Little Twisted or a Big Square: The Crochet Bag

Apr 8, 2013

When it comes to crochet bags, one size does not fit all. But do not despair. This simply means that you need a closet full of bags, purses, totes, and satchels for every occasion. And while you are choosing the perfect size, from an evening clutch to an overnight tote, you can choose from an amazing variety of construction techniques.

Granny Bag by Mags Kandis

The Granny Bag by Mags Kandis combines two classic crochet techniques: felting and crocheted granny squares. This particular tote is thirteen inches wide and fourteen and a half inches long after the felting process is finished, making it the perfect size for and afternoon at the park, a great project bag, or a quick shopping trip.

This simple bag also uses just two simple handles and uses no closure, such as a zipper or magnetic snap. As is common for many crochet bags, this tote is lined with fabric. The lining is especially important with loose crochet stitches that might allow small items to slip out of the bag.

Twist Bag by Brenda K. B. Anderson

On the opposite end of the bag spectrum is the Twist Bag by Brenda K. B. Anderson. This is the perfect evening bag with a literal design twist. The nine inch diameter makes this the perfect size for a fancy dinner out. Stitches worked in the back loop only create the stretchy textured ribs, but it's the manipulation of the finished fabric that creates the three-dimensional bag. The lining in this purse is crocheted as well.  A purse frame is sewn to the opening to allow you to completely seal the bag so you won't lose anything.

These are only two examples of crochet bag styles. You can apply any crochet technique to this amazing accessory. Get both of these back patterns plus innovative hats, socks, mittens, amigurumi, afghans, and more by ordering the Craft Tree Ultimate Crochet Kit.

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P.S. What is your favorite bag size?

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on Apr 8, 2013 9:42 AM

My favorite crochet bag so far is the fat bottom bag.  I just finished it and so in love with this bag!

okiegirl wrote
on Apr 8, 2013 2:43 PM

My favorite size tote bag or purse is one that will easily hold an 81/2" X 11" notebook without having to roll or fold the book.  My creative side compels me to take full size notebooks with me everywhere to write down ideas, compose lists, take notes, do quick sketches, etc.  It also lets you slip in your craft and needlework magazines to read when you get the chance.

This size is big enough to hold a number of smaller bags to organize your belongings for quick access on shopping trips or vacations.