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Do you want a bag that is durable, adorable and quick to work up. My Summer Day Bag free crochet pattern is perfect for you. In just 22 rows you will have a cute new bag to take with your wherever you go this summer. So grab your hook and I will show you how to make my Summer Day Bag! The texture and design of this bag looks complex, but it is actually just different variations of the single crochet stitch. Do not worry I will walk you through it all.
It took two trips to convince myself to buy the Bernat Maker Big from Joann, but I am so glad I did. This yarn has the soft feel and nice stretch of the Bernat Maker line but is super chunky to make your project work up really fast. When using the waistcoat stitch you end up with a really soft, durable bag that does not stretch when you fill it to the brim. I have been using this bag for the last week and I could not be happier with the yarn choice.
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Now the bad news. Bernat Maker Big is only available at select Joanns stores but is available on their online store. Bernat also came out with another line Bernat Colorwhirl that will work wonderfully as well.
Summer Day Bag
1 Skein (66 yards, 8.8oz) of Bernat Maker Big (or another Jumbo yarn) Base Color
1 Skein (66 yards, 8.8oz) of Bernat Maker Big (or another Jumbo yarn) Main Color
Size Q 15mm Crochet Hook
7 ft of 1/2 inch Diameter White Rope (I used Fab Lab rope from Joanns)
Stitches and Abbreviations
Ch – Chain
Slst – Slip Stitch
Sc- Single Crochet
Wc – Waistcoat Stitch
BLO – Back Loop Only
Skst – Skip Stitch
Special Stitch Instructions
Backloop Only- When looking at the top of a Crochet stitch you will see a ‘V’. A normal stitch would pull up a loop by going under both sides of the ‘V’. To do a single crochet in the back loop only, you will insert your hook to pull up a loop by going in between the two sides of the ‘V’ and under the side that is farthest from you.
Waistcoat Stitch – The waistcoat stitch is just a modified Single crochet stitch. Instead of inserting your hook under the top ‘v’ of the stitch to pull up a loop, you will insert your hook between the two post of the single crochet. I created a quick photo tutorial to help explain this. Note: Teal dot in image 1. is where you would normally insert your hook. For the Waistcoat stitch you will insert you hook where the hot pink dot is.
The texture on the lower section of this bag is made by alternating a single crochet in the back loop only and the waist coat stitch. This pattern is worked in one direction without turning. You will slip stitch at the end of beach row and chain up. Let’s start our pattern.
Summer Day Bag Pattern
Using Base Color.
R1: Sc in the 2nd ch from hook, Sc in every ch. (21 sc)
R2-3: Ch1, turn. 21 Sc.
Row 4 you will be single crocheting around the whole rectangle.
R4: Ch1, turn, 21 Sc, 3 Sc down the side of the rectangle, 21 Sc in starting Ch, 3 Sc down the side of the rectangle, Slst to the first Sc.
R5: Ch1, *Wc, Sc in BLO* repeat from *to* until the end of row. Slst to first Wc stitch.
R6: Ch1, *Sc in BLO, Wc* repeat from *to* until the end of row. Slst to first Sc.
R7: Ch1, *Wc, Sc in BLO* repeat from *to* until the end of row. Slst to first Wc stitch.
R8: Ch1, *Sc in BLO, Wc* repeat from *to* until the end of row. Slst to first Sc.
R9: Ch1, *Wc, Sc in BLO* repeat from *to* until the end of row. Slst to first Wc stitch.
R10: Ch1, *Sc in BLO, Wc* repeat from *to* until the end of row. Slst to first Sc.
Change to Main Color
R11: Ch1, Sc in the BLO until the end of row. Slst to first Sc.
R12-14: Ch1, Wc until the end of row. Slst to first Wc.
Change to Base Color
R15: Ch1, Wc until the end of row. Slst to first Wc.
Change to Main Color
R16-20: Ch1, Wc until the end of row. Slst to first Wc.
R21: Ch1, 3 Wc, Ch1, Skst, 12 Wc, Ch1, Skst, 10 Wc, Ch1, Skst, 12 Wc, Ch1, Skst, 7 Wc. Slst to first Wc.
Change to Base Color
R22: Ch1, 3 Wc, Sc in Ch space, 12 Wc, Sc in Ch space, 10 Wc, Sc in Ch space, 12 Wc, Sc in Ch space, 7 Wc. Slst to first Wc. Fasten off. Weave in your ends.
The best part of these handles are how easy they are to attach. First find the middle of your rope and place a piece of masking tape covering the very middle. Cut the rope and masking tape in half. Normally the two other ends will already have tape on them. Dip all the ends in Elmer’s glue and let it dry. After the glue is dry, remove the tape.
Now weave one end of the rope through the space created in row 21 and knot the end of the rope. Weave the other end of the rope through the second space on the same side and knot. One handle is done. Repeat for the second handle. Your Summer Day Bag is all complete and ready for use. I did not put a liner in mine and love how it holds up.
Let me know how you like this free crochet pattern. If you have any questions leave a comment below and I will try and help the best I can. I hope you decide to make a Summer Day Bag of your own. If you do, I would LOVE to see a photo! If you share it on social media be sure to tag me @windingroadcrochet or #windingroadcrochet
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