For the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing collections of free summer crochet patterns to help you prepare for the beginning of summer.
This week the collection is for crochet beach bags. Crochet lends itself really well to beach bags because it creates a light, durable and flexible bag (it’s amazing how much stuff you can get into these!). But you have to use the right sort of yarn. I’ve done some googling, and here are some tips from people in the know across the internet:
- Cotton yarn is the most popular for a beach bag. It wears well and can be thrown into the wash if your bag gets a bit dirty. The colours will fade, but that’s part of the charm!
- A linen blend is also very strong and light, so would be another good choice. Linen blend yarns do tend to be a bit pricey though!
- Acrylic tends to be too stretchy for a bag – but of course it depends on the yarn! If you do go for acrylic, try pulling and stretching it a bit. If it breaks it’s obviously a no-go, and if it stretches out a lot, try going for something else.
- Twine, hemp and nylon cord seem to be good suggestions for sturdy fibres as well, but I’m not sure how comfortable they would be on your shoulder.
- Personally, I like the idea of using a market bag as a beach bag. It would mean sand wouldn’t gather at the bottom of your bag and you can pack a lot of stuff into it!
I hope these tips are helpful, and enjoy these lovely free patterns I have found for summer crochet beach bags!
#1 Ratsche-Beach-Bag – Ratschebutsch
This beach bag just screams summer. And the best part about it? It’s super colourful but there are no ends to weave in at the end of the project! Sonja from Ratschebutsch has turned all the loose ends into a really cute little fringe. This bag is definitely on my to-do list, and I think it’s going to be a huge summer hit!
Pattern info: 5mm (size H) hook, 10x 100g balls of chunky yarn, US English and German
#2 Urban Gypsy Boho Bag – Make & Do Crew
Ok sure, maybe this isn’t the type of hold-all beach bag you thought would be on this post, BUT exceptions can be made for awesomeness, can’t they? This lovely bag from Jess at the Make & Do Crew is one of my favourites! It’s adorable and would look perfect with any summer outfit.
Pattern info: 6.5mm (size K) hook, 300g aran (worsted weight) yarn, US English
#3 Eve’s Reversible Tote Bag – Pattern Paradise
Who doesn’t love a 2 for the price of 1 deal? This very cool pattern from Maria at Pattern Paradise is the crochet equivalent. I love the fresh colours she has used. In fact, this bag is so chic I would be more than happy to use it as my every-day bag.
Pattern info: 5mm (size H) hook, 400g aran (worsted weight) yarn, English
#4 Tote Summer Bag – Natalia Kononova
This cutie is one of the more complicated patterns on this list. For this bag, you need to know how to sew and have a sewing machine at hand. But if you’re willing to go through the effort, you would be rewarded with a gorgeous bag at the end of it!
Pattern info: 1.4mm hook, 100g size 10 crochet thread, US English
#5 Bluebirds Market Bag – Caroline Sawyer
This beautiful filet crochet pattern would be perfect for a beach bag. The detail in it is lovely, and it uses sport-weight yarn which means it would be nice and light to carry. Apparently Caroline can fit a queen sized blanket in it with room to spare! So this is definitely big enough to carry all your beach necessities.
Pattern info: 4mm (size G) hook, 150g sport-weight yarn, US English
#6 The Hobo Tote – Mimimustknit
I know, I know, this is another market bag. But I really do think market bags make wonderful beach bags too! I love the colours Mylène has chosen for this bag. The bright fuchsia really says summer to me.
Pattern info: 5.5mm (I) and 5mm (H) hook, 390g aran (worsted weight) yarn, US English
#7 Tutti Frutti Clutch – Pattern Paradise
If you are someone who can pack light when going to the beach (or have a significant other you can offload all your stuff on 😀 ), this bright summery clutch could be perfect. Or, you can also modify the pattern to make it as big as you want by adding more rounds. Either way, I think this is a super cute clutch.
Pattern info: 5mm (size H) crochet hook, 200g aran (worsted weight) yarn, US English
Bonus Pattern: Slouchy Stripes Backpack – Mandie the Mommy
I realise that some people prefer backpacks to shoulder bags. So I thought I had better update this post with one of those as well. This super cute unisex pattern would be very convenient for trips to the beach.
Pattern info: 6mm (size K) hook, 500g bulky yarn, US English
I hope you get the chance to check out these wonderful patterns. And keep an eye out for the next pattern round-up in the series!