Today we’ve got a happy, pretty, vintage style granny square bag to carry all our things! You will crochet 24 basic granny squares and put them together to make this super fun tote bag. The color options are endless, and the granny square trend isn’t going anywhere! You can see the full, free pattern below, or grab the ad-free, printable PDF version from my Etsy Shop HERE, or the kit in many color options from Lion Brand Yarn HERE.
This gorgeous bag is useful in so many ways! Because it’s a great, washable cotton, it can be used as a market tote, a large purse, or even a grocery bag! With plastic bags being used less and less, this is a great option to add to your re-usable bags. It’s easy to roll up and take on that summer vacation as well.
Granny squares have taken over, and I’ve also jumped on the bandwagon. So far there’s there’s been the Granny Square Hot Pad, the Granny Square Vest, The Arlo Cardigan, and more recently the Nora Granny Square Blanket! Sooooo, yeah, I’m into granny squares. And this bag, right? I’m loving it!!
I considered doing a more elaborate type of granny square for this bag, but ultimately wanted to keep it simple and classic.
If you’ve never crocheted a granny square, this is the bag to start. It’s the most basic square that there is, but it looks fancy when it’s turned on it’s side, as they are with this bag. They almost look like diamonds rather than squares, right?
There are so many ways to make a bag with granny squares! I was laying the squares out every which way, thinking about what size would be best as well as what might be cute. This style of bag turned out to just have a really nice shape and is able to fit a lot of “stuff”. I can imagine shoving as many towels as I can in it and heading to the pool this summer.
These colors were cool to work with because I feel like they work for summer as well as fall, but you can use any combo that you’d like!
Initially, I had ordered a bright pink instead of the grey, but the grey made the color palette feel more versatile for the seasons. Pink and any other bright color combo would be stunning for spring and summer months. Be creative when you choose your colors!
I’m also super happy with the Lion Brand Yarn 24/7 Cotton. It’s mercerized, so it has a sheen to it and feels super durable. It also feels like it won’t get as dirty as some of the kitchen cottons that I’ve worked with in the past. It’s such a great option for this bag, or really any totes or home goods that you might be working on.
Okay, should we hop to the pattern?
Remember that you can see the full free pattern below, or you can purchase the ad-free, printable version from my Etsy Shop HERE!
Cheerful, vintage style granny squares adorn this oversized bag that is sure to fit your spring
and summer hauls. This tote adds the prettiest touch of boho style to any outfit! Completely
customizable, you can pick your favorite four colors and go. Made with mercerized cotton, it’s
sturdy and washable, making it perfect to take to the pool or farmers markets. And because
it’s made up of squares, this is the ideal portable project. Have fun!
KIT AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE HERE in many, many color options!
2 Lion Brand Yarn 24/7 Cotton worsted #4 in White 100 g/skein
1 Lion Brand Yarn 24/7 Cotton worsted #4 in Camel 100g/skein
1 Lion Brand Yarn 24/7 Cotton worsted #4 in Dragonfly 100g/skein
1 Lion Brand Yarn 24/7 Cotton worsted #4 in Silver 100 g/skein
Pattern uses approximately 310 grams of yarn total
US size G, 4.25 mm crochet hook
20” inches wide X 16” long
One 4 round square, following the pattern measures approximately 4.5” X 4.5”
You’ll crochet 24 classic granny squares that are worked separately and then seamed together following the instructions in the Assembly section.
The squares are crocheted in joined rounds. Do not turn at the end of each round. To change
colors, tie off, and join the new color in a corner.
Abbreviations (US) & Skills:
ch – chain
ch sp – chain space
st – stitch
dc – double crochet
rep – repeat
rnd – round
sl st – slip stitch
MAGNOLIA TOTE BAG PATTERN
Square #1: Make 4 Rnd 1 B, Rnd 2 D, Rnd 3 C, Rnd 4 A
Square #2: Make 4 Rnd 1 D, Rnd 2 B, Rnd 3 C, Rnd 4 A
Square #3: Make 4 Rnd 1 C, Rnd 2 B, Rnd 3 D, Rnd 4 A
Square #4: Make 6 Rnd 1 D, Rnd 2 C, Rnd 3 B, Rnd 4 A
Square #5: Make 6 Rnd 1 D, Rnd 2 B, Rnd 3 D, Rnd 4 A
Granny Squares Pattern
Ch 3, join with sl st to form a ring.
Rnd 1 Ch 3 (counts as dc), 2 dc in ring, *ch 2, 3 dc in ring, repeat from * 3 times, ch 2; join with
sl st in top of beg ch-3. (12 dc and 4 ch-2 sps in this rnd) Tie off.
Rnd 2 Join next color in any ch-2 sp of Rnd 1, ch 3 (counts as dc), (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same ch-2 sp (first corner made), * ch 1, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch-2 sp (corner made); rep from * 2
more times, ch 1; join with sl st in top of beg ch-3. Tie off.
Rnd 3 Join next color in any corner ch-2 sp of Rnd 2, ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same ch-2 sp, ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp, * ch 1, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next corner ch-2 sp, ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp; rep from * 2 more times, ch 1, join with sl st in top of beg ch-3. Tie off.
Rnd 4 Join next color in any corner ch-2 sp of Rnd 3, ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same ch-2 sp, [ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp] twice, * ch 1, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next corner ch-2 sp, [ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp] twice; rep from * 2 more times, ch 1; join with sl st in top of beg ch-3. Tie off.
Weave in all those ends! Next, move onto Assembly.
With your white yarn and a tapestry needle, whip stitch seam squares together as pictured
below. There’s no particular order that they squares must be in, simply seam them together
Once you’ve seamed the pretty squares together to make the main portion of the bag, you
can move onto the handles!
Attach yarn to outer edge, corner of bag opening.
Single crochet to top of bag, make a chain as long as you’d like your handle (approximately
61 ch sts) and attach to the top of the next square. Next, single crochet around to other
side, and repeat on opposite side of bag.
Work 2 – 3 rounds of single crochet, working around the bag, and into the chain stitches
that will become the handles (there are a total of two handles, one on each side). Feel
free to crochet for more rounds if you’d like wider handles.
Tie off and weave in ends. Yay, you’ve got a beautiful bag!
With your left-over yarn, you may choose to add tassels to add a playful, trendy touch to
your bag. You can find a tutorial on how to make tassels from the Mama In A Stitch Blog
I hope you enjoy this happy bag as much as I do! It’s a new fave.
Thank you to Lion Brand Yarn for sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% my own.