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Need a reusable grocery bags? Need a beach bag, diaper bag, or gym tote? The Essential Tote is there to hold anything you need. I’ve already made 3 bags from this pattern using different cotton yarns and I will probably make another soon.
Pattern was updated on 11/22/2020 to add stitch counts to strap section.
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I’m excited to finally share this Essential Tote crochet pattern with you! Its beautiful, airy design makes it the perfect bag for every part of your life.
When I designed this bag, I required some very specific details.
The yarn had to be at least 50% cotton so it retains its shape. CHECK!
I wanted to be able to toss it in the washing machine without worry. CHECK!
I didn’t want to deal with a ton of ends. CHECK!
Oh! And it had to be airy because gym shoes. CHECK! CHECK!
Crochet Tote Pattern Customizations
Before I get to the pattern I wanted to talk about how this crochet bag pattern can be customized.
I am a huge fan of crossbody bags. My reasons are numerous: I like having my hands free, my shoulders are narrow so straps are always slipping, I like the way the look. I can sing the virtues of crossbody straps all day. Whatever the why, 90% of the bags in my closet have long, crossbody straps. The 10% that have shorter straps, rarely get used.
While I am a big fan of crossbody bags, I know not everyone feels the same. So I’ve listed alternative strap lengths so you can customize your strap to suit you!
|Short Handle||20″ (51cm)|
|Shoulder Bag Length||30″ (76cm)|
|Long Crossbody||50″ (127cm)|
|Extra Long Strap||60″ (152cm)|
Shhhh…Don’t tell the other crochet pattern designers but I don’t think gauge matters all that much for this pattern. However, sometimes you need some measurements just to make sure you are on the right track.
|Bottom of bag (Round of DCs) 2” x 2” (5cm x 5 cm) = 8 DC stitches x 3 Row(Rounds)|
|Bag (Shells) 2” x 2” (5cm x 5 cm) = 3 Shells x 4 Rows (Rounds)|
|The end of Round 5 should measure 5” (12.7cm) in diameter|
Crochet Stitches Used
|Abbreviation||US Terminology||UK Terminology|
|SC||Single Crochet||Single Crochet|
|DC||Double Crochet||Treble Crochet|
|HDC||Half Double Crochet||Half Treble Crochet|
For the three bags pictured, I used two different brands of yarn:
Caron Cotton Cakes
- 2 skeins in Garden Oasis
- 2 skeins in Nested Blues
Hobby Lobby I Love this Cotton
- 2.5 skeins in 95 Antique Cream
Yarn: 7 oz/200g (422 yds/386 m) Cotton/Acrylic Blend or 100%
Crochet Tote Pattern
Round 1: Make 10 DC in circle, join with a slip stitch. Ch1. Turn. = 10 DC
Round 2: 2DC in each stitch around, join with a slip stitch. Ch1. Turn. = 20 DC
Round 3: *2DC, DC* Repeat 9 more times, join with a slip stitch. Ch1. Turn. = 30DC
Round 4: *2DC, DC, DC* Repeat 9 more times, join with a slip stitch. Ch1. Turn. = 40
Round 5: *2DC, DC in the next 3 stitches,* Repeat 9 more times, join with a slip stitch. Ch1. Turn. = 50
*** At this point, stop and measure your round against the gauge section above ***
Round 6: *2DC, DC in the next 4 stitches,* Repeat 9 more times, join with a slip stitch. Ch1. Turn. = 60
Round 7: *2DC, DC in the next 5 stitches,* Repeat 9 more times, join with a slip stitch. Ch1. Turn. = 70
Round 8: *2DC, DC in the next 6 stitches,* Repeat 9 more times, join with a slip stitch. Ch1. Turn. = 80
Round 9: *2DC, DC in the next 7 stitches,* Repeat 9 more times, join with a slip stitch. Ch1. Turn. = 90
Round 10: Sc into second chain from hook, *ch3, DC into same stitch, skip 2, SC in next chain* Repeat until end. Ch1 Turn
Round 11: in next Ch3 space [DC, Ch3, SC] , Join with a slip stitch, Ch1 Turn
Round 12: in next Ch 3 space [SC, Ch3, DC] Repeat until end, Join with a slip stitch, Ch1. Turn
Rounds 13 – 43: Repeat Round 11 & Round 12
Round 44: in next Ch 3 space [3DC], Join with a slipstitch, Ch1 Turn
Round 45: SC in each stitch. Join with a slip stitch, Fasten off, weave in all end.
Crochet Strap Pattern:
Row 1: HDC in 3rd chain from hook. HDC in each stitch across. = 13HDC
Row 2: Ch 1, Turn. HDC in same stitch, HDC in each stitch across. TIP: Make the last stitch into the top of the turning chain for a straight edge. = 13HDC
Row 3 -102: Repeat Row 2. Fasten off, weave in all ends. Attach strap to bag.