Christmas Gift Bags


Hello My Dears! Well, Christmas is quickly creeping up on us, and now is the time to be making those extra special treats for our family and friends.

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be sent some very lovely Scheepjes Secret Garden yarn to have a play with. It's is a gorgeous rustic, almost tweed like, yarn made from 60% polyester, 20% cotton and 20% silk. It feels soft, but not 'stretchy'. The yarn is single ply (so no splitting) and looks like it's been delicately spun with flecks of lighter/darker yarn showing through.

The yarn is perfect to make these Christmas gift bags out of. They are easy and quick to wip up and ideal to pop a little something inside for that special someone. You could also keep your crochet and crafty bits in them - or why not put some Christmas scents inside and use them as hanging decorations around your home during this festive time?




So lets get cracking!

This is the English version, though you can download both US and English versions on Ravelry and Love Crochet.

Materials;
♥ Approx 60g of DK yarn. Here Scheepjes Secret Garden has been used in the following quantities and colours;
The Christmas Tree Bag –
1 x 50g ball of Wishing Well (735) and scraps of Wisteria Arch (733)
The Rudolph Bag –
1 x 50g ball of Picket Fence (734) and scraps of Lily Pond (709)
The Snowflake Bag –
1 x 50g ball of Bird Bath (736) and scraps of Rambling Blooms (705)
♥ 4mm hook
♥ Ribbon to tie your bag
♥ Buttons for embellishing (optional)
♥ Darning needle

Stitches used;
ch = chain
dc = double crochet
tr = treble crochet

Finished size;
18cm high by 15cm wide or 7” high x 6” wide

Abbreviations;
frm = from
rpt = repeat

Gauge (not essential);
17 stitches x 18 rows = 10cm x 10cm using dc















Tip; There should be 25 dc in each dc row.
Work 26ch.

Row 1;
Work 1dc in 2nd ch frm hook and in each ch across, turn.

Row 2-5;
1ch, work 1dc in each dc across, turn.

Row 6;
3ch (counts as 1tr and 1ch), miss first 2dc, 1tr in next dc, * 1ch, miss 1dc, 1tr in next dc * rpt frm * to end, turn (12 x 1 ch ribbon spaces made).

Row 7;
1ch, work 1dc in each tr and 1ch space across to end, working your last dc in top of 2nd chain from previous row, turn (there should be 25 dc at the end of the row).

Row 8 - 31;
1ch, work 1dc in each dc across, turn.

Row 32 - 57; 
Choose to work from one of the grids below.

1 square = 1dc. Snake your way up and start from '1', also ensure to work 1 turning chain at the end of each row.

Tip! Try to keep a good tension when working the strands of yarn across the back of your gift bag. Too loose and the stitches may have gaps, too tight and your bag will not lie flat.

The front and back of your gift bag should look something like this.    
Front and Back
Do not break yarn, but continue on to....

Row 57;
3ch (counts as 1tr and 1ch), miss first 2dc, 1tr in next dc, * 1ch, miss 1dc, 1tr in next dc * rpt frm * to end, turn (12 x 1 ch ribbon spaces made).

Row 58;
1ch, work 1dc in each tr and 1ch space across to end, working your last dc in top of 2nd chain from previous row, turn.

Row 59 - 62;
1ch, work 1dc in each dc across, turn. At the end of row 62, Fasten off and weave in all ends. 


With wrong sides together and ensuring that the ribbon holes line up, sew down the two side edges with a small running stitch.


Turn inside out, thread the holes with pretty ribbon and sew on any buttons such as a star for the Christmas tree and a nose for Rudolph.

Ta-dah! You have made your very own Christmas Gift Bag!






I do hope you enjoy making them. Don't forget, you can find the free download over on Ravelry and Love Crochet. Feel free to give it a little ♥ while you're there!

With lots of festive cheer, see you soon my friends :)

xxx

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