Crochet Jack O Lantern Trick or Treat Bag

My girls are so excited for Halloween! I had the last minute idea to make them some quick trick or treating bags so they can so they each can have one for trick or treating on Halloween night! To make this crochet jack o lantern trick or treat bag, I held two strands of yarn together. This made it extra sturdy and should help it keep it’s shape (i.e. no stretching with all of the candy or from all the running from house to house!)

I made two sizes of this bag, a smaller one for my 2 year old and a larger one for my 4 year old.  You can really make this bag as large as you want it to be just by starting with a longer chain (more instructions below). Here are the details on the bags I made:

Smaller Bag

This bag measures approximately 7 inches wide by 8 inches tall. I used a 5.0 mm hook for this bag, but a 5.5 hook would make it a little bigger. It is the perfect size for a toddler (1-2 yr old) trick or treater to carry comfortably. Keep in mind that it’s a smaller bag and that is not going to be big enough if you’re going to ALL of the houses in the neighborhood (unless you’re like me and carry a back up bag to unload the smaller one into to keep it nice and light).

Larger Bag

This bag measures approximately 9 inches wide by 10 inches tall. I used a 5.5mm hook for this bag, but going up to a 6.0 would make it slightly larger. It is the perfect size for a 2-5 year old trick or treater. If the bag is for an older child, you may want to make it larger (as described above) or again, as mentioned above, you can carry a back up bag to unload into if they will be going to lots and lots of houses).

To make this bag bigger

To modify this pattern to make a larger bag, you can start with a longer starting chain. Just chain until you are at your desired bag width, and then follow the instructions from there. There are not any multiples to worry about in the starting chain. Keep in mind that the bag width will be a little larger than the length of the starting chain. This is because rounds 1 and 2 increase the base of the bag a little before you start working on the height. Note: when you make the bag larger, this will affect the placement of the handles. Basically, I just centered the handles equally from the sides of the bag when laying flat.

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Materials:

  • Worsted weight yarn – You can use any worsted-weight yarn for this project. I used Red Heart Soft yarn in Black and Tangerine.  For this bag, I used two strands of yarn together. This made a very sturdy bag that should hold its shape well.
  • 5 mm crochet hook  or 5.5 crochet hook (depending on the size of bag you are making and your tension)
  • Yarn needle

Stitches Used:

  • Ch – chain
  • Sl St – slip stitch
  • SC – single crochet
  • Crab Stitch – also known as reverse single crochet. To make this stitch, basically you are working regular single crochet stitches, but you will be working from left to right instead of right to left. There are many tutorials and videos on this online.

Important Notes:

  • Joining – at the end of each round, be sure to join by making your slip stitch in the top of the first stitch of the round, instead of in the chain space. This will help hide the seam.
  • Starting each round – start each round in the same stitch as the chain 1. Do not skip to the next stitch.
  • Two strands together – I used two strands of black yarn together to make this bag. To do this, it is easier if you have 2 skeins of yarn to pull from. Or you can wind one skein into two separate balls. For the orange details, I only used a single strand.

The Pattern

Smaller Bag:

Round 1: Chain 21. SC in 2nd chain from hook and in each chain across, work 4 SC in last stitch. Now working on the other side of the chain, SC in each stitch, work 4 SC in last stitch. Join, chain 1.  (45)

Round 2: SC in first 19 stitches, 2 SC in each of the next 4 stitches, SC in next 18, 2 SC in each of the last 4 stitches. Join, chain 1. (53)

Round 3: Work this round in the back loops only. SC in each stitch around. Join, chain 1. (53)

Rounds 4-31: SC in each stitch around. Join, chain 1. (53)

Round 32: SC in first 9 stitches, chain 35, skip next 11 stitches, SC in next 16 stitches, chain 35, skip next 11 stitches, SC in last 6. Join, chain 1. (The chains will make the handles of the bag.)

Round 33: SC in each stitch around and in each of the chain stitches. Join, fasten off. Weave in ends.

To make the orange edging, you will be working crab stitches around the top of the bag. You will need to do this in three different spots: around inside each of the two handles and then around the rest of the bag. 

First, join orange yarn with a slip stitch in one of the stitches around the top of the bag under a handle. Crab stitch around each stitch on the top of the bag and then around the bottom of the handle. When you are all the way around, slip stitch to first stitch. Fasten off. Next, repeat this step working under the other handle. Lastly, join yarn with a slip stitch in one of the stitches on the edge of the bag, crab stitch around the top of the bag including over the top of each of the handles. Slip stitch to first stitch and fasten off. Weave in all ends.

Next, make the eyes and the nose. Use your yarn needle to sew them onto the bag. Then stitch on the mouth.

Larger Bag

Round 1: Chain 26. SC in 2nd chain from hook and in each chain across, work 4 SC in last stitch. Now working on the other side of the chain, SC in each stitch, work 4 SC in last stitch. Join, chain 1.  (55)

Round 2: SC in first 24 stitches, 2 SC in each of the next 4 stitches, SC in next 23, 2 SC in each of the last 4 stitches. Join, chain 1. (63)

Round 3: Work this round in the back loops only. SC in each stitch around. Join, chain 1. (63)

Rounds 4-35: SC in each stitch around. Join, chain 1. (63)

Round 36: SC in first 12 stitches, chain 35, skip next 14 stitches, SC in next 17 stitches, chain 35, skip next 14 stitches, SC in last 6. Join, chain 1. (The chains will make the handles of the bag.)

Round 37: SC in each stitch around and in each of the chain stitches. Join, chain 1.

Round 38: SC in each stitch around (including over the handles). Join, fasten off. Weave in ends.

To make the black edging, you will be working crab stitches around the top of the bag. See instructions for the edging on the smaller bag above.

Next, make the eyes and the nose. Use your yarn needle to sew them onto the bag. Then stitch on the mouth.

Eyes (make 2)

Chain 9

Row 1: SC in 2nd chain from hook and in each across. Chain 1, turn. (8)

Row 2: SC DEC, SC in next 4, SC DEC. Chain 1, turn. (6)

Row 3: SC in each stitch across. Chain1, turn. (6)

Row 4: SC DEC, SC in next 2, SC DEC. Chain 1, turn. (4)

Row 5: SC DEC, SC DEC. Chain 1, turn. (2)

Row 6: SC DEC. Chain 1, turn. SC in same stitch and in each stitch around. Work 2 SC into each corner. SC in last stitch (top of triangle) and then slip stitch to the first SC.

Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Sew eyes onto bag.

Nose

Chain 7

Row 1: SC in 2nd chain from hook and in each across. Chain 1, turn. (6)

Row 2: SC DEC, SC in next 2, SC DEC. Chain 1, turn. (4)

Row 3: SC in each stitch across. Chain1, turn. (4)

Row 4: SC DEC, SC DEC. Chain 1, turn. (2)

Row 5: SC DEC. Chain 1, turn. SC in same stitch and in each stitch around. Work 2 SC into each corner. SC in last stitch (top of triangle) and then slip stitch to the first SC.

Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Sew nose onto bag.

Mouth

Use your yarn needle to stitch on the mouth. I cut a long strand of orange yarn and used a back stitch to sew the mouth. I did long diagonal stitches from left to right and then worked back over them again from right back to left.  This made the mouth a bit thicker so it stands out more.

That’s it! You’re all done! You will have one happy trick or treater on Halloween!

I had to include a couple photos of my little trick or treaters this Halloween (ages 2 and 4)! They are really starting to get into each of the holidays throughout the year, which makes everything so much more fun!

These two sure loved having their own crochet jack o lantern trick or treat bag that their mom made just for them!

If you are looking for more free crochet patterns, check out the ones here on my blog. You’ll find various bags, amigurumi, seasonal, and items for kids!

For another Halloween themed crochet pattern, check out Hazel the Witch Amigurumi!

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