Crochet Beach Tote Bag Pattern

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Crochet Tote Bag Pattern

Crochet Beach Tote Bag Pattern

Crochet Beach Tote Bag Pattern – With the incredible weather we’ve been having on the West Coast, we’re spending many of our days at the lake. Some days it feels like all I do is lug all my gear to and from the beach (I know, really tough problem to have). Hanging out at the beach also means I usually have some free time while I’m watching my daughter swim and make sand castles. I decided it was time to come up with a new fun but useful project – the crochet beach tote. I popped into town, picked up some yummy looking cotton yarn and got to work creating my bag. I didn’t use a pattern for this but just sort of made it up as I went along. This was my first crochet bag project and in the end I was thrilled with how it turned out. What do you think?  This crochet tote is not only great for the beach, but perfect to grab before you head out to the farmer’s market or grocery store. My daughter loved this bag and now wants one for herself… expect to see a modified kids version in an upcoming post.

These bags are really quick and easy to make and also make a great little gift. The tote pattern may look complicated upon first glance but you’ll soon see that you’re just repeating the same steps only with different colored yarn. It’s done with the double crochet stitch but mostly the half double crochet stitch, a favorite of mine since it seems to work up so quickly. It took me two days to complete the beach bag and I would say I crochet at a slow to medium pace. The finished size of the tote was 15″ wide by 15″ high.

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Free Crochet Beach Tote Bag Pattern

Materials:

  • Cotton Yarn –  6 balls of cotton medium weight yarn – I used Bernat Handicrafter (color 1 x 2 balls, color 2 x 2 balls, color 3 x 1 ball, color 4 x 1 ball)
  • Crochet Hook – US K/6.5 mm
  • Stitch market
  • Scissors
  • Yarn or tapestry needle

Directions:

Pattern written in U.S. terminology

ch = chain, sc = single crochet, dc = double crochet, hdc = half double crochet

BAG BOTTOM:

  1. Using color 1, chain 48 stitches.
  2. Hdc into 2nd chain from hook, then hdc into every stitch until the end, ch 2, turn. Carry on this way for 6 rows in total.
  3. Without turning, sc back into same space as last stitch worked. Starting with the closest side of the base, sc into each row space, 2 sc into last space.
  4. Turn to next side and sc into each stitch, 2 sc into last stitch on that side, carrying on in that fashion until the entire outside of the base is complete, making sure to do 2 sc in each corner.

BAG BODY (working in rounds):

  • Rounds 1 – 3: ch 2 and then hdc in each stitch, join with slip stitch.
  • Round 4: Change to color 2 yarn, ch 2 then hdc in each stitch, join with slip stitch.
  • Rounds 5 – 7: ch 4, *skip a stitch and then dc into the next stitch and ch 1*, repeat until the end of the round, join with slip stitch.
  • Round 8: ch 2, 2 hdc into each stitch space, continue until last stitch space, 1 hdc, join with slip stitch.
  • Round 9: Change to color 3 yarn, hdc in each stitch, join with slip stitch.
  • Round 10: ch 4, *skip a stitch and then dc into the next stitch and ch 1*, repeat until the end of the round, join with slip stitch.
  • Round 11: ch 2, 2 hdc into each stitch space, continue until last stitch space, 1 hdc, join with slip stitch.
  • Round 12: Change to color 2 yarn, ch 2 and then hdc in each stitch, join with slip stitch.
  • Rounds 13 -15: ch 4, *skip a stitch and then dc into the next stitch and ch 1*, repeat until the end of the round, join with slip stitch.
  • Round 16: ch 2, 2 hdc into each stitch space, continue until last stitch space, 1 hdc, join with slip stitch.
  • Round 17: Change to color 4 yarn, ch 2 then hdc in each stitch, join with slip stitch.
  • Round 18: ch 4, *skip a stitch and then dc into the next stitch and ch 1*, repeat until the end of the round, join with slip stitch.
  • Round 19: ch 2, 2 hdc into each stitch space, continue until last stitch space, 1 hdc, join with slip stitch.
  • Round 20: Change to color 2 yarn, ch 2 and then hdc in each stitch, join with slip stitch.
  • Rounds 21 – 23: ch 4, *skip a stitch and then dc into the next stitch and ch 1*, repeat until the end of the round, join with slip stitch.
  • Rounds 24: ch 2, 2 hdc into each stitch space, continue until last stitch space, 1 hdc, join with slip stitch.
  • Rounds 25 – 30: ch 2 and then hdc in each stitch, join with slip stitch. Fasten off and weave in the ends.

BAG STRAP:

  1. Lay bag flat on a flat surface. Using your finger, find the stitch at the top of the bag that’s on the furthest right side/corner when laid flat. Mark the stitch with a stitch marker. Do the same on the left side/corner.
  2. Count over 3 stitches from the stitch marker to the right, pull through end of yarn with crochet hook and make a knot with about a 3 inch tail.
  3. *ch 2 and then hdc in the next 5 stitches, chain 2, turn.* Repeat and continue in this manner until your strap is as long as you’d like (mine strap was about 27″ long). Make longer if you’d like to make the tote more like a messenger bag.
  4. Attach to the other side, matching the middle of the strap with the stitch marker. Fasten off and weave in the ends.
 

I always love crocheting something practical and usable like this beach bag. If you’re interested in crocheting more bags, check out this fun book: Simply Stunning Crocheted Bags

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Crochet Beach Tote Pattern

Free Crochet Beach Tote Bag Pattern

 

11 Comments

11 Comments on Crochet Beach Tote Bag Pattern

  1. judy
    August 22, 2015 at 11:51 AM (4 years ago)

    Thank you for sharing,I’m going to try this one.

    Reply
  2. Carole
    August 23, 2015 at 1:53 PM (4 years ago)

    Fun bag. I love the colors!

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  3. Amy
    November 28, 2015 at 9:58 PM (4 years ago)

    This is beautiful! I hope I can do the pattern justice when I try it!!!

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  4. carleen lani
    May 19, 2016 at 2:04 PM (3 years ago)

    i love this pattern.

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  5. Instimg
    July 10, 2017 at 11:13 PM (2 years ago)

    I love this project! Thank you very much for sharing the pattern! I don’t know if a newbie like me could make this beautiful tote bag, but I will try it. Bookmarked.

    Reply
  6. Sookie Driscoll
    February 5, 2018 at 12:46 PM (1 year ago)

    Hi Jamey,

    I’d love to make a few of these. I looked up Bernat Handicrafter yarn and there are several varieties. Can you please tell me exactly which ones you used for this bag?
    Thank you,
    Sookie

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  7. Noyb
    April 8, 2018 at 4:08 PM (1 year ago)

    Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a stitch count, at least occasionally, in this pattern!

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  8. Colleen Rochelle Farlow
    July 28, 2018 at 10:42 PM (12 months ago)

    Thank you for your lovely site… I love it! I live in Australia and love browsing mainly crochet sites (plus some knitting & sewing ) getting ideas and free patterns from your and other sites.
    This beach bag pattern looks fairly easy and I’m going to try one out now as I bought some cotton yarn which would be perfect. If it turns out OK I may add a pic (if this is possible in the comment box).
    Thanks again!

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  9. Jalisa Wenger
    November 28, 2018 at 8:52 AM (8 months ago)

    Hi, this looks like fun! Do you have a pattern for the beach tote bag that would be the size for an 18 inch doll?? =)

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  10. Jalisa Wenger
    November 28, 2018 at 8:54 AM (8 months ago)

    I mean, for an 18″ doll to carry on her shoulder, not to fit an 18″ doll into. Sorry!

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  11. Debra
    May 5, 2019 at 5:23 AM (2 months ago)

    Gorgeous bag! Not sure the pattern is beginner friendly as I feel some things aren’t explained in great enough detail. I think rows 3 and 4 of the base especially might be difficult to work out for a beginner. Having said that, I’ve crocheted for years so I’m really enjoying doing this. All ready for my holiday! ☺

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