Easy Beginner Crochet Tote Bag Pattern

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Crocheting a tote bag is not only fun but super useful too! With this free crochet tote bag pattern, even if you’re just starting out with crochet, you can make a cool bag for yourself.

Tote bags are great for all sorts of things. You can take them to the store, use them to hold your yarn, or even carry your lunch.

Plus, they’re a great way to cut down on plastic bags!

This pattern is made just for beginners. It’s easy to follow, and you’ll learn as you go.

You’ll be making something you can really use in no time at all. Picture yourself walking around with a tote bag you made with your own two hands.

You’ll feel so proud when your friends ask you where you got it and you can say, “I made it myself!”

The stitches you’ll use are simple and they’ll make a bag strong enough to carry all your stuff.

You’ll get to practice and get better at crochet, too. Crocheting a tote bag is also really relaxing.

You can sit down with your yarn and hook, and before you know it, you’ll have a new bag!

So, are you ready to make your own tote bag? Grab this free pattern and let’s start making something awesome together.

It’s time to create a tote that’s all yours, from the first loop to the last stitch!

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Skill Level

Advanced beginner. Projects may include involved stitch patterns, color work, and/or shaping.

Finished Size

Width= 17.5 inches

Height= 12 inches

Gauge

Crochet gauge measures stitches and rows made in one inch using a specific crochet hook and yarn.

By following this measurement, you can make sure your crochet tote bag patterns are the right size.

14 stitches= 4 inches

11 rows= 4 inches

Materials

Pattern Notes

  • Work the crochet bag pattern bottom and body sections in the round.
  • Work the bag from the bottom up.
  • Work the straps separately and then sew to the bag.
  • Work the straps in rows. 
  • The beginning of each round starts with a chain. This chain does not count as your first stitch. 
  • After each round, join your yarn to the first double crochet stitch with a slip stitch.

Abbreviations

  • ch = chain
  • chs = chains
  • hdc = half double crochet
  • sc = single crochet
  • st = stitch
  • sts = stitches
  • rem = remaining
  • blo = back loop only
crochet tote bag being made

Crochet Stitches & Techniques

Chain (ch)

  1. Start by making a slip knot on your crochet hook. 
  2. Hold the hook in your right hand (or left hand, if you’re left-handed) and the yarn in your left hand. With the hook, catch the yarn and pull it through the loop on the hook. This creates one chain stitch.
  3. Continue making chain stitches by repeating step 2.

Slip Stitch (sl st)

  1. Insert hook into next stitch.
  2. Yarn over and pull through the stitch and through the loop on your hook. 

Half Double Crochet (hdc)

  1. Yarn over & insert hook in next stitch.
  2. Yarn over and pull up a loop. You will have 3 loops on your hook.
  3. Yarn over and pull through all 3 loops on your hook.

Single Crochet (sc)

  1. Insert hook in next stitch.
  2. Yarn over and pull up a loop. You will have 2 loops on your hook.
  3. Yarn over and pull through both loops.

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Crochet Tote Bag Pattern

Bottom of Bag (Rounds 1-4)

Rnd 1: Ch 42, 2 hdc in 3rd ch from the hook, 2 hdc in next ch, hdc in next 36 chs, 2 hdc in last 2 chs, continue working on backside of chs, 2 hdc in next two chs, hdc in next 36 chs, 2 hdc in each of the last two chs, join (88 stitches)

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Crochet bag round 1: chain 42
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Crochet bag round 1
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Crochet bag round 1
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Crochet bag round 1
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Crochet bag round 1: working in backside of the chains
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Crochet bag round 1
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Crochet bag round 1

Rnd 2: Ch 2, 2 hdc in first two sts, hdc in next 40 sts, 2 hdc in next 4 sts, hdc in next 40 sts, 2 hdc in last two sts, join (96 stitches)

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Crochet bag round 2

Rnd 3: Ch 2, 2 hdc in first two sts, hdc in next 44 sts, 2 hdc in next 4 sts, hdc in next 44 sts, 2 hdc in last two sts, join (104 stitches)

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Crochet bag round 3

Rnd 4: Ch 2, 2 hdc in first two sts, hdc in next 48 sts, 2 hdc in next 4 sts, hdc in next 48 sts, 2 hdc in last two sts, join (112 stitches)

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Crochet bag round 4

Body of Bag (Rounds 5-31)

Rnd 5: Ch 2, hdc in each st blo, join (112 stitches)

image depicting the back loop of a crochet stitch
Front and back loops
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Crochet bag round 5
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Rnds 6-30: Ch 2, hdc in each st, join (112 stitches)

Rnd 31: Ch 1, sc in each st, join (112 stitches)

Bag Straps

Make 2

Row 1: Ch 7, hdc in 3rd ch from the hook, hdc in rem 4 chs, turn (5 stitches)

Rows 2-46: Ch 2, hdc in each st, turn (5 stitches)

Each strap should measure approximately 18 inches.

Crochet Bag Assembly

Measure in 1 inch from each end of the straps. Mark this spot with a stitch marker.

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Leaving the 1 inch sections on the ends un-worked. Fold each strap in half and single crochet the two folded ends together, creating a tube.

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Measure in 4.5 inches from each side of the tote bag (front and back).

Mark these spots with stitch markers. These are the spots where you will attach your straps.

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You should have approximately 9.5 inches between the stitch markers.

Use your tapestry needle to sew the straps to the bag from the inside.

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Weave in your ends.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What crochet stitch is best for a bag?

The half double crochet stitch is great for making a bag. It’s a bit taller than the single crochet, which means it works up faster.

This stitch creates a strong and durable fabric, perfect for holding your items securely in the bag.

It also gives the bag a nice texture and makes it look beautiful and professional. If you want to make a crochet bag, the half double crochet stitch is an excellent choice!

Should you line a crochet bag?

Yes, it’s a good idea to line a crochet bag.

Lining the bag with fabric helps to make it more sturdy and prevents small things from poking through the crochet stitches. It also gives the bag a neat and finished look.

Lining can also add extra pockets inside the bag, making it more organized and functional.

So, if you want your crochet bag to be strong, tidy, and useful, lining it is a great option!