Crochet hobo purse free pattern

I was school supply shopping the other day when I saw the purse of the girl in front of me and gasped. It was a purse-sized hobo bag, exactly what I had been wanting to make for the new wallet I designed. An easy, out for the day, possibly with the kids, affair.

Crochet hobo bag purse with button closure

Crochet hobo bag purse with button closure

You’ll have to forgive how awkward the bag looks, I don’t know how to pose for pictures, let alone set up a purse for a picture.
The button and button strap is sewn on in the middle of the bag even if it doesn’t look so. Normally I would sling the bag further back behind me but I put it on my side for the pictures.

I made the 2 sides green and the strap a multi-green. You can see how the hobo bag rises in the back from the “shape top” part of the pattern

I found this pattern http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/crochet-hobo-bag

and modified it to suit my needs. The modifications are copyrighted by me, Anna Merlini. You can use the pattern but give me credit for it and link back to this blog. You can’t use the modified pattern to make bags to sell.

Crochet hobo purse pattern

I used a J crochet hook and 3 balls of Bernat yarn.

Special stitch
sc2tog (sc dec)
= Insert hook into st and draw up a loop.
Insert hook into next st and draw up a loop. Yarn over,
draw through all 3 loops on hook.

BAG (Make 2 alike)
Ch 27.
Row 1 (Right Side): Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next ch, [2 sc in next ch, sc in next 2 ch] 8 times – 34 sc.
Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across.
Row 3: Ch 1, turn, 2 sc in first sc, sc across to last sc, 2 sc in last sc – 36 sc.
Rows 4-13: Repeat Rows 2-3 for 5 more times – 46 sc.
Rows 14-16: Repeat Row 2.
Row 17: Repeat Row 3 – 48 sc.
Repeat Rows 14-17 twice more – 52 sc.
Repeat Row 2 three times.

SHAPE TOP
Row 1: Ch 1, turn, sc in first 18 sc, slip st in next sc. Leave remaining sts unworked.
Row 2: Ch 1, turn, skip slip st and next sc, slip st in next sc, sc across – 16 sc.
Row 3: Ch 1, turn, sc to last sc, slip st in last sc – 15 sc.
Rows 4-7: Repeat Rows 2-3 twice more – 9 sc.
Rows 8-10: Ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across.
Fasten off.

FINISHING
Sew Front and Back together along bottom and side edges.

Strap (made in 2 halves)
Row 1: With right side facing, join yarn in first sc on last row of one Top edge, ch 1, work 18 sc across both sides of Top edge.
Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc in first sc, sc2tog, sc across to last 3 sc, sc2tog, sc in last sc – 16 sc.
Repeat Row 2 until 4 sc rem.
Rem Rows: Ch 1, turn, sc in ea sc until Strap is almost as long as you want it to be.

Increase Rows:
Ch 1, turn, sc in first sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc across to last 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in last sc until you have 18 sc.

Last Row:
Ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across.
Fasten off, leaving a long end for sewing.
Sew end of Strap to last row of opposite Top edge.

To double up strap and add strength
Ch 19
Row 1: starting in 2nd ch fr hook, sc in each ch -18 sc.
Row 2: Ch 1, work 18 sc across both sides of Top edge.
Row 3: Ch 1, turn, sc in first sc, sc2tog, sc across to last 3 sc, sc2tog, sc in last sc – 16 sc.
Repeat Row 2 until 4 sc rem.
Rem Rows: Ch 1, turn, sc in ea sc until Strap is as long as original strap.

Increase rows:
Ch 1, turn, sc in first sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc across to last 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in last sc until you have 18 sc.
Ch 1, turn, sc in ea sc across. Fasten off and leave a really really long end to sew this second strap to the bag and to the existing strap.

Button closure strap
Ch 6, leaving a long tail to sew strap to purse.
Starting in 2nd ch from hook, sc in ea sc. 5 sc.
Ch 1, turn, sc in each sc. Repeat this row until piece is one inch long.
Ch 1, turn, sc in first sc, ch 3, skip next 3 sc, sc in last sc.
Ch 1, turn, sc in first sc, 3 sc in button hole, sc in last sc.
Ch 1, turn, sc in ea sc. Fasten off.
Sew strap to top of bag, outside right for me because that’s how I like to wear the bag cross-body.
Sew button to outside of other side of bag, opposite button hole piece.

PS- Turns out that this bag is the perfect size for all the victuals you might need for a bike ride with a small child too.

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