10 Tried and True Crochet Bag Patterns that are perfect for Spring and Summer activities!
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It’s bag season! I love crocheting bags, they are so versatile. Bags are a wonderful beginner project since the finished size is not super critical, as long as you aren’t too far off gauge you can usually get good results without checking gauge. However, I do recommend gauging or at least measuring it as you go when making a water bottle bag so you can get a nice fit. I have rounded up some of my favorite bag patterns that will be great for all your spring and summer activities; farmer’s markets, trips to the beach, hiking, traveling etc.
Today I am sharing 10 tried and true bags, including two water bottle bags to help keep you hydrated on whatever journeys you take. I have personally made every one of the bags that am featuring and they all get used regularly. I prefer to use cotton yarns for the majority of my bags, especially beach bags that may get wet and market bags to help reduce the stretching, but you can usually use different fibers with similar results.
1. Floral Tote Bag by Made by Gootie
1. Floral Tote Bag by Made by Gootie is a nice market bag. Agat has taken this market bag to the next level by adding in beautiful floral details and small pops of texture. Although this bag is designed with two colors I think it would still be amazing using a single color or a color changing yarn. This market bag works up to the perfect size and would be my go to for those springtime farmer’s markets.
The original design was done with WeCrochet Dishie Yarn, but I fell in love with Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton in the Beets colorway, I paired it with cool grey and I am pleased with the results. This pattern is free on the Made by Gootie blog, or you can purchase the pattern from Ravelry or Etsy.
2. Granny on the Beach Bag by Crochet with Frankie Kate
2. Granny on the Beach Bag by Crochet with Frankie Kate is a nice change from the typical beach bag. This bag is very roomy, perfect for all your beachy needs. Kate designed this bag in a chevron style using the granny stitch. The construction on this bag is a little bit different than most but her clear instructions guide you every step of the way.
This bag was designed with Caron Cotton Cake, I happened to have this yarn on hand in Wild Blueberry but not quite enough to make this bag so I added some Seaside Blue Bernat Softee Cotton. This pattern can be purchased from Ravelry or Etsy.
3. Very Stripey Project Bag by Canoe Mtn Designs
3. Very Stripey Project Bag by Canoe Mtn Designs is a wonderful bag for carrying your crochet projects wherever the wind takes you. Audrey designed this bag to use up scrap yarn, so how colorful it becomes is up to you. The pattern has a very nice texture and is an easy repeat. This one would be super easy to make taller for holding more yarn.
Audrey recommends Bernat Premium yarn but you should be able to substitute any worsted weight acrylic yarn for this project with good results. For my bag I used Loops and Threads Impeccable that I had leftover from another project in Teal, Sapphire, Blue Haze, Cream, Gray and Dark Charcoal. This pattern can be purchased from Ravelry.
4. Bayla Beach Bag by SEK Handmade
4. Bayla Beach Bag by SEK Handmade is a smaller lighter weight beach bag, perfect for a carrying a coverup and a book for those lazy days at the pool. Sarah features the option to crochet over a thin rope to make the handle on this bag sturdier and less likely to stretch, making it an excellent market bag as well. I couldn’t find a sufficient rope so I opted to do mine without, I still find the handle construction to be pretty sturdy but it does stretch a little bit.
Sarah used Hobbii Acacia for her bag, I had excellent results using Marine Blue Paintbox Cotton DK for mine. This pattern can be purchased from Ravelry or Etsy.
5. Miss Em’s Bag by Knottie Hooks
5. Miss Em’s Bag by Knottie Hooks is one of the most unique bags that I have made. This bag makes a great carryall bag for traveling, you can fit all the kids needs in this bag and the stitch is such an eyecatcher. The stitch used for this bag is an easy repeat, but it is a more advanced stitch.
I love the method that Faedra used to line this bag, by making holes with a skip blade rotary cutter you are able to just crochet your liner to the top of the bag instead of having to stitch it. She recommends silk fabric for lining because of the glamour that it adds, I wanted mine to be sturdier so I opted for a cotton lining. The bag stitch uses quite a bit of yarn making this bag a little bit weightier than most crochet bags.
We both used Peaches and Cream Cotton for our bags, mine is in Royal Blue. This pattern is available for purchase from the Knottie Hooks website.
6. Sweet Stripes Market Bag Tote by Green Fox Farms
6. Sweet Stripes Market Bag Tote by Green Fox Farms is a good size market bag but since I made it in acrylic I feel like it makes a better project bag, mine gets tons of use. Lisa offers instructions for this bag in three sizes with options for longer or shorter straps. This bag features her signature sweet stripes stitch that she has designed many different patterns with, it’s such a fun little repeat that is very easy to memorize.
Red Heart Super Saver Ombre was the designers choice and mine as well, I used the Deep Teal colorway. I made the medium size as part of a CAL a couple years ago, this size is still free to view on the Green Fox Farms blog. If you are looking to make the small or large you can purchase the pattern on Ravelry or Etsy.
7. Miss Courtney’s Tote Bag by Shawna Underwood
7. Miss Courtney’s Tote Bag by Shawna Underwood is a great all around tote bag. I can imagine using this bag to carry all of your needs for a day of sightseeing, alas mine is just getting used as a project bag for now. Shawna used leather straps for her bag but I opted to just crochet the straps for mine, mostly because sewing on leather straps made me nervous, maybe next time! There is not a pattern for crochet straps included with this pattern, I made 4 long rows of single crochet and slip stitched around the strap attaching it to the bag on the short ends. This bag has just enough texture added with the smaller stitches and the addition of the taller stitches help it come together quickly.
Shawna used Yarn Bee Sugarwheel Cotton for her bag, I substituted Premier Cotton Sprout in Aqua, Cadet and Gloaming with amazing results. This pattern can be purchased from Ravelry.
8. Autumn Waves Backpack by Warming the Heart
8. Autumn Waves Backpack by Warming the Heart would be a good bag for a day of hiking, or just a walk to the park with the kids. Rebekah designed a hidden pocket in the back that is the perfect size for holding your keys and/or a little bit of money. This bag is just big enough for the essentials, some small snacks and a bottle of water. It works up very quickly with double strands of worsted weight yarn so you can make one for everyone in the family.
I used the yarn the designer recommended for this pattern, Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton in White and Teal. You can purchase this pattern from Ravelry or Etsy.
9. Roo Water Bottle Bag by Fosbas Designs
9. Roo Water Bottle Bag by Fosbas Designs features a cell phone holder attached to the bag. I made this one for my daughter for dance recitals because she needs to have these two things with her. Susana added plenty of texture to these bags, and I love that the cell phone pouch has a button to make sure the phone is secure. The pouch could also work to carry a small snack such as a granola bar or a little bag of nuts.
This bag was designed with 2 strands of Hobbii Twister Summer, I substituted Premier Cotton Sprout in Purple, Gray and Cream for mine, I was able to meet gauge and had great results. This pattern is available free on the Fosbas Designs blog or can be purchased from Ravelry.
10. Beach Vibes Bottle Holder by Cute as a Button Crochet
10. Beach Vibes Bottle Holder by Cute as a Button Crochet is the perfect water bottle bag in my opinion. It fits my CamelBak water bottle like a glove, I have been using it for almost 2 years. I slip stitched around the edge of my strap to help slow the stretch and so far it has worked great. Esther designed this bag with lots of stripes for interest instead of the textured stitches you see in a lot of bags. The short, plain stitches in the body of the bag help the bag retain it’s shape even after carrying a full water bottle. It has two different size options as well, so hopefully you can find that perfect fit.
This bag was designed with Lion Brand Truboo, I substituted Premier Cotton Sprout in Gray, Aqua, Cadet and Gloaming and I absolutely love it. You can get this pattern free on the CAAB Crochet blog or purchase from Ravelry or Etsy.
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