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For this Beginner Hobo Bag project you will need:
HOOK: 5 mm hook or size 4.5mm / G hook
YARN: 1 skein of worsted weight yarn, 4 ply US, 10 ply AU
100 grams / 3.5. oz
240 meters / 262 yards
4 stitch markers
ch = chain
hdc = Half double crochet
dc = double crochet
sl st = slip stitch
sts = stitches
scdec = single crochet decrease
THE TUTORIALS for Beginner Hobo Bag
Right handed version
Left handed version
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ch 100 or the length that you desire.
dc into 3rd ch from hook and dc in all sts, ch 1 and turn (98 sts)
Round 2 – ?
Dc in all sts, ch 1 and turn. When you ch 1 and turn, HDC into beginning stitch, DC in all others.
Rounds 3 – 30
Repeat round 2
Mark each of the 4 corners with a marker. You can move them out of your way and re mark if they get in your way.
Now from the picture you can see the top and bottom sides are wider. You will want to gather these wider sides. To do this I want you to start on one of the shorter sides, in the very corner near your marker. Scdec two sts together.
sc decrease grabbing up the next 2 sts on the first corner of the wider top side,
then sc dec grabbing up 3 stitches at a time until you reach next corner,
then sc dc using only 2 sts again for the next corner, you will always do two sets of gathering only 2 sts, before and after a corner, the rest you will be gathering three sts at a time.
Once you have all your stitches gathered and you have reached the beginning stitch, sl st into beginning stitch.
Making the front side of bag for handles
Ch 1 and sc into same stitch, work 1 sc in each stitch until you reach your next marker.
Ch 1 and turn, Sc dec using first two stitches, then sc in sts until the last two of the row, sc dec using these last 2 stitches. Ch 1 and turn.
Repeat Row 2 until you have 20 sts total. Then stop decreasing and sc until you have 6 rows total.
Then work down the side of this sc area and onto side of bag. Until you reach the opposite side, repeat Rows 1 and 2 again until you reach the 20 sts.
Ch 1 and cut your yarn. Move over to the opposite other side of these sc rows and attach your yarn in the corner.
Work down the side of this sc area and along this side of the bag as well. Until you reach the opposite side again where you did your first 6 rows of sc’s.
Making the Handles
You will want to 60 sc foundation stitches for your handle. Then sc it onto other side of sc flap here. Work down the side of bag to the next sc flap on the other side, and repeat your sc foundation stitches.
When you have your 60, attach it to the other side of the sc rows. Sc down the side of the sc rows again and along side of bag, making your way back up to the other side where you also have your 6 rows of sc’s. Make your foundation sc chain here as well and attach it the same. Sc down side of bag and back to your original foundation sc. Check to make sure length is even.
If it is and your happy, then place a marker to remind you that this is the beginning stitch. Your foundation sc row was row 1, now you need 5 more rows. For a total of 6 rows for the strap. So start your single crochets along the foundation sc’s and along the sides.
Once your have your 6 rows , sl st into beginning st and cut your yarn leaving a tail long enough to hide with a tapestry needle. Hide all tails you may have. Add a lining to the bag.
If you wish to add a button to fasten the bag, I suggest you use double yarn when making the loop, to give you extra strength. I usually get a long piece of yarn, fold it in half. Leaving a tail to sew in later, I make my slip knot, Find the center of the bag and sl st on the left side of stitch, skip one stitch and ch 8, sl st to bag, cut and leave a long tail to be worked in on this side as well. I usually do this after I have the lining in the bag.
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