A Clusterful Drawstring Bag

To your left are two of the countless possibilities for A Clusterful Drawstring Bag! I was shocked when I discovered I favored the simplicity of the ivory version featured on the right. I thought I was a goner with my cute boho version (featured on the left) but after completing that little ivory gal, whew – I’ll have a hard time parting with her when the time comes.

Project Information:

  • Project Type: Drawstring Bag
  • Skill Level: Beginner – Easy
  • Circumference: 9 inches
  • Height: 4.5 – 5 inches (depends on yarn weight)
  • Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour

Materials Utilized:

  • Yarn:
    • Mutlicolored: leftover yarn balls! (Weight 4)
    • Ivory: Premier Yarns Everyday (Weight 4)
  • Hook Size: G (4mm)
  • Tapestry Needle of choice
  • Scissors

Special Stitches:

A. Cluster Stitch:

  1. Yarn over, insert hook into chain 1 space
  2. Yarn over, pull up a loop. There are now 3 loops on hook.
  3. Yarn over, pull through 2 loops.
  4. Repeat 1-3 twice more.
  5. There are now 4 loops on hook. Yarn over, pull through all 4 loops on hook.

Notes:

  • Slipstitch (slst) does not count as a stitch throughout pattern.
  • Chain 1 (ch 1) does not count as a stitch throughout pattern.
  • When working round 12, the modified cluster stitch utilizes the chain 3 as a double crochet. This is the only time throughout the pattern where this occurs.
  • The pattern is written with US abbreviations.

Stitch Abbreviations:

  • Slst(s) – slipstitch
  • Ch – chain
  • Sc – single crochet
  • Hdc – half double crochet
  • Cl st – cluster stitch
  • mCl st – modified cluster stitch
For reference, an eight (8) row swatch of the Cluster Stitch.

B. Modified Cluster Stitch

  1. Yarn over, insert hook into chain 1 space.
  2. Yarn over, pull up a loop. There are now 3 loops on hook.
  3. Yarn over, pull through 2 loops.
  4. Repeat 1-3 once more.
  5. There are now 3 loops on hook. Yarn over, pull through all 3 loops on hook.

A Clusterful Drawstring Bag Pattern

Begin with magic circle. Chain 1.

Round 1: 6 sc into magic circle; do not join with slst to top of first sc. Place marker. (6 sc)

Round 2: 2 sc into first sc and into each sc around. Do not join; place marker. (12 sc)

Round 3: 2 sc into first sc, 1 sc into second sc. * 2 sc into next stitch. 1 sc into next stitch. Repeat from * to last sc. Do not join; place marker. (18 sc)

Rounds 4-5: 2 sc into first sc, 1 sc into next two sc. * 2 sc into next stitch. 1 sc into next two sc. Repeat from * to last sc. Do not join; place marker. (24 sc, 32 sc)

Rounds 6-8: 1 sc into first sc and into each sc around. Do not join; place marker. (32 sc)

Round 9: 1 sc into first sc and into each sc around. Join with slst to top of first sc; remove marker. (32 sc)

Round 10: Ch 1. Hdc into first sc and into each sc around. Join with slst to top of first hdc. (32 hdc)

Round 11: Ch 1. Hdc into first hdc. Ch 1. *Hdc in second hdc from hook. Ch 1. Repeat from * to last hdc. Join with slst to top of first hdc. (16 hdc, 16 ch 1 spaces)

Round 12: Ch 3. Cluster stitch into ch 1 space. Ch 1. * Cl st into ch 1 space. Ch 1. Repeat from * 14 times. mCl st into ch 1. Join with slst to second chain of ch 3. [This is the one time the chain 2 counts as a double crochet] (15 clusters, 1 modified cluster, 16 ch 1 spaces)

Round 13: Ch 1. Hdc into first ch 1 space. Ch 1. * Hdc into next ch 1 space. Ch 1. Repeat from * to last hdc. Join with slst to top of first hdc. (16 hdc, 16 ch 1 spaces)

Round 14: Ch 1. Sc into first hdc and into each stitch around.

Eyelet – Round 15: Ch 1. Sc into first sc. Ch 2. * Sc into third sc from hook. Ch 2. Repeat from * to last sc. Join with slst to top of first sc. (11 sc. 11 ch 2 spaces)

Round 16: Ch 1. Sc into first sc and into each stitch around. Join with slst to top of first sc. (32 sc)

Optional – Round 17: Slst into each sc around. Join with slst to first slst.

Drawstring: Chain 63. Slst into second chain from hook and across.

Assembly:

Weave your drawstring in and out of the eyelet round (round 15) until your two ends meet on one side. Your drawstring should meet in one chain two space with both ends weaving out. Tie ends in a knot ensuring to line up both ends before tying.

Finished!

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