The buckle bag is a free crochet tote bag pattern for a roomy tote created with a textured stitch pattern, purchased handles, and front pocket with buckle accent.
I love roomy crochet tote bags, and this one is by far my favorite! Next time you need a free crochet pattern for a tote bag, make this your go-to pattern.
Be sure to check out the lining tutorial for help assembling this crochet tote bag!
Design Story and Inspiration for the Crochet Tote Bag
I created this beautiful bag to take to the CGOA conference in Indianapolis, IN. I wanted a large tote (this measures 11″ tall x 14 1/2″ wide and 5″ deep) that I could carry all of my class info and papers in.
I like chunky textures so I used three strands of yarn held together with a P hook – it worked up super fast. The pocket on the front carried business cards and keys. Since I wanted it to keep its shape I gave it a fabric lining and added real handles instead of crocheting them.
Overall I am really pleased with how this handbag turned out and got great reviews of it at the conference from other crochet lovers. The skill level on this is easy and it makes a good project for beginners since there is no shaping – simply hdc and slip stitches!
This is a great reusable bag that could be used as a beach bag, market tote, or to save a plastic bag or two!
About the Yarn
For this free pattern I used Lion Brand Cotton Ease , which was one of my all time favorite yarns. It has since been discontinued, but there are a lot of other awesome options out there!
Lion Brand came out with their 24/7 Cotton not long after Cotton Ease was discontinued and it is one of the substitutions that I recommend for this project.
Holding three strands together gives you more of a super bulky yarn gauge, so if you want to skip holding the three strands together, you can try a bulky or super bulky yarn.
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Crochet Tote Bag Pattern Details
The Buckle Bag is a super easy crochet project. It is made from four pieces of crocheted fabric, a front and back (which are constructed the same), a side panel and a pocket.
For this pattern I used purchased handles, which you can pick up at JoAnn, or you can buy a strap for this bag if you prefer.
I really needed a large bag to take with me to the conference, but if you don’t need such a large bag, you can easily adjust the stitch count.
Chain an odd number of stitches and work the instructions as written in the pattern, working to your desired height. If you go this route, adjust the length of your side/bottom panel as well.
Free Crochet Tote Bag Pattern
What You’ll Need
Yarn: Lion Brand Cotton Ease , 3.50oz/100g each approx. 207 yarnds/188 meters (worsted weight yarn #4): 6 skeins Snow
**Please see note above for yarn substitutions if you need help. This yarn has been discontinued.
Crochet Hook: US Size P (11.50mm) or size needed to obtain gauge
- Yarn needle (tapestry needle)
- Lining and Backing Fabrics (optional) – 1 yard each
- Purse Handles
- 1/2 yard 1 ½” ribbon
- 1 slide buckle 1 ½”
Gauge: 9 sts and 11 rows = 4.5″ in stitch pattern
Hold 3 strands together.
Ch 2 at beginning of row counts as hdc.
If you would like to make this bag larger or smaller, make sure your stitch count is an even number and you could work this stitch pattern over any number of stitches.
Stitch Pattern (St Pat)
Row 1: Ch 2, skip next st, *sl st in next hdc, hdc in next sl st; repeat from * to end, slip st in top of turning ch; turn.
Repeat row 1 for pattern.
Row 1: Slip st in third ch from hook, *hdc in next ch, slip st in next ch; repeat from * to end; turn (30 sts).
Work even in St Pat (see above) until piece measures 11″ from beginning. Fasten off.
Work same as front.
Sides and Bottom
Row 1: Slip st in third ch from hook, *hdc in next ch, slip st in next ch; repeat from * to end; turn (10 sts).
Work in St Pat on 10 sts until piece measures 36″ from beginning.
Row 1: Slip st in third ch from hook, *hdc in next ch, slip st in next ch; repeat from * to end; turn (16 sts).
Work in St Pat for 16 rows. Fasten off.
Sew ribbing in place around pocket, placing slide buckle through ribbon before stitching. Sew lining fabric to back of pocket, if desired.
Center pocket on front and stitch in place on three sides, leaving top open.
Lined Bags Only: Create backing for panels by cutting backing fabric same dimensions as crocheted pieces and hand stitching to backs. Create lining for bag by cutting lining fabric 1″ wider and taller than crocheted pieces and sewing together by hand or machine with 1/2″ seam allowances on all sides.
Lined and Unlined Bags: Sew front and back to side/bottom strip.
Lined Bags Only: To attach lining, fold down 1/2″ on top, press with iron if desired, and hand sew to top of crocheted bag with a whip stitch with right sides of fabrics showing inside bag. Attach handles.
Common Questions about Crochet Tote Bags
The crochet tote bag is super easy because a tote bag is simply a rectangular bag that has no shaping to it. For this easy tote bag, we make a front, back, and a center panel that serves as the bottom and sides. Some bags will have you make the sides and bottom separately, but they serve the same purpose.
Once the pieces are crocheted, you assemble your crochet tote bag by slip stitching or seaming it together. Then you add handles and you’re good to go!
Most crochet tote bag patterns are easy! They use simple basic crochet stitches to create the textured panels that are assembled into a tote bag. Sometimes you will find a bag that is worked without seams, which is really neat!
Anything! Especially if you give it a simple fabric lining, you can carry just about anything in your tote bag. Make it a crochet beach bag or crochet market bag. Carry your projects (my favorite!) or even carry it as an everyday purse, which is what I did with this bag, until it met with an unfortunate sweet tea incident and a two-year-old!
- Worsted weight yarn held 3 strands together, or super bulky yarn
- Us Size P (11.50mm) hook
- Yarn Needle
- Purchased Handles
- 1/2 yard 1.5" ribbon
- 1.5" slide buckle
- Lining fabric and craft interfacing (if desired)
- Crochet hook, yarn needle, scissors
- Create bag using instructions above or
- purchase inexpensive ad-free pdf
See "how to line a crochet bag" tutorial for how to line this bag with craft stabilizer and lining fabric.