Here on Moogly I've designed a lot of free crochet patterns, with hopefully many more to come! And one of my favorite things to design are bags. Purses, clutches, soap sacks, market bags, pencil cases, totes - I love them all! And one of my favorite ways to begin a rectangular bottom bag is using the method I want to demonstrate for you today - Bag Bottoms that go from Rows to Rounds!
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While this is a pretty simple thing to do, it's a hard thing to describe in words - as evidenced by the amount of questions it generates!
Design-wise, I love this method because it allows me to create exactly the stitch count I need to set up my pattern repeat for the rest of the bag. And as a crocheter, it's a lot easier to make than ovals with special stitch markers and increases and stitch counts that always seem to get lost. Here's the basic idea:
How to Crochet Bag Bottoms: From Rows to Rounds
In this video tutorial I used the following items (click on each to learn more and purchase your own):
- Furls Fiberarts Wooden Yarn Bowl
- Furls Fiberarts US - I, 5.5mm crochet hook
- Lion Brand Cotton-Ease yarn (48% off)
Of course, when making a pattern using this technique, you should use whatever yarn and hook size that pattern calls for - or whatever gives you the results you're looking for. Some of the free crochet patterns on Moogly that use this technique include the following:
- Bonbon Kisses Crochet Pouch
- Chroma Crochet Bag
- Moroccan Market Tote
- Rainbow Happy Fun Pouch
- Tasty Little Chevron Bag
- Wrapped Ombre Tote Bag
- Pampering Massage Soap Saver
- Chic Crochet Casserole and Cake Carrier
- Birch Bark Basket
And I have more to come (one very soon)! As you can see if you've watched the video, starting a project this way is a lot like making a tiny blanket. You work back in forth in rows until it's the size you want, and then you crochet a border all around the edge!
The differences between this technique and bordering a blanket are that for bag bottoms you don't (usually) increase in the corners, and stitch count always matters! This technique is easy to use, albeit hard to describe in words - or maybe I just haven't found the right ones yet. Hence the video! I hope this has helped all of you with questions about this technique - and maybe inspired some designs of your own!