Crochet Tote Bag
I made a crochet tote bag a couple of weeks ago and I’ve been using it ever since to store and carry around my knitting or crochet projects. It’s been perfect for that purpose, so I thought I’d share the basics of it.
*Please note that although this is a very simple project to make, I have not written an introduction to crochet, so you will need to know the basic stitches before starting.*
2 x 100gr chunky yarn for the base and bottom half,
1 x 100gr of chunky yarn in a different colour for the top half,
5mm crochet hook, which is smaller than recommended in order to achieve a tighter and sturdier texture. Although this will depend entirely on your tension so you may want to experiment with different size hooks.
First you need to make a flat round base. Start by chaining 4 stitches and connecting them to make a loop.
In row 1, chain 1 then single crochet 6 stitches, slip stitch to first single crochet to join the round.
In row 2, chain 1 then increase by single crocheting 2 in each single crochet. Slip stitch to first single crochet to join the round. You should have ended up with 12 stitches.
In row 3, chain 1 then increase in every second stitch, slip stitch to first single crochet to join. You should have ended up with 18 stitches.
Continue to increase 6 stitches (equally dispersed) in each row for 16 rows until you have 96 stitches.
*Note that if you line up your increases in each row, your round base will be more of a hexagon than a circle, which is perfectly fine for this project but if you wish to make it more of a circle as in the photo above, than you need to stagger your increases starting from row 5. Meaning you need to make the row 5 increases in the middle of those in row 4 and so on.*
From row 17, I used a rib stitch for the body. You create this stitch the same as single crochet but you do not hook through both loops of the previous row’s single crochets, just the back loops. No increases from here.
Otherwise, simply single crochet in the round without increasing and continue for 14 rounds. Change colour if you like and crochet another 14 rounds.
To create the handles, single crochet 16, chain 20, skipping 16 stitches then connect from the 17th and single crochet 32, chain another 20, skip 16 stitches then connect from 17th and single crochet 16. Slip stitch to join the round.
In the next row, chain 1 then single crochet in the round, making sure to crochet 20 single crochets along each of the two handles. Continue for another two rounds to finish.
That’s it, you’re done! I hope you enjoy using it and don’t be afraid to make it your own by changing the size of it, playing with different colours, etc. There’s lots of variations to experiment with.
Drop me a line if anything is unclear!