Om Shanti Yoga Mat Bag

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Yarn: approx. 1000 yards of worsted weight yarn

Tools: 5.5mm crochet hook, tapestry needle, scissors

Skill Level: Intermediate

Stitches: (ch)chain, (sl st)slip stitch, (sc)single crochet, (hdc)half-double crochet, (dc)double crochet

Instructions:

Ch.3, join with sl st. in 1st  ch. to form ring.

Round 1: Ch.1, 10 sc in ring, join with sl st. in 1st  st.

Round 2: Ch.1, 2sc in 1st  st, 2sc in each st. around.

Join with sl st. in 1st  st. (20 sc)

Round 3: Ch.1, *2sc in nxt st., sc in nxt st* repeat from * to * around and join with sl st. in 1st  st. (30sc).

Round 4: Ch.1, *2sc in nxt st., sc in nxt 2 st* repeat around and join with sl st. in 1st  st. (40sc).

Round 5: Ch.1, *2sc in nxt st., sc in nxt 3 st* repeat around and join with sl st. in 1st  st. (50sc).

Round 6: Ch.1, *2sc in nxt st., sc in nxt 4 st* repeat around and join with sl st. in 1st  st. (60sc).

Round 7 (continuous round): Work through back loops only: Ch.1, sc in each st around. Do not join.

Continue working sc in the back loops only until bag reaches length of yoga mat.

Finish off.

Textured Layers:

Starting at bottom of bag, join with sc in 1st  front loop (made in 7th  round). Sc in each front loop around and up the entire length of the bag. Turn, *sc in nxt st. **, sk nxt 2 st., 5 dc in nxt st., sk nxt 2 st.* repeat from * down the length of bag ending at **.

Finish off, weave in ends.

Top Closure:

In Sc loops at top of bag, join with sl st. and ch.3 (counts as hdc & ch.) *sk nxt loop, hdc in nxt, ch.1 * repeat from * to * around and join with sl st. in beg. ch.

Finish off. Ch. 3 strands of 80 chains, braid together, and weave through hdc mesh. Pull and tie to close.

Shoulder Strap:

Ch. 6

Row 1: Sc in 2nd  ch. from hook and each ch. across. (5sc)

Row 2-84: Turn, ch.1, sc in each sc across.

Insert through hole in bottom and join ends together w/sl st. through each 5sc.

Finish off. Weave in ends.

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