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Rhianna Bucket Bag

25 Jan

This crochet bucket bag is perfect for adding some appliques or other embelishments, like my Basic Crochet Flower or Simple 5 Petal Flower. Finished size is about 8 inches, so it’s quite a versatile little bag. Personally, I like to use one to store my makeup!

Rhianna Bucket Bag - Crochet

Rhianna Bucket Bag Crochet Pattern

All rows and rounds begin with a standard turning chain. All rounds are joined with a slip stitch. I use a tch of 1 for dc and 2 for tr. If you use a tch of 3 for your trebles, remember to count it as your first stitch instead of as a plain turning chain.

Size: 8 inches
Yardage: 60-65 yards
Needles: 8mm (US: L)
Yarn: super bulky

Rectangle Base

Make a foundation chain of 5. (This does not include your first turning chain.)

Rows 1-10: dc5

Leave yarn live and move on to shaping the sides.

Shaping the Sides

Rnd 1: pick up 30 dc sts around the rectangle’s edges by working 2dc, dc6, 2dc along the long edges and dc5 along the short edges [30 dc]
Rnd 2: work 2dc, dc8, 2dc along the long edges and dc5 along the short edges [34 dc]
Rnd 3: dc34
Rnds 4-8: tr34
Rnd 9: dc34
Rnd 10: *dc2tog, dc6, dc3tog, dc6; rep from * once to end [28 dc]

Assuming you began picking up stitches, in round 1, along a long side of the rectangle base, you will now need to slst4 to reach the corner of the bag. If you began picking up stitches along a short side of the rectangle, you should already be at a corner.

Adding the Handles

Rnd 11: *dc4, ch8, skip 6, dc4; rep from * once to end [16 dc & 16 ch]
Rnd 12: dc32 into sts & chains [32 dc]
Rnd 13: reverse direction and slst32

Fasten off and weave in ends.

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ch = chain
dc = double crochet (US: single crochet)
dc2tog = double crochet 2 stitches together
dc3tog = double crochet 3 stitches together
rep = repeat
slst = slip stitch
st(s) = stitch(es)
tch = turning chain
tr = treble (US: double crochet)

Pattern first published March 21, 2013. Revised March 24, 2013; thanks to testing by ctarski, Kybosh and NZCarms. <3 Updated March 31, 2013. Revised January 25, 2015.

Legacy pattern, from March 31, 2013

Foundation row of ch5.

Rows 1-10: dc5

Pick up 30 sts, around edges of rectangle.

Rnds 1-2: dc30
Rnds 3-7: tr30
Rnd 8: dc30
Rnd 9: *dc2tog, dc next 11 sts, dc2tog; rep from * to end [26 dc]
Rnd 10: *dc3, ch8, skip 5, dc3; rep from * to end [18 ch, 12 dc]
Rnd 11-12: dc30
Rnd 13: reverse direction and slst30

Fasten off and weave in ends.


Bag Saver for Plastic Bags

29 Apr

A bag saver is fab for storing plastic shopping bags and even better for trips to the supermarket, being eco-friendly and re-using your own bags or when you’re visiting a store that charges for grocery bags e.g. Aldi. Even if you just recycle your plastic bags or re-use them as bin liners, a plastic bag tidy is a great de-cluttering storage solution. :)

Most crochet (and knitting) fans will have a favourite bag saver pattern but here is my very simple crochet version. ;) It’s designed for super chunky yarn; for the sample photo I actually used Aran weight yarn, held doubled, to get the correct gauge.

Don’t forget your turning chains and to join your rounds with a slip stitch! Yes, yes, teach your grandmother, etc. However, several times I’ve started a circular project, gotten a couple of rounds in and realised they were getting squint… Let’s just say: if I had a penny for every time I’ve frogged a couple of rounds in, well, I wouldn’t be rich but it does happen too often! ;)

Crochet bag saver


Elastic hair band/bobble
Yarn equal to super chunky weight
8 mm (US 11) crochet hook

Bag Saver Pattern

Cast on 16 sts around the hair band (multiples of 2, if you need to vary the size – cast on should completely cover the hair band).

Rnds 1-2: dc all sts [16 dc]
Next rnds (to required length): ch3 (counts as tr plus ch1), *(tr into 2nd st, ch1); rep from * to end [8 tr, 8 ch]
Last rnd: dc all sts [16 dc]

Make a chain of 12 (3/4 of the bag saver width) and attach to the opposite side of the bag saver top edge (8th st from ch) with a sl st. Work one further sl st, for security. Fasten off and weave in ends.

ch = chain
dc = double crochet (US: single crochet)
sl st = slip stitch
st(s) = stitch(es)
tr = treble (US: double crochet)