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Easy Granny Rectangle Crochet Bag

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I’m sure by now you’ve seen the Taylor Swift-inspired granny dress that’s become a huge internet sensation! But what if a granny dress isn’t your jam? How about an Easy Granny Rectangle Bag?!

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All we need to do for this beginner-friendly bag is create a rectangle using the timeless and simple granny stitch!

Use your imagination for your bag - make it striped like the Swiftie dress, or in a solid color. You can even use scraps to make a rainbow bag!

After you make your rectangle, we will fold the fabric, make two seams, and add a handle. This chic and modern accessory coordinates well with the Classic Granny Stitch Dress and the Picot Shawl.

What you'll love about this easy bag pattern.


  • 2 Easy Seams - This crochet bag is made as one flat piece with only two seams.
  • Simple Stitch Repeat - The granny stitch is a classic beginner-friendly stich, so it's perfect for crocheters of all levels.
  • Customizable - Let your style shine by adding your own personal flair to this bag with colorful buttons, snaps, or fancy nylon purse straps.
     Crocheted blanket with beige, brown, green, and white stripes next to a lit candle on a wooden tray and white foliage, perfect for cozying up as you work on your Easy Granny Rectangle Crochet Bag Pattern.

Granny Rectangle Bag Crochet Supplies

Yarn

Lily Sugar'n Cream
100% Cotton, 120yds/70g
Colorways Shown: Tangerine, Warm Brown, Ecru, and Orchid
Weight: 4 Worsted

Yarn Quantities

Solid Color: 350 yds; 3 balls
4 Colors:
Tangerine: 140 yds; 2 balls
Warm Brown: 85 yds; 1 ball
Ecru: 60 yds; 1 ball
Orchid: 60 yds; 1 ball

Various colored yarn balls, a wooden crochet hook, a candle on a wooden coaster, and a box of decorative nails are arranged on a white surface with evergreen branches around the edges—perfect materials for starting your Easy Granny Rectangle Crochet Bag pattern.

Yarn Substitutions

Comfy Color Mist
75% Pima Cotton, 25% Acrylic,
219yds/100g

Comfy Worsted
60% Cotton, 40% Acrylic, 185yds/100g

Dishie Cotton
100% Cotton, 190yds/100g

Remember always to check the gauge and drape when substituting yarns.

Crochet Hook

Size US G (4.0mm) Crochet Hook or hook to obtain gauge.

Notions

Scissors
Yarn Needle
Removable Stitch Marker
Faux Leather Snap (Optional)
Bag Strap - Brown
Bag Strap - Beige

Skill Level

Beginner

One Size

Bag rectangle measures 30 inches by 10
inches before folded.

Abbreviations

blo - back loop only
ch - chain
dc - double crochet
sc - single crochet
sl st - slip stitch
st(s) - stitch(es)
Stsc - Stacked Single Crochet

Gauge

15 sts and 9 rows = 4" by 4" in granny st pattern.

How to Crochet a Gauge Swatch


Working a gauge swatch will let you know if you will have the correct sizing for this pattern. It will also help you practice the stitches used in this project and improve your stitch work for a flawless look.
Are you struggling to match the gauge? Check out the blog post on What is Crochet Gauge and How To Fix It

Gauge Swatch Instructions:

Chain 23
Row 1:

Working in the first ch from the hook Stsc first ch, 2 dc in next ch. *skip 2 chs, 3 dc in next ch; repeat from * until the last 3 chs, skip 2 chs, dc in last, turn. | 22 sts

Row 2:

Stsc in first, 2 dc in the first space, *3 dc in the next space between the granny st groups; repeat until the last 3 sts of the row, skip 2 sts, dc in the last, turn.

Repeats:

Repeat Row 2 until the swatch is at least 5 inches to measure.

Construction

This simple and modern crochet bag is a beginner-friendly accessory. It's worked flat - all you have to do is make a rectangle in the timeless granny stitch, and then we will fold the corners in and add two seams. Add a crocheted strap - or an adjustable and removable strap to complete your bag. Try different yarn weights and colors to make this bag your own truly!

Love simple and stylish crochet bags? You might also enjoy the Hexagon Granny Square Bag Pattern or the Danbury Rectangle Bag.

Special Stitches


Stacked Single Crochet (Stsc): Do NOT chain, insert hook into next stitch, yo, pull up a loop, yo and pull through both loops, insert hook in the vertical bar below, yo, pull up a loop, yo and pull through both loops on the hook.

Puff Stitch for Handle Option: Yarn over and insert your hook into the stitch/space. Yarn
over again and pull up a long loop. (Yarn over and insert your hook into the same stitch/
space. Yarn over again and pull up a long loop) two more times (7 loops on the hook). Yarn
over and pull through the first 6 loops; yarn over and pull through the remaining loops.

Pattern Notes

  • This pattern substitutes a traditional chain 2 on the edges for a Stacked Single Crochet.
    A ch 1 at the beginning of a single crochet row is unnecessary.

Tired of Weaving In Ends? Try This Crochet Trick

If you create this crochet bag with many colors, like the original Taylor Swift colorway, there will be many ends to weave in. If we choose to crochet a border along the top edge, you can use a special knot to change colors to reduce the number of ends to weave in.

Instructional crochet image showcasing hands tying a knot with text "Best knot for joining" and "No more ends!" Images of yarn, a crochet hook, completed crochet pieces, and a Granny Crochet Dress highlight the seamless techniques being taught.

Video Tutorial for the Easy Granny Rectangle Bag

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Written Crochet Pattern Instructions

Granny Stitch Chart

Crochet pattern diagram showing rows of chain stitches, double crochet stitches, and double crochet clusters with arrows indicating the direction of work for an easy granny rectangle crochet bag pattern.
A diagram showing crochet stitch symbols: an oval labeled "Chain," a plus sign labeled "Single Crochet," an elongated T labeled "Double Crochet," and a stacked plus sign labeled "Stacked Single Crochet." Perfect for your Easy Granny Rectangle Crochet Bag Pattern.

Main Rectangle

Setup:

Starting with your first color if following the color chart:

Ch 110, starting in the first ch from the hook, sc in each st across. | 110 sts

If using a different yarn or customizing your bag size, ch in a multiple of 3+2.

Row 1:

Working in the first ch from the hook Stsc first ch, 2 dc in next ch. *skip 2 chs, 3 dc in next ch; repeat from * until the last 3 chs, skip 2 chs, dc in last, turn. | 109 sts

Row 2:

Stsc in first, 2 dc in the first space, *3 dc in the next space between the granny st groups; repeat until the last 3 sts of the row, skip 2 sts, dc in the last, turn. | 109 sts

Repeats:

Repeat Row 2 until there are a total of 22 rows. This will repeat the color chart twice.

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Folding the Bag

Go to lining instructions before folding if adding a lining.

Folding Step 1:

Lay the bag fabric in front of you and fold the top left corner down, and the bottom right corner up, this will create the parallelogram shape.

Two black curved arrows on a gray background, one pointing down and to the left, and the other pointing up and to the right, frame a stylish rectangle crochet bag.

Folding Step 2:

Keeping the previous sections folded, grab the right side of the fabric and fold again across the diagonal dotted line.

A grey parallelogram, resembling a folded rectangle crochet bag, is depicted with a thick black arrow pointing from the middle of the left side to a point inside the shape. The parallelogram is divided into two triangles by a diagonal line.

Color Style

Get even more inspiration with changing up the color. The ad-free pdf offers 3 color inspirations along with a blank chart to color in your own.

An Easy Granny Rectangle Crochet Bag with pastel stripes hangs from white straps beside a small candle and a vase with frosted greenery.

Seaming

Next we will either do a crochet surface sl st or a hand sewn seam on the front and the back of the bag. This is shown with a red dotted line in the next image. With these two seams we will have created the finished bag shape.

Handle

You can use a purchased bag strap or follow the instructions below for a braided crochet strap. Video Tutorial for Strap.


If using multiple colors, use Color A for the handle.


Leave a tail for sewing onto the bag later and ch 3.


Puff st in the 3rd ch from the hook. Turn your work by rotating to the left.


Working in the ch space, puff st, turn.


Working into the space between the last two puff sts made, work a puff st, turn.


Repeat this last step until there are a total of 58 puff sts, or the desired length.

Finishing

With your yarn needle, stitch the bag handle to each top point of the bag, weave in well and fasten off.

If desired, sew on a leather snap to close the bag.

Optional Lining

If you want to line your bag it's very simple to do.


Option 1:


Cut a rectangle of fabric just slightly bigger than the original crochet bag rectangle.


Fold down all the edges and either glue them with fabric glue or sew. This will create a hem with finished edges.

Next, fold the fabric and sew along the same lines we did with the bag seaming. Insert the fabric
into the bag and either glue in place or sew around the top opening of the bag.


Option 2:


If you want to do less seaming, lay the finished bag on top of your fabric (folded in half so two pieces are cut at once) and trace the shape. Cut out the shape and seam the edges except for the top. Then, insert the fabric into the bag and either glue it in place or sew it around the top opening of the bag.


More information on a no-sew bag liner: https://brianakdesigns.com/no-sew-bagliner/

And there you have it - your very own Swiftie-inspired granny bag! You might be wondering if you can make this bag with a different fiber.

And the answer is yes - just be aware of a few things! Cotton is generally considered the best material to use for crocheted bags.

It’s sturdy, doesn’t stretch as much as acrylic or other blends, and is often cheaper. But that doesn’t mean you can’t use other yarns!

If you carry your new bag a lot, the wear and tear of daily use will show more with non-cotton yarns, and your bag will also stretch more (but an added liner can help).

Have some leftover cotton from your project? Whip up a Lace Top Basket or Wreath Coaster to add a little Taylor-inspired flair to your home!

Cheers, and happy crocheting!

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