Merry Christmas in July! I honestly could crochet Christmas designs all year round. They are so cute + fun + festive! I designed this Crochet Gingerbread Tote Bag that you can use during the holiday season. An easy pattern that you can start on now (to get ahead on your Christmas crochet projects) or wait until the last minute to whip up this tote (it’s very easy and quick). Keep it for yourself or gift it! It would actually make a perfect little gift bag. Fill it with a store bought toy or other presents. It fits two bottles of wine if you want to bring a little something to an adult holiday party or family gathering. Lots of ways to use this crochet bag and I can’t wait to see what you come up with!
The finished size is approximately 11 inches wide by 12 inches tall. 16 inches tall including the handles.
I used two strands of Bernat Super Value (worsted weight) yarn to crochet this tote. You could use one strand (the overall size would be smaller) but I really recommend crocheting with a double strand. It makes it extremely sturdy and I love how the single crochet stitches fill in so nicely with no holes and less stretching.
There are a few different ways you can crochet with a double strand:
1. You could pull from the middle and outer strand of the skein at the same time (but you are most likely going to run into tangles).
2. You could roll your entire skein into two balls
3. You can buy two skeins and pull from the middle of both skeins at the same time (this is the method I use!)
– Bernat Super Value Yarn in Topaz, White, and Red (I purchased two skeins of the topaz brown from Yarnspirations.com)
Note: if sold out, you can try THIS Amazon link
– Size I (5.5mm) Crochet Hook
– Two 1 inch black buttons
– Tapestry Needle
Here is a video on how to crochet the gingerbread tote!
Gingerbread Tote Pattern:
With two strands of topaz brown yarn
Chain 31, SC in second chain from hook and the rest of the way down chain making 2 SC in the last chain, now working on other side of chain, SC in each chain making 2 SC in the last chain, join to first SC, chain 1
Row 2-6: SC in each stitch around, join, chain 1 (62 SC)
Row 7: join in 2 strands of white yarn, chain 4 + DC in first stitch (this counts as your first v-stitch), skip a stitch, *DC + chain 1 + DC in next, skip a stitch, repeat from * until end, join to the 3rd chain in chain 3, add back in the double strand of topaz brown yarn, chain 1
Row 8: 2 SC in every chain 1 v-stitch space, join to first SC, chain 1
Row 9-28: SC in each stitch around, join, chain 1 (62 SC)
Row 29: Repeat Row 7 (the v-stitch row)
Row 30: Repeat Row 8
Row 31-32: SC in each stitch around, join, chain 1 (62 SC)
Now lets make the handles
Row 33: SC in first 10, chain 30, skip 20 stitches, SC in next 11, chain 30, skip 20 stitches, SC in the last stitch, join to first SC, chain 1
Row 34: SC in each stitch around (including chains on handles), join, chain 1
Row 35: SC in each stitch around, join, fasten off and weave in ends.
with single strand of white
Chain 30. Stitch or glue onto front of tote. You can use hot glue or fabric glue. Or stitch on with your tapestry needle.
Cheeks: (make 2)
with single strand of red yarn
Magic Ring, chain 1 and make 10 SC in ring, join, chain 1
Round 2: 2 SC in each stitch around, join, fasten off leaving long tail.
Stitch cheeks over top corners of smile
Stitch two black buttons about two rows up and in between cheeks.
Stay tuned because you know I have a few other Christmas Crochet Tote designs on my hook!!
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I can see myself make one for every young girl I know.
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