Crochet Messenger Hobo Slouch Handbag

Crochet Messenger Slouch Handbag

Written by  +Teresa Richardson 

+Crochet Geek

Video Tutorial: Crochet Messenger Hobo Slouch Bag
Video Tutorial:
Magic Circle - Crochet

Crochet Hook Size: L - 8MM
4 Ply Yarn

Yarn Amount Estimate: 600 yards/548 meters

Keep in mind that it is better to have to much yarn than not enough.

2 Strands of Yarn - I use 4-ply and 3-ply in the tutorial. You can use any combination. It will make the bag a little larger or smaller depending on your hook size and crochet tension.

For A Deeper Bag - There is a decrease at round 28. For a deeper bag, you can add more rounds before, more rounds after or both at the decrease round.

Start Loop: Magic Circle Or Chain 3, join.

Round 1: Ch 1, 6 SC in loop or chain, Do Not Join

Round 2: 2 SC in ea SC around (12 SC) Mark beginning round. Make sure you move your

marker every couple or rows. Your start stitch will shift to the left and your marker

will shift to the right with each consecutive increase round.

Round 3: 2 SC in ea SC around ( 24 SC)

Round 4: 1 SC in each SC around ( 24 SC)

Round 5: *1 SC in next ST, 2 SC in next ST, Continue around from *. (36 SC)

Round 6: 1 SC in ea SC around ( 36 SC)

Round 7: *1 SC in each of the next 2 SC, 2 SC in the next SC,Continue around from *.(50 SC)

Round 8: 1 SC in ea SC around, (50 SC)  If you find you have less stitches, evenly work the extra stitches.

Round 9: *1 SC in each of the next 3 SC, 2 SC in the next SC,Continue around from *.(60 SC)

Round 10: 1 SC in ea ST around. (60 SC)

Round 11: *1 SC in each of the next 4 SC, 2 SC in the next SC,Continue around from *.(74 SC)

Round 12-27: 1 SC in ea SC around (74 SC)

Round 28: *1 SC in ea of the next 3 Sts, Dec over the next 2 STs, Repeat from * around.

Round 29-37: 1 SC in ea SC around. (60 SC)
Once you have completed your length of the bag, Sk 1 st, sl st in next. Cut yarn and

Bag Handle: Chain 15, Join, 15 SC in the chain loop. Do not join. Continue crocheting to the length you want your handle to be, approximately 23". Sk 1 st, sl st in next. Cut yarn and secure.

Sewing on Handle: Turn the bag inside out. Put the handle inside the bag. Align the handle with top edge of the handbag. Placement of the first handle does not matter. Sew the 15 stitches of the handle and bag together. Secure and knot well, sew in tail. Repeat the same steps for the other end of the handle. There will be approximately 15 single crochet between each joined handle. After sewing and securing all tails and magic circle loops, turn bag right side out.

Row 1: Slip Stitch to one open side. SC across to the other side.
Row 2-10: CH 1, turn, SC in ea sc across.


  1. Teresa,
    I want to thank you so much for all your help. Your video lessons are great. Please look at my first Hobo Slouch Handbag I made. I'm going to post it later today. I have other item I want to post also. I've been really busy making afghans for the past month. Once again, thank you for all your help. You have taught me so much. I can even read and understand your written instructions too. That's a plus in itself. I have not been able to understand crochet patterns. I do hope one day you post about abults sweaters. I want so much to make one for myself. Sorry for the long post. Just wanted to let you know how much you have helped me.

  2. I had a question concerning the size of hook and type of yarn. I know that it says I can use any combination of yarn but would two 4-ply be too much? I get all of my supplies from Wal-mart and I use that Red Heart Super Saver and I can't find 3-ply at all.

    With my hook size, for some reason that I'm not sure of, Wal-mart doesn't sell size L hooks so I bought a size N hook. Would that be ok to use? Do you know if Jo-Ann Fabrics sell L sized hooks?

    I love all of your videos and tutorials. Thanks for making crochet so easy for me!

  3. I have started this project yesterday :)

    It seems fantastic :)


  4. Question, how many balls of yarns of each do I need?

    -- dalis

  5. Dalis,
    I would suggest 4 skeins of yarn, 2 for each color.

  6. if i wanted to make my hobo bag bigger to fit more things in it i was just wondering where i would add the other lines.. would it be before i do the decrease, or after.. i love this pattern, just would like a deeper bag.. thank you for all the videos you have offered everyone

  7. Anonymous,
    You are welcome. :)I would recommend that you add more rounds before the decrease

  8. I am curious about something. When I get the round 7 increase I only end up with 48 stitches. I keep careful count of my stitches and each time I make it I still end up with 48. Is that a typo?

  9. Anonymous,
    Read what round 2 says about the round shifting. If you stop exactly at the yarn marker, you are not making enough stitches.

  10. hi teresa,
    im currently making the hobo bag that u posted and so far its coming out great. but, just like what "anonymous" posted, i wanted to make it deeper. unfortunately, i read that u have to add more rounds BEFORE the decrease but ive already started the decreasing. will it matter if i add more rounds after the decrease? and THANKYOOOOUUUU SOOOO MUuccchhh for all ur videos, ive been using them for 1 whole year now :).

  11. neondesign90,
    It is all in what you want your final bag to look like. You can actually make the bag deeper before and after the decrease. The only difference will be the bag being deeper at the top instead of the bottom. It should not make much of a difference. I have added a note to the pattern about making a deeper bag.

  12. Teresa, I can not do the round 28 i read and see on video but still can not so do you think you have a suggestion or help?


  13. pookie2522,
    Do you understand decreasing?

  14. Hi Teresa. Thanks so much for the pattern =)

    I have a question though. Could I know what's the diameter of the base? ((I'm using a smaller hook so trying to get it as close as possible to the bag size you made. Its getting a bit hard to estimate if the base is big enough or not.. =( ))


  15. Shahira,
    It is about 12 inches.

  16. hi Teresa!
    Thanks for your free pattern! :D
    i completed my hobo bag! i love it! i changed the straps though and i used 2 4 ply as i can't find 3ply yarn anywhere.

  17. Pinky,
    I really like your bag. Did you post it on my FaceBook page? I hope you will share your image there as well.

  18. Hi Teresa,

    Thank you! :) how can i add you to facebook? I'll post it there after I add you! :)

  19. Hey there,

    Elizabeth has added their version of your project on crafty community Cut Out + Keep and we thought you might like to see how it turned out.

    You can see their version and also import your project here (that way you'll find out when any new versions are added) :

    Crafterella :)

  20. hey can u plz tell me which crochet hook to use if cause we dont get the type u have here in india......plzz help...

  21. This is my third chrochet project, I'm on round 23, and the bottom of my bag is flat, it looks like it's going to come out more like a basket. Could this be because I'm using a smaller hook? Or will it fix itself as I get further up?

  22. Hey! Theresa I was wondering what type and size needle you used to sew the handles.

  23. Hi Teresa, I've been trying to make the bag but I havent understood the round shifting thing and I am up to round 9 where I have tried to make it 60 stitches but instead I end up with more stitches and I don't understand what's wrong!! Please help me so I can continue the bag.

  24. Hi Teresa!

    Thank you so much for the this pattern. I've been trying to find a bag that is quick and easy to make for bridesmaid gifts for my wedding, and this bag is perfect. I do have no one question, if i wanted to add a lining should i do it for the strips are put in or after?

  25. Hi Teresa,

    The math doesn't add up. If we do this correctly, rounds 7 and 8 should have 48 SC for round 6 to have 36 sc and round 11 to have 60 SC. Rounds 12 and 27 should have 72 SC for rounds 11 and 28 to have 60 SC. Otherwise, there should be more SC for rounds that has 60 SC.

    1. Everything does not have to be exact with increasing for it to still work.

    2. Ok. I ended up deviating from your instructions a little bit because of my anal retentiveness/OCD-ness. Either way, it's still easy to follow and thanks for sharing!

    3. Simply I was going crazy with the counting too! and it is my OCD thing too! I decided to just keep 48 after round 7 and move on. Then, when I ended up with 72 and went to do my decrease, I realized it wouldn't divide evenly among the 5 stitches needed to decrease so I just did something I never do and just decided to wing it and it is coming out great. I did some 3 sc then dec over 2 and some I did 4 sc and dec over 2. I had two SC left at the very end and I just worked those and I have something like 57 stitches. I am just going to use those.


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