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Hip Hobo Bag



Crochet a hip hobo bag with shoulder strap and ring accent. This hobo bag crochet pattern from Lily Sugar n' Cream is easy, fun and creates the perfect size purse.

This crochet hobo bag is great for beginners.  Here are a few more crochet bags to help you get started crocheting:  Beginner Tote Bag, Envelope Purse, and Crochet Handbag.

Crochet Hobo Bag



  • Yarn: Lily Sugar’n Cream Twists (56.7 g/2 oz)  6 balls of #20117 (Denim Twists)
  • Crochet Hook: Size 4 mm (U.S. G/6) crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Plastic ring 3 ins [7.5 cm] in diameter for decoration

Size: Approx 14 ins [35.5 cm] wide x 25 ins [63.5 cm] tall.

Gauge: 15 hdc and 11 rows = 4 ins [10 cm].


Ch 2 at beg of row does not count as st.

FRONT and BACK (make alike).
Ch 40.
1st row: (RS). 2 hdc in 2nd ch from hook. 1 hdc in each ch to last ch. 2 hdc in last ch. Turn. 40 hdc.
Next 6 rows: Ch 2. 2 hdc in first hdc. 1 hdc in each hdc to last hdc. 2 hdc in last hdc. Turn. 52 hdc at end of last row.
Next row: Ch 2. 1 hdc in each hdc to end of row. Turn.
Rep last row for 10 ins [25.5 cm], ending with a WS row.

**Shape strap: Next row: (RS). Ch 2. 1 hdc in each of next 17 hdc. (Yoh and draw up a loop in next st) twice. Yoh and draw through all loops on hook - Hdc2tog made. Turn. Leave rem sts unworked. 18 sts.
Next row: Ch 2. Hdc2tog over first 2 sts. 1 hdc in each hdc to end of row. Turn.
Next row: Ch 2. 1 hdc in each hdc to last 2 sts. Hdc2tog over last 2 sts. Turn.
Rep last 2 rows once more. 14 sts.
Next 3 rows: Ch 2. 1 hdc in each hdc to end of row. Turn.
Next row: Ch 2. Hdc2tog over first 2 sts. 1 hdc in each hdc to end of row. Turn.
Rep last 4 rows 7 times more. 6 sts.
Next row: Ch 2. 1 hdc in each hdc to end of row. Turn.
Rep last row until strap measures 16 ins [40.5 cm], ending with a WS row. Fasten off.**

With WS of work facing, join yarn with sl st to first st.
Work from ** to ** as given above, noting RS becomes WS.

With WS of Front and Back tog, sew bottom and side seams to top of Straps.

Decorative Flap: Ch 17.
1st row: (RS). 1 hdc in 2nd ch from hook. 1 hdc in each ch to end of ch. 15 hdc.
Next row: Ch 2. 1 hdc in each hdc to end of row. Turn.
Rep last row for 6 ins [18 cm], ending with a WS row.

Fold ¾ inch [2 cm] of Flap around ring and sew in position. Sew Flap to Back.

Fringe: Cut yarn, 5 ins [12.5 cm] long. Taking 2 strands tog, knot into fringe around Ring. Trim fringe evenly (see picture).


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I made this last summer, but didn't like it. Like all crocheted straps (and knitted), the strap kept getting longer, and the flap was annoying. I did get lots of compliments, however I ripped it out and am modifying it to use a cloth belt as a strap and a regular fold over flap with a magnet closer.

Yarn Maven

I'm haveing trouble understanding how to do the straps. It says to sew bottom and sides up to the top of the straps. Then what??? I don't get it? Do you attach the yarn to the mouth of the bag, then make the decorative flap? HELP!!!! Someone needs to do an update on this design.. Love the bag and I think the idea to use a shower ring is a useable idea. And lining is good , too. jniblett


Hello< does anyone know how to make the opennig bigger? It looks kinda narrow! thanks Happy Crochet


can any one help with how to sew this bag together, I am having a little trouble comprehending how it should be sewn together. Debbie

shedevil2359 3688644

look in the macrame area of the craft store for rings or the sewing section. i live in boston and windsor button has plastic and metal rings.

disco dotty

I made this bag but can't find a 3" white plastic ring. Any suggestions?

Crafter 0057191

I have made two of these bags....understanding the instructions easier the second time. My comment is about the straps. My concern is stitching the front to back pieces. The front and the back pieces include straps. I stitched the second bag I made along the bottom, sides to end (narrow) of the straps. On the first bag I thought the straps should be sewn together (double thickness) from top to bag opening. Any ideas? Thanks, Leanita in Texas. BTW: Using the shower curtain hook is a clever idea!


Can anyone who has made this bag help me? I am ready to start handles but am confused because what I perceive to be the bottom of the bag is smaller(in width) than the top. You start with 40 sts and end up with 52 sts in width. Seems it should be the other way around with wider at bottom. Is this correct? I am usuing recycled sari yarn and it looks really nice. Thanks Rebecca

Crafter 1946686

I've made three of these bags so far. I reduced the size of the bottom of the bag by reducing the number of beginning stitches. You can also reduce the length of the handle by doing less rows. I also line mine. Make two of the bottom pieces (you can make the handles later.) Cut two pieces of cloth using the bottom piece as your pattern. Sew a piece, right side out, to each side of the bottom and then with right sides facing stitch the two bottom pieces together then turn them outside in. I do this because otherwise small items like keys, pen points, rat tail combs etc will poke out of the bag. I also use shower rings for the ring on the front. These will undo and you can hang your car keys to the outside of the purse. I've made a squared tab for decoration on the front and have sewn three very large buttons to the tab that match one of the colors in the yarn. Really fun and quick bags to make.


Eloise, the instructions say to make back and front alike, so i would think that means yes, make straps for both sides. I haven't made it yet,,but I'm looking forward to making one for me and one for my daughters.


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