Grocery Bag Sleeve Pattern

Posted by Jorie Jones on

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Supplies

  • H hook (5mm)
  • 4 Weight Cotton Yarn (approximately 285 yds)
  • 2 x Stitch Markers
  • 1 x Hair Elastic (optional)
  • 2 x 12mm Beads (optional)

Abbreviations

  • dc … double crochet
  • ch(s) … chain(s)
  • folding sc … folding single crochet
  • hdc … half double crochet
  • inc … increase
  • mp … mini puff stitch
  • sc … single crochet
  • sk … skip
  • sl st … slip stitch
  • st(s) … stitch(es)
  • tr … triple crochet

Special Stitches

  • mini puff (mp) … yo, insert hook in next st, pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), yo, insert hook in same st, pull up a loop (5 loops on hook), yo, insert hook in same st, pull up a loop (7 loops on hook), yo, pull yarn through all 7 loops on hook; ch 1 to close
    • folding sc … working through the top of next st AND capturing the back loop of the stitch two rounds below, complete a normal single crochet; folding sc completed

    Notes 

    • This sleeve is worked in rounds
      • chains at start of rounds do NOT count as st
      • to create an invisible seam, always work the first st of a round in the next st after the sl st, and work the last st into/over the sl st used to join the round below
    • If it is helpful, place a stitch marker in the st where sl st of each round is placed
    • When working in third loops, be sure you are only working in the third loop to the back. Do not capture the back loop of the stitch as well. 

    The top bobby pin is holding the top of the stitch where you normally work the stitch, the lower bobby pin is showing where the third loop is

    Tie String

    Option 1 …  leaving a tail of 6” or more, create a chain measuring approximately 25”, fasten off and leave another tail of approximately 6” - set aside

    Option 2 using a hook that is at least 2 sizes smaller, leaving a tail of 6” or more, create an i-cord measuring approximately 25”, fasten off and leave another tail approximately 6” - set aside (video tutorial)

    Main Sleeve

    Working around optional hair elastic, 30 sc, sl st to join; ch 1

    • be sure that your hair elastic isn’t too large or it may cause bunching of stitches
    • alternatively - chain 20, sl st to first chain, 30 sc around the chain, sl st to join; ch 1

    Round 1 … *hdc inc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts* repeat * to * around; sl st to join, ch 1 (40 hdc)

    Round 2 … working in 3rd loops all the way around; *2dc in next st, dc in next 3 sts* repeat * to * around; sl st to join, ch 1  (50 dc)

    Round 3 … *sc inc next 2 sts, sc in next 4 sts* repeat * to * around; sl st to join, ch 1  (60 sc)

    Round 4 … *dc in next st, mp in next st, dc in next st* repeat * to * around; sl st to join, ch 1  (40 dc, 20 mp)

    Round 5 … sc in each st around (be careful to crochet in the top of the mp, not the ch 1 used to close the mp); sl st to join, ch 1 (60sc)

    Round 6 … dc in each st around; sl st to join, ch 1 (60 dc)

    Round 7 … working in 3rd loops all the way around; dc in each st around; sl st to join, ch 1 (60 dc)

    Round 8 … sc in each st around; sl st to join, ch 1 (60 sc)

    Round 9 … *dc in next st, mp in next st, dc in next st* repeat * to * around; sl st to join, ch 1  (40 dc, 20 mp)

    Round 10 … sc in each st around (be careful to crochet in the top of the mp, not the ch 1 used to close the mp); sl st to join, ch 1 (60sc)

    Round 11 … dc in each st around; sl st to join, ch 1 (60 dc)

    Round 12 … working in 3rd loops all the way around; dc in each st around; sl st to join, ch 1 (60 dc)


    Rounds 13 - 42 ...  repeat rounds 8 - 12 (see table below for guidance)


    Round 43 sc in each st around, sl st to join, ch 1 (60 sc)


    Grab 2 stitch markers; place one stitch marker in the 26th st from your starting point and the second in the 35th stitch (or 9 stitches away from first) from your starting point


    Round 44 … in front loops only, tr in the next 25 sts, ch 1, sk next st, tr in next 8 sts, ch 1, sk next st, tr in remaining 25 sts; sl st to join to first tr (58 tr)


    *** STOP *** - be sure you have made your tie string at this point as you will working around it for round 45


    Before working round 45, grab your tie string you have made. Place each end of your tie over your stitch markers, leaving the 8 stitches in between without the tie threading through. Being sure to capture the tie string within the channel created by the the folding sc, proceed to round 45


    Round 45 … folding sc in the next 25 sts, sc in skipped st (first st marker), folding sc in next 8 sts, sc in skipped st (second marker), folding sc in last 25 sts (58 folding sc, 2 sc); DO NOT FASTEN OFF


    Chain 20 to 25 sts, sl st to first ch, creating a loop to hang your grocery bag sleeve from. Working around the chain loop you just created, sc 30 to 40 sc over the chain to stabilize the loop, fasten off and weave in ends.


    If desired, add beads to ends of tie and secure, then trim tails. Pulling your tie to lightly cinch the top of the sleeve, fasten the tie with a bow



    Stitch

    sc

    DC, mp, DC

    sc

    DC

    DC in 3rd loop





    Round

    13

    14

    15

    16

    17

    18

    19

    20

    21

    22

    23

    24

    25

    26

    27

    28

    29

    30

    31

    32

    33

    34

    35

    36

    37

    38

    39

    40

    41

    42