Crochet for a Cause: Navy Baby Ditty Diaper Bag in Shell Stitch

Navy Baby Shell Crochet Gift Bag

I’m so excited about this month’s project!

I’ve been trying to keep it a secret because it is BIG!

The crochet project is little, but the impact is HUGE!

I’m still not telling you the name of the organization (tee hee), but I’ll give you a hint about who we’ll be working with by sharing the pattern. Then next post, I’ll tell you about a historical organization that has impacted generations of sailors, soldiers and their families.  Smile

Let’s Get Started!

While you wait and wonder (maybe some of you already know?), let’s get started on our Navy Baby Ditty Diaper Bag using the shell stitch.

I say, Navy, because Jacksonville is a Navy town, but of course, this can be made for any baby’s didies, anywhere!

I’m hushing now … 

Navy Baby Ditty Diaper Bag in Shell Stitch

When a large diaper bag is just too much to wield, this little bag is just the right size for moms (or dads!) to carry a couple of diapers and a small pack of wipers.  And maybe a chocolate bar for the grown-up!

Be sure to scroll down and see the pics of the same pattern in vintage Americana colors, and a lovely one in aran and deep purple.


Pattern Notes

  • Hook Size: I
  • Red Heart Super Saver in Cherry Red, Royal Blue and White
  • This pattern is worked in the oval. It will look like a canoe in the early rows.
  • Do not fasten off at the color changes. The unused color will drop into the bag and hang off the edge. When time to change colors, drop the yarn you were using, and pick up new yarn in last yarn over of last stitch in the round.

Using Cherry Red, Ch 30.

Round 1 Continuing in Cherry Red and beginning with the 2nd chain from the hook, sc in each of the bumps on the back of the chain. Put an extra sc in the last chain. Turn your work a bit so you are crocheting into the remaining two loops along the other side of the chain. Sc across. Sl st to join.

Round 2 Continuing in Cherry Red, ch 3. 4 DC in same st. [Skip 2 st, sc in next st, skip 2 st, 5 dc in next st.] Repeat around. Sc in last st. Sl st to join.

Round 3 Change to Royal Blue. Ch 1, sc in same st. [Sc in middle dc of shell, 5 dc in sc in dip between shells.] Repeat around. Sl st in first sc to join.

Round 4 Change to Cherry Red. Ch 3, 4 dc in same st. [Sc in middle dc of shell, 5 dc in sc in dip between shells.] Repeat around. Sl st to join.

Rounds 5 – 17 Repeat Rounds 3 & 4, ending on a blue round.


For your convenience, check off each repetition as it’s completed:

___R5/6 ___R7/8 ___R9/10  ___R11/12  ___R13/14  ___R15/16 ___R17


Round 18 Change to Cherry Red. Ch 1. [Sc in next 3 st, ch 3, skip a group of (dc, sc, dc)]. Repeat around. This creates little bridges across the shells …


Round 19 Continue in Cherry Red. Ch 1, sc in sts up to ch-3 space. [5 DC in ch-3 space, skip a st, sc in middle sc of 3-sc group.] Repeat around. Sl st to join.

Finish off, weave in ends.

Make the Tie

Using White, ch 100. Finish off. Weave in and out of holes created by ch-3 spaces in Round 18.



Americana Baby Ditty Diaper Bag

I used the same pattern, but with muted colors for an Americana look: Red Heart’s Burgundy and Aran, and Mainstay’s True Navy.

Americana Crochet Gift Bag Free Pattern

Another Look

I also played around with deep purple and aran:

Baby Shell Gift Bag in Deep Purple and AranDetail of Finished Edge Baby Shell Gift Bag

Add It to Your Ravelry Queue

Navy Baby Ditty Diaper Bag in Shell Stitch


Inspired By …

This week’s Navy Baby Ditty Diaper Bag pattern was inspired by the shell stitch rows in this Fantasy Blanket on Ravelry.  If you don’t have a Ravelry account, it’s easy to sign up –  and it’s FREE!


Shell Stitch in Fantasy Blanket


And here’s a ditty bag pattern inspired by the ZigZag stitch of the same blanket.  🙂



REALITY CHECK: Some things are easier than others. Many thanks to the United States military for doing hard things to make our lives easier.  Smile


This post has been linked to Find Your Voice Friday at Hymns and Verses.  🙂

Coming Soon …

A Historical Organization Impacting Generations of Sailors and Their Families



More Creativity for a Cause

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  1. Hi, Thank you for this email. I did not know about you. I would love to help, but I do not crochet very well. I do sew and knit. Is there something I can do? Like make a bag and fill it??.

    • Absolutely! Many knit and sewn baby items have been coming in from around the country!

      If you like to make and fill ditty bags (knit or sewn), you certainly can do just that.

      If you’d rather make baby items, like sweaters, blankets, hats or booties, those are most welcome, as well.

      Thank you for doing what you can to let them know you care. 🙂

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