The Rainbow Bobble Bag is happy, fun, textured, stripey, and a free crochet pattern on Moogly! Featuring Patons Hempster, this everyday tote is perfect for showing off your love of crochet this summer!
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It’s been a while since I made a bobble project – it’s how Moogly got its start, really! And now bobbles are trending again, and it was a real joy to revisit this stitch – and figure out how to work it in the round!
These bobbles are really shown off beautifully with Patons Hempster! This yarn is a hemp and cotton blend, and the colors are gorgeous. And the stitch definition is incredible! It does stretch a little bit, so I’ve kept the handles short to account for that. And you can line it if desired too!
Rainbow Bobble Bag
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US – G, 4.0 mm hook – Clover USA
500 yds Patons Hempster (#3 DK/Light/UK 8 ply; 55% Hemp, 45% Cotton; 100g/3.5 oz; 174 m/190 yds)
Color A: Grape (1 ball)
Color B: Deep Ocean (1 ball)
Color C: Jungle (1 ball)
Color D: Sunshine (1 ball)
Color E: Coral Reef (1 ball)
Color F: Red (1 ball)
Gauge: 16 sts x 14 rows = 4″/10cm in hdc
Size: 15″ wide x 11.5″ tall laid flat
Helpful Links and Tutorials:
FHDC – Foundation Half Double Crochet
Bobble – dc5tog in the same st
If you prefer to avoid the FHDC st, you can ch 47, skip the ch closest to the hook, and hdc in each rem ch across. Then continue with Row 2.
Beginning with Rnd 17, the pattern is worked in joined rows or turned rounds. Join with a sl st as for a rnd, but turn and work from the other side of the bag for the next rnd.
Bobbles for this pattern are worked as a dc5tog in the same st – (yo and insert hook in the indicated st, yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through two loops) 5 times, yo and pull through all 6 loops on hook to finish the st. See the linked tutorial above for a demonstration.
Row 1: With Color A, FHDC 46; turn. (46 sts)
Row 2 – 16: Ch 1, hdc in each st across; turn.
Rnd 17 (RS): CH 1, hdc in each st across, turn 90 degrees, hdc 16 evenly along sides of rows, turn 90 degrees, hdc in each foundation ch, turn 90 degrees, hdc 16 evenly along sides of rows, turn 90 degrees, join with sl st in first hdc of rnd; turn. (124 sts)
Sides of Bag:
Rnd 18 and 19: Ch 1, hdc in each st around; join and turn.
Rnd 20: Ch 1, sc in the first st, *bobble in next st, sc in the next 3 sts; rep from * around finishing last rep with sc in the last 2 sts, join and turn.
Rnd 21: Rep Rnd 18.
Rnd 22: Ch 1, sc in the first 3 sts, bobble in the next st, *sc in the next 3 sts, bobble in the next st; rep from * around, join and turn.
Rnd 23: Rep Rnd 18, break Color A.
Rnd 24: With Color B, join to last st of previous rnd, rep Rnd 20.
Rnd 25 – 27: Rep Rnds 21 – 23, do not break yarn.
Rnd 28 – 29: Rep Rnds 20 and 21, break yarn.
Rnd 30: With Color C, join to last st of previous rnd, rep Rnd 22.
Rnd 31: Rep Rnd 23.
Rnd 32 – 35: Rep Rnds 20 – 23, break yarn.
Rnd 36 – 41: With Color D, rep Rnds 24 – 29.
Rnd 42 – 47: With Color E, rep Rnds 30 – 35.
Rnd 48 – 51: With Color F, rep Rnds 24 – 27.
Rnd 52: Ch 1, hdc in first st, sc2tog 10 times, *hdc in next st, ch 19, skip the next 19 sts, hdc in the next st, sc2tog 10 times,** hdc in the next st, sc2tog 10 times; rep from * finishing at **, join and turn. (40 sc, 6 hdc, 38 ch)
Rnd 53: Ch 1, hdc in each st and ch around; join and turn. (84 hdc)
Rnd 54: Ch 1, hdc in each st around; join and turn.
Rnd 55: Rep Rnd 54, do NOT turn.
Rnd 56: Sl st in each st around; join and break yarn.
Looking for more?
Looking for more free bobble and/or bag patterns? Browse them all on the Moogly Free Patterns Page or Ravelry! There are too many to list them all here, but some of my favorites include the Building Blocks Crochet Backpack, Rainbow Flower Scrubby, Sherbet Stripes Tote, Rainbow Pocket Market Bag, and Tasty Little Chevron Bag!
If the Rainbow Bobble Bag pattern inspires you to make your own project, and you post a photo on social media, be sure to tag me @mooglyblog or #mooglyblog so I can check it out too!
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You can line the purse to keep it from stretching, but how do you keep the handle from stretching?
You can also line the handle, using ribbon or strapping. 🙂
Thank you. What is strapping? I have never heard of that before.
It’s over by the ribbons and such, sold for purse straps!