Granny Square Bag Pattern: Patchwork Carry-All

Today I’m sharing the granny square bag pattern for the Patchwork Carry-All! This pattern was originally designed for AllFreeCrochet.com’s May, 2021 mystery crochet along.

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When AllFreeCrochet invited me to design a mystery crochet along pattern for a bag, I knew I wanted to use motifs or granny squares of some kind. Since the pattern would have to be broken down into three parts, I decided to design two slightly different squares using three colors of King Cole Cherished DK.

If you’re new to Cherished DK, it’s a very soft, machine washable, and low-pilling yarn. It’s acrylic and light (DK/#3) weight. Bags tend to rub on clothing and other surfaces frequently, so I wanted to use a yarn that would hold up well to washing and friction. You can find Cherished DK at your local yarn shop or online at LoveCrafts, Deramores, or Wool Warehouse UK.

This bag is a great on-the-go project because you these beginner-friendly squares are very portable. If you have a favorite square (confession: I like A just a little bit better), you can also make the entire project with the same motif.

However, if you make your version using three colors and two squares, you’ll come away with two sides that each have a slightly different personality!

Which side do you like better? The Motif A side…

…or the Motif B side?

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Patchwork Carry-All

Crochet Granny Square Bag Pattern by Underground Crafter

This granny square bag pattern is made with two different motifs in three colors. Each side is slightly different, creating two unique looks.

Finished Size

  • Approximately 13” (33 cm) square before adding straps.

Materials

Gauge

  • Finished Motif A = 4.25” (11 cm) square. Exact gauge is not critical for this project. Stitches should be tight and firm, forming a dense fabric.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • BL – back loop only – AllFreeCrochet has a helpful video tutorial for identifying the back loop here.
  • CA – Color A
  • CB – Color B
  • CC – Color C
  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • rep – repeat
  • Rnd(s) – Round(s)
  • RS – right (front) side
  • sc – single crochet
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • sp – space
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • WS – wrong (back) side
  • *+ Repeat instructions after asterisk or plus sign as indicated.
  • [] Repeat instructions between brackets as indicated.
  • () Work stitches between parentheses into same stitch or space.

Pattern Note

  • Ch 1 at beginning and sl st at end of rounds does not count as a stitch.

Pattern Instructions

Motif A – Make 5 with CB and make 4 with CA

  • Ch 4, skip 3 ch, join with sl st to next ch to form ring.
  • Rnd 1: (RS) Ch 1, 12 dc in ring, join with sl st to BL of first dc. – 12 sts
  • Rnd 2: Ch 1, 2 scBL in same st and in each st around, join with sl st to BL of first sc. – 24 sts
  • Rnd 3: Ch 1, dcBL in same st, 2 dcBL in next st, [dcBL in next st, 2 dcBL in next st] around, join with sl st to BL of first dc. – 36 sts
  • Rnd 4: Ch 1, scBL in same st and next st, 2 scBL in next st, [scBL in next 2 sts, 2 scBL in next st] around, join with sl st to first sc. – 48 sts
  • Rnd 5: Ch 1, dc in same st, *dc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 2 sts, sc in next 3 sts, hdc in next 2 sts, dc in next 2 sts,** (dc, ch 2, dc) in next st; rep from * around, ending last rep after **, dc in first st, ch 1, sc (counts as second ch in ch-2 sp) to top of first dc to join. – 13 sts on each side + 4 ch-2 sp
  • Rnd 6: Ch 1, dc in same ch-2 sp, *dc in next 13 sts,** (dc, ch 2, dc) in next ch-2 sp, rep from * around, ending last rep after **, dc in first st, ch 2, join with sl st to top of first dc.
  • Fasten off with long yarn tail (approximately 12”/30.5 cm) for seaming.

Motif B – Make 5 with CC and make 4 with CA

  • Ch 4, skip 3 ch, join with sl st to next ch to form ring.
  • Rnd 1: (RS) Ch 1, 12 dc in ring, join with sl st to BL of first dc. – 12 sts
  • Rnd 2: Ch 1, 2 dcBL in same st and in each st around, join with sl st to BL of first dc. – 24 sts
  • Rnd 3: Ch 1, scBL in same st, 2 scBL in next st, [scBL in next st, 2 scBL in next st] around, join with sl st to BL of first sc. – 36 sts
  • Rnd 4: Ch 1, scBL in same st and next st, 2 scBL in next st, [scBL in next 2 sts, 2 scBL in next st] around, join with sl st to first sc. – 48 sts
  • Rnd 5: Ch 1, dc in same st, *dc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 2 sts, sc in next 3 sts, hdc in next 2 sts, dc in next 2 sts,** (dc, ch 2, dc) in next st; rep from * around, ending last rep after **, dc in first st, ch 1, sc (counts as second ch in ch-2 sp) to top of first dc to join. – 13 sts on each side + 4 ch-2 sp
  • Rnd 6: Ch 1, dc in same ch-2 sp, *dc in next 13 sts,** (dc, ch 2, dc) in next ch-2 sp, rep from * around, ending last rep after **, dc in first st, ch 2, join with sl st to top of first dc.
  • Fasten off with long yarn tail (approximately 12”/30.5 cm) for seaming.

Straps – Make 2 with CA

  • Starting with long yarn tail (approximately 18”/45.5 cm) for seaming, ch 6.
  • Row 1: Turn, skip 1 ch, hdc in next 5 sts. – 5 sts
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 1, hdc in first 5 sts.
  • Rep Row 2 until rectangle measures approximately 24” (61 cm) long. Fasten off with long yarn tail (approximately 18”/45.5 cm) for seaming.
  • Note: It is more important for the straps to be the same length as each other than it is for them to be a specific length.

Assembly and Finishing

  • Join squares together to create 2 panels following assembling diagram below.
  • Using Motif A in CA and CB, join with slip stitch seam (see video tutorial below) on WS using long yarn tails for seaming. First, join squares in rows; then join rows.
  • Using Motif B in CA and CC, join with slip stitch seam (see video tutorial below) on WS using long yarn tails for seaming. First, join squares in rows; then join rows.
  • Weave in yarn tails on WS with yarn needle.
  • If you can’t see the video above for crocheting a slip stitch seam, click here to watch it on YouTube.

Finish Panels

  • Note: For the Panel using Motif A squares in CA and CB, use CB. For the Panel using Motif B squares in CA and CC, use CC.
  • With RS facing, join yarn with sl st to any corner ch-2 sp.
  • Border Rnd: Ch 1, *sc in ch-2 sp, [+sc in next 15 sts, sc in ch-sp on same square,++ sc in ch-sp on next square] twice, rep from + to ++ once, ch 2, turn to work along next side; rep from * 3 more times, ch 2, join with sl st to top of first sc. Fasten off.

Assemble Panels

  • With WS of panels together and RS facing, join CA with sl st to any corner ch-2 sp, working through both layers. Working along 3 edges and through both layers, join with single crochet seam (see video tutorial below) as follows:
  • Joining Rnd: Ch 1, sc in ch-2 sp, [sc in next 51 sts, (sc, ch 2, sc) in next ch-2 sp, turn to work along next edge] 3 times. Do not fasten off.
  • Do not seam next edge. Work on one side at a time.
  • Next Row: Sc in next 51 sts along edge, sc in next 51 sts on next edge, join with sl st to sc in ch-2 sp. Fasten off CA.

If you can’t see the video above for joining with a single crochet seam, click here to watch it on Instagram.

Attach Straps

  • Using locking stitch markers, position straps on assembled panels as follows. Position strap so that first short edge is just outside of center square on one side of the open panel. Being careful not to twist strap, position other short edge to just outside of the opposite side of the center square on the same side of the open panel. Repeat with other strap on other side of the open panel, following photo below.
  • Using long yarn tail and working on WS of panel, seam short edges of each strap to panels with single crochet.
  • Fasten off. Weave in yarn tails on WS.
  • If you’d like to line your bag, you can find a helpful tutorial for lining crochet bags on I Like Crochet here.
© 2021 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: https://undergroundcrafter.com/2021/09/20/granny-square-bag-pattern-patchwork-carry-all/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

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