As a yogi who practices mostly at home and tries to not purchase things I don’t absolutely need, I use whatever surface I have available as my mat (usually a soft rug, plain ol carpet etc). I love doing sun salutations in the morning and moon salutations in the evening, even if I only get to do 1 or 2 flows on each side before Wyatt starts climbing me!
Recently, I told Jon I was thinking of going to a yoga class at Cheyenne Mountain State Park. And since I have the best husband ever, he surprised me with a beautiful, comfy mat by Gaiam! I went to my first class at the state park the following morning and will be going any chance I get from now on! 😊
I was so excited to have a legit yoga mat and knew right away I had to make a bag for it! The Bernat Home Decor yarn was perfect for the job. Its sturdy yet stretchy and works up quick since its a bulky yarn (yarn weight: 5). The accent stripes on each end are meant to resemble varsity style jackets, hence the name!
I hope you enjoy this pattern! Please tag me on Instagram @Bodhi.Life.Creations or on Facebook of your finished bags!!
2 8.80z skeins Bernat Maker Home Dec (One main color, one accent for stripes. I used ‘Cream’ as my main color and ‘Pebble Beach Varigate’ as my accent)
Hook size: I(5.5mm)
Abbreviations/terms to know(US):
MC – Magic Circle
Ch – chain
SS – slip stitch
Sk st – skip stitch
Sc – single crochet
Dc – double crochet
Tc – treble crochet
MAIN – the main color you’ve chosen for your bag
STRIPE – the accent color you’ve chosen for the stripes
Notes: This pattern is worked in the round. Each row ends with a slip stitch to the previous chain and each row begins with a new chain. I made this pattern for my Gaiam yoga mat so if you have a thinner mat you may want to stop increasing at whatever point would match your measurements. The diameter of the finished product is 5 1/2 inches wide and 25 inches long.
Begin: MC 8
Row 1: Ch 3, 2dc in same st, 2dc in each st around (16st)
Row 2: Ch 3, 2dc in same st, 2dc in each st around (32st)
Row 3: Ch 3, dc in same st, 2dc in next st, dc in next *Repeat around, SS to top of ch 3 (48st)
Row 4: Ch 3, 2dc in same st, dc in next, 2dc in next st *Repeat around, SS to top of ch 3 (64st)
Row 5: Ch 1, sc in back loop of same st, sc in back loop of each st around (64st)
Row 6-8: Ch 3, dc in same, dc around, SS (64st)
Row 9-10: (Color Change STRIPE) Ch 3, dc in same st, dc around, SS (64st)
Row 11: (Color Change MAIN) Ch 3, dc in same st, dc around, SS
Row 12-13: (Color Change STRIPE) Ch 3, dc in same st, dc around, SS
Row 14: (Color Change MAIN) Ch 3, dc in same st, dc around, SS
Row 15-29: Ch 4 + 2 (first set of ‘ch 2’) do not st in same st, skip next st, tc in next st, ch 2, sk 2 st, tc in next *Repeat around, SS in 4th ch (66st) (15 rows total)
Row 30: Ch 3, dc in same st, dc around (66st)
Row 31-32: (Color Change STRIPE) Ch 3, dc in same st, dc around (66st)
Row 33: (Color Change MAIN) Ch 3, dc in same st, dc around (66st)
Row 34-35: (Color Change STRIPE) Ch 3, dc in same st, dc around (66st)
Row 36-39: (Color Change MAIN) Ch 3, dc in same st, dc around (66st)
Fasten off, weave in ends.
Ch 85 + 2, HDC in 2nd ch from hook, HDC across, fasten off, weave in ends.
Sew one end above the top stripe and below the bottom stripe.
Ch 140, fasten off
Weave in and out of last row, pull ties to even them out and to close the bag.
Add beads or other trinkets now to put your own spin on it!