Go Green! Mesh Tote Pattern

I love making totes in the summer. I always get a lot of use out of them since I take them everywhere. I take them to the beach, to the market, to the library, and practically everywhere else. I especially love taking them to the market because I don’t have to waste plastic bags. This Go Green Mesh Tote is on the smaller size but you can easily upscale it to suit your needs. I hope you enjoy the pattern! Happy Crocheting!

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Go Green Mesh Tote

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Skill Level:

Intermediate

Materials:

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Abbreviations:

ch – chain
hdc – half double crochet
sc – single crochet
sk – skip
sl st – slip stitch
sp(s) – space(s)
st(s) – stitch(es)
t-ch – turning chain
() – indicates stitch counts
* – indicates instructions to be repeated

Gauge:

3 stitches & 2 rows = 1 inch (in hdc)

Finished Size:

Approximately 10″ from top of bag to bottom
Approximately 9″ from top of handle to top of bag

Pattern Notes:

  • This pattern is written in US terms.
  • All stitches are worked through both loops unless otherwise noted.
  • Sizing will vary depending on how tightly or loosely you crochet. Please check your gauge before starting this project.
  • This pattern starts as rows and transitions to rounds. If you are unfamiliar with this technique, there is a great tutorial here.
  • Parts of this pattern will be worked in a continuous round. This is where a stitch marker will come in handy. Move your stitch marker along to mark the end of the rounds.
  • All color changes are made in the last yarn over of the last st of previous row/round.

Tutorials:

Instructions:

With Color A

Ch 31
Row 1: 1 hdc into the 2nd ch from hook, 1 hdc into each remaining st across, turn. (30 sts)
Row 2-4: Ch 1, hdc into each st across, turn. (30 sts)
Row/Round 5: Ch 1, 2 hdc into the first st, 1 hdc into each of the next 28 sts, 2 hdc into the last st. Turn your work clockwise to start working into the side of the rows; evenly work 3 hdc into the side of rows 1-4. Turning your work clockwise again, work 2 hdc into the bottom loop of the starting ch, 1 hdc into each of the next 28 sts (bottom loops of the starting ch), 2 hdc into the last st. Turning your work clockwise one last time, work 3 hdc into the side of rows 1-4; join into the beginning hdc with a sl st. (70 sts)
Round 6: Ch 1, 2 hdc into the first st, *1 hdc into each of the next 29 sts, 2 hdc into the next st, 1 hdc into each of the next 4 sts; 2 hdc into the next st, Repeat from * around, join into the beginning hdc with a sl st. (74 sts)
Round 7: Ch 1, 2 hdc into the first st, *1 hdc into each of the next 30 sts, 2 hdc into the next st, hdc into each of the next 5 sts; 2 hdc into the next st, Repeat from * around, join into the beginning hdc with a sl st. (78 sts)
Round 8-10: Ch 1, 1 hdc into each st around, join into the beginning hdc with a sl st. (78 sts)

Change to Color B in the last yarn over of the last stitch in Round 10.

[Note: You will now be working in a continuous round. Place your stitch marker at the end of each round to keep your place.]

Round 11: *Ch 5, sk the next 2 sts, 1 sc into the next st; Repeat from * around, join into the beginning ch-5 sp with a sl st. (26 ch-5 sps)
Round 12-14: *Ch 5, 1 sc into the next ch-5 sp; Repeat from * around. (26 ch-5 sps)
Round 15: *Ch 2, 1 sc into the next ch-5 sp; Repeat from * around, join into the last sc of Round 14 with a sl st. (78 sts)
Round 16: Ch 1, sc into each st around. Join in beginning sc. (78 sts)

Change to Color A in the last yarn over of the last stitch of the round.

Round 17-19: Ch 1, 1 hdc into each st around, join into the beginning hdc with a sl st. (78 sts)

Change to Color B in the last yarn over of the last stitch of Round 19.

Round 20: Ch 1, 1 sc into each st around, join into the beginning sc with a sl st. (78 sts)

[Note: You will be working in a continuous round again.]
Round 21: *Ch 5, sk the next 2 sts, 1 sc into next st; Repeat from * around, join into the beginning ch-5 sp with a sl st. (26 ch-5 sps)
Round 22-24: *Ch 5, 1 sc into the next ch-5 sp; Repeat from * around. (26 ch-5 sps)
Round 25: *Ch 2, 1 sc into the next ch-5 sp; Repeat from * around, join into the last sc of Round 14 with a sl st. (78 sts)
Round 26: Ch 1, 1 sc into each st around, join into the beginning sc with a sl st. (78 sts)

Change to Color A in the last yarn over of the last stitch of the round.

Round 27-28: Ch 1, 1 hdc into each st around, join into the beginning hdc with a sl st. (78 sts)

Handle:

[Note: The handle is worked from 2 sides and joined in the middle with a whip stitch.]

Count to the 17th st from the join, mark off with a stitch marker.
Count to the 21st st from the join, mark off with a stitch marker.
Count to the 57th st from the join, mark off with a stitch marker.
Count to the 61st st from the join, mark off with a stitch marker.

First side of handle:

Row 1: Join Color A with a sl st into the 17th st, 1 hdc into the same st, 1 hdc into each of the next 4 sts (to the next marked st), turn. (5 sts)
Row 2: Ch 1, hdc into each st across, turn. (5 sts)
Row 3-24: Repeat Row 2
Row 25: Repeat Row 2, fasten off, leave long tail for sewing.

Second side of handle:

Row 1: Join Color A with a sl st into the 57th st, 1 hdc into the same st, 1 hdc into each of the next 4 sts (to the next marked st), turn (5 sts)
Row 2: Ch 1, hdc into each st across, turn. (5 sts)
Row 3-24: Repeat Row 2
Row 25: Repeat Row 2, fasten off.

[Note: If you want a longer handle, work a few more rows on each side before joining together.]

Finish:

  • Using a yarn needle and tail end of yarn, join the two ends of the handle together using the whip stitch method or mattress seam method.
  • Join Color A with a sl st into any stitch on one side of the handle. Evenly sc around, going up and around the handle and back down around the top edge of the bag, join into the beginning sc, fasten off. Repeat for the other side of handle.
  • Weave all ends.

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50 Comments

  1. I am a beginner at crochet (I should probably start with an easier pattern), but can you make a video tutorial on how to crochet this bag? I am more of a visual learner.

  2. In Row 15, am I making only 1 Sc in each 5 chain space? It seems there should be three, if the total number of stitches is 74. Or do you count the chains? I’m sorry, I’m confused …
    Thank you!

  3. Hi Amy,
    I clicked on the unsubscribe link for the allfreecrotchet.com website to unsubscribe, clicked on the link for your pretty tote and am now going to subscribe to your newsletter instead!!!

    Thanks Amy.

  4. This is my first try at a bag. I have a question where the round begins on row 5. When I turn it clockwise am I to understand that I will be inserting 3 hdc in each stitch on rows 1-4 equaling 12 hdc for the side? Also if there is a video for this pattern I would love to see it. Thank you.

  5. I really like this bag. I may try putting a liner in it in a coordinating color, not sure yet. Either way, it’s a great bag. Thanks for the pattern. I plan on making one as my “church” bag and one as my everyday bag. ?

    1. That sounds great Linda! I think if you found a gorgeous reversible fabric, it would be really nice because one side would show through the front and then you could have a nice inside. Or you can sandwich two pieces of fabric together. I think it will look fabulous 🙂

  6. Hi! I have a quick question…does this call for a 5.0 hook or an I hook b/c my I hook is 5.5 & my 5.0 is an H? Just curious… Thank you so much!

  7. Cute bag pattern! I am working on some crochet bag patterns myself for my etsy shop – hope to have them listed soon. I pinned your pattern to my crochet board on pinterest.

  8. I love this bag! It I’ll make the perfect gift for my daughter. Thank you for sharing it. Happy anniversary!

  9. Hi, I love the tote bag, made 1 today and on my second! Please check directions,

    Round 12-14: *Ch 5, sc in the next ch-5 sp** Repeat from * to ** around (26 ch-5 arches)
    Round 15: *Ch 2, sc into the next ch-5 sp** Repeat around. Join in the last sc of round 14. (78)

    Is round 15 a decrease round? If it is there would be no number only arches? Unless it is supposed to say single crochet in each stitch around. I decreased….Could you clear it up with me? I am on second tote and that round…LOL Thank You!

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