Who needs a basic, yet modern looking tote bag? I think that I have found (or created, lol) the perfect one for you! Introducing my Everyday Tote Bag Crochet Pattern!
The construction of this bag is super simple and basic! It is basically made up of 3 solid granny squares that are stitched together and then crochet a simple double crochet strap and attach it to the bag. So easy, yet so functional and stylish!
I love to only sew into the back loops only (which I’ll explain more of later.) It gives this bag a little more detail. It makes a very pretty seam where the granny squares are attached.
The Yarn I Chose –
For this specific project I used Lion Brand Twisted Cotton. It is the absolute perfect yarn for this project! It works up quickly and feels great.
Here’s what Lion Brand says about this specific yarn, “Twisted Cotton Blend is a relative of our Comfy Cotton Blend yarn. This yarn blends 69% cotton and 31% acrylic together to create a two-color yarn with a slight thick and thin nubby texture. The addition of acrylic will keep this mostly cotton yarn looking fresher longer.”
The texture of this yarn is really cool. I’d almost say that it has a bubble like texture. It’s smooth and then a little bubble and it repeats the whole way across the yarn.
It feels really good too. The cotton/acrylic mixture creates a really soft yarn.
The finished Everyday Tote Bag measures approx. 14” across. You could verily easily make a bigger bag by simply making bigger granny squares.
You can also easily adjust the length of the strap. I would just make sure to make the strap a little shorter than I actually want it to be, because it will stretch some after you carry something in the bag.
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Things you will need:
- 3 skeins Lion Brand Twist Cotton in Aqua/Ecru or 300 yards similar weight #5 Bulky yarn.
- J / 6.00mm Crochet Hook
- Yarn Needle
- Bag measures approx. 14” across after stitched together.
- Mc = magic circle / ring
- hdc = half double crochet
- dc = double crochet
- dc2tog = double crochet 2 stitches together
- T = turn
- Sk = skip
- Sl st = slip stitch
- Ch = chain
- St = stitch (es)
Solid Granny Square – Make 3
Round 1: make a mc, ch 2 (does NOT count as a st) 10 dc into mc, sl st into 1st dc of round (10)
Round 2: ch 2, 2 dc in each st around, sl st into 1st st of round (20)
Round 3: ch 3 (counts as a dc here and throughout) ( dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in same st as ch 3, dc, hdc in 2 st, dc * ( 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next st, dc, hdc in 2 st, dc* repeat * to * around, sl st into top of ch 3
Round 4 – 8: sl st into next st, sl st into ch 2 sp, ch 3, ( dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in same ch 2 corner, dc in each st across until you reach next ch 2 sp,* ( 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner, dc in each st until you reach next corner sp* repeat * to * around, sl st into top of ch 3
Once you have the 3 granny squares made, you will now stitch the bag together.
Here is how I laid my squares out –
I start sewing them together in the middle where all 3 corners tough and work my way down one of the sides. I only sew through the back loops only and leave the front loops unworked because I like the look that it gave to the right side of the bag
When you reach the other corner, fold the 2 sides of the squares in half and stitch up that side, you may have to turn the back inside out to make sure you are stitching on the wrong side.
Once you meet back up in the middle, repeat and stitch the other side of the bag.
Make sure you are sewing the very middle stitches of the square together where all 3 corners meet. I even stitched 3 extra stitches together on each side going up the bag to help close the gap a little more.
Row 1: ch 8, dc in 3rd ch from hook and in every ch st across (6)
Row 2: ch 2, (Does NOT count as st) t, 2 dc in 1st st, dc in each st until you reach very last st, 2 dc in last st (8)
Row 3 – 34: ch 2, t, dc in each st across (8)
Row 35: ch 2, t, dc2tog, dc in each st until you reach last 2 st, dc2tog (6)
Cut yarn leaving a long tail to attach to bag. Sew each end onto the corners of the bag.
Weave in ends!
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