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“Suzette” Free Crochet Bag Pattern For Beginners

This free crochet bag pattern for beginners is deceptively simple. Neutral colors and a beautiful texture combine in the perfect modern tote or oversized purse. Click for the full "Suzette" stitch tutorial and free bag pattern. | MakeAndDoCrew.com

Requiring only single and double crochet and a very simple construction, this free crochet bag pattern is perfect for beginners. Neutral colors and a beautiful texture combine to form the perfect modern tote.

This free crochet bag pattern for beginners is deceptively simple because it's made from one large rectangle. Neutral colors and a beautiful texture combine in the perfect modern tote or oversized purse. Click for the full "Suzette" stitch tutorial and free bag pattern. | MakeAndDoCrew.comCalling all beginning crocheters! (Or more intermediate crocheters who like to zone out and watch Netflix while you’re hands mindlessly make something beautiful!) This tutorial is for you!

This free crochet tote bag pattern is worked in the Suzette stitch, which I first came across on Potter & Bloom. (UPDATE: I created a simple video tutorial that shows you how do this stitch!)

The "Suzette" crochet stitch is very easy and simple, but creates lovely texture. Click for the full tutorial. Even though the resulting texture of this stitch is gorgeous, the only skills you need to know to crochet this bag is how to single and double crochet and how to crochet a rectangle. Let’s be honest, this tote bag is not a whole lot different from a really lovely giant crocheted washcloth sewn in half.

This free crochet bag pattern for beginners is deceptively simple because it's made from one large rectangle. Neutral colors and a beautiful texture combine in the perfect modern tote or oversized purse. Click for the full "Suzette" stitch tutorial and free bag pattern. | MakeAndDoCrew.comWhich is awesome because speaking of sewing in half, the construction of this bag is super simple. Like, you don’t have to have any crochet bag experience, crochet joining experience or really any other sort of experience to put it together. Just fold it and sew it.

This free crochet bag pattern for beginners is deceptively simple. Neutral colors and a beautiful texture combine in the perfect modern tote or oversized purse. Click for the full "Suzette" stitch tutorial and free bag pattern. | MakeAndDoCrew.comHave you queued up a movie yet? Because you have some wonderfully mindless, yet satisfying crocheting ahead of you.

This free crochet bag pattern for beginners is deceptively simple. Neutral colors and a beautiful texture combine in the perfect modern tote or oversized purse. Click for the full "Suzette" stitch tutorial and free bag pattern using Bernat Maker Home Dec yarn. | MakeAndDoCrew.com“Suzette” Free Crochet Bag Pattern For Beginners

Crochet Bag Supplies

So you can spend more time crocheting and less time shopping, this post contains affiliate links at no extra cost to you.
Bernat Maker Home Dec – 1 skein cream and 1 skein clay (Use your 40% off coupon!)
size J/10 hook (I love this inexpensive set.)
• stitch markers
• 2.5 yds thick home decor rope (I found it in the curtain supplies section of JoAnn’s. My Hobby Lobby and Michael’s don’t carry it.)
• tape (clear or masking)
sharp scissors (I got these for xmas and they’re fantastic.)
• measuring tape
• (4) ⅝” washers from a hardware store (Or curtain grommets from a craft store. These aren’t essential, but they’ll be helpful if you plan to carry heavy loads in your bag.)
white thread or Fray Check

Abbreviations – US Terms

fsc – foundation single crochet
ch – chain
sc – single crochet
dc – double crochet
sk – skip
st – stitch

Gauge

7 (sc, dc) groupings = 4”
12 rows = 4”

To work a gauge swatch in Suzette stitch, make a multiple of 2 ch for the foundation chain. 18 ch will be sufficient. Work rows 1 and 2 of the pattern, then repeat row 2 until the swatch measures approximately 5” high. If you’d like, save this swatch and sew it inside your bag as a convenient pocket.

To Make the Crochet Bag

Watch the Suzette stitch video tutorial if you prefer video learning!

Using “Clay” color, Fsc 81. (If you are overwhelmed by the idea of foundation single crochet, just ch 81 and progress with the pattern as written. The difference will be negligible.)

Begin the Suzette stitch pattern as follows:

How to crochet the Suzette stitch. Full photo tutorial.Row 1: (1 sc, 1 dc) into second st from hook, *skip next st, (1 sc, 1 dc) into next st; repeat from * to last st, 1 sc in last st; turn.

Row 2: ch 1, (1 sc, 1 dc) into first sc, sk next dc, *(1 sc, 1 dc) into next sc, sk next dc; repeat from * to end finishing with 1 sc in turning ch; turn.

Repeat Row 2 to form the stitch pattern and continue until work measures 11.5” (about 29 rows). Switch to “Cream” color and continue for 7 more rows.

To form handle holes (in 8th “Cream” row), place stitch markers in the 6th, 32nd, 48th and 72nd st. Work in pattern until marked stitches. At each marked stitch, sk the marked st and the 2 st that follow, ch 2 and resume pattern (sc, dc) in the 3rd st from the marked st. (Each hole should be 3 total unworked st with 2 ch spanning the gap above them.)

How to crochet the Suzette stitch and add button holes. Full photo tutorial.Cont in pattern for 4 more rows; fasten off, leaving a 12-15” tail.

Crochet Bag Finishing

Fold rectangle in half. The RS and the WS are essentially the same, so just press the sides together that look the prettiest to you.

Thread tapestry needle using the tail of the last cream-colored row. Seam the cream section of the bag with a mattress stitch, being sure to keep the tension even so that your bag doesn’t have any holes or puckers. Err on the side of more, smaller stitches to make your seam more secure.

This free crochet bag pattern using the "Suzette" stitch is deceptively simple. Neutral colors and a beautiful texture combine in the perfect modern tote or oversized purse. Click for the full "Suzette" stitch tutorial and free bag pattern. | MakeAndDoCrew.comWhen you reach the clay-colored section, weave in the cream yarn and seam the rest of the bag side and bottom with clay yarn; fasten off and weave in ends. Turn bag right side out.

Add inside pocket out of fabric or crocheted swatch if you’d like.

To Add Rope Handles

1. Measure 36” of rope. Wrap a piece of tape tightly around the rope where you plan to cut it. Then cut down the middle of the tape, leaving both freshly cut ends of rope wrapped in tape. Repeat to create a second 34” handle. Don’t remove the tape because your rope will immediately begin to unravel.

This free crochet bag pattern for beginners is deceptively simple. It used the "Suzette" crochet stitch and rope handles. Neutral colors and a beautiful texture combine in the perfect modern tote or oversized purse. Click for the full "Suzette" stitch tutorial and free bag pattern. | MakeAndDoCrew.com2. From the inside of the bag out, thread rope through handle holes and place a washer on each end of the rope.

This free crochet bag pattern for beginners is deceptively simple. Neutral colors and a beautiful texture combine in the perfect modern tote or oversized purse. Click for the full "Suzette" stitch tutorial and free bag pattern. | MakeAndDoCrew.com3. Tie a tight knot in the rope at the very end of each handle. Repeat for the second side.

4. Apply Fray Check to the end of each rope before removing tape. Alternatively, gently remove tape and tie a piece of thread tightly around each rope end to prevent fraying.

Hit the beach, the farmer’s market or your lunch hour feeling awesome because you made something useful and beautiful with your own two hands!

And here are a few more free beginner crochet patterns to keep your hands busy:

Inexpensive utilitarian twine (from Dollar Tree!) and a thrifted leather belt combine to create a primitive, yet sophisticated home decor piece. This free crochet basket pattern is exceptionally easy to make with only single crochet stitches and can be customized to any size. Click for the free pattern and photo tutorial.“Aspen Socialite” Headband (baby – adult sizes)
Dollar Store Twine + Thrifted Belt Basket (pictured above)
Basic Crochet Hexagon Pattern (Hip, modern and great for afghans!)

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77 Comments

  • Momma
    June 24, 2016 at 9:48 am

    That bag turned out great. I will have to start a new project after I finish the 15 pairs of slippers people have requested!

    Reply
    • Rise B.
      June 25, 2016 at 12:27 pm

      You have some really great free patterns. Thank you for them. I am a senior and get bored real quick if
      I don’t have something to keep me busy. I share what I make with my family and friends. Thank you again. Rose

      Reply
      • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
        June 26, 2016 at 2:23 pm

        Thank you so much, Rose. I’m happy to have you here! Come back often because I post a free pattern each week! 🙂

        Happy crocheting!

        Jess

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        • Milli
          June 27, 2016 at 1:56 pm

          Jess how can I get the white and grey tote bag pattern printed love it thanks Milli

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          • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
            July 3, 2016 at 1:16 pm

            Hey Milli,

            If there’s enough interest, I’ll create a printable version that you can download for $2.50. In the meantime, you really only need to know the beginning of the pattern to get started because then you just do the same thing for quite a while. Perhaps you can just start in front of the computer and then move somewhere more comfortable. 🙂 I’m also publishing a video of how to do this stitch in the next day or two. Stay tuned!

            jess

        • Robin
          January 4, 2017 at 6:25 am

          I haven’t crocheted in years and can’t go out slot. Are these easy enough for not new beginner but haven’t done in years?

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      June 26, 2016 at 2:31 pm

      Haha, I know, Mom. Word sure gets out when you have a new slipper-making skill.

      xoxo

      Jess

      Reply
    • Cheryl Cone
      July 17, 2016 at 1:24 pm

      May I ask what size this bag ends up being? I don’t recall seeing it posted. Thank you in advance.
      Cheryl

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      • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
        August 4, 2016 at 8:55 pm

        Hey Cheryl,
        Sorry for the delay in measuring the bag! It’s about 12″ wide and 14.5″ tall. You could customize the size however you like by just adjusting the number of chains, being sure to always start with an odd number. (I used 81.)

        Happy crocheting!

        Jess

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  • Mandy Williams
    June 25, 2016 at 9:15 am

    Can’t wait to give this a try. I love the stitch pattern and colors and the grommets are brilliant!

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      June 26, 2016 at 2:26 pm

      Yay, Mandy! I hope you enjoy the pattern. I loved using this yarn. I feels great in your hands.

      Happy crocheting!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Manon Fontaine
    June 25, 2016 at 9:53 am

    esse que il serait possible d’avoir le patron an français S.V P merci

    Reply
  • Lizzie
    June 29, 2016 at 9:44 am

    How do you do a double crochet. I am a real beginner as I am left handed and no one could teach me. The I paid for lessons and the teacher told me to look in a mirror not at her hands. But no one ever showed me a double stitch.

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      July 3, 2016 at 1:14 pm

      Hey Lizzie,

      That doesn’t sound like a very good lesson! Have you checked out MooglyBlog.com? Tamara does a great job of including tutorials for both left and right handers. I bet she has a double crochet tutorial. It’s quite a simple stitch once you see it a few times. I’m also publishing a video in the next day or two that shows how to do the Suzette stitch, which might help you out. 🙂

      Jess

      Reply
    • Maria sanchez
      July 13, 2016 at 9:06 am

      Lizzie you need to check out the site New Stitch a Day. He gives stitch instructions for both left and right handers learn all my stitches From his site.

      Reply
  • LINDA PIEKKOLA
    July 3, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    COULD YOU OFFER PDF PATTERNS, IT’S HARD TO TAKE THE PATTERN ON THE GO, USING TO MUCH PAPER. LOVE YOUR DESIGNS .
    THANK YOU

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      July 5, 2016 at 12:00 am

      Hey Linda,

      Yes! I hear you 🙂 I create pdf patterns for some of my designs and sell them for a small fee. I didn’t make one for this post yet. I totally understand why it’s nice to have a paper version though. I hope to have more pdfs available soon.

      Reply
  • Janet Conkey
    July 4, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    Hi Jess,

    I’m struggling with the first row. I’m not comfortable with the FSC, so I chained 81 and then proceeded with the row one instructions. It says to do a Sc and Dc in the second chain from the hook (which places it in the 80th chain). I then followed the pattern across, which placed all the SC and Dc in the even numbered chains, and the skipped stitches as the odd numbered chains. Here is where I ran into a problem| I completed the SC and DC in the fourth chain from the end, and then I wasn’t sure what to do. The instructions say to have a skipped stitch and a SC I the last two chains, but that would mean I would have a skipped stitch side by side I. The third and second chain from the hook. Hope this makes sense! Can you help me? I love this bag!

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      July 4, 2016 at 11:54 pm

      Hey Janet!

      I think you might have found a mistake in the pattern! Thanks so much for your careful reading. I just went back and swatched it again and here is what should happen, I think: work just as you were until the last stitch (so right before the last stitch you’ll have done a sc and dc in the second to last stitch). In the last stitch, you’ll do 1 sc. Then you’ll proceed with row 2 and continue to repeat row 2 for the entirety of the bag.

      Thanks so much for catching that. I edited it in the pattern above. Would you mind letting me know if that works for you so I can be sure we’ve got it right now?

      And, I also JUST posted a video tutorial for the Suzette stitch that might be helpful for you to watch re: the end of the row 🙂

      Happy crocheting!

      Jess

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      • Janet Conkey
        July 5, 2016 at 4:54 am

        Thanks so much for the quick reply, Jess. I’ll let you know how it goes!

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      • Janet Conkey
        August 2, 2016 at 5:32 pm

        Hey Jess,

        I finally had time to finish my bag, and I love it! Now my daughter wants one. ? Thanks do much for sharing your patterns. I love your style!

        Janet

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      • Tiffany Vaillancourt
        June 20, 2017 at 6:28 pm

        Hey for the rope is it 3/4 inch wide?

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  • Jane Janda
    July 4, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    I just finished making my bag and it’s awesome!! It was easy, and unlike a lot of patterns, it turned out just like the photos. I’m going to make more in different colors – I love this yarn also!!

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      July 4, 2016 at 11:45 pm

      Jane! What awesome feedback! I’m so happy to hear you’ve already got a new bag–and more to come 🙂 Isn’t that yarn great? I’m already thinking of other things I can make with it. I just like it so much!

      Happy crocheting!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Megan
    July 5, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    That bag is beautiful! I love the rope handles.

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      July 13, 2016 at 3:20 pm

      Thanks Megan! I already have plans to update the handles for fall. It’s so easy to just swap them out 🙂

      Jess

      Reply
  • KimberlyRae
    July 6, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    Thank you for the video. I’m trying this pattern for a baby hat right now , with varigated cotton yarn anddo toy have any tips for find this in the round for a hay? Thank you

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  • KimberlyRae
    July 6, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    Thank you for the video. I’m trying this pattern for a baby hat right now , with varigated cotton yarn anddo toy have any tips for find this in the round for a hay? Thank you buches

    Reply
  • anna
    July 7, 2016 at 7:16 am

    Perfect !!!
    Anna

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  • Alejandra
    July 19, 2016 at 8:55 am

    Jess, can you tell me please the stichs number for the initial chain?
    I´m not capable to see this information in the instructions, sorry.

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      July 21, 2016 at 5:01 pm

      Sure! You chain 81 stitches to begin. (Or use a foundation single crochet with 81 stitches if you’d like.)

      Let me know if you have any other questions.

      Happy crocheting!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Alexis
    July 19, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    This is just gorgeous, Jess! I LOVE the rope handles!

    Reply
  • Mary Baribeau
    July 20, 2016 at 11:10 am

    Thank you for the wonderful creations. I am an .intermediate crocheter almost expert level but I love any type of pattern.

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      July 21, 2016 at 4:56 pm

      I bet I could learn a thing or two from you, Mary! I wouldn’t call myself expert level by any means, but I really do have fun sharing beginner/intermediate tutorials with people who enjoy crochet.

      Happy making!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Maxine Jepsen
    July 20, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    I love this pattern stitch &:will be making it soon. I bought yarn today and the colors you used were Clay and Cream. When I found the yarn in those colors it is a brownish beige color for Clay and a beige color for the Cream not gray and white as shown in your photos. I was wondering if the yarn comes in a gray color and a white color but have different names than Clay and Cream ? Thank you. Looking forward to making this bag .

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      July 21, 2016 at 4:55 pm

      Hey Maxine,

      Great question. I think it might just be a matter of how the photos look on your individual screen vs real life. I did indeed use cream and clay for the bag. I’m pretty sure Bernat doesn’t make a bright white in this line of yarn yet. Either way, I find this yarn wonderful to work with–I really hope you do too!

      Share a pic when you finish your bag if you’d like. I’d love to see it!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Maxine Jepsen
    July 21, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    I’m sorry for emailing another question but maybe my first one never went through but I’m wondering if a size J-10 us is 6mm ? Thank you.

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      July 21, 2016 at 4:48 pm

      Yes it is! I always find this list helpful when I’m trying to translate hook numbers and letters.

      Happy crocheting!

      Jess

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      • Maxine Jepsen
        July 21, 2016 at 8:11 pm

        Thank you so much for your quick replies. I appreciate it. The yarn is very nice to work with.

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  • Maxine Jepsen
    August 1, 2016 at 11:51 pm

    I’m having some problem when I’m starting to mark the stitches required for the handles as stated in the pattern. I understand how to make the spaces for the handles but when I measure the 6th, 32nd, 48th & 72nd stitch it isn’t the same amount of stitches from the sides . One marker is 6 stitches in from the side but the other side is 8 stitches in. Is this right ?
    In crocheting the rows are there 81 stitches in each row ? I hope my question makes sense & I’m sorry to have to send another email but appreciate your replies. Thank you so much. Maxine

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      August 2, 2016 at 4:23 pm

      Hey Maxine,

      You’re right that there’s 81 stitches across. Ideally, the number would be even, but since stitch requires an odd number of stitches, I had to use 81. I think the extra stitch on one side is negligible though. Now, for the handles, each handle hole should take up 3 stitches and the handle on the right side of your rectangle should begin 6 stitches in and then the handle on the left side of the rectangle should end with 6 stitches left to do in that row. (begin hole at stitch 72 + 3 stitches across = 75 stitches in, then 81-75=6) Hope that makes sense! Please let me know if not!

      Jess

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      • Maxine Jepsen
        August 2, 2016 at 8:06 pm

        Thank you so much. Yes it’s working for me & your answer made sense ! I can’t thank you enough for your replies.

        Maxine

        Reply
  • beverly
    August 3, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    Hi Lovely bag! Had no problems doing it, until I got to handles. I used washers but they keep slipping down the handle! Is there a way to secure them from the back? Grommets won’t work for me as I cannot get them in a large enough size to fit the rope. Also do you put the washers on the front and back of the rope? Thanks

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      August 3, 2016 at 11:54 pm

      Hey Beverly,

      The washers should be on the outside of the bag, sandwiched between the knot and the bag. If they’re in this position, they shouldn’t be able to slide around, but they will give support so that the knot doesn’t pull through your crocheted holes. Does that make sense?

      Reply
  • Adriana
    August 27, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    If my piece does not lay flat should I block it? Also how would I sew a lining to the inside?

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      August 29, 2016 at 10:43 pm

      Hi Adriana,

      Yes, I think blocking it could be a good idea. Did you use the Bernat Home Maker Dec yarn? It’s part cotton, so blocking could have a good effect. For a lining, I think you could potentially just sew a rectangle pouch that is slightly smaller than the rectangle of your bag. I’d probably just iron the top edge of the fabric pouch back to create a clean hem and then insert the fabric pouch into the crocheted bag with the nice side of the sewn seam facing toward the inside of the bag. Then I’d hand sew (probably using a whip stitch) the fabric pouch to the crocheted part of the bag.

      Does that make any sense at all? 🙂 Feel free to ask more questions if not!

      Jess

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  • Krystal Claremont
    September 12, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    Hi Jess,
    Love the pattern, was going to give it a try but have a question for you.
    We recently got stationed in lovely small town that doesn’t have a Jo-Anns (it’s horrible I know)
    Would you happen to know what size the rope is and what it’s made of or anything? I was guessing cotton and around an 1″ thick? I think I’m going to have to order this item online and since I won’t get to see it first I was hoping you could help me make sure I order something similar in size! Or did it come in packaging?
    Any help would be much appreciated.
    Thanks!
    Krystal

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      September 16, 2016 at 2:46 pm

      Hey Krystal,

      Bummer about no Joann’s nearby! Do you have a Michael’s? This yarn is called “Bernat Maker Home Dec” and it’s sold there as well. You can also buy it on Amazon, Craftsy or from Michael’s online. (Affiliate links) If you look in the “supplies” section of this post, you’ll see a few more details about the colors I used.

      Hope that helps!

      Jess

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      • Krystal
        September 16, 2016 at 2:58 pm

        Thanks! I actually meant the rope you used for the handles. Home decor rope didn’t come up with much when searching. And didn’t have much luck at home improvement shops. I found something on Etsy I’m going to try out.

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        • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
          September 27, 2016 at 2:51 pm

          Oh I see! Ha, I’m sorry about the confusion. I got the rope at Joann’s in the drapery section. There’s different items there to make curtains and stuff and I guess that’s what this rope is meant for. I bet if you showed a photo on your phone to an employee there, they might be able to help. 🙂

          Reply
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  • Salwa
    January 17, 2017 at 11:22 am

    Hi I hope to make this tote l am always looking for a patern tks for sharing your patern god bless you

    Reply
  • Sarah
    February 22, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    Hi there! Love this pattern! I had a question though I made my bag with a chain of 101 to start and I’m having a hard time trying to figure out where to place the stitch markers for where the straps would go through? Any help would be appreciated!
    And thank you for all your wonderful patterns!

    Reply
  • Janet
    March 24, 2017 at 10:55 am

    Is it possible to crochet this Suzette bag in the round?
    I really dislike sewing things together – the rows don’t seem to match up for me

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      March 24, 2017 at 4:34 pm

      Hey Janet,

      Great question. I haven’t worked the Suzette stitch in the round, but I have heard from someone else that they did and it worked fine. Perhaps check out my Suzette stitch tutorial post for any multiples you’d need to know and then make a super mini version in the round just to see if it’s looking how you’d like it to after a few rows. I’d love if you’d report back! I’m sure others are wondering the same thing.

      Jess

      Reply
  • Gillian
    March 24, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    Love this bag! I’m going to attempt to make it while I’m on bedrest and waiting for baby to arrive.

    Because I can’t leave the house, I’m ordering everything online.

    Could you measure the diameter of the rope handles, so I know which rope to buy? it’s hard to tell on the screen how thick they are.
    Thanks!

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      April 3, 2017 at 11:00 am

      Hey Gillian,

      I’m sorry for the delay in getting back to you. The rope is about .75″ wide. Best of luck waiting for that sweet babe!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Ashley Birkrem
    April 14, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    Hi!

    I’ve frogged this bag twice now and am so confused. I’ve only gotten about four rows in each time and go back to either the video or the written instructions and come away with different ideas of how this stitch is supposed to look. Do you place the new stitch in the V or the outside of the V from the previous row? In the video it looks like you’re placing the stitch in the gap between stitches, whereas in the provided picture it appears that you’re placing the stitch smack dab in the middle of the SC + DC. I’m sure I’m making this harder than it needs to be!

    Reply
  • Kristen Scott
    April 23, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    I love the idea of this bag, but I have to say that the yarn is almost too stretchy to hold the shape of the bag. I expected it to be more firm, so after making the bag I made a liner of canvas to go with it.. On the rope, I also have to comment that Joann’s doesn’t always have it in stock, so I looked at the stated hickness (about 3/4″ was what Joann’s site said) and I ordered some on Amazon. I think it was probably bigger than Joann’s. When I cut the rope, 34″ was definitely not long enough, and the handles look far too thick and short for the bag. I would post photos of the finished bag, but I can’t do it here.

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      May 11, 2017 at 2:36 pm

      Hey Kristen,

      I think lining the bag is a great idea. I recently did that on my boho bag and I really like how it make the bag sturdier.

      Regarding the rope, I wonder if the slightly thicker rope used more length to be tied into knots? Either way, I appreciate the feedback and will increase the yardage in the pattern a bit so that people are sure to have enough.

      Thank you!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Alina
    May 28, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    How do the washers stay on? Are we supposed to somehow crochet around them to secure them?

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      July 16, 2017 at 3:44 pm

      Hey Alina,

      The washers stay on just because of the knot that’s tied in the rope handle. The total circumference of the washer is big enough to not pull through the hole in your crocheted bag.

      Does that make sense?

      Jess

      Reply
  • Alina
    May 28, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    How do the grommets stay attached? Do we crochet them into the holes somehow?

    Thanks

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      June 4, 2017 at 9:37 pm

      Hey Alina,

      Grommets are hammered together and they sort of pinch the fabric that they’re near, so in that way, you’re connecting them to the holes by kind of snapping them in. The washers work great though if you’re just looking for a way to reinforce the hole where the handle goes. Also, I recently lined my Boho Bag, and it has worked great. If you plan on carrying heavy loads, I think a liner can be really helpful.

      Happy crocheting!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Helga
    June 9, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    Dear Jess,

    Thank you for the pattern! The bag is really beautiful.

    I’m just crocheting it and I found a mistake in the pattern: In the 2nd row you wrote to finish the row with 1 sc in the turning chaine. I think it’s a mistake and should finish the row with 1 sc in the last sc of the previous row.
    Pls check it and if you also find it right than I suggest to correct to make easier the successful crocheting for the next crocheters. 🙂

    Thank you and best regards,
    Helga

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      June 18, 2017 at 3:05 pm

      Thanks so much for checking in, Helga. I’m always happy to know about potential errors. In this case, I think the pattern reads correctly and you should put that final sc into the turning chain to make the edge of the rectangle better resemble the stitches in the rest of the row.

      Happy bag making!

      Jess

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  • Taylor
    June 23, 2017 at 7:47 am

    Could I use other yarn to make this bag? What would you recommend?

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      June 25, 2017 at 9:29 pm

      Hey Taylor,

      The website YarnSub.com is a great resource for looking for alternate yarns. I’d take a look there and see if you find anything you’d like to use. 🙂

      Jess

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  • Sarah Carver
    June 25, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    Hi there!
    Love your patterns!! Have a question on this one, I went ahead and made it with 101 stitches but can’t seem to be able to figure out where to place my stitch markers since I have 20 more stitches then your tote??

    Also what is the length of the belt you used for your updated pattern of this tote??
    Thank you!
    Sarah

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  • Erica Rupp
    August 21, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    Hi Jess,

    I am thinking about starting this bag, but I was wondering if this bag is washable/dryable in a washing machine/dryer? I’d like to be able to wash it and dry it and not worry about it coming apart. It’s ok if it shrinks. Let me know what you think.

    Thanks for sharing your pattern,
    Erica

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      August 22, 2017 at 9:53 pm

      Hey Erica,

      I think you’d be fine washing the yarn, but you could look at Home Dec yarn’s care instructions to be certain. I think where you might have an issue is washing the rope without the tail end getting a little muffled up. If you’re willing to hang it dry, I bet you could make it work though. Hope that’s helpful!

      Jess

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  • Jamie
    November 1, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    Hi Jess,

    Thanks so much for this pattern! I see some of your other patterns use the Lion Brand Fast Track, do you think that would work with this pattern?

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      November 2, 2017 at 11:38 pm

      Yes! For sure. I think it has a bit bigger gauge than the yarn I used for this, but as far as being suitable for a bag, I think Fast Track works great. 🙂

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  • Amy
    January 29, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    I have started this bag. Looks great. I was wondering if you had any instructions on how it could be lined with fabric?

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      February 5, 2018 at 10:12 pm

      Hey Amy,

      I don’t unfortunately, but if you google something like “how to add a fabric liner to a crochet bag,” I think you’ll find some good options. I know I’ve seen tutorials around the internet. 🙂

      Jess

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