Crochet Club: crochet travel bag
If you crochet-on-the-go, Kate Eastwood’s crochet travel bag is a perfect way to keep your yarn safe while you work!
As all good crocheters know, if you’re off on a day out – a holiday, commuting to work or simply off to pick someone up from school or the station – it’s simply impossible to leave your crochet at home! There will almost certainly be five minutes at some point where you will be able to get your hook out for a few rows or rounds. BUT I’m sure you are also only too aware of just how annoying it can be when your ball of yarn is rolling around in the foot well of the car, falling off your lap on the train or rolling around two rows ahead on the plane… well, you need worry no longer!
Here is the perfect solution: a crochet travel bag. Simply pop your current ball of yarn in the bag, hook your arm through the handle and all your problems will be solved!
There’s even room to tuck your hook in there too!
For the main body of my bag I used Stylecraft Classique Cotton DK in Soft Lime 3663 and then I used small amounts of Fondant 3094 and White 3660 to add a little decoration and to finish off the edges. I worked with a 4mm hook. This tutorial is written using UK crochet terminology, but you can use our handy chart to convert to US terms!
Begin by making a chain of 32.
Row 1: Starting in the 2nd chain from the hook work a row of DC. 31sts. At the end of the row chain 1 and turn.
Row 2: In this row you will be working a few increases. Work 5 DC, work 2 DC in the next stitch, work 3 DC, work 2 DC in the next stitch, work 2 DC, work 2 DC in the next stitch, work 2 DC, work 2 DC in the next stitch, work 2 DC, work 2 DC in the next stitch, work 2 DC, work 2 DC in the next stitch, work 3 DC, work 2 DC in the next stitch, work 5 DC. 38sts. At the end of the row chain 1 and turn.
Rows 3 to 18: Continue working rows of DC, remembering to chain 1 and turn at the end of each row.
Row 19: (Right side row) Decrease 2 at the beginning and end of the row. 36 sts.
Row 20: DC 36sts. Chain 1 and turn.
Repeat rows 19 and 20 until you have 26 stitches. Work a row of DC. 26sts.
Work 24 rows of DC, remembering to chain 1 and turn at the end of each row. You will now be at the centre top point of your bag.
Work a further 23 rows of DC. 26sts.
You are now going to work some increases, to mirror the shape of the first half of the bag.
In your next row: (RS) Increase 2 stitches at the beginning and end of the row. 28 sts. Chain 1 and turn.
Now work a row of DC, remembering to chain 1 and turn at the end of the row.
Repeat the last two rows until you have 38 stitches.
For your final row work 5 DC, then decrease 2, work 3 DC, then decrease 2, work 2 DC, then decrease 2, work 2 DC, decrease 2, work 2 DC, decrease 2, work 2 DC, decrease 2, work 3 DC, decrease 2, work 5 DC. 31 sts. Finish off and sew in ends.
To join your bag together fold over at the centre point:
Using your second colour join your yarn in at the point shown in the picture below. Working in DC join the two sides together down the left hand side, along the bottom and then up the right hand side, stopping at the opposite point to where you started.
You are now going to continue edging your bag in DC but rather than joining the two sides together as before you will now be edging each side of the handle.
Once you have edged both sides, finish off and sew in your ends.
If you want to make your bag extra pretty why not add a couple of crochet flowers? These simple daisies will add a splash of colour and are very easy to make.
Round 1: To begin, make a Magic Ring and work 6 DC in to the ring. Close the ring, join with a Sl St and chain 1.
Round 2: Work 2 DC in each stitch. 12 sts. Join with a Sl St, finish off and sew in the ends.
Join in your second colour and chain 9.
Beginning in the 4th chain from the hook work a TR, TR, HTR, HTR, DC and then Sl St back into the beginning of the petal. Sl St in to the next stitch, chain 9 and work a petal as before.
Continue working petals all the way around, Sl St and join. Finish off and sew in the ends.
Using a needle and thread attach the flower to the bag.
And that’s it – you’re done ……..
Have crochet – will travel!
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