Here are two examples of this pattern made with different sized yarn and hooks. The first is made of all worsted weight scrap wool, 2 strands held together and an I hook (5.5 mm). The second is all super bulky weight yarn, made with an L hook and is big enough to fit my laptop. You can use any combination of yarn and hook for this bag.
Each is done in all single crochet starting with a flat rectangle base and spiraling up along each side as follows:
Row 1: SC in the second CH from hook and in each CH across. CH 1, turn. (30 SC)
Row 2: SC in each SC across. CH 1, turn. (30 SC)
Rows 3-6: repeat row 2. Don't CH 1 or turn after last row.
This is what you should have so far, in diagram form:
Round 1: SC in the side of each SC row (6 SC), SC in bottom of each starting CH (30 SC), SC in side of each SC row (6 SC), SC in each SC along top (30 SC). You should now have 72 SC around. Don't join or turn!
Round 2: SC in next SC and in each SC around. Repeat until desired height is reached. Don't finish off yet!
Once you've reached the height you'd like, lay the bag flat and mark the approximate middle of each side. Count 6 stitches (or any amount you'd like for different sized handles) away from the middle and mark those stitches.
Continue spiraling around until you get to the first marked stitch. *Skip 12 stitches (or however many you marked off) and CH 12.* SC in each SC to next marker. Repeat from * to *. Continue spiraling.
Place 12 SC in CH12 space, SC in each SC, 12 SC in next CH12 space, SC in each SC.
Continue to spiral for 2 to 5 more rows. Sl St in any 2 SC to finish OR Stop where you'd like to place a shoulder strap and don't finish off!
Adding Shoulder Strap
Row 1: SC in next 6 SC (or any amount depending on how wide you'd like your shoulder strap), CH1, turn.
Repeat row 1 until strap reaches the length you desire. Attach to opposite side of bag. Finish off.
Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about this pattern. Free for personal use only.
Copyright 2009 - Amy Maxwell