Crochet Drawstring Bag

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Crochet Drawstring Bag (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
(Photo by Viana Boenzli)

This fun crochet drawstring bag will be your new go-to bag around town. Whether you’re meeting some friends for lunch or relaxing on the beach, this DIY drawstring bag will carry everything you want to bring along for the trip.

 

So pack your sunglasses, that novel you’ve been wanting to read, and get ready to relax in style. Wear it as a backpack or sling it over one shoulder for a casual fun look this season! This bag is lightweight, weighing less than 6 ounces, and measures a roomy 10″ x 14″, so you’ll be able to bring everything you need, in comfort and style.

Crochet Drawstring Bag (Photo by Erich Boenzli)
(Photo by Erich Boenzli)

This easy crochet drawstring bag uses three stitches you may not be familiar with, but no worries, I’ve made a tutorial video for you, explaining these easy stitches every step of the way. And if you’d like to review any of the stitches before getting started, read my article and watch the videos here! With my video tutorial and a download of the printable free crochet pattern, let’s get started!

Crochet Drawstring Bag (Photo by Erich Boenzli)
(Photo by Erich Boenzli)

Materials

  • A total of approx 350 yards of #4 worsted weight yarn in two colors (for this bag, I used Red Heart Cafe Latte and Soft White)
  • F-5/3.75-mm crochet hook and K-10-1/2/6.5-mm hook
  • Stitch markers
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle

Notes

  • All instructions, abbreviations, and materials in this pattern are given in US terminology.
  • Space (sp) refers to the opening between two stitches or columns

 

Crochet Abbreviations for this Pattern

  • St = stitch
  • Sk = skip
  • Sp = space
  • Sc = single crochet
  • Hdc = half double crochet
  • Dc = double crochet
  • Tog = together
  • Inc = increase
Crochet Drawstring Bag (Photo by Erich Boenzli)
(Photo by Erich Boenzli)

Wattle Stitch, Reverse Single Crochet, and Romanian Cord Tutorial

Crochet Drawstring Bag Pattern

Row 1: Ch 21.

Row 2: Sc in 3rd st from hook, sc in next 19 st, then 3 sc in next st (inc).

At this point, you’re going to start working “in-the-round”, so don’t turn the work, but continue working around it to make an oval shape. So, there are not really “rows” anymore, in the sense that it’s in the round, but for clarity’s sake, I’ve described the pattern this way:

Row 3: Sc in next 19 st, then 3 sc in next st (inc).

Row 4:  Sc in next 20 st, then 3 sc in next st (inc).

Row 5: Sc in next 21 st, then 3 sc in next st (inc).

Row 6: Sc in next 23 st, then 3 sc in next st (inc).

Row 7: Sc in next 24 st, then 3 sc in next st (inc).

Row 8: Sc in next 23 st, 3 sc in next st (inc), one sc in each of the next 2 st, then 3 sc in next st (inc).

Row 9: Sc in next 22 st, 3 sc in next st (inc), one sc in each of the next 2 st, then 3 sc in next st (inc).

Row 10: Sc in next 24 st, 3 sc in next st (inc), one sc in next st, 2 sc in next st (inc), 2 sc in next st (inc), one sc in next st, then 3 sc in next st (inc).

Row 11: Sc in next 24 st, 2 sc in next st (inc), one sc in next st, then 3 sc in next st (inc).

Row 12: Sc in next 26 st, *2 sc in next st (inc), one sc in each of the next 2 st*; repeat from * to * two more times; 2 sc in next st (inc).

Row 13: Sc in next 26 st, *2 sc in next st (inc), one sc in each of the next 2 st*; repeat from * to * two more times; 2 sc in next st (inc), one sc in each of the next 14 st.

Row 14: Hdc in next 13 st, *2 hdc in next st (inc), one hdc in each of the next 2 st*; repeat from * to * three more times; 2 hdc in next st (inc).

Row 15: Hdc in next 27 st, *2 hdc in next st (inc), one hdc in each of the next 2 st*; repeat from * to * three more times; 2 hdc in next st (inc).

Row 16: Hdc in next 20 st, *2 hdc in next st (inc), one hdc in each of the next 6 st*; repeat from * to * one more time; 2 hdc in next st (inc).

Row 17: Hdc in next 30 st, *2 hdc in next st (inc), one hdc in each of the next 6 st*; repeat from * to * one more time; 2 hdc in next st (inc).

Row 18: *Hdc in next 10 st, 2 hdc in next st (inc)*; repeat from * to * nine more times.

At this point, insert a stitch marker here, to keep track of where the beginning of each “row” is.

Row 19: Begin wattle stitch. *All in the next st: Sc, ch 1, and dc*. Then sk 2 and repeat from * to * all the way around.

Rows 21 – 24: Continue making wattle stitch in each ch-1 sp, skipping 2 st between each, x 4 rows (please see the above video for tutorial).

Change color now.

Row 25: Continue making wattle stitch for 6 more rows.

Row 26: *Dc in next 2 st, ch 2, sk 2*; repeat from * to * all the way around.

Row 27: Make wattle stitch in ch-2 spaces, all the way around.

Rows 28 – 32: Make wattle stitch in ch-1 sp, all the way around, x 5 rows.

Row 33: *Dc in next 2 st, ch 2, sk 2*; repeat from * to * all the way around.

Row 34: Make wattle stitch in ch-2 spaces, all the way around.

Rows 35 – 44: Make wattle stitch in ch-1 sp, all the way around, x 10 rows.

Row 45: Hdc in each st, all the way around.

Row 46: Sc in each st, all the way around.

Row 47: *Dc in next 8 st, ch 2, sk 2, dc in next 4 st, ch 2, sk 2*; repeat from * to * all the way around.

Row 48: Sc in each st, all the way around (make 2 sc into each of the ch-2 spaces).

Row 49: Hdc in each st, all the way around.

Row 50: Reverse single crochet in each st, all the way around (please see the above video for tutorial, starting at 4:45).

Crochet Drawstring Bag (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
(Photo by Viana Boenzli)

Romanian Cord

Please see video above for a tutorial (starting at 6:58) on how to make the Romanian Cord using 2 strands of yarn. The total length should measure approx 53″. You can always make the cord longer or shorter by decreasing or increasing the number of stitches.

 

I also recommend feeding the cord through the ch-2 spaces at the top of the bag and attaching the ends of the straps near the bottom of the bag using either stitch markers or safety pins. Try it on and see how it fits. Would you like it longer or shorter? This is the best way to make sure it’s most comfortable for you.

Crochet Drawstring Bag (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
(Photo by Viana Boenzli)

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