Berry Bags

Apr 11, 2008
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Baerbel Born


I want to decorate my kitchen with strawberries. That´s why I needed a berry-like grocery bag. Here it is, one of my very first patterns

Materials List

Yarn: Schachenmayr, nomotta, “Catania“, Llg. 125 Meter/ 50 Gramm

50 gram red, 100 gram green

hook: size 3,5 (european size)

Finished Size

as you wish, netting will stretch


no gauge needed, make bag as big as you want (keep in mind it will stretch a lot)


sc=single crochet
dc=double crochet

tc=triple crochet

The Pattern

Bottom (red):
4 ch, with sl in first ch make a ring
Begin every round with 3 ch instead of first dc and end with sl in 3nd ch of round
round 1: 3 ch , 12 dc in ring,
round 2: work in dc, in every 2nd dc of round 1 make 2 dc.
round 3: work in dc, in every 3rd dc of round 2 make 2 dc.
round 4: from round 4 to 9 increase dc by making 2 dc in 4th, 5th … dc of round before (easy, eh?)

round 10: dc in every stitch with no increases.

“leaves” (green):

(the leaves are optional, if you don’t like them continue with “bag”)

round 1: *10 ch, make sl in 5th dc of round 10*, repeat * to *

round 2: around every ch-loop of round 1 make: 1 sc, 3 dc, 3 tc, 3 dc, 1 sc

(For the orange version of the bags I made 2 rounds like round 1, that gives a more fuzzy effect)

Bag (green):
round 1:
Make the “tunnel” for the draw string:
3 ch (for 1st dc), *1 dc in 2nd dc of round 10 of bottom (the 2 rounds of the “leaves“ are not continued any further!), 1 ch*, Repeat from * to *
round 2: 3 ch (for 1st dc), 5 ch, 1 sc around next ch of round below, *5 ch, 1 sc into second dc of round below, 5 ch, 1 sc second dc of round below*, repeat from * to *.

Repeat Row 2 until bag is the desired size: Around each ch-loop work one sc followed by 5 ch, 5 ch, 1 sc, and so on.

The bag will be very stretchy, so you only need to make a bag with 2/3 of desired size.

If you want to get a bigger bag, work 7 ch instead of the 5 ch loops.


round 1(green) : 3 ch (for 1st dc), *2 dc around ch-loop, 1 dc into sc of round before*, repeat from *to*, finish round with sl into 3rd ch of beginning.

Leaves on top (green) (these are optional, if you don´t want leaves on top, continue with round 2 of edge:)

round 1 leaves: 8 ch, 1 sl in 4th sc of round below, repeat

round 2 leaves: around each ch-loop work 1sc, 3 dc, 4 tc, 3dc, 1sc

(or work a second round like round 1 for fuzzy effect)

Continue working next round into first round of edge ( in red)
If there is already a stitch in the round below (from the leaves), work second stitch in same stitch:
round 2: 3 ch, 1 dc in each sc of round below, finish round with sl in 3rd ch of beginning

round 3-4: 3 ch, 1 dc in each dc of round below, finish round with sl in 3rd ch of beginning

Handles (red):
Lay bag flat to half, 4 centimeter from right edge work 5 sc on upper edge, continue in rows until desired length, fix handle 4 centimeter from left edge.

Work second handle the same way

Make a draw string: Make a ch ribbon 80 centimeter long and work sl over the complete length. Pull thread through the “tunnel” of round 1 bag. Attach a Drawstring Slide, available at a Notions Counter or Fabric Store

I have translated this pretty easy pattern as good as I could.. If anything is not clear or wrong, please feel free to contact me and leave a comment. I enjoy postive feedback as well ;-)





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PaulineL wrote
on Apr 11, 2008 7:33 PM

Cute and clever. I looked at the first pictures and wondered how that could ever be a shopping bag, but then I scrolled down and saw!

momwithahook wrote
on Apr 12, 2008 12:08 AM

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Excellent. Me too about 'how could that be a shopping bag' - but what an awesome idea. Thanks for sharing.

SueW@7 wrote
on Apr 12, 2008 8:16 PM

Very cool idea... I love how you were able to bundle up the mesh portion of the bag and pull the string to hold it together until you're ready to shop again! Bravo!

on Apr 17, 2008 10:45 AM

Adorable and extremely clever.

Stumbleine wrote
on Apr 17, 2008 11:50 AM

Very cute! I'm quite new to crochet, so this will be a good project to start on. I found some black and purple yarn in my stash too, so I'll be making a raspberry/blackberry bag.

cmicher wrote
on Oct 30, 2008 3:11 PM
I made a strawberry in August for my preschooler girl, which turned more into a raspberry or something like that, because of the shades of pink on the yarn.
I took away the mesh section, since I wanted a lunch bag. I followed the pattern, but mine turned more like a cone, so it REALLY has the shape of a strawberry.

Today I'll start another one, with different yarn (I'm trying sportweight mercerized cotton) and a 5mm hook. I'll share results later on...

Ilana@4 wrote
on Nov 17, 2008 10:39 AM

I've been following this pattern to a T, but it doesn't look like it's supposed to in the picture. It seems much narrower, even though I checked and double-checked what I was doing with the pattern. Is there something I'm missing?

wvdiva wrote
on Mar 10, 2010 8:33 PM

Love the strawberry bag!!

DianeU wrote
on Mar 21, 2013 2:42 PM

What a clever lady!  I was also thinking the part without the netting would make a charming summer bag to use with sundresses.  Also cute for a little girls Easter basket or purse.