Crochet Nautical Tote

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I’ve been on a bit of a bag kick lately and I’ve been making all sorts of totes and purses. I decided to make this fun Crochet Nautical Tote for the summer, so that I could have a cute bag to take with me when I go out in the city with my friends. I was looking for a cute nautical tote but couldn’t find one that was in my price range so I just made it myself!  It’s a really easy pattern and took me about 3 hours to make in total. It’s great for any stashed yarn that you may have and would look great in any color combo. I hope you enjoy the pattern for my new tote. Happy Crocheting!

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Crochet Nautical Tote

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Skill Level:

Easy

Materials:

Abbreviations:

ch chain
dc
 – double crochet
dc dec – double crochet decrease
hdc – half double crochet
hdc dec – half double crochet decrease
sk – skip
sl st – slip stitch
() – indicates stitch counts
[] – indicates instructions to be worked in one step
* – indicates instructions to be repeated

Instructions:

With Color A, Ch 43

Row 1: 1 hdc into the 3rd ch from hook, 1 hdc into each st across, turn. (40)
Row 2-3:  Ch 2, 1 hdc into each st across, turn. (40)

Now we’re going to turn the rows into a round.

Round 1: Ch 2, 1 hdc into each st across the row, 5 hdc along the side of the rows, 40 hdc across the foundation ch, 5 hdc along the other side of the rows, join into the beginning hdc with a sl st. (90)
Change to Color B
Round 2-5: Ch 3, 1 dc into each st around, join into the beginning ch-3. (90)
Change to Color A 
Round 6-7:  Ch 2, 1 hdc into each st around, join into the beginning ch-2. (90)
Change to Color B
Round 8-11: Ch 3, 1 dc into each st around, join into the beginning ch-3. (90)
Change to Color A
Round 12: Ch 2, [1 hdc dec over the next 2 sts] twice, 1 hdc into each of the next 41 sts, [1 hdc dec over the next 2 sts] twice, 1 hdc into each of the next 41 sts, join into the beginning ch-2. (86)
Round 13: Ch 2, 1 hdc into each st around, join into the beginning ch-2. (86)
Change to Color B
Round 14: Ch 3, 1 dc into each st around, join into the beginning ch-3. (86)
Round 15: Ch 3, [1 dc dec over the next 2 sts] twice, 1 dc into each of the next 39 sts, [1 dc dec over the next 2 sts] twice, 1 dc into each of the next 39 sts, join into the beginning ch-3. (82)
Round 16: Ch 3, [1 dc dec over the next 2 sts] twice, 1 dc into each of the next 37 sts, [1 dc dec over the next 2 sts] twice, 1 dc into each of the next 37 sts, join into the beginning ch-3. (78)
Round 17: Ch 3, 1 dc into each of the next 15 sts, ch 1, sk the next st, 1 dc into each of the next 6 sts, ch 1, sk the next st, 1 dc into each of the next 32 sts, ch 1, sk the next st, 1 dc into each of the next 6 sts, ch 1, sk the next st, 1 dc into each of the next 15 sts, join into the beginning ch-3. (78)
Change to Color A
Round 18: Ch 2, 1 hdc into each st around, join into the beginning ch-2. (78)

Fasten off. Weave all ends.

Handles:

Cut 30 strands of yarn (I mixed the two colors) for each side of the handbag (60 strands in total) measuring approximately 40″. You can make them longer or shorter depending on how long you would like your handles. For the first handle, pull your set of 30 strands through one of the ch 1 spaces of round 17. Make a knot to secure the strands to the inside of the handbag. Braid the strands. When you have reached the desired length of your handle, pull the braid through the other ch 1 space on the same side of the bag and knot the bottom. Trim the ends. Repeat for the other side.

 

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24 Comments

  1. Great pattern! Love the look of this tote. It is going on my list of things to crochet over winter to have ready for next summer. Already excited 🙂

  2. Hi! i have this pattern, but I have 1 question. Row 1 – is that a foundation Half double stitch or is it single crochet for 40, then turn, change 2, half double stitch in each stitch = row 1?

    1. Hi Mindy! As per the pattern, you would chain 43 first and then hdc in the 3rd ch from the hook and each st across to give you a total of 40 sts. There is no foundation hdc.

  3. This modern looking tote is one of my favorite designs on your website. Because as soon as i saw it, I realized that it looks just like the beach bag my mom made for me as a gift 3 years ago (before I learned crochet) out of walmart bags that she turned into string (they call it plarn). I still have t and love it. Might try your pattern with cotton yarn to make a tote bag for my 2 daughters now that I can crochet myself. 🙂

  4. I love this. The purse was super simple to make. I made it but ended up using some old purse handles I had for it and then attached a button and a single crochet loop to use for closure. Thanks for posting this. I am going to make a couple of these for gifts also.

  5. I love this tote, its my favorite. Perfect for an early spring morning, dew on the grass, sun warming the earth. Can you tell Im ready for spring. lol. I love the tote. Love the blog. I follow and share.
    ~Crystal
    Crochet A Day In The Life
    http:”//krystlewv.blogspot.com

  6. I think this is my favorite of your free patterns. It would be beautiful to carry when the weather warms up! I love the nautical look

  7. I just want to thank you for sharing your wonderful nautical tote pattern, I made one up with only one problem, the strap didn’t hold with a knot through the hole so I tied it on instead and left some fringe hanging on the front side, I am in the process of crocheting an anchor to put on the front, it was so easy to do, thank you again, would love to share a picture with you if you would direct me to where I could share it? Again thank you I love this tote

  8. Hi.ve your site. I’m new to crocheting. Id the dc dec and hdc dec the same thing as dc2together to decrease? Thank you.

    1. Hi Jamie! A dc dec is the same as dc2tog. A hdc dec is different. Here’s how to do it: [yo, insert hook into next st, yo, pull up a loop, insert hook into next st, yo and pull up another loop, yo, pull through all 5 loops on hook. Hope that helps!

  9. I love this bag!! So summer! I need a new hand project, so maybe this will be it ;o) Thanks so much for sharing it in the summer fun series!! pinned!

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