Long popular in Europe, the string bag is now becoming very common in North America. Many people are trying to live their lives a little greener, and reusable shopping bags are a popular way to begin this process. String bags are convenient to carry, fold up into a pocket or a corner of a purse, and can hold at least as much as the common plastic bag. Using only simple crochet stitches, a string bag can be made in an afternoon.
Chain 30 with the cotton string. Turn and double crochet in the second chain from the hook. Chain one, then skip the next chain. Double crochet in the next chain. Chain one, then skip the next chain and double crochet in the next chain. Continue this pattern until the end of the row.
Chain two and turn. Double crochet in the first stitch, above the double crochet in the previous row. Chain one, skip one stitch, and double crochet in the next stitch, making sure that you are double crocheting above the previous row's double crochet. Continue on until the end of the row.
Chain two and turn. Do this row exactly like the previous row. Chain two and turn at the end of the row. Continue making rows in this manner until the piece measures 12 inches.
Chain two and turn. Double crochet in second stitch and in every stitch and chain in this row. Chain two and turn. Double crochet across the entire row. Repeat this pattern for two more rows.
Chain two and turn. Double crochet in the first seven stitches. Chain 15. Skip 15 stitches and double crochet in the remaining stitches in the row. Chain two and turn.
Double crochet across all stitches and chains to the end of the row. Chain two and turn. Double crochet across all stitches in the row. Fasten off.
Make another piece exactly like the one that you have just finished. Lay the two pieces on to of each other, matching up corners and sides. Use the yarn needle to fasten the two pieces together at the sides and bottom. Fasten off, and scrunch up your bag and go.
You can add colourful stripes by changing yarn colours every five or seven rows. Ombre yarn makes interesting patterns.