Rose Tote Free Crochet Pattern

The Rose Tote features a simple lacy pattern repeated over 8 rows. Curio #3 adds great structure to this delicate stitch. You can use a ready-made tote to make this a no sew project or make your own lining. For this pattern you will need to know how to chain, single crochet, double crochet and how to work a simple seam. I have included a video tutorial below as well.

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Can I let you in on a little secret? I hate sewing! But I don’t let that get in my way of making a great, useful bag. A little trick I’ve used again and again over the years is lining my knit and crochet bags with ready-made canvas totes. It makes the bag nice and sturdy plus it looks professionally made. Of course, if you enjoy sewing you can make your own lining and if you’d like this bag to be an open mesh produce bag you can skip the lining all together and add your own handles.

For this bag I used the Curio #3 which is a crochet thread from We Crochet. I haven’t used crochet thread much but I really like how it worked up for this bag. It give a nice structure and has great stitch definition. 

Use #RoseTote and tag me @ktandthesquid when sharing on social media!

Before you get started here are some helpful links.

I’ve used Curio #3. You can find it here through We Crochet

You can purchase an ad-free version of this pattern through Ravelry or Etsy

If you have any questions please use the my Contact Me form and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can

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Rose Tote ©2022 KT and the SquidAll rights reserved. You may not sell, trade, share or redistribute this pattern in any way. You may sell finished items made from this pattern.

Size 

15” wide by 16” tall

Yarn

2 Balls We Crochet Curio #3 (100% mercerized cotton; 295yds/100g; #3 cotton/lace weight) 

Sample is shown in the color Tea Rose

Hook

E/3.5mm hook (or hook to obtain gauge

Abbreviations

st(s) – stitch(es)

ch = chain

sc = single crochet

dc = double crochet

Other Materials

1 tote bag approx. 15” by 16”

or

Purse handles

Fabric glue or a sewing needle and thread

Notes
This bag is worked in 2 pieces that will be sewn together. For the sample I used a canvas tote bag as a lining. You can find the bag I used from Amazon HERE.

You can also make your own lining or use other purse straps if you’d like. 

Gauge 

20 sts by 8 rows in pattern = 4” square (blocked)

Gauge Pattern

Ch 28

Row 1: Sc in the 2nd ch from hook and each ch across, turn. -27 sts

Work rows 25-36 (or repeat the pattern to desired length)

Instructions

Bag Body (make 2)

Ch 76

Row 1: Sc in the 2nd ch from hook and each ch across, turn. -75 sts

Rows 2-24: Ch 1, sc in each st, turn.

Row 25: Ch 3 (counts as dc throughout), dc, *ch 2, skip 2, (dc, ch 1, dc), ch 2, skip 2, dc; repeat from* across, dc in the last, turn. 

Row 26: Ch 3, dc, *ch 2, 3 dc in the ch-1 space, ch 2, skip 1 dc, dc in the next dc; repeat from* across, dc in the last, turn. 

Row 27: Ch 3, dc, *ch 1, skip 1 dc, 5 dc in the next dc, ch 1, skip 1 dc, dc in the next dc; repeat from * until 1 remains, dc in the last, turn.

Row 28: Ch 3, dc, *skip 2 dc, 7 dc in the next dc, skip 2 dc, dc in the next dc; repeat from * until 1 remains, dc in the last, turn.

Row 29: Ch 3, 2 dc in the next dc, ch 2, skip 3 dc, dc in the next dc, *ch 2, skip 3 dc, (dc, ch 1, dc) in the next dc, ch 2, skip 3 dc, dc in the next dc; repeat from * until 5 dc remain, ch 2, skip 3 dc, 2 dc in the next dc, dc in the last, turn. 

Row 30: Ch 3, 2 dc in the next dc, ch 2, skip 1 dc, dc in the next dc, *ch 2, 3 dc in the ch-1 space, ch 2, skip 1 dc, dc in the next dc; repeat from * until 5 st remain, ch 2, skip 1 dc, 2 dc in the next dc, dc in the last, turn. 

Row 31: Ch 3, 3 dc in the next dc, ch 1, skip 1 dc, dc in the next dc, *ch 1, skip 1 dc, 5 dc in the next dc, ch 1, skip 1 dc, dc in the next dc; repeat from * until 5 st remain, ch 1, skip 1 dc, 3 dc in the next dc, dc in the last, turn. 

Row 32: Ch 3, 4 dc in the next dc, skip 2 dc, dc in the next dc, *skip 2 dc, 7 dc in the next dc, skip 2 dc, dc in the next dc; repeat from * until 5 st remain, skip 2 dc, 4 dc in the next dc, dc in the last, turn. 

Row 33: Ch 3, dc in the next dc, *ch 2, skip 3 dc, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next dc, ch 2, skip 3 dc, dc in the next dc; repeat from* until 1 remains, dc in the last, turn. 

Repeat rows 26-33 for a total of 48 rows. You will end on a repeat of row 32.

Fasten off.

Sewing

Sew two pieces together across the side, bottom (starting ch) and second side.

Finishing

Attach purse handles or sew in tote bag as lining.

If using a bag as a lining, insert the tote into the knit bag. You can sew it in with a needle and thread or use fabric glue to attach it. Because the tote will be holding the weight of anything put in the bag, fabric glue should hold it just fine.

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