Whether it’s a cute coverup or an accessory to go along with it, there’s nothing like boho art to show off your craft. How about a crochet bag for the beach? If you’ve got a little time, we’ve got patterns for every level.
New to crochet? We’ll also tell you what materials you’re going to need and the basic stitches you should know to get started. In addition, we’ll share some tips to help you earn your crafting chops. We promise you’ll be hooked in no time!
Table of Contents
- Crochet Bag Essentials: Materials And Stitches
- Beginner Crochet Bag Patterns
- Intermediate To Advanced Crochet Bag Patterns
- Tips For Making Crochet Bags
Crochet Bag Essentials: Materials And Stitches
When making a crochet bag, there are some basic things you’re going to need to have and know. Let’s take a look.
In terms of materials, a crochet bag doesn’t require many. You’ll just need a hook, yarn, a pair of scissors, a darning needle, and measuring tape.
A crochet hook is the main tool when it comes to crochet. Hooks come in many sizes. Thicker yarns need larger hooks, while thinner yarns need smaller ones. The pattern should tell you the size of hook to use.
When you’re choosing yarn for your crochet bag, you’re not only selecting the color but also the weight. Yarn comes in a range of weights, from 0 (smallest) to 7 (bulkiest). Like with the hook, the pattern will tell you the ideal yarn weight.
When choosing yarn, you’ll also want to consider the material. Some yarns are in natural materials, while others are in synthetics and blends.
Ganxxet Bamboo Deluxe Yarn is a popular choice for making crochet bags because of the luxurious shine and fall to this fiber. It’s not only environmentally friendly but also biodegradable, breathable, antibacterial, and hypoallergenic.
Our Raffia Paper is another great material to choose for crochet bags. It’s made of 100% recycled paper and is even water-repellant, so if your bag will be used for the beach or pool, it’s a top choice!
Although technically you can use any scissors, having a small pair of sharp scissors with a case will make fishing them out of your bag safe and cutting the yarn easy-peasy!
You’re going to need a darning needle to weave in the beginning and end of your crochet bag, or to sew pieces of crochet together.
Although darning needles come in both metal and plastic, generally metal is a bit easier to use. These also come in a variety of thicknesses and lengths, so refer to your pattern for the perfect size for your project.
It’s always good to have a measuring tape handy to measure out the materials you’ll need to make your crochet bag.
There are a few basic stitches that are important for any beginner to know. Once you’ve mastered these, check your pattern to see if you need to brush up on another to add to your “bag of (crochet) tricks.”
If you’re a beginner, we suggest checking out our article How To Crochet For Beginners: A Step-By-Step Guide before diving in.
After you make a slip knot, most projects will start with a series of chain stitches. These form the foundation of your project. Here’s a quick tutorial.
The Single Crochet Stitch is a basic stitch that’s abbreviated SC. This video will show you how!
The Double Crochet Stitch, or DC, is slightly more advanced than a single crochet. Watch this helpful video to practice your first DC.
Half Double Crochet
Another good beginner stitch is the Half Double Crochet. If you’ve mastered the Single and Double Crochet, this stitch is next up.
A Slip Stitch is used to attach two pieces of crochet fabric together — here’s how to do it.
Now that you know some of the basic stitches, it’s time to try your hand at one of our 12 crochet bag patterns.
Beginner Crochet Bag Patterns
We’ve found some great beginner patterns that only use a few basic stitches. Good luck!
Easy Boho Bag Pattern Tutorial
Follow this easy pattern for a super-stylish boho tote.
Everyday Tote Bag Pattern Tutorial
You’ll get tons of use out of this everyday tote bag. It also makes a great gift!
Crochet Checkered Bag
The checkered pattern makes this bag playful and fun.
Color Block Market Bag
Two tones make this bag a standout. Pro tip: Choose a darker-colored yarn for the bottom of the bag so you don’t have to worry about setting it down.
Intermediate To Advanced Crochet Bag Patterns
For those who have crocheted before, here are a few more advanced patterns to try.
Waffle Stitch Crochet Shoulder Bag
Follow this intermediate pattern for a stylish bag that harkens to the breakfast table.
Crochet Arcade Stitch Market Tote
The arches and fans of the arcade stitch make this tote a stunner.
Follow this pattern for a stylish satchel.
Luxury Crochet Bag
This structured crochet handbag feels as if it were ripped from the runway.
Follow this pattern for a boho twist to the typical backpack.
Tips For Making Crochet Bags
If you want to make crochet bags, there are a few things to keep in mind as you do.
The Yarn Matters
As we said, your pattern will suggest a type and weight of yarn for your crochet bag, so you’ll want to follow that. It’s important because if you choose a thicker or thinner yarn, you may have trouble with proportions.
In addition, certain materials are more sturdy for your bag. If the yarn is too delicate, it may not stand up.
Whatever yarn you choose, purchase more than you need — at least an extra ball — just in case.
Use The Right Hook Size
You should follow the recommended hook size in the pattern that you choose, as this determines the gauge of your crochet and therefore how it will turn out.
Add A Lining To Make It Last
If you want to make your crochet bag more long-lasting, consider adding a lining. This will protect your stitches from whatever is inside the bag!
You’ve gathered the materials and practiced the stitches. If you’ve crocheted before, you maybe chose a more complicated pattern and refreshed yourself on any stitches you haven’t done in a while. You’re now ready to pick up your hook and start on your crochet bag!
When you crochet (or macrame or weave), GANXXET is here for you with all the yarns and cords that you’ll need to make the project of your dreams. We’ve got so many to choose from, including natural fabrics like wool, bamboo, and organic cotton in every color you can imagine!
With your pattern in hand, GANXXET materials, and some creativity, you’ve got this “in the bag!”