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Sep 7, 2008
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Marianne Martin

Introduction

Ribbed Sweater Hobo/Tote

I recently found an amazing bag picture on the web and it turned out the instructions were only in an obscure japanese mag that would have cost me an arm and a leg to order (not to mention... it's in japanese). Inspired, I decided to improvise a similar one that looks like a nice ribbed sweater.

Keep in mind that this project requires some (simple but unusual) assembly and that since it was improvised, it's not uber-precise. But it works! And it is a pretty forgiving design.

Materials List

One skein of Bernat Super Value (7 oz) or any other worsted weight yarn

4mm hook - a hook one size smaller than the recommended size.

Fabric for lining, sewing supplies etc. *Please note that the instructions for the lining are not included! Many tutorials are available on the web, though :)

Finished Size

Crocheted in Bernat Super Value, the bag should measure approx. 15 inches wide and 12 inches high. Roomy!

Gauge

Gauge is not critical for this project.

Notes

scblo - single crochet in back loop only

scblo2tog - scblo decrease. Insert hook in back loop of the first stitch, pull yarn, insert hook in back loop of 2nd stitch, pull yarn (2 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through both loops.

For the decorative touches, slip stitch through fabric + bobbles (instructions are easy to find)

The Pattern


Body

Row 1: Ch 23, ch 1, turn

Row 2: sc in each ch across, ch 1, turn

Rows (3-8): 2 scblo in 1st st, scblo in next 5 st, 2 scblo in following stitch… continue increasing every 5 stitches for the rest of the rows, starting each new row the same way (with 2 scblo in the first stitch, then do 5 scblos etc). * These rows do not end evenly: if you have room for another double do it, if not simply continue with the next row.*Ch1, turn

Rows (9-12): scblo in each st across, ch1, turn

Row 13: Repeat row 3 technique, increasing every 5 stitches

Rows (14-15): scblo in each st across, ch1, turn

Row 16: Repeat row 3 technique, increasing every 5 stitches

Rows (17-20): scblo in each st across, ch1, turn

Row 21: Repeat row 3 technique, increasing every 5 stitches

Rows (22-40): scblo in each st across, ch1, turn
*This forms the first half and center of the bag’s body. Now we mirror our increase rows with decreases to get a symmetrical bag

Row 41: scblo2tog, scblo in next 5 st, scblo2tog… *the same principle as for row 3 applies here. Decrease every 5 st, and if the row ends unvevenly, either decrease if you have room, or don’t.

Rows (42-45): scblo in each st across, ch1, turn

Row 46: Repeat row 41 technique, decreasing every 5 st

Rows (47-48): scblo in each st across, ch1, turn
Row 49: Repeat row 41 technique, decreasing every 5 st

Rows (50-53): scblo in each st across, ch1, turn

Rows (54-59): Repeat row 41 technique, decreasing every 5 st.

Row 60 (*and potentially 61): Check to make sure you end-up with 23 st (one more or less won’t show). Work enough decreases to get that number (you may also add another row if you wish. This design is pretty forgiving.

Fasten off, weave in ends

The area directly underneath the handles (the two dc rows that would be below your armpit when wearing the bag):

Keeping in mind that the ribbing should be vertical, fold the bag the way it would be when finished and locate the center by counting the ribs from the edges.

From that center, use stitch markers to mark an area of 20 stitches ( 10 on each side of the center), in wich you will make:

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Row 1: Join yarn, 20 sl st in center of bag’s body, ch 2, turn *Note that even though the next row is a dc row, I only chain 2)

Row 2: dc across. Ch 2, Turn.

Row 3: dc across, Fasten off

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Rows 4-5-6: Mirror this on the other side of the bag, repeating rows 1-2-3

 

The all-around handles

 

With the bag folded and the ribs vertical, locate the place where you would attach the side points of the bag, basically the ends of the 1st and last rows of the body (this makes a round hole on each side).

Join these points together with the yarn and then start making sc all around the edge of the bag.
When you reach the top of the dc rows, ch 56 (handle1) and being careful not to twist the chain, continue sc along the other side, joining the points of the second side when you reach them.When you reach the top of the back of the bag, ch 56 (handle 2) and continue sc until you are back where you started.

Continue sc around for 2 more rows and when you are back where you started, sl st and fasten off. Weave in ends.

 

The hole plugs

 

The bag is almost complete but there are holes at each end. You can either sew them shut with yarn or (and I prefer this technique because it’s prettier), you can join the yarn at the top of the hole and crochet in spiral, making decreases every 3 st, then 2, etc, until the hole closes.
Another way to go about it would be to crochet in the round 2 discs that you can then attach there.

Decorative touches

 

I made the horizontal bar with 3 rows of slip stitches through the fabric, and then made two bobbles and attached them on each side. (You can easily find these techniques on the web if you don’t know them already)

I added a cotton lining with a few pockets: you can also find instructions for this easily on the web. This bag REALLY benefits from a lining, else it will stretch and take the shape of every object you put inside. I was surprised myself at how a simple lining solves this problem. Just watch out for the measurements: keep the opening tight enough to fit the fabric but lose enough to accommodate the stretch of the bag. Make sure you have a 3-dimentional box-type bottom so you have room to fill your bag!

 

Enjoy this unusual pattern!

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Comments

Shai-AnneG wrote
on Sep 17, 2008 12:25 PM

Hiya! I LOVE this pattern! I was so stoked to find it, I was looking for just the right purse with no success and decided to make one. I altered your pattern slightly, I used two colors and instead of the band going across the body, I made a flap to close it. I also made my handles longer. Check out my pics! Thanks for the great pattern! Keep 'em coming!

Shai-AnneG wrote
on Sep 17, 2008 12:32 PM
Sorry, I didn't know how to get the pics under my profile, so here they are:
crochet bag
inside liner of purse

patch detail on purse

Tilou wrote
on Sep 18, 2008 6:32 AM

Wow boogiebean - you ROCKED the pattern! :D I feel honored, especially since this is the first time I write one (I tend to improvise a lot)

Love love love your bag, the modifs and choice of colors XO

GreenStreak wrote
on Nov 2, 2008 8:14 PM

This is freakin awsome, thanks for sharing!!

GreenStreak wrote
on Nov 2, 2008 8:15 PM

I love the green color you used, this is a great variation!

g_dolors wrote
on Nov 30, 2008 12:07 PM

Hola, yo hice el bolso, lo que le cambié un poco las medidas, ya que siguiendo el patrón quedaba más bien pequeñito, y yo lo quería más bien grande. Usé lana marrón, que para hacer el cuerpo del bolso gasté un ovillo (ovillos.com ovillos a 1euro) y para las asas use lana de color gris.

Al unir los lados del bolso, hice unos pliegues para darle un toque más moderno y diferente. Hice el forro con un retal que compré, y se lo cosí dentro haciendole también un bolsillo interior con cremallera.

Ahora solamente le falta el tipo de cierre. Compré una cremallera de color marrón también, lo que no me acaba de convencer, y alomejor le pongo un cierre con imán, cuando lo tenga pondré las fotos.

Podéis verlo en mi blog de blogger:

http://ole-mi-arte.blogspot.com/2008/11/bolso-de-crochet.html

Espero que os guste y os animéis a hacer alguna cosa de crochet, ya que al principio parece complicado, pero cuando vas viendo el resultado te vas animando cada vez más.

Un saludo desde España!!! Y enhorabuena por la página! Siempre os visito para ver los patrones.

sejewa wrote
on Jan 4, 2009 9:17 PM

Going GREEN...this is one that I've just gotta try. THANKS!

on Jan 23, 2009 7:10 PM

I like this bag alot!

on Jan 23, 2009 7:15 PM
Hola! Usted hable espanol, hablo espanol tambien. Pero No hablo bein. ?Muchos personas en espana crochet? Yo vivo en Los estados Unidos.

Me gusta como deciste hiciste la bolsa. Me gustaria chatar con tigo porque necisito practicar espanol pera escueala.

Gracias!

Lily

JacsHand wrote
on Mar 20, 2009 10:16 AM

I just finnished this bag and I LOVE it! Such a great pattern thank you so much for posting.

:) Jac

Tilou wrote
on Mar 20, 2009 12:20 PM

Awesome - I didn't think it was going to be so popular ;) Glad I published it!

margate wrote
on Apr 9, 2009 10:15 PM

Hi!

I'm in Australia and have just finished crocheting your bag, modified a bit. First I made it as written thinking it would be bigger than it was (should have actually laid out my tape measure on the table rather just imagining how big it would be). So, I pulled it out and made a bigger version - about 14" high, 18" wide. The little sprially bits at the ends look great. I used a cotton/linen/viscose blend. The next crochet project is going in it!

Thanks for the pattern.

on Jan 20, 2010 7:06 PM

Question about the scblo2tog... I was looking through directions online on how to do it because I am a little confused. I thought you had three loops on the stitch that you pulled through. The directions here say you pull through only two loops. But if you are combining two stitches, wouldn't you have three loops? Can somebody clarify that for me please? Thank you!
Jessica

on Jul 29, 2010 11:50 AM

Hi, I love this pattern, I'm almost done except I'm having a senior moment & can't figure this part out. Can someone help?

I can't seem to figure out . Please help, I want to be able to finish this project, it's looking really nice! Thanks for listening..

The all-around handles

 With the bag folded and the ribs vertical, locate the place where you would attach the side points of the bag, basically the ends of the 1st and last rows of the body (this makes a round hole on each side).

Join these points together with the yarn and then start making sc all around the edge of the bag.
When you reach the top of the dc rows, ch 56 (handle1) and being careful not to twist the chain, continue sc along the other side, joining the points of the second side when you reach them.When you reach the top of the back of the bag, ch 56 (handle 2) and continue sc until you are back where you started.

Continue sc around for 2 more rows and when you are back where you started, sl st and fasten off. Weave in ends.

 

The hole plugs

 The bag is almost complete but there are holes at each end. You can either sew them shut with yarn or (and I prefer this technique because it’s prettier), you can join the yarn at the top of the hole and crochet in spiral, making decreases every 3 st, then 2, etc, until the hole closes.
Another way to go about it would be to crochet in the round 2 discs that you can then attach there.

on Jul 29, 2010 11:50 AM

Hi, I love this pattern, I'm almost done except I'm having a senior moment & can't figure this part out. Can someone help?

I can't seem to figure out . Please help, I want to be able to finish this project, it's looking really nice! Thanks for listening..

The all-around handles

 With the bag folded and the ribs vertical, locate the place where you would attach the side points of the bag, basically the ends of the 1st and last rows of the body (this makes a round hole on each side).

Join these points together with the yarn and then start making sc all around the edge of the bag.
When you reach the top of the dc rows, ch 56 (handle1) and being careful not to twist the chain, continue sc along the other side, joining the points of the second side when you reach them.When you reach the top of the back of the bag, ch 56 (handle 2) and continue sc until you are back where you started.

Continue sc around for 2 more rows and when you are back where you started, sl st and fasten off. Weave in ends.

 

The hole plugs

 The bag is almost complete but there are holes at each end. You can either sew them shut with yarn or (and I prefer this technique because it’s prettier), you can join the yarn at the top of the hole and crochet in spiral, making decreases every 3 st, then 2, etc, until the hole closes.
Another way to go about it would be to crochet in the round 2 discs that you can then attach there.

on Jul 29, 2010 11:50 AM

Hi, I love this pattern, I'm almost done except I'm having a senior moment & can't figure this part out. Can someone help?

I can't seem to figure out . Please help, I want to be able to finish this project, it's looking really nice! Thanks for listening..

The all-around handles

 With the bag folded and the ribs vertical, locate the place where you would attach the side points of the bag, basically the ends of the 1st and last rows of the body (this makes a round hole on each side).

Join these points together with the yarn and then start making sc all around the edge of the bag.
When you reach the top of the dc rows, ch 56 (handle1) and being careful not to twist the chain, continue sc along the other side, joining the points of the second side when you reach them.When you reach the top of the back of the bag, ch 56 (handle 2) and continue sc until you are back where you started.

Continue sc around for 2 more rows and when you are back where you started, sl st and fasten off. Weave in ends.

 

The hole plugs

 The bag is almost complete but there are holes at each end. You can either sew them shut with yarn or (and I prefer this technique because it’s prettier), you can join the yarn at the top of the hole and crochet in spiral, making decreases every 3 st, then 2, etc, until the hole closes.
Another way to go about it would be to crochet in the round 2 discs that you can then attach there.

on Jul 29, 2010 11:50 AM

Hi, I love this pattern, I'm almost done except I'm having a senior moment & can't figure this part out. Can someone help?

I can't seem to figure out . Please help, I want to be able to finish this project, it's looking really nice! Thanks for listening..

The all-around handles

 With the bag folded and the ribs vertical, locate the place where you would attach the side points of the bag, basically the ends of the 1st and last rows of the body (this makes a round hole on each side).

Join these points together with the yarn and then start making sc all around the edge of the bag.
When you reach the top of the dc rows, ch 56 (handle1) and being careful not to twist the chain, continue sc along the other side, joining the points of the second side when you reach them.When you reach the top of the back of the bag, ch 56 (handle 2) and continue sc until you are back where you started.

Continue sc around for 2 more rows and when you are back where you started, sl st and fasten off. Weave in ends.

 

The hole plugs

 The bag is almost complete but there are holes at each end. You can either sew them shut with yarn or (and I prefer this technique because it’s prettier), you can join the yarn at the top of the hole and crochet in spiral, making decreases every 3 st, then 2, etc, until the hole closes.
Another way to go about it would be to crochet in the round 2 discs that you can then attach there.

on Jul 29, 2010 11:50 AM

Hi, I love this pattern, I'm almost done except I'm having a senior moment & can't figure this part out. Can someone help?

I can't seem to figure out . Please help, I want to be able to finish this project, it's looking really nice! Thanks for listening..

The all-around handles

 With the bag folded and the ribs vertical, locate the place where you would attach the side points of the bag, basically the ends of the 1st and last rows of the body (this makes a round hole on each side).

Join these points together with the yarn and then start making sc all around the edge of the bag.
When you reach the top of the dc rows, ch 56 (handle1) and being careful not to twist the chain, continue sc along the other side, joining the points of the second side when you reach them.When you reach the top of the back of the bag, ch 56 (handle 2) and continue sc until you are back where you started.

Continue sc around for 2 more rows and when you are back where you started, sl st and fasten off. Weave in ends.

 

The hole plugs

 The bag is almost complete but there are holes at each end. You can either sew them shut with yarn or (and I prefer this technique because it’s prettier), you can join the yarn at the top of the hole and crochet in spiral, making decreases every 3 st, then 2, etc, until the hole closes.
Another way to go about it would be to crochet in the round 2 discs that you can then attach there.

on Jul 29, 2010 11:50 AM

Hi, I love this pattern, I'm almost done except I'm having a senior moment & can't figure this part out. Can someone help?

I can't seem to figure out . Please help, I want to be able to finish this project, it's looking really nice! Thanks for listening..

The all-around handles

 With the bag folded and the ribs vertical, locate the place where you would attach the side points of the bag, basically the ends of the 1st and last rows of the body (this makes a round hole on each side).

Join these points together with the yarn and then start making sc all around the edge of the bag.
When you reach the top of the dc rows, ch 56 (handle1) and being careful not to twist the chain, continue sc along the other side, joining the points of the second side when you reach them.When you reach the top of the back of the bag, ch 56 (handle 2) and continue sc until you are back where you started.

Continue sc around for 2 more rows and when you are back where you started, sl st and fasten off. Weave in ends.

 

The hole plugs

 The bag is almost complete but there are holes at each end. You can either sew them shut with yarn or (and I prefer this technique because it’s prettier), you can join the yarn at the top of the hole and crochet in spiral, making decreases every 3 st, then 2, etc, until the hole closes.
Another way to go about it would be to crochet in the round 2 discs that you can then attach there.

on Jul 29, 2010 11:50 AM

Hi, I love this pattern, I'm almost done except I'm having a senior moment & can't figure this part out. Can someone help?

I can't seem to figure out . Please help, I want to be able to finish this project, it's looking really nice! Thanks for listening..

The all-around handles

 With the bag folded and the ribs vertical, locate the place where you would attach the side points of the bag, basically the ends of the 1st and last rows of the body (this makes a round hole on each side).

Join these points together with the yarn and then start making sc all around the edge of the bag.
When you reach the top of the dc rows, ch 56 (handle1) and being careful not to twist the chain, continue sc along the other side, joining the points of the second side when you reach them.When you reach the top of the back of the bag, ch 56 (handle 2) and continue sc until you are back where you started.

Continue sc around for 2 more rows and when you are back where you started, sl st and fasten off. Weave in ends.

 

The hole plugs

 The bag is almost complete but there are holes at each end. You can either sew them shut with yarn or (and I prefer this technique because it’s prettier), you can join the yarn at the top of the hole and crochet in spiral, making decreases every 3 st, then 2, etc, until the hole closes.
Another way to go about it would be to crochet in the round 2 discs that you can then attach there.