Multi-Purpose Cotton Mesh Bag- Free Pattern

I first created this simple Mesh Stitch bag to be used as a laundry bag for little crocheted face scrubbies, so they wouldn’t get lost amongst the other items in the washing machine. However, as I was busy crocheting, my mind started thinking of other uses for the bag. Depending on the size, you could also use the bag to wash your delicates/lingerie (ie/ bra straps not becoming tangled up with other items in the wash), a bath toy bag, or even a bag to hang dry your camping dishes in.  This would also make a lovely gift bag! Myself, I will be using the smaller bag for laundering face scrubbies, and the larger bag, I will buy some suction cups with hooks on them, and hang the bag in the bathtub for bath toys!

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Multi-Purpose Cotton Mesh Bag

© 2018 Amanda Bryant

Materials Used:

Peaches & Cream cotton yarn (I had about a ½ cone of yarn- about 7 oz worth- leftover from another project, and I was able to make two of these bags from it, with plenty remaining for *probably* a third bag)

Size 5.75 mm hook

Stitch markers

Yarn needle (for weaving in ends)

Abbreviations Used (American Terminology):

Ch- chain

Dc/Dcs- double crochet/s

Sk- skip

St- stitch

Sp/Sps- space/spaces

Ch Sp- chain space

Gauge: in (dc, ch 1) pattern, 8 stitches= 4 inches, and 8 rounds= 4 inches

Finished Measurements:  smaller bag- 5 inches wide x 9 ½ inches tall; larger bag- 7 ½ inches wide x 9 ½ inches tall

Instructions:

For the smaller bag- Ch 23; (for the larger bag- Ch 33). To make a bag of a different size from the pattern below, simply make a foundation ch of any even number + 3. Then follow the pattern instructions as written.

Round 1- Dc in 5th ch from hook (counts as dc, ch 1, dc), ch 1, *(sk next ch, dc in next ch, ch 1) repeat from * across row. Turn work to work in other side of foundation chain. Sk the first ch, dc in first skipped ch of foundation chain , ch 1, **(dc in next skipped ch, ch 1), repeat from ** across, join with a sl st in the beginning dc (the 2nd ch of the foundation chain)  = 20 ch sps & 20 dcs (30 ch sps & 30 dcs) around.

Round 2- sl st in the first ch sp, ch 3 (counts as a dc, ch 1), *(dc in the next ch sp, ch 1), repeat from * around. Join with a sl st in the second ch of the beginning ch-3

Repeat round 2 until desired length (on both of my bags I repeated round 2 for a total of 18 rounds)

**Optional Hanging Loop (if you don’t want a hanging loop, skip this step and proceed to “last round”)– Place a st marker in a ch-sp where you want the hanging loop to be (or on either side of the bag if you want 2 hanging loops, for example if you want to use the bag as a bath toy bag- in which case you could hang it off of 2 suction cups)- SEE PHOTO BELOW *the safety pins are my stitch markers!

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Next, ch 2 (counts as a dc), then dc in each ch-sp and in each dc up to the stitch marker. *Dc in the sp where the st marker is placed. Ch 10 (or longer, if you want a bigger hanging loop), sl st in the first ch (-the ch furthest from the hook, which will form a loop). Dc in next dc, and in each ch-sp and dc around (if making 2 hanging loops, repeat from * to end of round). Join with a sl st to the beginning dc. Fasten off. Your bag should resemble the photo below:

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Last round (only if you did not make a hanging loop)- ch 2 (counts as dc), dc in each ch-sp and dc around, join with a sl st to beg dc= 40 dc around (60 dc around).  Fasten off. Your bag should resemble the photo above, minus the hanging loop.

**Optional- Chain tie/drawstring- for the smaller bag ch 70, for the larger bag ch 100

Weave ch tie through the ch spaces in the round before the last round. Or, instead of making a chain, you could use a long shoe lace as the tie. If you are using it as a laundry bag,  I don’t recommend using ribbon as it would fray in the wash. But ribbon would look nice if you are using it as a gift bag!

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Weave in all loose ends.

 

 

Easter Gift Bag (free pattern)

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Easter Gift Bag

© Amanda Bryant 2018

 

Materials Used-

Peaches & Creme 100% Cotton worsted weight 4-ply yarn, 2 oz/56.7 g, approximately 95 yards/86 meters, color “Sweet Pea Stripes” (2 ½ balls)

Size J/10- 6.00 mm crochet hook

Yarn needle

Measurements– about 8 ½ inches tall, 23 inch circumference at base, 18 inch circumference at top

Gauge– in puff st pattern 4 rounds and 4 puff sts = 2 inches; in hdc pattern 4 rounds and 8 hdc’s= 2 inches

Abbreviations/Terms Used (US Terminology)

Ch- chain

y/o- yarn over

st/sts- stitch/stitches

Sp/sps- space/spaces

Sl st- slip stitch

Hdc- half double crochet

Hdc2tog- half double crochet two stitches together

Puff Stitch Group- where there are 2 puff sts in one space (which makes the st increases in each round. The increase is made by working 2 puff sts in that one space.)

Special Stitches

Puff Stitch- *(y/o, insert hook into st, y/o and pull loop up) 4 times, y/o and pull loop through all 9 sts on the hook, ch 1 to secure the top of the puff st (leave a bit of slack when doing the y/o and pulling up loop, as the work could get a bit stiff and hard to manipulate)

Instructions:

Ch 4, sl st in first ch to make a ring

Round 1- ch 1, make 6 puff sts in the ring, join with a sl st to the top of the first puff st (6 puff sts)

Round 2-  make 2 puff sts in the sp between the first 2 puff sts, and make 2 puff sts in between each of the next puff sts around to the end, join with a sl st to the top of the first puff st (12 puff sts)

Round 3- make 2 puff sts in the sp in the middle of the first puff st group, make 1 puff st in each space until the next puff st group, *(make 2 puff sts in the sp in the middle of this puff st group, make 1 puff st in each space until the next puff st group), repeat from * around to the end, join with a sl st to the top of the first puff st (18 puff sts)

Rounds-4-6-  Repeat Round 3, making 6 increases in each round. (Round 4= 24 puff sts, Round 5= 30 puff sts, Round 6= 36 puff sts)

Rounds 7-11- make 1 puff st in each sp around,  join with a sl st to the top of the beginning puff st (36 puff sts)

Round 12- Ch 2 (counts as a hdc here and throughout), hdc in the first sp,  hdc in the top of the next puff st,  hdc in each of the next puff sts and sps. Join with a sl st to the beginning ch-2. (72 hdc)

Round 13- Ch 2, hdc in ea of the next 9 hdc, hdc2tog,  *(hdc in each of the next 10 hdc, hdc2tog), repeat from * around, join with a sl st to the beginning ch-2 (66 hdc)

Round 14- Ch 2, hdc in each hdc around, join with a sl st to the beginning ch-2 (66 hdc)

Round 15- Ch 2, hdc in ea of the next 8 hdc, hdc2tog,  *(hdc in each of the next 9 hdc,  hdc2tog), repeat from * around,  join with a sl st to the beginning ch-2 (60 hdc)

Round 16- Ch 2, hdc in each hdc around,  join with a sl st to the beginning ch-2  (60 hdc)

Round 17- Ch 2, hdc in each of the next 7 hdc,  hdc2tog,  *( hdc in each of the next 8 hdc, hdc2tog), repeat from * around,  join with a sl st to the beginning ch-2  (54 hdc)

Rounds 18-23- Ch 2, hdc in each hdc around, join with a sl st to the beginning ch-2 (54 hdc)

Round 24- Ch 3 (counts as hdc and ch-1), sk next hdc, *(hdc in next hdc, ch 1, sk next hdc), repeat from * around to the end, join with a sl st to the 2nd ch of the beginning ch-3 (27 hdc and 27 ch-1 sps)

Round 25- Ch 2, hdc in first ch sp, *(hdc in next hdc, hdc in next ch sp), repeat from * around to the end, join with a sl st to the beginning ch-2 (54 hdc)

Round 26- Ch 2, hdc in each hdc around, join with a sl st to the beginning ch-2 (54 hdc)

Next- Ruffle Edging- Ch 3, sl st in the same st, (sl st, ch 3, sl st) in each hdc around to the end, sl st into the beginning sl st, fasten off.

Drawstring-

ch 108, fasten off. Weave in through ch sts from round 24. Pull drawstring tightly and tie to close.

Weave in all yarn tails with the yarn needle, and fill with goodies for someone special!