The Bewitching Braids Bag is a free crochet pattern for a stylish and easy to crochet bag!
I absolutely adore this pattern! Using Lion Brand’s Wool-Ease Thick and Quick yarn* makes this project work up really quickly for a truly stylish and large bag!
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I love big bags, don’t you? I have quite the collection of bags in my closet — you have to have one to match different outfits. Am I right?? And large bags are right up my alley! I love having plenty of room to take all the things in my bags. I am the Nana that always has what you need in her bag! And this bag has all the room you could need!
I would recommend lining this bag if you are planning on carrying small items or if you plan on using daily. There are holes that are created on either side of the cables due to the nature of the stitch which could allow small items to poke through.
This pattern is the perfect introduction to cables for the beginning crocheter and this is a one-row repeat so a great Netflix project!
I do have a video tutorial at the bottom of this post that I did for the Bewitching Braids Cape which will help you with this pattern as well.
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Make this in two colors as shown or just 1 to make this project even easier! If you would like to make a smaller bag with the same pattern use a smaller weight yarn and hook!
I did have to do some searching to find a set of handles that fit this size bag but these were just perfect — in both shape and size! Another great thing — they come in 20 different colors! Find the perfect match for your bag with these inexpensive handles!
Bewitching Braids Bag
Pattern is written in US crochet terminology
Approximate finished size: approximately 14” wide x 15” tall (not including bag handles).
Gauge: 8 dc st = 4”, 5 rows = 4”
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
sl st = slip stitch
blo = back loop only
dc = double crochet
sk = skip
st = stitch
FPtr = front post treble crochet (see special stitches section below)
yo = yarn over
Notes about pattern:
- Pattern is worked in one piece in the round from a chain. Round 1 is worked across chain and then remaining stitches are worked in the unused bottom loop of the round.
- Bottom of bag is worked without traditional sl st join at end of each round and ch 1 at beginning. Instead, bottom is worked in continuous rounds, placing st marker in 1st st of each round to keep track of beginning of each round.
- Ch 2 at beginning of each round does not count as stitch.
- 2nd FPtr of each “braid” is worked behind the first FPtr of the “braid”.
FPtr: When you work front post stitches, you will be working around the dc post from the previous row inserting your hook from the front of your work to the back. If you are right handed, you will be working right to left across the row, and you will insert your hook into the right side of the post that you want to work around, and then back up on its left side.
Stitch instructions: yo the hook 2 times, insert hook from the front of the indicated post stitch from previous round, around the post to the front of the post, yo, pull up a loop (4 loops on hook), yo, pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook), yo, pull through 2 loops (2 loops on hook), yo, pull through remaining 2 loops to complete the stitch.
Round 1: With color A, ch 25, sc in 2nd ch from hook, (place st marker in this st — stitch marker will be moved up to 1st st of each round of bottom of bag) sc in each ch to last ch, 3 sc in last ch, (now working in unused chain loops) sc in each unused loop to last, 2 sc in last loop. (50)
Round 2: 2 sc in 1st st from previous round, sc in next 23 st, 2 sc in next 2 st, sc in next 23 st, 2 sc in last st. (54)
Round 3: 2 sc in 1st st, sc in next 25 st, 2 sc in next 2 st, sc in next 25 st, 2 sc in last st. (58)
Round 4: 2 sc in 1st st, sc in next 27 st, 2 sc in next 2 st, sc in next 27 st, 2 sc in last st. (62)
Round 5: 2 sc in 1st st, sc in next 29 st, 2 sc in next 2 st, sc in next 29 st, 2 sc in last st, sl st join to 1st st. (66)
Round 6: ch 2 (does not count as st), working in blo, dc in same st and in each st around, sl st top of 1st st. (66)
Round 7: ch 2, dc in same st, *sk next st, FPtr in next st, FPtr in sk st being sure to work stitch behind previous FPtr worked, dc in next 4 st after the two FPtr,* repeat between * * to last 3 st, dc in last 3 st, sl st top of 1st st. (66)
Round 8: ch 2, dc in same st, *sk next st, FPtr in next st (worked around FPtr post from previous row), FPtr in sk st (work around FPtr post from previous row and behind FPtr just made), dc in next 4 st after the two FPtr, *repeat between * * to last 3 st, dc in last 3 st, sl st top of 1st st. (66)
Round 9 – 13: repeat round 8 with Color A. At the end of round 13, switch to Color B.
Round 14 – 21: With Color B, repeat round 8.
Round 22: ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 5 st, working over bottom of bag handle sc in next 21 st, sc in next 12 st, working over bottom of bag handle sc in next 21 st, sc in last 6 st, sl st top of 1st st.
Weave in ends.