This crossbody bag is perfect for the summer to store a few items you want handy by your side. It is a great way to show your spirit and your crochet skills too!
This bag is meant to be worn as a crossbody bag and it is an open tote bag. It is perfect to drop in a book or a wallet and go.
This is a pretty quick pattern to work. You will make a rectangle, fold it, seam it and then work up the strap to the length you like and sew it onto the bag.
This uses single crochet and the Honeycomb Trellis Stitch. That is a whole post about this stitch pattern that you can use to help you with that section.
- Yarn: Any brand of cotton yarn in red, white, blue – 1 ball of each
- Hook: H/5.0mm hook
- tapestry needle
US Techniques and Abbreviations:
- ch – chain
- ch sp – chain space
- sc- single crochet
- tc – treble crochet
- sl st – slip stitch
- st(s) – stitch(es)
2”x2” – 7 stitches x 9 rows (of single crochet)
Bag – 8 inches wide x 9 inches tall
Strap – 1 ½ inches wide x 60 inches long
Independence Crossbody Tote Bag Written Pattern:
Row 1 – In 2nd ch from hook, work 1 sc, 1 sc in each stitch across, turn. (61 sts)
Row 2 – 18 – Ch 1, work 1 sc in first st and each st across to end, turn.
Row 19 – Ch 1, work 1 sc in first st and each st across to end, turn.
Row 20 – Ch 1, 1 sc in each of first 2 sc, *ch 5, skip 2 sc, 1 sc in each of next 3 sc; repeat from * to the last 4 sc, ch 5, skip 2 sc, 1 sc in each of last 2 sc, turn
Row 21 – Ch 1, 1 sc in first sc, *5 sc in next ch 5 arch, skip 1 sc, 1 sc in next sc, skip 1 sc; repeat from * to last sc, 1 sc in last sc, turn
Row 22 – Ch 6 (counts as a tc and 2 ch), skip first 2 sc, 1 sc in each of next 3 sc, *ch 5, skip 3 sc, 1 sc in each of the next 3 sc; repeat from * to last 2 sc, ch 2, 1 tc in last sc, turn
Row 23 – Ch 1, 1 sc in first tc, 2 sc in next ch 2 space, skip 1 sc, 1 sc in next sc, *5sc in next ch 5 arch, skip 1 sc, 1 sc in next sc, skip 1 sc; repeat from * to last ch 2 space, 2 sc in the last ch space, 1 sc in 4th of ch 6 from previous row, turn
Row 24 – Ch 1, 1 sc in each of first 2 sc, *ch 5, skip 3 sc, 1 sc in each of the next 3 sc; repeat from *to last 5 sc, ch 5, skip 3sc, 1 sc in each of next 2 sc, turn
Row 25 – 32 – Repeat 21 – 24
Row 33 – Ch 1, 1 sc in first st and next 2 sts, skip 1 st, *1 sc in next 5 sts, skip 1 st; repeat from * to end of row. (61 sts)
Row 34 -36 – Ch 1, work 1 sc in first st and each st across to end, turn.
Fold right sides together and slip stitch to seam using the same color yarn for each section. Seam side and bottom.
Turn right side out.
Row 1 – In 2nd ch from hook, work 1 sc and then work 1 sc in each st across, turn. (5 sts)
Row 2 – 220 – Ch 1, work 1 sc in each st, turn. (5 sts)
Finish and weave in ends.
Using the same yarn in Color 3 and a tapestry needle, sew the strap to the inside of the folded area on each side matching it up with the bottom of Color 3 so it blends in nicely.
Sew on one side first and make sure the strap is straight and then sew on the second side.
Tips and Other Ideas:
- Use any three colors you like or even just one. This is really flexible.
- Size the strap to match your needs. If you are shorter, make it smaller. Or, you can tie a knot at the top of the strap to shorten if you need to.
I hope you enjoy making this quick little tote! I would love to see any of your projects, so be sure to tag me!