This is a free crochet pattern and video tutorial showing how to crochet the Through the Window Crochet Cosmetic Bag or Hook Pouch – a fun crochet pattern that uses the mosaic crochet technique. Don’t let it scare you! It’s comprised of simple single crochet stitches, chains and easy double crochets.
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Did you see my video on Instagram working up this bag on the lake?
Right when I filmed, it was very windy and about to rain, but I had been out for a little bit, and it was just gorgeous – perfect for crocheting.
This is one of my favorite stitch patterns. I’ve labeled the series “Through the Window” on my blog because it reminds me of a window pane. While I’ve worked this bag up in solid colors, it looks really great with the second color being a variegated yarn. You can see examples of this in my Through the Window Soap Cozy, Through the Window Scarf and Through the Window Wreath Form Cover.
The idea of mosaic crochet may intimidate you, but please don’t let it. This stitch pattern is comprised of single crochets and chains with some double crochets to create the overlap. I think a confident beginner could do this. Make sure to check the pattern notes for a photo that breaks the pattern down just a bit, and should ease your fear.
I am not a purse type of gal, and don’t intend on carrying this around in that manner, but rather as a pouch for my crochet hooks, tape measure, scissors, and other notions. In an addition to these ideas, it’s also a great size for carrying travel size toiletries.
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- 150 Yards of Worsted Weight Cotton Yarn – I used WeCrochet Dishie Yarn, 95 Yards of the Linen colorway [main color] and 55 Yards of the Mulberry colorway [coordinating color]
- H8/5mm Crochet Hook
- Tapestry Needle for Weaving in Ends
- Optional, Jewelry Pliers
- Optional, Fabric for Lining and Zipper (I used a pre-made bag that I got at my Hobby Lobby and stuck inside and then sewed in place – it measures 9″ wide by 6″ tall)
- Optional, Sewing Machine or Sewing Needle and Matching Thread (for lining)
Yarn Alternatives: Lion Brand’s Re-Up, Lily Sugar n Cream, Bernat’s Handicrafter, Red Heart’s Smoothie, Premier’s Home
I recommend cotton yarn because it’s more durable, and this bag will most likely see a lot of use, and being pulled and pushed around in larger purses/totes, but really you can use your favorite worsted weight yarn. Make sure to take gauge if you’ll be using a similar sized canvas bag lining.
Jewelry pliers are an excellent tool to use to help weave in ends, as cotton yarn can be quite tough on the fingers when weaving in with just fingers and a tapestry needle.
Just under 1 hour, 45 minutes.
9″ Wide by 6.5″ Tall
In Pattern, 15 stitches = 4.13″ (or 4 1/8″) wide
Abbreviations (US Terms)
- HDC – Half Double Crochet (Photo Tutorial)
- DC – Double Crochet (Photo Tutorial)
- SC – Single Crochet (Photo Tutorial)
In the pattern, I will instruct to example, in Round 5 “DC into R3”. In the photo above, you can see how there is a skipped stitch in white, and two rows of chains above it. You will push those chains to the back, and work the double crochet just into that skipped stitch in white.
The Mosaic Stitch multiple is 4, but if you need to adjust the size of the bag, keep in mind that by adding or subtracting by 1 chain to the foundation, it will add or subtract 2 stitches from the total number for the round.
Join to the first stitch of the round.
To change yarn colors, after joining, turn to the new working side. Pull the new color through, then pull the original color tight (it will disappear). Work the round as written, but before joining, move the previous color to the inside so it won’t be visible from the right side of the bag. You will carry the yarn up the inside of the bag creating floats inside that will not be seen from the right side.
Through the Window Cosmetic Bag or Hook Pouch Video Tutorial:
Through the Window Cosmetic Bag or Hook Pouch Written Pattern:
In Cream, chain 34. 2 HDC into the 2nd chain, and the next 31, 3 HDC into the last chain, HDC into the next 31 along the opposite side of the foundation chain, HDC into the 1st stitch. Join. (68 HDC)
R2: Chain 1, turn. HDC into the 1st HDC, and into each HDC around. Join with Purple. (68 HDC)
R3: In Purple, chain 1, and turn. SC into the 1st SC, chain 3, skip the next 2 SC, (SC into each of the next 2 SC, chain 3, skip the next 2 SC) 16x, SC into the next stitch. Join.
R4: Chain 1, turn. SC into the 1st SC, chain 3, (SC into each of the next 2 SC, chain 3) 16x, SC into the next SC. Join with Cream.
*Now is the best time to weave in your two initial tail ends as it’s the easiest time to reach them.
R5: In Cream, chain 1, and turn. SC into the 1st SC, DC into each of the 2 open stitches from R3, (SC into each of the next 2 SC, DC into each of the next 2 stitches of R3) 16x, SC into the next SC. Join.
R6: Chain 1, turn. SC into the 1st stitch, and each stitch around. Join with Purple.
R7 – 30: Repeat Rows 3 – 6.
Fasten off, and weave in ends. Add a lining if desired. Unless I’m giving my bag away as a gift, I usually do not sew in the canvas bag. I find my crocheted bag hugs the canvas bag well, and everything stays in place, so I just place it in.
If you’re using a canvas bag similar to mine, you may need to slightly stretch the crocheted bag to fit widthwise, and if sewing place, you may need to slightly stretch it to fit lengthwise. Better to have it a little smaller, and stretch, then too big and too much fabric.
Please feel free to make and sell your own Through the Window Cosmetic Bag or Hook Pouch using this pattern, but please DO NOT claim this pattern as your own nor should you sell my pattern, and DO NOT re-publish my photos as your own. DO NOT copy and paste my pattern anywhere, link to it instead.
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Beth McC -- Midwest Redhead says
Thank you!! Lovely bag and nice intro to Mosaic Stitch!
So glad you like it! It’s one of my favorite stitch patterns.
Rhondda Mol says
Hi Alexandra, I love the Through the Window Cosmetic Bag and also the handy insert you found to slip inside. Sure saves time! I will have to check for those at our local craft store here. Thank you for linking up at our weekly Link Party! You are being featured at our Wednesday Party #455 this week. Here’s the direct link to the post in case you’d like to share your feature:
Hope to see you again next week! Rhondda
Definitely saves a lot of time. I end up not sewing mine in either as I find the crocheted fabric stretches to fit it snuggly, and I use it as such, but I do sew in if gifting. These linings have been a game changer for me because I always feel the need to line bags, but never really want to create the lining myself. I appreciate the feature!!
Helen Fern says
Thanks for sharing at My Big Fat Menopausal Life’s Share the Wealth Party. Your participation is greatly appreciated!! Have a fabulous week.