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Published on May 28th, 2016 | by Kate Eastwood

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Crochet Club: small drawstring bag

Going away? Get organised ahead of time and make a gorgeous bobbly drawstring bag and matching sunglasses case from Kate Eastwood!

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If your household is anything like mine, when there’s packing to be done there are never enough washbags to go around, let alone spare bags for sun lotions and other essentials like your beach first aid kit. So for this week’s Crochet Club I made a small drawstring bag that is the perfect size for sun cream, mosquito sprays, after sun lotions and anything else that might take your fancy — with a matching sunglasses case to follow next week!

Crochet Club: Small Drawstring Bag by Kate Eastwood on the LoveCrochet blog

The bag is made with a circular base, and is fastened at the top with a simple drawstring and folds flat when empty. The finished bag measures: Base 13 cm diameter x H 18cm. This tutorial is written in UK crochet terminology, but you can convert to US using our handy chart!

Crochet Club: Small Drawstring bag by Kate Eastwood on the LoveCrochet blog

For this bag, I used Lang Yarns Presto, 2 x balls in Yellow 0013 and 1 x ball in Reseda 0074 (which I’ll refer to throughout as “duck egg”.) This is an aran weight cotton yarn that comes in over 24 shades, so works up to make a good soft, but firm texture and is fully washable. I used a 4 mm hook.

For the bobbles and the puff bobble edging I used some oddments of white cotton in a DK weight. The border is worked with a 3.5 mm hook but the bobbles on the main body of the bag are worked in a 4mm hook.

Crochet Club: Lang Yarns Presto on the LoveCrochet blog

Begin by making a Magic Ring and for Round 1 work 8 DC in to the ring. SL ST to join. Ch 1.

Crochet Club: Small Drawstring Bag on the LoveCrochet blog

Round 2: Work 2 DC in to each stitch. 16 sts. SL ST to join. Ch 1.

Round 3: Work 2 DC in to the first stitch and then 1 DC into the next stitch, all the way around. 24 sts. SL ST to join. Ch 1.

Crochet Club: Small Drawstring Bag on the LoveCrochet blog

Round 4: Work 2 DC into the first stitch and then 1 DC in to each of the next two stitches, all the way around. 32 sts. SL ST to join. Ch 1.

Round 5: Work 2 DC in to the first stitch and then 1 DC in to each of the next 3 stitches. 40 sts. SL ST to join. Ch 1.

Round 6: Work 2 DC in to the first stitch and 1 DC in to each of the next 4 stitches, all the way around. 48 sts. SL ST to join. Ch 1.

Crochet Club: Small drawstring bag by Kate Eastwood on the LoveCrochet blog

Round 7: Work 2 DC in to the first stitch and 1 DC in to each of the next 5 stitches, all the way around. 56 sts. SL ST to join. Ch 1.

Round 8: Work a round of DC. 56 sts. SL ST to join. Ch 1.

Round 9: Work 2 DC in to the first stitch and 1 DC in to each of the next 6 stitches, all the way around. 64 sts. SL ST to join. Ch 1.

Round 10: Round 8: Work a round of DC. 64 sts. SL ST to join. Ch 1.

Crochet Club: small drawstring bag on the LoveCrochet blog

Round 11: For this round you are going to be working in to the back loops only. This will create an ‘edge’ to start the sides of the bag.

So, working in DC, and into the back loops only, DC 1, DC 2 in to the next stitch, DC 1, DC 2 into the next stitch, repeating this pattern all the way around. 93 sts. Join with a SL ST and chain 1.

Crochet Club: small drawstring bag on the LoveCrochet blog

I found it quite useful to mark the end of the round with a stitch marker.

Continuing in DC, work a further 5 rounds. Remember to SL ST to join at the end of each round and chain 1. Your first stitch of each round is worked in to the same stitch as the chain 1.

Crochet club: small drawstring bag on the LoveCrochet blog

As you work you will see the shape beginning to form.

At the end of the fifth round of yellow change to the second colour yarn and work 3 rounds of DC.

After the third round of the duck egg change back to the yellow and work 1 round of DC.

Your next round is going to be the bobble round.

To make a bobble:  Join in the white by placing the yarn over the hook, work 7 TR all into the next stitch, leaving the last loop of each TR on the hook. Yarn over and pull through all 8 loops on your hook, chain 1, yarn over with your main colour and DC in to the next stitch. After each bobble, cut the yarn leaving a tail long enough to sew in at the end.

For the bobble round: Work 5 DC, make a bobble, work 5 DC, make a bobble… all the way around.

Crochet Club: Small drawstring bag by Kate Eastwood on the LoveCrochet blog

After your bobble row work 1 more round of DC in the yellow.

Change to the duck egg and work 3 rounds of DC.

Change to yellow and work 3 rounds.

Change to the duck egg and work 1 round of DC. Work a bobble round for the second duck egg round and then work one further round of duck egg.

Continue in this pattern of three rounds of each colour, with every third block of colour having a bobble round in the middle of it.

Crochet Club: small drawstring bag on the LoveCrochet blog

In total I worked 3 bobble rounds. After the final bobble round, work your third round of yellow.

Work 1 round in duck egg.

Change to the yellow yarn and to make the eyelets for the drawstring work as follows: *DC 5, chain 1 and skip a stitch, rejoin yarn to work* Repeat from * to *

For your final round, continue working in the yellow and work a round of DC, working in to each chain stitch from the previous round. Finish off and sew in all your ends. Thread your cord through the eyelets.

Crochet club: small drawstring bag on the LoveCrochet blog

You are now going to work your border of puff/bobble stitch, using the white DK yarn and a 3.5mm hook. With the RS of the work facing you, join your yarn in to the back of your bag, on the left hand side of your joining seam. (This round is worked on the reverse, but when you turn it around you will see that the bobbles are on the correct side.) Work a DC.

To make your puff stitch bobble: Yarn over and pull up to roughly TR height, repeat this 4 more times all in to the same stitch, yarn over and pull through all the loops on your hook. Chain 1 and then SL ST in to the next stitch. Work another puff bobble  in to the next stitch. Repeat the pattern of one puff bobble, one SL ST all the way around the top of the bag.

Crochet Club: small drawstring bag on the LoveCrochet blog

Crochet Club: small drawstring bag on the LoveCrochet blog

Once you have your finished bag the only thing left to do is to fill it – and if you have no holidays planned why not treat yourself, and fill it with all your favourite pampering goodies!

Crochet Club: Small Drawstring Bag by Kate Eastwood on the LoveCrochet blog

Crochet Club: Small Drawstring Bag by Kate Eastwood on the LoveCrochet blog

Check in next week for Kate’s fabulous matching sunglasses case!

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About the Author

Living just outside Bath, Kate is fortunate enough to be able to indulge two of her biggest loves -- living right in the middle of the countryside but within easy distance of retail therapy. When not working at her nursery school she loves nothing more than a day of pootling around, with crochet, sofa and tea being right at the top of the list.




7 Responses to Crochet Club: small drawstring bag

  1. Missbanana says:

    Hi, thanks for sharing this awesome pattern!
    I’m so excited to make one 🙂
    But as I’m making this, I get confused on row8

    On round 7 we should have 48sts

    Round 8: Work a round of DC. 56 sts. SL ST to join. Ch 1.
    How come we end up with 56? Work a round of DC means 1DC to each stitches around, right?

    Then in round 9, we end up with only 48sts? Shouldn’t at the end of this round we have 56sts?
    Round 9: Work 2 DC in to the first stitch and 1 DC in to each of the next 6 stitches, all the way around. 48 sts. SL ST to join. Ch 1.

    And assuming we have 56sts on round 9, shouldn’t we end up with still 56sts as round 10 is the same as round 8?
    Round 10: Round 8: Work a round of DC. 64 sts. SL ST to join. Ch 1.

    Hope you can shed a little light on my confusion 😉
    Thank you!

  2. Merion says:

    Hi Missbanana!

    We’re very very sorry – a few typing errors on our behalf! We’ve corrected the pattern! Your calculations were correct, thank you for pointing it out!
    Kindest regards
    Merion & the LoveCrochet team!

  3. Alice Ngigi says:

    Very creative…Thanks

  4. Lauren Ayers says:

    I’m having a problem with Round 11.
    Round 10 ends with 64 stitches. Pattern says to ch1 and worn Round 11 in BLO – correct?
    Round 11 is “1DC” – “2DC” continue ALL the way around ending with “93” stitches.
    Being that Round 10 finishes with 64 stitches – Round 11 will need 1/2 of the 64 stitches (which would be “32” stitches) worked as “1DC” – AND – the other 1/2 of the 64 stitches will be worked with “2DC.” Correct?
    Shouldn’t the final stitch count be “96?” Pattern says final stitch count is “93.” ~ I have done Round 11 several times and frogged back trying to get the “93” stitches.
    The “93” is also an ODD number – how can that be? Every Round ends in an even number – until Round 11. Is there a typo error?
    Thank you. I hope to hear from you. This is such a darling bag!!! I loooove all of Kate Eastwood’s projects!!!

  5. Lauren Ayers says:

    Hi!
    I commented here on June 30, 2016. I did receive an email stating that my question was under review. I haven’t received any further emails.
    I’d like to be able to finish my project; however, I can’t move forward until I receive an answer to my posed question.
    I adore Kate’s projects and look forward to finishing my bag rather than stashing it in a basket. I also want to mention that I bought the specific yarn Kate suggested from love.crochet so as to replicate her darling project.
    I hope to see a response from you soon.
    Thank you for ALL you do.
    Best,
    Lauren Ayers

  6. Joanne says:

    Hi Lauren. I’m just about to complete my “small drawstring bag now”, and came across your comment. Yes, it is a typo, you should finish with 96 stitched instead of 93. 96 stitches would also make more sense with the “Work 5 DC, make a bobble”, as 96 is divisible by 6. Again, later with “DC 5, chain 1 and skip a stitch” (for the drawstring eyelets), again divisible by 6. Anyway, I hope this comment helps. Have fun finishing your project!

    Thank you Merion for this tutorial! Recently came across your Instagram account, which led me here. Thank you for sharing so many patterns with us 🙂

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