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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 sandcastles. I decided it was time to come up with a new fun but useful crochet 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 crochet bags are really quick and easy to make and also make a great little gift. The tote crochet 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 crochet project and I would say I crochet at a slow to medium pace. The finished size of the tote was 15″ wide by 15″ high.

Free Crochet Beach Tote Bag Pattern

Materials:

  • Cotton Yarn –  6 balls of cotton medium weight yarn – I used Bernat Handicrafter in pale yellow, hot pink, hot green and tangerine (color 1 x 120 yards, color 2 x 130 yards, color 3 x 40 yards, color 4 x 40 yards)
  • Crochet Hook – US K/6.5 mm
  • Stitch marker
  • Scissors
  • Yarn or tapestry needle

Directions:

Pattern is 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 the end of yarn with the 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.

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Crochet Beach Tote Pattern

Free Crochet Beach Tote Bag Pattern

 

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Reusable Crochet Face Scrubbies

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Pattern to crochet face scrubbies.

Easy crochet pattern – reusable cotton face scrubbies.

Reusable Crochet Face Scrubbies

I don’t know why but washing my face at the end of the day is one of my favorite routines. I love the fresh clean feeling of newly washed skin. And since I know how to crochet, I thought “Why not make my own facecloths?” Reusable crochet face scrubbies are better for the environment anyway.

Determined to be a little nicer to the planet, I picked up some cotton Bernat Handicrafter cotton yarn and my crochet hook and got busy. You’ll need to know how to double crochet and slip stitch crochet if you want to make these pads too.

The circle crochet pattern is fabulous for removing makeup and leave your face feeling really clean. Plus they’re easy to wash.

If you don’t know how to crochet in the round, it’s really easy with this pattern. I think crochet in the round is so soothing and meditative, so making these was a breeze for me. I’m also making them to donate to the hospital along with my caps for a cause hats.  Often times people end up in the hospitals unexpectedly and don’t have overnight bags. The hospital uses these crochet scrubbies to add to little washing kits for overnight patients.

These reusable scrubbies are quick and the easy crochet pattern can be made in less than half an hour. I recommend using cotton yarn to make these crochet face scrubbies as it’s better for the skin, the environment and easier to clean. 

This easy crochet project uses only a small amount of yarn, making it a great crochet pattern to use up scrap yarn.

Reusable  Face Scrubbies Pattern

Materials:

  • Cotton yarn (approx. 40 yards) – Bernat Handicrafter used in this pattern
  • Crochet Hook – US H8/5 mm.
  • Yarn or tapestry needle
  • Scissors

Crochet Pattern Directions:

Ch = chain, sl st = slip stitch, sc = single crochet, dc = double crochet (U.S.)

  1. Ch 5 and then join together into a ring with a sl st. Or use the magic ring method if you prefer.
  2. Make 8 sc into the ring. Join with sl st.
  3. Round 1: Ch 1 and then 2 sc into the same stitch. Now do 2 sc in each stitch around and then sl st to join.
  4. Round 2: Ch 1 and then 1 sc in same st. [2 sc in the next stitch then 1 sc in the next], repeat in each remaining stitches around.
  5. Round 3: Ch 1 and then 1 dc in same st. [2 dc in the next stitch then 1 dc in the next TWO stitches], repeat this in each remaining stitches around.
  6. Fasten off and weave the ends into the scrubbie using your yarn/tapestry needle.

Looking for more great crochet patterns: Easy Striped Baby Hat, Lily Cowl Crochet PatternCrochet Fingerless GlovesDone In A Day Baby BlanketEasy Crochet Can CozyTulip Textured Crochet DishclothEasy Cozy Crochet BlanketCrochet Beach BagOmbre Textured Blanket, Light Crochet Wrap

Reusable Crochet Face Pads

Reusable Crochet Face Pads

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