I was wearing my new yoga pants from Marshall’s the other day and someone complimented me on them and the first words out of my mouth were, “Thanks! They have pockets!”
But what happens when you’re wearing something that doesn’t have pockets??
Enter the crochet phone bag! The strap is long enough so that you can wear it crossbody. Now you have a wonderful – and trendy – hands-free option for amusement parks, the beach, the farmer’s market and more!
And if you’re anything like me, then being able to change your phone’s ‘outfit’ is something you like to do often. I get bored with the same design and like to always have options 🙂 More on that below…
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Crochet Phone Bag Pattern
This crochet phone case pattern is part of my Summer Cell Phone Case series. This is the second of four designs in total. If you’re following along with this series then you know that I will be releasing one new crochet phone bag pattern each week for four weeks in total.
To see last week’s design, you can head to this blog post:
- Modern Cell Phone Bag Pattern
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Free Phone Bag Crochet Pattern
- Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton yarn in 2 contrasting colors or your choice (colors I used are below):
- 1/2 skein Ecru (color A)
- small amount of Amber (color B)
- 4.00 mm crochet hook (G6)
- tapestry needle
- stitch marker
- Intermediate. In this pattern, you will be changing color while crocheting. You will use two colors at once. The maker should already have knowledge of tapestry crochet, basic stitches and terminology to make this cell phone bag.
STITCHES USED AND ABBREVIATIONS (US TERMS):
- ch = chain
- st/sts = stitch/stitches
- sl st = slip stitch
- yo = back loop only
- sc = single crochet
- ws = waistcoat stitch
- A = color A
- B = color B
- 4 ws x 5 rows = 1 square inch
FINISHED SIZE (approximate):
- Length: 6.25”
- Width: 4”
- This pattern is written using standard US crochet terms.
- This cell phone bag will snuggly fit an iPhone 13 or 14 Pro Max with a case on it. I’ve used it for an iPhone 8, which is smaller but this gives extra room for a chapstick or some cash as well!
- This pattern is worked in the round. You will not join rounds.
- Use any worsted-weight yarn for this pattern.
- Loose tension is important for this pattern! Go up a hook size if needed.
- You can use whatever colors you’d like!
- You will begin changing color on the 3rd row, so ensure color B is ready! (In my case, it was Amber)
- Instructions are given for color changes only. You will make one sc for the base round and one waistcoat (ws) in each stitch all the way around for every round after that. You will need to use a stitch marker to mark the beginning of each row.
The Waistcoat Stitch:
The waistcoat stitch is simply a regular single crochet stitch worked in the V of the stitch below. Rather than working under the top 2 loops as your normally would, you’ll insert your hook into the center of the V instead. Make sure to keep loose tension otherwise it will be difficult to work into the stitches this way. Alternatively you can always go up a hook size or two if needed.
How to read this pattern:
To keep the wording to a minimum and not so redundant, I have only stated how many stitches per color you will be making in each row. For example, this is how you will read this excerpt:
“(B) x 5, (A) x 6” means to start with color B, work 4 waistcoat (ws) stitches with color B, start the 5th stitch with color B and on the last pull-through before completing the stitch, drop color B, pick up color A and finish the stitch with that. You are now ready to work the next 6 stitches with color A.
Instructions for the Crochet Phone Bag
This pattern is worked in the round. This means you will not join rounds with a slip stitch and ch 1 before starting a new round.
Written instructions are given for the color changes only. You will make 1 ws in each st all the way around for each row unless otherwise instructed.
Make sure color B is ready to use on round 3 – this is your first color-changing round.
Since color B is in one concentrated spot you won’t carry it through every stitch, however, you will need to float it all the way around so that it’s ready to use for the next round. To do this, you will make 4-5 stitches, pick up color B and work over it for that stitch only, and work another 4-5 stitches. Repeat this all the way around. This leaves lines on the inside of the bag but no one will see them and they don’t get in the way. If you prefer to carry it all the way around, go ahead and do so. But you’ll be able to see color B through your work if you do that.
The stitch count at the end of every round will be 32.
Begin using the color Ecru or whatever you’ve chosen to use as your Color A.
using color B, ch 16.
Base (Round 1):
Make 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Sc across in each of the next 13 ch. In the last ch, make 3 sc – which will bring you to the other side of the ch. Make one sc in the other side of each ch all the way across. Make 2 sc in the last ch. You should have a total of 32 sc.
Mark the end of this round with a stitch marker (and every round throughout)
*working the ws now and throughout
Row 2: (A) x 32
Row 3: (A) x 3, (B) x 10, (A) x 19
Row 4: (A) x 3, (B) x 10, (A) x 19
Row 5: (A) x 3, (B) x 10, (A) x 19
Row 6: (A) x 3, (B) x 10, (A) x 19
Row 7: (A) x 4, (B) x 8, (A) x 20
Row 8: (A) x 5, (B) x 6, (A) x 21
Row 9: (A) x 32
Row 10: (A) x 32
Row 11: (A) x 32
Row 12: (A) x 5, (B) x 6, (A) x 21
Row 13: (A) x 4, (B) x 8, (A) x 20
Row 14: (A) x 3, (B) x 10, (A) x 19
Row 15: (A) x 3, (B) x 10, (A) x 19
Row 16: (A) x 3, (B) x 10, (A) x 19
Row 17: (A) x 3, (B) x 10, (A) x 19
Row 18: (A) x 3, (B) x 10, (A) x 19
Row 19: (A) x 3, (B) x 10, (A) x 19
Row 20: (A) x 3, (B) x 10, (A) x 19
Row 21: (A) x 4, (B) x 8, (A) x 20
Row 22: (A) x 5, (B) x 6, (A) x 21
Row 23: (A) x 32
Row 24: (A) x 32
Row 25: (A) x 32
Row 26: (A) x 5, (B) x 6, (A) x 21
Row 27: (A) x 4, (B) x 8, (A) x 20
Row 28: (A) x 3, (B) x 10, (A) x 19
Row 29: (A) x 3, (B) x 10, (A) x 19
Row 30: (A) x 3, (B) x 10, (A) x 19
Row 31: (A) x 3, (B) x 10, (A) x 19
Row 32: (A) x 32
Row 33: (A) x 31, make one sl st in the very last stitch. You will now begin making the strap.
How to attach the strap:
As you are finishing the last round, make 1 sl st in the last st and begin making a ch to your desired length. (If you are not quite to one of the ends of the bag, you can either sl st until you are or you can fasten off and reattach your yarn to start the strap) Different body heights/types require different lengths so make it the length that works for you.
Once the chain is to your desired length, without twisting it, attach it to the other side of the bag. Ch 1, make a sl st in the st to the left of where you attached the ch, ch 1 again and begin making 1 sl st in each ch all the way back down the strap.
Once you’re back to where you started, make on sl st to the left of where you started the ch and fasten off. Weave in all ends.
How to read the color graph:
Each square on the graph represents one waistcoat stitch (except for row 1 which is the single crochet base).
All rounds are worked in the round without joining. The graph should be read from right to left for every round.
Color Block Instructions:
Work the number of stitches in each block in the color shown. White = color A, Orange = color B
That’s it! Your geometric crochet mat is all finished! What colors did you end up using? I’d love to see your work 🙂
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