Easy Crochet Bag – FREE Crochet Pattern

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You’re going to love this free pattern for the Easy Crochet Bag.

It’s a great free crochet tote bag pattern, that makes a lovely bag you can use in the grocery store, farmers market, for your crochet projects, going to the gym or anything you’d use a crochet bag for.

Let me show you how to crochet a simple crochet bag!

Easy crochet bag crochet pattern, photographed in front of the sea.

How to get this crochet pattern:

Option 1: Scroll down to see the FREE Crochet Pattern ⬇️

Option 2: Purchase the printable PDF:

Option 3: Get the printable version inside the crochet pattern membership.

Option 4: Most of my crochet patterns can also be found on Ravelry, Love Crafts and Etsy.

How To Crochet The Easy Crochet Bag

This easy crochet bag pattern is made up of 2 rectangles. You will crochet them using a beginner crochet stitch, the half double crochet.

Directly on the rectangles you will then crochet the straps.

Finally all you have to do is whip stitch the bag together and weave in ends.

To crochet this, you don’t have to learn any fancy stitches. The most difficult is the foundation single crochet, however you can swap that for chains if you prefer.

Easy crochet bag pattern, photographed in front of the sea. On the shoulder of a woman.

Suggested Yarn For The Easy Crochet Bag

The crochet bag pattern was made with a yarn from Lion Brand Yarn called Wool-Ease-Chunky.

Unfortunately this yarn was discontinued, however Lion Brand Yarn offers a great substitute called Hue+Me, which comes in so many amazing colors! 

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A Great Free Crochet Handbag

Crocheting accessories such as tote bags can be so much fun and it’s also a great quick crochet pattern idea.

You can find more free crochet bag patterns here.

The photos showing this crochet bag may not give you associations to summer, however it could easily be a crochet beach bag as well. Just swap the yarn for a nice cotton.

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Easy Crochet Bag - FREE Crochet Pattern

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.

Calculate how long it takes to crochet that. 

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Easy Crochet Bag – The Free Crochet Pattern

The Easy Bag Crochet Pattern Summary

The Easy Crochet Bag pattern is a beginner friendly crochet market bag pattern. It works up quickly and all you have to know is half double crochet stitches.

The yarn used is bulky weight, pick your favorite color and make this amazing crocheted bag.

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Skill Level

Materials Needed For The Simple Crochet Bag

Crochet Hook

Size 8 mm / US: L – 11 / UK: 0

Hook I used: Waves Crochet Hooks from Knitpro


Yarn used:

Lion Brand Yarns – Wool-Ease-Chunky (discontinued). Suggested substitute is Hue+Me.

Learn How to Substitute Yarn.

How much yarn needed for the Easy Crochet Market Bag: 

2 skeins / 14 oz / 400 g / 716 m 3 skeins / 380 g / 380 m / 415 yards

Yarn characteristics:
  • 5 bulky yarn, 7 wpi.
  • 80 % acrylic, 20 % wool

Other Materials Needed


Measured with the half double crochet stitch crocheted in rows:

9 stitches & 8 rows per 10 cm / 4”.

Crochet Pattern Notes

  • 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.

Size and Measurements

Width: 45 cm / 17.7 inches*. 

Height: 42 cm / 16.5 inches*.

Handles: 73 cm / 28.7.

*Measured with the bag laying on a flat surface.

Size Adjustments

  • 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.


Easy Crochet Bag - FREE Crochet Pattern


ch = chain

FSC = foundation single crochet

hdc= half double crochet

prev = previous

st = stitch(es)

yo= yarn over

Stitches Used In The Crochet Pattern

You will need to use the chain, the foundation single crochet & the half double crochet stitch.

Foundation Single Crochet (FSC)

Written description:

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.

Video tutorial.

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Crochet Shopping Bag Instructions

Main Part – Front and Back

Repeat this 2 times to make front & back.

Make 41 st using the FSC technique.

Row 1: Hdc 1 directly in 1st st (no chain), hdc 1 in the next 40 st, turn (=41 st).

Row 2-34: Repeat row 1.

Fasten off & cut yarn.


Repeat this 2 times, once on the front & once on the back to make 2 handles.

On row 34 attach thread in 6th stitch with a slip stitch.

Row 1: Hdc 1 in the 6th, hdc 1 in the next 3 st, turn (=4 st).

Row 2: Hdc 1 in the 1st st (no chain), hdc 1 in the next 3 st, turn (=4 st).

Row 3-55: Repeat row 2.

Fasten off & cut yarn.

Finishing and Assembly

Fasten threads & weave in ends.

Note that the front & back are reversible, but make sure you fasten threads just on one side, that will then become the wrong side.

Place the front & back on top of each other, with the right sides facing each other.

Seam 3 of the sides, 1 short side (A in diagram), 1 long side (B in diagram), 1 short side (C in diagram), with either slip stitches & a hook or use the whip stitch..

Then seam the end of the handles to the 33rd, 34th, 35th & 36th st on row 34 on the same side.

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Share It and Share Pictures!

I really hope you liked this crocheting tote bag pattern!

However, if you really like it, make sure to share the FREE pattern & share pictures of your easy crochet bag pattern that you’ve made with me.

  1. Tag me on Instagram: Take a picture of your project, use #joyofmotioncrochet & tag me!
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  3. Share your finished crochet grocery bag on Ravelry.

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20 thoughts on “Easy Crochet Bag – FREE Crochet Pattern”

  1. I want to do this but never use bags like this for shopping. oh what a delema, suppose another gift for someone then

  2. This bag looks so versatile. You could use it for anything from grocery shopping to a project bag and everything in between


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