Oh hey, yeah my life is settling down. And when I say settling down I mean that I have had a small battle against depression these last few days. For the most part I win these mini battles. Keeping busy is really one of the best ways to do that for myself nowadays. For example: I’ve spent most of today coming up with this little tutorial. I’ve never done one so I hope if anyone does do this it works out for them.
Ok, this took me a few hours to come up with but what the heck! I wanted to see if I could even do something like this in the first place.
The thing I really love about this bag is that it is SO simple it really is the perfect sort of beginning project for new people coming into crochet and wanted to learn a few different techniques in one project with ease. For newbies, you will learn from this project how to crochet a circle, how to change color, and how to get a simple bag shape.
NOTE: This is written as if you know the very basics of crochet including, casting on, chains, types of stitches, and finishing. If someone really wants me to go over the beginning basics than let me know and I will do my best to accommodate you. Also, I will include pictures to help explain some of the technique but I make no promises that they actually help. It’s not like I have professional equipment to take decent pictures or video so I ask you to please work with me.
What you need:
• 7 yarn colors of your choice
• Yarn needle
• Crochet Hook (I always use size I 5.50mm for mine.)
First thing you want to do is pick 7 colors of yarn. They can be any colors you wish and even any type. I usually deal with acrylic or acrylic blends because they are sturdy, usually machine washable and they have a colorful collection to choose from. I also chose from the same color pallets (ex. Blue/green, pink/purples) just because I think it looks nice. I am using size 4 – Worsted yarn because it’s easiest to deal with for me and gives me the size of bag I want. Feel free to experiment though! This is YOUR project, so have fun and be creative!
** For this project I have picked an assortment of pinks and purples (I know, in the picture 2 of the yarns look blue but I promise they are not… I just have a sucky camera)**
1. Make a beginning chain (ch) of 4 and slip stitch (slst) into the first chain to form a loop. You now have your ring.
2. Ch 3 (this will count as first double crochet (dc) here and throughout) dc 23 times into the ring. Now we are going to change colors. To do this you will need start as if you’re doing a regular dc. So you yarn over (yo),
Insert the hook into the following chain, yo and pull so you have three loops of the same color on the hook. Then yo so you now have two loops of the same color on your hook.
At this time you want to cut the yarn of the first color you worked with, leaving a couple of inches for a tail which you will deal with later.
Take the NEW color and loop it over your hook, again leaving a couple inch tail of the new color to be dealt with later. Pull the new loop color through the two remaining loops already on the hook and you have now changed yarns!
Follow this finally by a slst into the top of the beginning chain 3 with your new color and you’re done with this row! You should have a total of 24 dc in the circle. (Don’t forget you are including the beginning ch 3)
3. Ch 3, 2 dc into the next st. **1 sc in following st, 2 dc in next st.** repeat this until you come to the last 2 dc, changing the yarn to the next 3rd in the 2nd dc. Slst into first ch 3. Total: 36
4. Ch 3, 1 dc in next ch, 2 dc in next ch, **1 dc in next 2 st, 2 dc in next st** repeat till last 2 dc. Change color to 4th color in 2nd dc. Slst into top of ch 3. Total: 48
5. Ch 3, 1 dc in each of the next 3 st, **1 dc in next 3 st, 2 dc in next st** repeat till last 2 dc. Change color to 5th color in 2nd dc. Slst into top of ch 3. Total: 60
6. Ch 3, 1 dc in each of the next 4 st, **1 dc in next 4 st, 2 dc in next st** repeat till last 2 dc. Change color to next 6th in 2nd dc. Slst into top of ch 3.
7. Ch 3, 1 dc in each of the next 5 st, **1 dc in next 5 st, 2 dc in next st** repeat till last 2 dc. Change color to next 7th in 2nd dc. Slst into top of ch 3.
8. Ch 3, 1 dc in each of the next 6 st, **1 dc in next 6 st, 2 dc in next st** all the way around. Slst into top of ch 3. Cut yarn.
** You have now made a full circle with all 7 colors! Good job! At this point bind off and be sure to secure all the yarn ends and weave them into the project so they can’t be seen.
9. Repeat steps 1-8 until final dc. At the last dc Change color to next 6th in 2nd dc. Slst into top of ch 3. (This will now begin the portion of making the bag)
10. Ch 3, with the 6th color you will dc in the back loop of your next st. (The back look is the top of the dc in the previous row that is farthest from you)
1 dc in each st most of the way around. You will stop when there are 16 stitches remaining from the previous row un-worked. (This will be the opening to your bag). In your final dc you will change to the 5th color of your palate.
11. Dc around (excluding the unworked 16 ch) with the color order of 4, 5, and 6. Then bind off. Make sure to leave an extra-long tail of yarn, you’ll need it!
12. Take your yarn needle and with your extra-long tail stitch the two pieces together, leaving an opening the 16 stitches unworked. REMEMBER TO LEAVE THE UNWORKED SPACE ALONE! THAT IS THE OPENING TO YOUR BAG. You will stitch the other circle piece to the Once done bind off and make sure to sew in any remaining tails. You now have the pouch portion of your bag!
13. No more crochet needed but I hope you know how to braid! You will the first 3 colors that you used in the beginning of the project. With each color, cut 4 long strips (between 5 to 7 ft. depending on how low you want your bag to hang) and put them in front of you , keeping the colors still separate.
14. Leaving a 2 in tail on the end, braid them together! Once you only have 2 inches left on the other side you tie them together.
15. Finally tie both ends on either side of your pouch. Make sure they are very secure and you’re done!
Ok! That’s it! This was my very first tutorial. Thanks for sticking with it. If you didn’t understand anything or was confused at any point I do apologize. Again, this is the first time I ever attempted making a step by step guide. Please feel free to comment and ask anything. I will do my best to explain anything that might have come off muddled.