Crochet Tote Bag Pattern (Botswana Bag)
Crochet pattern for a summer tote bag / handbag / purse.
I call it "Botswana Bag" because I crocheted most of it while on a two week trip to Botswana, Africa. We drove all over Botswana, and when I wasn't looking up to take in the incredible wildlife and landscape I was crocheting away on it.
I LOVE this bag. I think it is a very unique design, and it may be my very favorite one, so far.
The bag consists of 16 squares. Each square is made by working an overlay pattern in double crochet onto a double crochet grid.
Thank you for checking out my Botswana Bag crochet pattern!
This bag is not lined. It measures approx. 11” wide, approx. 15” long (without straps) and approx. 25” long (with straps).
This crochet tote bag pattern is suitable for an intermediate crocheter. It uses standard American (US) English crochet terminology. It has been tested for clarity and accuracy by a professional crochet designer. In addition, and as mentioned earlier, it contains step-by-step how-to photos. I am confident this pattern will make for a happy crochet experience (and a very useful bag).
I am available to answer questions, should you have any.
Thanks again for stopping by.
Sonja Hood, KnotYourselfOut Crochet Patterns
- Detailed written instructions - standard American (US) , English crochet terminology
- Numerous how-to photos
- Suitable for intermediate crocheter
- Bag is not lined. It measures Approx. 11” wide, , approx. 15” long (without straps), approx. 25” long , (with straps)
Materials you need at home:
- COTTON CROCHET THREAD SIZE 5 -- 150 g x 2; , specific yarn brand and color used to make bag , shown here are detailed in the tutorial
- Size US D/3/3.25 mm crochet hook
- Safety pins (for assembly)
- Yarn needle (to sew in ends)
Sonja Hood (KnotYourselfOut)
I absolutely love to crochet! My mother taught me how when I was five years old, and it occupied a lot of my childhood.
It was during my time living in Bulgaria, as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer, that I first began to dream about writing and publishing my own crochet patterns.
As the years passed, work became my main focus, but I continued to dream about becoming a crochet designer and I collected inspiration from the many different places I was working in and traveling to: Bulgaria, Boston, Germany, Canada, Ireland (to name a few).
It was the birth of my son, ultimately, that finally gave me the opportunity to realize my dream. When my son was a baby, I wrote and published two crochet books (Painted Jute Rugs, Annie’s Attic, 2010 & Elegant Beaded Bags, Leisure Arts, 2013).
When my son began school my focus shifted to selling patterns online. I have been having the absolute time of my life -- crocheting, imagining crochet, writing about crochet, and engaging with many amazing crochet-lovers in online communities!
Home is now Toronto in Canada.
Thanks for reading my profile. I hope you will find a design in my shop that inspires you (the way it did me) to stitch up something beautiful.
Sonja Hood (Crochet Designer & Author)