The Crochet Tote Bag is the perfect beach bag or market bag for summer. This crochet bag is quite easy to crochet & the striped details are just amazing.
Stitch it up quickly before or during your summer vacation & bring everything around during summertime.
However, if you see this in fall & winter, I personally use it for my yarn stash all through the year.
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To make this crochet tote bag you’re going to need 100 % cotton yarn. A sturdy yarn that can endure the weight of whatever you carry around in it.
The yarn weight used is aran or 4 medium yarn. Maybe you have something in your stash?
THE PERFECT SUMMER CROCHET BAG
This crochet tote bag is perfect to use as a market bag or grocery bag. It’s also great for trips to the beach or other summer activities.
Personally I love the idea of using it as a yarn stash bag or crochet project bag as well.
The options are endless.
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HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO CROCHET THAT?
How long it takes to crochet something varies depending on your skill & how fast you crochet. But that isn’t a helpful answer is it?
Well, I’ve developed a yarn calculator to help you get the answer to this question.
It will help you calculate exactly how much time you’ll spend crocheting a project.
All you need to know is how much yarn you will use on the project in either meters, yards or skeins. Then crochet your test square & time it.
CROCHET TOTE BAG – THE FREE CROCHET PATTERN
ABOUT THE PATTERN:
The Crochet Tote Bag works up quickly, requires 2 colors of cotton yarn & is skill level easy.
This bag is perfect to use all year through, but especially during summer. Fill it with everything you need when you go to the beach, or use it for your crochet project. It’s also the perfect grocery or market bag & you can fit a lot in it.
Size 5 mm / US: H – 8 / UK: 6
Hook I used: Symphonie Rose Crochet Hooks from Knitpro
Aran weight, 4 medium cotton yarn.
Yarn amount used:
- 2 skeins / 200 g / 270 m / 296 yards
- 2 skeins / 170 g / 230 m / 252 yards
OTHER MATERIALS NEEDED:
Measured with half double crochet stitches crocheted in rows:
15 stitches & 9 rows per 10 cm / 4”.
- This crochet pattern is written in US terms (more details).
- All measurements given are unblocked.
- Note that measurements are given as exact as possible. But crochet tension & technique might give variations in the result, that changes from person to person.
- Read pattern instructions carefully before beginning to make sure you understand everything. It might save you hours!
- Make a swatch that measure at least 10 x 10 cm / 4 x 4 inches using the stitch the gauge is given for. If your swatch matches the gauge, you’re good to go. If the gauge is wrong, you might need to change your hook. Go up in crochet hook size if your stitches are smaller & go down in crochet hook size if your stitches are bigger (more details).
- Check yarn info if you want to find an alternative or test your yarn against the gauge (more details).
- This pattern is written for 1 size, however size adjustments are suggested under the heading “Size Measurements”.
- At the end of each row, the stitch count is given in parenthesis. It includes starting chains.
- All rows are worked into the previous row.
- Rows with hdc only (row 1-6 + row 43-48) may end up wider than the rows with stripes for some crocheters. To adjust: Either go down a crochet hook size for hdc rows or up a crochet hook size for the stripe rows if you have this experience. Blocking the final bag will also work as a great option.
- Use stitch markers to mark of the beginning/end of each row, to make it easier to find the first & last stitch on each row
SIZE & MEASUREMENTS:
- Width: 38 cm / 14.9 inches*.
- Height: 42 cm / 16.5 inches*.
- Handle: 65 cm / 25.6.
*Measured with the bag laying on a flat surface.
- Pattern is written for just one size.
- Make the bag wider by adding extra stitches before you start row 1.
- Make the bag narrower by reducing the number of stitches you make before you start row 1.
- Make the bag deeper or shallower by adding or reducing the number of rows you crochet.
- Make the handles shorter or longer by adding or reducing the number of rows you crochet.
Note: Any size adjustments affects yarn usage & you might need more/less yarn than suggested.
CA = color A
CB = color B
ch = chain(s)
cont = continue
dc= double crochet
hdc = half double crochet
prev = previous
sk = skip(ped)
sl st = slip stitch
st = stitch(es)
yo = yarn over
STITCHES YOU WILL NEED:
FOUNDATION SINGLE CROCHET (FSC):
Step 1: Ch 2 st.
Step 2: Insert hook into 2nd ch from hook, pull up a loop. Yo and pull through first loop (making “chain”). Yo and pull through both loops on hook.
Step 3: Insert hook into prev “chain” you made (It should look like you go through a resemblance of a “normal” st, with 2 strands of yarn), pull up a loop, yo and pull through first loop (making “chain”). Yo and pull through both loops on hook. Repeat step 3 until you’ve made enough stitches.
*2nd ch in step 1 makes 1 st, step 2 makes 1 st & every time step 3 is repeated you make 1 st.
TECHNIQUES YOU WILL NEED:
You will need to know how to change colors in crochet with different color on different rows.
CHANGING COLOR WITH DIFFERENT COLOR ON DIFFERENT ROWS:
When working with different colors on different rows, you’ll never finish the last stitch on the last row with one color, with the color you where working with.
Do all the steps of the stitch, then leave the last step unworked. Yarn over with the color for the next st & pull yarn through.
Repeat this for every row you change colors to make the color changes look beautiful.
Make 60 st using the FSC technique, turn.
Note: This will make 2 sides of the stitch to crochet in. The 2nd will be worked later.
Tips: Please find tips on the notes section & “Know while you crochet”.
Row 1 with CA: Hdc directly in 1st st (no chain), hdc 1 in all st from prev row, turn (= 60 st).
Row 2-6 with CA: Rep row 1.
Row 7 with CB: Ch 1 (counts as 1st st), sl st 1 in all st from prev row, turn (=60 st).
Row 8 with CB: Ch 3 (counts as 1st st), *dc 1, ch 2 and sk 2 st*, repeat from *to* until you have 2 st left, dc 1 in the last 2 st, turn (=60 st).
Row 9 with CB: Ch 3 st (counts as 1st st), *dc 1 in dc from last row, dc 2 in ch-loop from last row*, repeat from *to* until you have 2 st left, dc 1 in last 2 st, turn (=60 st).
Row 10 with CB: Repeat row 7.
Row 11-14 with CA: Repeat row 7-10.
Row 15-18 with CB: Repeat row 7-10.
Row 19-22 with CA: Repeat row 7-10.
Row 23-26 with CB: Repeat row 7-10.
Row 27-30 with CA: Repeat row 7-10.
Row 31-34 with CB: Repeat row 7-10.
Row 35-38 with CA: Repeat row 7-10.
Row 39-42 with CB: Repeat row 7-10.
Row 43-48 with CA: Repeat row 1-6.
Fasten off & cut yarn.
On the other side of the 60 FSC st made in the beginning, repeat row 1-48 to make the other side of the bag. Attach yarn on the same side as you made the first FSC stitch.
Do not fasten yarn, cont directly on top border & handles.
TOP BORDER & HANDLES:
Fold the bag double with the right side facing outwards.
Cont directly from the last hdc on row 48 on the 2nd side made.
Round 1: Sl st in the 1st hdc made on the 1st side on row 48. Cont with 1 sl st in all st on row 48 on the 1st side. Cont directly with 1 sl st in all st on row 48 on the 2nd side (=120 st).
Prepare for handle: Sl st in the 3 first sl st from round 1, turn.
The following instructions are for the handle, in rows.
Row 1: Hdc 1 directly in 1st st (no ch), hdc 1 in the next 5 st, turn (=6 st).
Row 2-77: Repeat row 1.
Fasten off & cut yarn.
Leave a yarn tail long enough to seam the handle to the other side of the bag (A in diagram) & also for the side of the bag (B in diagram).
Fasten threads & weave in ends.
With the wrong side facing outwards. Seam the handle to the bag (A in diagram) with CA.
Cont to seam the side of the bag with the same yarn tail (B in diagram) with CA.
Finally seam the other side of the bag (C in diagram) with CA.
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