The Mimi Bag

Mimi Bag

A step-by-step guide to crocheting the super-stylish Mimi Bag

Ever gotten halfway through a project and thought “Hang on, am I even doing this right?” We have 🙋‍♀️


That’s why we’ve created these step-by-step guides to walk you through the crocheting process. 


Even if you've never crocheted before, we'll take you from zero to crochet hero in no time 🦸‍♀️

When it comes to learning to crochet, practice makes perfect.

Before we get started on the pattern we suggest you spend a bit of time learning the basic stitches you’ll need to complete your bag. 


The Mimi Crochet Bag is summer's must-have accessory and you're going to have a lot of fun making her. She's perfect for those dipping their toe into crochet for the first time. 


She's made in double crochet so you'll want to be confident with the double crochet stitch before you start 🧶 You'll also want to get a hang of tying a slip knot and chaining which is the first step in any crochet project.


You can use the yarn that came in your kit to practice these stitches. 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 How To Crochet page. 


Onto the bag 👜🕺

The mimi bag

⚡️What you'll need

Your kit comes with everything you'll need to make your masterpiece. In your kit you'll find;

 

  • 3.5mm hook
  • 2 balls of Cardigang Raffia
  • A darning needle
  • Made by me tag

You also want to have a pair of scissors and a tape measure handy. 

⚡️Test your tension

Before you start your project, make sure your tension (how tightly or loosely your crocheting is) is juuuust right 🥣 We do this by making a “tension swatch”. It's a bit like goldilocks, if the tension is too tight, your piece will be too small, and if it's too loose it may not hold its shape and might be too big. 


Gauge: If done correctly, your 10x10cm swatch should be 16-17 stitches wide x 9 rows high when made in double crochet on your 3.5mm hook.


To test this, chain 20 + 3 stitches (the +3 makes your turning chain), then work in double crochet for 11 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.


Double Crochet Gauge Swatch Raffia

💪 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! 


Mimi Bag Flat lay

🧶 Happy hooker, let's crochet!

Time to switch off. Stitch on. And whip up your drool-worthy bag!

📏 Choose the size you're going to make before you start. You can make the small or large size. Just make sure you're following the correct number. 

BODY

STEP 1

Let's start with our 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.


Chain 101: Make sure all the ‘V’s line up and are roughly the same size. 

Chain with raffia

STEP 2

In our first row we're working into the chain, so you're going to insert your hook into the 4th chain from the hook. We only skip some stitches like this when we're working into the chain. So this is the only time in this pattern that you'll go into the 4th chain. 


🫣 Good news, this is the hardest row to complete because working into the chain isn't as easy as working into a row. So persist and things will get easier! 


💭 Your turning chain is what gives us the height to work the next row - they are very important! Without them, we'd be making a triangle! 


STEP 3

Time to complete the second row - this row becomes the foundation for all other rows. Do a double crochet stitch into every stitch in the row (note: your turning chain at the end does not count as a stitch so don't do a double crochet into it).


💭 Make sure your hook is going in under both bars of the stitch. Your stitches will look like ‘V’s when looking at your work from the top down. 


Work the allocated number of rows in double crochet. 


This is what your piece will look like once completed. 

Mimi body piece

STRAP

The strap is made in the same way we've made the bag body. So just keep crocheting, you good thing! 


This is what the finished strap piece will look like. 

Mimi body piece

SEWING TOGETHER

Awesome work! You've done a lot of the heavy lifting. Next, we're going to seam our bag together. 


You'll fold your piece for the body of the bag in half short-ways.  Then follow the instructions in the video below to seam the sides of your bag together. 


🎬 Watch how to join vertical seams


Time to attach the strap! Line your strap up with the middle of the bag, then attach the handle to one side of the bag - you'll be joining horizontal seams this time, the technique is very similar but here is a video showing this technique. 


🎬 Watch how to join horizontal seams


Twist your strap one full rotation before you join the other side using the same horizontal seam technique.


Finally, turn your bag inside out to fold in the 5cm crease into the bag. This gives the piece a nice finish but it's optional!  

D.O.N.E! You've finished your bag, well done! Epic work 🤩 If this was your first-ever crochet project or one of many, we hope you had a blast. Don't forget to share your masterpiece with us on Instagram and TikTok @cardigang_knits 💥❤️

In a bind and need a little more help?

Email us at stitchup@cardigang.com.au and we'll be able to help! Whether you're just starting out, or you've got a specific question or problem (dropped a stitch, no stress!), we're here to get you out of a bind.