Monday, November 13, 2006

Crochet Hobo Bag

I saw this bag and it totally drove me crazy! For days! Can you imagine?

As alluring as it could be, I had to restrain myself from placing another order to Knitpicks. They have some really wonderful wool yarns that are so soft and easy to crochet. I placed my first and only order of Wool of the Andes chunky and was very delighted at the quality as well as the price. Lucky for me, I over-ordered and have enough yarn for this bag.

It is not a very difficult pattern to figure out at all. With my knowledge that is less than a grain of rice, I could manage to figure out the pattern :D (although I made a smaller scale bag and didn't turn out right)

So here it is, my inagural design that I finally managed to write down.

Crochet Hobo Bag
(inspired by the above Nordstrom bag)

Pattern written by Dao Lam

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2 skeins Wool of the Andes Chunky (

Hooks size K-11 (6.5mm), J-10 (6mm), and H-8 (5mm)

Tapestry needle to weave in ends

Lining fabrics of choice

One set of magnetic snaps

One purse handle (usually sold in a set of 2 but only need 1)

Ribbon of choice

Sewing threads that match color of yarn and lining (or invisible threads)

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Instruction: Pay close attention to any changes in hook size that are indicated at the beginning of the row.

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Row 1: use hook K-11 (6.5mm) ch 44

Row 2: from the fourth ch sp from hook, make three dc in the same sp, *sk 3 ch spaces, 4 dc in the next sp * until the end of the ch, make 3 ch, repeat * * on the back loop of the ch, ch 3, sl st to the 3rd ch of the first ch3 sp to join. (22 ch4 clusters, 2 ch3 spaces)

Row 3: sl st 2 times, ch3 (counted as 1dc), 3dc in same space, [*sk 3dc spaces, 4dc in next dc* 10 times, 4dc in ch3 sp], repeat * * 11 times, 4dc in ch3 sp, sl st to the 3rd ch of the first ch3 sp (24 ch4 clusters)

Row 4-12: sl st 2 times, ch 3, 3 dc in same sp, *sk 3dc spaces, 4dc in next dc* 23 times, sl st to the 3rd ch of the first ch3 sp (24 ch4 clusters)

Row 13: sl st, 2 times ch 3, 2dc in same sp *sk 3dc sp, 3dc in next dc* 23 times, sl st to 3rd ch of the first ch 3 sp (24 ch3 clusters)

Row 14: sl st, ch3, 2dc in same sp *sk 2dc sp, 3dc in next dc* 23 times, sl st to 3rd ch from the first ch 3 sp (24 ch3 clusters)

Row 15: ch1, 1 sc, sc all over, sl st on top of the first sc to join (72 sc).

Row 16-17: use hook J-10 (6mm), ch1, 1sc, sc all over, sl st to join (72 sc).

Row 18: use hook H-8 (5mm), ch1, 1sc, sc all over, sl st to join (72 sc).

Leave enough yarn to weave in, cut off yarn, weave in all ends.

To line bag:

Double up fabric, put the body of the bag on top, and use a fabric pencil to draw the shape of the bag. Cut out fabric about ½ further away from the line, except the top leaves an extra 1inch.

If you have a serger, serge all the sides to avoid fraying.

Sew the sides together inside the drawing line (if you sew on the outside the lining will be bigger than the bag). Leave about 1 inch unsown.

Pull the liner inside out and attach the snaps as instructed by the package.

Fold the 1-inch on the top of the liner down to cover the back of the snaps, sew the liner to the crocheted bag.

Attach handle to the bag.

To finish up, use ribbon to weave around the ch3 clusters in row 14, make a small bow.

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*This pattern will remain free and available on my blog as long as I see fit. Please do not use it for your own monetary gains by selling this pattern for money. Recreational use of this pattern, however, is encouraged.

Added 7/24/08: My big "thank you" to everyone who's been encouraging me and showing me some yarn lovin'. It is you who bring this pattern to live and for that, I salute you!

Added 7/27/08: I decided to change the name of this pattern to "Crochet Hobo Bag" with a note indicated that it was inspired from a bag sold at Nordstrom.

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Crochet Hobo Bag by
Dao Lam is licensed under a
Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License.

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