If you’re looking for a quick and fashionable summer project, check out this beginner crochet beach bag using the suzette stitch.
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If you’re like me, you’ve learned to crochet and you’ve got the basics down. You can single and double crochet with the best of them…. heck you are a wiz at granny squares… but you’re looking for something more practical and cute to do with your skills. Does this sound like you? Are you still in the beginner crochet step? It’s cool. This free Beginner Crochet Beach Bag is for crafters of all skill levels and makes a beautiful suzette stitch that no one will even have to know how easy it is! In fact, the suzette stitch is a great one to have in your arsenal. It works up a beautiful thick but breathable texture that is great for any number of projects.
This inspiration for this bag came from a recent trip to the beach (because apparently Los Angeles decided to skip spring all together and go right into summer) wherein my favorite beach bag not only broke but got covered in sunscreen. Cue dramatic freaking out noise. So!!! In a fit of crochet desperation and some love for Pantone’s color of the year (and my birth stone!) I made a bag. Since it’s cotton yarn I can wash it on gentle. So if someone spills juice or apple sauce or sunscreen, I don’t have 30 minutes of wet wiping ahead of me. AND!!!! It’s versatile! If you don’t live near the beach, this bag also works wonderful as a fashionable market bag. Pretty cool right? So grab a crochet needle, sit down with Lilo and Stitch (and some other fun Disney movies) and let’s make all the things!
Beginner Crochet Beach Bag
Lily Sugar ‘N Cream Solids in Mod Green (4 balls)
Size J crochet hook (I love this set from Susan Bates!)
Ruler and pen or marker
Time: Weekend/Binge watch
Skill level: Beginner
* Please note that I am not a super experienced pattern writer so mistakes may happen and I’ll correct as they are brought to light!*
ch – Chain
sc – single crochet
dc – double crochet
sk – skip
st – stitch
With J hook, Chain 81.
Now we’re going to start the suzette stitch (1 sc, 1 dc)
Row 1: In second stitch from hook. *Skip the next stitch. (1 sc, 1 dc) into next stitch. Repeat from * to last stitch. 1 sc in last stitch and turn. ch 1
Row 2: (1 sc, 1 dc) into first sc. Sk next dc. Repeat to the end of the row. ch1
NOTE: Don’t be overly concerned with when you need to change balls. I just tie a double knot and leave enough end out on both sides to sew or stitch in.
Repeat row 2 until your very large rectangle thing measures 14 inches tall.
Begin sc for 6 rows – or about 1 inche of banding.
Once you’ve got the whole thing crochet(ed) fold the bag in half and sc down the sides and bottom of the the bag. I originally did this with a slip stitch, but the sc gives you a better hold overall creating a sturdier bag. Once you get to the last corner of the bag, finish off and sew in the ends using a yarn needle. Trim ends.
Straps (make 2):
Ch 50 and sc for 5 rows.
To attach the straps you’ll need a length of yarn and your yarn needle.
Turn the bag inside out. Using the ruler and marker, measure out 1 inch from the seam on each side of the bag. So it will be 1 inch. Dot. 1 inch. Dot. (if this makes sense) You’ll attach the straps between the dots.
Using the yarn needle, stitch each strap to the bag using a large square going from the bottom of the strap to the top of the strap and across. Then stitch an X through the square. Tie off and weave in ends. Do this to the other end of the strap making sure it isn’t twisted. Flip the project over and repeat the process on the other side.
Wash in cold water with like colors and enjoy!
If you like fun summer projects that keep the party going all year long, be sure to pin this Beginner Crochet Beach Bag to your crochet pattern, summer crafts or bag boards!
I need to learn how to crochet so I can make this cute bag! Great job, Chelsea!March 15, 2017 at 8:20 pm
I need to get back into crocheting because this bag is SUPER cute! Thanks for sharing, I can’t wait to make this! Pinning for later too! From Family Joy Blog Linkup Party 🙂March 21, 2017 at 8:27 am
Love this beach bag. Thanks for sharing at Over The Moon Party. Hope you come back next week so I can stop by again. I hope you will also share at Thursday Favorite Things this week.March 22, 2017 at 6:46 am
Your bag is cute, but crocheting is not amoung my talents. I did convert a pair of my son’s jeans into a skirt for my daughter yesterday.March 23, 2017 at 8:42 am
So cool! I’d love to see what you made!March 25, 2017 at 12:46 pm
This is great, I love that it’s so easy, even a novice crocheter like me can do it. Thank you for sharing at the Creative Muster party. PINNEDMarch 23, 2017 at 3:47 pm
Robin | Fluster Buster
Thanks for stopping by Robin! Love sharing with you guys!March 25, 2017 at 12:45 pm
This is so pretty, I love the stitch and the colour. Pinned and scheduled for sharing!March 26, 2017 at 12:44 pm
Hi thereMarch 26, 2017 at 2:18 pm
Just stopped by to let you know that I featured this on my Round Tuit post this week!
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Thanks again for linking up to A Round Tuit Hope you have a great week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success
Very pretty. Thank you for sharing with us at the Merry Monday party! We always look forward to your creativity.March 26, 2017 at 5:37 pm
Well, what an easy and quick gift idea this is! I pinned it to make later.March 26, 2017 at 10:09 pm
Thanks for the tutorial! Your crochet bag is awesome. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Pinned & shared.March 30, 2017 at 10:15 am
Very nice-looking bag. I want to make it…as soon as I get the list before it done! Thanks for sharing.May 26, 2017 at 6:10 pm
A great beginners pattern for a cute beach bag. I have made two of them for two of our granddaughters who go to the beach often. They will love them to put their swim items in especially since I made them in their favorite colors! Thanks for sharing!July 2, 2020 at 11:32 am
That is so awesome! Glad you liked the pattern 🙂July 28, 2020 at 2:00 pm
I am going to try doing this pattern in a tri color arrangement.May 3, 2021 at 2:09 pm
Wish me luck!?