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Raffia Bucket Bag (Small) Crochet Pattern

Raffia Bucket Bag (Small) Crochet Pattern

September 23, 2017 /

raffia bucket bag

Hi there, I am back with more raffia yarn crochet pattern. Hope you like this small Raffia Bucket Bag I designed and make as a small bag to bring out for tea and coffee with friends and family. It is lightweight and handy when you don’t feel like bringing a big purse out. The leather drawstring and straps just perfected the raffia bucket bag by adding bits of luxury touch, making it looks like those just came out from the branded luxury designer shops. The best part is that you can make this raffia bucket bag with my free pattern that won’t burn a hole in your pocket.

mini raffia bucket bag

This raffia bucket bag is about 6″ in diameter and 7″ in height. Crochet by raffia yarn, Raffia With Passion, with a 3.5mm hook. The free crochet pattern came with a written pattern, instruction and step photos, including 2 tapestry designs: Checkerboard (LV Damier inspired) and Chevron. The holes for the drawstring is covered by eyelets so it is easy for the drawstring to glide through.

Small Raffia Bucket Bag – Free Crochet Pattern

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raffia bucket bag crochet pattern

Besides crochet pattern, there is also an instruction on how to add lining to the bag. Not all bag will come out exactly the same dimension as I did for this raffia bucket bag, hence, the lining instruction will include the direction on how to size your own lining according to your bucket bag.

small raffia bucket bag

It was a hot sun shiny afternoon when my daughter and I brought along these 2 raffia bucket bags while having our family lunch and tea at the heritage site of Penang island. The bucket bag is able to carry my small purse, keys, mobile phone, a pack of tissue paper, lipsticks and a pocket mirror perfectly. We had a wonderful time together strolling along with the beautiful heritage landmark, admiring the wall murals, cherish the conservation has done on the historical building and construction, of course, we took lots of photos with my new gear Canon EOS 6D Mark II.

Damier Checkerboard Bucket Bag

damier raffia bucket bag

Hope you enjoy crochet with raffia as much as I do. Though the yarn is not as flexible as wool or cotton yarn, some may find it is hurting their fingers, but the result of making bags, purse, and hat with raffia is stunning. Just love that raffia yarn is absolutely non-pilling and will not have little balls, of pills, of thread on the surface of the bag after using it after an extent of time. Raffia is lightweight, so much lighter than canvas and leather, and yet hold its shape perfectly.

Chevron Bucket Bag

chevron raffia bucket bag

Stay tuned for more new raffia crochet pattern soon. Meanwhile, check it out the crochet pattern of this raffia bucket bag. Click raffia at the side bar for more raffia crochet pattern.

drawstring bag crochet pattern

Raffia Bucket Bag (Small)

Size: 6″ diameter x 7″ tall

Skill level: Intermediate / Avid Beginner

Abbreviations:
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
ssc = split single crochet / knit stitch / waistcoat stitch
inc: increment stitch / 2ssc in a stitch
sk = skip
slst = slip stitch
st = stitch

Materials:
1. Crochet raffia yarn, Raffia With Passion, 170 gram / 250 m, 1 roll
2. 3.5mm crochet hook
3. 15mm eyelet, 12 sets (available soon at Craft Passion Shop)
4. PU leather sling shoulder straps
5. PU leather drawstring cord
6. D rings and short length of ribbon
7. Fabric for lining (fat quarter size, 22″ x 18″), optional

Tools:
1. Eyelet installation tool and hammer set
2. Sewing needle and matching thread for lining
3. Tapestry needle

Finished dimension:
Approx. 6″ (dia) x 7″ (H) excluding strap
Tension gauge: Approx 18 sts x 20 rows split single crochet in 4 inches square

Crochet Pattern

in American crochet terms

Damier Checkerboard Pattern

The Damier Raffia Bucket Bag uses about 60g (150m) of Chocolate raffia yarn (#7619) and 40g (100m) of Kraft raffia yarn (#7987).
damier
Base (circle bottom)

With Chocolate Raffia
Round 1: Sc 6 in magic ring, join with slst to the first st to make a ring {6}
Round 2: ch1, [inc] around, slst to the first st of the round. {12}
Round 3: ch1, [inc, ssc 1] around, slst to the first st of the round. {18}
Round 4: ch1, [inc, ssc 2] around, slst to the first st of the round. {24}
Round 5: ch1, [inc, ssc 3] around, slst to the first st of the round. {30}
Round 6: ch1, [inc, ssc 4] around, slst to the first st of the round. {36}
Round 7: ch1, [inc, ssc 5] around, slst to the first st of the round. {42}
Round 8: ch1, [inc, ssc 6] around, slst to the first st of the round. {48}
Round 9: ch1, [inc, ssc 7] around, slst to the first st of the round. {54}
Round 10: ch1, [inc, ssc 8] around, slst to the first st of the round. {60}
Round 11: ch1, [inc, ssc 9] around, slst to the first st of the round. {66}
Round 12: ch1, [inc, ssc 10] around, slst to the first st of the round. {72}
Round 13: ch1, [inc, ssc 11] around, slst to the first st of the round. {78}
Round 14: ch1, [inc, ssc 12] around, slst to the first st of the round. {84}
Round 15: ch1, [inc, ssc 13] around, slst to the first st of the round. {90}
Round 16: ch1, [inc, ssc 14] around, slst to the first st of the round. {96}
Round 17: ch1, ssc around, slst to the first st of the round. {96}

Body (vertically upward)

With Chocolate (C) and Kraft (K) Raffia to make a checkerboard pattern of 3 sts x 3 rows size for each color.

Round 18 – Round 20 (3 rounds altogether): [  ch1,  ssc 3 with C, ssc 3 with K  ] around, slst to the first st of the round.
Round 21 – Round 23 (3 rounds altogether): [  ch1, ssc 3 with K, ssc 3 with C  ] around, slst to the first st of the round.

Repeat Round 18 to 23 until round 52 or until the vertical height measure around 6″. Continue to work on the checkerboard pattern for the bag body for the following instruction.

Next Round: ch1, ssc 3, ch1, [ssc 7, ch1] 11 times, ssc 4, slst to the first st of the round. The chain stitch creates the hole for the drawstring of the bucket bag, there should be a total of 12 holes for this round.
Next 2 Rounds: ch1, ssc around, slst to the first st of the round.

Fasten off and weave in ends.


Chevron Pattern

The Chevron Raffia Bucket Bag uses about 70g (175m) of White raffia yarn (#7901) and 30g (75m) of Daffodil raffia yarn (#7965).
chevron
Base (circle bottom)

With White Raffia
Round 1: Sc 6 in magic ring, join with slst to the first st to make a ring {6}
Round 2: ch1, [inc] around, slst to the first st of the round. {12}
Round 3: ch1, [inc, ssc 1] around, slst to the first st of the round. {18}
Round 4: ch1, [inc, ssc 2] around, slst to the first st of the round. {24}
Round 5: ch1, [inc, ssc 3] around, slst to the first st of the round. {30}
Round 6: ch1, [inc, ssc 4] around, slst to the first st of the round. {36}
Round 7: ch1, [inc, ssc 5] around, slst to the first st of the round. {42}
Round 8: ch1, [inc, ssc 6] around, slst to the first st of the round. {48}
Round 9: ch1, [inc, ssc 7] around, slst to the first st of the round. {54}
Round 10: ch1, [inc, ssc 8] around, slst to the first st of the round. {60}
Round 11: ch1, [inc, ssc 9] around, slst to the first st of the round. {66}
Round 12: ch1, [inc, ssc 10] around, slst to the first st of the round. {72}
Round 13: ch1, [inc, ssc 11] around, slst to the first st of the round. {78}
Round 14: ch1, [inc, ssc 12] around, slst to the first st of the round. {84}
Round 15: ch1, [inc, ssc 13] around, slst to the first st of the round. {90}
Round 16: ch1, [inc, ssc 14] around, slst to the first st of the round. {96}
Round 17: ch1, ssc around, slst to the first st of the round. {96}

Body (vertically upward)
With White (W) and Daffodil (D)   Raffia to make a chevron pattern of 12 sts x 10 rows size for each V-shaped stripe. For this chevron raffia bucket bag, there are a 2 rows top and bottom pattern overlap respectively at the middle chevron pattern, hence, total rows for this 3 chevron stripe pattern is 26 rows/rounds, the rest of the rounds is all off white color

Round 18: ch1, ssc 5 with W, ssc 1 with D, [ ssc 11 with W, ssc 1 with D ] 7 times, ssc 6 with W, slst to the first st of the round.
Round 19: ch1, ssc 4 with W, ssc 3 with D, [ ssc 9 with W, ssc 3 with D ] 7 times, ssc 5 with W, slst to the first st of the round.
Round 20: ch1, ssc 3 with W, ssc 5 with D, [ ssc 7 with W, ssc 5 with D ] 7 times, ssc 4 with W, slst to the first st of the round.
Round 21: ch1, ssc 2 with W, ssc 7 with D, [ ssc 5 with W, ssc 7 with D ] 7 times, ssc 3 with W, slst to the first st of the round.
Round 22: ch1, [ ssc 1 with W, ssc 4 with D  ] 2 times, [ ssc 3 with W, ssc 4 with D, ssc 1 with W, ssc 4 with D ]  7 times, ssc 2 with W, slst to the first st of the round.
Round 23: ch1, [ ssc 4 with D,  ssc 3 with W, ssc 4 with D, ssc 1 with W ] 8 times, slst to the first st of the round.
Round 24: ch1, ssc 3 with D, [ ssc 5 with W, ssc 7 with D ] 7 times, ssc 5 with W, ssc 4 with D, slst to the first st of the round.
Round 25: ch1, ssc 2 with D, [ ssc 7 with W, ssc 5 with D ] 7 times, ssc 7 with W, ssc 3 with D, slst to the first st of the round.
Round 26: ch1, [ ssc 1 with DD,ssc 4 with W ] 2 times, [ ssc 3 with D, ssc 4 with W, ssc 1 with D, ssc 4 with W ]  7 times, ssc 2 with DD,slst to the first st of the round.
Round 27: ch1, [ ssc 4 with W, ssc 3 with D,  ssc 4 with W, ssc 1 with D , ] 8 times, slst to the first st of the round.
Round 28 – Round 35 (8 rounds altogether): Repeat Round 20 to Round 27
Round 36 – Round 41 (6 rounds altogether): Repeat Round 20 to Round 25
Round 42: ch1, ssc 1 with D, [ ssc 9 with W, ssc 3 with D ] 7 times, ssc 9 with W, ssc 2 with D, slst to the first st of the round.
Round 43: ch1, [ ssc 11 with W, ssc 1 with D ] 8 times, slst to the first st of the round.
Round 44 to Round 52 (9 rounds altogether): ch1, ssc around with W, or, until the vertical height measure around 6″
Next Round: ch1, ssc 3, ch1, [ssc 7, ch1] 11 times, ssc 4, slst to the first st of the round. The chain stitch creates the hole for the drawstring of the bucket bag, there should be a total of 12 chain holes for this round.
Next 2 Rounds: ch1, ssc around, slst to the first st of the round.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Important Note: Pull the slst and chain stitches snug at the end and beginning of every round to tighten these transition stitches in order to give a less obvious seam.

More Details on how to crochet the small Raffia Bucket Bag

bucket 1This is the base of the bucket bag. Since this is tapestry crochet (carrying anther yarn color inside the crochet stitches) of 2 colors, in order to have equal tension gauge and thickness through out the whole bag, I carried the khaki yarn from 2nd round onwards.
Use Off White yarn for the Chevron bucket bag as the carrying yarn inside the stitches to give a clean white base.

 

bucket 2Pretty much similar to a normal single crochet stitch, instead of inserting the hook under the loops, Split Single Crochet Stitches is done by inserting the hook between the legs of the next stitch.

 

bucket 3Change yarn color just before the final “yarn over” of the preceeding color (color 1) for the new color (color 2) in the next stitch.

 

bucket 4With two loops of the single crochet remaining on the hook, drop color 1 and pick up color 2 from the bottom (with color 1 on top of color 2).

 

bucket 5Make the final “yarn over” and pull the new color (color 2) through both loops.

 

bucket 6Crochet the Split Single Crochet as usual. Repeat the above process when you need to change the yarn color for the next stitch.

 

bucket 7Follow the pattern to crochet the body of the bag until you have completed round 52, or, until the height measures 6″.

 

bucket 8Make holes for the drawstring with chain stitches before completing the bag with the final 2 rounds of tapestry crochet.

 

bucket 9Set iron to medium and press the raffia bucket bag with the warm iron (Only do this if you are using the same raffia as mine, please test on a small surface if you are using other raffia yarn.). This is to block and set the stitches of the raffia bucket bag in shape. You may block the base before working the body, but if you have missed that out, just padded your fist with thick socks or fabric, insert your padded fist into the bucket bag and press the base against the iron.

 

bucket 10Install the eyelets in the holes by using the eyelet installation tool.

 

bucket 11If you wish to make a lining for this small raffia bucket bag, measure the circumference of the bag, named as A, and the vertical height from the edge of the base to about 2 stitches under the eyelet, named as B.
Make a lining by cutting the fabric into the following pieces (calculation excluding seam allowance):
1. Circle base piece, diameter = A/3.14. Add seam allowance of 3/8″
2. Rectangle side piece, A as width, B as height. Add a seam allowance of 3/8″ for sides and bottom edges, 1″ for the top edge.
3. Pocket, around 4.5″ x 4.5″. Add 3/8″ for sides and bottom edges, 1/2″ for the top edge.
Sew the short edges of the rectangle piece together, press seam to one side, topstitch. Sew the pocket to the rectangle piece. Sew to join circle base to them to complete the lining.

 

bucket 12Install the D-rings at the sides of the lining with a short length ribbon.

 

bucket 13Hand sews the lining to raffia bucket bag.
Hook the straps and insert the drawstring.
If you are using the same drawstring as mine, please remove the metal head from the end of the string with a small screwdriver. Insert it through the eyelet holes, cut the drawstring to the desired length and put back the metal head.

 

bucket 14Add the drawstring stopper to complete the raffia bucket bag.

 

I just love how this raffia bucket bag holds its shape up even with a full load of items in it. Furthermore, it is light in weight and easy to carry around. It makes a perfect small bag on days that you simply do feel like lugging a big bag around.
damier bucket bag raffia

Stay tuned for more new raffia crochet pattern soon.  Click raffia at the sidebar for more raffia crochet pattern.

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