Ever notice that the reusable bags sold by grocery stores just aren’t sturdy enough? You’d have to buy several in order to ensure that none of them broke their flimsy handles any time you put more than a few items inside, and who wants to carry all those bags?
If you’re looking for a solution, we’ve got the answer – this free Crochet Tote Bag pattern from Delia Creates, a tough, sturdy bag that won’t snap on you the moment you decide you need just one more can of tomato sauce for dinner. What’s the secret? It’s created using two strands, which doubles the toughness. Interested in making one or two of these for yourself?
You’ll need the following: 5 skeins of super bulky yarn (suggested: Lion Brand’s Wool-Ease Thick & Quick), an “N” size crochet hook, scissors, and a tapestry needle.
Along with these items, you’ll need to know these stitches: chain (ch), stitch (st), slip stitch (sl st), single crochet (sc) and double crochet (dc). With such an easy pattern, you might want to consider making a few of these, especially if you can find a great super bulky yarn on sale.
Before you start making the bag, you’ll probably want to crochet a gauge swatch to ensure that it’s the correct weight and stiffness. Make a 4″ by 4″ square and then count the stitches. You’ll need four rows of seven double crochet stitches. Once that’s confirmed, you can begin creating the tote bag.
Delia Creates provides a clear, easy pattern along with a photo tutorial to ensure that your tote bag comes out perfectly. There are a few notations provided to explain some of the stitching choices, but once you start working up the bag it comes together quite easily.
If this crochet tote bag is what you’ve been looking for, give it a try and see how it holds up compared to the flimsy reusable grocery bags available at the store. You can also use it to house your farmer’s market haul, books from a library trip, or items purchased at yardsales and flea markets. It’s durable enough to withstand plenty of wear.
You can find the free pattern and photo tutorial for this free crochet tote bag at Delia Creates.