Holiday Bag – 88 and 311

I decided to make a bag in which I would place a gift for my office holiday gift exchange. I still had some left over green, aran, and red holiday yarn from the runner I made for my sister.

I made this bag as 4 sides attached to a base. The wider sides (the front and the back) are made with 2 different patterns.  The thinner sides are just series of sc and dc.

This was all done with an h hook and three different Red Heart Holiday yarns.

Base: in Green -Silver (color A) ch 8 to start.

Row 1: ch1, sc across (8 st). Turn

Rows 2-28 repeat

Turn piece clockwise 90 degrees, sc along one of the long ends of the piece (28 st)

Put stitch markers in each of the corners so you don’t forget where the base starts and ends Don’t fasten off, you will just start the first row of the first panel from here.

Panel 1:  Starts with Pattern 88

Row 1: ch1, sc in 1st st., *ch 2, skip 2 st, sc, repeat from * across ending in sc. Turn

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc); sc in first st, *3dc in the next sc (skipping over the ch2 space), repeat from *, ending with 2 dc in last sc. Turn.

Row 3: Ch1 1, sc in 1st st, *ch 2, sc in center dc of 3 dc group, repeat from *, ending with sc in last dc

Row 4: repeat Row 2

Row 5: repeat Row 3

Row 6: repeat Row 2

Row 7: repeat Row 3

Row 8:repeat Row 2 changing to color B (Aran-Gold) at the end of the last dc.

Row 9: ch1 sc in each st across (28 st)

Now we will start with pattern 311. This pattern uses a bobble stitch which I did previously.  The bobble is made as follows (YO into next st, draw yarn through up to level of st) repeat 3x, YO and draw through all 7 loops.

Now for pattern 311:

Row 10:  ch1, sc in 1st st., *ch 2, skip 2 st, sc, repeat from * across ending in sc. Turn (look familiar?)

Row 11: Ch 3 (counts as hdc ch 1), *bobble in ch 2 space, ch 2, hdc in next ch 2 space, repeat from * after last bobble, you will not have much space so you will ch 1 (instead of 2) and then hdc in last st. Turn

Row 12: Ch1, sc in first st, *ch 2, hdc in next ch 2 space, repeat from * ending with sc in last st. Turn

Row 13: Ch 3 (counts as hdc ch 1), *hdc in ch 2 space, ch 2, bobble in ch 2 space, ch 2, repeat from * after last hdc, you will not have much space so you will ch 1 (instead of 2) and then hdc in last st. Turn

Row 14: repeat row 12:

Rows 15-18: repeat rows 11 through 14. Fasten off.

Now for one of the (smaller ) side panels.

Row 1: start with one of the smaller panels. Sc in the first st and sc across (9 sc). Turn

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in 1st st., sc across (9 st) Turn.

Rows 3-5: repeat row 2. Turn

Row 6: Ch3 (counts as dc), skip 1st st, dc across (9 st) turn.

Row 7-13: repeat row 6 joining color A in last art of final dc.

Row 14: with color B, Ch1, sc in each st (9 st) turn.

Rows 15: Ch3 (counts as dc), skip 1st st, dc across (9 st) turn.

Rows 16-21: repeat row 15. Fasten off.

Make another large panel and another side panel following the same directions above.

When you get to the color change for the other side panel, do not fasten off. Also when you get to the final row of color B in the saide panel do not fasten off.

The result is a cross shape. Hopefully yours will look better than this picture.


Using color B, hold  a large side and a small side together. Sc the two pieces together until you get to color A.Join color A on that last stitch and then continue  using color A until you reach the base.

I then started at the top of the other side of panel that I finished and joined it with the next panel – same as before starting with color B until I joined color A to the base.

Repeat until all sides are joined and you have an open box-like shape.  be sure to weave in all the loose ends before turning it inside out – which is the next step.

Finally, for the last part.  Using the Red-Silver yarn (Color C), join it to the top row of one of the shorter sides with a sc and sc all around. I had 9 stitches on each short end and about 29 on each longer side. sl st to join.

Row 1 : Ch 1, hdc in first 19 st, ch 15, skip 9, hdc in next 29 st, ch 15, skip 9, hdc in next 10 st. sl st to join.

Row 2: ch 1, sc in each st going around until you reach the ch-15, 25 hdc in the ch15 (they will fit), sc around to next ch -15, 25hdc in ch15, sc to start. sl st to join. fasten off.  Weave in any ends.

Final product.

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