Crochet Yoga Mat Bag – Free Crochet Pattern

You will be the envy of all your yogi classmates with this crochet yoga mat bag! Follow this free pattern to create a one-of-a-kind bag using basic crochet stitches.

Crochet Yoga Mat Bag - Free Pattern!

I am so excited to share this yoga mat bag pattern with you, as it is my most favorite to date! It’s easy to make, just takes a little time because of it’s size. But you’ll get all the attention in yoga class with this bag – everyone will think you spent hundreds on a designer mat bag, then you get to brag that you made it yourself!

Crochet Yoga Mat Bag Red Heart Yarn Super Saver yarn

Yoga Mat Bag Crochet Pattern

Written and designed by Sara of My Merry Messy Life

Materials

  • Hook: J
  • Yarn: Worsted, Medium, 4
  • I used Red Heart Super Saver in Royal Blue (where to buy), Aruba Sea (where to buy), and Delft Blue (where to buy), and some beige color, about 3 oz. of each color
  • Tapestry needle to sew in tails
  • Scissors to cut the tails

Abbreviations

  • SL ST = slip stitch
  • HDC = half double crochet
  • CH = chain
  • SP = space

The Pattern

Round 1 (start with Beige)

  • CH 3
  • SL ST to form a ring
  • CH 2 (counts as first HDC)
  • 11 HDC in ring (12 HDC total)
  • Join with a SL ST to the top of the beginning CH 2

Round 2

  • CH 2, work 1 HDC in the same SP (2 HDC total)
  • 2 HDC in each SP around
  • Join with a SL ST to the top of the beginning CH 2
  • (24 HDC total)

Round 3

  • CH 2, work 1 HDC in the same SP (2 HDC total)
  • 1 HDC in next SP
  • *2 HDC in next SP
  • 1 HDC in next SP*
  • Continue from * all the way around
  • Join with a SL ST to the top of the beginning CH 2
  • (36 HDC total)

Round 4

  • CH 2, work 1 HDC in same SP (2 HDC total)1 HDC in next SP
  • 1 HDC in next SP
  • *2 HDC in next SP
  • 1 HDC in next SP
  • 1 HDC in next SP*
  • Continue from * all the way around
  • Join with a SL ST to the top of the beginning CH 2
  • (48 HDC total)

Rounds 5-7 (change to Aruba Sea)

  • CH 2, work 1 HDC in each SP all the way around
  • Join with a SL ST to the top of the beginning CH 2
  • (48 HDC total)
You have now finished the base.

The Sides

Rounds 8-16 (change colors every 3 rows)

  • CH 2, work 1 HDC in each sp around (48 HDC total)
  • Join with a SL ST to the top of the beginning CH 2

Round 17 (change colors – I used beige)

  • CH 2, work 1 HDC in each sp around (48 HDC total)
  • Join with a SL ST to the top of the beginning CH 2

Round 18 – Puff Stitch (change colors to Aruba Sea)

  • CH 2, work a puff stitch (see my tutorial on the puff stitch (also called bobble stitch)) — YO and insert hook into the SP 3 times, then YO one last time and pull that loop through all 7 loops. CH 1
  • Work 1 HDC in the next space

Round 19 (change colors – I used beige) See Note and Picture Below On How to Work This Round

  • CH 2, work 1 HDC in each sp around (48 HDC total)
  • Join with a SL ST to the top of the beginning CH 2

A note about Row 19

You do not need to work a stitch in each space of the puff stitch below, otherwise you will actually be increasing the number of stitches per round. Instead, skip the space after the single crochet, then work a HDC in each of the next two stitches and repeat.

Repeat rounds 8 to 19 three more times for 52 rows total. Then I did rows 8-16 again, changing colors every 3 rows and stopped there. 64 rows total.

I started a new color in a different place than where I finished the previous color, which makes for a stronger bag.

When joining the puff stitch in the round, join the last single crochet to the bottom of the first chain 2.

The Strap

Originally, I crocheted a pretty little strap with three rows of single crochet. It looked very nice, but because of the weight of my yoga mat, the straps pulled very hard on all my hard work, and I had to come up with another solution.

This strap doesn’t attach to the bag so it won’t pull on the yarn and break your work. Instead, it wraps around both the mat and bag and distributes the weight much more evenly.

Here is the pattern tutorial for the strap.

Flower

I crocheted four puff flower motifs and sewed them onto the bag for decoration. Find that pattern tutorial here.

Tie

Make a chain of 80 and thread it through the top of the bag to make a tie to cinch it closed!

Enjoy! Merry Crocheting!

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About Sara McFall

Sara is the owner and founder of My Merry Messy Life, which started in 2011 as a way to chronicle her journey to a natural, chemical-free lifestyle and to share her passions of mothering, real food, homeschooling and crochet. She is a mama to three precious and energetic little boys and wife to a university professor who loves to sing, dance ballet and ballroom, and live simply and naturally.

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