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Ba Bar Bag: Crochet Bag

Updated April 27, 2023
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Summer hookin’….it can be hard right? Finding just the right project that’s lightweight, doesn’t give you the dreaded sweaty hand and looks seasonal can be tricky. So, that’s why I’m THRILLED to share this beautiful Ba Bar Bag from guest designer Lara of Hooked On Ewe. Using one of my favourite stitches, the Bar Stitch, this crochet bag is perfect for teaming with your Summery ‘fit.

Lara says, “Taking inspiration from the recent Bella Coco tutorial on the Bar Stitch, this is the perfect project to get you ready for the summer vibes and hitting the town (lockdown restrictions permitting). The pattern is designed to be super simple with minimal ends to sew in, despite the fantastic looking colour changes. The pattern can of course be edited if you would like to make a bigger/smaller crochet bag, or longer/shorter start – all you would need to do is change your chain length!

As this is a guest post, Bella Coco Crochet is unable to answer any queries. If you have a question, please contact the designer directly and they will be happy to help you.

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Gauge: the finished crochet bag measures 16 stitches x 20 rows = 10cm measured in SC


Yarn: DK weight yarn, the bag pictured uses: Stylecraft Special DK in White (50g) 1 Skein of 100g
Hand-dyed Yarn (DK) by Miss Bee (40g) 1 Skein of 100g

Yarn Substitutes: Any hand-dyed or colour changing yarn would work well for this pattern, as long as it is in the DK weight to match your Stylecraft yarn.

Hooks: 4.5mm


Tapestry Needle

Stitch Markers

Optional – Button


Pattern written in US terms.

Suitable for advanced beginners … but don’t let that stop you!

Your foundation chain must be in multiples of 3 plus 3 for turning.


Chain (CH): Yarn over, pull through one loop on hook

Slip Stitch (SS): Insert hook, yarn over, pull through all loops.

Single Crochet (SC): Insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull through two loops (2 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through both loops.

Front Post Double Crochet (FPDC): Yarn over, insert hook around post of stitch from front to back, yarn over, pull up a loop, you will have three loops on the hook. Yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops.

Stitch/es (st/s)

FO: Finish off

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Ba Bar Bag: Crochet Bag

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Begin in White

Foundation Row: Chain 30 + 3 for turning.

Row 1: SC in 2nd CH from the hook and SC in each stitch along. At the end of the row, CH1 (does not count as a stitch here or throughout) and turn. (Your stitch count will be your original multiple of 3 minus 1. For example: worked 30 chains (multiple of 3) plus 3 for turning = 33. My stitch count will be 33 – 1 = 32).

Row 2: SC in the first stitch and across, CH1 and turn.

Row 3: SC in first 2 stitches. FPDC around the next stitch 2 rows below. *Miss unworked stitch behind the FPDC, 2 SC in next stitches, FPDC around next stitch 2 rows below; repeat from * until you have 2 stitches remaining. Miss unworked stitch, SC in last 2 stitches (on the final stitch change colour to hand-dyed yarn), CH1 and turn.

Row 4: SC in the first stitch and across, CH1 and turn.

Row 5: SC in first 2 stitches. FPDC around FPDC from 2 rows below. *Miss unworked stitch, 2 SC in next stitches, FPDC around FPDC from 2 rows below; repeat from * until you have 2 stitches remaining. Miss unworked stitch, SC in last 2 stitches (remember to change back to white on the final stitch), CH1 and turn.

Repeat Row 4 and Row 5 (remembering your colour change) until you reach Row 19.

Row 20: End on White SC row – do not fasten off just yet.

SC in each stitch down the left-hand side of your panel.

Place 3 SC in the corner stitch before putting a SC in each stitch along the bottom of your panel.
Again, place 3 SC in the corner stitch before putting a SC in each stitch down the right hand side of your panel.

When reaching the end, CH1 and fasten off.

If you need a little help mastering the bar stitch, check this video for a quick tutorial:


Repeat the exact same process for the back panel until Row 35.

Row 36 should end on a White SC row – again, do not fasten off.

Repeat the SC process along each side of the bag before you fasten off.

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Place the front panel (bar stitch facing you) and back panel (bar stitch facing away from you) together.

Using stitch markers line up each panel marking the 2nd SC in the corners and the final stitches on each side of the bag.

To join, simply attach the yarn to the left-hand side of the bag and SC into each corresponding stitch. Do this down the left-hand side, bottom of the bag and the right-hand side.

Do not fasten off just yet!


Once you reach the final stitch on the right-hand side of your bag CH 100 + 1 for turning.
In the 2nd CH from the hook, SC into every stitch. When reaching the end of the row CH1 and turn.

SC back along each stitch in the chain.

Ensure the strap is not twisted before SS into the body of the bag. For added security, CH1 and go through the next stitch in the handle, use a SS to join back into the body of the bag.
(This is based on a 5’1 model so please add additional chains to your starting chain if you want to increase the length of the strap.)

Sew in any loose ends.

Your Ba Bar Shoulder Bag is now complete.


If you would like to add a button to your crochet bag:

Place the button in the centre of your bag and sew on.

To create a button fastener, line up the bag flap with your button, attach the White yarn, CH8, skip 3 stitches and SS into the 4th stitch. CH1 and fasten off.


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Hello everyone! I’m Lara from @hookedonewe_x and it is a privilege to be a guest designer here on Bella Coco Crochet. I am so grateful to be able to share my pattern with you today and I really hope you enjoy this quick and easy shoulder bag. Please blame my partner for the name and tagline; he really wanted to be involved and hopefully get a smile from all of you – enjoy!

If you enjoyed making this crochet capelet, you can see more of Kaila’s beautiful designs here: @hookedonewe_x

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