Botanical Japanese Knot Bag · Free Crochet Pattern

With the warmer months coming up, summery crochet projects are in full swing! I'm thrilled to share with you my newest design: the Botanical Japanese Knot Bag! 

Please note: free pattern instructions will be shared on this page no earlier than June 24th.


    The Botanical Japanese Knot Bag is a handy color block purse that features the beautiful knit stitch (aka "waistcoat stitch") and a leaf applique charm.  This project is made completely in one piece, requiring sewing only for one end of the straps.  Its size can easily be adjusted and customized. 

    Makes a great gift & summer craft fair product!

    This market bag makes a great gift because it not only looks so cute, it's also functional.  It can be for kids, teens, adults, friends, parents, or even teachers as an end-of-year teacher gift.  It's perfect for summertime and would make a stunning summer market or craft fair product. 

    This is actually my second Japanese Knot Bag design. My first is the Mosu Bag (below), which is also a free pattern on my blog and YouTube channel! The Mosu Bag has a long and flat base instead of a rounded one, features the moss stitch, and is crocheted in a solid color. It's also smaller in size than the Botanical Bag, but the sizes for both bags are definitely adjustable! 

    Yarn used

    The yarn I used is KnitPicks Billow Yarn, which is a bulky weight 5 yarn that is 100% Pima cotton.  I used one skein of green and two skeins of off-white, which was a total of 3 skeins (360 yards).  The yarn itself is very interesting to work with because it features varying thickness (alternates between thin and thicker texture).  It looks both rustic and modern all at once, and the color palette available for this yarn is contemporary and sophisticated!  

    I love the color block look of this project, which features two different solid colors of yarn. However, you are also welcome to use self-striping or variegated yarns for an ombre look.  

    It is recommended to use a yarn that does not stretch, such as a 100% cotton yarn.  This will allow your bag to better maintain its shape.  Alternatively, you can also add a cloth lining by sewing it inside of the bag, as well as the underside of the straps.  This will keep the yarn from stretching out and provide added durability. 

    PDF Pattern

    The PDF pattern is printable, ad-free, easy to read, includes photo references, and helps support Sweet Softies! (If you enjoy my free patterns, you can consider it as a donation to me when you buy one of my pattern PDFs! It allows me to maintain my blog and continue sharing more free patterns.)

    You can get the PDF pattern from my storeRavelry, or Etsy.


    Free Crochet Pattern

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    Crochet Pattern Information


    Length (not including handles): 12” 
    Width: 14”

    Level of Difficulty:

    ★★☆☆☆ Familiar Beginner/Intermediate. Requires familiarity with stitches used (below) and changing colors.

    Stitches/Terms Used:

    • FO = fasten off 
    • ch = chain 
    • sl st = slip stitch 
    • sc = single crochet 
    • inc = increase  
    • hdc = half double crochet 
    • dc = double crochet
    • ks = knit stitch (video tutorial available)


    • 360 yards of bulky weight 5 yarn that is non-stretchy or 100% cotton
      I used KnitPicks Billow Yarn: 2 skeins of off-white (240 yd), 1 skein of green (120 yd)
    • 6mm crochet hook 
    • Scissors 
    • Yarn needle

    Crochet Instructions

    Instructions will be shared on this blog post on June 24th.

    The free pattern instructions are coming! In the meantime, you can download the PDF pattern (which contains photo references), OR make it for free by watching the video tutorial!  

    Finishing Instructions

    Instructions will be added to this blog post on June 24th.
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