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The Library Tote a Free Crochet Book Bag Pattern

The Library Tote Crochet Book Bag is a book lover’s best friend. This rectangle bag is composed of a sturdy single crochet bottom with two wide handles for comfort. Bring it 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 yarn so it stretches, but it’s more supportive than a mesh bag.

picture of library crochet book bag flat with lavender and teal book inside

If you’re looking for mesh bags you might enjoy these:

  1. The June Market Tote
  2. La Via Crochet Market ToteBag
  3. Mercato Crossbody Shoulder Bag
  4. The Violet Market Tote
picture of woman in white turned to side with crochet book bag on shoulder

I’ve been crocheting up these 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 item to teachers?

Last year I made them summery cotton cowls/scarves-all one skein projects! These were so fun and easy!

picture of crochet book bag hanging

Easy Crochet Patterns for Gifts

  1. Skinny Summer Scarf
  2. Incrocio Cowl
  3. Fiore Cowl
  4. Archwork Cowl
  5. Colorblock Cowl

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two handled tote bag crochet

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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 13” wide x 13” tall, 24” long with straps.

Pattern

In Color A 

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. 

picture of tutorial chain start

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, sc in next 28 sts, 2 sc in last, mark 2nd sc. (64 sts)

picture of row 2 stitches book bag tutorial
picture of end stitches with makers
picture of sc stitches tutorial

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) 

picture of crochet book bag pattern bottom through round 3

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)

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)

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)

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) 

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)

At this point your base measures 13” x 4” 

Rows 9-16. Sc in each st around. (88 sts) Change to Color B.

picture of book bag bottom through round 9
picture of book bag bottom through round 16

Row 17. Sl st 2 sts, ch 3, going behind the ch 3, dc in the st before it, *{sk next st, dc in next, dc in skipped st} rep from * around. (88 sts)

picture of sl sts for row 17 tutorial
picture of ch 3 for row 17
picture of crossing stitches crochet tutorial

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”

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. 

Rep rows 2 & 3 for second strap. Sk next 22 sts, attach end of strap to next 7 sts with sl sts. 

Cut yarn. Weave in ends.

picture of strap seamed
picture of starting second strap
picture of one strap complete, marked for second.

 I hope enjoyed making the #librarytote, tag me @christacodesign on Instagram if you post a pic. Or share it to my Facebook Group, I love to see your work!

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