Learn how to crochet!!!
Now that it’s sunny, you might swapyour cosy coffee cup cozy for a water bottle crocheted pouch.
Here is a tutorial how to crochet that is also a free crochet pattern for an adorable bottle bag, that will make you want to take your water along, wherever you go, just to show of the bag you’ve made!
What is great about this free crochet pattern is that it comes with a wonderfully detailed and illustrated tutorial that has instructions in Crochet language and crochet directions in plain English together.
These factors makes this an ideal project to learn to crochet.
Let’s get to crochet your personalized water bottles.
Browse around a little to get the yarn you really like.
Tip: Using a uniform yarn that allows you to easily see the patterns you’re learning to crochet. Even yarn also allows you to observe how even your stitches are.
HOOK: Size H, aluminum crochet hook
GAUGE: This pattern is assuming a fairly loose crochet, to loosely fit your bottle, your keys, some change, and perhaps even a lipstick. Ha!
Tip: If you crochet tightly, this pouch will be snug around your water bottle. However, if you’re REALLY tight, it will fit loosely around a soda can or make a nice little license/money pouch. So, adjust the pattern to upsize it as desired.
‘Learn to Crochet’- Tutorial & Bag Pattern – combination
You will see two sets of instructions. The first set is how you would see this pattern written out in a book or pattern magazine. Below that, in plain English (or as close as I can get and still be speaking ‘crochet’) is the translation. I suggest reading through both, and taking the time to see how the ‘plain English’ version relates to the pattern terminology.
Crochet Bag Pattern
ROUND 1: CROCHET IN ABBREVIATIONS
ch 4. Work 11 dc in 4th ch from hook. Join with sl st to top of beginning ch 4. (12 dc)
ROUND 1: CROCHET IN PLAIN ENGLISH
Chain 4. (Make the first chain fairly loose, so that you will have room to put all the stitches in it.)
Make 11 double crochets in that big loop. Now count the outside loops of your beginning chain. You should have 3 of them. Slip stitch into that 3rd loop. (How to slip stitch video below). This will close your beginning ring, and give you a solid foundation to work off of.
Now, when you count your stitches, the beginning chain 3 will count as one double crochet. When you count, you will have 11 stitches and the 3-chain bar. This counts as 12 completed double crochets.
|ROUND 4: CROCHET IN ABBREVIATIONS
Rnd 4: ch 3. Working in the back stitch loop of each hdc, work one dc in each stitch around. Join with sl st to top of beginning ch.
Now we’re going to get tricky! This is where you stop increasing and just go straight up to form the sides of your tube.
You don’t HAVE to get fancy with this part, but I like the affect.
|ROUND 4: CROCHET IN PLAIN ENGLISH
Round 4: ch 3. Now look at the back of your stitches. You have the top two loops, which are what you normally work in.
There’s a little bar right below the back loop on a half-double crochet. It’s a bit of getting used to, but once you’ve learned how, this creates a very nice little side-ways chain stitch.
Now, wrap your yarn around your hook, just as for a regular double crochet, then insert your hook from the front to the back, through that little bar.
Draw up a loop. Wrap around and draw through two loops, wrap around and draw through the last two loops on the hook.
|Now look at your work from the front.
See the little chain? That’s what you’re going for. You’re still working a double crochet, but in a different place than before. Continue doing that around to the end. Join as before. You should now have 36 stitches.
If you don’t, either take one out, or look carefully at your work. You may have put a stitch in the beginning chain spot, making an increase there.
No need to tear out your work. Just undo the last stitch made, then join. You’ll have a little space there, but that’s okay for a practice piece.
|ROUND 20: CROCHET IN ABBREVIATIONS
ch 3. Working in BLO of previous row, *hdc in each of next 2 sts. Sc in stitch at top of shell, hdc in next 2 sts, dc in next st.
Repeat from * around. Join with sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch. (36 stitches)
|ROUND 20: CROCHET IN PLAIN ENGLISH
Chain 3. (This counts as your beginning double crochet. Notice that it is worked in the top of a single crochet from the row below. That’s important, because with this row, you’re going to be evening out the ripples to make a nice flat working area for the next row.)
Now work one half-double crochet in each of the next two stitches. You should be at the top of the shell now. Work a single crochet into the stitch there. Work one half-double crochet into each of the next two stitches.
See the pattern here? Double crochets get worked in the sc from the previous row, single crochets get worked in the top of the shell, and half-doubles go between.
When you get to the end of the row, you should end with the last two stitches as half-double crochets. Join with a slip stitch to the top of the beginning chain 3.
|ROUND 28: CROCHET IN ABBREVIATIONS
sl st around. Finish off.
|ROUND 28: CROCHET IN PLAIN ENGLISH
Slip stitch into each single crochet around. At the last stitch, slip stitch to join, as you normally would. Snip the yarn a few inches past the joining, and then draw yarn through the last loop on your hook.
You now have a loose end. Weave it in.
This row is not absolutely necessary. I just think it gives the pouch a ‘finished’ look.
Lining Your Crochet Bag
If you wish, you could line this project with a pretty inside fabric. Here are some fabric ideas that will blend really well with simple off-white of this crochet bottle bag.
Add a Handle to Your Crochet Bag
If you wish, you could crochet and attach a handle, or an over the shoulder sling to the bag. Crochet a cord, or use the same fabric as the inner lining.
Add Your Style & Ideas to This Base Crochet Pattern
This crochet tutorial is so detailed that it is actually become fairly easy to make your own design changes. Make the bag longer or shorter. Add colors and whimsy to it, as it pleases you.
Go wild: use different yarn and hooks…. I wonder how this would look when made out of paper yarn and a huge hook. Probably a quite amazing home decoration piece!
Or transform it into a really fine work and add beads, ribbons and studs to make this into a divine pyjama bag for a niece’s doll.
Many, many, many thanks to the wonderfully funny veteran crochet artist and teacher Donya Beasley who is sharing her decades of crochet experience with us in detailed pictures and plain English ‘translations’ of crochet speak! Donya has been teaching crochet in the Arts & Science Department at the University of Atlanta.
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HOW TO CROCHET A DOUBLE BASE CHAIN – VIDEO
HOW TO CROCHET A SLIP STITCH – VIDEO
HOW TO CROCHET A SINGLE CROCHET – VIDEO