Crochet Dress Bag

Jun 2, 2008
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Crochet Dress Bag


I have seen dress pot holders and a dress purse made in crochet, I just loved the look of them and decided I wanted a dress bag. So I came up with this one.

Materials List


2 Handles I made mine from a length of skipping rope, I cut two pieces about 13 inches long (33 cm) and sewed the ends together.

Size 4.00m hook (US G/6)

8 ply yarn (US light worsted)

Finished Size

Dress Bag measure’s about 15 inches long (38cm) and at it’s widest point 16 inches across (40.5cm)


Not required


Special stitches

Shell= (2dc, 1ch, 2dc) all in stitch indicated

Lge shell=(3dc, 1ch, 3dc) all in st indicated

fpdc = work dc around the front post of the st indicated

bpdc = work dc around the post of the st indicated


Dc = yo over hook, insert hook into st, yo hook, pull through a loop, yo hook, pull through 2 loops, yo hook, pull through 2 loops again (AU trbl)

More detailed pictures on my blog.

The Pattern

Make 2

Begin with the handles colour 1

Hdc all around the handles until the handles are completely covered, sl st to join

1. ch 3, work 1 dc in each of next 49 hdc, ch 3 turn (50dc)

2. dc in each dc to end, working 1 dc in ch 3, ch 3 turn (50dc)

3. repeat row 2, do not ch 3, break off yarn

Make 2

Dress Part colour 2

Working from opposite end that you just finished on, attach yarn to the 15th dc (includes ch 3)

1. ch 3, work shell st in next dc,* fpdc around next dc, shell in next dc,* repeat from * to * 8 more times, ending with fpdc around next dc, ch 3 turn

2. shell in ch 1 space of previous shell, skip next 2 dc of shell, bpdc around next dc, *shell in ch 1 space, skip next 2 dc of shell, bpdc around next dc, * repeat from * to * 8 more times, ending with bpdc around ch 3, ch 3 turn

3. *shell in ch 1 space, skip next 2 dc of shell, fpdc around next dc,* repeat 9 more times ending with dc in top of ch 3, ch 3 turn

4. repeat rows 2 and 3 5 more times (total of 10 more rows) and row 2, 1 more time (14 rows of pattern)

Alternate colours as per the picture

15. repeat row 2, using the large shell stitch, ch 3 turn

16. repeat row 3, using the large shell stitch, ch 1, turn

17. work 1 sc in each dc and ch 1 space to end, ch 1, turn

18. work 1 sc in each sc across. Fasten off.

Sew in all loose ends.

With wrong side facing, sew sides of bag together, beginning at the top of the first patterned row, sew down the side, along the bottom and up along the other side, using a back stitch sew all 3 sides firmly.

Sleeve Frills

With right side facing

(Please note you may have to wing it a bit here, making sure to keep your work as even as possible.)

Using colour 2, attach yarn to the shoulder part of the sleeve in the side of the dc, closest to the handle, sc across evenly across the shoulder, make a large shell in the corner of the shoulder and the sleeve (1 sc in next 2 dc, large shell in next dc) 1 sc in the next 2 dc, large shell in the next, work this way all around the sleeve, (1 sc in next 2 dc, large shell in next dc)

but when you come to the lower centre of the sleeves, work sc, across this part, continue pattern along the other side of the sleeve , work sc across the shoulder as before, then work 1 sc in every second sc around the handle to the opposite shoulder and repeat the directions from above.

Embellish with a nice flower, ribbon, belt, button or something else of your choice.

Link to the free flower pattern I used.

Line the bag for the perfect finish.

To make a smaller bag alter beginning with 44 dc in row 1 for the handles and make 7 groups of small shell for dress.

Reduce the length to match.

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Emma-SophiaR wrote
on Jun 3, 2008 12:05 AM

Your idea for the handles is just BRILLIANT! Thank you.

Best to you, Sophia

Hookchick wrote
on Jun 10, 2008 12:55 PM

I made this in white and light blue cotton yarn, and it is soo cute! I used plastic ring handles. I want to made a liner so I can use it every day; it is so cute! The pattern was well-written; I had no problems following it.

CathyW@26 wrote
on Jun 10, 2008 5:04 PM

This makes me very happy, could you share a photo?

Stormie_01 wrote
on May 20, 2010 10:57 AM


I love your pattern for the Bag that looks like a dress. I am going to use Plarn (thats yarn made from plastic bags). It takes awhile to collect the colored bads, but it worth the wait. I'm going to make a cloths pin bag out of your pattern. Believe it or not, I get lots of requests for them and its hard to find a cloths pin bag in the store. Your pattern is adorable. Thanks for sharing.


Hugs, Stormie_01