Crochet Dragonfly Bag Pattern

Crochet Dragonfly Bag Pattern

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Crochet Dragon Fly Bag by Laura Jean Bartholomew

Crochet Dragon Fly Bag by Laura Jean Bartholomew

Dragon Fly Bag

Our Laura Jean was inspired by the dragonfly stitch and decided to make herself a backpack bag. It’s not too big and not too small, to Laura Jean, it’s just right.

Being a team member of The Crochet Crowd, she took a few weeks to design her very first pattern. For her it was a challenge as she is used to following instructions but to actually write it is a whole other story. We here are proud of her.

This is the Crochet Dragonfly Bag pattern.

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The bag is 18″ tall x 12″ Diameter. Gauge is 14 dc sts x 7 Rows (4″ x 4″ gauge).

Materials

  • Color A:  2 balls of Peaches & Crème Black Currant (purple) 2.5 ounces/70.9g
  • Color B:  1 ball of Lily Sugar ‘n Cream Lime 2.5 ounces/70.9g
  • Color C:  2 balls of Peaches & Crème Lilac 2.5 ounces/70.9g
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle
  • Hook size H or 5 mm Hook
  • Stitch Marker

You should know that Peaches & Creme Yarn is only available at Walmart USA. You can substitute with Lily Sugar’n Cream or Bernat Handicrafter should you not find Peaches and Creme. The balls in Lily Sugar’n Cream are the same size and yardage.

Abbreviations

Laura Jean used standard abbreviations but has a special stitch as indicated below.

  • Mc, ch, sl st, sc, hdc, dc, and fptc.
  • At the beginning of a round, ch 3 or 2 counts as a st.

Special Stitch:  split sc; go between the vertical posts instead of under the horizontal “v”.

Broad Band: Broad bands are referred in this pattern. Notice the lime lines that separate the black current and lilac colours. Those are the broad bands.

Crochet Dragon Fly Bag Strap

Crochet Dragon Fly Bag Strap

Instructions

Laura Jean has designed this so that Rounds 2 – 15 are done in a continuous round. This means no slip stitching but you will need to use a stitch marker to keep track of each round as you progressively get bigger. This is the bottom purple area in the picture.

  1. 6 sc into ring.
  2. 2 sc into each sc around (12) Do Not Join, Place Marker in last sc. Move stitch marker up every row as you go.
  3. Sc in next st, sc in each of next 2 sc , (inc made) (18)
  4. Sc in next 2 sc, inc in the next sc   (24)
  5. Sc in next 3 sc, inc in the next sc   (30)
  6. Sc in next 4 sc, inc in the next sc   (36)
  7. Sc in next 5 sc, inc in the next sc   (42)
  8. Sc in next 6 sc, inc in the nest sc   (48)
  9. Sc in next 7 sc, inc in the next sc   (54)
  10. Sc in next 8 sc, inc in the next sc   (60)
  11. Sc in next 9 sc, inc in the next sc   (66)
  12. Sc in next 10 sc, inc in the next sc  (72)
  13. Sc in next 11 sc, inc in the next sc  (78)
  14. Sc in next 12 sc, inc in the next sc  (84)
  15. Sc around, sl st in next st.  Fasten off Color A (84)  Do not move Stitch Marker. You will no longer be crocheting in continuous rounds. This is where the straps will be attached.

  16. First broad band. Notice the Lime Colour B as being the start of broad bands. Join Color B.  Ch 2, Hdc in each st around join with sl st in top of ch 2, fasten off.  (84)
  17. Join Color C.  Beg. Ch 3 counts as a dc here and throughout.  Dc in each st around. Join with sl st to top of ch 3.  (84)
  18. Ch 3, counts as a dc. Dc in next 10 dc, * ch 2, *skip 1 dc, dc in next 11, ch 2 rep from * around join with sl st in top of ch 3.  Join with sl st
.
  19. Sl st in the next 3 sts, Beg. ch 3, dc in next 4 sts, *ch 3 skip 3 dc prev round, sc in  ch-2 sp from prev. round, ch 3, skip 3 dc and dc in the next 5 dc. Rep from * around end with a sl st in top of beginning chain.
  20. Sl st in next st.   Ch 3, counts as a dc, dc in next 2 sts * ch 4, split sc in sc from previous round, ch 4, dc in next 3 sts.  Rep from * around. END WITH CH 4, Join with sl st to top of beginning chain 3.
  21. Beg. ch 3, dc in next 2 dcs, * 4 dc in in ch-4 sp, fptrc in sc, 4dc in ch-4 sp, dc in next 3 dc,  rep from * around. End with sl st in beginning ch 3. Fasten off Color C.  Join color B in same place.
  22. Second broad band.  With Color B, Beg. Ch 2 counts as a beginning hdc.  Hdc around sl st to top of ch 2 Fasten off. Join color A with sl st.
  23.  With Color A, Dc in each st around join with sl st.  ***Notice that the dragonflies in the following band are offset and do not sit on top of each other.
  24. Sl st in next 2 sts, Beg. ch 3, dc in next 10 sts, * ch 2, skip 1 st from previous round, dc in next 11 sts, rep from star around. (7 ch-2 spaces and 7 sets containing 11 dcs)
  25. Sl st in next 3 sts. Beg. ch 3, 4 dc, ch 3, skip 3 from prev round * sc in ch-2 sp, ch 3, skip 3 from prev round.  5 dc, ch 3, rep from * around join to top of ch 3.
  26. Sl st into next stitch, Beg.ch 3, 2 dc, skip dc from previous round, ch 4, *split sc in sc, ch 4, skip dc from previous round,  3 dc, ch 4, rep from * around join with sl st to top of beginning ch 3.
  27. Beg. ch 3, 2 dc, * 4 dc in ch-4 sp, fptr in sc, 4 dc in ch-4 sp, 3 dc rep from * around join to top of beginning chain 3. Fasten off Change to Color B.
  28. This round begins the third broad band. With Color B, hdc around (84) Change to Color C.
  29. Dc in each st, around. Join (84)
  30. Sl st in next 2 sts, Beg.ch 3, dc in next 10 sts, * ch 2, skip 1 st from previous round, dc in next 11 sts, rep from star around. Join with sl st in top of beg, ch 3. (7 ch-2 spaces and 7 sets containing 11 dcs)
  31. Sl st in next 3 sts. Beg. ch 3, 4 dc, ch 3, skip 3 dc from prev round * sc in ch-2 sp, ch 3, skip 3 from prev round, 5 dc, ch3, rep from * around join to top of ch 3.
  32. Sl st into next stitch, Beg.ch 3, 2 dc, skip dc from previous round, ch 4, *split sc in sc, ch 4, skip dc from previous round,  3 dc, ch 4, rep from * around join with sl st to top of beginning ch 3.
  33.  Ch 3, 2 dc, * 4 dc in ch-4 sp, fptrc around split sc , 4 dc in ch-4 sp, 3 dc rep from * around join to top of beginning chain 3. Fasten off Change to color A.
  34. 4th and Last Broad band. With Color B, Beg. ch-2, hdc around join with sl st (84) Change to Color  A.
  35. Beg ch-3, dc in each st around. Join with sl st to top off beg ch-3 (84)
  36. Beg Ch-3, dc in next 10 sts, * ch 2, skip 1 st from previous round, dc in next 11 sts, rep from * around. (7 ch-2 spaces and 7 sets containing 11 dcs)
  37. Sl st in next 3 sts. Beg. ch-3, 4 dc, ch 3, skip 3 from previous round * sc in ch-2 sp, ch 3, skip 3, 5 dc, ch 3, skip 3 from previous round, rep from * join
 with sl st.
  38. Sl st into next stitch, Beg.ch 3, 2 dc, skip dc from previous round, ch 4, *split sc in sc, ch 4, skip dc from previous round,  3 dc, ch 4, rep from * around join with sl st to top of beginning ch 3.
  39. Beg Ch-3, 2 dc, * 4 dc in ch-4 sp, fptr around split sc , 4 dc in ch-4 sp, 3 dc rep from * around join to top of beginning chain 3. Fasten off .
  40. With color B, hdc around (84) Fasten off and join Color C.
  41. Chain 4, counts a trc, trc in each st around. This is the round that will have the strap feed through. Fasten off and weave in ends.
Crochet Dragon Fly Bag Strap

Crochet Dragon Fly Bag Strap

The Strap

The strap is one long strap that is continuous. The strap is 5 feet long and sewn together on both ends once it is fed through the project.

Laura Jean has four options for making this strap. Pick the option you prefer the best.

Option 1

  1. Leaving a long tail for sewing.
  2. Ch 4, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in the next 2 sts. Ch 1, turn.
  3. Sc in next 3 sts, ch 1 turn.
  4. Rep Row 3 until it is 5 feet long.

Option 2 – Strongest Option

Make and I-cord using a spool knitter.

  • Knit until 5 feet long.

Option 3 – Quick Option

  • Using 4 strands of yarn at the same time. Using 6 mm or Size J hook, chain 5 feet long.

Option 4 – Grosgrain Ribbon

  • Cut ribbon to be 5 feet long.
Crochet Dragon Fly Bag by Laura Jean Bartholomew

Crochet Dragon Fly Bag by Laura Jean Bartholomew

To Feed the Strap Through

  1. Lay the bag out flat.
  2. The number of stitches around are 84, half of the stitches, 42, divided by two is 21. Count 21 stitches from the right. Weave the Strap in and out through the trebles. 2 trebles are behind, 2 trebles are in front. Feed all the way around the bag.
  3. Then bring the ends even and sew to the bottom of the bag where you stopped increasing. Look at the picture above to see the location.

Tip

Don’t be jinsy on the sewing, make sure you take your time and sew tightly as the user of the bag may shove more stuff in this bag weighing it down than you planned for.

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Mikey, aka Michael Sellick, of The Crochet Crowd, started this online journey back in 2008. A mere hobby in trying to reach out to others as he was mentally struggling with his own issues. His goal was simple, find others in the yarn communities, like him, that have a common interest.

The journey and main baby of the whole idea started with a YouTube Channel and then in 2011, an official website was developed. Michael is not only the face of The Crochet Crowd but also the working engine behind the crowd in self-taught programming, social media and so much more.

Enjoy the stitching journey. Life is short, enjoy this wonderful hobby and all of the learning opportunities that come with it.

20 thoughts on “Crochet Dragonfly Bag Pattern”

  1. Chris Lopez says:

    Omg! I love this pattern! I actually have these colors from a failed Mystery Make A Long which I’ve been debating frogging. Now that I see a better use for my yarn I’m doing it. Will there be a video tutorial?

  2. Jayne Reed-Dickus says:

    Loved it. beautiful pattern 🙂

  3. Ellie says:

    I love the look of this bag. Can you please post a tutorial on you tube so I can follow better. When following the pattern my stitches are off every time the tutorial will be very helpful. I work with 7 other women and want to make this pattern for Christmas gift for my fellow co-workers. Thanks in advance and looking forward to the tutorial.

    1. Ellie, I am not sure why the stitches are off. When does this happen after a hdc row? Or in a 2nd broad band of color? – Thank you for the feedback – Laura Jean

  4. rhonda says:

    will you be making a video of this it would be very helpful

  5. Vanessa Ingraham says:

    Love, love, love this bag. I have some cotton and will give this bag a try this weekend! I have a bunch of day trips planned with my grandson and I think this bag will be perfect for my phone, wallet and keys and whatever other things we might need.

    Great job at your first pattern Laura Jean! This was a grand slam!

    1. Thank you so much! I am looking forward to hearing you feedback! – Laura Jean

  6. Laura Jean here 🙂 I have updated and revised The Dragon Fly back pack / purse, on June 2. Please accept my apologies for any inconvience.

  7. Lilli A. says:

    Hi guys! I love this bag! I’m trying hard to make it, and I do have some experience with crochet. Also, I took the time to watch the video recommended in the comments. However, by the time I get to steps 7 and 8, I’m not just increasing by 6 each time. My counts are off by a stitch. Where it says the end count is 48, I’ve got 49. I’m so confused. Should I be increasing by 6, or should I be following the recommended ” sc in next 5/6/7″ etc. inc in next sc?? Thank you for your time

  8. Carmanita says:

    Halo, im a beginner in crocheting. i really love this bag, so i try my best in crocheting it. I have a question, whats the meaning of “Sc in next st, sc in each of next 2 sc inc made” so i can make 18 sc? thank you

    1. Laura Jean Bartholomew says:

      Mikey has an excellent tutorial for understanding circles.https://thecrochetcrowd.com/crochet-circles/ your first round is 6, the next is 12, the next is 18. Each round increases by 6 stitches each round. When putting two stitches together it is called an increase or inc. Although that this bag is intermediate, I am confident that by watching the video on circles you can do it.

  9. Teresa Her says:

    I’m looking forward to making this for my daughter!
    A side note: not a big deal at all, but by “jinsy”, did you/Laura mean “chintzy”? (Found near end, when recommending solid sewing)
    chintz·y
    adjective
    •North American informal
    1. brightly colorful but gaudy and tasteless.
    2. cheap and of poor quality.
    synonyms: cheap, cheesy, shoddy, low-grade, low-end, second-rate, third-rate, kitsch, kitschy, tacky, trashy, gimcrack

    1. Jinsy… My meaning as far as I know it. It’s slang for don’t cut corners. I heard it used in the office. That was me who wrote that, not Laura Jean. I will review.

  10. Tina Farmer says:

    Mikey, I love this dragon fly bag so I was looking at the pattern on line and although I am fairly new at crocheting and reading patterns I think this pattern is full of mistakes. It has colors wrong when saying a, b or c. It doesnt even count the 4th broad band as a row and where is does it says 4th and last broad band and there are 5 lime rows. Looking a the picture of the bag the next to last row is lime (B) and the last row is lilac (C) but according the the written instructions they are A and B. also the band rows all look the same except the 5th row looks wider. But in the directions it calls for HDC for the first broad band and DC for the next ones. Is this correct. Please help me out here am I just way off in understanding written patterns. Thank you so very much. Tina

    1. I will have Laura Jean look at it. Just give me a bit. 😀

    2. Laura Jean Bartholomew says:

      Tina, we are getting the color changes corrected asap. Thanks for the heads up. – Laura Jean

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