Strings Attached Shoulder Bag

Strings Attached Shoulder Bag

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This fun little bag was a way for me to use up all those odds and ends of yarn that were too small for much else.    Because of the random nature of the yarn colors, it’s very forgiving.  I used two different base colors because I ran out of the first, and it still worked out perfectly!

The best part?  No ends to weave in!

Odds & Ends Yarn Ball

First thing’s first, take your tiny, mismatched yarn bits and tie them end to end, making one big random yarn ball.

You’ll Need:

  • Odds & Ends Yarn Ball (see above)
  • Dark worsted yarn
  • K Hook


  • work with two strands throughout, one of the dark worsted yarn and one of the Odds & Ends
  • try to keep all the yarn ends on the outside of the bag
  • Ch 3 = first DC throughout

Ch  24 (chain more or less for a bigger or smaller bag)

Round 1: dc into the 3rd chain from hook 7 times, dc in each ch across, dc in last ch 8 times, working on the back side of the foundation ch, dc in each loop across.  sl st to the top of the first  st.  Mark the center of each end (between the 8 dc) with a stitch marker or piece of yarn.

Round 2: Ch 3, working in the back loop only of each stitch, dc in each stitch around, sl st to the top of ch 3 to join.

Round 3 – 14: Ch 3, dc in each stitch around, sl st to the top of ch 3 to join.  Do not finish off.

Strings Attached Shoulder Bag

Use the stitch markers on Round 1 to find the centers on either side of the top of the bag.  Starting three stitches to the right of center, join yarn with a sl st.

Row 1 – 37 : Ch 3, dc in each of the next five stitches.

Cut yarn, leaving about 15″. Starting three inches from center, whipstitch strap in place, knotting the yarn at the end.

Optional Pocket:

Strings Attached Shoulder Bag

ch 15

Row 1: dc in 3rd chain from hook and each ch across.

Row 2 – 8: ch 3, dc in each stitch across.

Cut yarn, leave about 1 yard attached to pocket.  Position where desired (inside or out) and whipstitch three sides of the pocket.  Knot off yarn.


Making sure all yarn joins are securely knotted, trim to approximately 1″, leaving ends visible.

Strings Attached Shoulder Bag

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a featured project on Cut Out + Keep, October 2009

4 thoughts on “Strings Attached Shoulder Bag

  1. nikki

    nice bag!
    i have done similar projects with single or double strands.
    one thing i usually do with my ends is when i knot them together i often leave 10 to 20 inches free then after my item is finished i simply make chains with the ends, sometimes i tie the chains into a bow, almost instant embellishment.
    nikki d

  2. Sammi


    I am truly inspired. I make carazy colored baga all the time with way to many ends to weave in, which like all crocheters, I DREAD DOING. I have often wanted to make a bag like yours and leave all the bits ahnging out as part of the funk of it —- but now I am going to do it. I will gladly post my pictures once I’ve completed the bag. Off to grab an armfull of different colors of my yarns, scraps and all.

    Sincerly inspired to go for it…


    1. ofenjen Post author

      Thanks so much, Sammi! I think that if you do it on purpose it becomes part of the design, and honestly, it’s just fun!

      I’ll look forward to your photos!



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