Crochet tote bag with this begginer friendly pattern. The Mellow tote bag pattern is one of the first patterns I did when I was a crochet beginner. The pattern was double crochet throughout. You can add this crochet bag pattern to those last minute projects that you can do in no time and this is because it is done using double crochet. Double crochet is one of the basic crochet stitches. The Everyday bag was also done using double crochet and it is a must try crochet bag.
This crochet tote bag can be used as a beach bag, market bag or shopping bag. The color I used on this bag is forest green and the green color gives the bag a natural look to it.
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Crochet tote bag material list:
- Crochet Hook size 6mm
- Macramé/ Rope or t-shirt yarn or any other bulky yarn that is about 3mm thick
- Meters used – 220 meters
- 4 stitch markers
Gauge: 4″ = 4 rows x 9 stitches
One size bag
Finished bag measurements
34 cm height and 32 cm width
Crochet Terms in US Terminology
- join – join two stitches together , done by working a slip stitch in the top of the next stitch
- rep – repeat (do it again)
- st (s) – stitch(es)
Stitch guide(US TERMS)
- ch – chain
- sl st – slip stitch
- dc – double crochet
- You are going to work in rounds.
- The number in the brackets at the end of each instruction is the total number of stitches for that round.
Crochet tote bag Instructions:
The bag is made in 3 steps
- Step 1 – the bottom
- Step 2 – the sides
- Step 3 – the handles
Step 1- The Bottom
Foundation round (tote bag crochet pattern): make a slip knot and chain ch 28. Skip the first two chains from the hook and put 1 dc in the 3rd chain from the hook. Continue with 1 dc in the next chains until you are at the end of the row. Put 5 dc in the last chain. Now continue to crochet into the back of the chains as shown below, put 1 dc in the back of each chain until you are left with one chain (the back of the chain with the first dc) and put 4 dc in that chain.
Join the last dc to the first dc with a slip stitch to complete the first round as shown below. After completing the first round the base of the bag is done. (58 st)
NB: Note that from here onwards we are going to crochet in the back loop of the stitches.
- Since we are crocheting with double crochet, we begin each round with a chain of 3
- The slip stitch at the end of each round does not count as a stitch therefore do not crochet in this slip st.
Step 2 – The Sides
Round 2: ch 3, put 1 dc in the back loop of the base stitch of the chain 3.
From there continue with 1 dc in the back loop of each st right round until you are towards the end of the round. Towards the end, do not crochet in the last stitch which is the slip stitch we did in the previous round when we joined the first dc to the last dc.
Therefore skip the last slip stitch and join the last dc to the 3rd chain of the chain 3 we did at the beginning of the round with a slip stitch to finish round 2.
Round 3: start with ch 3, put 1 dc in the back loop of the next stitch, Continue with 1 dc in the back loop of each st right round, skip the last slip stitch and join the last dc to the 3rd chain of the chain 3 we did at the beginning of the round with a slip stitch to finish round 3.
Round 4 to round 12: repeat Round 3
Step 3- The Handles
Round 13: starting counting from the first st, put a st markers in stitch number 7; 23; 36; 52;
Chain 3, put 1 dc in the back loop of the next stitch. Continue with 1 dc in the back loop of each st until you reach the first st marker. Put 1 dc in the st with the st marker (st 7) and chain 50, skip 15 st, and join the chain in the next st with the stitch marker (st 23). Continue with 1 dc in each st until you are at the next st marker (st 36). Put a dc in st 36 and chain 50, skip 15 st and join the chain in st 52. Continue with dc in the back loop until the round is done and join with a slip stitch as done in previous rounds.
Round 14 (tote bag crochet free pattern): ch 3 and put 1 dc in the back loop of the next stitch. Continue with 1 dc in the back loop of each st, when you reach the chain crochet dc in the back bumps of the chains as shown below. Continue with the pattern until the round is done.
When round 14 is done, cut and fasten off the ends to finish the crochet bag.
Your crochet tote bag is complete