Download the free PDF of the color block bag, a free crochet small bag pattern by Amanda Saladin provided by Crochet World magazine.
Annie’s has graciously made this pattern free on their website! This was such a fun project to make and turned out so cute, I can imagine it looking great in a variety of colors. This pattern originally appeared in the February 2015 issue of Crochet World and has been a really popular project. I am really excited to see it as a free pattern so more people can enjoy it.
Design Story and Inspiration for the Color Block Crochet Bag Pattern
This was one of my earliest projects with color work and I wanted to do something that was different yet not terribly difficult.
I love color blocking. It is something that I have used in design for a long time and I wanted to create a bag using the technique.
I had the idea of a small crochet tote bag that could be made by a newer crocheter that had basic skills.
To showcase the color work, I chose a basic bag shape accented with a tab closure. The color work is easy and fun!
Yarn Options for this Purse Pattern
This mini bag is made with Plymouth Yarns Galway Worsted, which is a wonderful wool worsted weight yarn. It gave great texture to this bag.
If you would like to substitute this yarn, find another worsted weight wool such as Lion Brand Wool-Ease and I’ve also known crocheters who have made it in acrylic and cotton yarn and loved it just as much.
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Little Bag Pattern Details
The texture of this bag is achieved by alternating single crochet in the front and back loops only. I love using this stitch as it is easy enough for an advanced beginner and gives an amazing texture to the fabric.
The color blocking is achieved by following a chart, then the lines are added with surface slip stitch. This is one of my favorite bag patterns I have designed and I hope you enjoy it!
How to Customize this Crochet Purse Pattern
This bag could easily be made in any weight yarn with an appropriate hook. If you change yarn weight, look at the ball band for the recommended hook size and go down a size or two from the recommendation. This will give you a nice firm fabric.
You could also add purchased handles instead of crocheted ones and use any type of closure you like for the tab – or even a zipper to the top if you wish!
A larger version of this bag could be a great crochet market bag or even a beach bag. This project is a great way to use scrap yarn, too!
More Free Crochet Handbag Patterns
This free crochet pattern uses double crochet and granny squares for a unique look. The colorwork is all done with the yarn!
2. Buckle Bag
This roomy crochet tote bag is created with the crunch stitch, which is a combination of half double crochet and sl st. This is a large bag with a lining and purchased handles.
This bag is roomy and has lots of pockets! It is created with a bobble stitch pattern for texture. It is also lined and has purchased handles.
What You Need for this Crochet Small Bag
Yarn: Four colors of worsted weight yarn. Plymouth Yarns Galway Worsted seen in sample in bleach, cherry red, field mouse gray, and black.
Crochet Hook: US Size H (5.00mm)
Notions: Yarn needle, scissors, two 3/4″ buttons
Gauge: 19 sts and 19 rows = 4″ in sc using front and back loops
Finished Size: 11″ wide x 9″ tall x 1″ deep
Want to download this pattern absolutely FREE?
Annie’s has graciously released this pattern as a free pdf. You can find it on their website here.
As always, their patterns are amazing and I had such fun designing this one for them!
I hoe you enjoy this free crochet small bag pattern! You can view all of my free crochet patterns here.