The Roxy Bag - Crochet Pattern

by - April 17, 2017

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I'm not much of a purse type of girl. I'm more of a grab a bag and put in everything I might need type of girl because #momlife, and I'm always expected to have all the things when we are out.  I'm a fan of big spacious bags where I can throw in my wallet, phone, snacks, wipes, small toys, and sometimes even a small blanket. These bags come in handy especially during the summer time when we spend hours at the park or outdoors in nature.

I've had the same bag from H&M years ago when I used it for college and I frequently switch between the large bag and a small backpack that was easy to carry and shove stuff into while running out the door. When I browsed Hobby Lobby's I Love This Cotton Yarn collection, I picked a combination of colors I liked and decided it was a great palate to make a bag with!


I love the mochila bags I've seen on pinterest and was armed to give it a try, but once I got down to it, I knew it was way too much for me at the moment. I just finished a large project (my Woodland Afghan Series) and wanted some mindless crocheting. I tucked away the mochila bag design and instead, I looked for a stitch that was still edgy, fun, and looked like I put a lot of effort into it without the effort.


I still wanted to keep the overall shape of the mochila bag, so I started with a circle for the base alternating colors as I went. At this point, I knew I wanted to ditch the single crochets and find something that would work up quicker.

After doing a sample of v-stitches, I knew it was the stitch I wanted to use for my bag. This whole bag is comprised of basic stitches: single crochet, half double crochet, and double crochet. Once I got the base down and past the first few rows of the bag it was smooth sailing of all double crochets.  How's that for mindless crochet?

Although it has the shape of the mochila bag, it is not rigid or would stand upright on its own. It's frumpy and flowy, which I like because it forms to my side when I wear it.


I'm so happy to share with you the finished project! The colors are far from neutral and I'm loving it! Who doesn't need a little color in their life? I have not lined this bag with fabric, but I do plan on setting aside some time to do so. Do you need to line the bag? No, but if you do want to carry heavy loads, the bag will stretch. I have made market totes that are stretched out to 3x the length and wish I would've lined those.



The bottom of the bag hits right about mid-thigh for me, which is perfect! I've only carried around a small WIP so far, so I was not afraid it would stretch out. Before I really get down to using it full-time, I will line it so it doesn't stretch to below my knee. Being a short girl, I know how awful it is to have a way too long bag full of heavy stuff hit you right smack in the back of the knee while trying to juggle ALL the bags while opening the front door. (See: market totes that stretched out to 3x it's length).


Also, be mindful of how long you make your straps! They may stretch overtime so don't over-do it. I made the straps long enough to be comfortable but kept in mind it may stretch an inch or so overtime from the weight in my bag.

Okay, let's get to it!

Materials I Used:
1 skein each of I Love This Cotton in White, Black, Bright Teal, and Coral
G hook
Tapestry needle for sewing
Scissors

Notes: The base/bottom of the bag is made in rounds, increasing each round. Once the base is completed, the sides will also be worked in the round but without increases.
The chains starting the rounds do not count as a stitch.
I had just the right amount of black for this project, you may or may not need an additional skein depending on your tension. I tend to crochet loosely and had enough.
HDC increase: 2 HDC into same stitch
Starting at Row 19, the V stitch will begin. The V stitch is essentially making 2 DC in between the 2 DC in the previous round, continuing to do that all the way around.

Starting with black


Row 1: Magic ring, HDC 10 into ring, join
Row 2: Chain 1, HDC increase in each stitch, join - change to Coral
Row 3: Chain 1, HDC increase, HDC in next stitch, repeat from* , join
Row 4: Chain 1, HDC increase, HDC in next 2 stitches, repeat from* , join - change to Bright Teal
Row 5: Chain 1, HDC increase, HDC in next 3 stitches, repeat from* , join
Row 6: Chain 1, HDC increase, HDC in next 4 stitches, repeat from* , join - change to White
Row 7: Chain 1, HDC increase, HDC in next 5 stitches, repeat from* , join
Row 8: Chain 1, HDC increase, HDC in next 6 stitches, repeat from* , join - change to Black
Row 9: Chain 1, HDC increase, HDC in next 7 stitches, repeat from* , join
Row 10: Chain 1, HDC increase, HDC in next 8 stitches, repeat from* , join - change to Coral
Row 11: Chain 1, HDC increase, HDC in next 9 stitches, repeat from* , join 
Row 12: Chain 1, HDC increase, HDC in next 10 stitches, repeat from* , join - change to Bright Teal
Row 13: Chain 1, HDC increase, HDC in next 11 stitches, repeat from* , join 
Row 14: Chain 1, HDC increase, HDC in next 12 stitches, repeat from* , join - change to White
Row 15: Chain 1, HDC increase, HDC in next 13 stitches, repeat from* , join
Row 16: Chain 1, HDC increase, HDC in next 14 stitches, repeat from* , join - change to Black
Row 17: Chain 1, HDC evenly around in back loops only, join
Row 18: Chain 2, *2 DC into next stitch, skip two stitches, repeat from * , join - change to Coral
Row 19: Chain 2, *2 DC in between the 2 DC in the previous round, repeat from * , join 

Row 20 -46 : Repeat Row 19 changing color after each round in the following pattern: Coral, Bright Teal, White, Black

There are three rows to finish off the top that will hold the pull string:
Chain 2, DC around evenly, join
Chain 2, *DC into next 4 stitches, Chain 2, skip next two stitches, repeat from *, join
Chain 2, HDC around evenly, join
Fasten off.

This completes the body of the bag.


Strap - worked in rows:

Start with black

Row 1: Chain 90
Row 2: SC into second chain from hook and across, turn your work
Row 3: Change color to white, SC across, turn your work
Row 4: Change color to teal, Chain 1, SC across, turn your work
Row 5: Change color to coral, Chain 1, SC across, turn your work
Row 6: Chain 1, SC across, turn your work
Row 7: Change color to teal, SC across, turn your work
Row 8: Change color to white, SC across, turn your work
Row 9: Change color to black, SC across, turn your work
Fasten off and leave tail for sewing onto bag.

*You can make the strap longer or shorter by adding or subtracting from the starting chain. Keep in mind, the strap may stretch a bit over time.

Sew onto bag using a tapestry needle and whip stitch. I went over the area at least 6 times to make it secure and tight.

Pull-string

Cut 6 pieces each of white, teal, and pink yarn around 3 ft long. Tie a knot twice at one end and braid the yarn together. Before you tie the other end, insert the piece into the holes at the tope of the bag, weaving in and out until you get all the way around. I made sure to start at a hole that was in between the straps. Tie two knots at the other end. Trim ends evenly.

As I stated earlier, I suggest lining this bag to keep the shape and so it does not stretch especially when carrying heavy items.


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13 comments

  1. I absolutely love the look of this bag. I think I have found my next project!

    I am new to the addictive art of crochet. My question is, how do you attach a liner to a crochet bag?

    Thanks
    Alisha

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    1. Thanks Alisha! I learned how to line bags with this tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBnZhtCASbI&t=156s

      Since this bag does have a round bottom though, You will have to cut out an extra piece of fabric for the circular bottom.

      I do plan on updating once I line the bag! My mom is great at sewing, so I will be consulting her when I have time to whip out the sewing machine ;)

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    2. Thank You so much for your help!

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  2. Line the strap too and it won't stretch. The strap lining doesn't have to match the inside bag lining. It could be a solid neutral color, or stripes or something fun.

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    1. Or use an old shirt as a lining...it would be cool to find an old beachy type shirt that would go with the colors/style of the bag.

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  3. I love it, and the colors you chose!

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  4. Thank you for the pattern! Now that summer is approaching, this would make a great outdoor carry-all bag! I used the white, teal, and coral in an afghan I made a few months ago. I also used a medium gray and then used steel gray for a border.

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  5. I've been looking for a new bag and saw this on Pinterest. I accidentally grabbed my H hook instead of G so mine is a bit big. I used a charcoal color instead of black too. Thanks for sharing the pattern!

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  6. I love the zigzag pattern of the v-stitches, and the colors you choose for this is awesome! Great summer bag for the beach. Pinned. Found this at the Linky Ladies Party hosted by The Purple Poncho.
    I am running a year long Granny-Spiration Challenge. We would love if you came by and linked up a granny inspired project with us :) It can be found here: http://eyeloveknots.blogspot.com/2017/05/two-grannies-headband-free-crochet.html
    Alexandra of EyeLoveKnots

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    1. Thanks so much Alexandra! I will check it out :)

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  7. I'm making this and it's my first in-the-round, it's coming out nice so far! I am just using one color-changing yarn since I'm new. I just wanted to say that where it says to repeat from *, in this pattern, it looks like the * symbol may be missing compared to others I have been starting out. Also, and this is just me, it would be cool if you had a link to a magic ring somewhere - I searched your blog thinking you would have explained it, but ended up finding a couple videos elsewhere instead! I look forward to this being completed and I'll be back to check out the other patterns - I love granny squares! Thank you!

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    1. All but the last couple of steps which I see do have a *.

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