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Free Crochet Tote Bag Pattern- Katie Tote

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Crochet tote bag, called the Katie Tote,  lying flat on the ground.

The Katie Tote is a great crochet tote to use as a purse, market bag, or even a yarn bag! It’s quick to work up and has beautiful detail!

This is a great project for gifting or selling, because you don’t have to work about sizing and fitting. 

Pattern Inspiration

This crochet tote bag pattern was inspired by the Katie Cardi and the other patterns in the Katie collection! I just love the stitch combination in these patterns and wanted to create a cute shoulder bag with it as well!

Woman carrying a tan colored crochet tote bag over her shoulder. This bag is called the Katie Tote.

I love how this bag can be used as a purse, market bag, or a small shopping bag. It’s very versatile and beautiful.

I went with a DK weight yarn to keep it lightweight and give the stitches great definition within the project.

Pattern Details

This crochet bag pattern calls for a DK (#3) weight yarn. I used Cascade Pima Cotton yarn for my sample. This yarn is a beautiful, shiny yarn made with 100% pima cotton.

Also, there are so many fun colors to choose from! It is a sturdy but soft yarn. Therefore, it makes a wonderful yarn for any project calling for cotton!

I highly recommend this yarn, but you can also use any other dk (#3) weight cotton yarn. A great alternative would be WeCrochet Cotlin yarn. this yarn is also a DK weight cotton blend, that creates a great crochet tote bag!

You may also want to grab some small to medium sized wooden beads to add to the drawstring on the tote. You should be able to find these at any craft store. I think this adds a nice touch to the bag, but it is optional. 

Close up of a tan colored crochet bag, called the Katie Tote. This bag features open v-stitches, simple handles, and a drawstring with wooden beads at the end.

This pattern is rated Easy on the pattern difficulty scale. 

You will construct this bag from the bottom up. You will work in the round and join for some rounds, while working others in a continuous round. 

The Katie Tote is easily customizable to be made large or smaller. 

Also, there is no sewing involved at all! However, you will still have to weave in your ends! That’s my least favorite part of any project!

Katie Tote Pattern

You can purchase this pattern on Ravelry and Etsy!

Materials

330 yards DK weight cotton or cotton blend yarn

G/6- 4.00mm hook

Scissors

Measuring tape

Tapestry needle

Stitch marker

2-4 medium sized wooden beads- the larger the hole the easier to add to drawstring. (optional)

Difficulty

Easy

Gauge

Round 4 = 2” diameter

Sizing

13”x 11” laid flat, not counting straps

Stitches Needed & Abbreviations

MC- magic circle

ch- chain

hdc- half double crochet

dc- double crochet

st- stitch(es)

v-st- (dc, ch 1, dc)

**- repeat what is inside these symbols

Pattern Notes

Starting chain does not count as 1st st.

Pattern is worked in the round and joined for the bottom, but then uses a stitch marker to work continuously throughout. If you do not want a seam at the bottom, use a stitch marker and work continuously in the round for the entire bag.

Bag

Create a MC.

Round 1: Ch 1, work 6 hdc in circle, join to 1st st, pull tight to close. (6)

Round 2: Ch 1, 2 hdc in each st around, join to 1st st. (12)

Round 3: Ch 1, 2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in next, *2 hdc in next, 1 hdc in next*, repeat around, join to 1st st. (18)

Round 4: Ch 1, 2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in next 2, *2 hdc in next, 1 hdc in next 2*, repeat around, join to 1st st. (24)

Round 5: Ch 1, 2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in next 3, *2 hdc in next, 1 hdc in next 3*, repeat around, join to 1st st. (30)

Round 6: Ch 1, 2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in next 4, *2 hdc in next, 1 hdc in next 4*, repeat around, join to 1st st. (36)

Round 7: Ch 1, 2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in next 5, *2 hdc in next, 1 hdc in next 5*, repeat around, join to 1st st. (42)

Round 8: Ch 1, 2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in next 6, *2 hdc in next, 1 hdc in next 6*, repeat around, join to 1st st. (48)

Round 9: Ch 1, 2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in next 7, *2 hdc in next, 1 hdc in next 7*, repeat around, join to 1st st. (54)

Round 10: Ch 1, 2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in next 8, *2 hdc in next, 1 hdc in next 8*, repeat around, join to 1st st. (60)

Round 11: Ch 1, 2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in next 9, *2 hdc in next, 1 hdc in next 9*, repeat around, join to 1st st. (66)

Round 12: Ch 1, 2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in next 10, *2 hdc in next, 1 hdc in next 10*, repeat around, join to 1st st. (72)

Round 13: Ch 1, 2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in next 11, *2 hdc in next, 1 hdc in next 11*, repeat around, join to 1st st. (78)

Round 14: Ch 1, 2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in next 12, *2 hdc in next, 1 hdc in next 12*, repeat around, join to 1st st. (84)

Round 15: Ch 1, 2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in next 13, *2 hdc in next, 1 hdc in next 13*, repeat around, join to 1st st. (90)

Round 16: Ch1, 1 hdc in each st around, join to first st. (90)

Round 17: Ch 1, * skip 2, v-st in next (add your stitch marker to the chain 1 space of your v-st), skip 2, 3 dc in next*, repeat around, do not join (75 dc)

Round 18: V-st into next ch-1 space (where your stitch marker is) , skip 2 dc, 3 dc in next st, * skip 2 dc, v-st in next ch-1 space, skip 2 dc, 3 dc in next*, repeat around, do not join. (75 dc)

Rounds 19-31: Repeat rows 18, working continuously without joining. (Move your stitch marker up each round to keep track of your rounds.)

Round 32: Skip 1 dc, sl st in next dc (first dc of v-st), ch 1, hdc in same st and in each dc and ch-1 space around, join to 1st st. (90)

Rounds 33-34: Ch 1, hdc in each st around, join to 1st st. (90)

Do not fasten off, continue to straps.

Straps

Round 1: Ch 1, hdc in 1st 10 st, ch 50, skip next 25 st, hdc in next 20 st, ch 50, skip next 25 st, hdc in last

10, join to 1st st. (140)

Rounds 2-3: Ch 1, hdc in each st (ch included) around, join to 1st st. (140)

Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Drawstring

Ch 121

Hdc in 2nd ch from hook and across. (120)

Fasten off. Weave in ends.

With your hook, weave the strand in and out of round 33 of bag. Add beads to end. Make a knot on each end to secure.

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