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The Gemstone pattern collection now has a new addition – a bag! When I got the idea to make a bag in this style, I knew the Gemstone stitch combination would be a perfect fit. I absolutely love the texture and look of this bag from the fun “gemstones” in the body, to the shape of the straps, and finishing with the bunny ear ties at the top. And the best part? This bag works up fairly quickly once you get the hang of the stitch. I gave my testers a two week testing window and some of them made 3 (or more!) bags in that timeframe! Wow!
This pattern has instructions for 2 sizes – a small bag (approximately 8″ across when laid flat) and a large bag (approximately 11″ across). However, the bag is really easy to tailor to whatever size you want. Plus, the straps are completely customizable to your desired length. Wear it as a shoulder bag, a beach bag, or make a fun Mommy & Me set with the two different sizes!
This pattern is worked from the bottom up, first in the round to form the base and body of the bag, then in turned rows to work each strap individually. The bag straps are finished off with bunny ears at the top and then a slip stitch edging is made around the straps to make a nice clean finish. I personally find cotton yarn the best to use for making bags, although some people find success with acrylic. I used Bernat Handicrafter cotton when I designed it, but Lily Sugar ‘n Cream, Peaches & Cream, WeCrochet Dishie, or other mid-weight worsted cotton would also be great alternatives.
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Pattern Difficulty: Advanced Beginner
*Crochet Hook: H/5.0mm, or what is required to match gauge
*Yarn: Approximately 200-375 yards of #4/worsted weight yarn
*Yarn needle for weaving in ends
*Stitch markers (optional)
slst: slip stitch
sc: single crochet
sc2tog: single crochet 2 together/sc decrease
hdc: half double crochet
dc: double crochet
dfpdc: double front post double crochet (click here to see how to make this stitch!)
Be sure to check out my Instagram page to see all of the versions my testers made or check out my Gemstone Bag pattern Instagram Guide for color inspiration!
When you make one, be sure to share a photo of your finished product with me! When posting on social media be sure to tag @fromnicolescreations and use hashtags #crochetgemstonebag, #crochetgemstonecollection, and #fromnicolescreations! I can’t wait to see when you make!