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Happy Holidays Crochet Gift Bag Pattern

This Christmas crochet gift bag pattern is crocheted in a holiday yarn, which makes it ideal for the Christmas holidays. It’s the perfect size for books or a few boxes of chocolates.

Happy Holidays Gift Bag ~ FREE Crochet Pattern
Happy Holidays Gift Bag ~ FREE Crochet Pattern

The stitch pattern will look great in any color yarn that you have on hand. The variegated yarn looks nice for Christmas time, but you can also do stripes or blocks of colors, either in holiday or any other seasonal colors.

Not only is this bag perfect for your holiday gifts, but the stitch pattern used creates a nice stretch, which means you could also use this as a market bag if you wanted to. Just choose a cotton and the reduce the rounds by a few as it’ll stretch out a lot if not lined.

How it’s Made

This crochet bag pattern is worked in one piece from the bottom up, including the handles.

The Bottom. The bottom is started with a series of chains. You then single crochet around both sides of the chains to form a rectangle. The rectangle is worked in rounds, with increases made in each round at each corner.

You can crochet this rectangle as big or as small as you like if you want to make changes to the size of the bag. Join each round with a tight slip stitch to keep a perfect rectangle.

The Body. The body of the bag is worked with a slight cable and lace stitch. One round is worked with single crochets and chain 3 spaces.

Then for the next round, you work three double crochet stitches into the chain space and a front post triple crochet into the single crochet. Work the fptr into the sc to the right as pictured below. Left-handers will work to the left.

cross-over-fptr

Continue with those two rounds until your bag is the height that you need it.

The Handles. Before you begin your handles, work one round of single crochets evenly around the bag. Then mark off the stitches for your handles as instructed, and work them in single crochet stitches. Here is a tutorial that shows How to Make Crochet Bag Handles.

Lining Your Bag. You will definitely want to line your bag to ensure that it is durable, especially if you plan on using it for your Christmas gifts. Here is a tutorial: How to Line a Crochet Bag.

The Finished Size

When laid flat, the finished size measures 13″ wide and 12″ high not counting the handles. But as already mentioned, this bag can easily be adjusted in size as needed.

Just keep in mind the stitch multiple for the body of the bag is four.

The Yarn

I used Bernat Happy Holidays, which is a medium weight acrylic yarn. I worked off a big ball, which I can’t seem to find anymore. So if you’re working off the smaller balls, get at least two-three balls to be sure that you have enough.

You can also use a cotton yarn if you like. But if you line it, you can get away with just about any yarn that you like.

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Happy Holidays Gift Bag ~ FREE Crochet Pattern

Happy Holidays Crochet Gift Bag Pattern

This Christmas crochet gift bag pattern is perfect for a few books or a few boxes of chocolates.
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Materials

  • Yarn: Bernat Happy Holidays or any other worsted weight yarn.
  • Crochet Hook: H/8-5.00 mm
  • Other: Measuring Tape, Scissors, Yarn Needle.

Measurements

  • Gauge: 2" over 7 sc sts.
  • Finished Size: When laying flat it measures 13" wide and 12" high not counting the handles.

Abbreviations

  • Bl/bls = Back Loop/Back Loops
  • Ch/Chs = Chain/Chains
  • Dc = Double Crochet
  • Fptr = Front Post Triple Crochet
  • Lp/Lps = Loop/Loops
  • Rep = Repeat
  • Sc = Single Crochet
  • Sk = Skip
  • Sl St = Slip Stitch
  • Sp/Sps = Space/Spaces
  • St/Sts = Stitch/Stitches

Instructions

  • Rnd 1: Ch 24, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 21 chs, 3 sc in last ch. Working on opposite side of starting chs, sc in free lps of next 21 chs, 2 sc in last ch; join with sl st to first sc. (48 sts)
  • Rnd 2: Ch 1, 3 sc in same st as join, *sc in next 21 sts, 3 sc in next st, sc in next st*, 3 sc in next st; rep from * to * once; join with sl st to first sc. (56 sts)
  • Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in same st as join, *3 sc in next st, sc in next 23 sts, 3 sc in next st*, sc in next 3 sts; rep from * to * once, then sc in last 2 sts; join with sl st to first sc. (64 sts)
  • Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in same st as join and in next st, *3 sc in next st, sc in next 25 sts, 3 sc in next st*, sc in next 5 sts; rep from * to * once, then sc in last 3 sts; join with sl st to first sc. (72 sts)
  • Rnd 5: Ch 1, sc in same st as join and in next 2 sts, *3 sc in next st, sc in next 27 sts, 3 sc in next st*, sc in next 7 sts; rep from * to * once, then sc in last 4 sts; join with sl st to first sc. (80 sts)
  • Rnd 6: Ch 1, sc in same st as join and in next 3 sts, *3 sc in next st, sc in next 29 sts, 3 sc in next st*, sc in next 9 sts; rep from * to * once, then sc in last 5 sts; join with sl st to first sc. (88 sts)
  • Rnd 7: Ch 1, sc in same st as join and in next 4 sts, *3 sc in next st, sc in next 31 sts, 3 sc in next st*, sc in next 11 sts; rep from * to * once, then sc in last 6 sts; join with sl st to first sc. (96 sts)
  • Rnd 8: Ch 1, sc in same st as join and in next 5 sts, *3 sc in next st, sc in next 33 sts, 3 sc in next st*, sc in next 13 sts; rep from * to * once, then sc in last 7 sts; join with sl st to first sc. (104 sts)
  • Rnd 9: Ch 1, sc in same st as join and in next 6 sts, *3 sc in next st, sc in next 35 sts, 3 sc in next st*, sc in next 15 sts; rep from * to * once, then sc in last 8 sts; join with sl st to first sc. (112 sts)
  • Rnd 10: Working in bl only, Ch 1, sc in same st as join and into each st around; join with sl st in both lps of first sc.
  • Rnd 11: Working in both lps, Ch 1, (sc, ch 3) in same st as join, *sk next 3 sts, (sc, ch 3) in next st; rep from * around; sk last 3 sts; join with sl st in first sc. (28 ch-3 sps)
  • Rnd 12: Sl st into first ch-3 sp, ch 3 (counts as first dc), work another 2 dc in same sp, fptr around same sc as where join was made, *3 dc into next ch-3 sp, fptr around sc; rep from * around; join with sl st in first dc. (112 sts)
  • Rnd 13-32: Rep rnds 11-12.
  • Rnd 33: Ch 1, sc in same st as join and into each at around; join with sl st in first sc.

Bag Handles

  • Lay the bag flat and count off 20 sts at the center on each side. Place stitch markers at each side of these 20 sts. Stitch markers should line up evenly on both sides. Counting the marked stitches you should have 36 stitches along the folded edge. See image below (different pattern, but same concept):
  • Rnd 34: Ch 1, sc into each st up first st marker, *ch 40, sk the marked st, sk next 20 sts and the next marked st*, sc in next st and into each st up to next st marker; rep from * to * once; sc in remaining sts; join with sl st in first sc. (68 sts and 80 chs)
  • Rnd 35: Ch 1, sc in same st as join and into each st and ch around; join with sl st in first sc. (148 sts)
  • Rnds 36-40: Ch 1, sc in same st as join and into each st around; join with sl st in first sc. (148 sts) Fasten Off.

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