In this post, you will see a tote bag crochet pattern.
This crochet bag pattern is not only a summer staple you can use again and again but it’s really easy to make.
Using only double crochet throughout the pattern, this is an easy one to follow.
An Easy Tote Bag Crochet Pattern
This pattern is for anyone who is an advanced beginner.
The bag is a simple design, you create an oval base first then continue to double crochet for the main body of the bag.
Once the bag reaches the height you want, you stop working and prepare to add the bag handles.
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Crocheting With Raffia
I used raffia from King Cole in a natural color, and worked with two strands together.
If you have never crocheted with raffia before, it is quite an easy material to work with.
However, you can use raffia alternatives as there are many around, like Ra Ra Raffia from Wool and the Gang.
There are also other gorgeous color choices from King Cole Raffia, including browns, greens, and reds.
Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern:
This pattern is great for advanced beginners.
- You should be comfortable making a slipknot and creating a chain.
- You should know how to double crochet.
- You should also be comfortable reading crochet patterns.
- And understanding of crochet abbreviations and terms.
Tote Bag Crochet Pattern
- For the base – Do not turn at the end of the round, but continue working in a spiral, with the right side (RS) always facing.
- Keep count of the sts by placing a marker (PM) on the last st of each round.
- There are no turning chains in this pattern.
- The bag is worked using two strands of raffia held together.
- Please do not copy, sell, redistribute or republish this pattern.
- If you wish to share this pattern, link to the pattern page only.
- You may sell items produced using this pattern.
- Do NOT use the copyrighted photos for your product listing.
Skill Level – Easy (Advanced Beginner)
- 9 stitches, 5 rows to 10cm/4″ in double crochet.
Measurements / Size
- Base length = 15 inches
- Base width = 5.5 inches
- Height = 10 inches
- Bag handles = 28 inches
The supplies you need
- 4 x King Cole Raffia – in the color Natural – (1456) 100g
- Alternative raffia yarn – Ra Ra Raffia from Wool and The Gang
- Thread or cord for the tassel.
- Keyring clip x 1 for the tassel – 1.5 inch / ring – 1 inch
- Keyring clips x 2 for the bag chain – 1 inch
- Gold bag chain – 43 inches
- Make 3-6+ tassels from leftover yarns.
- The tassels will be tied together on a keyring to hang from one handle on the bag. (See photos)
- You can view a tutorial showing you how to make tassels here.
This pattern is written in US crochet terms.
- CH – Chain
- Cont – Continue
- DC – Double crochet
- Patt – Pattern
- PM – Place marker
- Rep – Repeat
- RS – Right side
- SS – Slip stitch
- St(s) – Stitch(es)
- WS – Wrong side
Tote Bag Crochet Pattern
See notes before you start.
The bag is worked with two strands of raffia together.
The Base Of The Bag
- ch 30
- Round 1: dc into the second ch from the hook, dc into every ch until the end. dc twice more in the final ch (3 dc’s in total in the final ch). Place a closed st marker in the center of the 3 sts. Turn the work and dc into every ch on the other side. dc 3 times in the final st. Mark the center of the 3 sts with a closed st marker.
- Round 2: dc into every st until one st before the marker, 2 dc in next st, remove marker, 3 dc in the next st, 2dc in the next st. Replace the marker in the center st of the 3 st increase. rep to finish the other side of the base.
- Rep round 2 once more.
- Your base should measure 15 inches in length and 5.5 inches in width.
- There should be 6 rounds of double crochet in the finished base.
The Body Of The Bag
- Next Round – dc into all the sts into the back loop only.
*Please note – place a marker to denote which is the beginning/end of the round.
- Continue to work in a spiral – dc all of the sts in every round (in both loops) – until the bag measures = 10 inches (rounds worked- 11)
- You can make the bag taller but you will need more raffia.
- Finish the last st with an ss and cut the yarn, leaving a short length of about 3 inches.
- Secure and weave in the ends.
- Weave in all other loose ends.
The Bag Handles
- The bag handles are worked using two strands of raffia together.
- Join the raffia 9 sts in from the side of the bag, and pull up a loop in each of the next 3 sts to work an I-cord.
- You can watch an I-cord video tutorial here.
- I-cord written instructions: Starting with 3 loops as instructed, *pull up a loop through the second ch from hook and third ch from hook (3 loops on hook), slip these 2 loops onto a knitting or cable needle, 1 ch, (slip 1 loop from needle back onto the hook, 1 ch) twice. Rep from * until I-cord is your desired length.
- The I-cord handles are around 28 inches long / 49 rows worked.
- Miss the next 13 sts, join the end of the I-cord to the next 3 sts (crochet and attach to the bag to match the other strap from the front).
- Rep for the other side of the bag.
- You can see in the image below where closed markers have been placed to make it easier to count out the sts needed for the bag handles.
- You may wish to add a tassel charm from leftover yarns in your stash.
- For this, you will need a keyring clip with a ring, so that you can tie the tassels onto the ring.
- The keyring clip can then be clipped to the bag, to one of the handles, or wherever you like.
- Alternatively, you may want to tie a colorful scarf or leave the bag as it is!
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