Simple, stylish and versatile you can take the Soho Tote anywhere this summer!
This free crochet tote pattern is accompanied by a step-by-step video tutorial.
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The Soho Tote is a super easy crochet bag pattern! The base of the bag is a rectangle worked in rows and then a border is created around the rectangle. The sides are crocheted in the rounds and even the straps are crocheted directly onto the body so this entire bag is one piece with no extra seaming!
This means that you only have to fasten off once but you don’t have to deal with the complicated maths of creating an oval base 🙂 The base and straps are made up of tight single crochets for stability and strength while the sides are crocheted in double crochets and double treble crochets.
Recently in Auckland, all plastic bags have been banned from supermarkets. You can’t even purchase plastic bags anymore so you always need to have a tote bag/grocery bag handy. I wanted to create a bag that was strong and sturdy enough to hold groceries and could be worn out and about.
This tote bag is perfect to take to the beach, for carrying gym gear or to a farmers market!
This project uses Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton in the colour Denim. I absolutely love this yarn for creating accessories! The Denim colour is the perfect blue-grey colour that has a bit more pop than a straight neutral grey but still muted enough that it can match almost any colour! This yarn also has a nice colour range of both bright and neutral colours so there is something for everyone.
24/7 Cotton is 100% mercerised cotton yarn and wound tightly in a chain instead of a twist. This means it has lot less stretch than traditional cottons so your bag will hold its shape for longer! The mercerised cotton also gives the tote a nice subtle sheen that highlights all the stitch texture.
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*This crochet tote bag is created from the base up.
*The base is created in rows and then sides are built up in rounds.
*Gauge is not extremely important for this pattern.
*"SC 10" means SC into the next 10 stitches.
*"3SC" means place 3 SC into the same stitch
*Ch 1, Ch 2 and Ch 4 do NOT count as a stitch.
*Total stitches are indicated between < >.
*This pattern uses US crochet terms.
Stitches & Abbreviations
Ch = Chain
Sl st = Slip Stitch
SC = Single Crochet
DC = Double Crochet
DTR = Double Treble Crochet
St(s) = Stitch(es)
Rep = Repeat
GAUGE: 10cm/4” square = 18 stitches wide x 10 rows tall in double crochet
Strap Length: 52
Strap Length: 20.5
Soho Market Tote Bag Crochet Pattern
FOUNDATION CHAIN: Ch 51.
ROW 1: SC in 2nd ch from the hook, SC in each st until end. <50>
ROWS 2 - 16: Ch 1, turn, SC in each st until end. <50>
We will now create a border around the rectangle and the sides of the bag will be worked in the round.
ROUND 1: Ch 1, turn, SC 49, 3SC into last st of the row. Working along the short side; evenly space out SC 12 along the edge. Place 3SC into the corner st, SC 48 (you are working along the foundation chain), 3SC into the corner st. Working along the 2nd short side; SC 12 evenly along the edge, place 2 SC into the last st (last st be on the corner). Sl st into the 1st SC at the beginning of the round. <132>
ROUNDS 2 - 21: Ch 2, DC in each st of the round, sl st to join. <132>
ROUND 22: Ch 4, *DTR, ch 1, skip 1 st; rep from * until end, sl st to join. <66 DTR>
ROUND 23: Ch 1, *SC in st, SC in ch space; rep from * until end, sl st to join. <132>
Repeat ROUNDS 22 - 23 until ROUND 27.
ROUNDS 28 – 31: Ch 1, SC in each st until end, sl st to join. <132>
*Ch 84 creates the straps which measure 52cm/20.5”. You can add/remove chs to make the straps longer/shorter
ROUND 32: Ch 1, SC 17, ch 84, skip 20 sts, SC 46, ch 84, skip 20 sts, SC 29 until end, sl st to join. <260>
(In ROUND 33, work 1 SC into each ch)
ROUND 33 - 36: Ch 1, SC in each st until end, sl st to join. <260>
At the end of ROUND 36, fasten off.
Weave in all of your ends.
Voilà! You have finished your crochet tote.