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Easy and simple crochet bag pattern – free pattern

Easy crochet bag pattern, perfect for a walk around the town.

Looking for an easy-peasy project that screams style? Well, you’ve stumbled upon a gem—a free crochet pattern about a super simple crochet bag.

I know diamonds are supposed to be a girl’s best friend but bags come as a close second. I have yet to meet a woman without a big collection of bags.

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The Ava crochet bag is a large and sturdy bag that can handle pretty much anything.

From a walk around town, shopping, and even can serve you a large project bag.

What do you say? Are you ready to take up the challenge?

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And since we are crafters, crochet and knit bags will come along the way with us. You can get a variety of crocheted bags, from market bags to tote bags, beach bags, etc.

Today we are making a big crochet bag with small handles and super bulky yarn. It’s the kind of bag you can place a whole lot of things inside and it will carry them without a complaint.

crochet bag pattern

As I mentioned earlier, it’s made out of a wool-acrylic blend of super bulky yarn. This combined with the stitch used makes for a very sturdy bag.

I opted for the small handles as I didn’t want to disrupt the stitch pattern much. Plus, I believe this design looks better as a large handbag than a tote bag.

The stitch pattern once again looks like knitted, doesn’t it? You know I have a soft spot for crochet stitches that look knit.

Crochet patterns that look knit

Featured above are: The Freya dish towel, Adorable crochet pumpkins and, Rustic hot pad.

easy crochet bag pattern

The yarn

The Ava bag is made with the James C. Brett Rustic Mega Chunky. I chose to work with this yarn because it’s soft, durable, and very thick.

You can easily put in the machine wash if you like to, but just be careful of the temperature. It’s a wool blend, so it might felt if you are not careful.

crochet bag pattern

A great alternative would be Lion Brand’s Wool-Ease Thick and Quick, with the same care instructions.

These are both very durable yarns and suitable for this project. You can find them in solid colors or tweed, as I have.

The stitch

The stitch pattern I used for this cute crochet bag is some simple and basic crochet stitches. Actually, only one stitch, and the most basic of all of them. The humble single crochet.

The thing that makes it unique is the different placement from stitch to stitch and from round to round. I know it sounds complicated, but believe me, it’s not.

crochet handbag pattern

One single crochet will be placed in the back loop only of the previous round, while the other will be a centered single crochet.

This is also called a waistcoat stitch, or knit stitch. I will leave written instructions below, but I also have a small video right below, which will explain it in detail.

How to make the waistcoat stitch

First, the only thing you have to know is that you will be making a standard single crochet (US terms). The thing that differs is the placement of the stitch.

We usually place one stitch on top of the other, just underneath both loops of the top v. The centered single crochet is placed right in the middle of the stitch of the previous round.

Right between the inverted v of the single crochet stitch. You should also be aware that you should exit right below the top bar on the back.

It really isn’t that difficult. Go watch that video if you have any questions or you are unsure of how you will achieve a perfect knit stitch.

crochet bag pattern

More crochet bag patterns you may like:

Featured above: Market bag and Japanese knot bag.


Super bulky weight #6 • 276 yds (252 m), James C. Brett, or Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick.
Color: brown (CS3)
US P/11.50 mm crochet hook
Yarn needle

GAUGE (4 x 4″)

8 sts x 8 rows in pattern


14.5″ x 15.5″ (37 x 40 cm)

easy crochet handbag, large crochet bag

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The Ava crochet bag is a part of the Fall Bliss to Winter Warmth blog hop, hosted by RaeLynn of Itchin’ for some stitchin’, and Sarah of Ned and Mimi.

This means that if you are here today, November 28th 2023, you can get the pdf of this pattern for free! Just take a look at the infographic below and follow the instructions.

First, click the button below to go to the roundup post, and scroll down to Day 28. This is where you will find your coupon code. Then, come back here.

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– All my patterns are written in Standard US terms.
– Keep your slip stitches loose while crocheting.


R: round
ch(s): chain(s)
sc: single crochet
sl st: slip stitch
inc: increase
blo: back loop only

large crochet bag pattern

Ava bag- Free crochet pattern

R1: ch 15, 2 sc in second chain from hook, sc 12, 4 sc in last stitch. Work on the other side of the chain, sc 12, 2 sc in the last st, sl st to join, ch 1 (32)
R2: inc in first two sts, sc 12, inc in next four sts, sc 12, inc in the last two sts, sl st, ch 1 (40)
R3: (sc, inc) x2, sc 12, (sc, inc) x4, sc 12, (sc, inc) x2, sl st, ch 1 (48)
R4: (sc 2, inc) x2, sc 12, (sc 2, inc) x4, sc 12, (sc 2, inc) x2, sl st, ch 1 (56)

The base of the bag now measures 12.5″ x 4.3″ (32 x 11 cm).

R5: * sc, sc in blo *, repeat from * to * around, sl st, ch 1 (56)
R6: *centered sc, sc in blo *, repeat from * to * around, sl st, ch 1 (56)
R7-26: Repeat R6
R27: continue in pattern for 8 sts, ch 9, sk 9 sts, continue in pattern for 19 sts, ch 9, sk 9 sts, continue in pattern for the last 11 sts, sl st, ch 1

Note: When you reach the chain 9 of R27, please check the photo tutorial below, for how you will place the stitches for the handles on R28.

R28-30: Repeat R6
R31: sk first st, * sl st in next 5 sts, sk *, repeat from * to * around, sl st to join.

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Crochet bag pattern photo tutorial

When you reach the part where you chained nine stitches to create the handle in R27 you should follow the instructions below.

This is just to keep the visual elements the same as the rest of the bag, but you can easily work around the whole chain, if you like.

The stitch that is a centered single crochet stitch should go around the whole chain.

The stitch that is a single crochet in the blo should be placed inside the chain, leaving the front loop unworked, just like in the sc in blo.

Can you see the difference in these two photos?

That’s it! I hope you enjoyed making your new crochet bag and you’ll get a lot of use out of it.

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Are you ready to make a large crochet bag that is able to fit and carry just about anything you are going to need for a walk around town?

From the standard cell phone, wallet, and keys, to a book, an extra layer of clothing and even your project?

It's a nice and sturdy bag with a knit look that you are going to love!

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