Crochet Tote Bag Pattern (Strappy Little Bag)

I have to say it -- I think this bag is beautiful. I had a lot of fun designing it and I can’t wait to start using it. As a crocheter, you might be wondering what the chunky, knit-look stitch is. It is chains made from chains. It is quite simple to do, and I really love the effect! This crochet technique is perfect for a handbag; giving it texture, style and shape.

My inspiration for this design came simply from the fact that I love handbags (you really can’t have too many bags, can you?) and I am always trying to find or create the “thicker” stitches that are well suited for them.

This bag is not lined. It measures approx. 9.5” wide, approx. 10.5” long (without straps) and approx. 19.5” long (with straps).

This tote bag would obviously make a lovely gift for a woman or teenage girl. I think it would be stunning worked up in a bright color for spring and summer and also very attractive worked up in a dark, vibrant color for fall and winter.

This KnotYourselfOut crochet tote bag is named: STRAPPY LITTLE BAG.

Thank you for checking out my Strappy Little Bag crochet pattern!

This crochet tote bag pattern / tutorial 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, it contains many 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
  • The bag's lovely, textured look consists of chain , stitches and single crochet stitches only!
  • This bag is not lined. It measures approx. 9.5” wide, , approx. 10.5" long (without straps) and approx. 19.5" , long (with straps).

Materials you need at home:

  • DK WEIGHT cotton YARN -- 250 g (specific yarn , brand and color used to make bag shown here are , detailed in the tutorial)
  • Size G/6/4.00 mm crochet hook
  • Size K/10.5/6.50 mm crochet hook
  • 36 Stitch markers
  • Yarn needle (to sew in ends)
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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)

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