Crochet Pattern: Perfect Fit Hobo Bag

By Claire Ortega-Reyes – 78 Comments
Tired of purses that slide down your arms as you move? This classic hobo bag drapes over your shoulder perfectly–the strap won’t slip from your shoulder because of the bag’s shape and construction. It is also sturdy because the bag is made in one go (yes, no separate pieces to sew together!). Using worsted weight yarn makes it a fast project, too.

Skill Level: crochet skill level easy

Finished Size:
Purse: 9″ tall x 12″ wide (when laid flat, not including straps)
Strap: 18″ long x 2″ wide

Materials:
280 yards (250 m) Medium Weight Yarn
Crochet Hook H (5.00 mm)
1″-diameter Button (for closure)
crochet yarn size 4

Gauge: 7 dc stitches & 4 dc rows = 2 inches

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Crochet Pattern: Perfect Fit Hobo Bag

Front:

Ch 3, sl st in first ch to make a loop,

Row 1: Ch 3 (counts as first dc here and throughout), 9 dc in ring, turn: 10 dc

Row 2: Ch 3, 2 dc in each of next 8 dc, dc in last dc, turn: 18 dc

Row 3: Ch 3, (dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc) 8 times, dc in last dc, turn: 26 dc

Row 4: Ch 3, (dc in next 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc) 8 times, dc in last dc, turn: 34 dc

Row 5: Ch 3, (dc in next 3 dc, 2 dc in next dc) 8 times, dc in last dc, turn: 42 dc

Row 6: Ch 3, (dc in next 4 dc, 2 dc in next dc) 8 times, dc in last dc, turn: 50 dc

Row 7: Ch 3, (dc in next 5 dc, 2 dc in next dc) 8 times, dc in last dc, turn: 58 dc

Row 8: Ch 3, (dc in next 6 dc, 2 dc in next dc) 8 times, dc in last dc, turn: 66 dc

Row 9: Ch 3, (dc in next 7 dc, 2 dc in next dc) 8 times, dc in last dc, turn: 74 dc

Row 10: Ch 3, (dc in next 8 dc, 2 dc in next dc) 8 times, dc in last dc, do not turn, do not fasten off: 82 dc

Strap and Base:

Chain 50, sl st in first dc of row 10, making sure to not twist the chain,

(Work proceeds in rounds for this part of the hobo bag.)

Round 1: Ch 1 (doesn’t count as a stitch and throughout), sc in each stitch around, sl st in first sc: 132 sc

Rounds 2-4:  Ch 3, dc in next stitch and in each stitch around, sl st in top of first dc: 132 dc

Round 5: Repeat row 1: 132 sc

Back:

(Work proceeds in rows from this point on.)

Row 1: Ch 3, (dc in next 8 sc, dc2tog) 8 times, dc in next sc, turn: 74 dc

Row 2: Ch 3, (dc in next 7 dc, dc2tog) 8 times, dc in last dc, turn: 66 dc

Row 3: Ch 3, (dc in next 6 dc, dc2tog) 8 times, dc in last dc, turn: 58 dc

Row 4: Ch 3, (dc in next 5 dc, dc2tog) 8 times, dc in last dc, turn: 50 dc

Row 5: Ch 3, (dc in next 4 dc, dc2tog) 8 times, dc in last dc, turn: 42 dc

Row 6: Ch 3, (dc in next 3 dc, dc2tog) 8 times, dc in last dc, turn: 34 dc

Row 7: Ch 3, (dc in next 2 dc, dc2tog) 8 times, dc in last dc, turn: 26 dc

Row 8: Ch 3, (dc in next dc, dc2tog) 8 times, dc in last dc, turn: 18 dc

Row 9: Ch 3, dc2tog 8 times, dc in last dc, turn: 10 dc

Row 10: Ch 3, dc8tog, dc: 3 dc

Loop:

Ch 11, sl st in first dc of row 10 to make loop, finish off.

Finishing:

Sew button to center front of hobo bag, making sure to match the location of the loop in order to close hobo bag properly. Weave in ends and enjoy!

If you need any help, just let me know by leaving comments below.

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78 Comments

  1. deb says:

    Rachel,
    I love this pattern. I am currently home recovering from foot re-constructive surgery, came across this pattern today, and made three of them!!! I was amazed with the small amount of yarn it required to make this pattern. Have to stop for the day, hands are cramping!! ha ha Thank you for sharing!!!

  2. Chandra says:

    I just finished the front, now I’m confused about the strap and base is that crochet separately or still attached after row 10, not sure how to start or do this secton,

    A video will be alot more clear,

  3. DT says:

    not separately, all in one piece

  4. annette harris says:

    Cannot thank you enough for this wonderful pattern! I have now made 8 of these darling hobo bags to use for Christmas gifts for all the gals in my extended family. It is super fast and easy to do – and so darn cute.

    I figured out how to make a lining, (it was pretty simple, just traced the shape of the bag, and made the lining a little smaller.) Then I put an inner pocket on the lining, and added a magnetic snap. I’m using a big wooden button on the outside.

    The purse looks terrific in lots of colors – I’ve made black, teal blue, deep purple, and spruce green. I’ve had so much fun finding bright, whimsical lining fabrics for the bag.

    It changes personality, depending on the lining. On one of the black bags, I lined it with an elegant black, white and beige print. The next black bag, I used a hot pink and black zebra stripe, for my teen aged niece.

    Thank you again for sharing this.

  5. sian says:

    hi in your pattern it says at the end ( 9 dc in ring, turn: 10 dc) dose 10 dc mean i need to dc 10 stitches or is it telling me that i should have double crochet 10 stitches thank you .

  6. sian says:

    hi , i don’t know how to get the handle right . i keep getting more st on the chain at the end , taken it apart counted the st’s and chain and still not right ive increased some where but cant finger out where without taking it all apart . HELP !!!!

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Sian,
      Try counting the number of stitches you have on row 10, you should have 82 sts. Then when you add the 50 sts for the handle, you’ll have a total of 132 sts. If for some reason the stitches aren’t adding up but you don’t want to take everything apart, you can try and a decrease or increase to get the correct number of stitches.

  7. Emma says:

    I LOVE this purse pattern!! I’ve been eyeing it for months because it is a style I’m particularly fond of, yet have had trouble finding in stores. As a new crocheter I was a bit shy about trying it, but, I finally did yesterday, and it’s great! Well written, easy, and so clever! Works up quickly, too! Now I want to make more! It’s just a wonderful pattern and a good looking purse! Thank you for sharing this, Crochet Spot!! I am so impressed and happy!

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