The Crochet Shoulder Bag is an example of how simple is best. The stitches are basic, the construction is simple, and the embellishments are simple, but you’ll build a bag that others will ask, “YOU MADE THAT?”
Continue reading to get the free crochet pattern.
How to Crochet a Shoulder Bag
The bag’s construction is straightforward, as promised. First, crochet a long rectangle with single crochets in rows. Then, using single crochets, work your way around the rectangle. Then, in connected rounds, work the rest of the bag using a modified half double crochet.
Yarn that was used to make the Shoulder Bag
You’re in for a treat if you haven’t worked with Bernat Beyond Yarn yet! I adore the stitch definition that this extra thick yarn provides.
The yarn is S on S plied, which means that single strands are twisted together to create two ply strands, which are then twisted together to form the yarn. This creates a dense yarn with some bounce and movement.
Crochet stitches for the Belmont Crochet Shoulder Bag
Take a good look at those stitches. Can you recognize them?
What if I told you they’re half double crochets with a twist? That’s correct!
The main body of the bag is formed with half double crochets, which are made by yarning under instead of over. That’s all. It works up exactly as quickly as a conventional hdc once you get into the rhythm of working the stitch differently.
The bag’s base, as previously stated, is a plain rectangle of single crochets.
Stitch markers are your best friends while working the bag. You’ll alternate skipping the initial stitch and working the end stitch of every other round into the slip stitch of the previous round to avoid a visible, slanting seam on that bag.
The seam is practically undetectable using this approach, but it is easy to lose track of whatever round you are on.
At the conclusion of each round, use stitch markers to indicate where the last stitch of the next round will be, or use different colored stitch markers to show whether you are on an odd or even row.
You can always count your rounds if you lose track, but it’s always helpful to have a few shortcuts.
Crochet Shoulder Bag Pattern Free
- US size J/10, 6.0 mm crochet hook
- Bernat Beyond Yarn (Category 6 Super Bulky Yarn)
- 3 skeins in Cream
- Large Eye Yarn Needle
- Faux Leather Bag Straps (optional)
- Hand Needles (optional)
- ch(s): chain(s)
- sc: single crochet
- sts: stitch(es)
- sl st: slip stitch
- mhdc: modified half double crochet (see notes)
- Gauge: 4” x 4” = 13 mhdc by 11 rows
mhdc (modified half double crochet): yarn under, hook into stitch, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through all three loops on hook. See the photo tutorial.
Yarn under: wrap yarn around hook from front to back rather than back to front as in a yarn over.
Mark the location of the last stitch of the next row with stitch markers. When working even-numbered rounds, place a stitch marker in the final slip stitch before working the last stitch of the next row into that slip stitch.
Place the stitch marker in the last single crochet on odd-numbered rows.
Photo tutorial for modified half double crochet
Yarn under – bring working yarn from the hook’s front to the rear (instead of wrapping back to front)
insert hook into stitch
pull up a loop
yarn over and pull through all three loops on the hook.
Crochet Shoulder Bag Pattern Instructions
- Row 1: sc in the 2nd st from the hook and in each st across, turn (8)
- Row 2: ch 1, sc in each st across (8)
- Row 3-32: repeat row 2
Start working around the base:
- Round 1:
Side 1: ch 1, sc in the next 7 sts, 3 sc in the last st (10)
Side 2: skip the 32nd row, sc at the end of each row (31)
Side 3: 3 sc in the 1st ch, sc in the next 6 chs, 3 sc in last ch (12)
Side 4: sc at the end of each row, skip the 32nd row (31)
Side 1: 2 sc in the same st as the first st of side 1, join with a sl st to the first sc
- Round 2: ch 1, mhdc (see notes and photo tutorial) in each st, join with a sl st to the first mhdc (86) (tip: use a stitch marker to mark the sl st)
- Round 3: ch 1, skip first st, mhdc in each st, mhdc in sl st of previous round, join with a sl st to the first mhdc (86) (tip: use a stitch marker to mark the last sc)
- Rounds 4-28: Repeat rounds 2-3
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Insert Bag Straps
I cut around 50″ of yarn and divided the strands to connect the imitation leather straps. Attach each side of the strap with one strand. Attach each strap to the bag about 3.25″ from either side.
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