I’m calling this bag the “Big Easy”. I don’t know….it is big, and it’s easy, and it’s perfect for one of those easy, lazy days when you’re off to the pool, beach or park (but you still want to go in style – ha!). It’s a great size to fit a beach towel, books and even your favorite wine cooler – I mean – beverage.
My mom always seems to show up at my house with one of those re-usable grocery bags filled with one thing or another. She’s usually carrying some surprise for myself or my daughter, or there is some sort of food inside. She’s Italian, so good snacks are a must. Ha ha! Anyway, I was trying to think of something thoughtful to make for her birthday, and I decided a nicer bag might be in the cards. Something big enough to hold what ever surprises or necessities she may need for the day.
The fabric on this bag is tight enough that you don’t need to line it, and it can hold pens and pencils without them slipping through the crochet holes. You certainly could line it, and put a zipper on top, but I didn’t care to do that in this case.
I would say this is an easy crochet bag, and it can be done in a reasonably short amount of time. You need to know how to single crochet, chain, and crochet in the back loop. It is all done in the “seed stitch”. You single crochet, and then chain one, while skipping a stitch, and single crochet again. You put all of your single crochet stitches into the chains across the row. It is always helpful for me to go to Youtube and look at a tutorial for any new stitches that I try. This stitch is very easy, but it may be helpful to check it out a tutorial video if you’ve never done it.
You will need:
Size H Crochet Hook
Lion Brand Hometown USA Yarn in Los Angeles Tan (4 skeins) and New York White (1 skein) (Okay, just those yarn names together make me think HIGH STYLE, BABY!) or another super bulky yarn
Tapestry needle to weave in ends
This bag measures about 15 inches across, 11 inches tall, and 3.5 inches wide, but stretches. You can fit a nice amount of stuff in here!
The pattern is forgiving. If it would be easier to single crochet the entire thing for you, then go for it!
You start this bag with the base. You will crochet a big rectangle for the bottom, and then you will start working the sides individually. The base is done entirely in single crochet. It makes it a very tight, sturdy fabric.
How I Made It “Pattern”:
Base of the bag:
With your size H hook, and your Tan yarn, Chain 49 **CHAIN LOOSELY – you will need to get your hook into this chain in order to start the side of the bag later. If it is too tight you will have a VERY hard time getting your side started.
Single Crochet for a total of 10 rows
If you’d like, single crochet around the entire base. Make two single crochet stitches in each corner. This border will make it easier to start your sides