If I had to choose just one shape to have all my bags in, oversized boho sack bag would be it.
|Bag by Cleobella Ikat|
Fabric bags are so practical to own, being washable and all, and the boho (hobo?) sack is such a simple, attractive and effective design for a fabric bag. For some reason, I've yet to come across this style in stores here, but I probably won't buy one now all the same, since I've already found what for me is the better alternative--namely, a free crochet pattern on the Lion Brand Yarn site.
There are actually a bunch of free boho bag patterns there that are very very similar to each other, but it's the Market Bag # 70221A that stands out to me as the one with the best shape and just the right dimensions.
|Official site photo|
It's a very easy pattern: crocheted in the round, worked in one piece, negligible seaming. The only drawback I can see is that the bag is very elastic when used as is, so it stretches all over the place when you put stuff in it. And since I intended for this to be a regular everyday bag instead of a market bag, I found it necessary to sew in a lining to get the bag to keep its shape better.
I've made three of these bags already, and here's the one with the most decent photograph:
|my slouchy boho bag|
Hook Size: 5.0 mm
Yarn: Acrylic Yarn, Red Heart (DK)
Length Used: ~455 m.
Here's the link to my Ravelry page for this project.