197 – DIY How to Crochet a Tote Bag or Handbag

197 – DIY How to Crochet a Tote Bag or Handbag

You can see Step by step instruction and video tutorial how to crochet a tote bag with a pocket. Enjoy and thank you for watching.
You need to know how to crochet Slip Stitch, Chain Stitch, Single Crochet, Double Crochet, Half Double Crochet and Crossed DC stitches.

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You will need:
Hook Size 4.5 mm
Colorful cotton yarn: 250g (5 x 50g)
5 balls of colorful yarn. Each ball contains 93 yds/ 85 m

Size:
Width = 35,5cm / 14″      Length = 32 cm / 12.5″

Terminology:
st – stitch
SSt – slip stitch
CH – chain stitch
SC – single crochet
DC – double crochet
HDC – half double crochet
Crossed DC – Crossed double crochet stitch (Skip the first stitch, go to the second stitch and do a double crochet stitch. Then go into the stitche before that and do a second DC stitch)

Instructions:

Start: 40 chains (CH)
Rnd 1: CH, single crochet stitches (SC) 40 from one side chains; CH2 in a first corner; SC40 on the other side chains; CH2 in a second corner; Connect with slip stich;
Rnd 2: CH, SC in the next 40 stitches, SC3 in chain space in the first corner, SC in the next 40 stitches, SC3 in chain space in the second corner. Connect with a SSt. Total 86 st.
Rnd 3: CH, SC in the next 40 st, SC2 in the next 3 st (first corner), SC in the next 40 st, SC3 in the next 3 st (second corner). Connect with a SSt. Total 92 st.
Rnd 4: CH, SC in the next 40 st, SC2 in the next 6 st (first corner), SC in the next 40 st, SC3 in the next 6 st (second corner). Connect with a SSt. Total 104 st.
Rnd 5: CH, SC to the end round. Connect with a SSt. Total 104 st.
Rnd 6: CH2; Half double crochet stitch (HDC) in the first stitch. HDC to the end round. Connect with a SSt. Total 104 st.
Rnd 7: CH2; Skip the first stitch, go to the second stitch and do a double crochet stitch. Then go into the stitche before that and do a second DC st. It’s a Crossed DC stitch.
Make Crossed DC stitches to the end round. Connect with a SSt. Total 52 crossed DC st.
Rnds 8-10: CH2; Half double crochet stitch (HDC) in the first stitch. HDC to the end round. Connect with a SSt. Total 104 st.
Rnd 11: CH2; Make Crossed DC stitches to the end round. Total 52 crossed DC st.
Rnds 12-23: Repeat Rnds 8 – 11 (four times)
Rnd 24: Place the stitch marker front-center of the handbag. Do HDC stitches to the marker. Then, make chains 2 and skip 2 stitches. It’s going to be hole button.
Then continue to do HDC to the end round.
Rnd 25: CH 2, HDC to the end round. Connect with a SSt. Total 104 st.

Important to you:
The seam is now crooked, but in order to keep it straight we will add a slip stitch to the beginning of each row, starting with row 14.
This is done in order to keep the seam straight.

Rnd 26: We make a pocket hole in this row.
Mark central stitch of the front of the handbag. Count over 10 stitches to the right and 10 stitches to the left side and put the marker in this places. There are 20 stitches between first and last markers.
Make HDC stitches to the first marker. Then, make chains 20, skip 20 stitches and continue to do HDC to the end round.
Rnd 27: CH2; Make Crossed DC stitches to the end round. Total 52 crossed DC st
Rnds 28-30: CH2, HDC to the end round. Connect with a SSt. Total 104 st.
Rnd 31: CH2; Make Crossed DC stitches to the end round. Total 52 crossed DC st
Rnds 32-34: CH2; HDC to the end round. Connect with a SSt. Total 104 st.

Make a pocket.

Row 1: CH2, one HDC in the next 20 stitches. Turn your work.
Row 2: CH3; Two DC in the next stitch. One DC in the next 18 stitches. DC 2 in the last stitch. Total 22 DC stitches. Turn your work.
Row 3-15: CH3; DC to the end row. Total 22 DC stitches.
Use yarn and sewing needle and sew a pocket.
Sew a button on to the front of the bag.

Make a strap.

Lay your bag on the table and put one stitch marker in one corner and another stitch marker in the other corner. Count over 13 stitches from the marker. Connect your yarn in this place and make 26 HDC stitches across.
Row 1: Chain one and do one HDC in same stitch. Then do one HDC in the next 25 stitches. Turn your work.
Row 2: CH 1, skip the first stitch and do one HDC in the next 24 stitches. Skip last stitch. Turn your work.
Row 3: CH 1, skip the first stitch and do one HDC in the next 22 stitches. Skip last stitch. Turn your work.
Continue this process on each row. You will do this until you end up with a row containing 6 HDC stitches.
Now we have a row with just 6 HDC on it. Continue to do 6 HDC on each row.
I made 20 more HDC rows for my strap. It’s up to you to determine how many rows you wont to make for the strap.
Once you’ve completed the first side strap, You’ll repeat the process for the other side.
Once both straps are completed, use your yarn and sew the two straps together at the top.
Connect your yarn anywhere you wish and just evenly do SC stitches around the bag inner edging.
You’ll repeat the process for the back side.

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