I love crossbody bags, especially now that I have kids. I never really appreciated a hands-free bag until I was out one day and had to hold my little one’s hand, my diaper bag and a car seat (with my other little one in it) all at the same time! Crossbody bags are just easier! All you do is put the strap over your head and go! Any mom knows that WE are always on-the-go and are not an Octopus with eight arms to hold everything haha!
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I created the Boardwalk Crossbody Bag with the thought of having a bag/purse that is functional, stylish and completely hands-free. I wanted something that could be worn when I went out alone (I’m blessed, my hubby does give me alone kid-free time!) or when I do have the boys and could just toss a few extra items in. I feel that this bag fits the bill perfectly!
I created the pattern for this bag using Lion Brand Fast-Track Yarn. I have had my eye on this yarn for a while now and couldn’t wait to try it out. It is a super-bulky yarn that is wide and flat. The yarn is definitely a more strong and sturdy yarn which makes it perfect for this pattern. It is made from both cotton and polyester and comes in a fair amount of shades as well, which is always a plus! It is also machine washable.
Follow along for the pattern!
2 skeins of Lion Brand Fast-Track Yarn(the colors in the photo are Chopper Grey and Cruise Ship Aqua)
9mm crochet hook, 6mm crochet hook
3 stitch markers (recommended)
Single Crochet (sc)
Double Crochet (dc)
Slip Stitch (ss)
Front loop only (flo)
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For the Base:
In Chopper Grey
Round 1 – 3sc in 2nd ch from hook. Complete 1 sc in the next 21 stitches. 3 sc in the last stitch. You will now work on other side of ch. Complete 1 sc in each of the next 21 stitches. (48) Do not join.
Note – To make it easier, I chose to put a stitch marker in the center sc of each of the 3sc clusters in every round. This helped me stay on track and to know where to increase. I also used another stitch marker to place at the first stitch of the round.
Round 2 – 1 sc in the next stitch, 3 sc in the next. Complete 1 sc in each of the next 23 stitches. 3 sc in the next stitch, 1 sc in each of the next 22 stitches. (52) Do not join.
Round 3 – 1 sc in the next two stitches, 3sc in the next. Complete 1 sc in each of the next 25 stitches. 3 sc in the next stitch, 1 sc in each of the next 23 stitches. (56) Do not join.
Round 4 – 1 sc in the next 3 stitches, 3sc in the next. Complete 1 sc in each of the next 27 stitches. 3 sc in the next, 1 sc in each of the next 24 stitches. (60) Do not join.
Round 5 – 1 sc in the next 4 stitches, 3 sc in the next. Complete 1 sc in each of the next 29 stitches. 3 sc in the next, 1 sc in each of the next 24 stitches, ss in the last stitch. (64)
Round 6 – ch.1 sc flo in same stitch and each remaining stitch around, ss to first sc of round to join. (64)
Here is what your base should look like
For the body:
With Cruise Ship Aqua:
Round 7 – ch.1 sc in same stitch and each remaining stitch around, ss to first sc of round to join. (64)
Rounds 8 and 9 – Repeat round 7
Round 10 – ch.1 sc in the same stitch, dc in the next. *sc in the next stitch, dc in the next. Repeat *til end of round. ss to first sc of round to join. (64)
Round 11 – (With Chopper Grey) ch.1 dc in same stitch, sc in next. *dc in next stitch, sc in next. Repeat *til end of round. ss to first dc of round to join. (64)
Note – I chose not to bind off each time I switched colors. Instead, I carried the yarn up the inside of the bag. This made less ends to be weaved in at the end.
Rounds 12 to 15 – Repeat rounds 10 and 11 respectively, changing colors after each round.
Round 16 – Repeat round 10
Rounds 17 to 19 – Repeat round 7
Round 20 – (with Chopper Grey) ch.1 sc in same stitch and each stitch around. ss to first sc to join round. (64)
Round 21 – (with Cruise Ship Aqua) Ch.2 dc in same stitch and each stitch around. ss to first dc of round to join. (64)
Rounds 22 and 23 – (with Chopper Grey) ch.1 sc in same stitch and each stitch around. ss to first sc to join. (64) Bind off
For the strap:
With Chopper Grey:
Lay your bag flat with seam side facing you. Locate the stitch at where you binded off. Count nine stitches to the left and attach yarn to that stitch. (Make sure to include the stitch here you binded off in your count)
With 6mm Hook:
Row 1 – Ch.1 sc in same stitch and the next four stitches. (5)
Row 2 – Ch.1 turn, sc in each stitch across. (5)
Rows 3 to 35 – Repeat row 2
With Cruise Ship Aqua:
Rows 36 to 55 – Ch.1 turn, sc in each stitch across. (5)
With Chopper Grey:
Rows 56 to 91 – Repeat row 1
Bind off leaving a tail approx. 12″ in length. Count 27 stitches from where you attached your yarn for the strap (count counterclockwise), and whip stitch your strap to stitches 27 thru 31.
Weave in your loose ends.
For button closure:
Sew button to center front of the bag.
Cut three strands of yarn, each being approx. 25″ in length. Tie a knot at the top and braid the strands together. Tie another knot to close the braid.
Next, take each end of the braid and thread them through the inside back side of your bag. I just eyed up where I though the center would be and threaded the ends through some sc stitches.
Then, make some knots in the braid where you would like your button to hold the bag closed.
Weave in any ends!
It was so much fun creating this bag from Lion Brand’s Fast-Track Yarn. It really is a unique type of yarn! I see myself buying more in the future!