How to Crochet a Cotton Basket Bag
Designed by @lottieandalbert you can make your crochet a statement part of your outfit with this amazing cotton basket bag. Personalise it with pompoms in your colour palette to match any outfit.
Worked with Aran yarn held double, this cotton bag grows quickly. With the option of adding cardboard to a channel around the edge of the bag, the piece is both structural and sturdy.
Length of thick cardboard approx. 90cm (L) x 8cm (W) – I cut up a cardboard box!
Assorted pompom makers and acrylic yarn scraps for pompoms
dc double crochet (US single crochet)
inc increase – work two double crochet in one stitch
ss slip stitch
Slip stitch: Insert hook into stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, pull this loop through first loop on hook
Double crochet: Insert hook into stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through both loops.
Finished bag size
Approx. 40cm (W) x 24cm (H – without handles) x 9cm (D)
10cm square = 12sts x 11rows in rows of dc with yarn held double, though gauge is not essential
Bag pattern – MAKE 2
Using a 7mm crochet hook and the yarn held double, make 24dc around the bottom bar of the bag handle, turn. (24 sts)
Chain 1 (does not count as a stitch throughout pattern), 6dc, inc, dc until 7 sts remain, inc, 6dc. (26 sts)
Repeat row 1. (50 sts at end of row 13)
2ss, 6dc, inc, 6dc, inc, sc until 16 stitches remain, inc, 6dc, inc, 6dc, leave last two stitches unworked, turn. (50 sts not including slip stitches)
Repeat row 14, do not count slip stitches from previous row as stitches. Cut and fasten off yarn. (50 sts)
Turn your work 90 degrees clockwise, as shown in picture.
Reattach yarn to the first slip stitch of row 14, and ss in each of the 2ss. Next, dc in the unworked dc stitches from row 15, ss in 2ss from row 16, dc in unworked dc stitches from row 17. Continue in this way, working ss in the slip stitches, and dc in the unworked double crochets until you reach the bottom of the bag at row 26. Work one dc in each stitch around the bottom until you get to the other side, work back up the bag in the same way you worked down the opposite side. Stop when you have worked the last of the unworked stitches for row 14. Cut and fasten off yarn. (102 stiches)
This will neaten off the edges of the bag panels ready for joining with side panels.
Side panel 1
Having made two bag panels, using a 7mm crochet hook and two strands of yarn held double, choose one panel and place it wrong side up (you can choose which is wrong and which is right). Reattach the yarn to one end of Row 27 in the back loop only.
Ch1 (does not count as a stitch) and, working in the back loop only, make one dc in each stitch, turn. (102).
Repeat row 1. (102)
Take second bag panel and place it right sides together with the one you are working on. Ss in the front loop only of each stitch from second bag panel row 27. At the end of the row, cut and fasten off yarn. Your two bag panels should now be joined by a side panel.
Side panel 2
We are now going to make a second side panel to sit on top of the first. This will create a channel through which we will slide the strip of cardboard to stiffen the bag.
Reattach the yarn to one end of Row 27 in an unworked loop.
Ch1 (does not count as a stitch) and, working in the unworked loops only, make one dc in each stitch, turn. (102).
Repeat row 1. (102)
Ss in the unworked loop only of each stitch from the second bag panel along row 27. At the end of the row, cut and fasten off yarn. Your two bag panels should now be joined by two side panels.
Turn your bag right sides out. Now slide the cardboard in between the two side panels. To close the tops of the side panel channels, whip stitch using a tapestry needle and one strand of yarn, or slip stitch using your crochet hook. Repeat on both sides.
Weave in ends, make and attach pompoms of your choice to one side of the bag!