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Japanese knot bag crochet pattern

Stylish and easy, this Japanese crochet knot bag will steal your heart!

I have something different for you today. Are you in need of a crochet bag pattern? How would you feel about making your very own crochet project bag?

This crochet mini bag can host your smaller projects while on the go or can come with you as a small handbag to carry the essentials on a date night.

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Get ready to create a unique and stylish Japanese knot bag with this free crochet pattern! This gorgeous bag will be perfect for storing all your essentials. Easy-to-follow instructions and a photo tutorial are here for you to create a bag that will be the envy of all your friends. Hurry and get your free pattern today and start crafting!

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It’s the perfect size for carrying around a skein of yarn for a small project or your cell phone, wallet, and keys while you are out.

It has a simple and stylish look with knit-look stitches, while it’s all crochet. Yes, crochet! I cannot stress out enough how much in love I am with these knit-looking stitches. They look so clean!

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    Crochet knot bag pattern

    I actually have a thing about crochet stitches that look knit and you can see my other projects with crochet stitches that look knitted.

    My favorite one is my adorable crochet pumpkins, but the Rustic Tea Towels is a close second. Oh, and don’t forget to take a look at the Aberdeen shawl. A huge chunky shawl that no one knows it’s crochet.

    But, let’s get back to our little crochet knot bag.

    Crochet bag tutorial, Japanese knot bag

    The yarn

    The yarn I used for my knot bag is a personal favorite. It’s the La Mia Natural wool, from Hobium yarns. A 100% wool yarn that is softer than most acrylics.

    I have used this yarn in the past to make my Forest Fairy hood and my York sweater, and I really love it!

    But really, all you are going to need is approximately 220 yards (200 m) of any worsted yarn. It can be wool or acrylic, depending on your preferences.

    They both have a nice structure and the bag will hold well.

    Easy crochet knot bag pattern


    Yarn: weight #4 worsted
    Crochet hook: US J/6.0 mm
    Stitch marker
    Darning needle

    Gauge: 16 sts x 20 rows in pattern

    Yardage: approximately 220 yards (200 m)

    Japanese knot bag pattern

    Dimensions: 9″ x 7.75″ (23×20 cm) without the handles

    Big handle: 16″ (40 cm)
    Small handle: 8″ (20 cm) long


    R: row
    RS: right side
    WS: wrong side
    ch(s): chain(s)
    sl st: slip stitch
    hdc: half double crochet
    bb: back bumps
    st(s): stitch(es)
    blo: back loop only

    Japanese knot bag


    – All my patterns are written in Standard US terms.
    – Keep your slip stitches loose while crocheting.
    – You may want to place a stitch marker in the last sl st of the row when you are making the handles, just before the hdc sts begin.

    Japanese knot bag free crochet pattern

    R1 (RS): ch 101, sl st in bb in second chain from hook and in next 35 sts, hdc in next 64 sts, ch 1, turn (100)
    R2 (WS): sl st in blo in each st across, ch 1, turn (100)
    R3-4: repeat R2
    R5: sl st in blo in next 36 sts, hdc in blo in all remaning sts across, ch 1, turn
    R6-8: sl st in blo in each st across, ch 1, turn
    R9-16: repeat R5-8 two times
    R17: sl st in blo in 36 sts, hdc in blo in all sts across, ch 1, turn (100)
    R18-20: sl st in blo in next 64 sts (all the hdc sts), ch 1, turn (64)
    R21: hdc in blo in each st across, ch 1, turn (64)
    R22-24: sl st in blo in each st across, ch 1, turn (64)
    R25-27: repeat R21-23 once
    R28: sl st in blo in each st across, ch 69, turn
    R29: sl st in blo in next 68 sts, hdc in blo all sts across, ch 1, turn (132)
    R30-32: sl st in blo in each st across (132)
    R33-44: repeat R29-32 three times (132)
    R45: sl st in blo in next 68 sts, hdc in blo all sts across (132)

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    Remove the hook and cut the yarn by leaving a long tail. Turn the bag on the wrong side. Place the hook on the loop again.

    You are going to sew the sides with slip stitches by inserting your hook on the back loop of the first layer and the front loop of the second layer.

    Crochet knot bag

    Repeat the same for the other side by attaching new yarn. Your seams will look like the photo below when you are done.

    Slip stitch seam for crochet knot bag

    Now it’s time to sew the handles on the other side of the bag.

    That’s it! You are done! FO and weave in all ends. Enjoy your new bag.

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    Create a stunning Japanese knot bag with our free crochet pattern. This easy-to-follow pattern gives you step-by-step instructions on how to make a unique and beautiful bag. You can use your favorite colors to make it your own and even use it as a project bag for small crochet projects. With this free pattern, you'll be able to create the perfect accessory to bring with you wherever you go.

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    Mandy W

    Monday 16th of October 2023

    It looks like there are only instructions for half the bag. What am I missing!!


    Wednesday 18th of October 2023

    This is the whole bag actually. You have managed to finish it. Now you just have to follow the instructions on how to sew the bag to make it whole.

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