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Zinnia Crochet Crossbody Bag Pattern

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In this post, you will see the Zinnia crochet crossbody bag pattern.

This crochet bag is not only a summer staple you can wear again and again, but it’s really easy to make.

Using only single crochet and half double crochet stitches throughout the pattern, this is an easy one to follow.

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Zinnia Crochet Crossbody Bag Pattern

The stitch pattern used in this crochet crossbody bag design

The base of the bag is a single crochet circle with the main body of the bag worked in hdc – half double crochet.

This bag needed 1 x skein of Martin’s Lab Yarn – Comfy Merino/color Zinnia.

This yarn was crocheted with two strands together.

crochet crossbody bag
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Crochet Lessons

Take a look at the crochet lessons for tutorial posts with step-by-step photos and instructions and video tutorials perfect for newer crocheters. 

Tutorials include how to hold a crochet hook, how to create a foundation chain, and how to crochet simple crochet stitches like single crochet stitches (sc), double crochet stitches (dc) (how to double crochet (dc) for beginners), and treble crochet stitches (tr) (how to treble crochet (tr)). 

Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern:

This pattern is great for beginners.

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Zinnia Crochet Crossbody Bag Pattern

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Notes

For the base – Do not turn at the end of the round, but continue working in a spiral, with the right side (RS) always facing.

Keep count of the sts by placing a marker (PM) on the last st of each round.

There are no turning chains in this pattern.

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Skill Level – Basic (Beginner)

Gauge

  • 14 stitches/12 rows to 10cm/4″ in half double crochet (hdc)

Measurements / Size

  • The drawstring bag measures:
  • Base diameter = 5 inches
  • Height – 9.5 inches
  • Strap = 44 inches
  • Tassel charm length = 3.5 inches
crochet crossbody bag work in progress

The supplies you need

Yarn

  • 1 x Merino Singles 366m/400yd per 100g in the color Zinnia from Martin’s Lab.
  • Any UK 2ply/USA fingering/AUS 3ply yarn will be suitable for this project.

Hook

Notions

Other Materials

  • Thread or cord for the tassel (26/28 inches long).
  • Keyring clip x 1 for the tassel – 1 inch
  • Keyring clips x 2 for the bag chain – 1 inch
  • Gold bag chain – 44 inches
  • Pliers
  • Gold thread for the tassel – 8 inches for each tassel.

Tassels

  • Make 2 small tassels before you begin to crochet the shawl.
  • One tassel will be joined on either side of the bag (see photos).
  • You can view a tutorial showing you how to make tassels here. – How To Make Tassels {Photo + Video Tutorial}
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Abbreviations

This pattern is written in US crochet terms.

  • CH – Chain
  • Cont – Continue
  • HDC – Half double crochet
  • Patt – Pattern
  • Rep – Repeat
  • RS – Right side
  • SC – Single Crochet
  • SS – Slip stitch
  • St(s) – Stitch(es)
  • WS – Wrong side

Pattern

See notes before you start.

The base of the bag

  • Make a 4 ch and join with an ss in the first ch to form a ring.
  • Round 1: (RS) – 1 ch; 8 sc in ring. (8 sts) PM (see notes)
  • Round 2: 2 sc in each sc. (16 sts)
  • Round 3: *1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc* rep from * to end. (24 sts)
  • Round 4: 1 sc in each sc.
  • Round 5: *1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc* rep from * to end. (36 sts)
  • Round 6: 1 sc in each sc.
  • Round 7: *1 sc in each of the next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc* rep from * to end. (48 sts)
  • Round 8: 1 sc in each sc.
  • Round 9: *1 sc in each of the next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc* rep from * to end. (60 sts)
  • Round 10: 1 sc in each sc.
  • Round 11 – sc all the sts into the back loop only.
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The body of the bag

*Please note – keep the marker to denote which is the beginning/end of the round.

  • Continue to work in a spiral – ch 2, hdc in all of the ch in every round (in both loops) – until the bag measures = 9.5 inches.
  • You can make the bag as short/tall as you want.
  • Finish the last ch with an ss, secure, and cut the yarn leaving a few inches.
  • Secure and weave in the ends.
  • Weave in all other loose ends.

The drawstring cord

  • With the cord (around 26/28 inches long) weave through the bag leaving 3 sts (or holes) between stitches.
  • About 2 inches below the top of the bag.
  • Pull together and tie in a bow to close the bag.
bag measurement
  • Add the rings to either side of the bag (see the photo below).
  • Then add the bag clips and chain to each side of the bag.
  • You may need to use pliers to open the clasp on the key ring clip to attach the bag chain.
  • You can also add a bag charm/tassel – if you wish, made from leftover yarn.
bag chain

Everything You Need To Know About Crochet Bags

Are Crochet Bags Practical?    

Crochet bags can be both practical and stylish, depending on their design, yarn choice, and construction.

Here are some factors to consider when determining the practicality of a crochet bag:

  1. Durability: The durability of a crochet bag largely depends on the yarn used and the stitch pattern. Opting for sturdy yarns like cotton, linen, or blends can enhance the bag’s durability and ensure it can withstand the weight of its contents. Additionally, using tight stitch patterns can provide added strength and structural integrity.
  2. Size and capacity: Crochet bags come in various sizes, from small purses to large totes. Assess your needs and choose a size that suits the purpose of the bag. Consider the capacity and whether it can accommodate the items you intend to carry, such as beach essentials, groceries, or personal belongings.
  3. Lining: Adding a fabric lining to your crochet bag can significantly increase its practicality. A lining helps prevent small items from slipping through the stitches and adds stability to the bag’s structure. It also allows for additional pockets or compartments to keep things organized.
  4. Closure: Depending on the bag’s purpose, having a secure closure can enhance its practicality. Consider adding a zipper, buttons, magnetic snaps, or drawstrings to keep the contents of the bag secure. This is especially important if you plan to carry valuable or delicate items.
  5. Care and maintenance: Keep in mind that crochet bags may require special care compared to other types of bags. Depending on the yarn used, they may need to be hand-washed or spot-cleaned to maintain their shape and condition. Check the yarn label for specific care instructions.
  6. Style versatility: Crochet bags can be versatile in terms of style, allowing you to create different designs and patterns to match various outfits and occasions. This versatility adds to their practicality, as you can use them as everyday bags, beach bags, market bags, or even as fashion statements.

Ultimately, the practicality of a crochet bag depends on how well it meets your specific needs and preferences.

With the right yarn choice, construction techniques, and attention to functionality, crochet bags can be both practical and visually appealing.

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What Yarn Is Best For Crocheting A Bag?    

When it comes to crocheting a bag, it’s important to choose a yarn that is sturdy, durable, and capable of holding its shape well.

Here are a few yarn options that are commonly recommended for crocheting bags:

The best yarn weight for a crochet bag depends on the desired outcome, the bag’s purpose, and your personal preferences.

Here are a few yarn weight options commonly used for crocheting bags, worsted-weight yarn, Aran weight, chunky weight, and sport weight.

  1. Cotton yarn: Cotton is a popular choice for crocheting bags due to its durability and strength. It’s a natural fiber that can withstand heavy use and is less likely to stretch or lose its shape over time. Cotton yarn also has a nice drape and comes in a variety of colors.
  2. Linen yarn: Linen is another great option for crocheting bags. It has similar qualities to cotton, offering strength and durability. Linen tends to be slightly stiffer than cotton, which can help the bag maintain its shape even better.
  3. Hemp yarn: Hemp is a natural fiber that is known for its strength and durability. It’s a fantastic choice for crocheting bags that need to withstand heavy loads or rough handling. Hemp yarn can be a bit rougher in texture compared to cotton or linen, but it softens with use and washing.
  4. Acrylic yarn (blended with other fibers): While pure acrylic yarn may not be the most ideal choice for bags due to its tendency to stretch and lose shape, it can work well when blended with other fibers like cotton or nylon. Acrylic blends can offer the benefits of both fibers, providing durability, softness, and a wider range of color options.

When selecting a yarn for your bag, consider the weight of the yarn as well.

Worsted weight or bulky yarns tend to be sturdier and more suitable for bags compared to lighter weight yarns.

Additionally, it’s a good idea to consider the stitch pattern you plan to use and how it will affect the structure and durability of the bag.

For example, tight and dense stitch patterns will provide more stability and support for your bag.

Ultimately, the best yarn for crocheting a bag depends on your personal preference, the desired style and function of the bag, and the specific project requirements.

Consider the characteristics mentioned above and choose a yarn that aligns with your needs.

What Are The Best Crochet Stitches For Crossbody Bags?    

When crocheting a crossbody bag, it’s important to choose stitches that provide structure, durability, and a tight fabric.

Here are some crochet stitches that are well-suited for making a crossbody bag:

  1. Single Crochet (SC): Single crochet stitches create a dense and sturdy fabric, making them an excellent choice for a bag. The tight nature of single crochet stitches helps the bag retain its shape and prevents items from poking through the stitches.
  2. Half Double Crochet (HDC): The half double crochet stitch is slightly taller than the single crochet stitch, providing a bit more flexibility and drape to the fabric while still maintaining stability. HDC stitches work well for bags that need a balance between structure and flexibility.
  3. Waistcoat Stitch: Also known as the center single crochet or knit stitch, the waistcoat stitch creates a tight and dense fabric that resembles a knitted fabric. It’s an excellent choice for a crossbody bag that requires a solid structure and a unique textured look.
  4. Moss Stitch (Linen Stitch): The moss stitch is created by alternating single crochet and chain stitches in each row. This stitch pattern creates a tight, textured fabric that is sturdy and visually appealing. It works well for smaller crossbody bags or for adding a decorative panel to the bag design.
  5. Tunisian Simple Stitch (TSS): Tunisian crochet stitches produce a dense and tightly woven fabric, making them a good option for a crossbody bag. The Tunisian simple stitch is similar to the single crochet stitch in appearance and provides excellent structure.
  6. Bobble Stitch: The bobble stitch adds texture and visual interest to a bag design. While it may not be the most ideal stitch for the entire bag, incorporating bobble stitches in certain areas, such as the flap or decorative panels, can create a unique and eye-catching detail.

Remember, the choice of stitch will depend on your specific design preferences, the desired texture, and the functionality of the bag.

Experiment with different stitch combinations and swatch samples to determine the stitch that best suits your crossbody bag project.

What Is The Best Length For A Crossbody Crochet Bag?    

The best length for a crossbody crochet bag depends on your personal preference and the intended use of the bag.

However, there are a few general considerations to keep in mind:

  1. Comfort: The length of the strap should be comfortable for you to wear across your body. It should allow the bag to rest in a convenient and accessible position, neither too high nor too low. Consider the desired drop length and adjust it to your preferred height.
  2. Functionality: Think about what you plan to carry in the bag and how you want it to hang. If you intend to use the bag for everyday essentials like a wallet, keys, and a phone, a medium-length strap that falls around your hip area may be suitable. If you want the bag to hold larger items or need more accessibility, a longer strap may be more practical.
  3. Style and Proportions: Consider the size and shape of the bag itself. A smaller bag might look more balanced with a shorter strap, while a larger bag could benefit from a longer strap to create visual harmony. Take into account the overall aesthetic and proportions you want to achieve.
  4. Adjustability: Some crochet bag patterns allow for adjustable straps, which can be convenient as they allow you to customize the length according to your needs and outfit variations.

To find the best length for your crossbody crochet bag, you can use a measuring tape or even try on a sample strap made of scrap yarn to get an idea of the desired length.

Experiment and make adjustments as needed until you achieve a length that feels comfortable, functional, and visually appealing to you.

Do Crochet Bags Need To Be Lined?    

While lining a crochet bag is not mandatory, it can offer several benefits that enhance the bag’s functionality and overall appearance.

Here are a few reasons why lining a crochet bag is often recommended:

  1. Stability and structure: Lining adds stability to the bag, giving it a more defined shape and preventing it from sagging or stretching when carrying items. The fabric lining provides support and helps the bag maintain its form.
  2. Durability and longevity: The lining acts as an extra layer of protection for the crochet stitches, reducing wear and tear caused by friction between items in the bag and the yarn. It helps prevent small objects or loose threads from getting caught in the crochet stitches, ensuring the bag remains intact for a longer period.
  3. Prevents stretching: Some yarns, especially those with high cotton content, have a tendency to stretch when subjected to weight or pressure. Lining the bag helps counteract this by distributing the weight more evenly and minimizing the chance of stretching.
  4. Security and privacy: A lining can add an extra level of security and privacy to your belongings. It helps conceal the contents of the bag, making it more difficult for others to see what you’re carrying.
  5. Functionality: A lining can provide additional pockets or compartments to help organize the bag’s interior. You can include zipper pockets, open pockets, or dividers to keep smaller items separate and easily accessible.
  6. Aesthetics: Lining can give the bag a more polished and professional appearance. You can choose a fabric that complements the colors and style of the crochet bag, adding an extra touch of sophistication.

Keep in mind that lining a crochet bag requires some sewing skills and additional materials.

Consider the purpose of the bag, the yarn used, and your personal preferences when deciding whether to line it.

If you opt not to line the bag, choose a yarn that is sturdy and less likely to stretch or snag

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