Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Free Crochet Pattern: Santa's Helper Gift Bag or Tote

My December Inspiration free crochet pattern is this fun Christmas bag. Make it as a gift bag or keep it for yourself to use as tote bag. Or for something a little different, hang it on your mantle in place of a stocking.

The jingle bells are pre-strung onto the yarn and crocheted
directly into the project.

The bag is crocheted, with the triangles crocheted separately then crocheted directly onto the bag.

To make this gift bag, just keep scrolling down to view the pattern information and instructions. Each set of instructions includes a photo illustration slideshow taking you step-by-step to through the entire pattern. And if you'd rather not sit in front of a screen while you're crocheting just scroll all the way to the bottom of the post where you will find a PDF downloadable/printable set of instructions. I offer a PDF where the pattern is given entirely with photos, or choose the PDF that is a written version only of the pattern.


Pattern instructions are given
so you can choose to create a bag with
a double layer of red triangles.
Or choose to make a holiday bag
with a single layer of red triangles

YARN WEIGHTS
Worsted Weight (4) Yarn
SKILL LEVEL
Advanced Beginner

PATTERN SIZING NOTES:
Pattern instructions are given so that you can make any height of bag desired; the length and width of the bag are unchanging.

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS:
Length: 9.5 inches
Width: 1.5 inches
Height: any height desired (the one shown is 14.5 inches high

MATERIALS:
·         Bernat Happy Holidays Medium (worsted) Weight Yarn (3.5oz/100g - 240yds/219m per ball)


Color # 31711 / Glittery Green
I used 1 full ball to get a
bag that is 13 to 14.5 inches high.
Color # 31710 / Silvered Red
85 yards / single layer of triangles
145 yards / double layer of triangles.
Color # 31709 / Twinkly White
45 yards / single layer of triangles
95 yards / double layer of triangles
Crochet hook size J/10-6.00mm
Gauge: 6 single crochet by
7 rows = 2 inches square
Jingle Bells (any size)
4 for single layer of triangles
8 for a double layer of triangles
Yarn needle.
For working in ends only.
STITCHES USED / ABBREVIATIONS:
Loop(s) = lp(s)
Stitch(es) = st(s)
Slip stitch = sl st
Chain = ch
Single crochet = sc

PATTERN NOTES:
Join with slip stitch unless otherwise indicated.

Chain-1 at beginning of rows does not count as a stitch.


When switching colors, switch on the yarn over of the stitch that the color stitch is indicated to be worked on.

PATTERN INSTRUCTIONS

BAG BOTTOM:
With the green yarn, ch 21.
Rnd 1: Sc in the 2nd ch from the hk, work 1 sc in each of next 18 chs, work 6 sc in the next ch, working down the opposite side of the beg ch in the unused lps work 1 sc in each of next 19 chs, then work 6 sc in the remaining ch, join to the 1st sc worked this rnd. {50 sc}

Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in the same st as joining, 1 sc in each of next 18 sc, work 2 sc in each of next 6 sc, then work 1 sc in each of next 19 sc, 2 sc in each of next 6 sc, join to 1st sc. {62 sc}

Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in the same st as joining, 1 sc in each of next 18 sts, [2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next sc] 6 times, sc in each of next 19 sc, [2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next sc] 6 times, join in the back loop only of the 1st sc.
DO NOT fasten off.


BAG BODY:
Rnd 1: Ch 1, sc in the same back lp as joining, continuing to work in back loops only for this rnd only, 1 sc in each of next 73 sc, DO NOT JOIN.
Note: continue to work in continuous rnds, do not join at the end of the rnd or ch 1at the beginning. No stitch marker is needed - row or stitch count  doesn't mqtter.
Remainder of Bag: Sc in next single crochet, keep working 1 sc in next sc continuously around and around the bag until the desired height is made.
            I just kept working until my ball of green yarn was used up, this gave me a bag of about a 12 inch height at this point. (I made about 3500 sc).
Join in next sc.
Fasten off.
Set Bag aside.


TRIANGLES:
Make a total of 4 Triangles for a single triangle layer bag.
Make a total of 8 Triangles for a double layer triangle bag (as shown on front page photo).

String a Jingle Bell onto the white yarn and set aside for later.

With the red yarn, ch 2.
Row 1: work 3 sc in the 2nd ch from hk, turn.

Row 2: Ch 1, work 1 sc in each of next 3 sc across, turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, work 2 sc in the 1st sc, 1 sc in the next sc, 2 sc in the next sc after, turn. {5 sc}

Row 4: Ch1, 1 sc in each of next 5 sc across, turn.

Row 5: Ch 1, work 2 sc in the 1st sc, 1 sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in the next sc after, turn. {7 sc}

Row 6: Ch 1, 1 sc in each of next 7 sc across, turn.

Row 7: Ch 1, work 2 sc in the 1st sc, 1 sc in each of next 5 sc, 2 sc in the next sc after, turn. {9 sc}

Row 8: Ch 1, 1 sc in each of next 9 sc across, turn.

Row 9: Ch 1, work 2 sc in the 1st sc, 1 sc in each of next 7 sc, 2 sc in the next sc after, turn. {11 sc}

Row 10: Ch 1, 1 sc in each of next 11 sc across, turn.

Row 11: Ch 1, work 2 sc in the 1st sc, 1 sc in each of next 9 sc, 2 sc in the next sc after, turn. {13 sc}

Row 12: Ch 1, 1 sc in each of next 13 sc, turn.

Row 13: Ch 1, work 2 sc in the 1st sc, 1 sc in each of next 11 sc, 2 sc in the next sc after, turn. {15 sc}

Row 14: Ch 1, 1 sc in each of next 15 sc, turn.
Row 15: Ch 1, work 2 sc in the 1st sc, 1 sc in each of next 13 sc, 2 sc in the next sc after, turn. {17 sc}

Row 16: Ch 1, 1 sc in each of next 8 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in each of next 8 sc switching to white on the last sc worked. DO NOT turn. Fasten off red.

Edging Row 1: Ch 1, working in the ends of the rows towards triangle tip, work 1 sc in each of next 15 row ends, working in unused lp of beg ch, work 3 sc in beg ch, working in the ends of the rows up opposite side of triangle, work 1 sc in each of next 15 row ends, turn. {33 sc}

Edging Row 2: Ch 1, sc in 1st sc, (ch 2, sc in next sc) 15 times, ch 1, pull up the bell as close to the hook as possible, working around the bell - ch 2, sc in next sc, (ch 2, sc in next 16) 16 times.
Fasten off.

Make a total of either 4 (single layer) or 8 (double layer) of Triangles.


ATTACHING THE TRIANGLES:
Rnd 1: On this round we will be attaching 4 of the Triangles to the last rnd worked on the Bag Body in the following manner:
  • ·         lay bag flat along natural folds created by the beg ch; locate a stitch on the Bag Body's last rnd worked at the front at the furthest top-right;
  • ·         on one of the Triangles, skip the first 9 sc on Row 16, insert the hk through the next sc AND the located sc on Bag Body.
  • ·         join the white yarn through BOTH sc togeter,
  • ·         ch 1, work 1 sc in the same sc's as joining;
  • ·         continue working through BOTH the Triangle Row 16 AND the last rnd worked on the Bag Body at the same time, work 1 sc in each of next 8 sc;
  • ·         now work 1 sc in the next sc on the Bag Body ONLY;
  • ·         attach a 2nd Triangle: *line up the 18 sc on Row 16 of the Triangle with the next 18 sc on the last rnd of the Bag Body, working through BOTH together, work 1 sc in each of the 18 sc**;
  • ·         repeat from * to ** to attach the 3rd Triangle;
  • ·         now work 1 sc in the next sc on the Bag Body ONLY;
  • ·         repeat from * to ** to attach the 4th Triangle;
  • ·         line up the 9 sk sc of the 1st Triangle that was attached with the next 9 sc on the Bag Body, working through BOTH together, sc in each of the 9 sc;
  • ·         join to the 1st sc.


Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in the same st as joining, work 1 sc in each of the next 73 sc around, join to 1st sc.

For a double layer of Triangles: Continue with Rnd 3.

For a single layer of Triangles: Skip Rnds 3 and 4, continue with Rnd 5.

Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in the same st as joining; we will now be attaching 4 of the Triangles in the following manner;
  • ·         attach the 1st Triangle; *line up the 18 sc on Row 16 of a triangle with the next 18 sc on Rnd 2, working through BOTH together work 1 sc in each of the 18 sc's**
  • ·         repeat from * to ** to attach the 2nd Triangle;
  • ·         work 1 sc in the next sc on Rnd 2 ONLY;
  • ·         repeat from * to ** to attach the 3rd Triangle
  • ·         repeat from * to ** to attach the 4th Triangle;
  • ·         join to the 1st sc.


Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in the same sc as joining, 1 sc in each of next 73 sc around, join to the 1st sc.

Rnd 5: Ch 1, sc in the same sc as joining, work 1 sc in each of the next 73 sc around, join to the 1st sc switching to the red yarn.

Fasten off the white yarn.


HANDLE ROUNDS:
Rnd 1: Ch 1, sc in the same st as joining, work 1 sc in each of next 12 sc, ch 14, sk next 11 sc, 1 sc in each of next 26 sc,ch 14, sk next 11 sc, sc in each of the next remaining 13 sc, join to 1st sc.
Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in same st as joining, 1 sc in each of next 12 sc, work 1 sc in each of the next 14 chs, 1 sc in each of next 26 sc, 1 sc in each of next 14 chs, 1 sc in each of next remaining 13 sc, join to 1st sc. {80 sc}
Rnds 3 and 4: ch 1, sc in same st as joining, work 1 sc in each of next 79 sc around, join to 1st sc.

Fasten off.
Weave in ends


And your Santa's Helper Gift Bag is complete!

Keep scrolling down to the bottom of the post for the PDF versions of this pattern.

December Inspiration - Santa's Helper Gift Bag Free Pattern
Pattern Creation Date:
October 13, 2015
This pattern is the intellectual property of EveryDayWomanCrochet designs by Sheri K.
Reproduction of the  printed material in this pattern in its entirety or in portions of any form is prohibited.
EveryDayWomanCrochet designs by Sheri K gives the purchaser of this pattern permission to create the items within the pattern for personal or business use, however the pattern itself may not be resold or distributed in any way.


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