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how to make the citron grocery bag

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i received some questions about the grocery bag and i thought i’d write a brief explanation. it has become more extensive than was intended, although the instructions are about crocheting the bag and not about how you can make the stitches. 
hope you will make your a grocery bag too, i wish you success!

 

 

used materials and stitches

the size of my bag is: width and height without the handles circa 29 cm, length of handles measured from end to end circa 31 cm.

2 balls of phil coton 3 citron and crochet hook size 3.00 mm

citron colored yarn

citron colored yarn

 

stitches in american english terms: 

  • ch = chains
  • ss = slip stitch
  • 2sctog = 2 single crochets together
  • sc = single crochet
  • hdc = half double crochet
  • tr = treble

 

how to make

 

first half of the bag

make as many chains until you have the desired width. you can unravel the unworked chains later in the proces.

  • row 1. make first tr into the 10th chain from hook, *2 ch, skip 2 ch, 1 tr into next ch*, repeat between * and * until end of row, 6 ch, turn
  • row 2. skip first 2 ch-space, 1 tr into next tr, *2 ch, skip 2 ch-space, tr into next tr*, repeat between * and * until end of row, 6 ch, turn
  • row 3 and further. repeat row 2 until you have the desired height, cut off yarn, weave in ends.

 

second half of the bag
working into beginning chains

working into beginning chains

  • row 1. attach yarn onto the first ch of the beginning chains at the front side of your work and crochet 6 ch, skip 2 ch, 1 tr into next ch, *2 ch, skip 2 ch, tr into next ch*, repeat between * and * until end of row, 6 ch, turn
  • row 2. skip first 2 ch-space, 1 tr into next tr, *2 ch, skip 2 ch-space, tr into next tr*, repeat between * and * until end of row, 6 ch, turn
  • row 3 and further. repeat row 2 until you have the desired height, don’t cut off the yarn because you now continue working along the side of the bag.

 

rows along the side

1. crochet 6 ch, skip the corner space, 1 tr into same stitch as last tr, *2 ch, 1 tr into top of next tr, 3 ch, 1 tr into top of next tr*, repeat until end of row. (crocheting alternately 2 and 3 ch is only meant to match the length of he edge of the bag.)

working along the side of the bag

working along the side of the bag

2. fold the halves of the bag together with the right sides out, hold it with the ‘wrong’ sides facing each other and with the corresponding stitches together.
take hook from loop and insert hook in third ch of corner space of the half which lies on top, insert hook in loop again  and pull it trough the ch on hook, make 1 ch, 2 sc in first corresponding 2 ch-spaces, 1 sc in corresponding trebles, *2 sc in next corresponding 2 ch-spaces, 1 sc in next corresponding trebles*, repeat between * and * until end of row, cut off yarn, weave in ends.

repeat this procedure (1 and 2) at the other side of the bag.
don’t cut off the yarn because you now continue working along the top of the bag.

 

top of the bag and handles
  • row a. 1 ch, 2 sc in first 2 ch-space, *1 sc in tr, 2 sc in next 2 ch-space*, repeat between * and * until you reach the seam, insert hook in last space of this side of the bag, pull up a loop, insert hook in first space of second side of the bag, pull up a loop, yarn over and draw through loops on hook (2sctog made), 2 sc in first 2 ch-space of second side of the bag, *1 sc in tr, 2 sc in next 2 ch-space*, repeat between * and * until you reach the second seam, make a 2sctog in next two spaces, ss into first sc, 1ch
  • row b. this row you crochet the single crochet over the single crochet of the previous row. 1 sc in same stitch as first sc and 1 sc in all the next stitches until you reach the sc in the treble between the 7th and 8th 2 ch-spaces, here you start the first handle. make the number of chains to create the length you like, i did 70, sc into the sc of the previous row between the 7th and 8th 2 ch-spaces counted from the seam at your left hand, continue crocheting sc in all the next stitches the same way until you reach the sc in the treble between the 7th and 8th 2 ch-spaces, repeat procedure for second handle, continue crocheting sc in all the next stitches until end of row, ss into first sc, 1 ch
  • row c. ss into next sc and into all subsequent stitches until you reach the first chain of the first handle, crochet 1 hdc into all the chains of the handle, ss into next sc and in all subsequent stitches until you reach the first chain of the second handle, crochet 1 hdc into all the chains of the handle, ss into next sc and in all subsequent stitches until you reach the end of row, ss into first stitch, 1 ch
  • row d. make 1 ss into next ss and into all subsequent stitches until you reach the end of row, ss into first stitch, cut off yarn and weave in ends.
  • finally make a row of ss along the edges between beginning and ending points of the handles.
  • citron grocery bag handles

    citron grocery bag handles

you are done!

 

until next time, and i hope you will have a lovely weekend!

 

 

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8 thoughts on “how to make the citron grocery bag

  1. A bag one would be proud to carry🙂

  2. thank you my dear!!!!
    happy weekend, xxxxxx Ale

  3. Hoi Andrée, bedankt voor je uitleg!
    Ik had eigenlijk nooit nagedacht over het haken van een boodschappennet en zou het dus heel anders gedaan hebben.
    Ik zou in het rond gaan haken, waardoor je steeds na een toer een overgang naar de volgende toer zou zien. En moet je een stekenmarkeerder gebruiken anders is de kans groot dat je in een spiraal gaat haken.
    Zoals jij het doet krijg je een gelijke voor- en achterkant, waardoor het net er ‘netjes’ uitziet.
    Ga ik ook eens proberen.
    Groetjes en goed weekend! Estella

  4. Where did you buy that cotton yarn from?

  5. Absolutely gorgeous, Elisabeth!!! I love your bag and the yarn you used! Thanks for sharing!
    Hope you’re having a great weekend:)
    Hugs from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft
    http://www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

  6. Can’t wait to try this out – thank you for sharing🙂