I actually began making this bag in 2019, finished it in 2020, and am now just sharing the pattern in 2021!
This bag is the perfect size for a laptop, with a bit of room to carry a few notebooks along! It is simple, yet stylish, and can be made in any color(s) to accessorize with your outfit! If you choose to line the bag, you can carry small items in it with the confidence that none of them will fall through the stitching.
Emerald Energy Shoulder Bag
© Amanda Bryant 2021
Peaches & Cream 100% cotton yarn (14 oz cone, color Emerald Energy)
5.5 mm hook
Stitch marker (to note end/beg on each round)
Optional- Cotton Fabric for lining- I used 2 fat quarters- (no instructions included for lining, however there are many tutorials available online)
If lining the bag, you will also need sewing thread and a needle, scissors, pins, a tape measure, and an iron (to flatten fabric before sewing)
approximately 17 inches wide by 13 inches tall (excluding straps). My 15 inch laptop fits nicely inside!
in x-stitch pattern: 7 x-st’s= 4 inches, and 10 rounds= 4 inches
Abbreviations Used (American Terminology):
Sc- single crochet
Sl st- slip stitch
Dc- double crochet
X-st- cross stitch (made by: skipping the next sc in the row, dc in the next sc, dc in the skipped sc)
WS- wrong side (of work- the inside of the bag)
RS- right side (of work- the outside of the bag)
Sc2tog- single crochet two stitches together (decrease)
- This bag is worked in the round from the bottom up, and then the straps are worked in rows, separate from each other
- The bag is made using alternating rounds of sc and x-st
- When starting the x-st round (round 2), place a st marker in the third ch of the beg ch-3. This is where you will make your join at the end of the round
Round 1- make 2 sc in the second ch from the hook, make 1 sc in each ch across to the last sc, make 2 sc in the last sc. Turn work to continue in rounds, and along the other side of the foundation chain, in the unused loops, make 2 sc in the first ch, make 1 sc in each ch across to the last sc, make 2 sc in the last ch, join with a sl st to the first sc (124 sc)
Round 2- Ch 3 (counts as a dc), make 1 dc in the sc before the ch-3. Working to the left again, *(sk the next sc, dc in the next sc, dc in the sk sc). Repeat from * around, join with a sl st to the top of the beg ch-3. (62 x-st made)
Round 3- Ch 1, make 1 sc in each dc around, join with a sl st to the first sc (124 sc)
Repeat Rounds 2 and 3, 15 more times. At the end of the last round, fasten off.
**Making the shoulder straps (the straps will be made separate from each other):
Next, flatten the bag. Place one st marker on each side of the bag, so there will be 61 sts between each marker.
Row 1- (WS)- with the wrong side facing (the inside of the bag), join yarn with a sc to the first sc to the left of the marker. Make 1 sc in ea of the next 19 sc, ch 60, sk the next 21 sc (careful to not twist the ch), sc in each of the last 20 sc of the row before the next marker, ch 1, turn (40 sc and 60 ch)
Row 2 (RS)- sc2tog, 16 sc , sc2tog, make 1 sc in ea of the 60 ch, sc2tog, 16 sc, sc2tog, ch 1, turn (96 sc)
Row 3- sc2tog, 14 sc, sc2tog, 60 sc, sc2tog, 14 sc, sc2tog, ch 1, turn (92 sc)
Row 4- sc2tog, 12 sc, sc2tog, 60 sc, sc2tog, 12 sc, sc2tog, ch 1, turn (88 sc)
Row 5- sc2tog, 10 sc, sc2tog, 60 sc, sc2tog, 10 sc, sc2tog (84 sc) Fasten off.
On the inside of the shoulder strap, and with RS facing, join with a sc to the last unworked sc from the last round of the top edge of the bag, before the strap begins. Place a marker in this sc. Sc in each unused loop from the foundation ch of the strap and in each sc across the top of the bag until you reach the marked beginning sc again. Join with a sl st to the first sc, (85 sc)
Round 2- ch 1, sc2tog over the first sc (which is the sc you joined to) and second sc, sc around the strap to one st before the top of the bag begins, sc2tog over the last sc of the strap and the first sc of the top of the bag, sc across the top edge of the bag to the beg sc. Join with a sl st to the beg sc.
Rounds 3- 4- repeat Round 2
Repeat from ** to ** for the second shoulder strap.
Weave in all of your loose ends. If you wish, line your bag with 100% cotton fabric. This will make your bag sturdier, and small items will not be able to fall through the stitches.