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Free Pattern: Heavy Duty Utility Bag for Dirty Jobs

Something SHOCKING happened. My husband decided he needed a heavy duty mesh bag to keep all of the sewer hose connectors (EW) for our trailer. At the same time, I was making another large plant hanger for my father in law who loved the ones I had given him the year before. These are made with two strands Red Heart Nylon held together and works really well. 

After looking all over for just the right size mesh bag actually asked me if I could make him a utility bag. Now, let me make something clear. My husband is super picky about things and everything has to be manly. No fufu stuff in his supplies. I was seriously SHOCKED that he asked. 

We were on a trip to Mt. Rushmore at the time and I quickly got to work… with his input of course. He requested a contrasting drawstring that would be easy to see and find the opening. He was THRILLED with the result and it was just what he wanted! MAJOR SUCCESS!

Update: He used it all last summer and fall. This year, as we unpacked the trailer for the new season, he order 2 more bags! I love it!

Other Uses

  • Sweaty Sporting Equipment
  • Stinky Fish
  • Ok, clean stuff too like fruit, stuffed animals, shoes and more.

Dirty Jobs Utility Bag Crochet Pattern

Materials

Red Heart Crochet Nylon Size #18. 300 yards black (2 @150 yards each), 30 yards red (or contrasting color)

Crochet Hook: K (6.5mm)

Yarn Needle for weaving in ends.

Measurements: 14″ across top x 18″ tall. Base is 9″ across.

Directions

1. With a K hook and 2 strands nylon (black in sample) held together, start with a magic circle of 8 sts (or preferred method or starting a circle of 8 sc sts), pull closed and place marker for working in the round. (8sts)

2. 2sc in each st to end of round, sl st to join. (16sts)

3. *hdc, 2hdc in next st*, repeat to end of round. (24sts)

4. *hdc 2, 2hdc in next st*, repeat to end of round. (32sts)

5. *hdc 3, 2hdc in next st*, repeat to end of round. (40sts)

6. *hdc 4, 2hdc in next st*, repeat to end of round. (48sts)

7. *hdc 5, 2hdc in next st*, repeat to end of round. (56sts)

8. *hdc 6, 2hdc in next st*, repeat to end of round. (64sts)

9. *hdc 7, 2hdc in next st*, repeat to end of round. (72sts)

10. Sc, sl st. This is new beginning of the round. *ch 8, sk 3, sl st in next st*, repeat to end of round, working last sl st in first space created. (18 windows/loops)

11. *ch 8, sl st in next space*, repeat until sides (open weave) is one inch shorter than desired height. Depending on yarn, the sides might stretch slightly. Note: For the sample I repeated step 11 for 12 rounds.

12. Ch 1, work 4sc in same loop and in each loop to end of round, sl st to join. (72sts)

13. This step creates holes/loops for the drawstring. *sc 3, ch 1, sk 1*, repeat to end of round, sl st to join.

14. Ch 1, sc in each st and ch 1 space to end of round, sl st to join. 

15. Keep this step loose. Sl st in each st to end of round. Finish off, leaving long yarn tails. Securely weave these ends in and out of the top rounds to secure the yarn tails. 

Drawstring: With a K hook and 2 strands nylon (red in sample) held together, create a ch 36″ long. Finish off and weave in ends. Weave one end in and out of the loops from step 13. Tie the two ends together in a secure knot.

Project complete.

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