Hello Craftee, I’ve got this super cool rugged looking Crochet Crossbody Bag pattern to share with you. This Tapestry Crochet bag is the coolest.
By the way, did you see my first Tapestry Crochet design on Yarn Craftee? You can check out the Tapestry Crochet Diamond Wall Hanging; if I knew how to weave, I’d definitely weave that.
This Crochet Crossbody bag was a spur of the moment design. I had just woken from a nap when the idea hit and I immediately took hook and yarn to create it. I ABSOLUTELY love when design ideas come to me like that; of course, I had to temporarily abandon the current project I had on hand at the time.
Thinking about customising this crochet bag to be bigger or smaller? You absolutely can do it. Here’s what you need to do.
At The Beginning
- Add a few more chains than the pattern calls for, but make sure it is an odd number. The one written in the pattern is 31 chains.
At The Body
- If you want a deeper bag, make more rows with the main colour before transitioning to the tapestry crochet part. Also extend the number of rows for the tapestry crochet part.
- If you want a less deep bag, shorten the rows with the main body to your preferred length then proceed to the tapestry crochet part; which will also require shorter rows.
At The Handle
- If want the bag to be at hip length waist length, crochet more rows or less rows of the handle. Use the guide in this pattern for joining the handle to mark your.
The yarn I have use in this pattern, DMC Nova Vita 4 is categorised as medium 4, but in my opinion it is too thick to be a medium 4.. You can use Aran weight cotton yarn that matches the gauge of the pattern or you hold two strands of medium 4 cotton yarn.
This crochet bag is easy to make; really. It uses just the Half Double Crochet stitch throughout, except for the trimming at the end of the row. Then we go on to sewing the handles to the body of the bag. If you really just dislike sewing, you can check out the bag patterns below which require little to no sewing:
These bag patterns above come in cute, portable sizes. Should you want something bigger and do not mind some sewing, check out these crochet bag patterns below:
SHOP YARN CRAFTEE PATTERNS
TAPESTRY CROCHET CROSSBODY BAG
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Finished Size: length- (handle to body) 25.5 inches / width-8.5 inches
Gauge: 14 HDC sts across/13 rows= 4 inches
- Aran weight or Bulky Medium 6 yarn. Main colour- 200m, Contrast colours-70mtrs. This pattern uses DMC Nova Vita 4 Recycled Cotton yarn. Substitute with Paintbox Yarns Cotton Aran
- 4.5mm hook
- Tapestry Needle
- Stitch markers
- HDC- half double crochet
- SC- single crochet
- SL ST- slip stitch
- CH- chain
- RS- right side
- WS- wrong side
- CC G- contrast colour green
- CC M- contrast colour maroon
- The Pattern uses U.S terms
- Chain 1 does not count as a stitch
- In changing colours, finish the last stitch of a colour with the next colour. For instance, CCG has 5 stitches, finish the last (5th) stitch with CCM.
Row 1: Chain 31, HDC in 2nd ch from hook and each chain across. Ch 1, turn.
Row 2: HDC in 1st st and each st. across. Ch 1, turn
Rows 3-52: repeat row 2.
Tip: for the next 120 rows, you could decide to split the Main colour and CCG yarn in 2 so that you can use them at each end, OR, you can carry them along the row for when you need it. Splitting the yarn will give a better appearance, unlike if it were carried, the carried yarn may show through depending on how tight or loose you crochet.
Row 53: HDC in 5 sts, with CCG HDC in 5 sts, with CCM HDC in 10 stitches, with CCG HDC in 5 sts, with main colour HDC in 10 sts. ch 1, turn
Rows 54-72: repeat row 53. Ch 1, turn
Row 73: SC in 1st st, ch 3, sl st in 1st ch, SC in next st. *SC in next st, ch 3, sl st in 1st ch, SC in next st, repeat from * across. Ch 1, turn. Snip yarn, weave in tails.
HANDLE– with main colour
Row 1: chain 5, HDC in 2nd ch from hook and across. Ch 1, turn
Row 2: HDC in 1st st and each st across. Ch 1, turn
Rows 3-162: repeat row 2. Snip yarn, weave in tails.
FOLD THE BAG IN 3 PARTS SO THAT THE COLOURWORK BECOMES THE FRONT FLAP. Mark 22 rows on each side of the handle as in photo 1, also mark the 4 bottom rows as seen on photo 2.
Starting from the top of the body, sew the handle to the body; as seen in the third photo above. NOTE THAT THE LAST ROW ON THE HANDLE IS SEWN BOTH TO THE 22ND ROW AND ALSO THE 1ST BOTTOM ROW. Sew the handle around, back to the top, snip yarn, weave in tails. Do the same for the opposite side of the handle.
POCKET (optional)- with CCM
If you fancy a pocket in front of the bag, follow the direction below:
Row 1: chain 13, HDC in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across. ch 1, turn
Row 2: HDC in 1st st and each st across. Ch 1, turn
Rows 3-12: repeat row 2. Leave 15 inch tail to sew to body.
Position the pocket in the center of the body between (take a look at photo 1 above, you will notice marked stitches on the first Row of the body; the pocket should be sewn between the marked stitch starting from Row 4. Snip yarn, weave in tails.
Enjoy your bag!
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