Would you like to give someone a special present? Use the Gracie Gift Bag pattern to make a small crochet gift bag to hold your treasured gift. This free pattern uses a combination of basic stitches to create the lacey design. Each bag takes about 60 yards so this is a great project for using leftover skeins of yarn. In fact, I made the sample using the leftovers from one of my security blanket projects.
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The lace pattern for the bag is sometimes called the thistle pattern. Each round contains shells and v-stitches that alternate. The base is more solid and is made up of double crochet stitches. The lace pattern is a little bit beyond the basics so this project is appropriate for those with some crochet experience as well as more advanced crocheters.
About the Inspiration for the Small Crochet Gift Bag Design
In the fall, I took a class on lace crochet techniques. After asking if folks would be interested in more lace patterns, I started exploring different ways to use this thistle lace pattern. It’s a beautiful pattern that produces a very pretty look while only combining basic stitches. So, it seemed perfect for a small gift bag where it would add a little challenge and produce great results.
Since Christmas was approaching, it also seemed like a great time to offer a gift bag pattern. It turns out the bag is just the perfect size for holding a half pint jar of jam or other goodies. Making these would be a gorgeous way to present gifts of jam for Christmas or other special occasions. It’s also a great size for holding gifts of candies or jewelry. When I fill mine with smaller items, I line it with tissue paper so that nothing falls out and so that no one can see what’s inside.
Stashbusting Challenge 2021
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About the Yarn
I’ve been in love with the Red Heart Super Saver Ombre Yarn this year. I’ve always been a sucker for yarns with long and gradual color changes. These yarns do all the color changing work for you. This yarn comes in a variety of colorways. It’s also affordable and machine washable. And, it softens up with washing. I’ve used in it a series of crochet baby blanket patterns. You can take a look at this at the end of the post if you want to explore the yarn more. This was a great pattern for using up some of the leftover partial skein from one of those projects.
For the sample for this pattern, I ended up using a small enough amount of the yarn in the True Blue color that there didn’t really end up being much of a color change happening in my bag. So, if you use the same yarn, you can play around with which segments of the skein you use to get more of a solid or an ombre effect.
The Gracie Gift Bag is a free crochet pattern for a small gift bag in U.S. crochet terminology. It is included for free on the blog below for all to enjoy.
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Small Crochet Gift Bag
What You’ll Need
Yarn: Worsted weight (#4 Medium) in color(s) of choice. Approximately 60 yards.
Shown above: Red Heart Super Saver Ombre (100% acrylic), 482 yd [440m]/10 oz [283g]: True Blue, approximately 1/8 skein.
Hook: Size I/9 (5.5mm) or desired size.
Materials: Optional tissue paper.
Sizing and Gauge
Size: Approximately 13″ circumference and 6.5″ high.
Gauge: Exact gauge is not critical.
- Magic loop tutorial at https://craftingeachday.com/magic-loop-tutorial/.
- In rounds 1-4 and 10-12, beginning chains do not count as stitches.
- In rounds 5-9 and 13-14, beginning chains do count as stitches.
- Use stitch marker to mark the first and last st of each rnd and move these markers up for each new rnd.
- The pattern uses U.S. crochet terminology.
- Invisible join tutorial at https://craftingeachday.com/crochet-invisible-join-tutorial-crochet-in-the-round/.
Standard Stitch Abbreviations (U.S. Crochet Terminology):
ch = chain
ch-1 sp(s) = chain one space(s)
dc = double crochet
sc = single crochet
sc2tog = single crochet 2 together
sk = skip
sl st = slip stitch
rep = repeat
rnd = round
sp(s) = space(s)
st(s) = stitch(es)
Special Stitch Instructions:
Sc2tog: insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop through st (2 loops on hook), insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop through st (3 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through all 3 loops on hook, sc2tog completed.
Small Crochet Gift Bag Pattern
Begin with magic loop.
Rnd 1: Ch 2 (does not count as a st), work 12 dc in magic loop, join with sl st to top of first dc. (12 dc)
Rnd 2: Ch 2, work 2 dc in each st of previous rnd, join with sl st to top of first dc. (24 dc)
Rnd 3: Ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next st, *2 dc in next st, dc in next st; rep from * around, join with sl st to top of first dc. (36 dc)
Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc2tog, then sc in each st around, join with sl st to top of sc2tog. (35 sts: 1 sc2tog and 34 sc)
Rnd 5: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), dc in next st, sk 2 sts, 5 dc in next st, sk 2 sts, *dc in each of next 2 sts, sk 2 sts, 5 dc in next st, sk 2 sts; rep from * around, join with sl st to top of ch 3 at beg of rnd. (5 clusters of 5 dc, 5 pairs of 2 dc).
Rnd 6: Sl st into sp between pair of vertical dc, ch 3, dc 4 more times in same sp, sk 3 dc, dc in sp between 2nd and 3rd dc of cluster, dc in sp between 3rd and 4th dc of cluster, sk 3 dc, *5 dc in sp between pair of vertical dc, sk 3 dc, dc in sp between 2nd and 3rd dc of cluster, dc in sp between 3rd and 4th dc of cluster, sk 3 dc; rep from * around, join with sl st to top of ch 3 at beg of rnd.
Rnd 7: Sl st in top of next dc, sl st in sp between 2nd and 3rd dc of cluster, ch 3, dc in sp between 3rd and 4th dc of cluster, sk 3 dc, 5 dc in sp between pair of vertical dc, sk 3 dc, *dc in sp between 2nd and 3rd dc of cluster, dc in sp between 3rd and 4th dc of cluster, sk 3 dc, 5 dc in sp between pair of vertical dc, sk 3 dc; rep from * around, join with sl st to top of ch 3 at beg of rnd.
Rnd 8: Rep rnd 6.
Rnd 9: Rep rnd 7.
Rnd 10: Ch 1 (does not count as a st), sc in each st around, join with a sl st to first sc. (35 sc)
Rnd 11: Ch 1, sc in same st, ch 1, sk 2 st, *sc in next st, ch 1, sk st; rep from * around, join with sl st to top of first sc. (17ch-1 sps, 17 sc)
Rnd 12: Ch 1, 2 sc in first st, sc in each subsequent st and ch-1 sp around, join with sl st to first sc. (35 sc)
Rnd 13: Sl st into next 3 sts, ch 3 (counts as first dc of first cluster of this rnd), 4 dc in same st (completes first cluster of this rnd), sk 2 st, dc in each of next 2 sts, sk 2 sts, *5 dc in next st, sk 2 sts, dc in each of next 2 sts, sk 2 sts; rep from * around, join with sl st to top ch 3 at beginning of rnd. (5 clusters of 5 dc, 5 pairs of 2 dc).
Rnd 14: Rep rnd 7, at end of rnd use invisible join method if desired. Fasten off.
Ch 70. Fasten off. Trim ends leaving ½ inch of yarn at ends.
Run the drawstring through the ch-1 sps in rnd 11. Optional to use tissue paper inside of the bag to hide the gift. To close bag, pull on drawstring and tie a bow.
Holly Jolly Christmas Blog Hop
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