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Harper Bucket Bag, a free crochet summer drawstring bag pattern

Put yourself in a boho frame of mind when you make the Harper Bucket Bag, a free crochet pattern designed in collaboration with Lion Brand.

My quest for crafting the perfect summer essentials will never end. I love making fun accessories and wearables when the weather heats up. The Harper Bucket Bag was inspired by the latest trends in raffia purses, but I’ve never been a huge raffia fan. Enter my new favorite yarn, Rewind from Lion Brand, and the Harper Bucket Bag is here. Incorporating traditional AND Tunisian crochet, this is one project you won’t want to put down.

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Harper Bucket Bag | Tunisian crochet summer raffia look bag made with Lion Brand Rewind Tape Yarn free crochet pattern with video tutorial and helpful photos.

Find a printer-friendly version of the Harper Bucket Bag on Ravelry and TLYarnCrafts.com. The PDF version includes 6 pages of easy-to-read instructions plus helpful assembly photos.

Get the all-in-one kit for the Harper Bucket Bag from Lion Brand NOW! Kit includes all of the yarn you need for this project AND a PDF version of the pattern. Explore the Harper Bucket Bag and all TLYC x Lion Brand crochet kits here.

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Harper Bucket Bag | Tunisian crochet summer raffia look bag made with Lion Brand Rewind Tape Yarn free crochet pattern with video tutorial and helpful photos.

Blending Traditional and Tunisian Crochet

I’ve loved crochet since I was a teenager. And, while my love for Tunisian crochet only goes back a couple of years, it’s just as strong. I’ve got several patterns where I let these individual crafts shine. For the Harper Bucket Bag, I wanted to challenge myself to combine these crafts into one project, using them both thoughtfully and intentionally.

Harper Bucket Bag | Tunisian crochet summer raffia look bag made with Lion Brand Rewind Tape Yarn free crochet pattern with video tutorial and helpful photos.

I used traditional crochet in the Harper Bucket Bag in a practical way. It makes up the base, which is worked in a spiral, as well as the top section to hold the drawstring and the strap. These applications give the bag some much needed structure and shape.

On the other hand, I pulled in one of my favorite Tunisian crochet stitches for aesthetics and smooth texture. The Tunisian full stitch makes up the body of the Harper Bucket Bag, really letting the yarn take center stage. The combination of these two techniques makes this project both fun to make and easy to use.

Harper Bucket Bag | Tunisian crochet summer raffia look bag made with Lion Brand Rewind Tape Yarn free crochet pattern with video tutorial and helpful photos.

My Summer Romance With Rewind Yarn

One of my favorite things about being a designer is playing around with new yarns. While browsing the Lion Brand website to find the perfect yarn, I stumbled upon Rewind, a buttery soft bulky weight tape yarn. And, boy, am I glad I did!

Harper Bucket Bag | Tunisian crochet summer raffia look bag made with Lion Brand Rewind Tape Yarn free crochet pattern with video tutorial and helpful photos.

Rewind has a texture and construction unlike anything I’ve ever seen. While some tape yarns can be shiny or slippery, Rewind is smooth and silky. The polyester blend feels like pliable suede and crochets like raffia. Since it’s a flat tape yarn, it bends easily into the shape needed to make uniform, smooth stitches.

Get the Harper Bucket Bag all-in-one kit from Lion Brand.

The Harper Bucket Bag lends itself to many different kinds of yarn. If Rewind isn’t your jam, try holding two strands of worsted weight cotton or acrylic together, or try a cotton tube yarn like Bernat Maker Home Dec. And don’t be afraid to dive into your stash for great options give your Harper Bucket Bag a unique flair.

Harper Bucket Bag | Tunisian crochet summer raffia look bag made with Lion Brand Rewind Tape Yarn free crochet pattern with video tutorial and helpful photos.

I’m so glad I was able to get a few testers to try out the Harper Bucket Bag. Each one is unique and so cute. Please take a moment to drop by their Instagram feeds and show them some love.

Harper Bucket Bag | Tunisian crochet summer raffia look bag made with Lion Brand Rewind Tape Yarn free crochet pattern with video tutorial and helpful photos.

Top Row: @carrieperlf; @_nuime_; @imoestitches

Middle Row: @hannahwilliams463; @hookedonserendipity @va1erie

Bottom Row: @yarnoverfloyd; @capital.crochet; @thewishfulstitch

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If you’re ready to start stitching the Harper Bucket Bag, keep scrolling for the free version of the pattern. Or, find a printable version on TLYarnCrafts.com and Ravelry. You can also get the all-in-one kit from Lion Brand at this link.

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Harper Bucket Bag | Tunisian crochet summer raffia look bag made with Lion Brand Rewind Tape Yarn free crochet pattern with video tutorial and helpful photos.

Harper Bucket Bag Details

MATERIALS:

Harper Bucket Bag | Tunisian crochet summer raffia look bag made with Lion Brand Rewind Tape Yarn free crochet pattern with video tutorial and helpful photos.

FINISHED SIZE:

Base is 6.5″ in diameter; 9″ tall

GAUGE:

Base measures 4.25″ in diameter after Round 8.

ABBREVIATIONS:

BLO = back loop only

Ch = chain

Lts = last Tunisian stitch (see Special Stitch under Notes section)

MR = magic ring

Rem = remaining

RetP = return pass

Sc = single crochet

Sk = skip

Sl st = slip stitch

Sp = space

St(s) = stitches

Tfs = Tunisian full stitch

NOTES:

  • Portions of this pattern are written in crochet shorthand. For example – “sc 2” means to single crochet in each of the next 2 stitches, while “2sc” means to place 2 single crochet stitches in the next stitch or space.
  • Numbers in parentheses at the end of some rounds indicate the total number of stitches in that round.
  • Return Pass (RetP): Ch 1, *yarn over, pull through next two loops on hook; repeat from * until 1 loop remains on hook.
  • Special Stitch: Last Tunisian Stitch (Lts) – This abbreviation references how to work the last stitch on the forward pass in Tunisian crochet. Insert hook under BOTH loops of the last stitch, yarn over, pull up the loop.

Harper Bucket Bag Pattern

Need some help making your Harper Bucket Bag? Check out this step-by-step tutorial video!

Base

Base is worked in a continuous spiral. Do not join at the end of rounds. Place marker at the beginning of the round and move up as needed.

ROUND 1: With 5mm hook, sc 6 in MR, close ring. (6)

ROUND 2: (2sc in next st) around. (12)

ROUND 3: (2sc, sc 1) around. (18)

ROUND 4: Sc 1, (2sc, sc 2) 5 times, 2sc, sc in last st. (24)

ROUND 5: (2sc, sc 3) around. (30)

ROUND 6: Sc 3, (2sc, sc 4) 5 times, 2sc, sc in last st. (36)

Harper Bucket Bag | Tunisian crochet summer raffia look bag made with Lion Brand Rewind Tape Yarn free crochet pattern with video tutorial and helpful photos.

ROUND 7: (2sc, sc 5) around. (42)

ROUND 8: Sc 4, (2sc, sc 6) 5 times, 2sc, sc 2. (48)

ROUND 9: (2sc, sc 7) around. (54)

ROUND 10: Sc 5, (2sc, sc 8) 5 times, 2sc, sc 3. (60)

ROUND 11: (2sc, sc 9) around. (66)

ROUND 12: Sc 6, (2sc, sc 10) 5 times, 2sc, sc 4. (72)

Harper Bucket Bag | Tunisian crochet summer raffia look bag made with Lion Brand Rewind Tape Yarn free crochet pattern with video tutorial and helpful photos.

ROUND 13: Sc in each st around.

ROUND 14: Sc blo in each st around.

Remove marker.

Body

Body is worked in joined rounds to start, then in Tunisian crochet rows, and finished with joined rounds again. Do not try to join Tunisian crochet rows – seaming is referenced in the Finishing section.

ROUND 1: Sl st in next st, ch 1, sc in same st, sc in each st around, join with sl st in first sc of round.

ROUND 2: Ch 1, sc in same st as join, sc in each st around, join with sl st in first sc of round.

ROUNDS 3-4: Repeat Round 2.

Harper Bucket Bag | Tunisian crochet summer raffia look bag made with Lion Brand Rewind Tape Yarn free crochet pattern with video tutorial and helpful photos.

ROW 1: With 5.5mm corded hook, ch 1, sk first st, pull up a loop in the next st and each st around, RetP. (72)

ROW 2: Tfs in the sp between the 1st and 2nd st, tfs in each sp across row to sp before last st, sk last sp, Lts, RetP.

ROW 3: Tfs in the sp between the 2nd and 3rd st, tfs in each sp across row, Lts, RetP.

ROWS 4-29: Repeat Rows 2 and 3.

Harper Bucket Bag | Tunisian crochet summer raffia look bag made with Lion Brand Rewind Tape Yarn free crochet pattern with video tutorial and helpful photos.

ROUND 5: With 5mm hook, ch 1, insert hook into sp between 1st and 2nd st, *pull up a loop and complete a sc; repeat from * in each sp between sts to the sp between the last 2 sts, sk sp, sc through both loops of last st, join with sl st in first sc of round. (72)

ROUND 6: Ch 1, sc 1, (ch 2, sk 2, sc 3) 6 times, (ch 2, sk 2, sc 2) 2 times, (ch 2, sk 2, sc 3) 6 times, ch 2, sk 2, sc in last st, join with sl st to first sc of round. Use a locking stitch marker to mark the 8th space made.

ROUND 7: Ch 1, sc in each sc and 2sc in each ch-2 sp around, join with sl st in first sc of round.

ROUND 8: Ch 1, sc 16, ch 2, sk 2, sc 36, ch 2, sk 2, sc 16, join with sl st in first sc of round.

Harper Bucket Bag | Tunisian crochet summer raffia look bag made with Lion Brand Rewind Tape Yarn free crochet pattern with video tutorial and helpful photos.

ROUND 9: Repeat Round 7.

ROUND 10: Sc in each st around, join with sl st in first sc of round. Fasten off.

Drawstring

ROW 1: With 5mm hook, ch 145 loosely, sl st in the back bump of the 2nd ch from hook and each ch across. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Strap

ROW 1: With 5mm hook and leaving a 15” tail, ch 165 loosely. Fasten off, leaving a 15” tail.

ROW 2: Leaving a 15” tail, sl st in the back bump of each ch across row. Fasten off, leaving a 15” tail.

Harper Bucket Bag | Tunisian crochet summer raffia look bag made with Lion Brand Rewind Tape Yarn free crochet pattern with video tutorial and helpful photos.

Finishing

STEP 1: Turn bag inside out. Seam opening at the back of bag closed using a whip stitch.

STEP 2: Turn bag right side out. Beginning at the marked space on Round 6, weave the drawstring back and forth through the spaces of the same round. Finish when both ends are sticking out of the marked round at the front of the bag. Remove marker.

STEP 3 (OPTIONAL): Place large wooden beads near the tips of the drawstring and loosely knot the drawstring at the base of the beads. If you don’t have or don’t want beads, simply knot the tails of the drawstring without the beads.

STEP 4: Now it’s time to attach the strap. This can be a little tricky. Here’s how I did mine.

Harper Bucket Bag | Tunisian crochet summer raffia look bag made with Lion Brand Rewind Tape Yarn free crochet pattern with video tutorial and helpful photos.

Begin by finding one of the chain spaces on Round 8. Use the tails of the strap to tie an overhand knot around the space on the inside of the bag.

Harper Bucket Bag | Tunisian crochet summer raffia look bag made with Lion Brand Rewind Tape Yarn free crochet pattern with video tutorial and helpful photos.

Wrap the tail around the strap for about one inch. Wrap that same tail around the chain space several times on either side of the strap. Overhand knot the tails together on the inside of the bag.

STEP 5: Weave in all remaining ends.

And that’s all, folks! Your Harper Bucket Bag is complete and I’m doing a little happy dance just thinking about it. Special thanks to my friends at Lion Brand for sponsoring and inspiring this project. For more of my collaborations with LB, browse my crochet kits here.

Please take a moment to upload your projects to Ravelry and don’t forget to PIN this pattern to Pinterest so you can share it with friends. I’d love to see your projects on social media – share them on Instagram using the hashtag #HarperBucketBag then head over to the TLYC Makers Facebook group and share it there too!

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8 Comments

  • Reply stefanie

    This bag is sooo cute. Will definitely get the LB kit. I love your patterns and love watching you on PBS Knit and Crochet Now. Your voice is wonderful and you explain it all so well.

    July 24, 2020 at 2:51 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      You are too kind! Thanks for picking up the kit. I can’t wait to see how your project turns out 🙂

      July 30, 2020 at 1:05 pm
  • Reply Cheryl Farthing

    Hi! I’m looking for a summer shawl in lace with Tunisian crochet.

    July 26, 2020 at 9:50 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      You might be thinking of the Party Punch Shawl. That pattern releases Friday, October 31st here on the blog 🙂

      July 30, 2020 at 1:03 pm
  • Reply Kathy

    so far, loving the Harper bag AND the Rewind Yarn! Will be starting the Tunisian stitch in a few more rows – I’m nervous but you do such a great job with your tutorials that I’m hoping my stitch will look as good as yours!

    August 9, 2020 at 12:00 am
    • Reply Toni L.

      You got this! I’m sure you’ll breeze right through it 🙂

      August 11, 2020 at 12:29 pm
  • Reply Kayla Kubat

    Loving this pattern so far! Quick question, I ended up going up one full hook size ( to a 6mm) for the base to meet gauge. Should I go up one full hook size for the Tunisian part as well?

    September 7, 2020 at 11:17 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      It’s worth a try. It all depends on your gauge. You’ll be able to tell pretty quickly if it’s not going to work.

      September 10, 2020 at 4:25 pm

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