Crocheted Natural Summer Bag
Photography: Emily Kate Roemer
Source: Martha Stewart
These bags, designed by Silke Stoddard, are crocheted using a unique South American pineapple fiber. Their open stitches and natural fiber make them perfect for a trip to the beach, park, or farmer's market.
If you're a beginner, use our basic crochet how-to as a guide.
This bag is great for holding small essentials like wallets and phones, and the stitches are simple enough for a beginner.
6 1/2" wide x 7 1/2" long
4 stitches and 2 rows = 1 inch
St(s) = stitch(es)
Ch(s) = chain stitch(es)
Sc = single crochet
Dc = double crochet
With yellow, ch 34.
Row 1: Dc into fourth ch from hook. Work one row in dc. Switch to natural color yarn. Ch 3, turn.
Continue in dc for 28 rows. Work should measure 15". Fold rectangle in half, top edges together, and st sides together.
With yellow, insert hook into st at side edge and ch 180. Connect to the other edge of the same side by stitching into the edge.
Turn work and sc one row. Finish off and weave in ends.
To make the triangle-shaped portion of the strap: With yellow, count 7 stitches in from the edge. St into the edge and ch 9. Sc into the strap at the seventh st to connect, turn, and work one row in sc back to the edge.
Finish off and weave in ends.
Repeat on opposite side for second strap.