Halloween Pumpkin Party Bag


Here’s our pattern for a spooky pumpkin drawstring bag. Use it for candy, use it as a gift bag – it’s entirely up to you!

This is really similar to our Zelda Triforce bag we published just a few months back (Zelda fans, you can find the pattern by clicking HERE) and is based on a really simple example of tapestry crochet that still looks the part. The pattern works using BLO (back loops only) single crochet stitches for the main body. By working into the back loops it anchors the stitches one directly on top of the other. This means that the pattern lines up nice and neat, without it pulling to one side.

The pattern also uses no more than two colours in any row. So it’s quite straight forward to carry the yarn not in use in behind the stitches, and you’re not flustered with yarn balls getting tangled everywhere!

As the inside won’t really be visible it is possible to work this pattern fair isle style and just drop the non-working yarn, but I wouldn’t recommend it for one main reason- as there are parts of the pattern with long stretches in between colour changes. That’s going to leave long stretches of hanging threads (darts) that can get caught up with the contents of your bag. So, if you’re not carrying the yarn around, then maybe pick up the non-working yarn every few stitches just to secure it in place out of the way.


  • Sports weight yarn (black, orange, green)
  • 3.5mm crochet hook
  • Stitch markers
  • Yarn needle

Stitch Abbreviations:

Ch = Chain
Sc = Single crochet
dc = Double crochet
hdc = Half double crochet crochet
Slip st = Slip stitch
** = a repeating stitch pattern


The bag measures approx. 13 cm tall. You can increase the size of the bag by simply changing to aran weight yarn and a 4.5mm hook.

Pattern Notes:

Stitches are written in standard US terms. The main bag is written as rows worked in the round with a slip stitch to join – this is to create the level join when moving into the drawstring rounds.

Let’s Get Started!


Using black yarn, working in rows in the round.
NB. Slip stitch to join and chain 1 at the end of each round.

Rnd 1 : Stitch 9hdc into a magic ring. (9)
Rnd 2 : 2hdc in each stitch around. (18)
Rnd 3 : *hdc, 2hdc* Repeat 9 times. (27)
Rnd 4 : *hdc in next 2 stitches, 2hdc* Repeat 9 times. (36)
Rnd 5 : *hdc in next 3 stitches, 2hdc* Repeat 9 times. (45)
Do not fasten off

Rnds 1-5


For the body of the bag, it’s important to work from the outside inwards. This means that the right side of the pattern will face outwards, and any dropped or carried yarn will remain on the INSIDE of the bag.

Rnd 6 : sc BLO in each stitch around (45)

Rnd 6 : Back loops only

From now on, all stitches will be single crochet stitches worked BLO, according to the pattern chart below:

Each square on the chart represents one stitch. Starting from the bottom right corner, work the next 14 rounds according to the colour given on the chart.

For example, the first two rounds are black from start to finish. On the third round, work the first 4 in black, the next 8 in orange, and then back to black again for the next 7 and so on.

Rnd 7 – 21 : sc BLO in each stitch around as in chart (45)

Outer view of chart rows

Returning to working through both loops:

Rnd 22 : dc in each stitch around (45)
Rnd 23 : sc in each stitch around. Fasten off. (45)

The gaps between the dc stitches will be used later to thread the drawstring through to allow the bag to open and close.


Using contrasting yarn, tightly ch stitch 70 stitches. Fasten off. Alternatively tightly plait three strands together to a length of approx. 25cm.

With a yarn needle weave the length of chain stitches in and out of the dc stitches in Rnd 21.

Once weaved around the bag, tie the two ends together to join into a circle. Weave the yarn ends through the chain stitches to secure them and tidy them away.

All that’s left is to fill it up!

I hope you have enjoyed this pattern. There is a matching skull bag pattern, totally free, right HERE. You can also find more nerd inspired patterns across the blog, so why not stop a while and take a look.

Let me know what you think in the comments. 🙂

©2019 Ninja Cat Crafts. This pattern is the property of Ninja Cat Crafts. The written pattern and images are for personal use only and not for sale or redistribution. Items made based on this pattern may be sol, but with clear credit to Ninja Cat Crafts.

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