This is a very easy drawstring bag. I use them for the farmer's market. They're soft enough not to damage ripe tomatoes, and they let air in so things don't sweat in the trunk of the car.
They're also great for things like wet towels and swim suits.
I made my first one from cotton worsted yarn, because that's what I had left from another project. The next one was made from one strand of nylon crochet cord and one strand of size 10 cotton held together throughout. It looks nice, but it doesn't feel right. Although with a lining it would make a killer purse. The one pictured here is made from plain old RedHeart Supersaver Acrylic. Just as strong as the cotton.
There is no right or wrong to making these. Have fun with it. It's a great beginner piece, because you can see it take shape quickly. I can knock out one of these a night and start on a second.
About three ounces each of two different colors [I used amethyst and teal] in worsted weight [4 ply] yarn of most any material, although I would not recommend wool or silk.
To give an idea of how much yarn was used, I started with one full skein of teal, and one of amethyst. I made two bags, and had some left over.
One size I metal hook
One size N metal hook.
Big enough to hold five pounds of potatoes. It's really stretchy.
Gauge is unimportant, so long as you keep your stitches uniform. The bag can be made as large or as small as you like, simply by adding more or less rows of loops.
SL: slip stitch
SC: Single Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
- using size I metal hook with first color:
- Chain four, sl to form a ring.
- Chain 3. [counts as first dc] DC in the ring 11 more times. Join with sl total: 12
- Chain 3. DC in the same stitch, then DC 2 times in each stitch. Join Total: 24
- chain 3. (2 DC in next stitch, DC in next) all the way around. join. Total: 36
- chain 3. DC in next stitch. 2 DC in next stitch. (DC in next two stitches, 2DC in next stitch) all the way around. Join. Total: 48
- Chain 3. DC in next two stitches. (2DC in next stitch, DC in next three stitches) all the way around. Join. Total: 60
Pick up contrasting color.
- SC all the way around, one stitch in each DC. Join with sl.
- (Chain 5. Skip one SC in second stitch.) Continue around until only one stitch remains. Chain three, DC to bottom of first chain. Total 30 loops.
- (Chain 5. SC in top of next loop). Continue until only the starting loop remains. Chain 3, DC to bottom of first join.
- Continue in this pattern until there are a total of 20 rows of loops [more or less as desired.]
- Chain 3. SC in the top of the next loop. Continue around until all loops are joined. SC in same stitch as first chain.
Change back to first color. SC three stitches on each chain 3 space. Total 90 stitches. Join with sl.
- Chain 4. [counts as one DC and chain] skip one. DC in next stitch. (Chain one. DC in next stitch) around until chain one, join to third chain in first chain four.
- Chain 1. SC in same stitch. 2 SC in each chain one space, one SC in each DC all the way around. Join with SL. End off.
With larger hook:
hold one strand of each color together. Chain 90. End off. Make two of these strings.
In the open work band at the top, weave one string in and out, ending with both ends on the same side. Join together [they can be knotted or sewn] With second string, start on other side. Weave in and out in the opposite direction, ending with both ends on the other side of the bag. Join in the same way.
Weave in any loose ends.
If you did it right, it should close when you pull the strings in opposite directions.