Wrapped Ombre Tote Bag

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I’ve been wanting to try out wrapped stitches for a while now, and by the time I finished the Wrapped Ombre Tote Bag crochet pattern I was in love! A combination of wrapped stitches and V stitches, with some fun stripes, keeps this bag moving and fun to make.

Wrapped Ombre Tote Bag: free #crochet pattern from Moogly! ♥

And an easily memorized 2 row repeat makes it even better! The Wrapped Ombre Tote Bag is a great stash buster too! I used up some worsted weight cottons I had laying around, but you can use any fiber you like – acrylic, wool, you name it! I used nearly a full skein of the white and dark purple, and less of the other three colors.

Wrapped Ombre Tote Bag: free #crochet pattern from Moogly! ♥

Wrapped Ombre Tote Bag

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  • US – I, 5.5mm hook
  • 380 yds total worsted weight yarn, in 5 colors (or as desired)
  • 4 st markers
  • Gauge: 12 sts x 7 rows = 4″ in dc
  • Finished size: (not including handles) 15″ wide x 14″ tall
  • To change the size, work in multiples of 6 sts
  • Note: The directions are written with standard stitches, but to give this bag a less conspicuous seam, use the Chainless Starting Double Crochet and sl st into the ch sp,  instead of using a ch 4 at the beginning of Rounds 7 – 25, and use Standing Double Crochet to join the new colors.
  • Special Stitch (Click HERE for Video & Photo Tutorial): 2 dc cluster wrapped around the last 2 sts – *Yo and placing hook in front of previous 2 sts, yo with working yarn held behind previous 2 sts, pull loop up to left of previous 2 sts, yo and pull through 2 loops on hook. (2 sts remain on hook) Repeat from *, end with 3 loops remaining on hook. Yo and pull through all 3 loops.

Yarn Brands and Colors Shown:
Color A: Peaches & Creme Black Currant
Color B: Sugar ‘n Cream Hot Purple
Color C: Sugar ‘n Cream Hot Blue
Color D: Sugar ‘n Cream Light Blue
Color E: Peaches & Creme White

Instructions: (note that the pattern begins with rows, and switches to rounds.)

Row 1: With Color A, FDC 40, turn. (40 sts) {Click here for FDC (foundation double crochet) video tutorial}

Row 2 – 4: Ch 2 (does not count as a st), dc in each st across, turn. (40 sts)

Round 5: Ch 2, dc in each st across (40 sts), turn work clockwise and dc across end of piece (8 sts), turn clockwise and dc across foundation chain (40 sts), turn clockwise and dc across last end of piece (8 sts). Join with sl st to 1st dc to work in the round. Do not turn. (96 sts)

Round 6: Ch 2, dc in each st around, join with a sl st to 1st dc. (96 sts)

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Wrapped Ombre Tote Bag: free #crochet pattern from Moogly! ♥Round 7: Ch 4 (counts as dc and ch 1), dc in the 1st st. *Skip next st, dc in next 2 sts, 2dc cluster wrapped around last 2 sts, skip 2 sts.** [Dc, ch 1, dc] in next st. Repeat from * around, ending last repeat at **. Join with a sl st in ch 4 sp. (96 sts, including chs)

Round 8: Ch 4, dc in ch sp. Skip next st, dc in next 3 sts, skip next st. *[Dc, ch 1, dc] in ch sp, skip next st, dc in next 3 sts, skip next st. Repeat from * to end, join with a sl st in ch 4 sp. (96 sts, including chs)

Round 9: Ch 4 (counts as dc and ch 1), dc in the 1st st. *Skip next st, dc in next 2 sts, 2dc cluster wrapped around last 2 sts, skip 2 sts.** [Dc, ch 1, dc] in next st. Repeat from * around, ending last repeat at **. Join with a sl st in ch 4 sp. Break yarn and finish off. (96 sts, including chs)

Round 10: With Color B, join to the ch 4 sp of the previous round with a sl st. Ch 4, dc in ch sp. Skip next st, dc in next 3 sts, skip next st. *[Dc, ch 1, dc] in ch sp, skip next st, dc in next 3 sts, skip next st. Repeat from * to end, join with a sl st in ch 4 sp. (96 sts, including chs)

Round 11: Ch 4 (counts as dc and ch 1), dc in the 1st st. *Skip next st, dc in next 2 sts, 2dc cluster wrapped around last 2 sts, skip 2 sts.** [Dc, ch 1, dc] in next st. Repeat from * around, ending last repeat at **. Join with a sl st in ch 4 sp. (96 sts, including chs)

Round 12: Ch 4, dc in ch sp. Skip next st, dc in next 3 sts, skip next st. *[Dc, ch 1, dc] in ch sp, skip next st, dc in next 3 sts, skip next st. Repeat from * to end, join with a sl st in ch 4 sp. (96 sts, including chs)

Round 13: Ch 4 (counts as dc and ch 1), dc in the 1st st. *Skip next st, dc in next 2 sts, 2dc cluster wrapped around last 2 sts, skip 2 sts.** [Dc, ch 1, dc] in next st. Repeat from * around, ending last repeat at **. Join with a sl st in ch 4 sp. Break yarn and finish off. (96 sts, including chs)

Round 14 – 17: With Color C, repeat Rounds 10 – 13.

Round 18 – 21: With Color D, repeat Rounds 10-13.

Round 22 – 25: With Color E. repeat Rounds 10 – 13, do not break yarn.

Round 26: Ch 1, sc in each st and ch sp around, join with a sl st to 1st sc. (96 sts)

Round 27: Ch 1, sc in each st around, place markers at st #17, 37, 65, and 85, join with a sl st to 1st sc. (96 sts) NOTE: Be sure to lay your bag flat and make sure the markers are lined up where you want the handles to be, and lined up with each other. Due to difference in tension, yarn, and preference, they may need to be adjusted.

Round 28: Ch 1, sc in each st to 1st marker, sc in marked st, ch 70, skip 19 sts, sc in 2nd marked st, sc in each st to 3rd marker, sc in 3rd marked st, ch 70, skip 19 sts, sc in 4th marked st, sc in each remaining st around, join with a sl st to 1st sc. (198 sts including chs)

Round 29: Ch 1, sc in each st and ch around, join with a sl st to 1st sc. (198 sts)

Round 30: Ch 1, sc in each st around, join with a sl st to 1st sc. Break yarn and finish off. (198 sts)

Round 31: With Color of choice (D shown), join to 1st st of previous round with a sl st. Ch 1, sc in each st around, join with a sl st to 1st sc. Break yarn and finish off. Weave in ends. (198 sts)

I hope you enjoy this pattern for the Wrapped Ombre Tote Bag! It’s a fun crochet pattern to make, perfect for gifts, a fun stashbuster, and easy enough to make while watching your favorite TV show! I can’t wait to see your finished totes!

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Comments

  1. 3

    Ulrika says

    Love the bag and the design. If I may offer a suggestion. I think it would be good to line the bag. This gives it stability and things won’t fall through. I have made several bags. What I use to line them is pillowcases that I purchase at the dollar store. I make sure the right side shows on the indside. I fold over the edge, press with an iron and sew in. Easy peasy.

  2. 9

    celia says

    Tamara,

    You are always such a dear when you share. I am struggling with rows 2-4 (it could be because i was trying to do this with no heat and working extra hours this weekend).

    Would you be really kind and expand a little more on the first rows and the count. I am just not clear should i have 40 or 41 or 42 “posts” (the first chain three) and the chain on row two, etc. I still struggle with some patterns.

    thank you

    celia

    • 10

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Celia! Thank you so much!

      Rows 2-4 should each have 40 dc sts, plus the ch 2. The ch 2 doesn’t count as a stitch, so that’s why it’s “(40sts)” at the end of the row – you do not crochet into that ch 2 on the next row. :) I hope that helps!

    • 12

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hm, I don’t know as I haven’t tried it – it would be interesting to see though! Thank you!

  3. 13

    Debbie says

    Am thinking if you used the nylon cording, it would look like one of the Le Sak purses.. Not sure if the gauge would be the same though.

  4. 15

    Yvonne brown says

    Tamara,

    I enjoyed all the comments and I am anxious to start on this beautiful tote. Thanks much for sharing your pattern.

  5. 17

    Jackie says

    Love this pattern. I’m working on it now but am having an issue with the “8” stitches on the edge. Because there are 5 rows I am not sure how to space them. Please help!!

    • 18

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Jackie! Because Round 5 circles Rows 1-4, you don’t crochet into the side of Round 5 – just 1-4. So 2 sts in each row. :) I hope that helps!

  6. 20

    Heather Ross says

    Just finished this bag tonight! It’s so pretty love it thanks so much for the pattern. I’m going to line it with some pretty blue floral fabric. Thanks again! Happy hooking!

  7. 23

    heather says

    Dear Tamara
    i also just finished the bag which i love :) thanks for sharing such lovely and groovy crochet wonders..
    the bag looks awesome but the handles are a bit curly…maybe i should block the bag?
    thanks again
    heather x

  8. 29

    Dawn says

    In row 9, when we repeat, are we supposed to skip 3 st?? The repeat ends with skipping 2 st and then starts whlith skipping 1.

  9. 34

    Ann says

    I keep getting stuck at round 7. So after I chain 4 and double crochet in the same stitch I skip the next stitch and do the cluster with the next 2 double crochets. Then skip 2 stitches. Then [Dc, ch 1, dc] in the same stitch. And repeat. When I get to the end I don’t end with a cluster before getting to the chain 4 beginning again.

    • 35

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Ann! Is it that you’re running out of stitches to work into? The last few sts of the row are 2 dc with the cluster worked around them, and then you skip the last 2 sts and join to the ch-4 sp. Did you have 96 sts in the previous row?

      • 36

        ann says

        Thank you for the response. I counted 96 stitches before the round. In the video turorial you skipped one stitch after the cluster but the 7th round calls for skipping 2 stitches right?

  10. 39

    Anna Borrowman says

    For rows 2-4 do you slip stich together? Because It just says rows 2-4 and then round 5. I’m confused.

  11. 43

    Sadie says

    I just wanted to tell you that the chainless double crochet just changed my life! :) Thank you so much. What a difference!

  12. 45

    Stephanie says

    I love this pattern so much. I’ve made like 3 in a week.lol One thing I did that really helped make the bag sturdy enough to carry groceries is that I crochet the base and first row of the handle with the really stiff redheart yarn since the cotton yarn is so limp.
    Thank you for this lovely pattern :)

  13. 47

    Ali Murray says

    Love this so much!! Thank you for the pattern, just finished mine. My only tiny gripe (sorry I really do love love love it!!) is in round 9 at the end you say “Break yarn and finish off” but you don’t, you carry on with the same colour until the end of round 11. Not that it mattered, I just sewed an extra end in. Otherwise pattern was very easy to follow, and I learned how to wrap and do a foundation chain too which is great to add to my skillset.

  14. 49

    Yeon says

    Could you make a tutorial video for the tote bag, please?
    I have been learning crochet through You Tube and really enjoying it. But I have hard time to read the written pattern.
    I really really want to make this.
    Thank you.

  15. 51

    says

    I love this cotton bag. But the first time I washed and dried a cotton item I’d crochet, the colors all muddied together and I had to throw away the item. How should I avoid the colors running together when I wash the cotton? I’m learning a lot from your website!

    • 52

      Tamara Kelly says

      Thank you so much Gloria! And I hate when that happens!! There are a couple things you can try: 1 – soak the yarn (particularly reds!) in vinegar water and let dry before using to set the color, or 2 – try Shout Color Catchers in the wash. You can get them on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1TkIN1D I find they can be a real life saver!

  16. 53

    Nancy mcquade says

    Hello again, Tamara
    I am now starting another one of you beautiful patterns. They are always a challenge which makes them interesting! I want to make it smaller so will decrease my stitch count by six but how do I decrease the band width for each of the colours?

    • 54

      Tamara Kelly says

      Thank you! You can split the repeats – work 10 and 11 in one color, and 12 and 13 in the next! :)

  17. 55

    Nancy mcquade says

    Me again Tamara,
    Row 7 – I did my chain 4 and double crochet in the first stitch and then did the pattern from there, ending with the cluster. I have end up with a stitch count of 83 (I am working with 84 instead of 96 stitches) with 4 double crochets at the end of the round untouched. My stitch count has included the chain 4 as a double crochet (1 stitch) and the chain as a count of 1 stitch also. If I slip stitch to the first double crochet does that count as a stitch to then give me 84? I taken it out and redone it a couple of times with the same result.

    • 56

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hello Nancy! I’m sorry, without being there and being able to inspect your fabric it’s so hard to say. Did you watch the video at http://www.mooglyblog.com/wrap-around-stitches/? You do not count the sl st as a stitch. The last 2 sts get skipped, so it’s only 2 that you are “over.” It’s so hard to say without being able to see it though, I’d be stabbing in the wind. Each repeat should take up 6 stitches – the 2 dc sts go in the first 2 sts, then you do the wrapped st and skip 2 sts (so we’re up to 4 sts covered), and then you make the V stitch (that’s the 5th st used), and then skip the next st (that’s the 6th st). If you are working the repeats correctly every time, then you shouldn’t have those extra 2 sts. I wish I could be more help!

      • 57

        nancy mcquade says

        When I start the row, do I double crochet in to the stitch that I did my slip stitch in to or do I go to the next one which would be the 2nd stitch in the round, kind of?

        • 58

          Tamara Kelly says

          You crochet into the same stitch that you slip stitched into, but don’t crochet into the slip stitch itself. :)

          • 59

            nancy mcqude says

            My math isn’t computing right here! If I start with 84, DC in the 1st stitch, skip one and leave off 2 at the end, that leaves me with 80 stitches to work with. So counting my first double crochet wrap, skip 2, dc,ch1,dc in the same stitch and skipping 1 for a total of 6, and doing 13 repeats of the pattern, I will have used up 78 stitches (13×6) and then skip a stitch and one more of the wraps to count for 3, now I am 81. I know I am missing something here. What do you think? You are very generous with your advice and I know you can’t solve all problems but I do appreciate you trying!

          • 60

            Tamara Kelly says

            You should have 14 total repeats – the “Ch 4 (counts as dc and ch 1), dc in the 1st st.” and the last repeat of “Skip next st, dc in next 2 sts, 2dc cluster wrapped around last 2 sts, skip 2 sts” combine to represent one repeat. It’s split at the beginning and end of the round. So you should have 14 V sts, and 14 wrap around stitches, and 14 pairs of plain dc.

            So you dc in the first st, skip a stitch (that’s 2), then do 13 of the 6 stitch repeats (that brings us to 80), then for the last 4 sts you dc in the next 2, then do a wrap around stitch, and then skip the last 2 sts and join. Does that help?

  18. 61

    nancy mcquade says

    Me again, Tamara,
    I finally got Round 7 done and now I am to the end of Round 8. My last stitches turned out to be the [Dc,ch1,dc] in the ch sp. To me the pattern reads that I should end up with dc in 3 stitches. Please tell me the way I have ended up is correct!
    My husband said to the other night after I had used a few expletives that I don’t usually use “Are you sure this is the right hobby for you honey?” I assured him that it was but really, it can’t be this hard, can it? I read in the comments about some if these lively patterns that someone has completed 3 in a night and I am thinking, How can that be when I am struggling to do one is a month! I need some words of encouragement and advice!

    • 62

      Tamara Kelly says

      I’m sorry you’re having trouble Nancy! :( Can you read charts? Maybe I could come up with one for this pattern!

      • 63

        nancy mcquade says

        Does that mean that I supposed to end up with the 3 double crochets instead of the crochet in to the chain space :( ? I have followed charts from your other patterns so I think so!

          • 66

            nancy mcquade says

            Dear Tamara,

            If there were crochet awards for the most helpful crochet expert it would go to you! The chart has made all the difference and it has answered my question that I didn’t convey clearly to you so no worries there. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! I can now proceed and there shouldn’t be any more cries for help! I wish that every pattern I use could be one of yours. My last project was a sweater that turned out horribly and the designer wasn’t much help and I am NOT starting over. Not only that I paid about $15.00 Cdn for it! Unfortunately, none of your sweater patterns are what I am looking for but I have found one that looks like it will work for me. Again thank you for all of your help.

            Nancy

          • 67

            Tamara Kelly says

            Oh I’m so glad!! Whew! 😀 Thank you for letting me know! have a fantastic weekend!

  19. 68

    Ezella Dysart says

    Hello there I love your tutorials and patterns. For some reason I am having a hard time with the handles. I am counting only 94 stitches instead the 96. My markers are not pinning up and I followed the pattern to a T. I even did it over twice!! Can you please tell me what I am doing wrong? It would be nice if you had a tutorial for this bag. Thank you.

    • 69

      Tamara Kelly says

      Personal gauge can greatly affect where the handles end up, hence the note in Round 27. I have a generic handle tutorial HERE. It’s hard to say where you lost 2 sts, but if you like the look of it I wouldn’t worry about it! I hope that helps!

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