Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Things to Make: Free Crochet Hobo Bag Pattern

It's been a while since I offered a FREE PATTERN on my blog...so I thought I'd share one of may latest creations with you all!


I really love that way it turned out!

Material Needed:
Size K crochet hook
A bunch of Cotton yarn (I used a large skein of Bernat Handicrafters, and one skein of Lily Sugar and Cream...sorryI didn't take the time to keep track of the amounts!)
Tapestry or yarn needle

sp = space
st(s) = stitch(es)
beg = beginning
sk = skip
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
dctog = dc together (a decrease st)
sl st = slip stitch

Pattern is written in Standard American Terms
This pattern has NOT been tested...so if you find any errors, feel free to leave suggestions in the comments below!

Crochet Hobo Bag

Ch 41.
Row 1:  Sc in 2nd ch from hook. Sc in each ch across. (40 sts)
Row 2 - 12:  Ch 1, turn.  Sc in each sc across.
Row 13:  Ch 1.  Do NOT turn.  Working along end, work 12 sc evenly.  At corner ch 1, sc in same sp.  Working along beginning edge, work 40 sc evenly to end.  At corner ch 1, sc in same sp.  Working along end, work 12 sc evenly.  At corner ch 1, sc in same sp.  Working along next edge, sc 40 evenly to beg.  Join with sl st to first sc.
Row 14:  Ch 1. Working in back loops only, sl st around, chaining 1 in each corner.  Join with sl st to beg ch.  This creates the rectangular base of the bag.

Base of bag

Row 15:  Ch 1, turn.  *Sc in next 40 sts.  Sk corner.  Sc in next 12 sl st.  Sk corner.*  Rep from * to * one more time.  Join with sl st to beg sc.
Row 16 - 18:  Ch 1, turn.  Sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to beg.
Row 19:  DO NOT TURN.  Ch 3, dc in next 11 sc.  Sk next sc.  Dc in next 38 sc.  Sk next sc.  Dc in next 12 sc.  Sk next sc.  Dc in next 38 sc. Sk last sc.  Join with sl st to beg ch.  DO NOT TURN.
Row 20 - 34:  Ch 3, DO NOT TURN.  Dc in next dc, and in each dc around.  Join with sl st to beg ch. 
Row 35:  Ch 3, DO NOT TURN.  *Dctog over next 2 sts.* Rep from * to * around.  Join with sl st to beg ch.
Row 36 - 40:  Ch 1, DO NOT TURN.  Sc in same st.  Sc in each st around. Join to beg with sl st.

For Strap:

Row 1:  Sl st in next 6 st.  Ch 1, sc in next 8 sts.  Ch 1, turn.
Row 2 - 50 (Or however long you want the strap to be!):  Sc in each sc across, Ch 1, turn. On last row, fasten off, leaving a long tail of yarn.
Using needle, st strap to opposite side of bag with whip st.  Fasten off, weave in ends.

NOTE:  The base of my bag measures about 14.5" x 4" and it's about 14" tall, not including the strap.  I switched color on my bag on row 29 to add some contrast.  I also added a simple crochet flower as an accent.

I think this bag would make a great beach bag or catch all bag...or even a reusable grocery bag!  I hope you have fun trying this pattern out!!

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