Happy Friday Everyone!
It has been too long since my last post, but I am happy to be writing for you guys today, because I have another crochet pattern to share.
I recently got back in touch with an old friend, and yesterday was her birthday. I love giving handmade gifts, and thought a yoga mat bag would be perfect, since she is now a yoga instructor.
I have posted a yoga mat carrier pattern before, called the Bubble Yoga Mat Bag, but I wanted something that made a solid fabric. All of the circles in the Bubble Yoga Mat Bag look awesome, but they can also be a hassle when quickly trying to get the mat into the bag. I also wanted something where I didn't have to pay so much attention to the pattern.
So, I thought: 'What is my favorite crochet stitch?'
Of course! Let's do a bag that is completely half double crochets! Nothing can be more simple! It is so simple, it is hardly worth calling this a pattern.
You will need:
275 yards of worsted weight yarn
4.5mm crochet hook
ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
I recommend making the strap first and sew the first end to the bag before the bag gets too long (around row 16). This just makes it easier to sew on.
I used an entire skein (244 yards/7oz) for the actual bag, and used scrap yarn in a complimentary color for the strap.
Round 1: In second chain from hook, 2 hdc in first stitch, 1 hdc in each of the next 48 chains, 5 hdc in last chain, (continue working on the unused side of the chain) 1 hdc in each of the next 48 stitches, 3 hdc in last
chain, sl st into first hdc
Round 2: ch 2, 1 hdc in each of the next 52 stitches, 3 hdc in next stitch (should be the 3rd stitch from the set of 5 hdc in last row), 1 hdc in each of the next 52 stitches, 3 hdc in last hdc, sl st into first hdc
Fasten off and weave in ends
Round 1: In second chain from hook, 8 hdc, sl st into first hdc
Round 2: ch 1, (2 hdc in first stitch) repeat 7 times (16 hdc)
Round 3: ch1, (1 hdc in first stitch, 2 hdc in next stitch) repeat 7 times, sl st into first hdc (24 hdc)
Round 4: ch 1, (1hdc in each of the first two stitches, 2 hdc in next stitch) repeat 7times, sl st into first hdc (32 hdc)
Round 5: ch 1, (1 hdc in each of the first three stitches, 2 hdc in next stitch) repeat 7 times, sl st into first hdc (40 hdc)
**Starting from Round 6, do not slip stitch at the end of each round; work continuously around, so there is not seam in your bag**
Round 6 → End: 1 hdc in each stitch (40 hdc/round)
If you feel the need, you can keep track of the rounds as you go, but is not necessary. I simply just kept crochet around and around until the bag was long enough for my bag.
Last Round: sc in each stitch around (40 sc), sl st into first sc (this make the edge more smooth)
Fasten off and weave in ends
Sew on the top of the strap about 5 rows down from the top of the bag.
I really hope that you guys enjoy this pattern. It is so simple! This is the perfect mindless pattern to work on and have the music cranked up or your favorite show playing on the TV.
Feel free to use this pattern for personal projects. You can also make this pattern and sell the finished item for profit, but please, link back to this blog so people know where the pattern came from.