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July 5th 2007
archived under: Crafts, Crochet

Shavasana Bag

This is a no-sew yoga mat bag with only two ends to weave in!

Note: I wrote this pattern a long time ago, and the first yoga mat bag was so ugly (in my opinion). You may have seen the ugly pictures on my old website (Hook Me Up! Crochet) or on Craftbits.

So I altered the pattern a bit, and made it with more attractive yarn for my sister’s Shavasana Bag. This is the slightly improved pattern, with much nicer pictures. Thanks to my sister Caroline for modeling her bag!

You will need:
Crochet hook, Size K (6.5 mm)
About two skeins of worsted weight yarn (you will probably not use it all, but I needed a bit more than a skein.)

Foundation Ring: ch 4, sl st to join.
Round 1: 8 dc into ring. sl st to join. (8)
Round 2: ch 3 (this counts as first dc), 2dc into each st from Round 1, sl st to join. (16)
Round 3: ch 3 (this counts as first dc again), 2 dc into each st from Round 2, sl st to join. (32)
Round 4: ch 3 (this counts as first dc, as always), 2 dc into first st, 1 dc into next st, *2dc into next st, 1 dc into next st [repeat from * all the way around ] sl st to join. (48)
Round 5: ch 3 (you know it’s your first dc), 2 dc into first st, 1 dc into each of next 3 sts, *2 dc into next st, 1 dc into each of next 3 sts [repeat from * all the way around] sl st to join (60)

At this point, you should have a circle that is slightly bigger than the end of your tightly-rolled-up yoga mat. (somewhere around 5″ in diameter). If it’s too small, continue increasing each round until your circle is the right size.

Round 6: ch 1. 1 sc in back loop only in each dc from the previous round. This will create a right angle and will add more structure to your bag.(60)
Round 7: ch 2 (this counts as your first hdc) 1 hdc into each sc from previous round. sl st to join. (60)

Repeat Round 7 until your tube is about 3″ shorter than your yoga mat’s width (the height when it is rolled up). The bag will stretch with the weight of your yoga mat inside it.

Note: I switched colors to make random-ish stripes, and I always crocheted over the ends so I wouldn’t have anything to weave in later. You can do that too, or just use one color for the whole thing.

Ribbed Drawstring Top:


Change yarns if you’d like a different color for the top. If you change yarns, crochet over the ends so you don’t have to weave them in later.
For the first round of your new color, dc in back loops only, to create another right angle and contribute to your bag’s structure and shape.
For a ribbed effect, alternate between fpdc and bpdc stitches, with one stitch in each dc from the previous row. Do NOT decrease.
After 5 rounds of fpdc and bpdc, finish off and weave in the end.
Weave a cord through the top row of fpdc and bpdc. This is your drawstring. (Two strands of worsted weight yarn chained together work quite well as a drawstring.)


Strap:

Foundation: Return to the bottom of your bag. Find the edge of your circle, and sl st along it for 15 stitches (stitching over the end so you don’t have to weave it in later), or enough to make a ridge about 3″ long. ch 1, turn.

Row 1: 1 sc in each sl st from previous row. ch 1, turn.
Row 2: 1 sc in each sc from previous row. ch 1, turn.

Repeat Row 2 until your strap is a good length (This will vary depending on your build and how you plan to carry your bag, but remember the strap will stretch with the weight of your yoga mat. My strap is the same length of the body of my bag.)

Attach the strap by sc-ing it to the place where the body of your bag ends and the top begins. Finish off. Weave in the end. (I also added a border to the strap by sc-ing around the edge.)

Extras:

You can add embellishments once your bag is finished. I cross stitched a little yogi in lotus pose onto the strap of mine, but you can do whatever suits your taste!

If you use this pattern to make a yoga mat bag, please post a link to your blog entry or your photo in the comments. I’d love to see it!

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