Carry It All with 10 Free Crochet Tote Bag Patterns!

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Crochet tote bags are one of my favorite projects! They’re fun, useful, and it feels so good to bring my own bags to the store and farmer’s market. Heck, in some places it’s the law! Whether it’s a trip to the beach or a milk run to the closest mega mart, carrying a bag you crocheted yourself is uniquely satisfying. There are tons of patterns for totes and grocery bags, but here are 10 of the best crochet tote bag patterns – some of which I’ve made, and others I hope to in the future! Lots of styles to choose from, so I think you’ll find some to love too!

Free crochet tote bag patterns

10 Free Crochet Tote Bag Patterns

  1. Provence Summer String Bag by Kathy North, on Piece by Piece: This stitch pattern is gorgeous!Free crochet tote bag patterns
  2. Lacy V Shopping Bag by Cathy Phillips, a Ravelry download: Here’s one I made – and ended up donating to a charity auction! I still want to make another for myself, I just love this pattern! It’s a BIG bag as written, to make a smaller version, start with a chain of 30 instead of 50.Free crochet tote bag patterns
  3. Rose Garden Tote by Michele Wilcox, on Stitch Nation by Debbie Stoller: An absolutely amazing felted bag! Such detail! This would be a great mother’s day gift!Free crochet tote bag patterns
  4. Spring Petals Messenger Tote by Susan Gater, on Asparagus & Mayonnaise: Look for the link to the doc for this colorful crochet tote pattern in the sidebar!Free crochet tote bag patterns
  5. Inga’s Häkelbeutel by Inga Joana Mertens, on Stricksucht: I’ve made two of these, with two different types of granny squares – it’s a great basic pattern for a medium size tote bag!Free crochet tote bag patterns
  6. Plus Size Cable Bag by Brenda Bourg, on Red Heart: A great big bag with lots of style!Free crochet tote bag patterns
  7. Rainbow Hexagon Beach Bag by Lily / Sugar’n Cream: I love love love the colors and motifs in this one!Free crochet tote bag patterns
  8. Summer Squares Beach Tote by Micah York, on Micah Makes: Great for the pool, the beach, or shopping!Free crochet tote bag patterns
  9. Mother’s Day Tote by D2B, a Ravelry download: For those who want a strong, sturdy tote that’s finished fast! Free crochet tote bag patterns
  10. Tuck Away Tote by Ruth Shepherd, on Talking Crochet with Carol Alexander: Mesh bags are always handy, and this one folds up to stash anywhere – and it’s pretty too! Genius!Free crochet tote bag patterns Free crochet tote bag patterns

What are your favorite free crochet tote patterns? It seems like no matter how many I make I always want to make more! Share your links and favorites in the comments!

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    Shannon A. says

    Here’s a silly question: I have always wanted to make a tote bag, but always figured it would stretch like crazy. Do you use 100% cotton yarn to make tote bags? Or do you line them with fabric to prevent stretching? Or does acrylic yarn work too and I’m just overestimating the stretch potential? Thanks for these patterns, I have a feeling I am going to be making that cable one asap!

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      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Shannon, that’s a great question! There are lots of factors that can affect the stretch. Personally I like to use 100% kitchen cotton for tote bags – not a lot of stretch, and they feel good and wash well too. That said, if it’s a mesh-y pattern, like the Provence Summer String Bag, it’ll stretch a LOT not matter what yarn you use – because of the stitches. On the other hand, the Rose Garden Tote is made in wool – which is normally quite stretchy – but it’s felted, so it shouldn’t stretch hardly at all! Lining a bag to prevent stretching is a great solution, and even when you want some stretch in the bag itself, lining the handle or strap with some ribbon (polyester, cotton, whatever matches) can be a good idea too.

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    Adrienne says

    The Summer Squares Beach Tote isn’t very stretchy, which is nice. I used 100% cotton (a recycled eco-cotton). The doubled-up mesh pattern helps it to not have a funky stretch if loaded up and the bottom is quite supportive. I get compliments every time I use it at the market.

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      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Steph! I don’t have any specific diaper bag patterns, and I know too there aren’t very many out there. I am working on a largish messenger bag pattern to be released in the next few weeks though! I might have to give some thought to a diaper bag pattern… thanks for the inspiration!

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    Daphne O'Donoghoe says

    I am looking for a crochet pattern of a shopping bag crocheted over a pencil ?????can anyone help?????

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    vonda finley says

    I found a pattern for a bag made out of granny squares that didn’t have to be lined because the squares created their own backing.
    Then my computer crashed & now I can’t find it.
    Can you help me?

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      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Vonda! That sounds like a really great pattern! Unfortunately, I can’t recall seeing anything quite like it. I’d recommend searching!

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    vonda finley says

    I’ve made a few of the ‘Tuck Away’ totes. Everyone loves them. I made them with cotton twine. They’re really strong, hold a lot & don’t really stretch (except for the net part that’s supposed to stretch). An additional plus is that they can be died whatever color you want.

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