Crochet Shoulder Bag Pattern

Crochet Shoulder BagThis Crochet Shoulder Bag Pattern was designed for my sister-in-law because she wanted a bag to throw over her shoulder to have both hands free and at the same time store her goodies for when she goes on school excursions with the kids.

The main stitch used is the U.S. Double Crochet or the U.K. Treble Crochet Stitch.

There are several parts to this pattern – the front and back (made in one piece), two side panels, a pocket, the handle, a flap, you’ll need to sew all these parts together and attach the buttons.

The size of the pocket is for a standard Nokia mobile/cell phone.

In this bag you can fit A4 papers or notepads, a thin lunch box and a few other bits and bobs.

I used two balls of yarn and crocheted the two strands together to get a good and sturdy thickness.

Stitches & Terms

This pattern is using U.S. stitches and terms. To convert to U.K. stitches go to my Crochet Stitch Conversion Chart.

ch = chain

back loops = a loop is at the top of a stitch and the back loop is the loop furthest from you

dc = double crochet

front loops = a loop is at the top of a stitch and the front loop is the loop closest to you

hk = hook

sl st = slip stitch

tch = turning chain

wrong side = the side of your work that will not be seen when work is completed; the part of the work on the inside

Materials Required

2 x 200gm Bendigo Woollen Mills Colonial Cocoa 8 ply yarn (shade 155); this is Australian wool. If you are in the U.S. the equivalent would be Medium Worsted Weight Yarn.

5.0mm Clover Soft Touch Crochet Hook

Yarn Needle

3 x Black Medium-Sized Buttons

Skill Level Recommended


Crochet Shoulder Bag Pattern

Notes: Each part of the pattern is using 2 balls of yarn crocheted together. Weave in loose ends as you go along.


Using both balls of yarn together, ch 32 loosely.

Row 1: dc in 4th ch from hk and in each ch across to end, turn.

Row 2: ch 3, dc in 2nd dc, dc in each dc across to end; working last dc into top of tch, turn.

Rows 3 – 20: Repeat Row 2. Don’t finish off at end of row 20.


Row 21: (work in back loops only for this row) ch 3, dc in 2nd dc, dc in each dc across to end; working last dc into top of tch, turn.

Rows 22 – 23: Repeat Row 2 (work these rows crocheting stitches normally instead of in back loops). Don’t finish off at the end of row 23.

Crochet Shoulder Bag - BackBack

Row 24: (working in front loops) ch 3, dc in 2nd dc, dc in each dc across to end; working last dc into top of tch, turn.

Rows 25 – 43: Repeat Row 2.

Finish off.

Weave in loose ends.


Crochet Shoulder Bag - Side PanelSide Panels (make 2)

ch 8.

Row 1: dc in 4th ch from hk and in each ch across to end, turn.

Row 2: dch 3, dc in 2nd dc and in each dc across to end; making last dc into top of tch, turn.

Rows 3 – 20: Repeat Row 2. Finish off.

Working of the wrong side (inside out), sew side panels to front, back and bottom of bag.

Bag Handle

ch 8, join with a sl st to form a ring.

Round 1: ch 3, 7 dc into ring, join with a sl st in top of tch.

Round 2: ch 3, dc into 2nd dc and next dc, join with a sl st in top of tch.

Rounds 3 – 68: Repeat Row 2. You can crochet less rows here if you want a shorter handle. Finish off.

Bag Handle Video Tutorial

Sew each end of handle to sides of bag by turning bag inside out, place the handle inside the bag and sew handle to top side edges.

Crochet Shoulder Bag - Phone PocketPhone Pocket

ch 10.

Row 1: dc into 4th ch from hk, dc into each ch across to end, turn.

Row 2: ch 3, dc into 2nd dc and each dc across to end, turn.

Rows 3 – 8: Repeat Row 2. Finish off.

Sew pocket onto front of bag. Sew one button just slightly above top of pocket and the middle space between the stitches on the pocket is the buttonhole.

Crochet Shoulder Bag - FlapBag Flap

Join yarn into one side of top back of bag next to right side of handle.

Row 1: ch 3, dc into each st across ending just before other handle on other side, turn.

Row 2: ch 3, dc into each st across to end, turn.

Row 3 – 5: Repeat Row 2. Finish off. Weave in any loose ends.

Sew 2 buttons on front of bag in line with where you want them to come through the buttonholes of the flap. Remember that you can use any spaces between stitches on the flap for buttonholes.

After all that you should have yourself a crochet shoulder bag!

If you have any questions please ask in the comment box below.

All the best,


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  1. whoah this blog is excellent i lov studying yoir articles.
    Stay up the great work! You already know, a lot of persons are hunting rounhd for this information, yoou can help them greatly.

    • Paula says:

      Thank you very much. I’m so glad you are enjoying my blog! 🙂

  2. Sadia says:

    Hello Paula
    I love all your videos and I have made so many booties and hats for my nieces and nephews.i am now going to make this bag,,I am more of a visual follower but I will try to get the bag right.i wished there was a video but I read your instructions they are very simple so wishe me luck.

    • Paula says:

      I hope it’s going well for you, Sadia! Thank you for watching my videos.

  3. Love this bag Paula, good job, really well written.

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