Cielo Bag – Easy & Free Crochet Bag Pattern

There’s just something about crocheted bags that are so awesome…would you agree? I’m excited that I get to introduce you to the Cielo Bag today! It is an easy & free crochet bag pattern that I had a lot of fun designing.

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To me, bags are just one of those projects that are FUN to make.

I love to make lots of things – sweaters, scarves, etc. But bags are one of my favorites!

They’re not a huge project, but last long enough to keep you interested.

Do you know what I mean?

Anyway, the Cielo Bag was such a joy to design. It uses a fluffy, wonderful bulky weight yarn, and is the perfect summer accessory!

Cielo Bag: Easy and Free Crochet Bag Pattern

How is the Bag Made?

No need to worry about complex construction with this bag! We’ll start with a simple oval at the base of the bag.

After a few rounds, we’ll work in the back loop all the way around to prepare for the body of the bag.

As we work up the sides, there will be a few increases on the edges to create that nice shape. And finally, we’ll add a touch of contrast near the top!

The stitches used are mainly single-crochet, with the exception of the contrasting color rounds.

Can I Get an Ad-Free, PDF version of this pattern?

Yes, absolutely! I always offer PDF versions of my patterns. If you are able to support my business by purchasing this way, I greatly appreciate it! You can find the Cielo Bag on Etsy or Ravelry by clicking the buttons below.

Cielo Bag: Easy and Free Crochet Bag Pattern

Do I Need to Obtain Gauge for this pattern?

Honestly, this is totally up to you. If you would like your bag to turn out the same size as mine, you will want to make a gauge swatch in the round and make sure you match up with the gauge listed.

However, if you’re all right with the bag turning out a different size, go ahead and just jump in!

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The Materials

You guys, I LOVE the yarn I used for this pattern. (And no, I am not getting paid to recommend it).

I bought the new Hook Nook Yummy Yarn of my own accord, and it was the best choice ever for this bag! It’s the perfect mix of fluffy and twist.

You will also need some sew-on handles for this bag. I bought an inexpensive pair on Amazon. Click here or below to buy some for yourself!

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Cielo Bag – Easy & Free Crochet Bag Pattern

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Materials:

  • The Hook Nook Yummy Yarn: 2 skeins of Blue Skies (color A), and one skein of Like a Dove (color B)
  • K/6.5mm crochet hook 
  • Yarn needle
  • Bag handles: click HERE to see the ones I bought on Amazon (affiliate link)

Notes:

  1. Ch 1 at beginning of rounds does NOT count as a stitch
  2. Tutorial is separate from the regular written pattern to make for easy printing
  3. Entire bag is worked with two strands of yarn held together

Measurements: 

Approximately 13” tall laying flat, not including straps 

Gauge

10 stitches & 11 rnds of even sc = 4”

Note: if you want your bag to be the same size as mine, be sure to make a gauge swatch! If you’re not concerned with the exact size, you’ll do fine without gauge. Just know that your bag will look the closest to mine if you do obtain gauge.

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Abbreviations/Stitches Used (U.S.) 

Chain – ch

Single crochet – sc

Repeat – rep

Round(s) – rnd(s)

Skip – sk

Space(s) – sp(s)

Chain space(s) – ch-sp(s)

Stitch(es) – st(s)

Each – ea

Beginning – beg

Back loop – BL

Instructions:

Holding 2 strands together of color A, ch 24.

Rnd 1: Sc in second ch from hook and next 21 ch. 2 sc in last ch. Turn work so that you are working on the opposite side of the ch. Sc in the bottom of next 23 ch. Sc in first ch again, making an increase. Join with sl st to beg sc. (48 sc)

Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in same st as sl st. Sc in next 23 sc. 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 23 sc. Sc in first sc again, making increase. Join with sl st to beg sc. (50 sc)

Rnd 3: Ch 1, work 2 sc in same st as sl st. Sc in next 23 sc. (2 sc in next sc) twice. Sc in next 23 sc. 2 sc in last sc, join with sl st to beg sc. (54 sc)

Rnd 4: Ch 1, work 2 sc in same st as sl st. Sc in next 25 sc. (2 sc in next sc) twice. Sc in next 25 sc. 2 sc in last sc, join with sl st to beg sc. (58 sc)

Rnd 5: Ch 1, sc in the BL of ea sc around. Join with sl st to beg sc. (58 BL sc)

Rnd 6-8: Ch 1, sc in same st as sl st and ea sc around. Join with sl st to beg sc. (58 sc)

Rnd 9: Ch 1, sc in same st as sl st. Sc in next 28 sc, 2 sc in next sc. Sc in next 28 sc. Sc in first sc again, making increase. Join with sl st to beg sc. (60 sc)

Rnd 10-12: Ch 1, sc in same st as sl st and ea sc around. Join with sl st to beg sc. (60 sc)

Rnd 13: Ch 1, sc in same st as sl st. Sc in next 29 sc, 2 sc in next sc. Sc in next 29 sc. Sc in first sc again, making increase. Join with sl st to beg sc. (62 sc)

Rnd 14-16: Ch 1, sc in same st as sl st and ea sc around. Join with sl st to beg sc. (62 sc)

Rnd 17: Ch 1, sc in same st as sl st. Sc in next 30 sc, 2 sc in next sc. Sc in next 30 sc. Sc in first sc again, making increase. Join with sl st to beg sc. (64 sc)

Rnd 18-30: Ch 1, sc in same st as sl st and ea sc around. Join with sl st to beg sc. (64 sc)

On the joining sl st of Rnd 30, YO with color B to transition into next rnd.

Rnd 31: With 2 strands of color B, ch 1. Sc in same st as sl st and ea sc around. Join with sl st to beg sc. (64 sc)

Rnd 32: Ch 1, sc in same st as sl st. *Ch 3, sk next sc, sc in next sc. Rep from * around. On last repeat, omit last sc and simply sl st to beginning sc. (32 ch-3 sps & 32 sc)

Rnd 33: Ch 1, 2 sc in next ch-3 sp. Work 2 sc in every ch-3 sp around. Join with sl st to beg sc. For this join, YO with color A again to transition to next row. (64 sc) 

Rnd 34: With color A, ch 1. Sc in same st as sl st and ea sc around. Join with sl st to beg sc. (64 sc)

Rnd 35: Ch 1, sc in same st as sl st and ea sc around. Join with sl st to beg sc. (64 sc)

Fasten off and weave in all ends. 

FINISHING

If desired, line bag with fabric.

Sew handles on either side of bag.

I hope you enjoyed this crochet bag pattern! It was a lot of fun to design.

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