Hard Crochet Bag
Using Hard Crochet Lesson 1

The Hard Crochet Bag was one of the first patterns I created after learning Hard Crochet around 38 years ago. I could fold the top down and get to the contents easily, when done bring the top back up, pull the strings to close it, and go.

My first one held my makeup. My little girls had one for all their barrettes. It's the perfect size for a little girl's purse. I have one that sits on my desk for all the little desk items. This one is going to hold my charging cords, flash drives, and battery chargers.

I love the way I can fold down the top section and easily see what's inside. Because it's hard crochet (see the free hard crochet lesson 1 here) it holds it's shape. When I'm done I can just fold the top back up, pull the strings to close it, and set it aside.

An added plus is that they are fun to make, a quick crochet, and not difficult at all (just follow the first hard crochet lesson to learn how).

Crochet Materials & Tools for the Hard Crochet Bag

Although I used Caron Simply Soft, you can make your Hard Crochet Bag with Red Heart Super Saver too.

Yarn: For my Hard Crochet Bag I used Caron Simply Soft * Blue Mint, and Caron Simply Soft Paints * Rainbow Bright. The entire little bag weighs less than 3 oz. (uses a total of about 155 yards), so one skein of each will make 2 Hard Crochet Bags.

Hooks: This uses two hooks. For the bottom hard crochet part use a Clover C / 2.75 mm. For the top use a Clover D / 3.25 mm.

Other: Scissors, stitch marker, and yarn needle (used to hide the ends).

Gauge: To truly check gauge you should single crochet in the round. However you can single crochet back and forth as well. 6 stitches = 1 inch (24 stitches = 4 inches). 6.5 rows = 1 inch (26 rows = 4 inches)

Pattern For Hard Crochet Bag

The first thing you should know is that the beginning of the Hard Crochet Bag follows the Hard Crochet Coaster pattern. If you are new to Hard Crochet I strongly suggest you start with the lesson, practice on the first pattern, and then move to this one.

Category: Hard Crochet Beginners

Chain (ch) 2

You will continue around and around. Do not chain before each row. Do not turn your work.

Round 1: 8 single crochet (sc) in the bottom of the 1st stitch, forming a tight center circle.

Round 2: 2 single crochet (sc) in each stitch around the disk, total 16 stitches.

Round 3: 2 single crochet (sc) in every other stitch, total 24 stitches.

Round 4: Single crochet (sc) 1 to move your hook. This does not count in your total stitches. Place your stitch marker in the stitch. 2 single crochet (sc) in every 3rd stitch, total 32 stitches.

Round 5: Single crochet (sc) 2 to move your hook. This does not count in your total stitches. Place your stitch marker in the stitch. 2 single crochet (sc) in every 4th stitch, total 40 stitches.

Round 6: Place your stitch marker in the first stitch after you make it. This DOES count in your total stitches. Single crochet (sc) around, 1 stitch in each, total 40 stitches.

Round 7: Single crochet (sc) 3 to move your hook. This does not count in your total stitches. Place your stitch marker in the stitch. 2 single crochet (sc) in every 5th stitch, total 48 stitches.

Round 8: Place your stitch marker in the first stitch after you make it. This DOES count in your total stitches. Single crochet (sc) around, 1 stitch in each, total 48 stitches.

Round 9: Single crochet (sc) 1 to move your hook. This does not count in your total stitches. Place your stitch marker in the stitch. 2 single crochet (sc) in every 5th stitch, total 54 stitches.

Round 10: Single crochet (sc) 2 to move your hook. This does not count in your total stitches. Place your stitch marker in the stitch. 2 single crochet (sc) in every 3rd stitch, total 72 stitches.

Round 11: Place your stitch marker in the first stitch after you make it. This DOES count in your total stitches. Single crochet (sc) around, 1 stitch in each, total 72 stitches.

When you've reached the point above continue with the same number of stitches for a total of 20 rounds. Always mark your beginning. I also put a small piece of yarn in the row I begin with so, if I lose count, I can count the rows I've done.

What it looks like after the 4th round.

What it looks like after the 10th round.

What it looks like after the 20th round.

Slip stitch (sl st) 2. Begin a third slip stitch (sl st) - pause and cut the bottom color, tie on your top color (NOTE: You don't have to change colors, I just find it to be prettier).

Hard Crochet Bag Top Beginning

Change your hook to the size D. Finish the slip stitch (sl st) you started.

To begin the Chevrons:
Chain (ch) 3
Skip 1 stitch, double crochet (dc) 1 stitch in the next 2 stitches. Double crochet (dc) 3 stitches in the next stitch. Double crochet (dc) 1 stitch in the next 3 stitches. This finishes the first Chevron.

Next Chevron (Continue doing these all the way around until just before the last Chevron):
Skip 2 stitches starting in the 3rd stitch.
Double crochet (dc) 1 stitch in the next 3 stitches. Double crochet (dc) 3 stitches in the next stitch. Double crochet (dc) 1 stitch in the next 3 stitches.

Last Chevron in the Row:
Skip 2 stitches starting in the 3rd stitch.
Double crochet (dc) 1 stitch in the next 3 stitches. Double crochet (dc) 3 stitches in the next stitch. Double crochet (dc) 1 stitch in the next 2 stitches. SKIP to the end, and do your last double crochet (dc) in that stitch.

You will do a total of 5 Chevron rows, counting the row you just finished.

At the beginning of each row, Chain (ch) 3 and turn. Skip 1 and begin your double crochets (dc).
The basic pattern is 3 double crochet (dc) to the point. 3 double crochet (dc) in the top point stitch. 3 double crochet (dc) back down. Skip 2.

At the end of the row, the end of the last Chevron you only do 2 double crochet (dc) back down, skip the last one, and do your final double crochet (dc) into the TOP stitch of the chain.

After the 5th row, cut a thread about 10 - 12 inches long. You will use this thread to sew the seam. Use the mattress stitch to close your work.

At the end pull the loose thread to the inside and tie it off to one of the other threads. Hide your loose ends using a yarn needle.

Here's what your Little Hard Crochet Bag should look like.

Making the Pull Ties

Using your D hook, (make sure you have a long loose end) Chain (ch) 111. Slip stitch (sl st) back down the chain for 110. MAKE 2.

In order to hide the loose ends, use your yarn needle and thread the end up through the center of the stitches.

In the second Chevron Row from the top, string each pull tie in opposite directions, use the holes naturally made by the Chevrons. Knot the ends for security.

Now, when you pull on each side it will pull evenly, closing the Hard Crochet Bag securely. See the second picture below.


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