I made this bag in one day. I love instant gratification projects. I'm going to make about 3 more. They're so easy and take very little brain power...my kind of project.
Super Bulky yarn (2-2.5 skeins) I used Lion Brand Thick and Quick in charcoal
Size K and L crochet hooks
14 inches (36mm) in height
20 inches (51mm) in height (including handles)
15 inches (38mm) in width (lying flat)
The bottom of the bag is worked in rows, forming a square
With K hook Ch 17
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch to the end. (16 sc)
Rows 2-17: Ch 1, sc in each st across. (16 sc)
You will now begin working in the round. Do not turn your work
Round 1: Working down the side, place sc in the ends of each row. I put 2 sc in each corner. Work sc across the row, then back up the other side of the work. Place sc in each st across the top. You should end with 68 sc.
Rnd 2: Working in the back loop, place sc in each st around. Do not join. Do not turn.
Now switch to the L hook
Rnd 3-31: Working in both loops, sc in each st around.
To determine where to end, I layed the work flat and lined up the corner of the bottom
The next round will form the handles
Rnd 33: Sc in back ridge of each ch, sc in next 17 sts, sc in back ridge of each ch, sc in next 17 sts. Join using invisible join method.
Weave all of the ends...and you're done.
I like the shape of the bottom because the shape of the bag changes depending on how much stuff you put in the bag. It can be oval, round, or square.
It's so easy to make the size larger. All you do is add more rows. To add to the width just make the bottom larger by adding stitches and rows. Just make sure if you expand the pattern, increase the stitch count in between the handles. Just play around with it, and don't fret, crochet is so easy to rip out and redo. This bag is so quick, messing up won't slow you down much at all.
Remember to line up your handles so they are centered with the bottom. (look at the photo above)
Please let me know if you have any questions, or if I need to correct any typos or mistakes.
(I wrote this up fast)
Have a great weekend!