Adulting is hard. You gotta go to the bank, the post office, the grocery store, the school, work, it never ends! But the Every Day Crossbody Bag is ready to go with you on every adventure, leaving your hands free to deal with everything else life throws at you. And it’s quick enough to make one for every day! Here’s the Every Day Crossbody Bag free crochet pattern!
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The stitches used in the Every Day Crossbody Bag are very simple, and easy enough for Beginners. However, there are a couple of unique things to be aware of!
First, this pattern is worked in turned rounds, or joined rows – this means that at the end of each round (unless otherwise instructed!), you join with a sl st to the first st of the round as is usual for rounds, and then turn to work the other direction, as if you are working in rows.
Secondly, this pattern is worked with the yarn held doubled. Since it calls for less than a ball of each color, you can pull both ends of the yarn – from inside the skein as well as outside. I found that using the Yarn Valet Yarn Dispenser was a big help here – I could hold the inner end up out of the way as I pulled the other end to spin the skein! I even Instagrammed about it!
Lastly, this bag features a fab new zipper by Dritz, which has special channels for you to crochet or knit into – right along the zipper, on each side, there’s a loose weave you can stick your hook right though! I’ve linked it in the bullet points below. If preferred, you can first stitch around the zipper with a yarn needle and crochet into the sewn stitches. Or you can just skip the zipper part altogether and add a button or leave it open – it’s up to you, and a great way to customize your own Every Day Crossbody Bag!
Every Day Crossbody Bag
- US – G, 4.0mm hook – Furls Crochet
- 400 yds Lion Brand LB Collection Superwash Merino (100% merino; DK/8 ply; yarn symbol “3”; 306 yds /280 m; 3.53 oz)
Color A: Mahogany (1 ball, or 150 yds)
Color B: Aqua (1 ball, or 250 yds)
- Zipper – Dritz Loran Knitwear Zip Fastener 10″ Oatmeal
- 2 Square Rings – Everything Mary Antique Square Rings (purchased at JoAnn Fabrics)
- Thread to match Color A and Color B
- 2 yds Ribbon or Strapping/Belt Trim (purchased at JoAnn Fabrics)
- Decorative Button (optional) – Steampunk Buttons (purchased at JoAnn Fabrics)
- Sewing needle, yarn needle
- Stitch Markers – Clover
- Gauge: 18 sts x 15 rows = 4″/10cm in hdc (yarn held doubled)
- Finished Size: 7.25″ wide x 9.25″ tall (laid flat, not including handles)
- Crochet Abbreviations
- Helpful Videos: Blo (back loop only); Seamless finishing; Working in the 3rd loop of the hdc
NOTE: Yarn held doubled throughout pattern; use both ends of the skein held together to crochet as one.
Round 1: (Right Side) With Color A, ch 34, skip ch closest to hook, hdc in blo of each remaining ch across, then turn and hdc in unused loop of each st across; join to 1st hdc, turn. (66 sts)
Round 2 – 12: Ch 1, hdc in each st around; join and turn. (66 sts)
Round 13: Ch 1, hdc in each st around; break yarn and seamless join, do NOT turn. (66 sts)
Stop and Prepare Zipper: Shorten zipper per package instructions to match the width of the bag at Round 13. Mark the location of the sts on each side of the zipper. Work 33 sc along one side of zipper, then turn and work 33 sc along second side of the zipper; join to work in the round. Then, ch 1 and sc in each st around, join and break yarn. Set aside until Round 33.
Round 14: (Right Side) With Color B, join to 3rd loop of 1st st, sc in 3rd loop of each st around; join and turn. (66 sts)
Round 15 – 33: Repeat Round 2. After Round 33, insert zipper piece inside bag so that last round of zipper piece matches up with Round 33; use stitch markers to hold in place as needed.
Round 34: Ch 1, hdc in each st through both layers (Round 33 and zipper piece); join and turn. (66 sts)
Round 35: (Wrong Side) Repeat Round 2.
Row 36: (Begin tabs for Rings; Right Side) Ch 1, sc in 1st 5 sts; turn (remaining sts left unworked). (5 sts)
Row 37 – 40: Ch 1, sc in each st across; turn. (5 sts) Break yarn after Row 40, leaving a long tail. Use stitch markers to mark the 5 sts of Round 35 that are opposite the sts used in Row 36.
Row 41 (Right Side) With Color B, sc in 5 marked sts; turn. (5 sts)
Row 42 – 45: Ch 1, sc in each st across; turn. (5 sts) Break yarn after Row 45, leaving a long tail.
- Slip square ring over each tab, and sew down inside the bag, near the zipper, using the long tails left on the tabs.
- Cut strap/ribbon to the desired length, and sew each end to a square ring, using matching thread.
- Add decorative button if desired.
- Look amazing and get stuff done!
And that’s the free crochet pattern for the Every Day Crossbody Bag! It’s super versatile, and the simple stitch pattern means it’s easy to customize – start with the chain that’s as wide as you want the bag to be, and work rows until it’s the height desired.
You can crochet a handle of course, but for a crossbody bag, it’s good to have something sturdy that won’t stretch at all. As for the bag itself, holding the yarn doubled makes a nice thick fabric that doesn’t require a lining – though you can add one if desired for sure!
I hope you enjoy this free crochet bag pattern – I can’t wait to see what colors and buttons and embellishments you choose!
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