Crochet Alpine tulip bag

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Crochet Alpine tulip bag is the latest post on our blog. Continue reading for my inspiration, design process, yarn choice, or scroll down for the free pattern.

The Inspiration:

Last year I made an Alpine Christmas stocking that so many of you loved (Thanks for the love and support). I loved the stitch combination so much that I tried pretty much everything such as a blanket, hat, headband, and of course a bag! As the summer is a few months away and I guess no woman will resist a new bag. Here is the new Alpine tote bag. Once you try it you would love to make a bunch of them in a variety of colors.

The yarn:

I live in Bulgaria and maybe some of you know that fact. As we live near Turkey (the center of yarn production) we are able to get all types of yarn- such as cotton and polyester macrame, and all kinds of regular crochet and knitting yarns. But I know that for some of you it is difficult to buy macrame yarns therefore I made my bag in two versions -one is made with chunky acrylic yarn and one is made with macrame yarn.

For the yellow/brown and beige bag, I used a polyester macrame cord -3mm. For the Cream/beige and teal bag I used bulky/chunky weight acrylic yarn. After trying out a few yarns I can say that whatever yarn you have in your stash will do. I can only suggest that if you use at least worsted weight yarn it will be better. The bag will keep its form and will be more durable.

The fun about this tote tulip bag is that it works in every color you can’t get wrong with it.

Pattern of the crochet Alpine tulip bag

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Materials:

  • Crochet Hook size 6 mm / US- J size
  • chunky weight yarn 100-150gr. I used Hobby Lobby Soft and Sleek Chunky yarn in beige, cream and teal. You will need 1 ball of the main color and 20-30gr of the other 2 colors.
  • If you are going to use a polyster or cotton cord – I used 3mm cord for the bag.
  • Scissors
  • Yarn Needle

Notes:

  1. You can use different yarn. I suggest you to use bulky or worsted weight yarn.
  2. Make your bag base at least 10 inches. Ideal base is around 10-12 inches.
  3. When you make the strap of your bag if you are going to use Romanian cord It will be better to work your yarn in 2 strands. It will be moresturdy and thicker.
  4. Switch to next color after each 3rd round.

Special stitches:

FPcl- Front post cluster stitch– Make 2 Front post double crochet stitches togetherYO, insert hook, from front to back, behind next stitch (the same way you do for a post stitch), YO, pull up a loop ( 3 loops on hook ), YO, pull through 2 loops on hook (2 loops will be remaining), YO, insert hook behind the same post, YO, pull up a loop ( 4 loops on the hook ), YO, pull through 2 loops on hook (3 will be remaining), YO, pull through 3 remaining loops.

Working in the 3rd loop of hdc st we made in prev rnd– All the basic stitches in crochet have a
front loop and back loop, which form a V shape at the top of the stitch. Half double crochet (hdc)
is unique because it has an extra, 3rd loop. The yarn over in a half double crochet forms a diagonal line at the front and a horizontal line at the back of the stitch. That horizontal line at the back is the 3rd loop.

Final measurements: If you make your base 10 inches.
Width 12 inches- 30cm
Height 14 inches- 35.5cm without the straps

Abbreviation:

Abbreviations
sc- single crochet
hdc-half double crochet
dc- double crochet
sl.st- slip stitch
MR- magic ring
Ch(s)- chain(s)
St(s)- stitch(es)
Rep- repeat
** – repeat the stitches in the ** indicated
times.
FPcl- front post cluster stitch

Crochet bag pattern:

Starting with the base:
Rnd 1: Start with a MR, secure with slip knot, ch 2, 3 DC into the ring, ch 2, 4 DC into the ring rep from * to * 2 more times, join with sl.st in 2nd ch. (4sts in each side)

Ch-2 space will be referred to as the corner chain space.
Rnd 2: sl.st across to the ch-2 sp, ch 3, DC 1, ch 2, 2 DC in the corner, DC in each st to corner,
*(2dc, ch 2, 2 dc in corner, DC in each st to corner) * rep from * to 2 more times, join with
sl.st in 3rd ch.
Repeat rnd 2 till you reach 10-12 inches or desired length for the bag’s base.

Sides:
Note: counting in from 2 corners, place a stitch marker in the 2 center stitches of that row, repeat this for all 4 sides.
In the following rounds, you will be asked to skip 4 stitches, make sure when you skip the 4 stitches that the next double crochet is tight, if it is worked loose you will have a big hole.

Rnd 1: sl st across to corner, ch 3, dc, ch 2, 2 dc in corner, dc each st until 1 stitch before marker, skip 4 (middle 2 and one on either side), dc in each st until corner, * (2 dc, ch2, 2 dc into corner), dc each st until 1 stitch before marker, skip 4 st (middle 2 and one on either side), Dc in each st until corner * rep from * to * 2 more times, join with sl.st in 3rd ch.


Rnd 2: sl st across to corner, ch 3, dc, ch2, 2 dc in corner,* FPcl in next st, DC in next st* rep till you reach the 4 middle stitches of row (middle 2 and one on either side), skip the middle 4 stitches, dc in next st, FPcl in next st rep till the corner, { 2dc, ch 2, 2 dc in the corner, ,* FPcl in next st, DC in next st* rep till you reach the 4 middle stitches of row, skip the middle 4 stitches, dc in next st, FPcl in next st rep till the corner} rep from { to } 2 more times, join with sl.st in 3rd ch.


Rnd 3: sl st across to corner, ch 2, hdc, ch2, 2 hdc in corner, hdc each st until the middle 4 sts, skip 4 middle stitches, hdc in each st until corner, * (2 hdc, ch2, 2 hdc into corner), hdc in each st until middle 4 sts, skip middle 4 sts, hdc in each st until corner * rep from * to * 2 more times, join with sl.st in 2nd ch.


Next round we will work in the 3rd loop of the hdc st we made in prev rnd.
Rnd 4: ch 3, dc in next st, 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in corner, dc in each st across till the middle 4 sts, skip 4 sts. Skip the middle 4 sts, dc in each st till corner, * (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc into corner), dc in each st until middle 4 sts, skip middle 4 sts, dc in each st until corner * rep from * to * 2 more times, join with sl.st in 3rd ch.
Repeat rnds 2- 4 till you reach your desired bag’s height.

Straps/ handles:

For the straps, I used a crochet Romanian cord.

Video tutorial of How to crochet a Romanian cord.

The written pattern on how to crochet a Romanian cord.

The length of the straps depends on how long would you like them. I made mine 40cm.

How to attach the straps to your bag:

You can sew the straps to your bag or you can attach them as in the pictures below. Insert the strap through the corner a little then wrap the yarn around the corner and the strap to secure it. Wrap it tightly then secure it with a tie. Weave the end through the wrapped part.

IF YOU PREFER VIDEO TUTORIALS OR JUST WANT TO SEE HOW TO MAKE SOME OF THE STITCHES CORRECTLY YOU CAN WATCH THE FULL VIDEO TUTORIAL FOR THE ALPINE CROCHET BAG I MADE FOR YOU!

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