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Free Crochet Shopping Tote Pattern

We have created a very easy pattern for a shopping tote bag using our ever popular YarnArt Jeans Tropical. This pattern is suitable for any of the YarnArt Jeans cottons, which of the 64 colours will you choose?! 

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You will need
 •    4 x 50g balls of YarnArt Jeans or Jeans Tropical or Jeans Crazy
 •    3 mm Crochet Hook
 •    Tapestry Needle
•    Stitch Marker

Measurements
The shopping bag measures 17” wide and 14” high (excluding handles). 

Gauge
Gauge is not critical. It will just affect the overall size of the bag

Abbreviations – UK Terms
 ch – Chain   
 ss – Slip Stitch
 st – Stitch
 dc – Double Crochet

Notes:
 The first section of the bag is started ‘in the round’ from the bottom of the bag and working upwards. It is strongly recommended you use stitch markers to mark your first or last stitch (the choice is yours) so you know where your next round begins.
 (Do not join each round, just keep going amigurumi style)

 If you require your bag to be smaller or larger  deeper or shallower, just shorten or lengthen the number of rounds on the bottom or mesh rounds on the sides.

Part 1: Bottom Of The Bag

Make a slip knot. Ch2

Round 1: 8dc in second ch from hook.
 (total 8 sts made)

Round 2: 2dc in each st.
 (total 16 sts made)

Round 3: (2dc in next st, dc in the next st) repeat this sequence to the end of the round.
 (total 24 sts made)

Round 4: (2dc in next st, dc in the next 2 sts) repeat this sequence to the end of the round.
 (total 32 sts made)

Round 5: (2dc in next st, dc in the next 3 sts) repeat this sequence to the end of the round
 (total 40 sts made)

Round 6: (2dc in next st, dc in the next 4 sts) repeat this sequence to the end of the round.
 (total 48 sts made)

Round 7: (2dc in next st, dc in the next 5 sts) repeat this sequence to the end of the round.
 (total 56 sts made)

Round 8: (2dc in next st, dc in the next 6 sts) repeat this sequence to the end of the round.
 (total 64 sts made)

Round 9: (2dc in next st, dc in the next 7 sts) repeat this sequence to the end of the round.
 (total 72 sts made)

Round 10: (2dc in next st, dc in the next 8 sts) repeat this sequence to the end of the round.
 (total 80 sts made)

Round 11: (2dc in next st, dc in the next 9 sts) repeat this sequence to the end of the round.
 (total 88 sts made)

Round 12: (2dc in next st, dc in the next 10 sts) repeat this sequence to the end of the round.
 (total 96 sts made)

Round 13: dc in all sts around.
 (total 96 sts made)

Round 14: (2dc in next st, dc in the next 11 sts) repeat this sequence to the end of the round.
 (total 104 sts made)

Round 15: (2dc in next st, dc in the next 12 sts) repeat this sequence to the end of the round.
 (total 112 sts made)

Round 16: (2dc in next st, dc in the next 13 sts) repeat this sequence to the end of the round.
(total 120 sts made)

Round 17: (2dc in next st, dc in the next 14 sts) repeat this sequence to the end of the round.
 (total 128 sts made)

Round 18: (2dc in next st, dc in the next 15 sts) repeat this sequence to the end of the round.
 (total 136 sts made)

Round 19: (2dc in next st, dc in the next 16 sts) repeat this sequence to the end of the round.
 (total 144 sts made)

Round 20: (2dc in next st, dc in the next 17 sts) repeat this sequence to the end of the round.
 (total 152 sts made)

Round 21: (2dc in next st, dc in the next 18 sts) repeat this sequence to end of the round.
 (total 160 sts made)

Round 22: (2dc in next st, dc in the next 19 sts) repeat this sequence to the end of the round.
 (total 168 sts made)

Round 23: (2dc in next st, dc in the next 20 sts) repeat this sequence to the end of the round.
 (total 176 sts made)

Round 24 – 27: dc in all sts around

Part 2: Sides of Bag

Round 28: (ch 4, miss 2 sts, dc in next st). repeat this sequence to end of the round, ending with ch 4. Place stitch marker in last or first stitch.

Round 29: Now we are going to dc into the ch 4 spaces you made on the previous round.

 Dc in first ch 4 space

 (ch 4, dc in the next ch 4 space). Repeat this sequence to the end of the round.
 Remember to keep moving your stitch marker.

Round 30 – 65: Repeat round 29.

Round 66: dc in next dc, (2 dc in next ch 4 space then dc in next dc where the ‘mesh’ joins). Repeat this sequence to the end of the round.

Round 67 – 70: dc in all sts around.

 Fasten off and weave in ends.

Part 3: Handles (make 2)

 The handles are not crocheted to the bag, they are hand sewn afterwards as this gives the handles more strength and less stretch.

 You can increase/decrease your starting chain to have wider or narrower handles.

 Make a slip knot, Ch 11

Row 1: dc in second ch from hook, dc in next 10 ch

Row 2 – 92: ch 1, dc in next 10 sts, turn
  
 (feel free to work the number of rows to the length required)

Fasten off.

Attach Handles to bag

Cut a long length of the same yarn and thread a tapestry needle.

Place the bag on a flat surface.

Measure roughly 3.5” on the top and place the outer edge of each handle on the inside of the bag about an inch down and pin in place and sew.

I suggest securely sewing along every edge including whip stitch on the front of the bag attaching the handle to the bag.

Weave in ends and enjoy your new bag!