Crochet Tote Bag Pattern Mesh Stitch for Crochet Beginners

Crochet Tote Bag Pattern Mesh Stitch, by Janice

Here's a quick and easy pattern that is done entirely with single and double crochet stitches and is perfect as an accessory for your summer wardrobe. 

Whether you are headed to a farmer's market, the beach, or relaxing day at the park, this is the perfect bag to grab and run.  If none of these activities catch your interest, turn it into a crochet or knitting project bag.

Crochet tote bag worked in 100% cotton yarnCrochet Tote Bag Pattern Mesh Stitch

It's made of 100% cotton so it's easy to wash and it works up so fast that you can make one for a friend and keep one for yourself.

Skill Level

Skill level easy per the Craft Yarn Council


Skills Needed to Make this Crochet Tote Bag Pattern Mesh Stitch

Slip Knot and Chain Stitch

Single Crochet Stitch

Double Crochet Stitch

Weave in ends

Supplies Required


  • All Instructions use US terms.
  • To make the base, you will be begin by working on both sides of the foundation chain, adding three additional stitches on each of edge.
Close up of the crochet tote bag worked in cotton yarn

Finished Size

10 x 12 inches (26 x 30 cm) Handles are 40 inches but feel free to make them longer or shorter as desired


9 sts and 6 rows per 4 inches in pattern stitch.


Ch - Chain

Sc - Single Crochet

Dc - Double Crochet

*  * -  Repeat the instructions between the asterisks for the number of times indicated.

Sl st - Slip Stitch

Rnd:  Round

blo:  Back look only


Ch 35.

Tote Bag Base

Rnd 1: Sc in second ch from hook. Sc in each hain until you reach the end of the row. Work 3 sc in the last stitch of the foundation chain. Then work sc into the other side of the foundation chain. Work 3 sc in last stitch, then sl st to join round. (76 sc stitches).

Rnd 2: Sc in each single crochet around. Sl st. Ch 1, Turn

Rnd 3 - 4: Sc in each single crochet round adding one stitch at the corner edge of round. (78 stitches, 80 stitches). Sl st. Ch 1, turn.

Rnd 5 - 6: Sc in each single crochet around adding two stitches at each corner (84, 88 sts). Sl st, Ch 1 and turn.

Rnd 7: Sc in each sc around increasing 3 stitches evenly spaced at each corner of the round (94, 100 sts.). Sl st. Ch 1 and turn.

Rnd 8: Work sc into the blo around round. Sl st. Ch 3 and turn.

Base of the mesh crochet tote bag worked in single crochet stitchThe base of the mesh crochet tote bag

Tote Bag Sides:

Rnd 9:  Dc in first sc.  * ch 1, dc in first ch sp,  repeat from * around  to last stitch.  Sl st into ch from previous round.  Ch. 2.

Rnd 10 - 24:  Repeat round 9.

Rnd: 25:  Hdc in each ch sp across round. Slip st, chain 2 and turn.

Rnd:  26: Repeat round 25.

Rnd 27 - 28:  Sc in each stitch around round.

Crochet mesh stitch closeupThe sides of the mesh tote bag


Handles are attached on either side of bag. If you end round 28 at one side, great, you are ready to add the handles. If not, fasten off and the re-attach yarn on the edges of the bag.

Single crochet in the top of 8 stitches from previous row. Ch 1 and Turn.

Row One: Sc in each stitch across. (7 sc). Ch 1 and turn.

Repeat row one until you reach your desired handle length.

Optional: Make a border of single crochet stitches on both sides of the handles and around the top of the tote bag. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Flat image of the Crochet Mesh totebag

About Janice

Hi, I’m Janice, the voice behind Smart-Knit-Crocheting. I love to knit and crochet and even more, I love teaching others what I know.

Though I learned to knit and crochet as a child, I didn’t get serious about these amazing hobbies until I retired. I’m a certified knit and crochet instructor through the Craft Yarn Council and am working on becoming a Master Hand Knitter through The Knitting Guild Association.

I’m currently living with my husband of over 50 years and our 7 Shih Tzu dogs.

I love hearing from you, so please drop me a line and let me know what you’re working on, whether you love knitting or crocheting more, and if you have any questions. Please visit my about me page for more information.

Happy Crocheting

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