I’m really into zig-zags lately and have been wanting to make a crochet new tote bag. I came across this pattern for a Crochet Yoga Bag by Hanri Shaw and thought it would be the perfect way to use up some extra gray and white yarn I had on hand from another project. I actually started & finished crocheting this bag back in February, but life and constantly catching sicknesses got in the way, and I didn’t get around to sewing in the lining until today.
The pattern is quick and easy to follow, but I did notice a few mistakes, which I go into detail on my Ravelry page. Basically, in the starting rows 1-7, my “total stitches per round” was not matching up with that of the pattern. I also made a few modifications which are all mentioned in my notes. In case you’re not a Ravelry member, I’ve included my notes below as well.
Hook: 5.0 mm (H)
Yarn: Loops & Threads Impeccable (worsted weight); 1 skein True Grey, 1 skein White
Row 1: Used a magic loop starting method instead.
Row 2: NO CHANGE Starting row, make 8 sc in loop.
Row 3: NO CHANGE Increase to 16 stitches as stated.
Row 4: NO CHANGE Increase to 32 stitches as stated.
Row 5: SHOULD END with 46 stitches. If following the instructions 3ch (2dc into next dc, 1 dc into next dc) – repeat until end sl st into chain, you will end up with a total of 48 stitches. Instead: ch3, (2 dc into next dc, 1 dc into next dc) 14 times, then (1 dc into next dc) 4 times, total 46 stitches.
Row 6: NO CHANGE Increase to 61 stitches as stated.
Row 7: Pattern states “same as row 5” (total 82 stitches). SHOULD READ same as row 6. This actually gave me 81 stitches, so I inserted an extra increase at the end.
Row 8: Pattern states “(Sc in each of next 5 st, 2sc into next st) repeat 13 more times (96 stitches)”. Instead: ch1, (sc in each of next 5 st, 2 sc into next st) 13 times, 1 sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next sc. This should provide the required 96 sts.
I don’t like to make separate pieces and stitch them on. So I modified the straps to continue working in the round after the chevron pattern + 3 rows of sc.
Strap Row 1: Chain 60, skip 20 sts, then 1 sc in next 28 sts, ch 60, skip 20 sts, then 1 sc in next 28 sts.
Strap Rows 2-5: Even rows of sc for the next 4 rows.