I had so much fun designing this fabulous beach tote! I’ve been working on this since last summer, and I finally have it ready for you! I can’t wait to take my own tote to the beach in a couple of weeks, and I’ll be packing my goodies in this stylish tote.
I love trying new stitches. Honestly, it wasn’t hard to find this one for my beach tote; all I needed was something that looked like waves. I chose this version of the wave stitch because I wanted a stitch pattern that was easy to remember and showed off the yarn I wanted to use. I wrote about this stitch in my last blog post; you can find it HERE. The stitch is worked slightly different for the pattern than in the tutorial because the tote is worked in the round, not flat as explained in the tutorial. You’ll still find the tutorial a helpful guide.
Smooth Waves Crochet Beach Tote
The beach tote is worked in the round, and the strap is joined to the body of the tote as you make it. That means there are no seams to sew when you’re finished, saving you time and aggravation.
Techniques and stitches used in the pattern:
- Stitches – chain, single crochet and double crochet
- Crochet in the round using the spiral method for the bottom of the tote
- Color changes
- Join-as-you-go strap construction
Don’t worry – in the pattern you’ll get all-inclusive written instructions + photos and charts to help you see how to work techniques you might not know how to do.
This pattern is most accessible to advanced beginner and intermediate level crocheters. The pattern includes full written instructions. I’ve added photos that demonstrate how to attach the strap to the body of the tote as you make it. You’ll also get a crochet chart for the smooth waves stitch pattern.
The body of the tote is approx. 15″ x 15″ when laid flat. The gauge – 16 sc x 18 rows = 4″ – is calculated by working a swatch of sc.
Yarn: I used Universal Yarn’s cotton supreme, a 100% cotton yarn that isn’t mercerized. I wanted a cotton yarn that had a bit more flexibility and softness. Plus, I really liked the colors! The bottom is worked with color #631 (Fossil); however, if you want the bottom to look like dry sand, you could choose the lighter color #504 (Beige) instead. The other colors are Turquoise (#611), Aqua (#516) and White (#502). You’ll need 1 hank of each of the 4 colors.
Hook: US size H-8. This size gives the bag a firm, dense fabric; however, you should use the hook that gets the proper gauge.
Extras: I recommend having a couple of removable stitch markers on hand to keep track of the rounds on the bottom, as well as marking where the strap attachment goes. You’ll thank me later 😊