Out and About ~ Easy Tote Bag Crochet Pattern

It's always fun going out, whether it be to the park, beach or shops. Another thing I love to do when going out is taking my camera along and snapping lots of photos!... Yes, I might be slightly obsessed with photography, but is that really such a bad thing?
Anyway where was I?.. Oh yes!
So going out is fun, but what makes any journey beyond the gates of your house ten times better is if you don't have a thick handbag strap burying down into your shoulder bone!
I'm sure all you ladies out there understand how hard it is to finding a casual looking bag that's small yet also cute!
Of course I decided to do something about this, and got my crochet hook out!


Supplies:
4.50 Crochet Hook
Tapestry or Wool Needle
8ply Yarn
Scissors
Measuring Tape

 Finished Size:
Approximately 10x11 inches (25x27 cm)


Instructions:
I started by doing a Slip Knot. Then I crocheted 70 chain stitches.


Chain 1, then skip 1 chain and single crochet into every chain. After making one row of single crochets, slip stitch both pieces together, but be sure not to twist it!

Then I started making Puff Stitches!.. I just love them, they always look so cute and are so fun to make!

Start of by chaining 3, then crochet a Puff Stitch into the next stitch. Chain 2, skip 1 stitch then crochet a puff stitch. Continue doing this all the way around.
 After making 19 rows of puff stitch, I ended it off. Then taking my wool needle I sewed together the bottom of the 'round pouch'.


Now it was time to get started on the strap. I made 6 chain stitches.


I then started crocheting single crochets till the strap measured 125cm.
Taking your wool needle again, attach the long strap to either side of the bag.



And you're done! I hope you all enjoyed that tutorial, if you have any questions, comment away!
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Have a great day crocheting!


45 comments:

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    1. Nice, but no closure on the top of the bag?

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    2. That's easy to solve. Just sew on some Velcro. Instant closure.

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    3. On the strap, you said to chain 6. How do you get a long strap when you just chain 6?

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    4. In row 1 of the strap I chain 6. Then from row 2 etc. I chained 1, and crocheted single crochets back and forth.

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  2. Which pattern did you use for the puff stitch? There are so many. Thanks. Looks like a bag I would like to make.

    yarnedin.

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    1. Hi! I made my puff stitches with seven strands on the crochet hook before pulling the hook through it. The more strands you wrap around your hook, the thicker the puff stitch. :) Hope this helps!

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  3. This is absolutely perfect! Thank you!!! Would you mind telling what brand and color yarn you used? it is the most marvelous magenta on my screen! Looks good enough to eat!

    dotb in mo

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    1. I'm so super duper glad you like it! :)... I would tell you, but i bought that yarn such a long time ago, and when i finally got around to using it the label had fallen off. So I have no idea, so sorry!

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  4. oooh I love this bag! Definitely will be making it, thanks so much for the free pattern! :)

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    1. you're welcome :) so glad you like it so much! Xx

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  5. what exact yarn did you use? and how much does it take? also could you give the approximate dimensions of the purse? Thanks

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    1. I used 8ply yarn (Double Knitting Yarn)I used around 150grams, and it's finished size is roughly 25x27cm :)

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    2. it looks like Handicrafter in Plum to me. At least that's what I intend to use.

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  6. I would make 72 stitches as my base and then continue around the base rather than having to sew it together. XXXXXXXXXXXXXX
    OOOOOOOOOOOOOO this being the beginning ch
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  7. I like that idea too. I wonder why Olivia didn't do it that way?

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  8. I love this pattern but wondered how many ch stitches were between each puff st. The tutorial talks about 2 ch, but wasn't sure what you used. Also, how do you go to the next row? Sl st to join, sc then start the next puff stitch or did you use x# ch prior to the first puff in a row? Thank you!

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    1. Hi!
      Aw, thank you!
      You start of each row of puff stitches with 3 chains. After each puff stitch you chain 2. Then at the end of the row you slip stitch into the top of the 3 chains.
      Hope this helps!
      Olivia Xx

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  9. How do you make a puff stitch? This is the most important base of the purse and you don't include it in the directions.

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    1. Hi!
      I did include it in the post. I linked a video tutorial to the first time I used the words "Puff Stitches" :)
      Xx

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  10. Thank you for the pattern it is beautiful. I started on it this morning and it is going great. The tutorial was helpful that is what I call a bobble stitch, you really can make it as big as you like.

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  11. Hi Olivia,
    I love your purple bag. I plan to improvise it a bit by making a front and back and joining it with the shoulder strap gong all around three sides giving it more of a square and roomier interior..
    I also plan to sew in a zipper at the top of the purse for closure.. I don't know how to send a pic when finished, but I suppose by my description you have an idea of what it may look like. Thank you for your pattern.. Real pretty. An old time crafter..

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  12. Absolutely ADORABLE!! I have always loved the Puff Stitch, one of my favorites. So glad I found your blog, keep it going!!

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  13. Pat B in Canada28 April 2013 23:41

    This purse is so precision-looking. I love it! and I can't wait to make it. Thank you for sharing your creative talent; it makes it better for all of us. The tutorial is super.

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  14. I haven't made this yet but the bottom doesn't have to be open while you are crocheting. If you do the single crochet on the front part of the stitch and go around to the back part of the stitch to make a complete circle you won't have to sew it at the end. You can at this stage make the bag a bit wider also.

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  15. Olivia- I totally love the purse. I have a question on the yarn. The instructions say 8 ply yarn. I have never heard of this. I only know of 6 as extra bulky. you also put the length of the strap as 125 cm. what is that in inches? do you use the blo on the strap? I would love to make many of these for gifts with the lining and zipper. I love the tutorial on the lining and zipper. Very good instructions. thanks so much for sharing.

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    1. Hi,
      8ply is also known as 3 or Light yarn in other countries.
      The length of the strap in inches is, 50 inches.
      Hope this helps!
      Olivia

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    2. Thanks Olivia, it does help.

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  16. I love this bag too, only when I made it using the chain 2 after a puff stich, the bag kept getting wider! On the 5th row, I switched to a chair 1 after each puff stitch and the bag kept it's shape up to the top. I now have a bag with a larger bottom, but it's o.k. kinda like a slouch bag. I will be making more now that I know how to do it.

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  17. Hi, Olivia: Just saw this bag on Pinterest -- it's so pretty and I've love to make it. I'm basically a beginner -- I've been crocheting for a couple of years but mostly simple things. Would it be easy to make this bag a little larger? Any suggestions you can make would help. Thanks for the pattern. You're blog is lovely. From Patti

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    1. Hi Patti!
      You can add extra chains in the start of the project in sets of 2 till you've reached your desired length :)
      Xx

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  18. Hi Olivia,
    I am trying to download the pattern for this beautiful bag, and it is taking an age to print out,I'm not very techno minded and wonder if you have any SIMPLE (lol) suggestions for me. I just love this bag,and many thanks. Rose

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    1. Hi Rose,
      You could copy the pattern and paste it in a word document and then print it out :)

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  19. hi olivia.. i'm a beginner and i've started this bag.. after 3 rows i"m finding that bag is becoming wider..can you tell me where i'm wrong? i start a row with 3 chain..

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  20. Thanks very much for the free pattern for this adorable little purse! Perfect gift for so many and easily adaptable to make into a gift bag - remove the strap and add a ribbon - and easy to add a closure with a loop of single crochet on one side and a button on the other. So many things you can do with this lovely pattern!

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  21. Very nice, I will have to make one. I so love the purple shades, nice job Olivia

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  22. wonderful..its just I can said,thank you for sharing the pattern and tutorial

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  23. I'm always looking for easy purse pattern. They are for gifts and to put gifts in. What size crochet hook? and the measurements for the purse, strap. metric system I don't know very well.

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  24. How did you keep your self from belling out? I tried this and I kept belling out...

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  25. I enjoyed making this also. Thanks for the free pattern.

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  26. Thank you for the lovely pattern :D

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  27. This bag looks beautiful and easy to make.

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