I think we can collectively agree that crochet is awesome. It’s therapeutic, it’s useful, it’s fun, it passes the time…need I go on? Today is National Knit or Crochet in Public Day, which is an awesome holiday in my opinion (although I’m sure you don’t need a holiday to crochet in public, ammi right?). This cute Crochet in Public Bag is something that I thought up some time ago, but today is a fitting day to finally write and publish the pattern. This bag is perfect for a quick project on the run, especially if you are somewhere where you can’t sit or hold your yarn in your lap. Take your crochet literally everywhere

FREE Crochet Pattern: Crochet in Public Bag | Crochet everywhere with this handy bag, perfectly sized to carry a skein of yarn, and fits on your arm.
FREE Crochet Pattern: Crochet in Public Bag | Crochet everywhere with this handy bag, perfectly sized to carry a skein of yarn, and fits on your arm.

This is also terribly useful for when your baby is just getting mobile (why are unfinished crochet projects SO interesting to those chubby little mayhem-creators?)

CROCHET IN PUBLIC BAG – FREE CROCHET PATTERN 

What you need: (affiliate links)
– Medium Weight Yarn – Caron Cakes
– H hook
Darning Needle

Abbreviations: US Terms
St – Stich
Ch – Chain
Sl st – Slip Stitch
Sc – Single crochet
Dc – Double Crochet 
Sk – Skip

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Magic Ring
1. Ch 2. Dc 12 into ring. Join with a sl st with first dc.  (12 sts)
2. Ch 2. 2 dc in each st around. Join with a sl st. (24 sts)
3. Ch 2. *Dc. 2 dc in next st* work all around. Join with a sl st. (36 sts)
4. Ch 2. *Dc 2. 2 dc in next st* work all around. Join with sl st. (48 sts)
5. Ch 2. *Dc 3. 2 dc in next st* work all around. Join with sl st. (60 sts)
6. Ch 2. *Dc 4. 2 dc in next st* work all around. Join with sl st. (72 sts)
7. Ch 2. *Dc 5. 2 dc in next st* work all around. Join with sl st. (84 sts)
8. Ch 3. Dc in same st (counts as first v-stitch). *Skip 2 sts. Dc, ch 1, dc all in next st* work 27 times. Sk last 2 stitches. Join in the space between the first 3-ch and dc. (28 V-Stitches)
9. – 18. Ch 3. Dc in same st (count as first v-stitch). *Dc, ch 1, dc all in the ch 1 space from previous round.* work 27 times. Join in 3-ch space with a sl st. (28 v-stitches)
19. Ch 2. Dc in each st around. Join with a sl st. (83 sts)
20. You can continue on, or break yarn and start when the next color starts on the cake. 
Ch 2. Dc 8. Ch 26. Skip 26 stitches. Dc 16. Ch 26. Sk 26 sts. Dc 7. Join with first a sl st. (83 sts)
21. Ch 1. Sc 8. Dc 26. Sc 16. Dc 26. Sc 7. Join with sl st. (83 sts)
22. Ch 1. Sc in each st around. Join with a sl st. (83 sts)
Tie off. Weave in ends. 

FREE Crochet Pattern: Crochet in Public Bag | Crochet everywhere with this handy bag, perfectly sized to carry a skein of yarn, and fits on your arm.
FREE Crochet Pattern: Crochet in Public Bag | Crochet everywhere with this handy bag, perfectly sized to carry a skein of yarn, and fits on your arm.

As I am writing this, I am thinking about the places I have taken my crochet projects, and I can’t recall a strange place; mostly just the usual places: airport, doctor’s office, my car. But I want to ask YOU, where is the weirdest public place you have brought your crochet? 

73 Comments

  1. Hi! If I am using a lighter yarn – fingering weight – how many increase rows would you suggest to get about the same size? Or, what is the diameter at the end of row 7? Thanks!

  2. Thank you for this pattern. I made a different bag but it was huuuge, which if I go on a trip will be perfect, but for every day crocheting not so much. Thankfully I found this one and can’t wait to finish it!! I love to crochet but haven’t been doing it long enough to have a strange place…………yet!!!

  3. Just saw this pattern and started working on it right away. Not a strong reader of patterns so I am stumped on rows 8 and 9. End of row 7 I slip st then ch 3. I dc in the same stitch. Sk 2 st then dc, ch1, dc next st then repeat with skipping 2 st. I came up with 22 tines not 27. Please advise. Love this pattern!

  4. I can’t wait to make one of these….as in I’m going to start tonight when I get off of work! :) Quick question though…how much yarn does this take? I have some leftover Caron Cake, so I wanted to make sure I’ll have enough. Heaven forbid I go shopping for more ;)

    1. I crochet in church too! MOST of the time, it’s prayer shawls or an item for someone with cancer or some illness but I definitely hook some regular crochet items as well! Thanks for letting me know I’m not the only one that does this though. 😉
      Bethany-this is such a lovely pattern! I usually take my crochet projects around in a fairly large thirty – one tote, but this is perfect for smaller projects… And gives me another reason to buy Caron Cakes!
      Thank you for sharing this pattern – Love and Blessings SJ

  5. Hello Bethany, love this and really want to make it, but I am a newbie and don’t understand rows three through seven with the asterisk! Could you help out a newbie? Thanks so much!

  6. Bethany, I am I newbie and would love to make this and carry it with me everywhere, but I can’t figure out the rows with the *, like row 3 for example. Can you help? Thanks so much!!!!

    1. Hi Cheryl! The asterisks indicated repeats. So you will work the instructions insides the indicated number of times. Does that make sense?

      1. Oh yes! Thanks so much, also practicing magic ring! Have learned two new things from you and I’m grateful!!!

  7. Omg I loved making this bag!!! I used three shades of pink, makes it look like a raspberry hahaha!! I had to go up a hook size when I got to the v-stitches, but I love it!!!

  8. Can’t wait to make this! As for the “strangest place” it wasn’t a crochet project, but a knit one, I took with me to the giant empty parking lot where myself and a few others were being trained to back up buses between tight cone set ups in prep for our CDL tests :D

  9. I always take my crochet when I’m headed out to the local nerd bar! My brother plays board and card games with our friends, and I watch and crochet. I also took some to CanCon, which is a miniatures and gaming conference here! Sat and watched some matches of wargaming and made some little pouches.

    1. Hello! The pattern is free in-text. You can either buy the PDF pattern for $2 OR you can simply highlight the text with your mouse and click print.

  10. Bethany, this is so cute and will be so useful. Thank you for posting. I just have one question. How do you keep your crochet hook from falling out the “holes”?

    1. Thank you! I haven’t had a problem with the holes, but you can work the whole things in dc and eliminate the texture if it works better for you.

      1. Thank you Bethany. If I have a problem I’ll just put the crochet hooks into another bag inside this one. I love it and I have some cakes…sweet rolls actually from another company ..and am going to make one of these this weekend. I need more bags for my projects. Usually have a few going at t time and like to have a separate bag for each.

  11. As usual, you have come up with an amazing pattern! I had sewn myself a bag to carry my crochet projects and hooks. However, I so wanted a crocheted bag for my crochet projects – right? This is perfect. – and gives me a great reason to try the Caron Cakes I’ve been admiring. Quick question: As I read the pattern and examined the pictures, I’m thinking I could repeat rows 9-18 a few more times to make the bag just a bit deeper – and then continue with your pattern to finish it off? Since you are the designer, I would love your input!

    I’ve pinned your pattern, sent it to another crocheting buddy and have plans to make it this week – if not this weekend! When I do, I would love to write a post about it and link right back to you. Would this be acceptable? :)

    1. Thank you so much! Yes! I absolutely, just repeat the row until the bag is as deep as you would like. I would love to see your post! Let me know :)