Shark babies go here: A crochet lace, mermaid’s purse-inspired drawstring backpack/bag pattern

Hi there everyone! I felt like making a quick crochet bag while I was on break, so here it is. This style of cylindrical crochet bag was popular around 1900, when crochet lace really came into vogue. It’s not a big bag, but it’s suitable for all the essentials. The bottom is solid single crochet, so there’s no need to worry about your Chapstick falling out.

Mermaid’s purses are shark egg sacs, which sometimes wash up on shore. I tried to use somewhat nautical themes with the color and lace pattern, but I thought beading with fake pearls might be too much.

5-point shell pattern: tr in third st from hook, *dc 3 in same st, tr in same st, tr in fifth stitch from hook* repeat from * to end.

CO 5 sts in magic loop

1: 2 sc in each st, place marker at end of row (10 sts)

2: *sc 1, 2 sc in next st; repeat to end of row (15 sts)

3: *sc 2, 2 sc in next st; repeat to end of row (20 sts)

4: *sc 3, 2 sc in next st; repeat to end of row (25 sts)

5: *sc 4, 2 sc in next st; repeat to end of row (30 sts)

6: *sc 5, 2 sc in next st; repeat to end of row (35 sts)

7: *sc 6, 2 sc in next st; repeat to end of row (40 sts)

8: *sc 7, 2 sc in next st; repeat to end of row (45 sts)

9: *sc 8, 2 sc in next st; repeat to end of row (50 sts)

10-11: sc to end. (50 sts)

12-13: hdc to end. (50 sts)

14: *dc in second st from hook, then dc into previous st; repeat to end of row in basic cable pattern (50 sts)

15-19: See shell pattern

20: *dc in second st from hook, then dc into previous st, repeat to end of row in basic cable pattern (50 sts)

21-22: hdc to end of row. (50 sts)

23: tr to end of row. (50 sts)

24: hdc to end of row. (50 sts)

25: *hdc picot, hdc 1; repeat to end of row

Weave in loose ends and ch two extra-long drawstrings. Weave them through the triple crochet sts near the top so that they come out on opposite sides of the bag, and tie them into rings for handles. Now you just need to find those shark babies…

Yes, there is a booty.

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