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Butterfly Wings Bucket Bag Free Crochet Pattern

The Butterfly Wings Bucket Bag is a free crochet pattern at Nana’s Crafty Home!

Butterfly Wings Bucket Bag Free crochet pattern

A brightly colored bag with lovely texture. And so much fun to make! And you may end up having to make several once the kids see it. My granddaughters are all trying to lay claim to this one! 😂

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Butterfly Wings Bucket Bag free crochet pattern

The stitch pattern is unique and creates a wonderful texture. I used this stitch for my very popular Just Peachy Hat pattern and I just knew it would make a fabulous bag!

I call this stitch a modified dropped double crochet. You start with a row of filet by skipping a stitch with a chain 1 and then coming back in the next round to double crochet in the skipped stitch. The variation in the stitch is created by placing the double crochet either in front or in back of the ch 1 from the previous round. This then creates a truly unique appearance just simply by this one simple variation!

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Butterfly Wings Bucket Bag free crochet pattern

I originally designed this bag as a way to use up some left over Caron Simply Soft yarn* from my Easter C2C Graphgan Blanket. However, I ended up with a ton of ends to weave in and I was really looking for something a bit more mindless. However, you can see how beautifully it turned out with the color changes so feel free to use up scrap yarn if you don’t mind the extra ends! 😉 A perfect scrap buster project!

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Butterfly Wings Bucket Bag free crochet pattern
Butterfly Wings Bucket Bag in Caron Simply Soft. Perfect scrap buster project!

So, I raided my stash! I found some Red Heart Super Saver in solid black for my main color. Then I used a skein of Red Heart Super Saver Stripes in the Fruity Stripe colorway for the 2nd. I think the brightly colored stripes make this bag mimic the wings of a beautiful butterfly! And so many gorgeous color options! 😍 Next on my hook may be this bag in the Parrot Stripe colorway.

By using the Stripes yarn, it creates a beautifully striped appearance without any work involved! You don’t have to cut your yarn from round to round — just drop and then pick back up into your work as needed. So very few ends to weave in!

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I did not make a complete video tutorial for this bag. However, I did create a video tutorial for the modified dropped double crochet stitch. Also, if you are not familiar with crocheting a circle you can also check out my Everything’s Beachy Bag video tutorial which will get you on the right track. Scroll to the bottom of this post below the written pattern for videos.

Keep in mind when watching the stitch tutorial that in the bag there are rounds with the double crochet in front of the ch 1 and rounds with the double crochet behind the ch 1. In the stitch tutorial I only placed the double crochet in front of the ch 1.

Butterfly Wings Bucket Bag free crochet pattern

To add cuteness factor, I found these little butterfly novelty buttons at Walmart that I added to the ends of the drawstring. However, these are completely optional!

Head on over to the the Nana’s Crafty Home Crochet a Long Group! Join other crocheters as they make this bag, ask questions and share photos of your work! Crocheting a long with others is so much fun!

You may also like the following free crochet patterns at Nana’s Crafty Home:

  1. Everything’s Beachy Bag
  2. Carry Me Away Tote Bag
  3. Bewitching Braids Bag

Butterfly Wings Bucket Bag

Pattern written in US crochet terminology

Supplies:

Red Heart Super Saver Black 3.7 oz / 193 yds (Color A)

Red Heart Super Saver Stripes Fruity Stripes 2.8 oz / 146 yds (Color B) 

Size H/8 (5 mm) crochet hook

Scissors

Tapestry Needle

2 Butterfly button embellishments, if desired

Approximate finished size:  8.5” wide (at base) x 12” tall

Gauge: 17sc st = 4” / 16 sc rows = 4”

Abbreviations:

ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
st = stitch
sc = single crochet
blo = back loop only
dc = double crochet
sk = skip

Notes about pattern: 

  • Pattern is worked in the round
  • ch 4 at beginning of round = 1st st + ch 1
  • Do not fasten off colors at the end of each round, just pull it back up into your work when needed. 
  • ch 3 at beginning of round counts as 1st st.

Bag Base

Round 1:  With Color A, make a magic circle, ch 1, sc 6 sts into circle, sl st into 1st st. (6)

Round 2:  ch 1, 2 sc in each st, sl st to first st.  (12)

Round 3:  ch 1, sc in same st, 2 sc in next st, *1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next* repeat between * * to end, sl st to top of first st. (18)

Round 4:  ch 1, sc in first 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, *1 sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next* repeat between * * to end, sl st to top of first st.  (24)

Round 5: ch 1, sc in first 3 sts, 2 sc in next st, *1 sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next* repeat between * * to end, sl st to top of first st. (30)

Round 6:  ch 1, sc in first 4 sts, 2 sc in next st, *1 sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in next* repeat between * * to end, sl st to top of first st.  (36)

Round 7:  ch 1, sc in first 5 sts, 2 sc in next st, *1 sc in next 5 st, 2 sc in next* repeat between * * to end, sl st to top of first st.  (42)

Round 8:  ch 1, sc in first 6 sts, 2 sc in next st, *1 sc in next 6 st, 2 sc in next* repeat between * * to end, sl st to top of first st.  (48)

Round 9:  ch 1, sc in first 7 sts, 2 sc in next st, *1 sc in next 7 st, 2 sc in next* repeat between * * to end, sl st to top of first st.  (54)

Round 10:  ch 1, sc in first 8 sts, 2 sc in next st, *1 sc in next 8 st, 2 sc in next* repeat between * * to end, sl st to top of first st.  (60)

Round 11:  ch 1, sc in first 9 sts,  2 sc in next st, *1 sc in next 9 st, 2 sc in next* repeat between * * to end, sl st to top of first st.  (66)

Round 12:  ch 1, sc in first 10 sts, 2 sc in next st, *1 sc in next 10 st, 2 sc in next* repeat between * * to end, sl st to top of first st.  (72)

Round 13:  ch 1, sc in first 11 sts, 2 sc in next st, *1 sc in next 11 st, 2 sc in next* repeat between * * to end, sl st to top of first st. (78)

Round 14:  ch 1, sc in first 12 sts, 2 sc in next st, *1 sc in next 12 st, 2 sc in next* repeat between * * to end, sl st to top of first st.  (84)

Round 15:  ch 1, sc in first 13 sts, 2 sc in next st, *1 sc in next 13 st, 2 sc in next* repeat between * * to end, sl st to top of first st.  (90)

Round 16:  ch 1, sc in first 14 sts, 2 sc in next st, *1 sc in next 14 st, 2 sc in next* repeat between * * to end, sl st to top of first st.  (96)

Main Body of Bag

Round 17:  ch 1, (working in blo) sc in each st around, sl st top of first st.  (96) 

Round 18:  ch 4 (counts as first dc + ch 1) sk next st, *dc in next st (worked in sc from round 17), ch 1, sk next st* repeat between * * to end of round, sl st in top of ch 3. (48 dc + 48 ch 1 sp) Switch to color B

Round 19:  With color B, ch 1, sc in same st, dc in sk st from previous round (place dc behind ch 1 from previous round) *sc in next st (top of dc post from previous round), dc in sk st from previous round* repeat between * * to end of round, sl st into 1st st. Switch to color A

Round 20 – 28 repeat rounds 18 – 19 alternating colors A & B

Round 29:  With color B, ch 1, sc in same st, dc in sk st from previous round (place dc in front of ch 1 from previous round) *sc in next st (top of dc post from previous round), dc in sk st from previous round* repeat between * * to end of round, sl st into 1st st. Switch to color A

Round 30 – 37 – repeat rounds 18 & 29 alternating colors A & B

Round 38 – 47:  Repeat rounds 18 – 19 alternating colors A & B

Round 48:  With Color A, ch 3 (counts as 1st st), dc in each st around, sl st top of ch 3. (96)

Round 49:  (Drawstring round) With Color A, repeat round 18

Round 50:  ch 3 (counts as 1st st), dc in each ch 1 sp and st around, sl st top of ch 3. (96)

Round 51:  ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st top of 1st st. (96)

Fasten off.  Weave in ends.

Drawstring 

With Color B, ch 121, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch to end.  Weave drawstring through round 48 (Drawstring round).  Tie off drawstring and add button embellishments and small tassels to end of drawstring, if desired.   

Stitch tutorial:

Everything’s Beach Bag Tutorial to help with the circle bottom:

Butterfly Wings Bucket Bag free crochet pattern
Butterfly Wings Bucket Bag in Caron Simply Soft. Perfect scrap buster project!

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