FREE and EASY Crossbody Bag Crochet Pattern

The crossbody bag crochet pattern is easy as pie and works up in a flash. This pattern was born when I was in a pinch a few months ago and needed a unique bag to top off a birthday gift. My favorite part about this pattern is knowing how easy it is to add different colors and change up the sizing without complicating the process. This bag can easily be crocheted by a beginner. I’ve included as many details as possible to help you through the process. As always if you need any extra help or have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to leave a comment below or shoot me an e-mail.

Crossbody Bag
©2016 With a Shari on Top

Please be sure to read through all directions and entire pattern before beginning. It is very easy to alter your bag if desired. Throughout the pattern I will point out different options as far as sizing and color options go, so be sure to read through the entire pattern first so that you will have all necessary materials ready. My finished bag is about 8” tall by 10” wide, with a strap of about 42” long. You can easily adjust the size of your bag by using a smaller or larger crochet hook.

Materials required for this project:

1 skein of worsted weight size 4 yarn. I used a partial skein of Sincerely Purl Essence in Eggplant from Joann’s, but you can really use any type or color desired. If you would like to use a contrasting color for the edging or strap, be sure to have another color ready.

Darning needle and sewing needle

Size H/8 (5.00 mm) crochet hook

Stitch marker

Button the size of 1 1/8”

Thread

Stitches used:

Single crochet – sc

Chain – ch

Half double crochet- hdc

Double crochet- dc

Half double crochet decrease- hdc dec (*yarn over hook, insert through next stitch, yarn over and pull through* repeat with next stitch, yarn over and pull through all 5 loops on hook).

*Please note that your ch 1 throughout is not included in the final stitch count at the end of every row.

To begin, chain 32.

Row 1. Hdc in 3rd chain from hook and across, ch 1 turn. (30)

Row 2. Hdc in each stitch across, ch 1 turn. (30)

Rows 3-44. Hdc in each stitch across, ch 1 turn. (30)

At this point you’ve completed the main piece of your crossbody bag. My bag measures about 16” long at this point. You will be folding this piece in half to create the body of your bag later on in the pattern. Be sure to mark your last stitch now with a stitch marker so that you know where to fold the bottom up to when the time comes.

Row 45. Hdc dec over first two stitches, hdc across, hdc dec over last two stitches, ch 1 turn. (28)

Row 46. Hdc across, ch 1 turn (28)

Row 47. Hdc dec over first two stitches, hdc across, hdc dec over last two stitches, ch 1 turn. (26)

Row 48. Hdc across, ch 1 turn (26)

Row 49. Hdc dec over first two stitches, hdc across, hdc dec over last two stitches, ch 1 turn (24)

Row 50. Hdc dec over first two stitches, hdc across, hdc dec over last two stitches, ch 1 turn (22)

Row 51. Hdc across, ch 1 turn (22)

Row 52. Hdc dec over first two stitches, hdc across, hdc dec over last two stitches, ch 1 turn (20)

Row 53. Hdc dec over first two stitches, hdc across, hdc dec over last two stitches, ch 1 turn (18)

Row 54. Hdc dec over first two stitches, hdc across, hdc dec over last two stitches, ch 1 turn (16)

Row 55. Hdc dec over first two stitches, hdc across, hdc dec over last two stitches, ch 1 turn (14)

Row 56. Hdc in first 6 stitches, ch 2, skip two stitches, hdc in last 6 stitches, ch 1 turn (12 hdc)

Row 57. Hdc dec over first two stitches, hdc across, hdc dec over last two stitches, ch 1 turn (12)

Row 58. Hdc dec over first two stitches, hdc across, hdc dec over last two stitches, ch 1 turn (10)

Row 59. Sc around entire piece, adding one extra stitch into each bottom corner. Finish off yarn.

For row 59 you can choose to use a second color if desired. You would simply need to finish off the original color and attach the new color in the last stitch worked. I managed to crochet 58 sc in each side, 32 on the bottom, and 10 on the top. If you don’t sc this exact amount around your piece, it is completely fine. Just be sure to not add too many sc around your piece or too few, otherwise your work will start to look uneven or tight.

At this point you are going to fold your piece in half and get ready to stitch up the sides. Be sure to fold the bottom half up only enough to meet the row where you placed your stitch marker. You do not want to stitch shut any part of the open flap.

Connect your yarn to the bottom right corner of your bag and begin slip stitching the back half and front half together. I used about 22 slip stitches to stitch each side together. Finish off your yarn in the top right corner of your bag, then attach your yarn to the top right hand corner of your bag and slip stitch the left side shut as well. Finish off your yarn in the left bottom corner of your bag. Your bag should now have a nice body with closed sides. You will now prepare to begin working on the strap.

You can choose to use a different color to crochet your strap if desired.

Attach your yarn to the top right corner of your bag. Make sure to attach your yarn to the bag and NOT the opening flap.

Chain 145, ss to the top left hand corner of the bag (remember, do NOT ss to the opening flap). Chain 1, turn.

You can easily adjust the length of your strap by adding or taking away chains here. If you chain 145, your strap should end up being around 42” long.

Row 1. Dc in 3rd chain from hook and in each stitch across, ss in top right corner of bag (NOT in the same stitch that you started in). Ch 1, turn (143)

Row 2. Ss in each stitch across strap, ss in top left hand corner of bag (NOT in the same stitch that you attached your strap to). Finish off. (143)

Sew in all of your ends.

Adding your button:

Fold your top flap over the front of your bag and mark where the button hole falls. Sew your button using your sewing needle and thread in the appropriate spot.

You did it! I hope you enjoyed the process and you are pleased with your final product. I would LOVE to see what you’ve crafted! Please feel free to share photos of your work on any of my social media platforms. Leave a comment down below and let me know what you think of the pattern.

Happy Crocheting! (:

Shari

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