Saturday, April 9, 2011

Yoga Bag Pattern - PART TWO

Yoga Bag Pattern - Part II
Well, it took an extra day to get this to you guys, but here it is. I'll warn you now that it takes two skeins of the light orange color to complete the bag. I ran out last night (!!!) and had to run out this morning to buy more. 

When we left off on Wednesday we had made the base and starting the body of the bag. I kept going until the bag was approximately 30 inches long (76.2 cm). I then added a row of the darker orange and crocheted a tie for the top of the bag and a shoulder strap. 
When finishing the top of the bag I added a decorative edge of slip stitches.

Here's a picture of the top of the bag. Notice that the arch row is in orange and the darker orange is used to add a row of 4-DC shells. 
4DC Shells

Slip Stitch:

Insert your hook. Yarn over and pull through all loops on hook.

The tie of the bag needs to be long enough that when the bag is stretched, the ties won't pull out. The tie is made using rows of 2 single crochet stitches. For the above bag I made 119 rows.

Chain 3

2 SC stitches per row for 119 rows.

For the arm strap I used the same pattern as the tie except with 5 single crochet stitches per row. For this pattern I crocheted an arm strap of 25 inches (63.5 cm) and then folded each end over to sew to the bag. The fold will add extra strength so that the stitching in your bag will not pull with the weight of your matt. 

Once you've crocheted your strap you should pin it to your bag and walk around with it to see if you've made it long enough and if the bag sits comfortably.

Next sew the folded end to your bag. Remember to go all the way around the rectangular end piece. 

 Once you have your end sewed on, just sew in the yarn tail and you're done. Repeat for the other end of the shoulder strap.

This pattern gives you basic guidelines for crocheting your own bag, but remember to measure your mat so that you can make the bag longer or shorter.

This guy will be up for grabs at the Loudoun EarthDay Festival this weekend. If you're on the fence about coming I hope this helps you decide :) And don't forget to follow my blow by blow description of the activities on my Facebook and twitter feeds.
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