Mini Tote Bag Free Crochet Pattern

Since my friend gifted me Red Heart Scrubby Smoothie I have been exploring new things to do with this fabulous cotton. Going way beyond my love fro cotton garments, I have been thinking up other fun things to create. I love crochet bags so decided to make myself a super cute Summer Tote. You can make this tote for all year round, or bigger if you like. It works up super fast and you will see, I have added some tips to make it more sturdy - because if you are like me, you carry more than just some lip gloss :-)

I hope that you enjoy this pattern!


MATERIALS:

Red Heart Scrubby Smoothie
Color: Lemon, 2 Skeins (153 yards each)
Crochet Hook Size I-9/ 5.5 mm
Tapestry needle to weave ends
Tape Measure
2 Bag Handles of choice

Stitches Used / Abbreviations (US TERMS):
fsc – foundation single crochet
ch – chain loop
sc – single crochet
hdc – half double crochet
dc – double crochet
st – stitch
sl st – slip stitch

PATTERN NOTES:

Bag Body Finished Measurements: 13” wide x 8” tall
Gauge: x 13 sts x 10 rows = 4” in hdc

******* DO NOT TURN YOUR WORK. WORK IN THE SAME CONTINUOUS DIRECTION *******

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Bag Base

Row 1: Fsc x 24
Round 2: Ch 1 (does NOT act as st), working along bottom edge of Row 1, 23 hdc across to last st; [6 hdc] in last st to create corner; 22 hdc along top edge of Row 1, [5 hdc] in last st, then sl st to first hdc to complete Round.  56 hdc

Round 3: Ch 1 (does NOT act as st), 23 hdc acros, [2 hdc] in each of next 6 corner sts, 22 hdc across, [2 hdc] in each of next 5 sts, hdc in same st as first hdc of Round, sl st to first hdc to complete the Round.   68 hdc

Round 4: Ch 1 (does NOT act as st), 26 hdc acros, [2 hdc] in each of next 6 corner sts, 28 hdc across, [2 hdc] in each of next 5 sts, hdc last 2 hdc, sl st to first hdc to complete the Round. 80 hdc

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Bag Body:

Round 5: Ch 1 (does NOT act as st), hdc all the way around, sl st to first hdc to complete the Round.   80 hdc

Round 6: Ch 1 (does NOT act as st), hdc in back loop only all the way around, , sl st to first hdc to complete the Round. 80 hdc

Rounds 7-21: Ch 1 (does NOT act as st), hdc all the way around, sl st to first hdc to complete the Round.    80 hdc

ATTACH HANDLES:
Place Markers t 4" in from the side of the bag as shown below.

Round 22: ch 1 (does not act as a stitch), sc around to marker
Using single crochet and running the working yarn THROUGH THE HANDLES, secure the handles to your bag. I worked 3 loops, 3 stitches, per sc for a dense handle look shown below.
When you reach the second marker, sc around to the marker and repeat on the other side.
Then sc to end and sl to first sc of the round.
Fasten off.

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CREATE INSERT:
Row 1: Fsc x 24.
Rounds 2-4: Work Rounds 2-4 as you did for Bag Base.
Round 5: Ch 1 (does NOT act as st), sc all the way around, sl st to first hdc to complete the Round.
Fasten off leaving approx. 18” tail.
Using Tail secure to the bottom of the inside of the bag.

Fasten off.

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You can even fold the corners inward for more of a day / evening purse look with your tote!

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