Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Yoga Bag Pattern




Shell on Arches Crochet Yoga Bag

I will admit that I have not yet finished this bag soooo this will be a two-parter! haha. Don't worry, I'll get you through enough of the instructions that you can make the entire bag except the draw string closure - which we'll cover tomorrow. 

My yoga mat when rolled up is about 21 inches (53.3cm) long and 6 inches (15.2 cm) in diameter. But to give us a bit of space to work with we're going to be crocheting a 26 inch (66 cm) long bag with a diameter of 7.5 inches (19 cm). You'll want to adjust these numbers if your bag is smaller/larger than mine.

Additionally, for this pattern I am using a worsted weight size 4 medium yarn with a size H or 5mm hook. If you're using a different size yarn or hook you'll want to measure the base circle and keep adding rows until your circle is 7.5 inches wide.

To start the bag we are going to first crochet the base. I chose to use a darker hue of the same color for the base to make it stand out more (I thought this looked pretty), but you can pick whichever color(s) you like. 

Row 1: Make your initial loop and chain 2. Add 12 double crochet stitches to the third loop from the hook (or first loop you made). Slip stitch to end row 1.





Row 2: Chain 2 and add 2 double crochet stitches to the same stitch. Add two double crochet stitches to each stitch around. Slip stitch to first DC.



See how I'm adding 2 DC per stitch?

Row 3: Chain 2 and add 2 double crochet stitches to the same stitch. Add one double crochet stitch to the next stitch. Repeat around (2 dc, 1 dc in next). Slip stitch to first DC.


Notice the pattern? 2 dc, 1 dc, 2 dc, 1 dc --- all the way around. 

Row 4: Chain 2 and add 2 double crochet stitches to the same stitch. Add one double crochet stitch to the next 2 stitches. Repeat around (2 dc, 1 dc in next 2 stitches). Slip stitch to first DC.


Row 5: Chain 2 and add 2 double crochet stitches to the same stitch. Add one double crochet stitch to the next 3 stitches. Repeat around (2 dc, 1 dc in next 3 stitches). Slip stitch to first DC.


Row 6: Chain 2 and add 2 double crochet stitches to the same stitch. Add one double crochet stitch to the next 4 stitches. Repeat around (2 dc, 1 dc in next 4 stitches). Slip stitch to first DC.


Row 7: Chain 2 and add a double crochet stitch to the back loop of the same stitch. Repeat around, adding a DC to the back loop of each stitch. Slip stitch to first DC.

**HINT: IF you were making a hat you would crochet in both loops, for another 4-6 rows depending on size.**

Yarn over and insert hook in back loop only.
(I forgot to yarn over in this picture - please pretend that you see an imaginary extra loop on the hook <-- not perfect :))


See the 'ribs' of the front loop sticking out? that means you did it right!

Row 8: DC in both loops around.



Row 9:  
When slip stitching row 8 together, use your new color. (OR slip stitch the last row together, than add the new color. Chain 1 and single crochet in the same space. Chain 3 skip the next 3 stitches and add a single crochet to the fourth stitch out.


Chain 3, skip the next 3 stitches and add a single crochet to the fourth stitch out.


When you make it around, slip stitch to the first single crochet stitch.




 Next slip stitch into the chain 3 space.


Chain 2 and add four double crochet stitches to the chain 3 space.


Add 4 double crochet stitches to the next chain 3 space and each chain 3 space around. Join with slip stitch to first DC.


Row 10: Single crochet in space between 4-DC shells, chain 3, add a single crochet to the next space between 4-DC shells. Slip stitch to first SC stitch.


Notice that I go backwards to add a single crochet to the closest space between 4DC shells.



Row 11: Slip stitch into chain 3 space. Chain 2, add 4 double crochet stitches to the chain 3 space and each chain 3 space around. Slip stitch to first double crochet. 

Rows 12-xxxx Repeat rows 10 and 11 until your bag is the correct height. 



Ok guys, here is where I finish for the night. Tomorrow I'll have finished the bag and I'll show pics and also info on how to finish the draw string top. If you liked my pattern let me know on my Facebook page or send me a Tweet

Have fun crocheting!!
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