Re-Usable Earth Day Bag

Free Crochet Pattern

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Re-Usable Earth Day Bag

by: funkifybers.com

There’s no better way to celebrate Earth Day than to create a reusable shopping bag.  This bag is eco friendly, using 100% cotton by Lion Brand.  Not only can you feel good about making this shopping bag but you can add to your crochet skills, this pattern features an earth tapestry appliqué that is worked in an increasing round, and the moss stitch makes up the bag.  Try your hand at this eco friendly tote and save the earth, one grocery sack at a time.

Finished Size:

12in. x 18in. (includes handle length)

Supplies:

  • Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton Yarns:
    • Navy (small amount)
    • Grass (small amount)
    • Taupe (2 skeins)
    • Cafe Au Lait (under 1/2 skein)
  • 4.0mm Hook
  • 6.0mm Hook
  • Sewing Needle


Stitches:

MR – Magic Ring

CH – Chain

SC – Single Crochet

inc. – increase, 2 single crochet stitches in same stitch.

Notes:

  • The earth appliqué is worked as tapestry crochet in the round.  The circle is slightly altered to create a rounded shape rather than a hexagonal shape, resulting in increase stitches being offset.  In the pattern I will write out each stitches count and color and where to increase.  I have also attached the circular grid and basic circle pattern in case you would rather follow along with a graph.
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Earth Applique (Make 1, or 2, one for each side):

If you would rather work the appliqué following the grid and circle pattern please click this link: Earth Grid .pages Continue for written instructions:

Notes:
  • You will need to change colors at various points, when changing colors you will always begin your last stitch in that color, then change to next color when finishing the stitch.  See my quick tip here on how to change color.
  • Always keep your tension loose, the piece may curl if your stitches are too tight.
  • Do not slip stitch to join rounds.
  • Stitches between ( ) indicate a repeated sequence.

With 4.0mm hook and grass yarn make a MR, CH1,

Round 1: 6SC in MR. (6SC)

Round 2: Inc. in next 5 stitches, in navy, inc. in last stitch. (12SC)

Round 3: In grass, (SC, inc.) x 4, SC, in navy, inc., SC, inc. (18SC)

Round 4: In navy, SC, in grass, (inc., 2SC) x 3, inc., SC, in navy, SC, inc., 2SC, inc., SC. (24SC)

Round 5: In navy, 3SC, in grass, SC, in navy, SC in same stitch as last grass stitch made this counts as an increase, SC, in grass, 2SC, (inc., 3SC) x 2, inc., in navy, (3SC, inc.,) x 2. (30SC)

Round 6: In navy, 2SC, inc., in grass, SC, in navy, 3SC, inc., 3SC, in grass, SC, inc., 4SC, inc., SC, in navy, 3SC, inc., 4SC, inc., 2SC. (36SC)

earth day bag free crochet pattern with earth appliqué and moss stitch bag
Round 6 complete.

Round 7: In grass, SC, in navy, 2SC, in grass, 2SC, in navy, inc., 5SC, inc., 2SC, in grass, 4SC, in navy, SC in same stitch as last grass stitch made this counts as an increase, (5SC, inc.,) x 3. (42SC)

Round 8: In grass, SC, in navy, 2SC, in grass, inc., in navy, 6SC, inc., 5SC, in grass, SC, inc., SC,  in navy, 5SC, (inc., 6SC) x 2, inc., 3SC. (48SC)

Round 9: In grass, 2SC, in navy, 2SC, in grass, 2SC, in navy, SC, inc., 7SC, inc., 3SC, in grass, 2SC, in navy, 2SC, (inc., 7SC) x 3, in grass, inc. (54SC)

Round 10: In grass, 4SC, inc., in navy, 8SC, inc., 7SC, in grass, 2SC, in navy, SC in same stitch as last grass stitch made this counts as an increase, 8SC, inc., 7SC, in grass, 2SC, in navy, SC in same stitch as last grass stitch made this counts as an increase, 8SC, inc., in grass, 4SC. (60SC)

Round 11: In grass, 6SC, in navy, 3SC, inc., 9SC, inc., 4SC, in grass, SC, in navy, 4SC, inc., 9SC, inc., 2SC, in grass, 5SC, in navy, 2SC, inc., 4SC, in grass, 6SC, in navy, SC in same stitch as last grass stitch made this counts as an increase. (66SC)

Round 12: In grass, 6SC, in navy, SC in same stitch as last grass stitch made this counts as an increase, 10SC, inc., 10SC, in grass, SC, in navy, SC in same stitch as last grass stitch made this counts as an increase, 10SC, inc., 7SC, in grass, 3SC, inc., 2SC, in navy, 9SC, in grass, SC in same stitch as last grass stitch made this counts as an increase, 2SC, in navy, SC, in grass, 2SC. (72SC)

Round 13: In grass, 5SC, in navy, 6SC, (inc., 11SC) x 3, SC, in grass, 8SC, in navy, SC, in grass, SC, in navy, inc., 4SC, in grass, 2SC, in navy, SC, in grass, SC, in navy, SC, in grass, 2SC, inc. (78SC)

Round 14: In grass, 4SC, in navy, 2SC, inc., 12SC, inc., 10SC, in grass, 2SC, inc., 2SC, in navy, 10SC, inc., 4SC, in grass, 8SC, inc., 2SC, in navy, SC, in grass, 2SC, in navy, 5SC, in grass, 2SC, inc., SC, in navy, SC, in grass, 4SC, fasten off, weave in ends. (84SC)

earth day bag free crochet pattern with earth appliqué and moss stitch bag
Earth Applique Complete.

Bag Panels (Make 2):

Notes:
  • CH1 at end of each row does NOT count as a stitch.
  • Begin each row with a SC.
  • You should have 2SC with NO CH1 space at the end of each row.

With 6.0mm hook and Taupe CH55,

Row 1: SC in 2nd CH from hook, SC in next 53 CH’s, CH1, turn work. (54SC)

Row 2: SC in 1st stitch, (CH1, skip 1 stitch, SC in next stitch,) repeat from ( to ) until last 3 stitches, CH1, skip 1 stitch, SC in last 2 stitches, CH1, turn work. (28SC, 26, CH1 spaces)

Row 3: SC in 1st stitch, (CH1, skip SC stitch, SC in next CH1 space,) repeat from ( to ) until last CH1 space, SC in last stitch, CH1, turn work. (28SC, 26, CH1 spaces)

Rows 4 through 60: Repeat row 3, fasten off and weave in ends.

earth day bag free crochet pattern with earth appliqué and moss stitch bag
Always end each row with 2 SC stitches with NO CH1 space.
earth day bag free crochet pattern with earth appliqué and moss stitch bag
2 bag panels complete. Determine the front and back side for each. The top will always be your last row. the beginning rows will be attached to form the bag.

Straps:

With 6.0mm hook and Cafe Au Lait CH9,

Row 1: SC in 2nd CH from hook, SC in next 7 CH’s, CH1, turn work. (8SC)

Row 2: SC in 1st stitch, (CH1, skip 1 stitch, SC in next stitch,) repeat 2 times, CH1, skip 1 stitch, SC in last 2 stitches, CH1, turn work. (4SC, 4, CH1 spaces)

Row 3: SC in 1st stitch, (CH1, skip SC stitch, SC in next CH1 space,) repeat 3 times, SC in last stitch, CH1, turn work. (4SC, 4, CH1 spaces)

Rows 4 through end: Repeat row 3 until piece measures 84 inches or 7 feet, fasten off and weave in ends.

earth day bag free crochet pattern with earth appliqué and moss stitch bag
Strap complete.

Assemble:

  1. Center and sew earth appliqué to  front of bag panels.
  2. Place panels with right sides facing on top of each other with wrong side out.
  3. Starting from one side SC in each row through both pieces of fabric.
  4. SC in each stitch along the bottom of bag panels, be sure to go through both pieces of fabric.
  5. SC in each row along the other side, again through both pieces of fabric, fasten off weave in ends.

    earth day bag free crochet pattern with earth appliqué and moss stitch bag
    Wrong side out, panels attached on 3 sides.
  6. Fold your strap in half, and SC to join, going through both pieces of fabric.
  7. Fold your strap in half, and in half again.

    earth day bag free crochet pattern with earth appliqué and moss stitch bag
    You should have 4 layers.
  8. Place stap around bag, lining up bag bottom with center fold on strap.

    earth day bag free crochet pattern with earth appliqué and moss stitch bag
    2 layers for each side, each side should have equal amount of strap length.
  9. Lay out and pin strap in place.

    earth day bag free crochet pattern with earth appliqué and moss stitch bag
    Strap pinned in place.
  10. Sew strap to bag, around the top of bag and down each side of strap.
    earth day bag free crochet pattern with earth appliqué and moss stitch bag
    Use a running stitch or any stitch you like, use taupe yarn to blend into bag.

     

  11. Turn your bag right side out and enjoy!
earth day bag free crochet pattern with earth appliqué and moss stitch bag
5lb bag of potatoes inside, it can hold a load!
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