Retro Chic Tapestry Crochet Bag Chasing Diamonds free crochet pattern

Jul 26, 2019 | Crochet patterns

This retro chic tapestry crochet pattern for the Chasing Diamonds Bag is a free crochet pattern at Nana’s Crafty Home.

Chasing Diamonds Tapestry Crochet Bag

I love the look of geometric designs in tapestry crochet. And this simple design in just two colors creates a lot of visual impact. And the Chasing Diamonds Bag is so very pretty, retro and yet so functional!

Made with Lion Brand’s 24/7 Cotton* — absolutely my favorite go-to cotton for bags. This mercerized cotton has a slight sheen to it with absolutely fabulous stitch definition with 24 different color options to choose from. This yarn is strong and durable which makes it perfect for bags.

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This bag is roomy and would make a perfect every day bag. Would definitely fit all of your essentials!

Chasing Diamonds Tapestry Crochet Bag

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I really enjoyed designing this bag. This is the first time I have used this type of construction for the bottom of the bag — worked in rows rather than rounds — and I am hooked! ? I love how easy and oh so simple this technique is.

Once the bottom of the bag is complete, the sides of the bag are worked in seamless crochet rounds — which means no visible seams! The tapestry crochet rounds consist of an easy graph worked repetitiously around the bag to make the pattern easy to follow.

The strap’s metal d-rings are easily crocheted directly to the bag with a simple button hole added for the toggle button. If desired, bag could be lined and a zipper added rather than using the button.

Chasing Diamonds Tapestry Crochet Bag

I wanted a strap design that would mimic the lines of the diamonds running across the bag and chose to make a retro inspired chevron stitch strap. I love how this strap looks when wearing it — especially as a cross body bag! Really shows off the design. However, the strap is completely optional and you could choose to add a leather strap or another strap of your choice instead. Options aplenty!

I also have a video tutorial explaining the chevron stitch if you would like to check that out head on over to this post!

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Tapestry crochet is the art of working a graph with single crochet typically with multiple color changes. I keep the color changes to two in order to keep the complexity of design to a minimum.

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Chasing Diamonds Tapestry Crochet Bag

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Chasing Diamonds Tapestry Crochet Bag

Chasing Diamonds Bag Free Tapestry Crochet Pattern

Pattern written in US crochet terminology

Supplies:

2 Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton Taupe 6 oz / 320 yds (Color A / Color T)

1 Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton Aqua 1 oz / 55 yds (Color B / Color A)

Size G (4.0 mm) crochet hook

Stitch markers

1 Wood Button toggle 1 1/4” 

2 Metal D-Rings 3/4”

1 Key Ring for optional tassel

Scissors

Tapestry needle

Approximate finished size: approximately 8” tall x 13” wide (not including strap)

Strap is approximately 37″ long (after sewing to bag) x 1 1/2″ wide

Gauge:  approximately 20 rows & 19 st = 4″

Abbreviations:

ch = chain
sc = single crochet
sl st = slip stitch
blo = back loop only
st = stitch
SP-2 = spike sc 2 rows below (see special stitches section)
sc3tog = single crochet 3 together (see special stitches section)
yo = yarn over

Notes about pattern:

  • Bottom of bag is worked as rows to form a rectangle and then a round of sc is worked evenly around edge of rectangle to form bottom of bag.  Rest of bag is worked in seamless rounds.
  • Rounds 26 – 40 are worked as tapestry crochet rounds.  T=Taupe / A = Aqua.  Stitch counts represent how many single crochets for that color.  Example:  T7 = 7 sc in taupe, A1 = 1 sc in aqua.
  • Written row by row instructions are provided for tapestry section.  Full color graph is provided at the bottom of the post.
  • To resize strap: foundation chain is worked in multiples of 12+2 or eliminate rows 1-25 of the sides of the strap and sew to d-rings as-is.

Special stitches:

sc3tog = *insert hook into next st, yo and pull up a loop*, repeat between * * 2 more times, yo and pull through all 4 loops on hook.

SP-2 = Insert hook below the sc from 1 row below (working 2 rows below current row). Yarn over, draw up a loop (2 loops on hook). Yarn over, pull through all 2 loops on hook.

Bag Bottom

Row 1: With color A, ch 56, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across.  Turn (55)

Row 2 – 9:  ch 1, sc in same st and in each st to end.  Turn (55)

At the end of row 9, DO NOT TURN

Chasing Diamonds Tapestry Crochet Bag
At the end of row 9, do not turn!

Round 10:  Working around rectangle just made, placing stitch marker in 1st st made, work 9 sc along both short sides and 55 sc in both long sides of triangle, do not sl st to join at end of round.  (128). Note:  do not ch 1 or work extra stitches in the corners as you want your bag to curl up to form the bottom of the bag.

Chasing Diamonds Tapestry Crochet Bag
Working along side of rectangle, place 9 sc st evenly (1 sc at end of each row)
Chasing Diamonds Tapestry Crochet Bag
rotate to now work along bottom of rectangle — do not work any “extra” stitches or chains in corner.
Chasing Diamonds Tapestry Crochet Bag
Place sc st evenly around outside edge of rectangle end st count = 128.

Bag Sides

Now working in seamless rounds

Round 11:  (working in blo), sc in first st (moving st marker up each round to 1st st) and in each st around, do not sl st join.  (128)

Round 12:  (working in both loops), sc in first st and in each st around. (128)

Round 13 – 26:  repeat round 12.

Rounds 27 – 41 are worked as tapestry crochet rounds continuing to make seamless rounds.  T=Taupe / A = Aqua.  Stitch counts represent how many single crochets for that color.  Example:  T7 = 7 sc in taupe, A1 = 1 sc in aqua. Full color graph can be found at the bottom of post.

Note:  you are carrying the non-working color throughout tapestry section and only fasten off color B when indicated after round 41.

Tapestry rounds

Round 27: T7, A1, T15, A1, T15, A1, T15, A1, T15, A1, T15, A1, T15, A1, T15, A1, T8.  (128)

Round 28: T6, A3, T13, A3, T13, A3, T13, A3, T13, A3, T13, A3, T13, A3, T13, A3, T7.

Round 29: T5, A5, T11, A5, T11, A5, T11, A5, T11, A5, T11, A5, T11, A5, T11, A5, T6.

Round 30: T4, A3, T1, A3, T9, A3, T1, A3, T9, A3, T1, A3, T9, A3, T1, A3, T9, A3, T1, A3, T9, A3, T1, A3, T9, A3, T1, A3, T9, A3, T1, A3, T5.

Round 31: T3, A2, T5, A2, T7, A2, T5, A2, T7, A2, T5, A2, T7, A2, T5, A2, T7, A2, T5, A2, T7, A2, T5, A2, T7, A2, T5, A2, T7, A2, T5, A2, T4.

Round 32: T2, A2, T7, A2, T5, A2, T7, A2, T5, A2, T7, A2, T5, A2, T7, A2, T5, A2, T7, A2, T5, A2, T7, A2, T5, A2, T7, A2, T5, A2, T7, A2, T3.

Round 33: T1, A3, T3, A1, T3, A3, T3, A3, T3, A1, T3, A3, T3, A3, T3, A1, T3, A3, T3, A3, T3, A1, T3, A3, T3, A3, T3, A1, T3, A3, T3, A3, T3, A1, T3, A3, T3, A3, T3, A1, T3, A3, T3, A3, T3, A1, T3, A3, T2.

Round 34: A3, T3, A3, T3, A3, T1, A3, T3, A3, T3, A3, T1, A3, T3, A3, T3, A3, T1, A3, T3, A3, T3, A3, T1, A3, T3, A3, T3, A3, T1, A3, T3, A3, T3, A3, T1, A3, T3, A3, T3, A3, T1, A3, T3, A3, T3, A3, T1.

Round 35: T1, A3, T3, A1, T3, A3, T3, A3, T3, A1, T3, A3, T3, A3, T3, A1, T3, A3, T3, A3, T3, A1, T3, A3, T3, A3, T3, A1, T3, A3, T3, A3, T3, A1, T3, A3, T3, A3, T3, A1, T3, A3, T3, A3, T3, A1, T3, A3, T2.

Round 36: T2, A2, T7, A2, T5, A2, T7, A2, T5, A2, T7, A2, T5, A2, T7, A2, T5, A2, T7, A2, T5, A2, T7, A2, T5, A2, T7, A2, T5, A2, T7, A2, T3.

Round 37: T3, A2, T5, A2, T7, A2, T5, A2, T7, A2, T5, A2, T7, A2, T5, A2, T7, A2, T5, A2, T7, A2, T5, A2, T7, A2, T5, A2, T7, A2, T5, A2, T4.

Round 38: T4, A3, T1, A3, T9, A3, T1, A3, T9, A3, T1, A3, T9, A3, T1, A3, T9, A3, T1, A3, T9, A3, T1, A3, T9, A3, T1, A3, T9, A3, T1, A3, T5.

Round 39: T5, A5, T11, A5, T11, A5, T11, A5, T11, A5, T11, A5, T11, A5, T11, A5, T6.

Round 40: T6, A3, T13, A3, T13, A3, T13, A3, T13, A3, T13, A3, T13, A3, T13, A3, T7.

Round 41: T7, A1, T15, A1, T15, A1, T15, A1, T15, A1, T15, A1, T15, A1, T15, A1, T8.

Fasten off Color B.

Rounds 42 – 48:  Repeat round 12.

Round 49:  (button hole & strap round): sc in first 10 st, work next 5 sc st over bottom bar of d-ring, sc in next 28 st, ch 3, sk 3 st, sc in next 29, work next 5 sc st over bottom bar of d-ring, sc in remaining 48.

Round 50:  sc in each st to 5 st of d-ring, SP-2 over 5 sc of d-ring, sc in each st to ch 3 sp, 3 sc in ch 3 sp, sc in each st to 5 sc of d-ring, SP-2 over 5 sc of d-ring, sc in remaining st.

Round 51 – 53: repeat round 12. Fasten off Color A. Change to color B.

Round 54:  With color B, repeat round 12, sl st to 1st st.

Fasten off.  Weave in ends.

Strap:

Row 1:  (RS) With color A, ch 134, 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook (skipped ch + 2 sc count as first 3 sc), sc in next 4 ch, sc3tog, sc in next 4 ch, *3 sc in next ch, sc in next 4 ch, sc3tog, sc in next 4 ch* repeat between * * to last ch, 3 sc in last ch.  Turn.  Change to color B. Fasten off Color A.

Row 2:  With color B, ch 1 (counts as 1st sc), 2 sc in next st (together count as first 3 sc), sc in next 4 st, sc3tog, sc in next 4 st, *3 sc in next st, sc in next 4 st, sc3tog, sc in next 4 st* repeat between * * to last st, 3 sc in last st.  Turn.  Change to color A. Fasten off Color B.

Row 3:  With color A, ch 1 (counts as 1st st), 2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 st, sc3tog, sc in next 4 st, *3 sc in next st, sc in next 4 st, sc3tog, sc in next 4 st* repeat between * * to last st, 3 sc in last st.  Turn.  Change to Color B. Fasten off Color A.

Row 4 – 5: repeat rows 2 – 3 changing colors each row.

Do not fasten off.

Note: Weave in ends of strap before working the next rows.

Row 1:  With RS of strap facing, (working along side of strap), ch 1, sc 5 st evenly along side of strap.  Turn

Row 2 – 25:  ch 1, sc in each st.  Turn (5)

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing strap to bag.

Repeat above instructions for opposite side of strap.

With long tail left for sewing, pull approximately 5 rows (1”) of strap end through metal D-ring on each side of bag and sew securely to rings.

Chasing Diamonds Tapestry Crochet Bag
Chasing Diamonds Tapestry Crochet Bag
Pull one end of strap through the d-ring
Chasing Diamonds Tapestry Crochet Bag
Sew strap securely to d-ring.

Weave in ends.

Sew toggle button to inside of bag approximately 5 rounds down from top edge of bag matching up with button hole.

Optional Tassel:  Make tassel by wrapping color B 15 times around a 2” piece of cardboard.  Tie tassel to key ring.

The following graph will be repeated a total of 8 times around the bag.

Chasing Diamonds Tapestry Crochet Bag
Chasing Diamonds Tapestry Crochet Bag
Chasing Diamonds Tapestry Crochet Bag

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Hi! Thank you so much for being here! I am Tonya the designer behind Nana's Crafty Home. As a wife, mother, Nana of 9 & with 2 fur babies, my days are filled with love, laughter, hugs and yarn! Here is where you will find colorful and creative crochet designs for yourself or loved ones. My hope is that you will be inspired to learn and create along with me!

4 Comments

  1. Peggy Wicker

    The picture of the afghan at the top of your blog is GORGEOUS. Do you have a pattern listed somewhere for it? Thank you
    Peggy Wicker

  2. Stella Lee

    This bag is the perfect size and I love the colours!

    • Tonya

      Thank you so much Stella! So glad you like it!