Crochet Diamond Tote – Free Crochet Pattern

These Diamond Tote bags are so much fun to work up. I love the effects that can be created with Tapestry Crochet. To make this bag, you’ll start out by working up the rectangular base in rows, then start working in rounds for the body/bag height, and finishing off with working the handles/straps. This bag is currently unlined, but you can sew a lining in after, if you’d like your bag to have one.

The Diamond Tote is worked from the bottom up, with the handles being added in the last few rounds at the top of the bag.

I used the Bernat Maker Home Dec yarn for these bags. Honestly, this yarn is one of my favorites to work with! The texture is so fun and it works great for bags! You can learn more about this yarn and see all of the colorways available from Yarnspirations right HERE!

If you’re looking for some other fun bag patterns, there are a bunch on the blog! You can find all of the crochet bag patterns here.

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Materials:

  • Bulky Weight Yarn – I used Bernat Maker Home Dec yarn. To make a bag as pictured above, you’ll need 3 colors. For the smaller bag I used the Aqua, Cream, and Grey colorways. For the larger bag, I used Grey, Steel Blue, and Cream.
    • Bernat Maker Home Dec yarn is a cotton and nylon blend so the bag is sturdy, but soft as well. You can substitute another bulky weight yarn for this bag. Just make sure you check the gauge below to help you with your yarn substitutions so you aren’t surprised with a much smaller/larger bag.
  • 6 mm crochet hook
  • Yarn needle to weave in ends

Stitches Used:

  • Ch – chain
  • Sl St – slip stitch
  • SC – single crochet
  • BLO SC – single crochet in the back loops only

Finished Size:

  • Smaller Bag – approximately 10” wide by 9” tall, not including handles.
  • Larger Bag – approximately 13” wide by 11” tall, not including handles.

Gauge:

  • Gauge is not critical to this pattern turning out, however, for reference, 8 SC stitches is approximately 2 inches wide, 7 rows of SC stitches is approximately 2 inches tall

Important Notes:

  • This pattern starts with working in rows to make the base of the bag. Then the height of the bag and the handles are worked in joined rounds.
  • Joined Rounds–At the end of each round, you will be joining the last stitch of the round to the first one with a slip stitch. Then you will chain 1 and start the next round in the same stitch. This will create a more hidden seam. Chain 1 stitches do not count towards stitch count.
  • Color Changes –  Since you will be working most of this bag in tapestry crochet, you will be chaining colors often and carrying the colors you are not using along with you under your stitches. To change colors, complete the last single crochet in the first color up until the last yarn over. Yarn over with the new color and pull through last step of the single crochet stitch. So, your SC will go like this: insert hook into last stitch in the first color, pull up a loop, yarn over with the new color, pull through all loops on hook. Now you will be working in the new color until you change colors again.
  • Tapestry Crochet Tips – You will be carrying the inactive yarn colors behind the active yarn you are using. Try to keep your tension a little on the tighter side to help keep the stitches tightly together and hide the yarn you are carrying from showing between the stitches. See the video tutorials below to help with the tapestry crochet and changing colors.
  • Video Tutorials

The Pattern

Smaller Bag (approximately 10” wide by 9”tall, not including handles)

Remember to watch THIS VIDEO to help you with working this rectangular bag base for the Crochet Diamond Tote!

Bag Base

Choose one of your colors to work the bag base in. You’ll also use this color for some of the body rounds at the bottom and at the top when working the handles. In the bag pictured above, I used turquoise yarn for the base and the handles.

Row 1: Chain 25, SC in 2nd chain from hook and in each chain across. Ch 1, turn. (24)

Rows 2-13: SC in each stitch across, ch 1, turn. (24)

Row 14: Now we will work around the perimeter of the rectangle. SC in each stitch across. When you are at the end of the row, do not ch 1 and turn. Add an extra SC to the stitch you left off in (this will be the corner) and then continue to SC down the side of the rectangle, along the bottom, and back up the other side. Make sure to place 2 SC stitches in each corner. In the last corner, you will only need to work 1 SC because you already have one in the corner from working the start of row 14.  Join to the first SC of the round with a sl st. Check to make sure you have 76 stitches around the outside of the rectangle (14 on each short edge and 24 on the long edges).

Your bag base should measure approximately 8.5” long by 3.75” wide.

Leave your yarn and hook attached (don’t fasten off). Now we will start working the height (body) of the bag in joined rounds. Before the bag body section, let’s go through the tapestry crochet details and the graph.

Remember to watch THIS VIDEO to help you with working the tapestry crochet part of the pattern!

Below you’ll find the graph I created for the diamond print pattern used for the smaller bag. Each box counts as one SC stitch (all stitches are worked in the back loops only). You will be switching back and forth between 2 colors (Cream and Grey, as pictured in the finished bag photo above). Remember to carry your inactive yarn along with you under your stitches. Make all color changes in the last part of the SC in the previous color. See Important Notes and watch the video tutorial for more details.

Note: the graph is only 19 boxes wide, but your stitch count will be 76. Therefore, you will be working this section of the graph a total of 4 times to get to the 76 stitches.  The graph can be used as a guide so that you know what your repeat is for the round you are working on and how each round starts and finishes.

To read this graph, you will be starting at the bottom right and working your way upwards. Each row starts on the right and ends on the left (left to right if you are left handed and working the opposite direction). I have also provided written instructions for each round below in case you prefer to use that. Round 1 of the bag body matches with row 1 of the graph, and so on as you move upwards.  After you work the last row of the graph, you’ll work a few more rounds of the same color, following the instructions for the handles.

Here is the full graph, if it helps you to see the full picture:

Bag Body

Continue in the same color you used for the bag base.  

Rounds 1-26: Work these rounds in the back loops only. SC in each stitch around. Join, Ch 1. (76) Be sure to follow the graph above or the written instructions below for the color changes in rounds 1-26.

The written instructions below are for the color change pattern. You’ll find the stitch counts for each color. Each stitch is a BLO SC stitch. As written above, remember to join and ch 1 at the end of each round.

A = Aqua B = Grey C = Cream

Rounds 1-5: 76A

Round 6: *2B, 3C, 3B, 2C, 3B, 3C, 3B. Repeat from * three more times.

Round 7: *3B, 3C, 6B, 3C, 3B, 1C.  Repeat from * three more times.

Round 8: *1C, 3B, 3C, 4B, 3C, 3B, 2C. Repeat from * three more times.

Round 9: *2C, 3B, 3C, 2B, 3C, 3B, 3C. Repeat from * three more times.

Round 10: *3C, 3B, 6C, 3B, 3C, 1B. Repeat from * three more times.

Round 11: *1B, 3C, 3B, 4C, 3B, 3C, 2B. Repeat from * three more times.

Round 12: *2B, 3C, 3B, 2C, 3B, 3C, 3B. Repeat from * three more times.

Round 13: *3B, 3C, 6B, 3C, 3B, 1C. Repeat from * three more times.

Round 14: *1C, 3B, 3C, 4B, 3C, 3B, 2C. Repeat from * three more times.

Round 15: *2C, 3B, 3C, 2B, 3C, 3B, 3C. Repeat from * three more times.

Round 16: *1C, 3B, 3C, 4B, 3C, 3B, 2C. Repeat from * three more times.

Round 17: *3B, 3C, 6B, 3C, 3B, 1C. Repeat from * three more times.

Round 18: *2B, 3C, 3B, 2C, 3B, 3C, 3B. Repeat from * three more times.

Round 19: *1B, 3C, 3B, 4C, 3B, 3C, 2B. Repeat from * three more times.

Round 20: *3C, 3B, 6C, 3B, 3C, 1B. Repeat from * three more times.

Round 21: *2C, 3B, 3C, 2B, 3C, 3B, 3C. Repeat from * three more times.

Round 22: *1C, 3B, 3C, 4B, 3C, 3B, 2C. Repeat from * three more times.

Round 23: *3B, 3C, 6B, 3C, 3B, 1C. Repeat from * three more times.

Round 24: *2B, 3C, 3B, 2C, 3B, 3C, 3B. Repeat from * three more times.

Rounds 25-26: 76 A

*This is the end of the tapestry crochet section. Keep your yarn attached as you will be working the handles in the same color.

In the next few rounds, you’ll be working the handles in regular SC stitches (through both loops – not back loop only). If you would like longer handles/straps, you can add chain stitches as needed to increase the length.

Round 27: SC in first 6 stitches, chain 60, skip 21 stitches, SC in next 14, chain 60, skip 21 stitches, SC in last 14, join, ch 1.

Round 28: SC in each stitch around and in each of the chain stitches (to form the handles), join, ch 1.

Rounds 29-30: SC in each stitch around, join, ch 1. *after round 30, do not chain 1. Fasten off and weave in ends.   *Note: If you’d like wider handles, you can repeat another round or two of SC before fastening off.

Fasten off. Weave in ends. You’re all done your Diamond Tote! I hope you love it!

Remember, you can watch THIS VIDEO to see how to work the handles of the Diamond Tote bag.

**If you want to add a strap to your bag, rather than crocheting the handles in the last few rounds, check out THIS VIDEO on my YouTube Channel with an easy no-sew technique!

Larger Bag (approximately 13” wide by 11” tall, not including handles).

Remember to watch THIS VIDEO to help you with working this rectangular bag base!

Bag Base

Choose one of your colors to work the bag base in. You’ll also use this color for some of the body rounds at the bottom and at the top when working the handles. In the bag pictured above, I used turquoise yarn for the base and the handles.

Row 1: Chain 35, SC in 2nd chain from hook and in each chain across. Ch 1, turn. (34)

Rows 2-15: SC in each stitch across, ch 1, turn. (34)

Row/Round 16: Now we will work around the perimeter of the rectangle. SC in each stitch across. When you are at the end of the row, do not ch 1 and turn. Add an extra SC to the stitch you left off in (this will be the corner) and then continue to SC down the side of the rectangle, along the bottom, and back up the other side. Make sure to place 2 SC stitches in each corner. In the last corner, you will only need to work 1 SC because you already have one in the corner from working the start of the row/round.  Join to the first SC of the round with a sl st. Check to make sure you have 100 stitches around the outside of the rectangle (16 on each short edge and 34 on the long edges).

Your bag base should measure approximately 10” long by 4.25” wide.

Leave your yarn and hook attached (don’t fasten off). Now we will start working the height (body) of the bag in joined rounds. Before the bag body section, let’s go through the tapestry crochet details and the graph.

Below you’ll find the graph I created for the diamond print pattern used for the larger bag. Each box counts as one SC stitch (all stitches are worked in the back loops only). You will be switching back and forth between 2 colors (Cream and Blue, as pictured in the finished bag photo above). Remember to carry your inactive yarn along with you under your stitches. Make all color changes in the last part of the SC in the previous color. See the “Important Notes” above and watch the video tutorial for more details.

Note: the graph is only 20 boxes wide, but your stitch count will be 100. Therefore, you will be working this section of the graph a total of 5 times to get to the 100 stitches.  The graph can be used as a guide so that you know what your repeat is for the round you are working on and how each end starts and finishes.

To read this graph, you will be starting at the bottom right and working your way upwards. Each row starts on the right and ends on the left (left to right if you are left handed and working the opposite direction). I have also provided written instructions for each round below in case you prefer to use that. Round 1 of the bag body matches with row 1 of the graph, and so on as you move upwards.  After you work the last row of the graph, you’ll work a few more rounds of the same color, following the instructions for the handles.

Here is the full graph, if it helps you to see the full picture:

Bag Body

Continue in the same color you used for the bag base. 

Rounds 1-31: Work these rounds in the back loops only. SC in each stitch around. Join, Ch 1. (100) Be sure to follow the graph above or the written instructions below for the color changes in rounds 1-31.

Remember to watch THIS VIDEO to help you with working the tapestry crochet part of the Diamond Tote crochet pattern!

The written instructions below are for the color change pattern. You’ll find the stitch counts for each color. Each stitch is a BLO SC stitch. As written above, remember to join and ch 1 at the end of each round.

A = Grey      B = Blue    C = Cream

Rounds 1-7: 100A

Round 8: *2B, 3C, 3B, 3C, 3B, 3C, 3B. Repeat from * four more times.

Round 9: *3B, 3C, 3B, 1C, 3B, 3C, 3B, 1C.  Repeat from * four more times.

Round 10: *1C, 3B, 3C, 5B, 3C, 3B, 2C. Repeat from * four more times.

Round 11: *2C, 3B, 3C, 3B, 3C, 3B, 3C. Repeat from * four more times.

Round 12: *3C, 3B, 3C, 1B, 3C, 3B, 3C, 1B. Repeat from * four more times.

Round 13: *1B, 3C, 3B, 5C, 3B, 3C, 2B. Repeat from * four more times.

Round 14: *2B, 3C, 3B, 3C, 3B, 3C, 3B. Repeat from * four more times.

Round 15: *3B, 3C, 3B, 1C, 3B, 3C, 3B, 1C. Repeat from * four more times.

Round 16: *1C, 3B, 3C, 5B, 3C, 3B, 2C. Repeat from * four more times.

Round 17: *2C, 3B, 3C, 3B, 3C, 3B, 3C. Repeat from * four more times.

Round 18: *3C, 3B, 3C, 1B, 3C, 3B, 3C, 1B. Repeat from * four more times.

Round 19: *2C, 3B, 3C, 3B, 3C, 3B, 3C. Repeat from * four more times.

Round 20: *1C, 3B, 3C, 5B, 3C, 3B, 2C. Repeat from * four more times.

Round 21: *3B, 3C, 3B, 1C, 3B, 3C, 3B, 1C. Repeat from * four more times.

Round 22: *2B, 3C, 3B, 3C, 3B, 3C, 3B. Repeat from * four more times.

Round 23: *1B, 3C, 3B, 5C, 3B, 3C, 2B. Repeat from * four more times.

Round 24: *3C, 3B, 3C, 1B, 3C, 3B, 3C, 1B. Repeat from * four more times.

Round 25: *2C, 3B, 3C, 3B, 3C, 3B, 3C. Repeat from * four more times.

Round 26: *1C, 3B, 3C, 5B, 3C, 3B, 2C. Repeat from * four more times.

Round 27: *3B, 3C, 3B, 1C, 3B, 3C, 3B, 1C. Repeat from * four more times.

Round 28: *2B, 3C, 3B, 3C, 3B, 3C, 3B. Repeat from * four more times.

Rounds 29-31: 100A

*This is the end of the tapestry crochet section. Keep your yarn attached as you will be working the handles in the same color.

In the next few rounds, you’ll be working the handles in regular SC stitches (through both loops – not back loop only). If you would like longer handles/straps, you can add chain stitches as needed to increase the length.

Round 32: SC in first 8 stitches, chain 70, skip 23 stitches, SC in next 26, chain 70, skip 23 stitches, SC in last 18, join, ch 1.

Round 33: SC in each stitch around and in each of the chain stitches (forming handles), join, ch 1.

Rounds 34-35: SC in each stitch around, join, ch 1. *after round 30, do not chain 1. Fasten off and weave in ends.   *Note: If you’d like wider handles, you can repeat another round or two of SC before fastening off.

Remember, you can watch THIS VIDEO to see how to work the handles of the Diamond Tote bag.

Fasten off. Weave in ends. You’re all done your Diamond Tote! I hope you love it!

**If you want to add a strap to your bag, rather than crocheting the handles in the last few rounds, check out THIS VIDEO on my YouTube Channel with an easy no-sew technique!

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2 Comments

  1. What a beautiful tote bag! The diamond pattern is just perfect.

    1. Loops and Love Crochet says:

      Thank you so much, Alexandra!

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