If you love flamingos and fancy crocheting yourself a bag, then I have the perfect thing just for you!
My latest crochet design to feature the Intarsia crochet technique is something that screams Summer vibes, take it to the beach, to the park, or use it as a WIP bag its up to you. The front showcases the flamingo, the back is striped, because I can’t resist a stripe or two and the strap is long enough to wear across the body if you wish.
I designed the Fabulous Flamingo Bag with a technique that I love! draw a picture on a square grid and bring it to life – also know as Intarsia, you use more that one colour in a pattern to create a multicoloured fabric. Unlike tapestry crochet, you drop the yarn not in use and only ever work with one colour at a time, rather than encasing the colour not in use as you go.
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The front panel (flamingo) is made using the intarsia crochet technique, you drop your working yarn for the new yarn needed, if using this colour again soon you can loosely carry the yarn across the back of your work. For some sections you will find it easier to wind a small ball for each colour.
To change colour – Make the last step of your last stitch in the new colour, so….for the last yarn over, pull though two loops on your hook – do this with your new colour.
The begining on every row on the front panel starts with Yarn A – MIsty Grey
Ch1 does NOT count as a stitch,
You will need:
Yarn – Paintbox Yarns, Cotton DK – 50g ball – 100% Cotton or any regular
cotton DK yarn – 125m/137yrd (DK/Worsted weight in the US)
Yarn A – Misty Grey x 2 balls
Yarn B – Soft Fudge x 1 ball
Yarn C – Bubblegum Pink x 1 ball
Yarn D – Blush Pink x 1 ball
Yarn E – Granite Grey x 1 ball
Yarn F – Candy Floss Pink x 1 ball
23 stitches x 27 rows (sc) = 4″ x 4″
Bag – 26 cm x 28 cm high
Base – 9 cm x 19 cm
Strap – 84 cm long
Ch – chain
Sl st – slip stitch
St – stitch
PM – Place stitch marker
Sc – Single crochet – insert hook into next stitch, yarn over pull through stitch, yarn over pull through two loops on your hook. (UK – Double Crochet)
You will find the FREE chart below,
but if you’d prefer….. I have a clearly written pattern (for those that prefer written instructions), beautifully laid out, with full photo tutorial, ‘advert free’ printable PDF version available to purchase from:
WRITTEN IN US CROCHET TERMS
OK let’s start!
Start in the bottom right hand corner.
Row 1: SC in the 2nd ch from the hook, sc in each st across following the chart, ch 1 turn.
Row 2: SC in each st across. continue for the whole chart.
each square = sc (UK dc)
Fasten off and sew in your ends
repeat the process for the front panel but follow the striped back panel.
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Ch 30 using yarn E
Round 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook (pm in ch), and each ch across, 3 sc in last ch, sc down the other side of the ch, 2 sc in the last ch (with the stitch marker). 
Round 2: Inc in the 1st st (pm in 1st sc), 27 sc, inc (pm in 1st sc), inc, inc (pm in last sc), 27 sc, inc (pm in 1st sc), inc. 
Round 3: 1 sc, inc, 28 sc, inc, 1 sc, inc, 1 sc, inc, 28 sc, inc, 1 sc, inc. 
Round 4: 2 sc, inc, 29 sc, inc, 2 sc, inc, 2 sc, inc, 29 sc, inc, 2 sc, inc. 
Round 5: 3 sc, inc, 30 sc, inc, 3 sc, inc, 3 sc, inc, 30 sc, inc, 3 sc, inc. 
Round 6: 4 sc, inc, 31 sc, inc, 4 sc, inc, 4 sc, inc, 31 sc, inc, 4 sc, inc. 
Round 7: 5 sc, inc, 32 sc, inc, 5 sc, inc, 5 sc, inc, 32 sc, inc, 5 sc, inc. 
Round 8: 6 sc, inc, 33 sc, inc, 6 sc, inc, 6 sc, inc, 33 sc, inc, 6 sc, inc. 
Round 9: 7 sc, inc, 34 sc, inc, 7 sc, inc, 7 sc, inc, 34 sc, inc, 7 sc, inc. 
Round 10: 8 sc, inc, 35 sc, inc, 8 sc, inc, 8 sc, inc, 35 sc, inc, 8 sc, inc. 
Round 11: 9 sc, inc, 36 sc, inc, 9 sc, inc, 9 sc, inc, 36 sc, inc, 9 sc, inc. 
Ch 175 using yarn E
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, and each ch across, change to yarn A, ch 1 turn. 
Now worked in rounds
Round 2: Sc in each st across, ch 2, sc in each st down the other side, ch 2, sl st to 1st sc to join, change to yarn D, ch 1.
Round 3: *Sc in each st across, 2 sc in each of the 2 ch, repeat from *, sl st to 1st sc to join, change to yarn E, ch 1.
Round 4: *Sc in each st across, (into the 4 st on the end work…) 2 sc, sc, sc, 2 sc, repeat from *, sl st to 1st sc to join.
Place the front and back panels right side facing and sc along the side using yarn A, fasten off. Repeat for the opposite side.
Turn out the right way. Using stitch markers, attach the base to the bag body in various spaces. With the base facing you, insert your hook into the base and through the bag body, pull through yarn E, ch 1 to attach. Sl st around the entire base, sl st to 1st st to join. Fasten off.
For the strap, I used the ch 2 space in round two of the strap as a button hole. Decide where you want the strap and sew on your buttons, alternatively sew your straps directly to your bag.
Sew in any ends, and you are nearly finished!
The last thing I would recommend is to sew a fabric lining to the inside of the bag to hide the carried yarn of your flamingo, if you don’t like sewing, you could always crochet another panel and double up the front to encase the carried yarn.
The last thing I would recommend is to sew a fabric lining to the inside of the bag to hide the carried yarn of your flamingo, find my tutorial How to add lining to a crochet bag here.
If you don’t like sewing, you could always crochet another panel and double up the front to encase the carried yarn.
I really hope you’ve enjoyed making my Fabulous Flamingo Bag.