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Saturday, August 2, 2008

Itty Bitty Anything Bag -- Crochet Pattern

Here's a crochet pattern for what I call my Itty Bitty Anything Bag. Once you see it, you'll know why -- it's quite small and can be used for just about anything!

It's made with worsted weight cotton yarn and takes about half of a ball. I used Lily's Sugar 'n Cream in the 2 ounce ball and a size G hook with my handy dandy comfort cushion to keep my hands happy.

Here are links to video tutorials you might find helpful, in case you need to refresh your memory on some of these basic crochet stitches:

Slip knot and chain stitch (ch)
Single crochet stitch (sc)
Half double crochet stitch (hdc)

Crocheted Itty Bitty Bag
Start by working 4 chain stitches and join to form a ring.

Round 1: Ch 1, 6 sc in ring; join in first sc.

Crocheted Itty Bitty Bag NOTE: Rounds 2 and beyond are worked in continuous rounds. Do not join, but mark beginning of rounds.

Round 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in first sc and in each sc around. 12 sc. Your piece will look like the above picture.

Crocheted Itty Bitty BagRound 3: Sc in next sc, place marker in stitch just made to mark beginning of round as shown in above picture and move marker on each subsequent round, 2 sc in next sc. (Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc) around -- 18 sc.

Crocheted Itty Bitty BagYour piece will look like this after Round 3.

Round 4: (Sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around -- 24 sc.

Round 5: (Sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around -- 30 sc.

Round 6: (Sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around -- 36 sc.

Crocheted Itty Bitty BagYour piece will look like this after Round 6. Leave your marker where it is at the end of Round 6.

Crocheted Itty Bitty BagRound 7: Work 1 sc into the back loop of each stitch around and your work will look like this.

Crocheted Itty Bitty BagNotice the ridge made by working into the back loop of each stitch. This will form the outer edge of the bottom of the bag.

Crocheted Itty Bitty BagNow work 11 more rounds of chain stitch, working into both loops of each stitch so you will have 12 rounds beyond the stitch marker. Your piece will look like this.

Crocheted Itty Bitty BagNext round: (Work half double crochet (HDC) in next stitch, skip 1, chain 1) around. This will make the eyelet row into which the drawstring will be woven.

Crocheted Itty Bitty BagNext round: Work one single crochet into each chain and HDC around. This last row of chain stitch above the eyelet row gives the top edge some stability. Finish off and weave in ends.

To make drawstring, chain 80 and finish off. Weave loose ends into both ends of chain. Weave chain in and out of eyelets one and a half times around and knot the two ends together. This makes it possible to simply pull the two sides of the drawstring away from each other to close the bag.

Crocheted Itty Bitty BagAnd here is the finished product sitting next to the remainder of the ball of yarn used to make it. You can see just how Itty Bitty the bag is sitting by the yarn! Isn't it cute?

My older daughter used several of these bags for her marble collection when she was younger. This bag might be handy to keep by your embroidery to put thread clippings into. It would make a cute little change purse for some young lady. I am sure my 3 year old will find lots of little things to put into it once I surprise her with it in the morning. She's my little Bag Lady!

Can you think of other uses for an Itty Bitty Anything Bag?

Happy Stitching!

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  • Hi, I've made some very similar bags. When my grandchildren were younger I would give them a Silver Dollar for each birthday up to the age of 5. These bags were perfect for presenting the final 5 coins! They all still have their bags. Two of the boys used theirs for rocks and marbles, but the girls like to put so many different things I've lost track. I added beads to the end of the girl's drawstrings for drama and they loved them.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At October 3, 2008 at 11:20 PM  

  • Thanks so much for your bag story! What a great idea to put beads on the drawstrings. I'll have to try that.


    By Blogger Mary Grace McNamara, At October 3, 2008 at 11:27 PM  

  • Hey Mary Grace,
    I love this little bag! How about a bar of homemade soap?
    Merry :)

    By Anonymous Merry, At April 23, 2009 at 1:22 AM  

  • Thanks for the idea! This has turned into a great way to use spare yarn stash I had lying around. I've done two using Red Heart Simply Soft and they turned out adorable. Mine are destined to be used as prizes at a Senior Center bingo game.

    By Blogger putergoddess, At September 29, 2009 at 5:17 PM  

  • love these itty bags,I can find so many uses for these.Thanks for the tutorial.

    By Blogger starry, At May 23, 2010 at 7:13 PM  

  • Hi Mary Grace,
    I made an Itty Bitty Anything bag today and posted about it on my blog. I had fun making it and plan to make more.

    By Blogger Sweet P, At May 25, 2010 at 8:32 PM  

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