Crocheted fashion is coming back, and tote bags are no exception. They are practical at the best of times, so when you can crochet your own in the cutest colours and designs, what’s not to love!
Tote bags make a fabulous project for all skill levels as they are often repetitive, so there is not as much need to keep referring to the pattern. Which is great for those that like crocheting while also keeping busy with something else, whether that be watching Netflix or chatting with a friend!
Another thing is that tote bags often work up quickly, so you can make heaps to match outfits or gift to others if you like. They are also super versatile, with unlimited colour schemes this is the perfect opportunity for you to use up some scrap yarn, or go on another craft shop spree to create that ideal combination.
There are also so many patterns out there. What I’ve compiled here is only the tip of the ice berg, but hopefully they’re the easiest and affordable ones for you to enjoy. Now let’s get on with the round-up!
Simple Crochet Gingham Tote Bag
Here we have a beautiful gingham tote bag, a timeless design! It is extremely beginner friendly, mainly consisting of chains and double crochets. The trickiest part is probably the frequent colour changes, but you can get used to that pretty quick. Or if you prefer the bag can be completed in one colour, change row by row, whatever you like! The finished project can be left as is or material can be even sewn on the inside for a final touch.
Magnolia Granny Square Bag
Granny squares don’t just have to be reserved for clothes or other projects! They make the perfect feature for bags as well. The colour palette here has a lovely autumn feel to it, but you can really choose whatever colours to make the bag really your own!
Openwork Crochet Shoulder Bag
The designer aimed to create a versatile bag that works as a fun summer beach bag but is also sturdy enough for a market or everyday, and that is very much achieved here! The base is made of single crochet and the openwork design is recommended for advanced beginners. Although the pattern includes detailed descriptions and images that will help you have a new cute tote in no time! The bag is easily customisable through different colours, beads and tassels, although the neutral in this image really makes the extras pop!
Brickwork Beach Bag
Great as a summer beach bag, or for any time of the year! The pattern involves a cool texture through the changing of stitches from double crochet to front post double crochet to single crochet, that I think looks really cool! Front Post Double Crochet (FPDC) is probably what deems this an intermediate project, although honestly it is pretty simple and effective looking once you’ve got the hang of it!
Lavender Fields Tote Bag
Here is a beautiful but simple tote bag made with two strands of gradient yarn for the colourwork to have the effect as above, how cool is that?! Double strands or even triple strands also makes the pattern work up quickly and sturdier too, so it’s a win all round! The design could also be substituted for stripy by alternating colours every few rows if that’s more your thing. The pattern only consists of repeating basic stitches and is super easy to read, so it really is a simple and stylish project.
Sweet Simple Tote
This tote bag is perfect for a beginner! Made of only single crochet, worked in one piece and the use of two strands means there’s less of a need to be lined with material. Although this pattern uses purchased handles (which does add to it’s polished look and sturdiness), you could make your own- say two handles made of say 80 chains and a few rows of single crochets, then sewing these on. Whatever fits your preference! Video tutorials on the bag and charm are also included, making the project even more of a breeze to create.
Crochet Boho Tote Bag
This project turns out to be a super fun and versatile bag! Crafted in just roughly 1 ball of 150g yarn, it is lightweight and the perfect size as a laptop bag, or whatever purpose you desire. The handles turn out long enough to be hand-held or off the shoulder. The project is also beginner friendly, and crotched in one piece using only basic stitches. The feature zig zig makes an effective touch, which looks even better stretched out when the bag is in use as seen in other images on the pattern website, and your own bag eventually!
Lily Sugar’N Cream Tote Bag
How cute is this stripy tote?! The colours here make a great Spring design and the pattern is written to alternate between four colours, but of course you can cater this to your liking. For example, I think a pastel rainbow piece would make a nice statement piece alongside a white outfit! The pattern is said to intermediate level, although is written simply so it is definitely worth trying out!
FRAÎCHE Crochet Tote Bag
Through a crotched tube handle and thermal stitch, this bag is stylish and made for lasting wear! The stitch is used for durability and to create that rigid design, and its not a worry if you’re unfamilar with the stitch as the designer has attached a video and written tutorial to walk you write through! With a beginner audience in mind, plenty of images and descriptions alongside the pattern are included so this will make a great project for anyone for personal or gifting use!
Uptown Plaid Tote Bag
I adore the plaid design of this bag! It is recommended for experienced level due to its complicated stitch pattern, involving colour changes (where two balls of yarn are required for the two) and again the Front Post Double Crochet, although the result is amazing and the pattern is very detailed to help you through. The stitch is what gives the bag an interesting texture and there is no need for lining!
Easy Pinky Tote Bag
I’d say this bag is different from the others I’ve listed, and in the cutest ways! The pattern includes details such as button holes, adjustable straps. As well as alternating colours to create this adorable design, pink is in the name but of course you can use any. The skill level is easy, and that is even more apparent through the simply written instructions and images all the way through!
Evy Crochet Bag
I believe this pattern takes an interesting take on crochet tote bags! It is crocheted using durable macramé, which you can use, although yarn would work just as well as long as you adjust your hook size accordingly. The bag is made with squares that are sewn together, making it super easy to follow. Adding material handles is also an effective touch!
Summer Tote Bag
This bag very much reminds me of stripy designs often seen on beach towels and wide-brim hats, so definitely has a summer vibe, hence the name! The designer catered this pattern for beginners with it only worked with Half Double Crochet (HDC), instructions are worded and there are images every step of the way. The use of this stitch and a big hook of 6mm means this project works up quickly, so the pattern is an absolute treat all round!
Crochet tote bags make a wonderful project for any time of year, occasion or mood! They are so fun to customise, whether that be through changing the size, colour, stitches, adding of material lining/handles, etc. I hope these easy and stylish patterns I’ve compiled here are helpful to you, and happy crocheting!