|My new bike and non-matching water bottle|
The first thing I noticed about it was that I have no way to carry my cell phone when I am riding it, thanks to giving away all my fancy cycling shirts a while back. I usually ride in exercise pants rather than jeans, so I have no pockets.
But I know how to crochet! So, on Sunday when my devoted spouse was planting things in the front yard, I sat down with good ole Lily Sugar and Cream yarn and crocheted myself this little bag to hold my cell phone and maybe a chap stick. I need to take the phone because I track my progress with one of those free GPS exercise apps.
|Bicycle Bag with Cute Buttons|
(I also knitted a good amount on the alpaca sweater. I am on the home stretch.)
How to Make a Bike Bag
If, for some reason, you are dying to make one of these, here's how:
Body of Bag
Use sturdy cotton yarn and a crochet hook that will crochet the yarn tightly. I used an F.
Chain enough to be a little longer than your phone, no more than an inch longer.
Single crochet into the second stitch from your hook and sc across. Count how many stitches you have.
Sc into the side of the last stitch.
Sc into the BOTTOM of the row you just did. Make sure you crochet the same number of stitches (it's easy to skip a few, which I did the first time).
Sc into the side of your previous turning chain, then sc across your first row.
Continue to sc in every stitch around and around that first row. After a few rows you will see a pouch shape developing.
Keep going until your bag is about an inch longer than whatever you want to put in it.
My straps are 4 stitches in from each side, and 6 stitches wide. Each row will be ch2, sc5, turn. When the strap is a good length in your estimation (long enough to go over your handlebars with some slack), make the button holes.
Do 4 rows of just three stitches. Break yarn. Start where you left off and do 4 rows of 3 stitches. Go across and connect the two thin sections to return to 6-stitch rows, and crochet a few more rows. Repeat on the other side of the bag.
Get nice big buttons and sew them on securely. I took my bag to the fabric store to be sure I got the right size buttons. You don't want to have your phone fall to the ground and get ridden over by your bike.