Crochet and Knitting

Books and Hooks Bag


I’m super excited to release my first written pattern into the world: the Books and Hooks Bag! 

This bag is super easy to make. I used a gorgeous yarn that is colorful and has some fluff to it, but you can use whatever yarn you want. Just adjust your gauge and hook size accordingly. 

As you can see, this bag is perfect for a paperback book or journal.   

There’s also room for small items, like a pen/highlighter (or both!) a little snack, some lip balm, your phone…whatever you want to carry with you. Just don’t overfill it or make it heavy because it will stretch out. 

I also made one out of a different yarn and added a flower embellishment: 

A very special thank you to the talented Katie Brohard (Mrs. Duckpotatoe) for testing and tweaking the pattern. Check out her fun YouTube channel and Instagram to see all her beautiful knit and crochet projects, and her Ravelry Store for her original patterns! 


Books and Hooks Bag Pattern

If you’d like a pdf version of the pattern, click here. 

You may use this pattern to make bags for yourself or for sale, please give credit if posting pictures on social media. 

NOTES: I crochet very loosely, so try going up hook size or two when you check your gauge. 

The yarn is discontinued, but any bulky or Aran weight yarn will work. 

Measurements: approx. 9 in. by 6 ½ in. (body), 10 in. tall from bottom to top of handle.

Yardage: 40g if using project yarn. If using Aran: 65g


Yarn: KFI Indulgence Brushed Merino Extra Fine Merino Wool Blend (Bulky 5) 

3.5 hook F 

Darning needle to weave in ends



Ch: chain

Sc: single crochet

Dc: double crochet

Sk: skip

St: stitch

PM: place marker

FO: fasten off

Gauge: 8 clusters (sc, dc) x 8 rows = 4 inches


Ch 33. 

Set Up Row: sc into second st from the hook, then sc to end, turn, sc to end on opposite side of ch (64 sc total), join to first sc. 

From here on, except for first round, you will be working in continuous rounds. 

Rnd 1: Ch 1, (sc, dc) in same st, sk 1 st, *(sc, dc) in same st, sk the next st*, rep from * to * around, PM in last st for reference.

Rnd 2 and all other body rounds: (sc, dc) in same st, sk the next st, *(sc, dc) in next sc, sk the next st*, rep from * to * around until bag is approximately six inches from bottom, ending with last (sc, dc) cluster on the side of the bag. Do not FO.

Handles (you will join each round)

Rnd 1: Ch1, sc in same st and next 9 st, ch 25 and sk the next 15 st, sc in next 17 st, ch 25 and sk 15 st, sc in next seven, st, join to first sc.

Rnd 2: Ch1, sc in each st around (84 sts total), join to first sc. 

Rnd 3: Ch 1 sc in each st around, join to first sc, FO. Weave in ends.  

Two to Tango Crochet Bag

This Japanese Knot Bag style wristlet is perfect for that special night out on the town – or dressing up any outfit at all! The Two To Tango bag practically dances it’s way right off your hook!

Sold on Love yarn, Harper’s Plant Pot Sweater, and book/yarn kits

Sold on Love, the third book in the Maple Falls Romance Series, features the Harper Plant Pot Sweater (say that five times fast!) using the Sold on Love Colorway. Like the Riley Hat and the Anita Cowl, Harper’s Plant Sweater is available in knit and crochet patterns.

The yarn: Sold on Love colorway

Kits containing an autographed copy of Sold on Love, a skein of Sold on Love yarn, plus the plant pot cover crochet and knit patterns are now available for pre-order from Arkansas Yarn Co. 

Much Ado About a Latte yarn, Riley Hat patterns, and book/yarn kits

Much Ado About a Latte, the second book in the Maple Falls Romance Series, features the Anita Cowl using the Much Ado About a Latte colorway. Like the Riley Hat, the Anita Cowl is available in both knit and crochet patterns.

Here is the Anita Cowl modeled by my daughters Zoie and Sydney.

The yarn: Much Ado About a Latte colorway

Kits containing an autographed copy of Much Ado about a Latte, a skein of Much Ado about a Latte yarn, plus the cowl crochet and knit patterns are now available from Arkansas Yarn Co. 

Hooked on You yarn, Riley Hat patterns, and book/yarn kits

The Story: Knots and Tangles, Erma and Riley’s yarn store in Maple Falls, is inspired by Arkansas Yarn Co. in Malvern, AR. In a unique collaboration with Lorri Ann Helberg (yarn designer), Tamara Kelly (crochet designer) and Cheryl Ham (knitwear designer), the Riley Hat, created with Hooked on You yarn, was born. 

The yarn: Hooked on You

Kits containing an autographed copy of Hooked on You, a skein of Hooked on You yarn, plus the crochet and knit patterns are now available for pre-order from Arkansas Yarn Co. 

The Riley Hat:
Crochet Version

The Riley Hat:
Knit Version.
(Pompom optional)

About the designers: 

Arkansas Yarn Co.

Arkansas Yarn Co is a full-service, family owned, yarn destination located in the beautiful Historic District of downtown Malvern, Arkansas.  We specialize in Luxury Yarn that is hand-dyed in our State-of-the-art, in-house dying studio. Our retail space features many varieties and colors of yarn and specialty gift items. We first launched our store online in 2017 and opened our flagship brick and mortar store in Malvern in 2019, after rapid growth of the online store. We would love to have you visit us! Come sit and knit or crochet, participate in a class, or just take a selfie to post to Social Media! We’re different here, come see how!

Instagram: Arkansasyarnco

Download our Shopping app from Google Play or the Apple Store – use Code:APPSHOP5 for $5.00 off your 1st in app purchase


Tamara Kelly

Tamara is the designer and creative mind behind Moogly! Moogly is world-famous for fresh, modern, and approachable crochet designs – as well as a little knitting and crafting here and there. Tamara is also the author of Quick Crochet for the Home and has designed for several crochet magazines. On Moogly, you’ll find several new free patterns every month, top quality video tutorials, giveaways, and more. There’s a new post almost every weekday, and a free newsletter on Saturdays too, full of special extras!


Cheryl Ham

Cheryl is the owner and dyer behind the luxury hand dyed yarn brand, Hypnotic Yarn, founded in 2017. To find out more about Cheryl and her yarn/products visit Hypnotic Yarn.

Instagram: Hypnoticyarn