A step-by-step guide to crocheting the Joey Bag
THE JOEY BAG IS A BEGINNER’S BEST FRIEND. MADE USING JUST ONE STITCH YOU’LL WHIP THIS PROJECT UP AS QUICK AS A FLASH and have a great time doing it!
Whether you're a complete beginner or have some experience, this guide will walk you through the pattern. Even if you've never crocheted before, we'll take you from zero to hero in no time 🦸♀️
When it comes to crochet, practice makes perfect
Before we start the pattern, we suggest you spend some time learning the basic stitches you’ll need to complete your bag.
The Joey Bag is made in single crochet stitch. You'll want to be confident with this stitch before you start 🧶 You'll also want to get a hang of tying a slip knot and chaining.
You can use the yarn that came in your kit to practice with. Once you've got these mastered you'll find the pattern a cinch!
Total beginner? 👩🏫
For a more comprehensive lesson on the basics of crochet visit our Learn to Crochet page.
💪 Remember learning a new skill can be a little challenging at first, and you’re bound to find yourself making some mistakes along the way. But as with learning anything, your brain and your hands slowly start to get the hang of it, muscle memory is created, and soon the thing you found tricky/daunting/scary is like second nature!
📏 Test your tension
Gauge: If done correctly, your 10x10cm swatch should be 11.5 stitches wide x 13.5 rows high when made in single crochet using your 6.5mm hook.
To test this, chain on 14, then work in single crochet for 15 rows. Then measure a 10x10cm square and count your stitches and rows within that space to make sure you're crocheting at the correct tension.
If you've got more stitches or rows than the instructions say you should have, your work is a little too tight, and if you've got less your work is too loose. Adjust your tension by holding the yarn a little more tightly/ loosely as you crochet.
⚡️What you'll need
Your kit comes with everything you'll need to make your masterpiece. In your kit you'll find;
- 6.5mm hook
- 3 balls of Cardigang Chunky Cotton Yarn
- A darning needle
- Made by me tag
You also want to have a pair of scissors handy.
TIME TO SWITCH OFF. STITCH ON. AND WHIP UP YOUR COSY CROCHET PROJECT
Chain on your foundation chain.
💭 Try to make your chain stitches as evenly sized as possible. Don't pull the loops too tight because you'll struggle to work into these loops in your first row. On the other hand, if you make your loops too loose, your project will look a little messy.
Once you've chained, you'll move onto the first row of single crochet stitch.
In this first row you're working into the chain so you'll insert your hook into one of the bars of your chain stitch.
To start insert your hook into the 2nd chain and do a single crochet. Skipping the first chain stitch, you build the height you need to complete the first row. Then do a single crochet into every chain until the end. You'll end up with 24 stitches.
Chain 1 to make your turning chain and then turn your work.
Keep working in single crochet.
When you reach the point where you make the first gap for your handle you'll chain some stitches (just like you did to create the foundation chain) before joining back into the stitches below to finish the row.
🌈 The next challenge? Changing colour. To change colour at the end of a row, simply yarn over with the new colour to complete your turning chain.
This is what your piece will look like when you've finished it!
Well done! You’ve done most of the hard work. It’s time to sew your bag together.
Fold your bag in half. THEN use your darning needle to sew the sides of your bag together. Ensure your rows line up and you’re inserting your needle into the same row on each side.
Use your darning needle to weave in any loose ends and you are finished! Well done 🕺💪