Ready to make the sturdiest crochet bag you’ve ever made? This four strand tote is thick, beginner friendly, and budget conscious too!
You want to use inexpensive worsted weight yarn that you can find pretty much anywhere…truly, the scratchy acrylic yarn is best… and then just quadruple the number of strands you are working with at once. This allows you to use a larger hook and get the chunky stitch definition that you normally get with thicker yarns, while also adding strength to the bag.
I have a similar bag made with two strands of super bulky yarn but it’s a softer bag and costs more to make. Check out the Market Tote pattern here.
Who is this project for?
Beginners for sure! But like…don’t make this your very first project. It only uses basic stitches like double crochet and single crochet, but using four strands at the same time is something you will have an easier time tackling, once you have mastered those stitches using one strand at a time. The base also uses some skills that are similar to working in the round, so you should be familiar with that as well. This three strand basket is a great precursor to this project.
If you are brand new to crochet, my Crochet Basics series goes over how to hold your hook and yarn, and how to master basic stitches that are foundational to crochet.
That said, if you want your bag to follow the gauge which I list below and which is relatively tight, this project can be hard on the hands. Of course, you can loosen the gauge or you can use a silkier yarn to mitigate this, but it will produce a less dense, sturdy bag. My advice is to go slowly, and take it one loop at a time.
Let’s make a bag!
Worsted weight yarn, about 1100 yards*
N or 9.00 mm hook
yarn needle or tapestry needle
*The 1100 yards of yarn needs to be divided among four skeins. I used four skeins of Loops and Threads budget line of Impeccable yarns in the color “Putty Mastic,” which are 285 yards each and which I had some left over when I was done.
ch = chain
dc = double crochet
sl st = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
4×4 inch square = 8 dc x 5 rows
Finished Bag Size
17 inches wide by 15 inches tall (not including the handles), about 23 inches tall with the handles.
The video tutorial should have popped to the side or top of your screen once you scrolled past the title, and will play after the initial ads.
*Music is from Pleasant Pictures Studios.
Written Pattern and Tutorial
Ch 24. Dc in third chain from the hook. Dc three more times in the same space/chain.
Dc along chain 20 times. Dc five times in the last chain. Dc 20 more times (one dc in each) along other side of the chain. Sl st to the top of 2 chains skipped at the beginning of the round. (50, beginning ch 2 counts as 1 dc)
Ch 2. Dc at the base of ch 2. *2 dc in next stitch.* Repeat from * to * three times. 20 dc (1 in each). Repeat from * to * for the next five stitches. 20 dc across the other side. Sl st to the top of ch 2. (60)
Ch 2. Two dc in the next stitch. *1 dc, 2 dc in the next stitch.* Repeat from * to * three more times. 20 dc (1 in each) Repeat from * to * for the next five stitches. 20 dc across other side. Sl st to the top of ch 2. (70)
Ch 2. Work 1 dc in each stitch in the round. Sl st to the top of ch 2. (70)
TIP: At this point, it helps to turn the forming bag right side out.
Rounds 5-17: Repeat Round 4.
Ch 2. Work 24 dc, then stop. Chain 35 times up and away from the bag to form a handle. Skip 10 stitches and reconnect back into the bag with a dc. Work 24 more dc, stop, and chain 35 times away from the bag to form the second handle. Skip 10 stitches and reconnect to the bag with 1 dc. Sl st to the top of ch 2. (50 dc, 70 ch)
Ch 2. Work 24 dc. Sc 35 times around the chained handle (stretch stitches to fit length of handle as needed), reconnect to bag with 1 dc. Work 24 dc. Sc 35 times around the second chained handle. Reconnect with a dc and sl st to the top of ch 2. (50 dc, 70 sc)
Cut an 8-10 inch tail and tie off end.
Using a yarn or tapestry needle, weave in each tail strand separately. Don’t forget the tails at the bottom of the bag.
And you’re done!
For more crochet projects, check out my other patterns and tutorials here.
If you have any questions, feel free to drop a comment so all can benefit. But if you need a more immediate answer, like if you’re in the middle of the project and get stuck and need to get it done to give as a gift (I’ve been there!), please email me: [email protected].
P.S. I sewed my pants! The pattern details are in this post.