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Huntley Gift Bag / Basket Crochet Pattern  |  Free teacher gift bag / basket crochet pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

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Thank you to Lion Brand Yarn for supplying the yarn for this sample!

It’s not lost on me that this probably seems a little late in the game to be releasing a Teacher Thank-You Gift idea, considering it seems most of the country has already been on summer break for a couple of weeks. But here in Michigan, we have this silly little state law that prohibits public schools from starting before Labor Day; and with a late start date comes a late end date. (I don’t mind it, really… it’s especially nice when all the Ohio kids go back to school in August and we Michiganders get all the rides at Cedar Point to ourselves. But I digress.)

So, since I’m a procrastinator, I’m just now figuring out what to give my son’s awesome Readiness Kindergarten teacher. Luckily for you, this pattern could be used for a number of things (and I’m hoping that Mrs. Huntley will find other uses for it as well)!

For Mrs. Huntley, I stuffed it with glue sticks and glue bottles (which were a constant need in the classroom throughout the year), and I also plan to add some candy and a small gift card for coffee. Hopefully she’ll love it… we sure love her!

Huntley Gift Bag / Basket Crochet Pattern | Free teacher gift bag / basket crochet pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

 

About the Yarn

Color Block Placemat Crochet Pattern with Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton Yarn | Crochet Placemat Pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

24/7 Cotton is a #4 medium weight yarn, although I’d definitely put it on the lighter side of the #4 family. It’s 100% mercerized cotton, which means it’s been treated with a process that brings out its brightness and sheen and helps it withstand multiple washings without losing that sheen. It comes in 186-yard skeins in a range of 24 gorgeous colors, from striking brights to natural-looking neutrals. It produces a stiffish (that’s probably not a real word) fabric, has a great balance of sheen and stitch definition, and doesn’t split at all during use. I’ve been seriously impressed with Lion Brand’s recently released yarns, and 24/7 Cotton is really no exception.

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Huntley Gift Bag Crochet Pattern

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Level: Easy

Size: 9" long x 3" wide x 6" tall

Hook: H (5.00mm) 

Yarn: About 295 yards total of a #4 medium weight 100% mercerized cotton yarn. I used 24/7 Cotton (by Lion Brand) in color blocks of Lilac, Café Au Lait, and Ecru. You will be holding two strands together, so you can either buy two skeins of each color (if you're using my color changes), or you can buy 1 skein of each and roll half of each skein into its own center-pull ball.

You’ll also need: Yarn needle

Gauge: 12 rows of 10SC = 3" square

Abbreviations Used:
   ST (stitch)
   SL ST (slip stitch)
   SK (skip)
   CH (chain)
   SC (single crochet)
   HDC (half double crochet)
   SC+HDC (this just means to put a single crochet and a half double crochet in the same stitch)

Notes:
(1) This pattern is written in American Standard Terms.
(2) Starting CHs do not count as stitches.
(3) You are holding two strands together throughout the pattern. 
(4) Made at the correct gauge, this bag is stiff enough to stand on its own, but still has quite a bit of give. For a stiffer bag, use a smaller hook size or consider triple-stranding your yarn.

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To begin:
With first color double-stranded, CH 26.

Round 1: 3SC in 2nd CH from hook. SC in each of the next 23 CHs. 3SC in last CH, working around the tail to the other side. SC in each of the next 23 CHs. Join with a SL ST to 1st SC. (52)

Round 2: CH1 (does not count as a stitch, here or throughout). 2SC in same ST, 2SC in each of the next 2 STS. SC in each of the next 23 STS. 2SC in each of the next 3 STS. SC in each of the next 23 STS. Join with a SL ST to 1st SC. (58)

Round 3: CH1. 2SC in same ST. SC in next ST. (2SC in next, SC in next) two times. SC in each of the next 23 STS. (2SC in next, SC in next) three times. SC in each of the next 23 STS. Join with a SL ST to 1st SC. (64)

Round 4: CH1. SC in each of first 2 STS. 2 SC in next ST. (SC in each of next 2 STS, 2SC in next) two times. SC in each of the next 23 STS. (SC in each of next 2 STS, 2SC in next) three times. SC in each of the next 23 STS. Join with a SL ST to 1st SC. (70)

Round 5: CH1. SC+HDC in same ST, SK next ST. (SC+HDC in next ST, SK next ST) around. Join with a SL ST to the first SC. (70)

Rounds 6-13: CH1, turn. SC+HDC in same ST, SK next ST. (SC+HDC in next ST, SK next ST) around. Join with a SL ST to the first SC. (70)

Note: You should be back on the right side of your work at this point. If you find that you are on the wrong side, it's not a big deal, you probably just miscounted a row, but you'll need to turn on the next round to get yourself back to the right side.

Change colors if desired.

Rounds 14-20: CH1. SC in first ST and in each ST around. Join with a SL ST to the first SC. (70)

Change colors if desired.

Rounds 21-23: CH1. SC in first ST and in each ST around. Join with a SL ST to the first SC. (70)

Round 24: CH1. SC in first ST and in next 19 STS. CH14. SK 11 STS. SC in next 24 STS. CH14. SK 11 STS. SC in next 4 STS. Join with a SL ST to the first SC. (48 SC + two CH14s)

Visual of Round 24, creating the bag handles with the CH14:

Huntley Gift Bag Crochet Pattern  |  Free teacher gift bag crochet pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

Round 25: CH1. SC in first ST and in each ST around, putting 1SC in each CH from the two CH14s of the previous round. Join with a SL ST to the first SC. (76)

Rounds 26-27: CH1. SC in first ST and in each ST around. Join with a SL ST to the first SC. (76)

Fasten off and weave in all ends.

 

Pattern Permissions

This is a FREE pattern, and by using it, you’re agreeing to the following legally-protected conditions.

You’re welcome to sell what you make with it; for online listings, please link back to my blog using something like this:

Pattern by
Little Monkeys Crochet
littlemonkeyscrochet.com

Here are the “do nots”:

  • Do not resell the pattern, altered or in its original form.
  • Do not copy and paste the pattern onto your own blog, in a Facebook group, or anywhere else. Simply link to this page instead. Anything beyond this is copyright theft. You are welcome to copy/paste it into a document for printing, for personal use only.
  • Do not pull any of my photos from this site (or any of my other sites) to promote yourself or your crochet business on your own blog, Facebook page, or anywhere else. The exception to this is if you want to share my article link(s) on your own blog; in this case, you are welcome to take one photo per post for use on your site as long as it is accompanied by a direct link back to my post and does not include any portion of the pattern itself.
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  • Nicole June 9, 2016, 9:13 am

    LOVE this!! Thanks for sharing!! <3

    • Nicole June 9, 2016, 9:15 am

      I’ve never used this yarn so I am really looking forward to trying it!

  • DJTX June 9, 2016, 9:21 am

    Can’t wait to try this bag – very cute!

  • Julie MacMahon June 9, 2016, 9:22 am

    Awesome gift for a teacher. I am a teacher and would love to receive this.!! Thanks for the pattern. I will be making it too!!!!

  • Julie MacMahon June 9, 2016, 9:22 am

    Awesome gift for a teacher. I am a teacher and would love to receive this.!! Thanks for the pattern. I will be making it too!!!! Also. Also

    • Rebecca June 11, 2016, 12:31 pm

      Thank you Julie, that is good to hear!

  • Karen June 9, 2016, 10:03 am

    That is sooooo precious and I just happen to have oodles of cotton yarn! Great gift idea for any of my friends. Thanks for that!
    Can’t wait to try one!

  • Sara June 9, 2016, 1:00 pm

    Thank You:):)

  • Teri June 9, 2016, 1:55 pm

    This would make a great project to work on while visiting relatives.
    We are heading to Victoria, B.C. in July on the Victoria Clipper out of Seattle. It is a three hour trip, and would be good to work on to pass the time. If Orcas are spotted, I would have to stop to look. LOL

  • Becky Redding June 9, 2016, 6:10 pm

    Darling! Thank you So much – I can’t wait to start

  • Kara Lewis June 9, 2016, 7:44 pm

    I love this pattern. Thank you very much!!

  • Jackie June 9, 2016, 8:33 pm

    You had me at Cedar Point! You failed to mention the adult stopover at Put in Bay.

  • Julie June 9, 2016, 9:25 pm

    Where in Michigan are you? I was born and raised in Toledo, OH and moved about 7 years ago to southern Ohio. All of my family is still in Toledo and Southeast Michigan. But anyways, another stunning pattern. I love all the things you make, and really appreciate that you share the patterns with us. I’ve made the sweet ocean baby blanket a few times now as gifts. Everybody loves it!=)

    • Rebecca June 11, 2016, 12:31 pm

      Hi Julie! I don’t like to give my exact location out on the blog, but it’s a little town in Southwest Michigan 🙂

  • Emma Zimmerman June 9, 2016, 10:09 pm

    Beautiful pattern. I made a similar bag but it didn’t have the beautiful bottom stitch pattern, it used a dc and a hdc or sc back and forth. This version is so beautiful thank you for sharing. I sometime add beads to my patterns , would you mind if I did this to this pattern? I do this sometimes to give it added piazza as a Christmas gift..

    • Rebecca June 11, 2016, 12:30 pm

      You’re welcome to customize it however you’d like for your own use 🙂

  • Shelagh West June 9, 2016, 10:38 pm

    Love your patterns. We are now lucky to be able to buy Lion Brand wool and cotton here in New Zealand in the south pacific

  • jackie June 10, 2016, 5:42 am

    What a great idea, I am making my Christmas gifts as I crochet them I also think how to present them your bag will fit the in with gifts thank you

  • Victoria June 11, 2016, 7:02 pm

    Howdy! This pattern is so fun! I’m up to round 6 – when you say at the beginning of this round that you do the first SC+HDC into the first ST, is this the Slip Stitch that joined the round? Or would this be the last DC? Thanks!

  • MaryJean Wesche June 11, 2016, 11:14 pm

    Great bag. Thank you so much for the free pattern. Very generous! Plan to make several as gifts!

  • Carmel June 21, 2016, 7:57 am

    I love this bag I’m going to make some for Christmas presents ( oh dear did I say Christmas ??) Thank you so much
    ?????❤️

  • Carmel June 21, 2016, 7:59 am

    I love this bag I’m going to make some for my granddaughters thank you so much
    Carmel

  • Carmel June 21, 2016, 8:01 am

    I love this bag thank you

  • Melissa June 24, 2016, 10:19 am

    Thank you so much ,I am going to try this

  • martha July 4, 2016, 6:27 pm

    I found this pattern and it looks so cute. I can’t wait to get started…. Something new to try., I am a older lady and have arthoritis. It hurts but, crocheting helps. I don’t have to take medicine for it if i crochet. Thanks i think this will be fun i might even make a couple for my sisters. Martha

  • Penny July 5, 2016, 2:03 pm

    Rebecca, I just located your page & I love it…..I can’t wait to make all three of these patterns that you just shared. They are so cute!! Thanks a bunch for sharing them!!!

  • Shareyah July 5, 2016, 8:21 pm

    Beautiful bag and lovely pattern!! I know you said you don’t give out your location on your blog – which I totally understand, but you said you live in a small town in Southwest Michigan and so do I! I live in Coldwater and have a knitting/crochet group that meets every Monday night. If you live anywhere near here, we are always welcoming people to join us even if it’s only once in a while ? Even in my late 20’s I’m the youngest of our group and it would be nice to have another younger fellow wife and mother around (who is also passionate about yarn related crafts). -blessings

  • Denise Davison July 6, 2016, 1:30 pm

    Hi Rebecca I will not sell this in my Etsy shop it’s just for me. I bought some rafia yarn by mistake and will try using this with cotton yarn.
    Thank you for sharing this cute bag pattern with us.
    Denise

  • Wendy July 7, 2016, 1:28 pm

    I have been really branching out and making new and different things. I love this pattern it’s so pretty. I am confused about the first round though. You chain 26 but end up with 52 stitches. So when it says working around the tail to the other side are you working in the same set of original 26 chains for a second time?

    • Rebecca July 19, 2016, 4:53 pm

      Yes 🙂

  • MABBY July 8, 2016, 1:22 am

    I made this in under 24 hours. Not sure what I will do with it, but I recommend it to everyone. I could be used for an insert in a handbag to transfer items from one to another.
    Thank you Rebecca!

  • Cindy July 18, 2016, 2:02 pm

    I have not been able to find this yarn. Is there another yarn that would work just as well?

    • Rebecca July 19, 2016, 4:54 pm

      Hmm, not sure. I can’t think of anything in the big stores that’s a lot like this yarn. Other yarns will work, of course, they’ll just look a little different. I would look for something with some cotton in it 🙂

    • Linda blumer August 3, 2016, 5:04 pm

      Try joanns on line

  • Donna July 20, 2016, 4:40 pm

    Just curious little monkey…where in Michigan are you? I’m in the SW lower corner of lower Michigan.

    thank you fopr all the great patterns
    Donna

    • Donna July 20, 2016, 4:42 pm

      forget my question. I found your answer to someone else.

  • Anne July 26, 2016, 3:01 am

    Hi there. For rounds 5-13, is it really sc+dc in the succeeding stitches? Not sc+hdc like the first stitch in the row? Thanks so much.

  • Anne July 26, 2016, 3:03 am

    Hi there. For rounds 5-13, is it really sc+dc in the succeeding stitches, not sc+hdc like the first stitch in the row? Thanks so much

    • Rebecca July 28, 2016, 8:23 am

      Nope, that was definitely a typo! Nice catch. Luckily it probably wouldn’t make much difference in the pattern, as the attached SCs would’ve pulled the next stitches down to their level anyway.

  • Jacquie hardy July 28, 2016, 2:05 am

    I love this pattern and intend to use my own hand spun yarn. Thank you so much for sharing.

  • Kandy July 28, 2016, 6:01 pm

    Thank you for sharing this awesome project. This will be my first use of cotton. I can’t wait to try and make this. May you continue being blessed with a beautiful gift.

  • Karen B. July 28, 2016, 9:24 pm

    This is a lovely project! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Jennifer Hilton July 30, 2016, 12:21 pm

    Thanks so much for this pattern, will be making 1 for each of my husband’s great grand daughters. Such a cute gift. Thanks again.

  • Sandy August 1, 2016, 11:36 am

    Super cute patterns, I am inspired to begin crocheting again

  • mieke August 3, 2016, 1:03 pm

    lovely pattern. Plan to make some for myself in different colours to use for different handcraft works.

  • Linda blumer August 3, 2016, 5:01 pm

    I love this bag but I would like to make it bigger can u give me the instructions on how to do that

    • Rebecca August 6, 2016, 8:42 am

      Hi Linda, you would need to continue increasing the base, and then you would need to figure out mathematically (or by eyeballing it) where the handles would be. It’s not really an easy answer in this case, but depending on your level of crochet knowledge you might be able to pull it off 🙂

  • Linda blumer August 3, 2016, 5:58 pm

    How do I make it bigger

  • Pauline August 29, 2016, 5:21 pm

    I absolutely love this bag I wish I could show you the one I made and I am making another one as well

    Thank you so much

  • Julie Dyer September 3, 2016, 2:02 am

    I made a couple for my kids teacher but they a bit on the small side for what we were hoping to do with them. Do you have a pattern for adding on to the width and length of this adorable bag?

    • Rebecca September 5, 2016, 11:49 am

      Sorry, I don’t have a pattern for anything larger other than the measurements specified in the pattern 🙂

  • Jessica Vanicek September 4, 2016, 12:32 am

    LOVE THIS BAG! Just finished it only I did the base color silver and the middle is a sea foamish/turquoise color and the top white. One this I will say I was SLIGHTLY dissapointed in the finished size (I thought would be bigger which I didn’t even check to see if u listed the dimensions which is my own fault. Would love to see a pattern for the same bag only larger. Still LOVE IT and thanks for sharing!

  • Silvia September 4, 2016, 9:06 pm

    Bellos motivos, me encanta el tejido a crochet. He realizado varios trabajos para mis nietas y bisnietas, gracias y felicitaciones.

  • Janine Hawkins September 27, 2016, 6:54 pm

    I think Im going to try this but only have 8ply and may just use a bigger hook!!

  • miriam October 14, 2016, 12:00 pm

    bellissima sara’ il mio prossimo lavoro.saluti