"Tote Bag Pattern"



My tote bag pattern is straightforward and suitable for crocheters with only a little experience.

While it was originally designed as a shower tote, this clutch may be used as a storage bag, or a cosmetics bag for men or women. Simply work in a different color scheme for a male. Black, gray, and white looks very smart.

For special occasions like Christmas or Valentine’s Day, try working in plain colors and adding decorative motifs for a special finishing touch.

You may personalize your bag with the recipient’s initial if you wish, or decorate with festive motifs like my star, tree, or Xmas gift motif.

If the terminology used in this pattern differs from what you're used to, check my equivalency tables for easy conversion.

Tote Bag Pattern

Materials: Main Color – 100g ball 8ply Maroon yarn, 50g ball 8ply white yarn, 50g ball 8ply pink yarn, 4.00mm crochet hook, darning needle, zip [approximately 29cm or 11.5ins]. Pattern may be adjusted at the joining step to accommodate a smaller zip.

Measurements: Main section - Approximately 52cm [20.5ins] deep, approximately 58cm [23ins] wide.

Tension: First 3 rows – approximately 4cm [1.5ins]

Stitches: Treble, Chain, Double Crochet.

Begin using maroon yarn, change to pink yarn for 2nd row, change to white yarn for 3rd row. These 3 rows form pattern. Do not fasten off at end of rows. Drag yarn up to next row for which it is required.

Main Section

Begin by working 45ch.

1st Row: Work 1tr into 3rd ch from hook, 1tr in each ch to end. Turn.

2nd Row: Work 3ch, 1tr in each tr to end. Turn.

3rd – 43rd Rows: Work as 2nd row. Leave length of yarn for joining side section. Fasten off.

Side Sections Make 2 alike. Work in maroon yarn.

Begin by working 16ch.

1st Row: Work 1tr into 3rd ch from hook, 1tr in each ch to end. Turn.

2nd Row: Work 3ch, 1tr in each tr to end. Turn.

3rd – 14th Rows: Work as 2nd row. Leave length of yarn for joining side section. Fasten off.

Fold Main Section in half and pin zip in place. Machine sew zip in place.

Using darning needle threaded with maroon yarn, sew edges of maroon rows at either end of zip, together so that they sit flat. Fasten off.

Position and pin side sections in place and work 1 round of dc through both pieces. Fasten off.

If you like this tote bag, check out my other tote bag patterns, drawstring bag patterns, evening bag, and pink flower bag.

If you would like to learn how to crochet quickly and easily, my “CROCHET MADE EASY” e-book gives complete step by step instructions and photographs to help you master this beautiful craft, along with tips and information on caring for your finished projects so you may have years of enjoyment from them. More information on my e-book contents page. HAPPY CROCHETING!

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