African Sun cross body circle sling bag

Submitted on Wed, 06/14/2023 - 02:59
Cross-body-crochet-bag

Modern African Sun round crochet sling bag pattern

Make this modern round crochet tote bag in your favorite crochet yarn colors, and you will be set for summer getaways, lunch dates with friends, or even just running errands around town.

Warmer weather calls for lightweight, weather friendly crochet projects and nothing beats the heat like making yourself a durable round crochet shoulder circle bag.

The  crocheted round circle bag features a modern african sun decal in the center of the bag, the panels are crocheted in the round and woven together with the straps. Patterns include easy instructions, with step by step photos.This unique tote bag is made up of beautiful crochet stitches, is quick to make and a great pattern to have in your collection.

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Who doesn't love a quick crochet project that turns out to look like it took way more time than it actually did?

Well, this crochet tote bag is the perfect project for anyone looking to make stunning artwork of a crochet bag for yourself or even as gifts for friends or family, and it's so versatile that you can make it in any color or gender. I love a good-sized crochet bag, and round circle bags are right at the top of my list.

The pouch bag pattern is a great option for crocheters who want to try their hand at some new crocheting techniques and stitches. Any crochet tote bag is a great project for warm weather as no one wants to work on a thick blanket when the sun is shining down. The pattern is made up from 3 different small-sized panels, and the entire bag does not use a large amount of yarn, so this crochet project can easily be packed into a handy carry bag for when you need some short-term crocheting for a road trip or day visit. 

I love bright-colored crochet yarn, and craft cotton makes a durable crochet bag that can last a lifetime. The front post and back post crochet stitches used for making the African sun panel end up into s strong tight fabric, so the awkward stretching of standard crochet bags, is actually way less, with thick crochet bag pattern.It can easily be lined in either pattern or single colored lining, for a more finishes look and feel, and can be closed with either a strong zipper or some toggle buttons.

Round tote bag crochet pattetn for womens handbag
Round circle bags are always a winner at any craft fair
Craft market crochet items to make round tote bags
Make then in any color of your choice as a bag in any color is a bag that goes with many outfits

I love bright-colored crochet yarn, and craft cotton makes a durable crochet bag that can last a lifetime. The front post and back post crochet stitches used for making the African sun panel end up in s strong tight fabric, so the awkward stretching of standard crochet bags, is actually way less, with a thick crochet bag pattern. It can easily be lined in either pattern or single colored lining, for a more finishes look and feel, and can be closed with either a strong zipper or some toggle buttons.

Round circle bags are always a winner at any craft market fair


Whether you're planning on taking this bag to the craft market or using it for yourself, you'll be able to whip one of these up in no time, the pattern works up in a flash and one can make up to two bags a day, depending on your crochet speed. You won't believe how easy making this crochet pouch bag really is. The round tote bag straps can be easily altered to your required length, and the pattern also includes guidance on strap lengths, to assist you in getting the right shoulder strap lengths for your requirements.
 

Selecting your colors for the Round Crochet Tote Bag

I Used 3 colors of Craft Cotton yarn to make My African Sun round tote bags.

Yarn length used for each color was as follow :

  • Color 1 :  166 m / 180 yards
  • Color 2 :  83  m / 90 yards
  • Color 3 : 249 m / 270 yrds 

First is the lightest color yarn which will be your center color, and create the center of the African Sun panel, it should be visibly different from the next darker color so that you have enough contrast between light and dark for the African Sun pattern to visually show, you will need two balls of this, which is approximately 166 meters or 180 yards of light-colored cotton yarns when using a 4.5mm crochet hook.

For the next color, it is best to use a color tone that is between the lightest and darkest colors you selected, this will create a contrasting shadow between the sun rays of this African Sun Tote Bag. This color joins in towards the center of the pattern, and not a lot of yarn is used in this color, which is approximately 83 meters or 91 yards of mid-colored cotton yarn when using a 4.5mm crochet hook

The last color can be a much darker color for your main body of the bag, which will be the coloring between the rays, the outer rounds of the bag, and the outer layer of the strap, This color will be the main color that you use for joining the crochet panels together, you will need approximately 166 meters or 180 yards of dark colored cotton yarn when using a 4.5mm crochet hook.

African sun crochet round tote bag pattern
Colors used for this example bag is bright pink, fun yellow, and burning orange to make the African Sun glow bright

Construction of a Round Pouch Crochet Tote Bag

This Circle tote crochet bag consists of 3 main parts, the front tote round panel, the back tote round panel, and of course the strap.

You have the option to have the sun crochet motif on both the front and the back of the bag, to do this you repeat the Sun Motif , Panel A, twice, this is a great option if you have a zipper or button closing the top of your crochet bag, as you don't have a distinctive front or back of the bag and can be carried with any side facing front. 
If you wish to only have the Sun motif on the front of the bag, you complete panel A and Panel B, as panel B, is a plain base panel with no motif, your bag will then have a district front and back side to the finished bag.
The Strap also doubles as the base of the bag, so if you wish to have a bag with a wide base you can always make your strap wider by adding some additional rows, but note that when adding width to your strap and base you are also adding width to the top of the bag, so the opening of the bag will also be wider.
After completing the panels and the strap, they are easily joined into the finished crochet bag.Please see joining the round crochet bag below for more detailed instructions on this.

Making Of African Sun Crochet Bag
African Sun Crochet panels ready for the straps to be added, pattern include various strap lengths

Crochet Pattern difficulty level:  Intermediate.

This pattern requires the following crochet skills;

  • Understand the concept of front post and back post crochet stitches, 
  • Understand what the BLO ( Back loop only ) terms mean.
  • Know how to skip stitches when required in the pattern.
  • How to make a magic ring.
  • How to work in the round.
  • How to finish off yarn, and join new color yarn for the next row.
  • Understanding what RS - Right Side means when working in the round.

PDF Pattern notes :

The downloadable PDF pattern includes two versions of the pattern.

Beginner-friendly Photo Tutorial downloadable PDF patterns include:

  • Written in US terminology in standard English
  • Notes on color use, and per-row color indication.
  • Yarn requirements per color.
  • Photo tutorial instructions on the magic ring,
  • Per row photo tutorials to understand written instructions better
  • Additional notes and tips on finishing yarn at the end of row, as well as tips and tricks on weaving in the tail ends after completing a row.
  • Photo instructions for finishing the strap and joining the panels.
  • Resizing instructions for various size strap lengths.
  • Instructions for adding a Button flap and button to the bag.
PDF Tutorial include instruction of the crochet magic ring
Tutorial for magic ring example
Detailed photo tutorial instructions of circle bag
Detailed photo tutorial in downloadable PDF version

 

Round tote bag strap photo tutorial pdf pattern
Resizing straps instructions

 

Standard English downloadable PDF patterns include:

  • Written instructions, written in US terminology in standard English
  • Written in US terminology in standard English
  • Notes on color use, and per-row color indication.
  • Yarn requirements per color.
  • Instructions for finishing the strap and joining the panels.
  • Resizing instructions for various size strap lengths.
  • Instructions for adding a Button flap and button to the bag.

  • Suggested yarn for crochet tote bag pattern.
  • DK Cotton, Bamboo, or Nylon Fibre content yarn
  • Yarn Length required  : +- 420m/460 yards
  • Recommended Crochet hook size: 4mm or 4.5 mm

For the pattern example of this circle crochet bag pattern, I used Craft Cotton yarn, which has a tight spun, and does not unravel easily, which makes your bag sturdy and strong. The Craft yarn used had a recommended crochet hook of 4.5mm , but I chose to use a 4mm crochet hook, as I prefer my crochet bags finished project to the tightly woven and as little holes as possible, and by slightly making my crochet hook smaller, I achieve a durable finished fabric.

To finish each bag I used about +- 420m/460 yards of craft cotton yarn, and the average size of the finished bags pouches is 25cm x 25 cm / or 10 x 10 inches.Do note that if you select a heavier yarn, and a large crochet hook, your finished bag size will be larger as your gauge will be larger. This bag can work in chunky yarn, but please consider as you go up in weight and width of yarn it adds to the weight of your finished project, so if you don't want to hae a workout every time you pick up your bag, consider a workable medium weight yarn.

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African Sun Circle bag in dark charcoal greys and silver 

Finished Measurements using a 4mm crochet hook and craft cotton yarn

  • Circle crochet pouch from side to side: 25 cm
  • Circle crochet pouch from top to bottom: 25 cm
  • Straps from top to bottom: 60 cm

This free online version has one strap length for the bag which is a standard shoulder length of 70-90cm / 28-35 inches, the downloadable pattern has additional details on resizing straps for longer and shorter straps.

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African Sun cross body circle sling bag - Free Online Pattern

This free online version can be found below or purchase the Printable PDF Pattern at any of the store links below.
The easily downloadable PDF pattern is designed for easy on-device viewing, is easily to save on any device.
** See PDF pattern notes for all that is included in the PDF version of this pattern. **

sc : single crochet
dc : double crochet
FPdc : front post double crochet
sk : skip

skip over / dont work into allocated stitches or chain spaces

ch-sp : chain space

The space left from any amount of chains worked between stitches

ch : chain

chain : most crochet projects start off with a chain, either a chain into a magic ring for rounds or a base or foundation chain for a rowed crochet project, chain can also mean chains within a pattern row, where either a single chain is worked or a number of chains is crocheted, between stitches.

hdc : half double crochet
SL ST : slip stitch
st(s) : stitches
ST : stitch
rep : repeat

Repeat either stitch pattern or stitches at an allocated time as mentioned in the pattern

rep from * : repeat from *

repeat the instructions following the single asterisk as directed

bet : between

is normally applied in the small space between two stitches rather than crocheting through crochet loops, completed stitch is normally a little shorter than a normal crochet stitch, and the overall spaces between stitches become more open. 

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Pattern Instructions

African Sun Round Panel (17 Rounds) Make 2

Start with a magic ring,
Work Pattern Right Side Front (RS) 

Round 1 Use Color 1

into the magic ring, ch 3, counts as the first dc,  11 dc into magic ring, tighten magic ring by pulling the tail,  join into top of start ch with sl, ch1, 
(12 st(s) = 12 x 1 dc)

Round 2 Color:1

RS - ch 1, counts as first 1hdc, 1 hdc into the same dc st,  
* 2 hdc into next dc st, rep from * around,  join with sl into the top of ch 2, ch 1,
(24 st(s) = 12 x 2 hdc)

Round 3 Color:1

RS - ch 1, counts as first hdc,  1 hdc into the same stitch, 1 hdc into next st, 
* 2 hdc in next hdc st, 1 hdc in next hdc st, rep from * around, join with sl into the top of starting ch, ch1,  
(36 st(s) = 12 x 2 hdc, 1hdc)

Round 4 Color:1

RS - ch2, counts as first dc,  1 dc into next hdc st, ch 2, sk 1 st, 
* 1 dc into next 2 st(s), ch 2, sk 1 st,  rep from * around,  chain last 2 chains, join with sl into the top of ch 3, finish off color.

(48 st(s) = 12 x 2dc, ch 2)
 

Round 5 uses new Color 2

** NOTE : in this pattern, the join counts as the first sc st,
RS - Join new color, in first BLO dc st after skipped (sk) st, 1 sc into next st, 2 dc, into skipped st from round 4, * BLO, 1 sc into next 2 dc st(s), from round 4, 2 dc, into skipped st from round 4,  rep from * around, join with sl into top starting sc st, finish off color.
(48 st(s) = 12 x 2 dc, BLO 2 sc)

Round 6 Color:1

RS - Join color in BLO, into first dc st, after BLO sc stitches, from round 5, 1 BLO sc into next dc, 1 FPdc around post of next 2 dc sts from round 4,
* BLO, 1 sc into next dc 2 st(s) from round 5,  
1 Fpdc around next 2 dc st from round 4,  rep from * around,  join with sl into top starting sc st, finish off color.
(48 st(s) = 12 x 2 Fpdc, BLO 2 sc)

Round 7 Color:2

RS - Join color in the first BLO sc st from round 6, 1 sc into the next st,
1 sc into space between next Fpdc stitch and last sc stitch worked,
1 Fpdc around the next 2 dc posts, 
1 sc into space between next Fpdc stitch and last sc stitch worked,
* BLO 1 sc into next 2 Fpdc st(s),  1 sc into space between next Fpdc stitch and last sc stitch worked, 1 Fpdc around the next 2 dc posts,  1 sc into space between next Fpdc stitch and last sc stitch worked, rep from * around, join with sl into top starting sc st, finish off color.
(72 st(s) = 12 x 1 sc, 2 Fpdc, 1 sc, BLO 2 sc)

Join new color 3

Round 8 Color:3

RS - Join new color 3 in BLO, of any first Fpdc stitch of round 7, 1 sc into next st, *1 Fpdc around post of next sc st, BLO 1sc into next 2 st(s) of round 7,  repeat from * round, join with sl into the top of starting sc stitch, finish off color. 
(72 st(s) = 24 x 1 FPdc, BLO 2sc)

Round 9 Color: 1

RS - Join in BLO of  Fpdc, sc, above the same color from round 6,   
* 1 FPdc around the next 2 dc st(s) from round 6, (Color 1 from round 6), skipping the 2 sc stitches from row 8, BLO 1 sc into next 4 st(s) of row 8,  rep from * around,  join with sl into top of starting stitch, finish off color. 
(72 st(s) = 12 x 2fpdc, BLO 4 sc )

Round 10 Color:2

RS - Join in BLO of 1st Fpdc of 2 FPdc sts from the row before, BLO 1sc, in next 2 sts,  
* 1 FPdc around the next 2 dc st(s) from round 7, (Color 2 from round 7), skipping the 2 sc stitches from row 9, BLO 1 sc into next 4 st(s) of row 9,  rep from * around,  BLO 1sc into last st, join with sl into the top of starting sc stitch, finish off color. 
(72 st(s) = 12 x 2 fpdc, BLO 4 sc )

Round 11 Color:3

RS - Join in BLO of 1st Fpdc of 2 FPdc sts from the row before, BLO 1 sc in next st,   
* 2 FPdc around color 3, fpdc stitch from round 8, skip the sc stitch from row 10,
BLO 1 sc into next 2 st(s) of row 10,  rep from * around, 
join with sl into the top of starting sc stitch, finish off color. 
(96 st(s) = 24 x 2fpdc, BLO 2 sc )

Round 12 Color: 1

RS - Join in BLO of  Fpdc, above the same color 1 stitch from round 9,  1 sc in next stitch,
* 1 FPdc around the next 2 dc st(s) from round 9, (Color 1 from round 9), 
skipping the 2 sc stitches from row 11, BLO 1 sc into next 6 st(s) of row 11,  
rep from * around,  join with sl into top of starting stitch, finish off color. 
(96 st(s) = 12 x 2 fpdc, BLO 6 sc )

Round 13 Color:2

RS - Join in BLO of 1st Fpdc of 2 FPdc sts from the row before, BLO 1sc, in next 4 sts,  
* 1 FPdc around the next 2 dc st(s) from round 10, (Color 2 from round 10), skipping the 2 sc stitches from row 12, BLO 1 sc into next 6 st(s) of row 12,  rep from * around, BLO 1sc into last st, join with sl into the top of starting sc stitch, finish off color. 
(96 st(s) = 12 x 2 fpdc, BLO 6 sc )


Round 14 Color:3

RS - Join in BLO of 1st Fpdc of 2 FPdc sts from the row before, BLO 1sc, in next 1 st,  
* 1Fpdc around post of next 2 (color 3) dc st(s) from round 11, skip 2 sc stitches from row 13,
BLO 1 sc into next 2 st(s) of row 13,  rep from * around,  join with sl into the top of starting sc

(96 st(s) = 24 x 2fpdc, BLO 2 sc )

Round 15 Color: 3

RS - *1 Fpdc around next 2 Fpdc from round 14, 
1 Fpdc around next 2 Fpdc from round 15,
1 Fpdc around next 2 Fpdc from round 13, 
1 Fpdc around next 2 Fpdc from round 15,
rep from * around, join with sl into top of starting fpdc stitch,  ch 1, dont finish off color,
(96 st(s) = 96 x 1fpdc, ch1 )

Round 16 Color: 3

RS - ch3, 1Fpdc around same st,  1 Fpdc around next 7 sts,
* 2 Fpdc round next dc post,  1 Fpdc around next 7 Fpdc sts, rep from * around, join with sl into top of starting fpdc stitch,  ch 1,


(108 st(s) = 108 x 1fpdc, ch1 )

Round 17 Color: 3

RS - ch3, 1Fpdc round same st,  1 Fpdc around next 8 sts,
* 2 Fpdc round next dc post,  1 Fpdc around next 7 Fpdc sts, rep from * around, 
join with sl into top of starting fpdc stitch, Fasten off, weave in ends.
(120 st(s) = 120 x 1fpdc, ch1 )

That's the first panel complete, now repeat these rounds for the back panel of the bag.
Once you have two panels you can start with the strap.


Make Strap


Chain 120, mark your 96th chain with a stitch marker or a piece of string looped through the chain.

Row 1

Chain 1, 1 hdc stitch into each chain made, all the way to the first chain, ch1 turn


Row 2

Ch1, 1 hdc into front two loops of next stitch, repeat for each stitch to end of row, 1 hdc into last stitch, ch1, turn

Row 3

Ch1,  1 hdc into front two loops of next stitch, repeat for each stitch to end of row, 1 hdc into last stitch,ch1, turn


Row 4

Ch1, RS - 1 hdc into front two loops of next stitch, repeat for each stitch to end of row, 1 hdc into last stitch, ch1, turn

Your strap in now complete, weave in strap tails and continue along on the Join Crochet bag page , click here

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