Wrapped Ombre Tote Bag

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)

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. Break yarn and finish off. (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!

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