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Celtic Weave Strip Hobo Tote Bag – Free Crochet Pattern

This crochet pattern and tutorial for the Celtic Weave Strip Hobo Tote Bag will teach you how to make the celtic weave strips which can be made at any length as well as how to connect the strips and create the strap.

This Celtic Weave Strip Hobo Tote Bag for 3 different sizes. Great purse if you like Hobo style bags that are unique.

You can find more things like this under the category Bags and Purses

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Other patterns that use this stitch are:

Celtic Weave Strip Hobo Bag

Mile a Minute Celtic Weave Afghan

Interweave Celtic Weave stitch / Afghan

Interweave Celtic Weave Slouch Hat

Celtic Weave Strip Hobo Tote Bag – Free Crochet Pattern

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Celtic bag 400 WM WEB PICTURE

For this project you’ll need:

HOOK: 5 mm hook or size H hook for the US

YARN: Worsted weight yarn, 4 ply US, 10 ply AU Best to use 2 different colors for best effect. I used 1 and a half skeins in each color.

NOTE: This purse is worked in strips and pattern begins with the center of the strip. The center stripe is worked back and forth in rows. The outside of the strip is worked in rounds.


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ch = Chain

SC = Single Crochet

DC = Double Crochet

HDC = Half Double Crochet

TRC = Triple Crochet

st = Stitch

beg = beginning

* = Repeat what’s in between * for rest of round.




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To Start

Ch 10


Row 1

Dc in 3rd ch from hook. Dc in rest of sts. Ch 1 and turn ( 8 sts )


Row 2

HDC in first two stitches, then skip two stitches and TRC on the post of the 5th and 6th Dc. Then going in from behind the TRC’s that you just did, back up and do TRC in the two dc’s that you skipped which were the 3rd and 4th Dc. Do this by pulling the stitch upward before working your stitch on it. Use pictures below to help you understand.

Repeat for the row, HDC in last two stitches.

First stitch small pic

Row 3

Sc in all stitches, ch 1 and turn



Row 4

HDC on the first 2 stitches. Then TRC on the post of the next two TRC’s, then back up and TRC on the two TRC’s. Do this by pulling the Stitches forward. 

Continue this for the row and ch 1 and turn.

Celtic Weave Strip Hobo Bag Collage 1 400 WM

Round 5

Sc in all stitches, ch 1 and turn

Repeat rows 2 – 5 



For the LARGE bag with horizontal strips as shown in the picture above, I made the strip 26 rows of the Cable. And Of course the 26 sc rows after each cable row. Count up the cable until you have 26 rows of it, making sure you end the strip after a sc row. Make 5 strips total.

Mile a Minute Celtic Weave Afghan strip finished

For the smaller size purse, you want to do only 20 rows of cable and only make 4 strips.

Now grab up the color you want to use for the outside of the strip.



Attach your new color in the top left corner under the first DC.

We will be working down the side of the strip first.


Round 1

* ch 3 skip 2 sts and sl st in next st * Repeat for the whole side until you reach the top / bottom of the strip.

Mile a Minute Celtic Weave Afghan strip 1

When you reach the top / bottom of the strip, you want to chain 5, skip 2, ch 5 skip 3 slip stitching in the very last stitch.

Then for the corner make sure you sl st in the bottom of the DC to create a loop for each corner. Do this for all corners of the strip.

When you reach the beginning again, make sure to create this same corner loop for the beginning as well. Slip st where I’m showing you here in this picture below.

Mile a Minute Celtic Weave Afghan strip 4

Round 2

sl st into first ch 3 space then ch 3 and DC 2 in this space. DC 3 in the following ch 3 space and in all ch 3 spaces down the sides.

NOTE: If it’s ruffling some it’s okay, you can fix this on round 4 round.

When you reach the top / bottom of the strip you want to DC 5 in the 2 ch 5 spaces at the top.

Sl st in the top of the beg ch 3 to end round.

Make 5 total strips


Celtic Weave Strips Hobo Bag 1

You can have the strips facing either way you wish! I used slip stitch through the back loops only to sew my pieces together.



Row 1

To start to make the handles, start at the top right corner and start gathering your stitches 3 stitches at a time, 4 loops on the hook, pull thorough all 4 loops and repeat for row. You can have your strips facing horizontal or vertically.

Now is the time to choose. We are making the part where the bag closes and will be the front / back of the bag, so if you want it horizontal make sure your strips are facing that way now like show in the pictures below. And vise versa for vertical facing bag.


When you reach the other corner, ch 1 and turn your work. You are working in rows back and forth for now.


Row 2

sc in all sts. Ch 1 and turn


Rows 3 – 6 ( Four Rows total )

This is where we start to decrease. All size purses will have a different number you are trying to reach before you are done decreasing. I am listing them below for future knowledge. You will be decreasing the first and last stitches of the row only. Continue until you reach the number you need.


For the large bag I started with 26 sts and decreased for 4 rows.

Row 1 of decreasing in first and last stitch of row gave me 24 sts

Row 2 of decreasing 22 sts

Row 3 of decreasing 20 sts

Row 4 of decreasing 18 sts

Do this with each size bag, just stop after desired number is reached.

For a larger purse opening decrease until you have 18 sts

For a smaller purse opening decrease until you have 16 sts.

Make sure to have 6 rows total though. So if it takes you 3 rows to reach desired decrease number, then just do single crochets for the 4th row. Which would be your 6th row total. See below. The reason this is important is because we have to make our handle size to match. I am making 6 rows for the handle, so this front part must be 6 rows too. If you want a thicker handle for the bag, you should make adjustments here to make sure the look of the bag stays consistent.


Now to continue, we must work down the side of this row to reach the side stitches to begin our decreasing and gathering again.

CH 1 and sc down the side stitches, to me 6 sts to reach the first stitch on the side.


This picture is wrong in one way, the GOOD side of the bag should be facing you. Make sure it is. If so you are good!

Now continue to gather the stitches as you did before, 3 stitches at a time and pulling through all 4 loops.


When you reach the corner on this side, make sure to PLACE A MARKER to mark this first stitch of the corner.

The marker should be marking the 1st stitch of the top part of the bag, because we will be making our rows back and forth again to decrease for this side, as we just did a moment ago. So you will be working from this stitch marker to the other corner.

Repeat the process as before to finish this other side. Then once again work along the side stitches and make it to your original front side of bag.


Your bag should be looking more like a bag now!

Now work up the side stitches again to reach the top on this corner.

Now we will be doing our Single Crochet Foundation Stitches to make our handles.


If you don’t know how to do single crochet foundation stitches, you can check out my video tutorial on it here.

Single Crochet Foundation Stitch

Make 70 single crochet foundation stitches for a off the shoulder bag, as shown below.

Celtic Weave Strips Hobo Bag 29

If you want it to hang off your shoulder but not this low, then do 60 single crochet foundation stitches and if you and a handbag style handle, then do 40 to 50 single crochet foundation stitches, depending how much of a short handle you want.

Slip stitch to connect your handle to other side of front / back piece. Then continue to work around the side of bag.


Repeat for the other side’s front / back piece.

Once you reach your first set of Single crochet Foundation Stitches you can place a marker here to remind you this is the beginning of the row. Then continue to sc up the stitches.

Continue your sc’s around the whole bag till you reach your marker. Now to match your 6 sc rows you did for your front / back pieces, you must do 5 more rows of sc’s all around the sts at the top of your bag. Going up the handles and side of the bag. The Single crochet Foundation Stitch counted as one row and you are just starting your second row.


NOTE: This bag will need a lining!

I do have a explanation tutorial on my crochet flower purse hobo bag that you can watch to help you, and there are many tutorials on youtube you can use to help you as well.

Crochet Flower Purse Tutorial 3 – Lining of the purses


Tips for adding a fastner.

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.

Ruffle Bag 29
Ruffle Bag 30

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