• Marion Verloop

Mochila Phone bags

I have just released a new pattern for a phone bag. Well, not one phone bag, but four different versions.

When I am on vacation with my husband, I always take a Mochila with me. We usually go to a nice sunny country, so time to wear my colorful dresses. A colorful Mochila doesn’t really match well with a colorful dress. That is why I came up with the idea to make a small phone bag with nice colors, which is not too colorful. My phone is usually all I take with me anyway.

When I talked to my husband about it, he said: Why don’t you make different sizes and use different colors. Hence the 4 phone bags (sizes are mentioned in the pattern).

Some of you may have seen, in the Facebook group or on Instagram, that I was working on a Mochila with 10 colors. I put that Mochila on hold and started to make a sketch for the design of the phone bag. I looked in my stash and found strawberry red and wine red, so time to start.

Unfortunately I made a little mistake when I calculated how many rounds the side should be and that also effected the stitch count for the main part. There were too many rounds for the side, which makes it wider. When I discovered the mistake, I was already too far along to correct this mistake, so I decided to finish the bag. It was a good test to see if the concept worked and fortunately it did.

When it was finished, my husband said: This version will be good for people who have 2 phones. So that is why this version ended up in the pattern. This phone bag has a plain weave strap.


I took another dive in my stash and found violet, pink and lime green for the next phone bag. It is a really narrow one. That is why I decided to make a Kumihimo cord for the strap. The Kumihimo cord has a nice spiral pattern, with a little bit of lime green in it.

It was a real challenge for me not to make it too colorful. 😅 My first idea was to attach the side pieces with lime green, but I decided against it because it would become too colorful again and I was trying to avoid that this time. So there is only a vertical lime green line in the middle of the phone bag.

When I first came up with the idea to make a phone bag, I immediately thought about using two purple colors and gold. Unfortunately Catania, my favourite yarn, does not have the colors I had in mind, so I started looking at other brands.

Gründle Cotton Quick had three purple colors. Making good pictures of purple is very hard. That is why I wasn’t sure which ones I would like best, so I ordered all three. I liked them all, so I used all three.

I used a gold color to attach the side pieces and for the crab stitch around the flap. I think the gold gives it very stylish look.

For this version I attached the woven strap over the whole side. I am really happy with the result and I cannot wait to use it.

When I told my mother in law I was making phone bags in different sizes and colors, she said: You should make one in colors that men would like. So I let my husband choose the colors and the color placement for the next one.

He chose ocean blue and navy blue. This phone bag is also very narrow and has a crocheted strap.

When this version was finished, I asked Marieke: Is this manly enough. Her answer: No, but this women likes it very much.


Let’s hope it will be possible to go on a vacation in the near future.


For me, it is now time to continue with my 10 color Mochila, which is a lot more work than I anticipated. Hopefully I can show you that design soon.


Reference: Mochila Phone bag