Chestnut Leaf Bag

Chestnut Leaf Bag
Difficulty level: *** Intermediate

Free Bag Crochet Pattern

Size: 17” (43 cm) width, 14” (36 cm) height

Materials: Knit Picks Palette fingering weight 100% wool yarn 231 yds (210 m)/ 50 g color Bark - 8 balls (MC
Knit Picks Palette fingering weight 100% wool yarn 231 yds (210 m)/ 50 g colors Semolina, Turmeric, Hazelnut, Golden Heather, Masala, Serpentine - 1 ball each (CCs)
Fabric for lining
2 leather handles 27” (68 cm) long

Hook: D (3.25 mm)

Abbreviations:

ch = chain
st(s) = stitch(es)
sl st = slip stitch
dc = double crochet

Chestnut Leaf

Note: the center of the leaf is crocheted in rounds (6 rounds), the rest of the leaf is crocheted in rows, back and forth.

Round 1: Chain 8, join with sl st to make a ring.

Round 2: ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 26 dc, sl st to ch 2.

Round 3: ch 6 (counts as 1 dc and ch 3), skip 2 sts, 1 dc, *ch 3, skip 2 sts, 1 dc, repeat from * 6 more times, end with ch 3, sl st to ch 6.

Round 4: ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), (1 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) into ch 6, *ch 1, (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) into next ch 3, repeat from * to the end of the round, sl st to ch 2.

Round 5: ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) into ch 3, 1 dc in first dc after ch 3, *ch 1, 1 dc in last dc before ch 3, (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) into ch 3, 1 dc in first dc after ch 3, repeat from * to the end of the round, sl st to ch 2.

Round 6: ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in last dc before ch 3, (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) into ch 3, 1 dc in in each of the first 2 dc after ch 3, *ch 1, 1 dc in each of the last 2 dc before ch 3, (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) into ch 3, 1 dc in each of the first 2 dc after ch 3, repeat from * to the end of the round, sl st to ch 2.

Row 7: ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in each of the last 2 dc before ch 3, (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) into ch 3, 1 dc in each of the first 3 dc after ch 3, *ch 1, 1 dc in each of the last 3 dc before ch 3, (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) into ch 3, 1 dc in each of the first 3 dc after ch 3, repeat from * 5 more times, turn.

Row 8: ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in each of the last 3 dc before ch 3, (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) into ch 3, 1 dc in each of the first 4 dc after ch 3, *ch 1, 1 dc in each of the last 4 dc before ch 3, (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) into ch 3, 1 dc in each of the first 4 dc after ch 3, repeat from * 5 more times, turn.

Row 9: ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in each of the last 4 dc before ch 3, (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) into ch 3, 1 dc in each of the first 5 dc after ch 3, *ch 1, 1 dc in each of the last 5 dc before ch 3, (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) into ch 3, 1 dc in each of the first 5 dc after ch 3, repeat from * 4 more times, turn.

Row 10: ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in each of the last 5 dc before ch 3, (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) into ch 3, 1 dc in each of the first 6 dc after ch 3, *ch 1, 1 dc in each of the last 6 dc before ch 3, (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) into ch 3, 1 dc in each of the first 6 dc after ch 3, repeat from * 4 more times, turn.

Row 11: ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in each of the last 6 dc before ch 3, (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) into ch 3, 1 dc in each of the first 7 dc after ch 3, *ch 1, 1 dc in each of the last 7 dc before ch 3, (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) into ch 3, 1 dc in each of the first 7 dc after ch 3, repeat from * 4 more times, turn.

Row 12: ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in each of the last 7 dc before ch 3, (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) into ch 3, 1 dc in each of the first 8 dc after ch 3, *ch 1, 1 dc in each of the last 8 dc before ch 3, (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) into ch 3, 1 dc in each of the first 8 dc after ch 3, repeat from * 3 more times, turn.

Row 13: ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in each of the last 8 dc before ch 3, (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) into ch 3, 1 dc in each of the first 9 dc after ch 3, *ch 1, 1 dc in each of the last 9 dc before ch 3, (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) into ch 3, 1 dc in each of the first 9 dc after ch 3, repeat from * 3 more times, turn.

Row 14: ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in each of the last 9 dc before ch 3, (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) into ch 3, 1 dc in each of the first 10 dc after ch 3, *ch 1, 1 dc in each of the last 10 dc before ch 3, (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) into ch 3, 1 dc in each of the first 10 dc after ch 3, repeat from * 3 more times, turn.

Row 15: ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in each of the last 10 dc before ch 3, (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) into ch 3, 1 dc in each of the first 11 dc after ch 3, *ch 1, 1 dc in each of the last 11 dc before ch 3, (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) into ch 3, 1 dc in each of the first 11 dc after ch 3, repeat from * 2 more times, turn.

Row 16: ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in each of the last 11 dc before ch 3, (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) into ch 3, 1 dc in each of the first 12 dc after ch 3, *ch 1, 1 dc in each of the last 12 dc before ch 3, (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) into ch 3, 1 dc in each of the first 12 dc after ch 3, repeat from * 1 more time, turn.

Row 17: ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in each of the last 12 dc before ch 3, (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) into ch 3, 1 dc in each of the first 13 dc after ch 3, *ch 1, 1 dc in each of the last 13 dc before ch 3, (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) into ch 3, 1 dc in each of the first 13 dc after ch 3, turn.

Row 18: ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in each of the last 13 dc before ch 3, (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) into ch 3, 1 dc in each of the first 14 dc after ch 3, turn.

Row 19: ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in each of the last 14 dc before ch 3, (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) into ch 3, 1 dc in each of the first 15 dc after ch 3, turn.

Row 20: ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in each of the last 15 dc before ch 3, (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) into ch 3, 1 dc in each of the first 16 dc after ch 3. Tie off.


Bag

For a bag this size, crochet 20 chestnut leaves: 14 from MC yarn and 6 from CC yarns, one from each color.


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Bottom

Chain 20.
Row 1 and all other rows: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 19 dc, turn.
Work as established until the bottom is 17” (43 cm) long. Tie off.

Finishing

On a blocking mat or a cutting mat measure a 34” x 14” (86 cm x 36 cm) rectangle. Position the leaves inside the rectangle, slightly overlapping them. Baste the leaves. Using matching yarn colors sew the leaves together along the overlapping edges. Fold the rectangle widthwise in half, overlapping the edge leaves and sew them together to close the side seam and get a tube.



Sew the bottom to the lower edge of the bag, folding the uneven edges of the bag inside.


 
I decided to felt the bag slightly. The bag didn’t change size after felting as is usual with crochet. I set my washing machine set to hot and let it run for about 20 min of the "normal" cycle with a small amount of Woolite.

For the lining you will need about ½ yard of cotton fabric. Cut a rectangle measuring 34 ½” x 16 ½”. Fold it widthwise, face inwards and align the edges. On your sewing machine, stitch the side and bottom edges together. Make box corners at the bottom of the lining. Fold the upper edge ½” – 1” out and press with a hot iron.

Insert the lining into the crochet bag and manually stitch the upper edge of the lining to the bag approximately 1” from the edge. Fold the upper uneven edge of the bag ½” inside over the lining and hand stitch it

Attach the leather handles following the manufacturer’s instructions.

Enjoy!