Sweetheart Bag

 

Sweetheart Tote by The Wooly Noggin – thewoolynoggin@gmail.com

 I had so much fun designing this bag, I recently learned how to fish for my birthday, something that I have wanted to do for a very long time. While we were out fishing, I realized that we didn’t really have a lot of bags around the house to carry things for outings and since my day was SO filled with love and fun, I decided to make this Sweetheart Bag! Born from love and one of the best birthdays I’ve ever had! 🐟🐟

 

 
 

  Supplies Needed:

  • A 3 mm hook. This is also somewhat optional. If you want a bigger bag, go to a 3.5 mm, a little smaller, 2.75. Up to you!
  • Approx. 500 yards of yarn. Although I do not know the exact amount. I used about a fourth of a skein of Red Heart Super Saver Heather Gray, and a 1 1/4th skein of Red Heart Super Saver Aran yarn. Size 4 medium Yarn. Obviously, color is your choice!
  • A yarn needle, for sewing in ends.

  Optional Supplies – If you want to sew a lining into your bag.

  • Approx. 1 yard of fabric in your choice of color.
  • Thread in matching colors.
  • A sewing machine or needles for hand sewing.
  • A tape measure.

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Stitches you need to know and their abbreviations:  

  • Single Crochet – sc
  • Slip Stitch – ss
  • Single Crochet 2 Together – sc2tog or dec
  • Double Crochet – dc
  • Chain – ch
  • * to * – Repeat all within the star marks.

  Notes before you begin: As you’ll notice with all my patterns, I start out my writing with VERY descriptive, so you know what were doing. As I progress through the pattern, I assume you are getting the handle of things and I begin to write the pattern less descriptive, so you can just move through the pattern without all the extra wording. If you find yourself lost, the descriptions in the earlier parts of the pattern should help you to figure out what your missing. And as always, contact me if you’re having any trouble! All beginning chain 3’s count as your first DC.  

 

Other Information: I went to Walmart and purchased two fat quarters at .97 cents a piece and this was enough to line my bag! No need for super expensive material unless you want a fun print. I used a sewing machine to sew on the lining of my bag, which made things SUPER easy. Although you can sew this on by hand! Although I will not explain how I sewed the lining on, I will provide links to YouTube channels that can explain this step to you!

  Hereeeee we go! – Bottom of the bag!

If you want a two-toned bag, begin with the color you want the bottom of your bag to me here. So, Color 1.

  1. Place 12 dc into magic circle (or alternatively, sc 4, join with a slip stitch and dc 12 into the loop. Join with a slip stitch. (12)
  2. Ch 3 (counts as your first dc), place an additional dc into the same stich and 2 dc into each dc around. Join with a slip stitch into the first dc (which was the beginning chain 3). (24)
  3. Ch 3 (counts as your first dc), 2 dc into the next stitch. *1 dc into the next stitch, 2 dc into the following stitch. * Repeat around. Join with a slip stitch into the first dc (which was the beginning chain 3). (36)
  4. Ch 3 (counts as your first dc), dc in the next stitch, 2 dc into the following stitch. (dc in the next 3 stitches, 2 dc into the next. * Repeat around. Join with a ss. (48)
  5. Ch 3, dc into the next 2 stitches, 2 dc into the following stitch. *dc in the next 3 stitches, 2 dc into the next. * Repeat around. Join with a ss. (60)
  6. Ch 3, dc into the next 3 stitches, 2 dc into the following stitch. *dc into the next 4 stitches, 2 dc into the next. * Repeat around. Join with a ss. (72)
  7. Ch 3, dc into the next 4 stitches, 2 dc into the following stitch. *dc into the next 5 stitches, 2 dc into the next. * Repeat around. Join with a ss. (84)
  8. Ch 3, dc into the next 5 stitches, 2 dc into the following stitch. *dc into the next 6 stitches, 2 dc into the next. * Repeat around. Join with a ss. (96)
  9. Ch 3, dc into the next 6 stitches, 2 dc into the following stitch. *dc into the next 7 stitches, 2 dc into the next. * Repeat around. Join with ss. (108)
  10. Ch 3, dc into the next 7 stitches, 2 dc into the following stitch. *dc into the next 8 stitches, 2 dc into the next. * Repeat around. Join with a ss. (120)
  11. Ch 3, dc into the next 8 stitches, 2 dc into the following stitch. *dc into the next 9 stitches, 2 dc into the next. * Repeat around. Join with a ss. (132)
  12. Ch 3, dc into the next 9 stitches, 2 dc into the following stitch. *dc into the next 10 stitches, 2 dc into the next. * Repeat around. Join with a ss. (144) ** From now on all your stitch counts should be 144 at the end.

13- 16. Ch 3, dc all the way around. Join with a ss. (144) (optional, change to main bag color, color 2) 17. Ch 3, dc into the next 13 stitches, ch 2

 

 

skip 2 stitches, dc into the next stitch.  

 

 

  *dc into the next 13 stitches, skip 2 stitches, dc into the next. * repeat around the bag. Join with a slip stitch to the first ch 3. 18. Slip stitch into the first 2 stitches. Ch 3 (counts as dc) *dc into the first 9 stitches, ch 2, skip 2 stitches and dc into the ch 2 space from the previous row.  

 

 

  Put an additional dc into the ch 2 space, making 2. (all ch 2 spaces will ALWAYS have 2 dc in them no matter what)  

 

 

  Ch 2, skip 2 stitches, and dc into the next stitch.  

 

 

* repeat around the bag. Join with a slip stitch to the first ch 3. 19. Slip stitch into the first 2 stiches. Ch 3, *dc into the next 5 stitches, ch 2, skip 2 stitches, dc 2 times into the ch 2 space. Dc into the next 2 stitches. Put 2 dc into the ch 2 space. Ch 2, skip 2 stitches and dc into the next stitch. * repeat around the bag. Join with a slip stitch to the first ch 3.  

 

 

  20. Slip stitch into the first 2 stitches. Ch 3, *dc into the next stitch. Ch 2, Skip 2 stitches, put 2 dc into the ch 2 space. Dc into the next 6 stitches. Put 2 into the next ch 2 space. Ch 2, skip 2 stitches, and place a dc into the next stitch. * repeat around the bag. Join with a slip stitch to the first ch 3.  

 

 

  21. Slip stitch into the first 2 stitches (One will go into the ch 2 space), Ch 3, *dc once more into the ch 2 space. Dc into the next 10 stitches, 2 dc into the ch 2 space, ch 2, skip 2 stitches, dc into the next ch 2 space. * repeat around the bag. Join with a slip stitch to the first ch 3.  

 

 

  22. Ch 3, dc around all the way around the bag making sure to put 2 in each ch 2 space. (144)  

 

 

  23. Ch 3, *Dc into the next 13 stitches, ch 2, skip 2 stitches, dc into the following stitch. * repeat around the bag. Join with a slip stitch to the first ch 3.  

 

 

  24. Ch 3, dc around all the way around the bag making sure to put 2 in each ch 2 space. (144) 25. Ch 3, *dc into the next 5 stitches, Ch 2, skip 2 stitches, dc into the next 6 stitches, Ch 2, skip 2 stitches, dc into the next stitch. * repeat around the bag. Join with a slip stitch to the first ch 3.  

 

 

  26. Slip stitch into the first 2 stitches, Ch 3, dc into the next stitch, *Ch 2, skip 2 stitches, 2 dc into the ch 2 space, Ch 2, Skip 2 stitches, dc into the next 2 stitches. * repeat around the bag. Join with a slip stitch to the first ch 3.  

 

 

  27. Slip stitch into the first 2 stitches (one will go into the ch 2 space), Ch 3, *dc one more time into the ch 2 space to make 2, dc into the next 2 stitches, 2 dc into the next ch 2 space, ch 2, skip 2 stitches, dc into the next stitch. * repeat around the bag. Join with a slip stitch to the first ch 3.  

 

 

  28 – 29. Ch 3, dc around all the way around the bag making sure to put 2 in each ch 2 space. (144) REPEAT ROWS 17-29 to bring you to Row 41. Some people join their projects differently. So, you may want to start the next row of hearts by slip stitching to the stitch after the center to begin. See photo.   (where I ended row 27) You see I need to slip stitch over to get to the stitch AFTER the center of the heart because row 17 begins with this chain 3 below.  

 

 

  (where I ended row 27) You see I need to slip stitch over to get to the stitch AFTER the center of the heart because row 17 begins with this chain 3 below.  

 

 

  Remember that crochet is always slanted, so no matter how perfect you make this, it may wind up being a bit off kilter by the end as mine was. TOP OF THE BAG

  1. Start by single crocheting 4 rows at a nice tight (but not too tight) tension. This is also where I stopped to sew the lining onto my bag, although you do not have to. I crocheted it into the 3rd row to the top. Again, this step is optional. I will provide a link below on how you can sew a lining into your bag as well.
  2. You’ll need to find the center of your bag. Since I had 144 stitches, I divided the bag with stitch markers into 4 sections of 36. I lined up my seam with one side of the hands. Make sure you keep your crocheting directly across from the place where you start so your bag handles are exact and correct. Once you have the area marked correctly, you can begin this row. – Sc 36 across, ch 1, turn. (36)
  3. Sc2tog, sc across 33, sc2tog, ch 1, turn. (34)
  4. Sc across 34, ch 1, turn. (34)
  5. Sc2tog, sc across 30, sc2tog, ch 1, turn. (32)
  6. Sc across 32, ch 1, turn. (32)
  7. Sc2tog, sc across 28, sc2tog, ch 1, turn. (30)
  8. Sc across 30, ch 1, turn. (30)
  9. Sc2tog, sc across 26, sc2tog, ch 1, turn (28)
  10. Sc across 28, ch 1, turn. (28)
  11. Sc2tog, sc across 24, sc2tog, ch 1, turn (26)
  12. Sc across 26, ch 1, turn (26)
  13. Sc2tog, sc across 22, sc2tog, ch 1, turn (24)
  14. Sc across 24, ch 1, turn (24)
  15. Sc2tog, sc across 20, sc2tog, ch 1, turn (22)
  16. Sc across 22, ch 1, turn (22)
  17. Sc2tog, sc across 18, sc2tog, ch 1, turn (20)
  18. Sc across 20, ch 1, turn (20)
  19. Sc2tog, sc across 16, sc2tog, ch 1, turn (18)
  20. Sc across 18, ch 1, turn (18)
  21. Sc2tog, sc across 14, sc2tog, ch 1, turn (16)
  22. Sc across 16, ch 1, turn (16)
  23. Sc2tog, sc across 12, sc2tog, ch 1, turn (14)
  24. Sc across 14, ch 1, turn (14)
  25. Sc2tog, sc across 10, sc2tog, ch 1, turn (12)
  26. Sc across 12. Tie off.

 

 

At this point you’re going to find the center side on the other side of your bag and start the other side of the handle. Doing rows 2-28 again. However, on row 28, you WILL NOT tie off. You will continue to repeat Row 28 until you reach the desired strap length you like.

Some people only want to be able to have small handles, while others may want a normal purse length and even more a cross over body strap. This would require you to continue working the length of the strap until it fit perfectly. Once you are at the desired length, single crochet to join or you can also sew to join. Once you have both of your straps done and joined, pull up a loop, ch 1 and go around the arm holes. I did this twice; however, you can do this once or however many times you wish. It gives a nice finished look to the bag.

 

Congrats! Your sweetheart bag is done!

 

 

  f you want to sew a lining into your bag as I have done, please check out this YouTube video on how to do it with a machine. It covers how to measure and sew the bag on a sewing machine. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=he6qXsqNL4M If you want to hand sew, also check out the same video for pinning and measuring and then continue to hand sew the lining into the bag.  

 

 

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