Review: Crochet Hobo Bag
I came across this hobo bag pattern by Dao Lam, and I HAD to try it. Let me just say, I am so glad I did. First of all, the pattern is extremely easy — I whipped this baby up in about an hour and a half (well, the crochet part, anyway). Second, I had all the materials I needed on-hand (I cut the handle off of an old rummage-sale purse). I always feel a little vindicated when I can justify all the ugly 25-cent purses I get for their parts. Lastly, this turned out super-great-if-I-do-say-so-myself, and I have been using it all the time.
The only changes I made to the pattern were:
- I switched to a smaller hook size earlier in the pattern (about three rounds before schedule), and I added a fourth hook change (switched to a 5.5 mm between the 6 and the 5 mm).
- I decreased two stitches in each of the last three rounds.
I made these changes in an attempt to make the bag a little more rounded and hobo-ish. I also considered trying to box the corners on my sewing machine, but I was nervous to do this on the open-work crochet. If anyone has any suggestions about how to make the bottom corners less pointy/square, please let me know!
I attached a magnetic snap to the lining before I sewed it in, and I attached the handles with a row of single crochet. I have gotten so many compliments and requests for this bag — it truly does look like a high-end Nordstrom purse! Make a couple for yourself and a couple as gifts (and don’t let on how easy it was)!