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Crochet Bag Tutorial: Mini Crocodile Stitch Bag

Hello everyone, how’s everybody doing? I’m still here and going strong on fresh crochet projects for us every week, including this crochet bag!

This week’s project is an intermediate crochet bag using a crocodile stitch.

It turned out really cute, and it’s very handy for everyday use. It’s a little bit of work, but nothing you can’t handle. Especially with a free written pattern and step by step video tutorial. You can do it!

The premium, ad free, printable PDF pattern is also available on the usual Etsy, Ravelry and Lovecrafts front.

If you’re looking for more of my bag projects, check out this drawstring pom pom bag, or the 4 seasons crochet purse.

Here’s the video tutorial for this crochet bag 👇🏻

If you want to add a lining for your crochet bag, here’s the video tutorial for the method I like to use👇🏻

Materials

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Stitches Used & Code

  • Magic ring
  • ch = chain
  • sc = single crochet
  • hdc = half double crochet
  • dc = double crochet
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • sp = space
  • sk = skip
  • st = stitch(es)
  • REP = repeat
  • ” inches

Notes : The crocodile stitch is in a multiples of 6 stitches

Gauge unblocked : 14 hdc X 10 rows of hdc = 4″

Yarn needed : 200 yards / 183 meters

Measurements : 16″ Circumference X 8″ Tall

Mini Crocodile Crochet Bag Pattern

Notes : Make sure to place the stitch marker into first st in each round.

Round 1 : Make a magic ring, 9 hdc into the ring sp. Total of 9 hdc

Round 2 : 2 hdc into each st around. Total of 18 hdc

Round 3 : *1 hdc, 2 hdc into next st* REP from *TO* around. Total of 27 hdc

Round 4 : *1 hdc into each of next 2 st, 2 hdc into next st* REP from *TO* around. Total of 36 hdc

Round 5 : *1 hdc into each of next 3 st, 2 hdc into next st* REP from *TO* around. Total of 45 hdc

Round 6 : *1 hdc into each of next 4 st, 2 hdc into next st* REP from *TO* around. Total of 54 hdc

Round 7 and 8 : 1 hdc into each st around. Total of 54 hdc

Round 9 : sl st into first st, ch 3 ( count as 1 dc ), 1 dc into same st, ch 1, sk 2 st, 1 dc into next st, ch 1, *sk 2 st, 2 dc into next st, ch 1, sk 2 st, 1 dc into next st, ch 1* REP from *TO* around, sl st into the 3rd ch ( Check picture below )

Round 10 : *4 dc around the first dc post A pair of 2 dc from the previous round, ch 1, 4 dc into the next dc post, sl st into the next dc st* The first crocodile scale is complete, REP from *TO* around, for the last sl st, make sure to insert the hook into the first dc st that we create the first scale and then through the last dc st. Total of 9 scales( Check picture below )

Round 11 : ch 3 ( count as 1 dc ), 1 dc into same st, ch 1, *1 dc into the middle part of the scale, ch 1, 2 dc into the sl st that we did from the previous round, ch 1* REP from *TO* around, sl st into the 3rd ch ( Check picture below )

Round 12 : *4 dc around the first dc post A pair of 2 dc from the previous round, ch 1, 4 dc into the next dc post, sl st into the next dc st* , REP from *TO* around, for the last sl st, make sure to insert the hook into the first dc st that we create the first scale and then through the last dc st. Total of 9 scales

REP Round 11 and 12 five more times. Total of 22 rounds

Round 23 : 1 sc into each st around. This could be a little difficult to see the stitches, but you can turn the top of the bag towards you and you’ll see the V shape of the stitches from the previous round. Total of 54 sc ( Check picture below )

Round 24 – 26 : 1 sc into each st around. Total of 54 sc

Round 27 : ch 1 ( count as 1 sp ), sk next st, 1 sc into each of next 8 st, ch 1, sk next st, 1 sc into each of next 5 st, ch 1, sk next st, 1 sc into each of next 5 st, ch 1, sk next st, 1 sc into each of next 5 st, ch 1, sk next st, 1 sc into each of next 8 st, ch 1, sk next st, 1 sc into each of next 5 st, ch 1, sk next st, 1 sc into each of next 5 st, ch 1, sk next st, 1 sc into each of next 5 st. Total of 54 st including the ch sp

Round 28 : 1 sc into each st and each ch 1 sp around. Total of 54 sc

Round 29 – 32 : 1 sc into each around, cut the yarn and weave all the ends. Total of 54 sc

Drawstring/Strap

For the drawstring strap, we’ll make our shoulder strap by making our desired length x two.For example, if I want my strap to be 30″,I’ll make my strap chains to 60″ end to end.

Make the ch until it reach about 60 inches, Turn, 1 sl st into the back bump of the second ch from the hook, 1 sl st into the back bump of each ch across, cut the yarn and leave about 8″ long tail.

Adding the drawstring strap into the crochet bag

Thread the drawstring into the bag at the first ch 1 sp in round 27 and continue counter clockwise around the bag. Weave the drawstring through each loop all the way around the bag and then weave the end of the drawstring together ( Check picture below )

Congratulations on your new mini crocodile stitch crochet bag! I know it was a challenge, but you followed through like a true crochet ninja. I’d love to see all your finished bag projects, if you want to share you can tag me on IG or your preferred social media channel. Till next time.

Happy crocheting!