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Turn a bag into a cute lobster with crochet legs and claws!
This bucket bag from Wool & The Gang is perfect for toting your towels to the beach and every Mermaid needs a friendly sidekick like Sebastian, so I decided to turn mine into a lobster with claws and legs.

Posted by Cat Morley from London, United Kingdom • Published See Cat Morley's 1143 projects »
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  • How to stitch a knit or crochet bag. Lobster Bag - Step 1
    Step 1

    To start with, you'll need a lobster coloured bag and some matching yarn. You can knit your own, buy one or like me, make one with Wool & The Gang's awesome kit which came with lots of excess t-shirt yarn to make lobster parts with.

  • How to stitch a knit or crochet bag. Lobster Bag - Step 2
    Step 2

    Make up the basic bag using your kit or your own pattern, making sure to save lots of leftover t-shirt yarn to make the embellishments.

  • How to stitch a knit or crochet bag. Lobster Bag - Step 3
    Step 3

    Left Claw

    CO 6
    Row 1 - 14: Knit in stockinette stitch for 3" ending on a purl row.
    Row 15: K1, increase by 1, knit until the last stitch, increase by 1 and knit the last stitch so you have 8 stitches on your needle.
    Row 16: Purl.
    Row 17: K1, increase by 1, knit until the last stitch, increase by 1 and knit the last stitch so you have 10 stitches on your needle.
    K5 stitches
    Row 18: Purl.
    Row 19: K6, K2Tog, K2 Tog, K1.
    Row 20 - part one: K2, turn and then P2 the same two stitches. K2 again, turn and purl the same two stitches again. K2 together and case off.

    Row 20 - part two: Rejoin the yarn and purl the remaining six stitches.
    Row 21: K4, k2 together.
    Row 22: Purl.
    Row 23: K2tog, knit until end of row.
    Row 24: Purl.
    Row 25: K2tog, knit until end of row.
    Cast off

  • How to stitch a knit or crochet bag. Lobster Bag - Step 4
    Step 4

    Your claws should look like this.

  • How to stitch a knit or crochet bag. Lobster Bag - Step 5
    Step 5

    Right Claw

    CO 6
    Row 1 - 14: Knit in stockinette stitch for 3" ending on a purl row.
    Row 15: K1, increase by 1, knit until the last stitch, increase by 1 and knit the last stitch so you have 8 stitches on your needle.
    Row 16: Purl.
    Row 17: K1, increase by 1, knit until the last stitch, increase by 1 and knit the last stitch so you have 10 stitches on your needle.
    K5 stitches
    Row 18: Purl.
    Row 19: K1, K2Tog, K2 Tog, K6.
    Row 20 - part one: Purl the first 6 stitches - turn k2toether and knit 4
    purl 5 stitches turn
    k3, k2tog
    purl 4
    k2, k2tog
    purl2tog, p2 turn
    k2 tog
    cast off

    Row 20 - part two: K2, turn and then P2 the same two stitches. K2 again, turn and purl the same two stitches again. K2 together and case off.

  • How to stitch a knit or crochet bag. Lobster Bag - Step 6
    Step 6

    Thread the yarn in and out of the bag about 2" from the top, starting and ending in the center of the front of the bag with two equal tails.

  • How to stitch a knit or crochet bag. Lobster Bag - Step 7
    Step 7

    Weave in the loose ends, leaving the tail at the top of each claw long.

  • How to stitch a knit or crochet bag. Lobster Bag - Step 8
    Step 8

    Cut a length of t-shirt yarn about 60" long and thread a yarn needle in the middle.

  • How to stitch a knit or crochet bag. Lobster Bag - Step 9
    Step 9

    Use the lose tail at the top to attach the claws to the left and right hand sides of your bag.

  • How to stitch a knit or crochet bag. Lobster Bag - Step 10
    Step 10

    Knot the two tails together.

  • How to stitch a knit or crochet bag. Lobster Bag - Step 11
    Step 11

    Using a jumbo crochet needle, beginning chaining down the tail.

  • How to stitch a knit or crochet bag. Lobster Bag - Step 12
    Step 12

    Chain 10 and then tie off.

  • How to stitch a knit or crochet bag. Lobster Bag - Step 13
    Step 13

    Repeat at the other side.

  • How to stitch a knit or crochet bag. Lobster Bag - Step 14
    Step 14

    Weave in the loose tails.

  • How to stitch a knit or crochet bag. Lobster Bag - Step 15
    Step 15

    Legs (make 10)

    Chain 12, leave a long tail and tie off.

  • How to stitch a knit or crochet bag. Lobster Bag - Step 16
    Step 16

    Now we're going to make two black pom poms for the lobsters eyes. Cut a long tail of black yarn and place to one side. Wrap lots and lots of black yarn tightly around three of your fingers.

  • How to stitch a knit or crochet bag. Lobster Bag - Step 17
    Step 17

    Slip your fingers out of the yarn and slip the yarn tail in their place and tie in knot.

  • How to stitch a knit or crochet bag. Lobster Bag - Step 18
    Step 18

    Cut the outside edge of the yarn with scissors.

  • How to stitch a knit or crochet bag. Lobster Bag - Step 19
    Step 19

    Trim your pom pom to size.

  • How to stitch a knit or crochet bag. Lobster Bag - Step 20
    Step 20

    Make a second pom pom eye and cut another length of black yarn.

  • How to stitch a knit or crochet bag. Lobster Bag - Step 21
    Step 21

    Stitch each pom pom in place on the front of your bag to look like eyes.

  • How to stitch a knit or crochet bag. Lobster Bag - Step 22
    Step 22

    Stitch four of the legs at either side of your bag, using their tails to tie them in place and then stitch the remaining two under the lobster's mouth from earlier.

  • How to stitch a knit or crochet bag. Lobster Bag - Step 23
    Step 23

    Take your bag to the beach!

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