Raise your hand if you can’t wait until the warmer weather gets here! ✋ We have been getting some pretty crazy weather here this spring and it has had me longing for the long, hot days of summer. In preparation for our family trips to the beach, I wanted to create a crochet tote bag free pattern that was big enough to carry everything we need for a trip to the beach. So I created the Shoreline Seeker Tote.
This crochet tote bag free pattern is a fun and quick project using Bernat Maker Home Dec. It is a cotton and nylon blend bulky (size 5) yarn which is just like a t-shirt yarn. Since it has a tubular construction, it doesn’t have plies to split while you’re crocheting. It is machine washable (which, as a mom, I absolutely love) and i thoroughly enjoyed working with it.
The length of the strap is long enough to be worn across the body but still short enough to be worn on just one shoulder. You can adjust the length of the strap by adding or omitting rows.
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I found these really cute word bands when I was at Michaels a little while ago and I thought they would look great as a tag. The one that I added to my bag says “Enjoy the Journey” which really spoke to me. If you have ever vacationed with young kids, you can sometimes feel like you need a vacation from your vacation by the end. It can be hard to relax when you’re running after little ones. So I added this specific tag to my bag as a reminder to slow down and enjoy the journey with my kids when on vacation. This time with them is short and sweet so I need that reminder to enjoy the craziness while I can.
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- 2 skeins of Bernat Maker Home Dec in Aqua
- 5 mm crochet hook
- 8 mm crochet hook
- Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
- Optional: Tim Holtz Idea-ology Word Band
- CH = Chain
- SL ST = slip stitch
- SC = Single Crochet
- FHDC = Foundation Half Double Crochet (Check out my tutorial HERE)
- HDC = Half Double Crochet
- FO = Finish Off
- 16.5 inches tall x 21.5 inches wide.
- 13 sts across x 9 rows = 4” square
Crochet Tote Bag Free Pattern – Shoreline Seeker Tote:
Row 1: FHDC 99 or CH100 and HDC in the 2nd CH from the hook and each st. across. CH1 and turn. (99)
Row 2: HDC 2, CH1, Skip 1, *HDC 1, CH1, Skip 1* repeat 47 times. HDC 2. CH 1 and turn. (99)
Row 3: HDC in the first two stitches. HDC in the CH space. *HDC in the next stitch. HDC in the CH space* repeat 47 times. HDC in the last two stitches. CH 1 and turn. (99)
Rows 4 – 49: Alternate Row 2 and 3 (99)
After you have chained 1 and turned on row 49, fold the bag in half (with right sides together) bringing the left side of Row 49 together with the right side of Row 49. SL ST the two sides together to create a seam. Cut Yarn. Reattach yarn on the other short end of the rectangle in the first stitch of your foundation row. SL ST the two sides together to create a seam. FO and weave in ends.
Trim and Strap:
Row 1: Reattach yarn at the top of the bag near the seam and SC 100 evenly around the top of the bag. Do not join.
Row 2: Continue working in the round, HDC in each stitch around (100)
Row 3: HDC around. (100)
Row 4: Switch to 5.5mm hook. This will start the strap. SC 6. CH 1 and turn.
Row 5: SC 10. CH 1 and turn.
Rows 6 -96: SC across. CH 1 and turn (10)
Row 97: SC across. FO leaving a long tail to sew the strap to the other side of the bag.
Count 40 stitches to the left of the first stitch of your strap and place a stitch marker. Place a stitch marker in the 10th stitch away from the first stitch marker. Line up the unfinished end of your strap with your stitch markers that you placed on the body of the bag (taking care not to twist the strap) and sew the strap to the body of the bag.
Optional: If using the word band, sew the word band onto the side of your bag. I placed mine in the center of the trim.
I hope you enjoyed making your Shoreline Seeker Tote. Please remember to pin and share this post.
Want to make another crochet bag? Check out my free crochet patterns for The Vendbar Tote, The Rainbow Saver Tote and the Bobblelicious Bag. A listing of all my free crochet patterns can be found HERE.
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