Swirl Box Project Bag Crochet Pattern


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Swirl Box Project Bag scroll down for a free pattern

Hi, I’m Courtney! I am the designer and maker behind Creations by Courtney. I’m excited to share this stylish and functional bag pattern on the Knitznpurlz blog!

On the never-ending quest to find the “perfect” project bag, I stumbled on a great post by Martha Stewart of 10 projects bags that make great gifts for fiber artists. Boy, those bags are beautiful, and some are expensive. Since I find inspiration in fashion, I decided to create a yarn version of one of those bags.

The swirl was my own touch after thinking about a class I attended during Stitch Makers Live 2019, and decided to give a try with this design. Rather than using 3 or more colors and double crochet stitches, I chose two colors and used single crochet. This creates a visual interest for one’s eyes, and the single crochet creates a solid base for the bag.


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I decided to show the right side of the stitches on the outside, but you can choose to have them inside. And if you’re really creative, you could add some purse feet to keep all of your bag pristine.

You’ll be amazed at how much yarn will fit in this bag! So far I have fit 10 skeins of a DK weight yarn in it and a notions bag when it’s open or closed with the button. Another fun design element of the Swirl Box Project bag is that you can carry it in different ways. With the addition of 2 sew-on snaps, you can make a wrist strap on one side that looks like a hanging basket, or create a wider strap that looks like a traditional purse handle. By adding a wood or metal ring, the strap can slide through the ring to close the bag with or without using the snaps. The added horn button is not only fun to look at, but adds a different way to close your project bag when walking and crocheting. I’ve come up with 4 different looks, can you come up with more?


tshirt yarn crochet ideas

If you’re new to working with t-shirt yarn, it helps to use a large hook and take breaks to not overwork your wrist and arm. Knitznpurlz offers an amazing array of rich color t-shirt yarns that have no knots!!! I chose coral and ocean weave as these colors are fun and remind me of visiting a beach with clear water and a sunset. If you’re not a fan of bright colors, there are a ton of color options.


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Swirl Box Project Bag Crochet Free Pattern

Skill Level : easy

Measurement :

Bottom: 7.5 in. [19 cm] diameter, measured in the center

Sides: 9 in. [23 cm] tall .

Gauge

4 rounds of sc = 4.25 in. [11 cm] diameter

Gauge is not critical for this project, but too large of a gauge may effect the yarn amount required.

What you will need:

Knitznpurlz T-shirt Yarn, weight #7 yarn (100% cotton; 109 yds/ 99.6 m): Ocean Weave (Color A), 1 skein, Coral (Color B), 1 skein each

• Stitch markers, 2 colors x 4

• 47mm horn button

• 50 mm ring

• 25 mm Sew-on Snap x 2

• Sewing thread

• Sewing Needle

• Large eye Yarn Needle

• Scissors

• Measuring Tape

Abbreviations, stitch knowledge:

• A: Color A

• B: Color B

• BL: back loop

• Ch: chain

• dc: double crochet

• FL: front loop

• FO: fasten off

• hdc: half double crochet

• i-sc2tog: invisible single crochet 2 together

• M: stitch marker

• sc: single crochet

• sl st: slip stitch

• st(s): stitch(es)

• tr: treble crochet

• YO: yarn over

SPECIALTY STITCHES & TECHNIQUES

I-sc2tog: insert hook in indicated st AND insert hook in next indicated st, YO, pull up a loop (2 loops on hook), YO, pull through 2 loops

Tutorial can be here.

Let’s get crocheting!

NOTES

• Pattern is written in US terms.

• Pattern is written in 4 parts: Base, Side, Edging and Strap.

• The bag is created from the base up to the sides, and then the strap.

• Two colors are worked with for each round by completing stitches with the first color, and then repeating the same stitches with the second color. This creates a continuous spiral.

• Rounds are not turned, except when making the strap.

Base

Rnd 1: Begin with an adjustable slip knot in Color A, ch 2, 4 sc in the 2nd ch from hook (center st), pull up long loop and remove hook; insert hook in center st and pull up a loop in Color B, ch 1, 4 sc in center st, pull up a long loop and remove hook; pull tail of A to tighten center, place a M in the last st of each color – 4 sc in each color


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Rnd 2: With A, *[2 sc in next st] 4 times, move M to last st made, pull up a long loop*; switch to B, rep from * to * – 8 sc, in each color

Rnd 3: With A, *[sc in next st, 2 sc in next st] 4 times, move M to last st made, pull up a long loop*; switch to B, rep from * to * – 12 sc in each color

Rnd 4: With A, *[sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st] 4 times, move M to last st made, pull up a long loop*; switch to B, rep from * to * – 16 sc in each color


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Rnd 5: With A, *[sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st] 4 times, move M to last st made, pull up a long loop*; switch to B, rep from * to * – 20 sc in each color

Rnd 6: With A, *[sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st] 4 times, move M to last st made, pull up a long loop*; switch to B, rep from * to * – 24 sc in each color


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Rnd 7: Place M in 6th and12th st of each color when counting from the long loop; this indicates the corners. With A, *sc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, (dc, tr) in next st, ch 1, (tr, dc) in next st, 2 dc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts, sc in next 2 sts, pull up a long loop*; rep from * to *; switch to B, rep from * to * 2 times; remove all M, except for M in the last st of each color – 32 sts, 2 chs in each color

NOTE: the right side of the base will be facing outward in the following rounds.

Side

Rnd 1: Work in BL only; with A, *sc in next 7 sts, i-sc2tog skipping the ch-1, sc in next 14 sts, i-sc2tog skipping the next ch-1; sc in next 7 sts, pull up a long loop*; switch to B, rep from * to * – 30 sc in each color.


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Rnds 2-3: Work in both loops, with A, *sc in next 30 sts, pull up a long loop; switch to B, rep from * – 30 sc in each color

Rnds 4-6: With A, *hdc in next 30 sts, pull up a long loop; switch to B, rep from * – 30 hdc in each color

Rnds 7-9: With A, *dc in next 30 sts, pull up a long loop; switch to B, rep from * – 30 dc in each color

Rnds 10-11: With A, *tr in next 30 sts, pull up a long loop; switch to B, rep from * – 30 tr in each color

Rnd 12: With A, *tr in next st, dc in next 4 sts, hdc in next 12 sts, sc in next 10 sts, sl st in next 3 sts, pull up a long loop; switch to B, rep from * – 30 sts in each color


If you like Swirl Box Project Bag you might also like these patterns using t-shirt yarn:1. Crochet Chevron Basket Free Crochet Pattern2. Crochet trivet and coaster with wooden base3. Wristlet purse crochet pattern

If you like Swirl Box Project Bag you might also like these patterns using t-shirt yarn:

1. Crochet Chevron Basket Free Crochet Pattern

2. Crochet trivet and coaster with wooden base

3. Wristlet purse crochet pattern

Edging

Rnd 1: With A, sl st in next 2 sts, add button {remove hook from loop, weave loop through holes of horn button from back to front to back, tighten loop, and insert hook in loop}; working in FL only of all sts, sl st in next 14 sts; add ring and sc in next 3 sts to secure ring, sl st in next 6 sts; switch to B, sl st in next 3 sts, ch 14 (button loop made), sl st in next st to connect ch-14, sl st in next 23 sts; leave remain sts unworked, FO – 23 sl st, 3 sc in A, 25 sl st in B


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Strap

Row 1: Locate center 3 sts on opposite side of the Ring, attach A, ch 1, hdc in same st, hdc in next 2 sts, turn

Rows 2-11: Ch 1, hdc in first st, hdc in next 2 sts, turn, FO after Row 11

Note: The strap length can be adjusted for preferred fit.

Row 12: Change to B, ch 1, hdc in first st, hdc in next 2 sts, turn

Rows 13-24: Ch 1, hdc in first st, hdc in next 2 sts, turn; FO after Row 24

Finishing

1. With a needle and sewing thread, attach one snap to the inside of the bag beneath the Strap.

2. Line up the coordinating piece of the first snap and the opposite piece of the 2nd snap, and sew it onto the end of the Strap.

3. Sew the second piece of the 2nd snap to the inside of the opposite side.

4. Weave in ends; trim excess.


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You have now completed the Swirl Box Project Bag! It’s ready to be filled with squishy yarns and your notions bag. By choosing a t-shirt yarn, your project bag will keep its shape and color for years to come, while also being easy to clean should it bump into your cuppa coffee. Don’t forget to have fun choosing two colors that capture your style and personality.

Use #creationsbycourtney and #knitznpurlz when sharing your finished bag.


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As an avid crocheter, Creations by Courtney learned to crochet as a child, and returned to crochet in college and graduate school. Creations by Courtney offers a range of colorful, classic or unique crochet garment patterns, and stylish, practical accessories and home decor pieces. She offers easy to read crochet patterns that will interest an experienced crocheters, while also helping a new crocheter develop their skills.

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