Hobo-style bag

This bag is the result of my attempt to design my own "hobo-style" tote bag. I think it turned out pretty well, and overall, I am pleased with the results. I crocheted it using two strands of worsted weight yarn held together and a size 6.5 mm hook.

I did not count my exact number of stitches, but here is the basic design concept that I used:

Starting with the bottom of the bag, I made a starting chain of approx. 12. I made 2 sc in the 2nd ch from the hook, then 1 sc in next 9, 2 sc in last ch. Then, working in the bottom loops of starting chain, 2sc in next ch, 1 sc in each of next 9 ch, 2 sc in last chain, join to starting sc.

I then crocheted several more rounds, increasing on the ends to make an oval base.

When I had made a base the size I liked, I started the sides of the bag by:

ch1, sc in same sp as where you joined last round of bottom, ch 3, sk next sc, *sc in next sc, ch3, sk 1 sc*. Repeat * to* to end. Join last ch3 to first sc

body row: slip stitch into ch3 space, ch1, sc in same space, *ch 3, sc in next ch3 space* . Repeat *to* to end, ending by joining ch3 to 1st sc.

Continue making body rows until bag is depth you desire. I then used stitch markers to mark the mid-point on both ends of the bag. To make the straps, I did one body row from one mid-point to another. I then decreased by : ch1, turn, sc into ch3 loop just completed of previous row, then following the body row instructions back across. When I had decreased to the point I had 1 loop left, I made the strap as follows:

row 1: ch1, turn. 3 sc into loop.
row 2: ch3, turn, dc into each st across

repeat row 2 until strap is half the length desired. Go back and make strap on other side of bag in same way. Join two strap ends together, and finish off and hide ends.

I understand these instructions may be a bit confusing, This is the first time I've tried to write out a pattern that I've made. When I make another, I will count all my stitches in order to post more specific instructions. In the meantime, if anyone tries to make this (it really works up quite easily!) and has any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me :)


jchinique said…
Here from CrochetTalk. Thanks for posting the hobo bag pattern, I have been trying to figure out how to make one of these!
Crochet Gypsy said…
No problem! If you have any questions as you go through it, just ask.
Anonymous said…
I do not know if you realize that the following website took your pattern and posted it (I am assuming without permission since that is what they did with my pattern)


It is in the clothing/accessories section.
Crochet Gypsy said…
Hi, thanks for the heads up. I went to the site and looked at where my bag was posted. Since they linked back to my original post, I have decided that while it would have been preferable if they asked permission, I am not going to ask them to remove it.

This was a pattern I posted for free, so that others could enjoy it. Had I been asked, I would have agreed to it, especially as I like the concept of their website. I will contact them to let them know that it is proper to ask a designer before reprinting their work.
Christine said…
I’m one of the editors with AllFreeCrochet.com and I wanted to let you know we linked to your pattern at http://www.allfreecrochet.com/Crochet-Bag-Patterns/Hobo-Style-Bag I think this is such a great pattern and our readers will love it. With your permission I would love to feature it in an upcoming newsletter, it will also help bring traffic to your site.

Please let me know if this is okay.

Also, if you’d like us to link to any of your other patterns feel free to let me know. Many people just give us permission to link to anything we want to use in newsletters or eBooks. Of course every pattern of yours will be credited to you.


Anonymous said…
When I follow your pattern and begin the second row of chain 3 it becomes broad. When you get the depth part, it does not curve like it would a hat. I believe I am not understanding how to contect the first row of ch 3's to begin the second row. Will the pattern began to look like a purse when I mark the bag and begin the decrease?
Adam Kaplan said…
Love this!

I work with AllFreeCrochet and have been trying to contact you. Please email me if there is a good way to reach you. Thanks!

Crochet Gypsy said…
Hi Christine and Adam!

Sorry, I have been kind of MIA from my blog for awhile. I will email you as well at the address in your comment, but you do have permission to link to anything I have posted here.

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