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Free Crochet Tote Bag Pattern | The Library Tote Book Bag

The Library Tote is a free crochet tote bag pattern that’s a book lover’s best friend. This rectangle bag is composed of a sturdy single crochet bottom with two wide handles for comfort.

Bring this crochet tote bag to the farmer’s market, the library or the yarn store. When we hit the library we never seem to have enough hands or bags for all the books.

I love this bag for these trips. It’s crocheted with cotton yarn, so it stretches, but it’s more supportive than a mesh bag.

Free crochet tote bag pattern with lavender and teal book inside.
The single crochet bottom keeps books inside the bag!

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More Free Crochet Tote Bag Patterns

  1. The June Market Tote is an open mesh crochet bag.
  2. The Boho Bag is a one skein crochet market bag pattern.
  3. La Via Crochet Market Tote Bag is a larger beach bag.
  4. Mercato Crossbody Shoulder Bag has a solid construction and a single strap.
  5. The Violet Market Tote also has a more solid body.
Woman in white turned to side with free crochet tote bag pattern on her shoulder.

I’ve been crocheting up these tote bags to gift to all the amazing teachers who have supported my kids this year. I knew a teacher would have tons of notebooks and papers to fill it with.

As much as I’d love to gift a handmade blanket to each and everyone of them, who has the time? Do you gift your crocheted items to teachers?

Last year I made them summery cotton cowls like the Archwork Cowl or scarves like the Skinny Summer Scarfall one skein projects! These were so fun and easy.

Free crochet tote bag pattern  in white and beige variegated cotton yarn hanging.

More Easy Crochet Patterns to Make for Gifts

  1. Berryessa Scarf a skinny and structured lace scarf.
  2. Incrocio Cowl is long so can be worn a variety of ways.
  3. Fiore Cowl features a beautiful flower like stitch.
  4. Lia Cowl is a gorgeous cowl that brings a pop of color to a summer outfit.
  5. Colorblock Cowl this is the one you make with the left over yarn!

Materials

Notes

  1. Ch 3 counts as a stitch, I highly recommend using a ch 3 alternative, here’s my favorite.
  2. The bag is worked in continuous rounds-do not join, just continue to work around. Mark the first st of each round.
  3. Mark your increase stitches for the bottom. 

Stitches/Abbreviations

Fsc-foundation single crochet

sc-single crochet

Sk-skip the indicated stitch rep-repeat

ch(s)-chain(s)

dc-double crochet

sl st-slip stitch

st(s)-stitch(es)

x st-sk first st, dc in next, go back and dc in the skipped st-I worked behind the post for these.

picture of crochet texture stitches up close in white book bag

Gauge

4” x 4” = 13 dc x 7 dc rows 

Finished dimensions

When flat it’s 13” wide x 13” tall.

It’s 24” long with the straps.

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You can purchase the ad-free, well formatted PDF Pattern in one of my shops. Scroll down for the free pattern!

Scroll down for the free crochet tote bag pattern

Free crochet tote bag pattern in white cotton yarn with notebook and lavender inside.

Free Crochet Tote Bag Pattern | The Library Tote Book Bag

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 1 hour
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Difficulty: Intermediate
Estimated Cost: $10

The Library Tote Bag is a Free crochet tote bag pattern that features a solid construction in cotton yarn perfect for storing notebooks and everyday needs.

Materials

  • 459 yds/10.5oz #4 med worsted weight yarn, I used 3 balls of Red Heart Scrubby Smoothie in 2-Oatmeal (Color A) & 1-White (Color B).

Tools

  • 5.5mm (I) hook
  • Yarn needle
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Stitch Markers

Instructions

    In Color A

    1. Row 1. Fsc 30, or if you’re unfamiliar with fsc then you can ch 31, sc in the 2nd ch and in each ch across.

      Work continuously on both sides. Free crochet tote bag pattern work on both sides of starting chain.
    2. Row 2. In opposite side of last sc: 2 sc, mark 1st sc as first st, sc in next 28 sts, 2 sc in next st, mark the 2nd sc, 2 sc in next st, mark the 1st sc, Free crochet tote bag pattern with tutorial stitches marking first and last stitches. sc in next 28 sts, 2 sc in last, mark 2nd sc.Start row 3 with 2 single crochets and mark the second. (64 sts)Free crochet tote pattern second row complete around all sides of first.
    3. Row 3. 2 sc in first st, mark 1st sc, sc in next 30 sts, 2 sc in next st, mark 2nd sc, 2 sc in next st, mark 1st sc, sc in next 30 sts, 2 sc in last st, mark 2nd sc. (68 sts) Row three complete with all increase stitches marked.
    4. Row 4. 2 sc in first st, mark 1st sc, sc in next 32 sts, 2 sc in next st, mark 2nd sc, 2 sc in next st, mark 1st sc, sc in next 32 sts, 2 sc in last st, mark 2nd sc. (72 sts)
    5. Row 5. 2 sc in first st, mark 1st sc, sc in next 34 sts, 2 sc in next st, mark 2nd sc, 2 sc in next st, mark 1st sc, sc in next 34 sts, 2 sc in last st, mark 2nd sc. (76 sts)
    6. Row 6. 2 sc in first st, mark 1st sc, sc in next 36 sts, 2 sc in next st, mark 2nd sc, 2 sc in next st, mark 1st sc, sc in next 36 sts, 2 sc in last st, mark 2nd sc. (80 sts)
    7. Row 7. 2 sc in first st, mark 1st sc, sc in next 38 sts, 2 sc in next st, mark 2nd sc, 2 sc in next st, mark 1st sc, sc in next 38 sts, 2 sc in last st, mark 2nd sc. (84 sts)
    8. Row 8. 2 sc in first st, mark 1st sc, sc in next 40 sts, 2 sc in next st, mark 2nd sc, 2 sc in next st, mark 1st st, sc in next 40 sts, 2 sc in last st, mark 2nd sc. (88 sts)Bottom of free crochet tote bag pattern complete in variegated cotton smoothie yarn.

      At this point your base measures 13” x 4”
    9. Rows 9-16. Sc in each st around. (88 sts) Change to Color B.Bottom sides of crochet bag pattern down.

    Row 17. Sl st 2 sts,Slip stitch over to start next round of bag. ch 3,Chain 3 to start next x stitch. going behind the ch 3, dc in the st before it, X stitch completed with double crochet behind.*{sk next st, dc in next, dc in skipped st} rep from * around. (88 sts)

Row 18. Sc in each st around.

Rows 19-20. Ch 3, dc in next st and in each st around.

Rows 21-28. Rep last 4 rows 2x more.

*If you would like a taller bag you might consider adding another repeat here.

Row 29. Rep Row 17.

Rows 30-32. Sc in each st around. Change to Color A.

Row 33-41. Sc in each st around.

Strap Row

Row 1. Sc in next 21 sts, turn.

Row 2. Ch 1, Sc in same and in next 6 sts, turn. (7 sts)

Row 3. Rep Row 2 for 81 more rows, or til strap measures 25”Crochet strap on top of tote bag pattern.

On top of bag along Row 1 of strap, skip next 22 sts, attach end of strap to next 7 sts with sl sts, continue to sc in next 15 sts, turn. Start second strap in single crochet.

Rep rows 2 & 3 for second strap. Free crochet tote bag pattern with two straps second placement.Sk next 22 sts, attach end of strap to next 7 sts with sl sts.

Cut yarn. Weave in ends.

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