Crochet summer tote bag ” Sofia “

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Crochet bags are the perfect accessory for the summer and here is a version of my free summer tote bag pattern. This is an easy yet modern filet tote bag.

Free crochet summer tote bag ” Sofia” is the latest post on our blog. Continue reading for my inspiration, design process, and yarn choice, or scroll down for the free pattern.

One of my first designs is a crochet backpack pattern made of t-shirt yarn. I like the look and the shape you can get from this yarn, but working with it sometimes can be a nightmare. That’s why I decided to try some new bag yarns like; cotton macrame yarn I found in our local yarn store. I imagined a sturdy summer tote bag that would not be heavy, yet I could carry all the needed stuff.

This is 3mm cotton macrame yarn made of 70% recycled cotton and 30% polyester. It is 200g/120m. The good part is that it is not thin, but it is not too bulky, making the crochet process more enjoyable than most other types of yarns I used for making bags, backpacks, and home decors.

My sister prefers more soft yarns for her bags, and here you can check her Alpine tulip bag pattern made out of acrylic yarn and self- striped velvet yarn backpack.

As I said, the crochet bags are perfect and trendy for summertime, so I decided to try them. Here is the first pattern for the summer tote bag, probably not the last. ( I have filmed 3 more video tutorials which will be live soon here on the blog and on our YouTube channel, which you can check here for more free video tutorials.

Because making bags is a new design area I dive into I made this summer tote bag as simple as I could that even a beginner crocheter who knows how to crochet single crochet, half double crochet, and double crochet stitches can make it without worrying for stitch counts and row repetitions.


The free crochet summer tote bag’s pattern:


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This bag is worked from the bottom up, without any seaming. First, we will make the base, then continue with the body and make the straps.

Ch- spaces are counted as a stitch and if it is indicated for example; skip 1 stitch, 1 dc in next = means to skip the ch-space and work the stitch in the next indicated stitch or if it is written dc in next 5 sts = it means to work the stitches counting the ch-spaces as a stitch as well.

The numbers in the brackets at the end indicate the total sts you must have after each rnd.

For this pattern, I used 3 mm cotton macramé yarn; If you are going to use different weight yarn be sure to adjust the starting chain for your needs.

Here is a video tutorial to guide you through the pattern if needed.

Materials needed

Crochet hook – 4 mm

Yarn – Cotton macramé 3mm

( 200g / 120m, 70% recycled cotton/ 30% polyester )

The amount used is 575g in total.

Final measurements –

36 cm x 12 cm x 35 cm ( without the straps )

Abbreviation

Ch(s)- chain(s)

dc- double crochet

sl.st- slip stitch

sk- skip

sc- single crochet

rnd(s)- round(s)

beg- beginning

rep- repeat

st(s)- stitch(es)

hdc- half double crochet

FO- fasten off

ch sp(s)- chain space(s)

** – – repeat the stitches in the ** indicated times

{} – – repeat the stitches in the {} indicated times

Pattern

BAG’S BASE:

Rnd 1: ch38, 2dc in 4th ch from the hook, dc in next 33 sts, 5dc in next st, dc in next 33 sts, 2dc in last st, join with sl.st on top ot 3rd ch. ( 76 sts )

Rnd 2: Ch3, 2dc in same st, 3dc in next st, dc in next 35 sts, *3dc in next st* rep 2 more times, dc in next 35 sts, 3dc in last st, join with sl.st on top of 3rd ch. ( 88 sts )

Rnd 3: Ch3, 3dc in next st, dc in next 2 sts, 3dc in next st, dc in next 37 sts, * 3dc in next st, dc in next 2 sts * rep 1 more time, 3dc in next st, dc in next 37 sts, 3dc in next st, 1dc in last st, join with sl.st on top of 3rd ch. ( 100 sts )

Rnd 4: Ch3, 1hdc in next st, 3hdc in next st, hdc in next 4 sts, 3hdc in next st, hdc in next 39 sts, * 3hdc inn next st, hdc in next 4 sts * rep 1 more time, 3hdc in next st, hdc in next 39 sts, 3hdc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts, join with sl.st on top of 3rd ch. ( 112 sts )

Do not FO and continue working on the body.

BAG’S BODY:

Rnd 1: Ch4, sk1 st, 1dc in next st * ch1, sk1 st, 1dc in next st * rep till the last st, ch1, sk1 st, join with sl.st on 3rd ch of beg ch4.

( 112 sts)

Rnd 2: ch-sps are counted as a stitch here and throughout the pattern.

Ch4, sk1 st, 1dc in next st, ch1, sk1 st, 1dc in next 5 sts, * ch1, sk1 st, 1dc in next st, ch1, sk1 st, dc in next 5 sts * rep till the last 7 sts, ch1, sk1 st, 1dc in next st, ch1, sk1 st, 1dc in next 4 sts, join with sl.st on 3rd ch of beg ch4. ( 112 sts )

Rnd 3: Ch4, sk1 st, 1dc in next st, * ch1,sk1 st, dc in next 2 sts * rep 1 more time, { ch1, sk 1 st, 1 dc in next, * ch1, sk1 st, 1 dc in next 2 sts * rep 1 more time } rep till the last 7 sts, ch1, sk1 st, 1 dc in next st, ch1, sk1 st, 1dc in next 2 sts, ch1, sk1 st, dc in next st, join with sl.st on 3rd ch of beg ch4.

 ( 112 sts )

Rnd 4: same as rnd 2. ( 112 sts )

Rnd 5: same as rnd 1 ( 112 sts )

Repeat rnds 2-5 , 4 more times.

BAG’ STRAPS / HANDLES

Rnd 22: Ch3, 1 dc in each st across, join with sl.st on top of ch3. ( 112 sts )

Rnd 23: ch1, sc in same st, sc in next 22 sts, ch70, sk23 sts, sc in next 33 sts, ch70, sk23 sts, sc in next 10 sts, join with sl.st on top of 1st sc st.( 206 sts )

Rnd 24: ch1, sc in same st, sc in next 22 sts, sc in next 70 chs, sc in next 33 sts, sc in next 70 chs, sc in next 10 sts, join with sl.st on top of 1st sc st.

( 206 sts )

Rnd 25: ch1, sc in each st across.( 206 sts )

Take a tapestry needle and weave the ends in. You can use the perfect finish method for a nicer look for your bag.

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