times, place 1 sc in the next 28 sts, [2 sc, 1 sc in the next 3 sts] 3 times, place 1 sc in the next 28 sts, 2 sc, 1 sc in the next 3 sts, do not sl st, use a marker and continue to the next round

Round 6: [2 sc, 1 sc in the next 4 sts] 2 times, place 1 sc in the next 28 sts, [2 sc, 1 sc in the next 4 sts] 3 times, place 1 sc in the next 28 sts, 2 sc, 1 sc in the next 4 sts, do not sl st, use a marker and continue to the next round

Round 7: [2 sc, 1 sc in the next 5 sts] 2 times, place 1 sc in the next 28 sts, [2 sc, 1 sc in the next 5 sts] 3 times, place 1 sc in the next 28 sts, 2 sc, 1 sc in the next 5 sts, do not sl st, use a marker and continue to the next round

Round 8: [2 sc, 1 sc in the next 6 sts] 2 times, place 1 sc in the next 28 sts, [2 sc, 1 sc in the next 6 sts] 3 times, place 1 sc in the next 28 sts, 2 sc, 1 sc in the next 6 sts, do not sl st, use a marker and continue to the next round

Round 9: [2 sc, 1 sc in the next 7 sts] 2 times, place 1 sc in the next 28 sts, [2 sc, 1 sc in the next 7 sts] 3 times, place 1 sc in the next 28 sts, 2 sc, 1 sc in the next 7 sts, do not sl st, use a marker and continue to the next round

Round 10: [2 sc, 1 sc in the next 8 sts] 2 times, place 1 sc in the next 28 sts, [2 sc, 1 sc in the next 8 sts] 3 times, place 1 sc in the next 28 sts, 2 sc, 1 sc in the next 8 sts, do not sl st, use a marker and continue to the next round

Bottom of the Multipurpose Crochet Bag
Bottom of the Multipurpose Crochet Bag

You will now start working upwards, so in this next round ONLY, work only in the back loops for each stitch you make. Be sure to use a stitch marker as we never sl st until the bag is finished!

Round 11: place *1 sc and 1 dc in BLO only in the same st, sk the next st, continue from * all around

Now work normally again by crochet into both loops per stitch.

Round 12-16: place *1 sc and 1 dc in the same st, sk the next st, continue from * all around

Change colors to Hollyhook. Here is how I do it, so there is a smooth transition rather than a hard color change:

Color Change of Multipurpose crochet bag
1. Last stitch of previous row 2. Drop the stitch (remove hook) 3. Insert the hook thru the next stitch (after skipping a stitch) and reattach the stitch to the hook 4. With a slipknot attached on the new color, attach the loop to the hook 5. pull the new color through the loop and stitch on the hook, counts as a chain one 6. continue as you normally would by making a suzette stitch in the same stitch

Round 17-22: place *1 sc and 1 dc in the same st, sk the next st, continue from * all around

Change color to Claret

Round 23-28: place *1 sc and 1 dc in the same st, sk the next st, continue from * all around

Change color to Scarlet

Round 29-34: place *1 sc and 1 dc in the same st, sk the next st, continue from * all around

Color change transitions on the Multipurpose Crochet Bag
Color change transitions
Finished the Suzette stitch rounds, now starting the Waistcoat stitch rounds and the handles on the Multipurpose Crochet Bag
Finished the Suzette stitch rounds, now starting the Waistcoat stitch rounds and the handles


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Now you will do the waistcoat stitch (wst) in each stitch (no skipping stitches) that will help stabilize the top of the bag including the handles. If you do not know how to do this stitch, please the video on the bottom of this pattern. You could just do a normal single crochet, but it will be less stable and looks different.

Round 35: place 1 sc in each stitch all around (foundation row for the wst)

Round 36-37: place 1 wst in each stitch all around

We will now add the handles. Be sure to check that you add the handles in the middle of each side. Sometimes stitches are skipped by accident, so if my number does not match up with yours, just adjust it.

Round 38: 1 wst in the next 33 sts, ch 30, sk the next 21 sts, 1 wst in the next 36 sts, ch 30, sk the next 21 sts, 1 wst in the next 3 sts

Round 39: 1 wst in the next 33 sts, 1 sc in each ch of the chain of 30, 1 wst in the next 36 sts, 1 sc in each ch of the chain of 30, 1 wst in the next 3 sts

Round 40-41: place 1 wst in each stitch all around, sl st to finish the bag. Weave in the ends.

Multipurpose Crochet Bag
Handle of the Multipurpose Crochet Bag


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Large inside main divider

Start with the color Deep Purple.

Row 1: Make a foundation hdc chain of 50 and turn. The foundation hdc chain is where you make the chain and the first row of hdc at the same time. If you do not know how to do this, I actually show it in the video where you learn how to create the small divider pockets. So be sure to check that out. Or see the pictures below (ignore the red color).

Foundation Half double crochet
1. Chain 2 2. YO and insert hook thru 1st chain (thru 2 loops!) 3. YO and pull thru one loop 4. YO and pull thru one loop 5. YO pull thru all three loops 6. shows the difference between the “chain area” on the left and the “hdc area” on the right 7. YO and start over by going thru the “chain area” loop created in step 3 (left loop shown), now repeat steps 2 to 5

Row 2-4: Ch 1 and place 1 hdc in each stitch, turn

Change color to Hollyhook.

Row 5-9: Ch 1 and place 1 hdc in each stitch, turn

Change color to Claret.

Row 10-14: Ch 1 and place 1 hdc in each stitch, turn

Change color to Scarlet.

Row 15-19: Ch 1 and place 1 hdc in each stitch, turn

Sl st to finish this main divider. Weave in the ends.

Multipurpose Crochet Bag
This picture includes the strings already attached, which is explained a little lower in this pattern.
Small inside pocket dividers:

Make 6 pockets in total.

Start with Scarlet.

Row 1: Make a foundation hdc chain of 15 and turn

Row 2-5: Ch 1 and place 1 hdc in each stitch, turn

Change color to Claret.

Row 6-10: Ch 1 and place 1 hdc in each stitch, turn

Change color to Hollyhook.

Row 11-15: Ch 1 and place 1 hdc in each stitch, turn

Change color to Deep Purple.

Row 16-20: Ch 1 and place 1 hdc in each stitch, turn

Multipurpose Crochet Bag
One side of one pocket

NOW we work the way around and work our way back upwards, so that we do NOT have to sew the pockets in the end by including the first and last stitches from the already made stitches. If that does not make sense, including the instructions below, I highly recommend watching the video below.

Multipurpose Crochet Bag
This shows you step by step how to create the pockets, watching the video below will be a lot more helpful though!

Row 21: Ch 1, 1 hdc in the first stitch and the first stitch 2 rows below (it will bend and create a pocket now), 1 hdc in the next 13 sts, 1 hdc in the last stitch and the last stitch 2 rows below. Turn

Row 22-24: Ch 1, 1 hdc in the first stitch and the first stitch 1 row up from the one just attached, 1 hdc in the next 13 sts, 1 hdc in the last stitch and the last stitch 1 row up from the one just attached. Turn

Change colors to Hollyhook.

Row 22-24: Ch 1, 1 hdc in the first stitch and the first stitch 1 row up from the one just attached, 1 hdc in the next 13 sts, 1 hdc in the last stitch and the last stitch 1 row up from the one just attached. Turn

Change colors to Claret.

Row 25-29: Ch 1, 1 hdc in the first stitch and the first stitch 1 row up from the one just attached, 1 hdc in the next 13 sts, 1 hdc in the last stitch and the last stitch 1 row up from the one just attached. Turn

Change colors to Scarlet.

Row 25-29: Ch 1, 1 hdc in the first stitch and the first stitch 1 row up from the one just attached, 1 hdc in the next 13 sts, 1 hdc in the last stitch and the last stitch 1 row up from the one just attached. Turn

Sl st at the end and weave in the ends.


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Adding yarn strings to the corners of each main and pocket dividers

Cut for the corresponding color a 1 yard piece of yarn and attach it by knotting or a different technique to the corner of each divider.

Multipurpose Crochet Bag Multipurpose Crochet Bag

Assembly of the dividers to the bag

Now you can add the dividers into the bag. Start with the main divider and then add the pocket dividers in the locations as you wish. See the pictures below for inspiration.

Multipurpose Crochet Bag Multipurpose Crochet Bag
Multipurpose Crochet Bag Multipurpose Crochet Bag

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Multipurpose Crochet Bag – Free Crochet Pattern was last modified: August 3rd, 2017 by Nicole Riley

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8 thoughts on “Multipurpose Crochet Bag – Free Crochet Pattern”

  1. This would be great for any project. I’m doing a rainbow blanket so I need space for several skeins. This tote is perfect!

  2. Hi! I just subscribed!, and im having difficulty understanding the corner curve part. . starting the bag and im on row 5 (beginning) . The pattern says “two times” on the beginning curves on rounds 5-10. If i do that will the count be off?… I dont understand math … but i count and it seems like its going to be off … Please help. Thank you and God bless.

    1. Hi Annette,
      thank you for contacting me and I am sorry it took me a day to respond, but I am currently working on a new pattern being published today. Anyways, there are three increases per curve as you can see on the picture below those mentioned rounds. You first make 2 increases on one curve (generally speaking), then do the 28 middle stitches and then you increase three times on the other curve. After that, you do the 28 stitches in the middle again, before you do the last increase (which is the third) on the first curve. Does that make sense? The math is correct. If it does not, feel free to contact me again and I will try to be more detailed. You can also email me if that works better for you. Thanks you:-)

  3. Hello! This is an amazing pattern! Would any other kinds of yarn work? Do you use the entire pound of each color? I have lots of different yarns in my stash and was wondering if I could use some of it up instead.

    1. Hi Jennifer,

      Thanks for your comment and question. I did not use the full skein on any of the colors. The skeins are worsted weighted yarn in acrylic. I do not think it would be a good idea to use cotton (in case you are thinking about that), unless you do not integrate the pockets/dividers, because cotton would make the purse very heavy. But any other yarn would be great. I would Loe to see the bag made with leftover yarn. If you do make it that way, please share it on my Facebook page . Thanks again for contacting me and let me know if you have more questions 🙂

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