Crochet Tote Bag: Granny Square Glam with Paper Raffia Twist!

crocheted tote bag worn as a shoulder bag

Crocheted tote bag worn with a white linen shirt

Today, let’s embark on a delightful journey to create a stylish accessory perfect for any outing: the Crochet Tote Bag. Embracing the timeless charm of the granny square and the eco-friendly allure of paper raffia, this pattern offers a blend of tradition and sustainability. Follow along as we weave through stitches and textures, crafting a tote that’s both practical and chic. Let’s dive into the art of crochet and fashion something truly special!

1- Materials, tips and video tutorial you will need before starting crocheting this bag.

GOOD TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING TO CROCHET THIS TOTE BAG:

● ByStellaM cannot accept responsibility for the finished item if any yarn other than the recommended yarn is used.
● Yarn quantities are based on average requirements and are therefore approximate.

● Color reproduction is as close as color accuracy on screens.
● Instructions are written using US terminology

WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO CROCHET THE TOTE BAG:

● 250 gr of beige main paper raffia yarn and 120 gr of black paper raffia yarn.

● 3 mm hook

CROCHET ABBREVIATIONS USED IN THE PATTERN:

ch(s)                    chain(s)

st(s)                     stitch(es)

sk                         skip

sl st                      slip stitch

DC                       double crochet

VIDEO TUTORIAL YOU WILL NEED FOR THIS BAG:

The step-by-step video tutorial will help and guide you with the written pattern. Watch it before starting the pattern so that you can have a full view of how the pattern works.

2- Written pattern of the crochet tote bag:

The granny square panel, make 2 of them.

Initially pick up the beige yarn and start by making a magic ring.

1st Round:

Once you have the loop of the magic ring crochet 3 ch st(s) [which counts as a DC] followed by 2DC, 2 ch st(s), 3DC, 2 ch(st), 3DC, 2 ch (s), 3 DC, 2 ch(s). Than pull the end of the yarn tight, leave the beige yarn and sl st with the black yarn. In total [12 DC st(s)]

2nd Round:

Firstly crochet 3 ch(s) [which counts as a DC] followed by 2DC, 2DC in the 1st corner hole, [2 ch(s), 2DC in the corner hole, 3 DC,2DC in the corner hole] × 3 times, 2 ch(s), 2DC in the corner hole, sl st with the beige color. In total [28 DC st(s)]

3rd Round:

Initially crochet 3 ch(s) [which counts as a DC] followed by 4DC, 2DC in the corner hole, [2 ch(s), 2DC in the corner hole, 7 DC,2DC in the corner hole] × 3 times, 2 ch(s), 2DC in the corner hole, 2DC , sl st with the black color. In total [44 DC st(s)]

4th Round:

Firstly crochet 3 ch(s) [which counts as a DC] followed by 6DC, 2DC in the corner hole, [2 ch(s), 2DC in the corner hole, 11 DC,2DC in the corner hole] × 3 times, 2 ch(s), 2DC in the corner hole, 4DC , sl st with the beige color. In total [60 DC st(s)]

5th Round:

Firstly crochet 3 ch(s) [which counts as a DC] followed by 6DC, 2DC in the corner hole, [2 ch(s), 2DC in the corner hole, 15 DC,2DC in the corner hole] × 3 times, 2 ch(s), 2DC in the corner hole, 6DC , sl st with the black color. In total [76 DC st(s)]

6th Round:

Initially crochet 3 ch(s) [which counts as a DC] followed by 10DC, 2DC in the corner hole, [2 ch(s), 2DC in the corner hole, 19 DC,2DC in the corner hole] × 3 times, 2 ch(s), 2DC in the corner hole, 8DC , sl st with the beige color. In total [92 DC st(s)]

7th Round:

Firstly crochet 3 ch(s) [which counts as a DC] followed by 12DC, 2DC in the corner hole, [2 ch(s), 2DC in the corner hole, 23 DC,2DC in the corner hole] × 3 times, 2 ch(s), 2DC in the corner hole, 10DC , sl st with the black color. In total [108 DC st(s)]

8th Round:

Firstly crochet 3 ch(s) [which counts as a DC] followed by 14DC, 2DC in the corner hole, [2 ch(s), 2DC in the corner hole, 27 DC,2DC in the corner hole] × 3 times, 2 ch(s), 2DC in the corner hole, 12DC , sl st with the beige color. In total [124 DC st(s)]

9th Round:

Initially crochet 3 ch(s) [which counts as a DC] followed by 16DC, 2DC in the corner hole, [2 ch(s), 2DC in the corner hole, 31 DC,2DC in the corner hole] × 3 times, 2 ch(s), 2DC in the corner hole, 14DC , sl st with the black color. In total [140 DC st(s)]

10th Round:

Firstly crochet 3 ch(s) [which counts as a DC] followed by 18DC, 2DC in the corner hole, [2 ch(s), 2DC in the corner hole, 35 DC,2DC in the corner hole] × 3 times, 2 ch(s), 2DC in the corner hole, 16DC , sl st with the beige color. In total [156 DC st(s)]

11th Round:

Firstly crochet 3 ch(s) [which counts as a DC] followed by 20DC, 2DC in the corner hole, [2 ch(s), 2DC in the corner hole, 39 DC,2DC in the corner hole] × 3 times, 2 ch(s), 2DC in the corner hole, 18DC , sl st with the black color. In total [172 DC st(s)]

12th Round:

Initially crochet 3 ch(s) [which counts as a DC] followed by 22DC, 2DC in the corner hole, [2 ch(s), 2DC in the corner hole, 43 DC,2DC in the corner hole] × 3 times, 2 ch(s), 2DC in the corner hole, 20DC , sl st with the beige color. In total [188 DC st(s)]

13th Round:

Firstly crochet 3 ch(s) [which counts as a DC] followed by 24DC, 2DC in the corner hole, [2 ch(s), 2DC in the corner hole, 47 DC,2DC in the corner hole] × 3 times, 2 ch(s), 2DC in the corner hole, 22DC , sl st with the black color. In total [204 DC st(s)]

14th Round:

Firstly crochet 3 ch(s) [which counts as a DC] followed by 26DC, 2DC in the corner hole, [2 ch(s), 2DC in the corner hole, 51 DC,2DC in the corner hole] × 3 times, 2 ch(s), 2DC in the corner hole, 24DC , sl st with the beige color. In total [220 DC st(s)]

15th Round:

Initially crochet 3 ch(s) [which counts as a DC] followed by 28DC, 2DC in the corner hole, [2 ch(s), 2DC in the corner hole, 55 DC,2DC in the corner hole] × 3 times, 2 ch(s), 2DC in the corner hole, 26DC , sl st with the same color, 1 more ch and cut the yarn. In total [236 DC st(s)]

2 granny square crocheted panels for a tote bag

The sides panel.

Pick up the beige color and crochet 16 ch st(s).

1st Row: Sk 3 ch(s) and in the 4th ch st crochet a DC. Continue crocheting DC st(s) on each st until you have 14 DC st(s) in total. The first 3ch st(s) count as a DC. 2 ch st(s) and turn your work.

2nd Row: Sk the 2 ch st(s) and crochet a DC st on the 2nd st. Continue crocheting DC st(s) on each st until you have 14 DC st(s) in total. The first 2ch st(s) count as a DC. 2 ch st(s) and turn your work.

3rd Row- until you have the desired length:

Repeat the pattern of 2nd row.

crocheted border

 

Sewing the panels of the crochet tote bag.

With the right side of the granny square panel facing up and the border under, level the 2 panels and start connecting the 2 pieces with sc st(s). Keep attaching the 2 pieces until 3 sides of the granny square panel are covered from the border. Than repeat the same with the other granny square panel. Where we have the opening of the bag crochet 1 round with sc.

crocheting the bag panels togetherCrocheted tote bag panels assembled.tote bag assembled and ready to attach the handles.

Sewing the handles.

Firstly place one end of the leather handle on the position where you wanted sewn, than start sewing in a square shape. Continue doing the same with the other end of the handle. Lastly, repeat the same actions for the 2nd handle.

 

And there you have it, a stunning Crochet Tote Bag to carry your essentials with flair. I hope you enjoyed this crochet adventure and found joy in crafting something beautiful with your hands. Remember, creativity knows no bounds, so feel free to customize and experiment with colors and sizes. Don’t forget to share your creations and spread the love for crochet! Until next time, happy hooking!

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