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Crochet Tote Bag

This unique accessory is meticulously created by interlocking loops of yarn with a crochet hook, resulting in a durable and stylish bag that is perfect for carrying essentials. The intricate patterns and designs add a touch of elegance to the tote bag, making it a fashionable and functional accessory for any occasion. The crochet tote bag is a versatile accessory that can be customized to suit individual preferences, from choosing the color of yarn to selecting the size and shape of the bag. Whether you prefer a simple and classic design or a more intricate and eye-catching pattern, the possibilities are endless when it comes to creating a crochet tote bag. Handmade with care and attention to detail, each crochet tote bag is a unique piece that showcases the skill and creativity of the crafter.

Crochet Supplies:

  • 7 mm crochet hook
  • Yarn needle
  • Stitch marker
  • Worsted weight yarn
  • Scissors

Crochet Abbreviations:

  • CH – Chain
  • SL ST – Slip stitch
  • ST – Stitch
  • SC – Single Crochet stitch
  • HDC – Half Double Crochet stitch
  • DC – Double Crochet stitch
  • INC – Increase

Before you get started, make sure you have the following:

  • About 250 yards of yarn
  • An I hook
  • A safety pin for marking stitches.
  • A flower or other embellishment to spice it up!

Crochet Tote Bag Pattern:

Ch 3.

Round 1: Work 12 DC in the first chain from hook, sl st to join in the top of the first DC. (12)

2: Ch 2, 2 DC in each stitch around, sl st to join to the top of the first DC. (24)

3: Ch 2, *DC in the next stitch, 2 DC in the next* around, sl st to join in the top of the first DC. (36)

4: Ch 2, *DC in the next 2 stitches, 2 DC in the next* around, sl st to join in the top of the first DC.(48)

Beginning at round 5, work in a spiral to form the body of the bag. Do not join at the end of the round. Mark the first stitch of each round with a safety pin or stitch marker to mark your spot.

5: Ch 3, *DC, ch 1* into each stitch.

6-23: DC, ch 1 in each ch 1 space. (48)

At the end of round 23, join with a slip stitch to the first DC of the previous round.

24: Ch 2, DC in each ch 1 space.

Round 25: Ch 2, DC between each DC of the previous round. (48)

How to make the handles:

The handles are worked in rows. The Ch 2 does count as a stitch here. Work between stitches, but you could work in the stitches, too.

Row 1: Ch 2, DC in the next 9 stitches. (10)

2: Ch 2, turn, DC decrease in the next two stitches, DC in the next 5, DC decrease in the last two stitches. (8)

3: Ch 2, turn, DC decrease in the next two stitches, DC in the next 3, DC decrease in the last two stitches. (6)

Rows 4-15: Ch 2, turn, DC in the next 5 stitches. (6)

Stop here or continue to make the handle longer if desired. Keep in mind that the yarn will stretch over time.

Fold the bag in half to determine where to work the handle on the other side of the bag. Single crochet the two sides of the handle together on the wrong side.

Tie off the yarn and weave in the ends with a yarn needle.

Market tote bag variations:

  • Create a finished edge of single crochet stitches or slip stitches around the sides of the handle to help prevent stretching.
  • Use this free pattern as a beach bag or toy tote.
  • Try making this into crochet purses. You can even line your purse with fabric!
  • Make your bag striped by using different colors. It’s the perfect way to use up small amounts of yarn.

Tips and Tricks:

  • When choosing crochet projects, always check the skill level needed, to be sure it’s a good fit for you.
  • Crochet hook size can make a real difference in the size of your finished crochet items. If you tend to crochet quite tightly, it may be beneficial to go up a size. If your stitches tend to be loose, go down a size.
  • For easy washing, choose a worsted weight cotton yarn.
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