Crochet yoga bag pattern

22 Jan

Recently I decided I needed a new yoga mat bag… I already had a yoga bag, but I could never use it to travel with if I went to London because it carried my mat horizontally, meaning I was bumping into people on the trains, buses and pavements. So I thought I’d make a bag that I could sling over my shoulder to carry my mat vertically, but I also wanted it big enough to also carry some spare clothes, a purse etc. As I’m loving crocheting at the moment, I thought I’d crochet myself a solution, and here it is…. It’s a fairly quick to crochet yoga bag and as a bonus the yarn I used is quite affordable too. I paid around £3.15 for a skein, and with only 2 skeins, the bag cost me £6,30. I do however have one warning when it comes to crocheting bags, don’t be tempted to make the handles too long, they stretch quite a lot, and use a sturdy yarn with cotton or wool. 

Yarn: Patons Wool Blend Aran

1x skein charcoal (yarn A)

1x skein taupe (yarn B)

Crochet needle 5mm

Pattern

(Please note that I am not a professional pattern writer, so there might be some errors. I made this pattern up as I went along. Do email me and let me know if you spot a mistake.)

Crocheting in the round, use a stitch maker at the end of each row.

Row 1: Ch 5 , sl st into first st to make a loop

Row 2: 8 sc into loop, sl st into first sc.

Row 3: 3 ch, 1dc into same stitch as the chain, then 2dc in each st until end, sl at into the top st of the turning chain. (16 stitches)

Row 4: Same as row 3 (32)

Row 5: 3 ch, (2dc into next dc, 1dc into next dc ie. increase every other stitch) – repeat until end sl st into chain. (46 stitches)

Row 6: 3 ch (dc into next two st, 2dc in next st ie. increase on every 3rd stitch) – repeat until end sl st into chain. (61  stitches)

Row 7: Same as row 6 (82 stitches)

From row 8 onwards, crochet in a continuous spiral, no need to make a ch at the end of the row, use a stitch marker like a different colour thread of yarn to keep track of rows.

Row 8: (Sc in each of next 5 st, 2sc into next st) repeat 13 more times (96 stitches)

Row 9 -11 : Sc in each st

Row 12: Join yarn B, sc into next stitch with yarn B over yarn A using the tapestry crochet technique where you carry and crochet over the yarn not in use. Change back to yarn A, sc into the next 15 st by crocheting over yarn B. *sc with yarn B, sc in next 15 st with yarn A* repeat from * 4 more times.

Here’s a link to a video tutorial to show tapestry crochet where you work over the unused yarn colour.

Continue to follow the chevron pattern chart working in a spiral in single crochet stitches throughout.

Repeat the chevron pattern once more and then break off yarn B and work in Yarn A for 3 more rows or until the bag is the desired length (remember it will stretch). Bind off and thread in the loose ends.

Make Handles:

With either yarn A or B (I used half and half as I ran out) Ch 7, sc into 1st ch to make a loop. sc 7 stitches into the loop, and then continuing in a spiral dc into each st to make a continuous tube (or sc if you want the handle to be less stretchy). Continue until the tube measures between 80 cm and a metre (but remember to stretch the tube when you measure). Bind off leaving a tail of yarn with which to sew the two ends together.

Sew the tube to the top of the bag as shown in the picture below using a tapestry needle and yarn. The part where the two ends of the tube are joined, should be sewn to the top of the bag so that it does not form part of the handle.

And there you go, a yoga bag that can also double as a shopper. I hope you crocheting yogis enjoy the pattern.

Love,

Hanri & Banjo xxx

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28 Responses to “Crochet yoga bag pattern”

  1. Steph February 1, 2012 at 5:22 pm #

    love this bag! cheverons too :)

    • yogahound February 2, 2012 at 4:17 pm #

      I thought I’d tap into the chevron craze on Pinterest ;)

  2. kim April 4, 2012 at 6:15 pm #

    love this bag!!!! quick question,do i maintain an even diagonal, or do i just go in a spiral and counting. the picture looks like they lean . i am sorry, i learned to crochet on youtube and patterns are still a challenge. plz respond soon, i am super excited to start this tomorrow

    • yogahound April 7, 2012 at 6:00 pm #

      Hi Kim,
      Sorry for not responding sooner. I hope you are enjoying the pattern. I just kept going in a spiral and counting which is why they lean, but you could do it by sight and maintain an even diagonal too. Let me know how it goes, and do send a picture if you get a chance. good luck. Hanri x

      • apriana March 24, 2013 at 2:28 am #

        hello,could you explain me the row 6,I have difficulty to understand it.thank you

  3. Karen Berthine April 27, 2012 at 1:50 am #

    Great crocheted yoga bag. I like that it has a little room for extras! Thanks for sharing your pattern.

  4. Kate September 3, 2012 at 11:00 pm #

    This is awesome!! Would make a great gift for a yogi too :) So happy I came across your blog!

  5. Julie G. September 5, 2012 at 11:25 am #

    This is EXACTLY what I was looking for!! Thanks for the pattern and the great taste. :)

  6. Taylor December 15, 2012 at 7:13 pm #

    Hello! Love your site! This particular craft caught my eye, just one problem, I don’t know how to crochet. Do you ever contract to make and sell an item? Thought it was worth a shot! Thanks a bunch :)

    • yogahound January 3, 2013 at 10:25 pm #

      Hi Taylor. Thanks for your comment. There are some fantastic Youtube tutorials to help teach you how to crochet, go take a look. Unfortunately I don’t ever make & sell items because I am a bit of a slow crocheter… but do take a look on Etsy where plenty of crafty folk make & sell, or make by request :) Hope that helps.

  7. Tamara December 31, 2012 at 7:02 pm #

    This is really gorgeous! And handy for so much more than yoga! I linked to it on my blog this morning for a New Year’s Eve pattern roundup: http://www.mooglyblog.com/new-year-new-free-patterns-to-crochet/

    Thanks for sharing your pattern! :D

  8. Sara January 21, 2013 at 5:43 am #

    I love this design and I think our readers will love it too! Hope you won’t mind me linking up tomorrow at Tangled Happy. Thanks for sharing this free pattern! :)

  9. Shar February 9, 2013 at 12:49 am #

    Thanks for sharing this pattern!

    Noticed a small mistake:
    Row 7: Same as row 5 (82 stitches)
    Should be same as row SIX in order to get 82 stitches. I followed the instructions for row 5 and ended up with extra stitches in this round.

  10. Hilary March 5, 2013 at 11:37 pm #

    Are these 100g skeins? I would like to make this bag for a friend who has recently started yoga and I’d like to know how much yarn to buy.

  11. Robin March 13, 2013 at 12:35 am #

    I Just finished making this bag and I absolutely love it! I wasn’t able to make the chevron pattern though…for some reason the rows were really uneven so I decided to do stripes instead. Can’t wait to show off my new bag :)

  12. Joanna March 23, 2013 at 3:03 pm #

    The pattern goes all ripple-y in row 7…why aren’t you increasing normally there? This is a nice looking bag so I’m just doing a regular multiple of 8 round on the bottom instead of your version, im just curious if I’m missing something or if you’ve got an error here.

  13. Stephanie April 1, 2013 at 9:33 pm #

    I’m just confused as to what you meant by (2dc into the next dc)! otherwise its a great pattern!

  14. Abby April 20, 2013 at 12:55 am #

    This is a beautiful bag, but If I wanted to make it slightly smaller how woud I do that?

  15. Nan Green May 12, 2013 at 6:39 pm #

    Thank you. Love the zig zag pattern.

  16. iKNITS August 13, 2013 at 6:04 pm #

    Love this! I was wondering if it would be okay with you if I made a video tutorial on how to make this! It’s lovely. I’ve been searching for a cute bag and this is the only one I found I liked!

    • yogahound August 29, 2013 at 3:43 am #

      Hi, I’d love for you to male a video tutorial. And I’d appreciate a credit to my blog, but do come tell me the link when you are done, I’d love to see it. Thanks!

  17. lynn September 24, 2013 at 4:28 am #

    hi. i just finished making mine (thank you so much for sharing such great details!) but my bag when stretched is only half the width of my yoga mat….. i followed your instructions exactly. i use normal weight yarn with a 5mm crochet handle. im wondering why my bag ends up being so small compared to yours. what is the size of your yoga mat, and what are the dimensions of your bag? im going to end up making a third row of chevrons from yarn B.

  18. Ann October 22, 2013 at 3:20 am #

    That is one of the COOLEST yoga bags I’ve seen! Thanks so much for sharing the pattern! I’ve been looking for a crochet project, so this might be it.
    If you don’t mind, I’d like to share the location of one of the best yoga mats out there to put in your newly crocheted bags!
    The mats are non-toxic, have lifetime warranty, are stable even though thick, are popular with yoga teachers, and the list goes on… Go to http://www.yogaaccessory.net to have a look! There are lots of testimonials and a video to explain further.
    All the best!

  19. Stephanie December 16, 2013 at 2:38 am #

    I tried this pattern and for some reason my bag ended up maybe only 10″ tall. Im hoping it will stretch but we’ll see. Otherwise it was a fun pattern, and a learning experience since I’m new to crochet. :-)

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