Free Crochet Pattern: Fast Tote Bag

By Rachel Choi – 13 Comments
This tote bag has style and can be crocheted pretty fast for such a large bag. The secret is that it’s made with super bulky chenille yarn! But if you don’t have super chunky yarn you can always hold a few strand of other yarns together to make it thick and fast to crochet.

Skill Level: beginner crochet skill level

Finished Size: 16″ (40.5 cm) at widest part, 14″ (35.5 cm) tall not including strap

crochet tote

Super Bulky Weight Yarn
200 yards of main color
50 yards of contrasting color
Crochet Hook N (10.00 mm)
Yarn needle
super bulky

6 sc = 3’’
4 rows = 2’’
Gauge Swatch: 3’’w x 2’’h (7.5cm x 5cm) ch 7.
Row 1: sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across: 6 sc
Row 2 – 4: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across: 6 sc
Finish off.

Crochet Pattern: Tote
Round 1: with main color, ch 2, 6 sc in second ch from hook, place marker: 6 sc
Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around: 12 sc
Round 3: (2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc) around: 18 sc
Round 4: (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc) around: 24 sc
Round 5: (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc) around: 30 sc
Round 6: (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc) around: 36 sc
Round 7: (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 5 sc) around: 42 sc
Round 8: (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 6 sc) around: 48 sc
Round 9: (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 7 sc) around: 54 sc
Round 10: (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 8 sc) around: 60 sc
Round 11 – 30: sc in each sc around: 60 sc
Finish off.

Row 1: with contrasting color, ch 4, sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across: 3 sc
Row 2 – 110: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across: 3 sc
Finish off.

Using photo as a guide, sew strap to tote.

If you need help with crocheting this tote, let me know and I’ll be glad to help!

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  1. memelamara says:

    nice job i love this bag yes

  2. Debbie says:

    Happy Birthday, sweetie! 21 is a big deal! Just enjoy it. I’d send you a cake if I could. Many more happy birthdays to come.

  3. Happy Birthday. It seems like certain birthdays mark events in our lives. Like turning 16 in my day meant you could finaly date. 18 meant you could be on your own. 21 meant you are now an adult. Then it is OMG I am 30. Oh no not 40 already now I am all grown up. They say you reach mental maturity between 40 and 45. Then 50 you start wondering how you got that old. Shucks, I even made it past 60. I wonder if I will make it to 70. We will see.

    Happy Birthday and keep up the great job you are doing with your websites.


  4. Gene says:

    happy birthday! Rachel. I stop counting my birthdays quite a few years back .
    time passes much to quickly now.

    keep up the great work that you are doing.

    Would you be able to explain with pictures how to do purl stich in crochet please

    thank you

  5. Mary says:

    Happy Birthday Rachel
    21 is suppose to be a big deal because you’re “legal”..You are now considered an adult as far as the law is concerned. You are legal age for drinking, buying cigs, gambling and basically just getting yourself in trouble….. But since you are so busy crocheting, you don’t have time to get into any trouble, so there is no need to worry about any of that. See, another reason crocheting is a great thing to do, we can add “Keeps people out of trouble” to the list.
    Enjoy…life moves very quickly, it’s true, as Connie says, at 50 you DO wonder how you got that old (not that 50 is old, but you do get surprised when the person in the mirror does’t look 25 anymore) So take your time, don’t be in a hurry to grow up, you’ll get there soon enough.
    I hope you had a great birthday and I send my best wishes to you along with this THANK YOU for all the hard work you put into your website. You make a lot of people happy, and help keep a lot of us out of trouble.
    Again..Happy Birthday.

  6. Emily says:

    Hello Rachel – I am so thrilled to have discovered your web site. What great ideas and patterns you share! Thank you so much!

    I originally learned crochet by being shown, rather than reading patterns, so I don’t know what “place marker” means in the Round 1 instructions for this tote. I’m excited to try this pattern, but I want to make sure I understand it before I get started.

    Thanks –


  7. Emily says:

    Hello again! Thank you so much for the previous reply. A couple more questions for you:

    I have a size N hook, but it says 9.00 mm instead of the 10.00 mm specified in this pattern. Which detail should I be more concerned about: the letter size or the number size?

    I also don’t understand how the two sides of the tote come together. I keep expecting to slip stitch something together, but I don’t see where. I know this is a simple pattern, but I want to be sure I am doing it right. Thanks for your patience with my questions…. 🙂

    • Rachel says:

      The number in mm is more accurate then the letter size. The tote is made in a circle/spiral in one piece so there is no slip stitching needed.

  8. Emily says:

    Okay. Sounds like I need to go get another hook then. I was having trouble getting the other one back from my 4-year old anyway, because he claims it “just my size!”

    This is the first pattern I’ve done like this that is worked in a circle. I’ll keep going!


  9. Emily says:

    One last question. I truly hope I’m not being annoying! I have finished the bag and the strap and am ready to attach the strap. Do you have any specific suggestions on the best way to do that? I have a yarn needle but wasn’t sure the best way to get started and be sure that I’m attaching it securely and correctly.

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Emily, there’s no real right or wrong way to do it. I just weave the needle in and out along both sides of the strap and give it a little tug to see if it’s tight enough.

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