Aug 19, 2019
One Way Crossbody Crochet Bag
I just recently joined a Facebook Crochet Group where majority of its members are beginners. Most of them wanted to learn how to do tapestry crochet but don't how and where to begin. So I thought of making a tutorial for this crochet bag with a very easy tapestry crochet pattern.
The only techniques you need to know is how to do single crochet and how to switch yarn colors. That's it!
I love using Bernat Home Dec yarn for crochet bags. They're durable, sturdy and easy to clean. It's 72% cotton and 28% nylon. It's like crocheting a shirt yarn. The colors I used here are Cream and Wooderry. I only used half of the skein each! Which is pretty cool (for me at least).
You can also use any cotton yarn and use the right hook for it.
CROCHET HOOK: J/10 - 6.0mm
- darning needle (to weave ends)
- 2 d-rings/keychain ring
- crossbody strap (optional)
- 13 1/2" H x 12" W
With the Woodberry yarn, start with 42 chain. Make 3 sc on the second stitch. Then sc on the next 39 stitches.
Make 3 sc on the last stitch.
Then crochet on the other side making 39 stitches more. We've completed our round base.
Prepare to switch yarn.
Grab the Cream yarn. When you do the last sc, pause when you have 2 loops on the hook. Wrap the Cream yarn over the hook and pull it through both loops completing the sc stitch.
Make 6 sc in the next 6 stitches.
Make sure that you are crocheting over the Woodberry yarn. Don't leave it behind. Take it with you.
Switch to Woodberry yarn on the 6th sc. Following the same process.
Finish this row by making 6 sc alternating each color.
After the last 6 sc (Woodberry yarn), start the next row with a sc on top of the Cream stitch.
(This will be the only batch that has 7 sc. It's also a good indication that you're about to go to the next row. The rest should stay at 6 sc stitches)
Then continue on doing 6 sc of each color alternating them, with the exception of the last 7 sc batch. Always make sure that your switching yarn on top of the first stitch of the contrast yarn. This what will make the diagonal line.
Once you reach the 25th row, start following the colors from the previous row by crocheting on top of them so all batches (including the last batch with 7 sc) are now 6 sc stitches.
It's like crocheting a straight line but since we're doing it in rounds, it will slant a little bit. You'll see.
(If you want a smaller bag, you can switch direction on any row you want.)
Crochet another 24 rows.
To understand it better, here's the crochet graph.
On the 24th row, get a d ring or any keychain ring and crochet over it. I did 5 sc over my d ring.
You can get dprings at Joann's, Michaels and Amazon. Or you can use any keychain ring you're not using, as long as they both are in the same size.
For the strap, you can do different ways.
Crochet the strap. Here I used the Thermal Stitch Strap. Click here for a tutorial.
Or you can use a leather strap for a more professional look. I got this 43"- 49" long adjustable leather bag strap at Amazon for $12.50.
That's the beauty of crocheting a ring on your bag. You can change the strap anytime you want.
You can use the same pattern to make a tote bag. Just crochet an oval for the base depending on what size you want and follow the same process.
Also you can finish your bag with diagonal stripes instead of changing direction half way. It will look cute that way, too.
I hope you're able to follow this pattern easily. It's a very easy project. Now you can tell everyone that you've done tapestry crochet! You now know how to switch yarn easily. So you can do any tapestry pattern.
Feel free to contact me if you have any question or any issues with this pattern.
Thank you so much!
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