Fringe Benefits Bag

Fringe Benefits Bag

Fringe Benefits Bag
Fringe Benefits Bag
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With its sleek design and plenty of fringe, you'll love showing off your crochet skills when you make the Fringe Benefits Bag. The crochet bag pattern is easy to make and includes plenty of storage to stash your wallet, phone, keys, and other essential items. Whether you're carrying the crochet bag for a night out on the town or while running errands, you'll look as stylish as can be! This crochet bag can be worn over your shoulder for ease of use. You'll also love the two-color design, which will complement pretty much any item in your wardrobe.

NotesNOTE: Join all rnds with sl st to first sc

Difficulty LevelEasy

Crochet HookK/10.5 or 6.5 mm hook

Yarn Weight(5) Bulky/Chunky (12-15 stitches for 4 inches)

Crochet Gauge11 sc and 12 rows = 4" [10 cm].

Finished SizeApprox 12" x 8" [30.5 x 20.5 cm].

Materials List

  • Bernat® Maker Fashion™ (3.5 oz/100 g; 126 yds/115 m): Contrast A Gray (06008) 3 balls; Contrast B Yellow (06005) 1 ball
  • Size U.S. K/10½ (6.5 mm) crochet hook or size needed to obtain tension.
  • Approx 150 pony beads.

Bag Pattern

  1. With A, ch 31.

  2. 1st rnd: 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook. 1 sc in each ch to last ch. 3 sc in last ch. Working across opposite side of foundation ch, 1 sc in each ch to last ch. 2 sc in last ch. Join. 62 sts

  3. 2nd rnd: Ch 1. 2 sc in first sc. 1 sc in each of next 28 sc. 2 sc in each of next 3 sc. 1 sc in each of next 28 sc. 2 sc in each of last 2 sc. Join. 68 sc. 

  4. 3rd rnd: Ch 1. 2 sc in first sc. 1 sc in each of next 31 sc. 2 sc in each of next 3 sc. 1 sc in each of next 31 sc. 2 sc in each of last 2 sc. Join. 74 sc. 

  5. 4th rnd: Ch 1. 2 sc in first sc. 1 sc in each of next 34 sc. 2 sc in each of next 3 sc. 1 sc in each of next 34 sc. 2 sc in each of last 2 sc. Join. 80 sc. PM at end of rnd. Beg working in spirals (do not join at end of rnd). 

  6. 5th rnd: 1 sc in each sc around. Rep last rnd until work from marked rnd measures 4" [10 cm]. 

  7. Next rnd: *Sc2tog. 1 sc in each of next 18 sc. Rep from * around. Join. 76 sc. 

  8. Next 3 rnds: Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc around. Join. Rep last 4 rnds twice more, having 1 st less between decs on each dec rnd. 68 sts. Fasten off.

Fringe

  1. Cut strands of B 20" [51 cm] long. Fold in half and knot into fringe around top edge of Bag, working around posts of sts of last rnd. Trim fringe evenly. Thread 1 bead onto each strand of fringe, knotting end to secure. 

Edging rnd:

  1. (RS). Join 2 strands of A with sl st to last row at top of Bag. Sl st in each st around. Fasten off.

Handle

  1. With 2 strands of A held tog, ch 56. Sl st in back “bump” of 2nd ch from hook and each ch to end of chain. Fasten off. Sew to bag as shown in diagram below.

Abbreviations

  1. Approx = Approximately

  2. Beg = Beginning

  3. Ch = Chain(s) 

  4. Dec(s) = Decrease(s)

  5. PM = Place Marker

  6. Rep = Repeat

  7. Rnd(s) = Round(s)

  8. RS = Right side

  9. Sc = Single crochet

  10. Sc2tog = Draw up a loop in each of the next 2 stitches. Yoh and draw through all loops on hook.

  11. Sl st = Slip stitch

  12. St(s) = Stitch(es)

  13. Tog = Together

  14. Yoh = Yarn over hook

Pattern Diagram

  1. Click below for enlarged version, or click here for larger picture of diagram.

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This cute bag will be a big hit with some of my teen granddaughters. A few have adopted the Western look as their personal style, and this bag will fit right in. Now that summer is here, a few of them are working but still have time for keeping up with their crochet projects. One of the younger girls actually has her own custom crochet business now!

I like the look of this crocheted bag. We usually are given patterns for large tote bags or market-style/beach bags. This is a great everyday bag for girls and women young and old. Fringe is so fun to make! For me, it is weirdly satisfying. We construct this bag in the round using a single crochet, so it really can't be simpler!

Fringe is such a fun addition to anything. I love the unique look of this bag, and it would definitely be a part of my outfit rather than just something to carry my stuff around in!

This is such a pretty bag, and it works up so quick and easy. The pattern is easy to follow, made with basic stitches. Great beginner project, and the result is a bag that is designer worthy. I like to make these as gifts for friends and co-workers. The gray and yellow combination is beautiful, but you can change the colors as needed.

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