This sturdy barrel-shaped crochet duffle bag is perfect for a day on-the-go – use it for the gym, sports or dance practice, or carry it off to your local yarn store as a shopping bag because it holds lots and lots of yarn! Try different color combinations if you like, or use up stash yarn for individual dots for a unique look.
The polka dots are crocheted in a basic single crochet panel, placed by following a chart, then embellished with surface crochet. A fabric lining and zipper are sewn in, then the spiral-crocheted strap is sewn on.
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Finished Size:16” wide x 12” tall, assembled
875 yards bulky (CYCA 5, Bulky) yarn in two colors; 500 yds Color A and 375 yds Color B. Model shown in Lambs Pride Bulky, 4 skeins Charcoal Heather #M04 (Color A), 3 skeins Spice Bazaar #M153 (Color B)
Hook size L/11/8.00mm or size needed to obtain gauge
16” non-separating zipper in coordinating color
1 yard durable fabric for lining in coordinating color
Straight pins, sewing thread and needle or sewing machine for lining assembly
Gauge: 9.5 sts and 10 rows = 4″ in sc
Crochet Duffle Bag Body
With Color A ch 39
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, following Row 1 of color chart for color changes. Ch 1, turn.
Rows 2 – 84: Sc across, following color chart for color placement. Ch 1, turn at the end of every row except Row 84; end off after Row 84.
With Color B, work surface crochet ch around each full and partial polka dot.
Sides (Make 2 in Color A)
Ch 3, join into a ring with sl st in 1st ch.
Rnd 1: Ch1, 6 sc in ring. Do not join rounds, work in a spiral marking 1st st of rnd.
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around. 12 sc
Rnd 3: *2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc. Rep from *
around. 18 sc
Rnd 4: * 2 sc in next sc, sc in each of next 2 sc. Rep from * around. 24 sc
Rnd 5: * 2 sc in next sc, sc in each of next 3 sc. Rep from * around. 30 sc
Continue in pattern as established, increasing 6 sc on each round with one additional sc between increases, until there are 12 sts between each increase/84 sts total in final rnd. End off.
Strap is also worked as a spiral – do not join rnds, mark 1st st of rnd.
With Color A, ch 15, join into a ring with sl st in 1st ch being careful not to twist ch.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, sc in same ch as join and in each of next 3 ch, with Color B, sc in each of next 4 ch, with Color A, sc in each of next 4 ch, with Color B sc in each of last 3 ch and 1st sc of next rnd.
Continue on in pattern as established, alternating 4 sc in Color A with 4 sc in Color B. Work strap until it is 30″ long, working final rnd all in Color A. End off.
Lining and Assembly
Single crochet each Side to long side of Duffle Body, wrong sides facing each other so the sc seam is visible on the RS of the work. Weave in all ends.
Cut two circles in lining fabric 13” in diameter, or the diameter of your finished side piece plus 1” for seam allowance (1/2” seam allowance all the way around).
Cut one panel of lining fabric, 17” wide (or finished width plus 1⁄2” seam allowance on each side) x 33” long (or finished Duffle Body length plus 1⁄2” seam allowance on each short side).
Press back seam allowances on short sides of rectangle.
Stitch lining circles to lining panel, right sides facing. Fold lines should meet.
Insert assembled lining inside assembled Bag
Pin zipper into place, between the lining and the crocheted Body. Machine stitch or securely hand sew through all three layers – lining, zipper tape, and crochet.
With Color A, whip stitch strap into place on either side of the zipper opening.
I hope you enjoyed making this crochet duffle bag!