You’re ready to hit the beach so of course you need something adorable to carry all your beach supplies! This beautiful crochet beach bag will be the perfect beach accessory.
I’m off to sunny San Diego next week.
Before you get too excited for me, it is for work and I fly out on Mother’s Day.
I told my boss that my real Mother’s Day gift is having alone time on the airplane. Ha!
There will be crocheting!
Anyway, since I’ve known this trip was coming up, I’ve had the beach on my mind. While I most likely won’t have time to dip my toes in the ocean, a good crochet beach bag with beautiful shell stitches is always useful.
These beautiful shell stitches are made by making 5 double crochets in the same stitch. Because there are so many double crochets in one stitch they fan out and create this beautiful looking shell stitch.
The shell stitch is not a hard one to master and it adds such delightful texture. If you need some visual guidance on the shell stitch, Persia Lou has a handy photo tutorial.
Each row starts with the turning chain then three double crochets and each row ends with 4 dcs. I wanted the shell pattern somewhat boxed in and structured and I like the extra details the dcs add along the side.
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US-Size I/9 Crochet Hook (Clover Amour Hook, Size I)
#4 Medium – 100 % Cotton 5oz/71g, 120yds/109m
Large Eye Tapestry Needle
Yo: yarn over
fsc: foundation single crochet
fsc up: foundation single crochet up
sc(s): single crochet(s)
dc(s): double crochet(s)
sl st: slip stitch
Gauge: 4” x 4” =approx. 3 shells by 4.5 shell rows
Finished Size: 18” wide by 20” long
Notes: The turning chain of the shell stitch rows counts as a stitch. Each shell row starts with the turning chain then three double crochets and each row ends with 4 dcs. The two sides of the bag are made separately and then crocheted together.
To foundation single crochet up insert hook into stitch with the last sc made, pull up loop, yo and pull through first loop, yo and pull through both loops on hook. Continue like a normal fsc. To join, slip stitch into sc, sc into same sc.
(If you aren’t comfortable with foundation single crochets, there are alternate instructions provided but they will result in thinner handles.)
Crochet Beach Bag Pattern Instructions:
Row 1: Fsc 69, turn (Main color-stonewash)
Alternate start: ch 70, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across.
Rows 2-4: ch 1, sc in each sc across
Row 5: ch 2 (counts as 1st dc), dc in next 3 sc, *5 dcs in next sc (you made a shell!), sk 2 scs, sc in next sc, sk 2 scs; *repeat until the last 5 scs; 5 dc in next sc, 4 dc, turn
Row 6: ch 2 (counts as 1st dc), dc in next 3 dcs, * sc in top of shell (3rd dc of 5 dc shell), 5 dc in sc between shells; *repeat until final shell; sc in top of last shell, sk 2, 4 dc, turn
Row 7: ch 2 (counts as 1st dc), dc in next 3 dcs, *5 dcs in next sc, sc in top of shell; *repeat; 5 dc in last sc, 4 dc, turn
Rows 8-26: Repeat Rows 6 & 7
Row 27-34: change color to white- continue to repeat rows 6 & 7
Row 35-36: change color to stonewash – continue to repeat rows 6 & 7
Row 37-40: change color to white- continue to repeat rows 6 & 7
Rows 41-44: change color to stonewash – continue to repeat rows 6 & 7
Row 45: (starting the handle row) ch 1, sc in each stitch across until the sc after the 3rd shell. (23 scs); start fsc up (see stitch instructions), fsc 98, sk 4 shells, join with sl st to sc after 4th skipped shell, sc in same sc as sl st, sc in each stitch to the end of row, turn
Alternate row 45: ch 1, sc in each stitch across until the sc after the 3rd shell. (23 scs), ch 98, sk 4 shells, sc into sc after 4th skipped shell, sc in each stitch to the end of row, turn.
Row 46: dc in each sc (and ch for alternate row 45), turn
Row 47: ch 1, sc in each sc to end, bind off.
Make second side same as the first. Join sides together using scs around the sides and bottom. Bind off and weave in ends. Turn inside out and hit the beach!
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