Crochet Hobo Bag

Bags are every woman’s fantasy. No one can ever have enough. Lately I have an obsession for crochet bags. This bag is one of my favorites. I was browsing for some easy bag patterns when I found this lovely one. I decided to give it a try and before long I was hooked onto this project. I specially loved the little rose that adds so much more elegance to this cute purse. When I first saw this name – Hobo , I wondered what it could be. The Hobo I know of refers to a character of a long time ago animated tv Series who had two ears on his head. I don’t actually remember the name of the tv series. Well, anyways I checked up the meaning of this and why it is called as the Hobo bag. The reason is because of its crescent shape and the curve that forms on two ends of the straps. Hmmm makes sense?!

The original pattern can be found here.

Materials needed:
2 balls of bulky weight yarn ( black color)
1 ball of worsted weight yarn ( red or maroon)
5mm crochet hook

Stitches you should know:
Hdc ( half double crochet)
Hdc inc ( half double crochet increase)
Hdc dec ( half double crochet decrease)

Instructions:

Ch 18. Hdc in 3rd chain from hook. 3 hdc. Hdc inc. 5 hdc. Hdc inc. 5hdc. Turn.

Ch2. 5hdc, hdc inc, 5hdc, hdc inc, 6hdc. Turn

Ch2. 6hdc, hdc inc, 5hdc, hdc inc, 7hdc. Turn

Ch 2. 7 hdc, hdc inc, 5 hdc, hdc inc, 8 hdc. Turn

Ch 2. 8hdc, hdc inc, 5 hdc, hdc inc, 9hdc. Turn

Ch 2. 9 hdc, hdc inc, 5 hdc, hdc inc, 10 hdc. Turn

Ch 2. 10 hdc, hdc inc, 5 hdc, hdc inc, 11 hdc. Turn

Ch 2. 11 hdc, hdc inc, 5hdc, hdc inc, 12 hdc. Turn

Ch 2. 12 hdc, hdc inc, 5 hdc, hdc inc, 13 hdc. Turn

Ch 2. 13 hdc, hdc inc, 5 hdc, hdc inc, 14 hdc. Turn

Ch 2. 14 hdc, hdc inc, 5 hdc, hdc inc, 15 hdc. Turn

Ch 2. 15 hdc, hdc inc, 5 hdc, hdc inc, 16 hdc. Turn

Ch 2. 16 hdc, hdc inc, 5 hdc, hdc inc, 17 hdc. Turn

Ch 2. 17 hdc, hdc inc, 5 hdc, hdc inc, 18 hdc. Turn

Now starts the body of the bag.

* Ch 2. Hdc in each stitch across till the end. ( Total 45 hdc) Turn * Repeat * for 24 rows.

Ch2. 17 hdc, hdc dec, 5 hdc, hdc dec, 18 hdc. Turn

Ch 2. 16 hdc, hdc dec, 5 hdc, hdc dec, 17 hdc. Turn

Ch 2. 15 hdc, hdc dec, 5 hdc, hdc dec, 16 hdc. Turn

Ch 2. 14 hdc, hdc dec, 5 hdc, hdc dec, 15 hdc. Turn

Ch 2. 13 hdc, hdc dec, 5 hdc, hdc dec, 14 hdc. Turn

Ch 2. 12 hdc, hdc dec, 5 hdc, hdc dec, 13 hdc. Turn

Ch 2. 11 hdc, hdc dec, 5 hdc, hdc dec, 12 hdc. Turn

Ch 2. 10 hdc, hdc dec, 5 hdc, hdc dec, 11 hdc. Turn

Ch 2. 9 hdc, hdc dec, 5 hdc, hdc dec, 10 hdc. Turn

Ch 2. 8 hdc, hdc dec, 5 hdc, hdc dec, 9 hdc. Turn

Ch 2. 7hdc, hdc dec, 5 hdc, hdc dec, 8 hdc. Turn

Ch 2. 6 hdc, hdc dec, 5 hdc, hdc dec, 7 hdc. Turn

Ch 2. 5 hdc, hdc dec, 5 hdc, hdc dec, 6 hdc. Turn

Ch 2. 4 hdc, hdc dec, 5 hdc, hdc dec, 5 hdc.

Fasten and weave off.
The entire body of the bag is now ready. It’s time to proceed towards the strap. But first we have to make the band.

Join your yarn to one end of the long side. Ch 1. Sc in each gap left from the ch 2 turns. Your bag will begin to form that gathering look. A total of 26 sc will be formed.

* Ch 1. Turn. Sc in each stitch across.* Repeat * 6 times.

Do the same on the other long side.

For the straps –
Attach yarn at the side of the bag. Where the first line of your band ends is where your hook should be.
Sc along the short side of the purse and up the side of the band.
When you reach the end of the band, chain 60. This is for how long you want the shoulder straps to be. You can increase or decrease as per the desired length. Join to the other side and continue to sc down the band and the other short side.
Ch 60 for the other strap. And continue sc to the other side and along the band. You would now have completed one round and would be at the starting point.
Ch 1. Turn. And continue to sc along the band and sides.

Repeat for 6 more town or the desired width if the strap.

Your hobo bag is now ready. Time to add a little embellishment on it. I chose a pretty little rose.

For the rose:

Ch 60. Sc in 2nd ch from hook. Ch 2. Skip 1 ch. sc in the next. * sc. ch2. Skip 1 chain. Sc* continue * till the end.
Turn. * Ch 2. 3 dc in the ch 2 space. Ch 2. Slip st in ch 2 space. Sl st in the next ch 2 space. * Repeat * 5 times
Ch 2. 4 dc in space. Ch 2. Slip st. Slip st in next ch 2 space. Ch 2. 5 dc in space. Ch 2. Slip st. Continue with 4dc and 5dc till the end. Fasten and weave off.

To make the roses, roll it from the smaller petal side ( with 3 dc) till the last one. Secure with yarn. Tie it on to the bag.

Your bag is now ready for show off 😉

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