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Take Me to the Beach Tote – Crochet Beach Bag

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You’re ready to hit the beach so of course you need something adorable to carry all your beach supplies! This beautiful crochet beach bag will be the perfect beach accessory.

crochet beach bag with styled with beach accessories

I’m off to sunny San Diego next week.

Before you get too excited for me, it is for work and I fly out on Mother’s Day.

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I told my boss that my real Mother’s Day gift is having alone time on the airplane. Ha!

There will be crocheting!

Anyway, since I’ve known this trip was coming up, I’ve had the beach on my mind.  While I most likely won’t have time to dip my toes in the ocean, a good crochet beach bag with beautiful shell stitches is always useful.

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blue and white crochet shell stitch beach bag

These beautiful shell stitches are made by making 5 double crochets in the same stitch. Because there are so many double crochets in one stitch they fan out and create this beautiful looking shell stitch.

The shell stitch is not a hard one to master and it adds such delightful texture.  If you need some visual guidance on the shell stitch, Persia Lou has a handy photo tutorial.

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close up of crochet shell stitch

Each row starts with the turning chain then three double crochets and each row ends with 4 dcs. I wanted the shell pattern somewhat boxed in and structured and I like the extra details the dcs add along the side.

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close up of side of a crochet bag in process

Take Me to the Beach Tote – Crochet Beach Bag


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US-Size I/9 Crochet Hook (Clover Amour Hook, Size I)

#4 Medium – 100 % Cotton 5oz/71g, 120yds/109m

Large Eye Tapestry Needle


Yo: yarn over
ch(s): chain(s)
fsc: foundation single crochet
fsc up: foundation single crochet up
sc(s): single crochet(s)
dc(s): double crochet(s)
sk: skip
sl st: slip stitch

Gauge: 4” x 4” =approx. 3 shells by 4.5 shell rows

Finished Size: 18” wide by 20” long

Notes: The turning chain of the shell stitch rows counts as a stitch. Each shell row starts with the turning chain then three double crochets and each row ends with 4 dcs.   The two sides of the bag are made separately and then crocheted together.

Stitch Instructions:
To foundation single crochet up insert hook into stitch with the last sc made, pull up loop, yo and pull through first loop, yo and pull through both loops on hook.  Continue like a normal fsc. To join, slip stitch into sc, sc into same sc.

(If you aren’t comfortable with foundation single crochets, there are alternate instructions provided but they will result in thinner handles.)

Crochet Beach Bag Pattern Instructions:

Row 1: Fsc 69, turn (Main color-stonewash)

Alternate start: ch 70, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across.

Rows 2-4: ch 1, sc in each sc across

Row 5: ch 2 (counts as 1st dc), dc in next 3 sc, *5 dcs in next sc (you made a shell!), sk 2 scs, sc in next sc, sk 2 scs; *repeat until the last 5 scs; 5 dc in next sc, 4 dc, turn

Row 6: ch 2 (counts as 1st dc), dc in next 3 dcs, * sc in top of shell (3rd dc of 5 dc shell), 5 dc in sc between shells; *repeat until final shell; sc in top of last shell, sk 2, 4 dc, turn

Row 7: ch 2 (counts as 1st dc), dc in next 3 dcs, *5 dcs in next sc, sc in top of shell; *repeat; 5 dc in last sc, 4 dc, turn

Rows 8-26: Repeat Rows 6 & 7

Row 27-34: change color to white- continue to repeat rows 6 & 7

Row 35-36: change color to stonewash – continue to repeat rows 6 & 7

Row 37-40: change color to white- continue to repeat rows 6 & 7

Rows 41-44: change color to stonewash – continue to repeat rows 6 & 7

Row 45: (starting the handle row) ch 1, sc in each stitch across until the sc after the 3rd shell. (23 scs); start fsc up (see stitch instructions), fsc 98, sk 4 shells, join with sl st to sc after 4th skipped shell, sc in same sc as sl st, sc in each stitch to the end of row, turn

Alternate row 45: ch 1, sc in each stitch across until the sc after the 3rd shell. (23 scs), ch 98, sk 4 shells, sc into sc after 4th skipped shell, sc in each stitch to the end of row, turn.

Row 46: dc in each sc (and ch for alternate row 45), turn

Row 47: ch 1, sc in each sc to end, bind off.

Make second side same as the first. Join sides together using scs around the sides and bottom.  Bind off and weave in ends. Turn inside out and hit the beach!

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  1. Sandy Jump says:

    This is one of prettiest crochet bags I have seen – it’s on my to-do list for this spring. Seems like a project that I can do in a weekend.
    Has anyone added a cloth or vinyl type material liner to the bag? I think that would be helpful if wet or damp items were put in the bag.
    Thank you for a great pattern and the helpful suggestions.
    Warm regards,

  2. Charlotte Kidwell says:

    Lol…. My comment on your baby, etc., was obviously incorrect! I meant this content for another blog (Make and Do Crew) and I do apologize! The remainder of the comment was correct…. I do love this tote and your many other patterns! Just please ignore all my prattle regarding your new baby… That part was meant for Make and Do Crew’s blog!!! So sorry!!

  3. Charlotte Kidwell says:

    I love this beach tote pattern; it’s one of the prettiest I’ve seen. Thank you for giving it to us for the Summer Splash! You have so many beautiful patterns and I love your blog! Your darling baby boy must be bringing you and your family such joy! He’s old enough now to really be developing his own sweet and precious personality… Babies bring such joy to families!! Enjoy your little guy this summer…. please show us some more pictures of him and all the crew! You have a beautiful family! πŸ™‚πŸ‘ΌπŸ‘ΌπŸ‘ΌπŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—

  4. I have attempted my first 2 rows twice and it measures 21″ across. When joining the 2 panels will it be closer to 18?

    1. Hi Beth, It won’t get that much smaller when you join the two panels. It is likely that your tension is more relaxed. You can try going down a hook size or enjoy a larger bag!

      1. Thank you very much. Down a size I will go. I may try a tighter chain as well. Its a beautiful bag so I will be giving it another try 😁

  5. Can you tell me approximate finished size? Thanks.

    1. Yup! Not sure why that isn’t in there. It about 18″ wide by 20″ long. Thanks for asking!

  6. Erin R Butler says:

    How many stitches in the original chain?

    1. Hi Erin! The pattern is started with foundation single crochets instead of a chain, but if you would like to start with a chain, you would chain 70 and then sc in the 2nd chain from the hook. You should have 69 scs for that starting row. Hope that helps!

      1. In rows 6-7, when you say 3 dcs in the next 3 dcs, do you mean 3 dcs in each of the next 3 dcs or 3 dcs total in the next 3 dcs? I hope this wasn’t confusing!

        1. It is 3 dcs total! I see how that would be confusing. I think I’ll reword it! Thanks so much for asking.

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