Crystal Palace Yarns
A free crochet pattern

Choo Choo Mini Bag in Crochet Seed Stitch  

Designed by Kristen Droke for Crystal Palace Yarns

Materials:
1 - 50 gram ball Crystal Palace Yarns Choo-Choo
1 button (11/16" button should fit snuggly through buttonhole)
Crystal Palace Bamboo Crochet Hook J and smaller hook for working in loose ends
For an I-cord strap: double pointed knitting needles US size 9

Gauge: 6 stitches = 1 inch in pattern

The stitches used:
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
Dec = Decrease: Work final 3 sc without chaining between them (sc1 in ch space, skip sc, sc1 in chain space, skip sc, sc1 in top of turning chain of previous row)

Pattern: Alternating ch1, sc1 and working single crochet in chain spaces yields a fabric that looks like knit seed stitch. This little bag measures 4 x 4" perfect for a little girl's treasures, or a woman's bare necessities.

Foundation: Chain 23
Row 1: ch2 to turn, sc1 in 3rd chain from hook, * ch1, skip next ch and sc1 in ch after that, Repeat * to end of row (12 sc made / 23 stitches)
Row 2: work in foundation chains not worked in Row 1. * ch1, sc1 in next chain space * Repeat * across, slip stitch to turning chain of Row 1

Working round
Row 3: ch2 to turn, sc1 in slip stitch, * ch1, sc1 in the next chain space *
Repeat * around, slip stitch to turning chain of this row.
Repeat Row 3 until piece measures 4" Then work

Flap Row 1: ch2 to turn, sc1 in chain space, * ch1, sc1 in the next chain space *
Repeat * across back of bag only (12 sc made / 23 stitches, not counting turning chain)

Flap Row 2: ch2 to turn, sc1 in chain space, * ch1, sc1 in the next chain space *
Repeat * across with the final sc worked in top of turning chain of previous row (12 sc made / 23 stitches, not counting turning chain)

Flap Row 3: repeat Flap Row 2

Flap Row 4 (Decrease): ch2 to turn, sc1 in chain space, * ch1, sc1 in the next chain space. Repeat * across until there are only 3sc left to work. Work Dec.

Flap Row 5 (Decrease): ch2 to turn, skip 1st sc, sc1 in next sc, * ch1, sc1 in next chain space. Repeat * across until there are only 3sc left to work. Work Dec.

Repeat Flap Row 5 until there are 5 stitches remaining (3 sc/2 ch) in the row.

Buttonhole Row 1: ch2 to turn, sc1 in chain space, * ch1, sc1 in next chain space Repeat * across with the final sc worked in top of turning chain of previous row (3sc, 2ch made)

Buttonhole Row 2: ch2 to turn, sc1 in chain space, ch4, sc1 in next chain space, ch1, sc1 in top of turning chain of previous row

Final Row: ch1 to turn, sc1 in chain space, sc3 in the buttonhole space, sc1 in next chain space, sc1 in top of turning chain of previous row.
Bind off and work in any loose ends.

The strap:
Crochet strap: Make a chain the desired length (plus an inch or so for 2 knots). Then either sc1 in each ch to end, or work as in pattern: sc1 in 3rd chain from hook, * ch1, skip next ch and sc1 in ch after that. Repeat * to the end

Or knit an I-cord strap: Cast on 3. *Slide the stitches down to the opposite point and knit 3 Repeat * until strap is desired length

Push one end of the strap through the edge of the bag near the top and knot it on the outside. Push the short end back into the bag for a clean look. Do the same with the other end of the strap on the other side of the bag.

If you prefer to work flat instead of round:
The pattern (worked in the flat)
Body:
Chain: 25 (23 chains for the base + ch 2 to turn)

Row 1: sc1 in 3rd chain from hook, * ch1, skip next ch and sc1 in ch after that * Repeat * to the end (12 sc made / 23 stitches)

Row 2: ch2 to turn, sc1 in chain space, * ch1, sc1 in the next chain space *
Repeat * across with the final sc worked in top of turning chain of previous row

Repeat Row 2 until piece measures 9" long. Fold in half and sew two side seams. Then go to Flap Row 2 above and follow rest of pattern.
 

copyright 2005 Crystal Palace Yarns/Straw Into Gold, Inc. We are happy to share this pattern with crocheters. The pattern may be used for non-commercial personal or knitting guild use. It is not to be used in any publication in print nor should it be reproduced in electronic/digital format without permission. Yarn shops carrying CP Yarns are welcome to print and share this pattern with customers of our yarns.