"Drawstring Tote Bag"

My drawstring tote bag is worked almost entirely in trebles, with a picot edge around the top. It is drawn together at the top by a twisted cord drawstring.

Depending on the use you have in mind for my drawstring bag pattern, you may like to decorate it in different ways.

Create an evening bag by using sequins or beads to dress it up. By varying the color of the yarn to make a striped pattern, or by making the edging and/or drawstring a different color, you can create an entirely different looking drawstring tote bag from the same pattern.

Make a drawstring cosmetic bag to keep your make-up in. A make-up bag like this is very handy when traveling. It will keep everything together and when you need to retrieve something, loosening the drawstring is all that is necessary to display all the items.

Wedding party members sometimes carry a drawstring tote bag as part of their ensemble. Worked in white or ivory, and decorated with beads or sequins, this would make a lovely addition to a bridal outfit.

The size of my drawstring bag pattern may be varied by increasing or decreasing the amount of rows worked to form the base and the height of this article.

If the terminology used in this pattern differs from what you're used to, check my equivalency tables for easy conversion.

Drawstring Tote Bag

Materials: Main Color - 100g ball 8ply black yarn, 5.00mm crochet hook, beads, sewing needle thin enough for beads to slide over, black sewing thread, piece of cardboard, material to cover cardboard [optional].

Measurements: Approximately 13cm [5.25ins] diameter base. Approximately 24cm [9.5ins] from top to bottom.

Tension: First 4 rows – approximately 5cm [2ins]

Stitches: Treble, Increase, Chain, Slip Stitch, Picot, Double crochet.

Begin by working 3ch and joining with a ss to form a ring.

1st Round: Work 3ch, 15tr into ring, join with a ss into 3rd of 3ch.

2nd Round: Work 3ch, 2tr in each tr, 1tr in same place as 3ch, finish with 1ss into 1st of 3ch.

3rd Round: Work 3ch, 1tr in each tr, ss into 3rd of 3ch.

4th Round: Work 3ch, inc in next st, * tr in next st, inc in next st. Repeat from * to end finishing with 1ss into 3rd of 3ch.

5th Round: Work 3ch, keeping pattern correct, inc 4 times evenly, finishing with a ss into 3rd of 3ch. This completes the base. Do not fasten off.

Trace around base onto a piece of cardboard. This cardboard will be covered with fabric and placed inside to form the base.

6th Round: Working into back loops only, work 3ch, tr in each tr, finishing with a ss into 3rd of 3ch.

7th – 10th Round: Work as 5th round.

11th – 24th Round: Work as 3rd round.

25th Round: * Work 5ch, 1 ss into 3rd ch from hook [picot made], 2ch, miss 1tr, dc in next tr. Repeat from * to end finishing with ss into same place as 1st of 5ch. Fasten off.

Drawstring

Make a twisted cord approximately 1.1m [43ins] long, and thread through 21st round between every 3rd and 4th tr.

If you like my drawstring tote bag, check out my other drawstring bag patterns, evening bag, pink flower bag and tote bag patterns.

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