Crochet tote bag pattern: The Orange tote bag

crochet tote bag pattern

Hello once again and in this post we have the Crochet Orange tote bag pattern. This crochet tote bag is simple and easy especially if you are a crochet beginner. The tote bag is made using single crochet (US Terms). you can also check out one of my popular patterns, crochet Mellow tote bag for beginners. The main difference between the two crochet tote bags is their base. The Orange tote bag has got an oval base which the Mellow tote does not have.

crochet tote bag

Level of skill Required:

Knowledge on how to crochet single crochet and slip stitch is required for this pattern.

Material list:

  1. Crochet Hook size 6mm
  2. Macramé/ Rope or t-shirt yarn or any other bulky yarn that is about 4mm thick
  3. Meters used – 170 meters
  4. Scissors
  5. 7 Stitch markers
  6. Tapestry needle

One size bag

Finished bag measurements

25 cm height and 30 cm width

Base measurements: 10cm width and 29cm length

Crochet Terms in US Terminology

  • rep – repeat (do it again)
  • inc –  increase to put more than one stitch (in this case 2 stitches) in one stitch
  • st (s) – stitch(es)

Stitch guide

  • ch – chain
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • sc – single crochet

Pattern notes:

  • You are going to work in rounds.
  • Remember to mark the first stitch at the beginning of each round
  • The number in the brackets at the end of each instruction is the total number of stitches for that round.

Instructions:

The bag is made in 3 steps

  • Step 1 – the bottom
  • Step 2 – the sides
  • Step 3 – the handle

Step 1- The Bottom

Foundation round: ch 18. Sc 1 in the 2nd ch from the hook and put a st marker (take note of the color of this st marker or if possible it should be a different color from the rest of the markers as it also marks the starting point of the round), continue with 1 sc in each of the following chains. Sc 5 in the last ch and put 3 st markers into the 2nd, 3rd, 4th sts of the 5 sc that you just made. Continue to crochet at the back of the chains putting 1 sc at the back of each chain. Sc 4 in the last chain and put st markers into the last 3 sts of the 4 sc just made. (40)

Round 2: sc 1 in the 1st st (put back the st marker) *continue with1 sc in each of the following sts which do not have stitch markers until you reach a st marker, sc 2 in each of the sts with st markers (put back the st marker into the 1st st of the increase).* Rep from * to* until you are back at the starting point.  (46)

Round 3 and Round 4:  Repeat round 2.

After completing round 4 you should have 58 stitches. Remove all the other st markers and remain with the one that marks the starting point (the one in the first st).

Step 2 – The Sides

Round 1 to round 16 : sc 1 into the back loop only of the first st put back the st marker; continue with 1sc in the back loop only of each of the following sts until the round is done. (58)

crochet tote bag with oval base

Step 3 – The handle

First mark the points for the handles:

Step 1: For the handle count the total number of stitches that you have, in this case we have 58. Lay your bag flat and put one st marker along the one edge at the top

If you divide your total sts by 2 you get 29 so the next st marker is going to be in st number 30, start counting from the one marked above and mark st 30 (and st 30 should be along the other edge).

Step 2: On one edge count 9 sts beginning in the marked st and put a st marker, on the other edge count 9 sts and put another st marker. Turn your bag and repeat step 2

crochet tote bag for beginners

Remove those st markers marking the edges and remain with 5 st markers (one marking the starting point and 2 on each side for the handles)

Round 17:  sc 1 into the back loop only of the first st put back the st marker; continue with 1sc in the back loop only of each st until you reach the first st marker for the handle. Put 1 sc below both loops of that marked st,

chain 45 (for a longer handle increase the number of chains), skip the stitches between this st and the following marked st. Join the chain in the next marked stitch with 1sc below both loops of the marked st (make sure the chain is not twisted before joining). This becomes the first handle.

crochet tote bag pattern

Continue with 1sc in the back loop only of each st until you reach the next st marker of the second handle. Put 1 sc below both loops of that marked st, chain 45 (for longer handle increase the number of chains), join the chain in the next marked stitch with 1sc below both loops of the marked st (make sure the chain is not twisted before joining). Continue with 1sc in the back loop only of each st until the round is done.

Round 18:  sc 1 into the back loop only of the first st put back the st marker; continue with 1sc in the back loop only of each st until you reach the handle. Put 1sc in each chain of the handle until the handle is done. Continue with 1sc in the back loop only until you reach the second handle and repeat again, 1sc in each chain. Put 1sc in the back loop of the remaining sts to finish the round.

crochet tote bag pattern

Cut and fasten off all the other ends. Your bag is complete.

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