Here is my latest attempt at using some more of my stash. I have seen several knit mitred squares but not many crochet ones. On Red Heart’s web-site they have a free pattern for a Crochet Mitred Blanket. I used this basic square pattern to make this bag.
Here is the basic “recipe” of how I made the bag:
I used 3 skeins of Lily Sugar’n Cream Stripes in the color Denim and one skein of white and a size G hook. I made 8 squares, four for each side. I chained 41 stitches and worked the mitre square. Sewed the four squares together to make the front of the bag and did the same for the back.
I attached the white yarn at the upper most left corner of the front and worked 5 rows of single crochet around the side, bottom and other side of the front. I then attached the back by doing a row of single crochet through the corresponding back stitches.
Then I did 5 rows of single crochet all around the top.
For the closure tab I found the center of the top front and attached the yarn and worked single crochet over 5 stitches for ten rows then decreased to 3 stitches for two rows and then decreased to 1 stitch. Fasten off the crochet and leave about 10 inches of yarn. Thread some beads onto the yarn going around the last bead, back up through the beads that were just strung on and then weave the remaining yarn through the crochet stitches on the tab.
I made a loop on the back to run the strip through for the closure. I attached the yarn and did 10 chain stitches then attached the yarn with a slip stitch about 6 stitches away and then did a sc through each of the chain stitches. Fastened off my yarn and wove in the ends.
For the handles I doubled the yarn for stability used an H hook and attached the yarn to the front and worked four rows of sc, decreased down to three stitches and did 49 rows of sc increased back up to five stitches and worked 4 more rows of sc. Fastened off the yarn and left enough length to sew the handle to the other side of the front. Repeated for the back.
This is a close up of the closure and buttons that I sewed on.
Of course, I had to add a lining with lots of pockets.
This bag measures about 13″ wide and 14″ tall.
You could use this basic “recipe” for any crochet block that you choose.