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Tote Knitting Patterns

by | Mar 26, 2016 | Accessories, Bags, Purses, Totes

Free knitting patterns for Tote bags

Tote bags are great when you need to carry more than a phone and a credit card. These totes range from collapsible market totes to dressy bags to beach carryalls.

For more tote and purse patterns see Purse, Tote, and Bag Knitting Patterns

To get the knitting patterns, scroll down to the individual pattern you want and click on the link.

Free Knitting Patterns

Free Easy Knitting Pattern for Breezy Knit Market Bag

Breezy Knit Market Bag

Roomy tote created with 2 pieces knit with a 4 row repeat of lace alternating with 4 row of knit. Chunky yarn. Designed by Nancy J. Thomas for Red Heart.

Free Knitting Pattern for Taffy Market Bag

Taffy Market Bag

Striped lace mesh tote with garter stitch bottom shaped with short rows. Worsted. Designed by The Noble Thread

Free Knitting Pattern for Little Check Market Bag

Little Check Market Bag

This 3 color tote is knit in easy slip stitch colorwork using the Dice Check pattern from Barbara G. Walker’s A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns. Designed by Gretchen Tracy. Aran yarn,

Free Knitting Pattern for Quinn Cabled Bag

Quinn Cabled Bag

This 9 inch square bag features a cable band, cable body, and long braided i-cord strap. Designed by CogKnition. Worsted yarn,

Free Knitting Pattern for Lovely Lunch Bag

Lovely Lunch Bag

Tote knit in the round with easy slip stitch colorwork. 11” wide x 14.5” high, including handles. Designed by Faith Schmidt. DK yarn,

Free Knitting Pattern for Strong Back Bag

Strong Back Bag

Shoulder tote designed to be comfortable for your back. Designed by Claudia Olson. Pictured projects by Mittagirl and Marchosa

Free Knitting Pattern for Walker Pouch

Walker Pouch

Felted tote designed to attach over the bar of a walker with a back flap that fastens with snaps for velcro. Size 8 x 10 x 4 ½” Designed by hakucho

Free Knitting Pattern for Darice Market Tote

Darice Farmers Market Tote

This tote is easy and a quick knit in super bulky yarn. Bag measures 17” inches tall and 14” inches wide. Designed by Jessica Reeves Potasz of Mama in a Stitch. The web version is free and the printable pdf is available on Etsy.

Free Knitting Pattern for Cable Bag

Cabled Bag

This tote by Willow Yarns features cables on the strap and bag. Finished Measurements: Width: 12″ (30cm) Height: 15″ (38cm) Depth: 3″ (7.6cm).

Free Knitting Patterns for Adventure Backpacks

Adventure Backpacks

Cabled rucksacks with roomy pockets, cinched by drawstrings. Two sizes. Designed by Cassidy Clark

Free Knitting Pattern for Basket Weave Bag

Basket Weave Bag

Tote with colorwork accents by Willow Yarns makes a fun summer or beach carryall. Finished Measurements: Width: 12″ (30cm) Height: 15″ (38cm) Depth: 3″ (7.6cm)

Free Knitting Pattern for Eastern Market Tote

Eastern Market Tote

This market bag features chevron lace detail and a knit strap. 10.5″ x 18″ not including strap. Designed by Tanis Gray

Free Knitting Pattern for Easy Market Tote

4-Row Repeat Textured Market Tote

Easy textured tote bag with knit straps from Yarnspirations features a 4-row repeat stitch pattern. Approx 19″ [48 cm] wide x 16″ [40.5 cm] high, excluding straps.

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Free knitting pattern for Summer Fling tote

Summer Fling

Espace Tricot’s bag starts with a bottom knit flit, then the main body is knit in the round from stitches picked up. Finally the handles are knit flat and joined. Pattern available in English and French

Free Knitting Pattern for Ramp Hands-Free Tote Bag

Ramp Tote

This ingenious hands-free tote was designed Jodie Gordon Lucas with panels that fit beneath your legs to keep your knitting projects or other items secure but convenient. Three designs. Jodie points out it also is ideal “for knitting while sitting in bleachers, knitting while sailing, knitting on a rollercoaster, knitting on a ski-lift, knitting on a motorcycle”.

Free knitting pattern for Sundance Beach Bag tote

Sundance Beach Bag

Tonia Barry designed this cable and lace tote that is 16″ wide by 17″ tall; handles 24″ long

Free knitting pattern for Om Yoga Mat Bag

Om Yoga Mat Bag

Debbie Stoller created this mesh bag of cotton with a lace pattern that is easy to memorize. Pattern is excerpted from her book Stitch n Bitch Nation

Free knitting pattern for Big Honkin Bag

Big Honkin’ Bag

Jana Pihota’s tote features side pockets, braided i-cord handles, and an interesting stitch pattern.

Free knitting pattern for Market Bag tote

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Market Bag

Just stuff this convenient expandable tote by Lily Sugar n Cream in your purse and pull it out to fill with your groceries.

Free knitting pattern for Go Green Market BagGo Green Market Bag

This Lily Sugar n Cream tote features a front pocket. Straps are webbing or ribbon.Approx 12″ [30.5 cm] square x 5″ [12.5 cm] at base.

Waves Tote Bag Free Knitting Pattern | Bag, Purse, and Tote Free Knitting Patterns at

Waves Tote Bag

This cotton tote measures 16″ x 14″ x 3″


Arm Knit Market Bag

This mesh tote is arm knit with 6 strands of cotton yarn in two more colors. Approximately 16” [40.5 cm] wide x 12½” [32 cm] high (excluding handle).

Free knitting pattern for BYOB Market Bag

BYOB Market Bag

Designed by Moira Ravenscroft, this long-handled tote features flexible mesh panels and buttoned strap.

Free knitting pattern for BYOB -2.0 Bring your own bag tote

Bring Your Own Bag 2.0

There are four sizes of short-handled totes in this pattern by Moira Ravenscroft.

Free knitting pattern for tote bag

Tote Bag by Saprotex

Easy tote in slip stitch, knit in the round. 45cm wide and 36cm high

Free knitting pattern for Aran Cable Tote

Aran Cable Tote

Phoebe’s bag is a smaller tote with a wild oak cable pattern.

Free knitting pattern for Weekender Tote

Weekender Tote

This design from Hilary Hunt is a quick knit in super bulky yarn. Bottom is knit in garter stitch and then stitches are picked up for the bag.

Free knitting pattern for Sea Breeze Bag

Sea Breeze Bag

This Lily Sugar n Cream bag features drop stitches for interest.  Approx 20” x 40” [51 x 101.5 cm]

Free knitting pattern for Linen Concerto tote

Linen Concerto Tote

This tote from Plymouth Yarn Design Studio is knit with pretty knotted lace stitch and is 16 ½” wide, 28” long. Great for multi-color yarn!

Free knitting pattern for Melon Pocket Bag

Melon Pocket Bag

When you’re not using this Lily Sugar n Cream bag just fold it up into itself, zip, and carry with convenient strap. Then just unzip to use as a tote.

Free knitting pattern for Celtic Wanna Be Tote

Celtic Wanna Be Tote

Designed by Lisabee Designs. Charted.

Patterns for Purchase

Knitting Pattern for Two-Tone Lace Tote Bag

Two-Tone Lace Tote Bag

This double-handled bag is knit in the round. Size: Approx. Width – 45 cm (18 inc), Height (excluding handles) – 36 cm ( 14 inc),  Handles – 69 cm (27 inc)

Knitting Pattern for Gathered Tote Bag

Gathered Tote Bag

Creates a Bag sized approx W42cm x H30cm plus a  60cm Handle. Easy enough for novice knitters.

Knitting Pattern for Community Garden Bag

Community Garden Bag

This lace tote bag is one of the 23 patterns in Warm Weather Knits by Deborah Newton.  Pictured project by karilfuge

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Knitting pattern for Net Duffle Bag


Net Duffle Bag

Vivian Høxbro’s Net Duffle Bag has a sturdy mesh-like texture formed by joining incomplete mitered squares. 28-1⁄4” circumference and 21-1⁄4” long, with 2” edging at top

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Knitting Pattern for Lacy Market Bag

Lacy Market Bag

This tote is one of 14 knitting patterns in the Beginner’s Guide to Lace Knitting ebook by Rita Weiss. Other patterns include Lace Scarf, Crescent Shawl, Coaster, Heirloom Flower Doily, Scarf of Many Colors, Lacy Hat, Lovely Lace Scarf, Delightful Doily, Lovely Lace Collar Two Ways, Fir Cone Lace, Easy Edging, Lacy Market Bag, Elegant Edging, and Winter Lace Afghan

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Knitting pattern for Sarasota Shopper tote bag

Sarasota Shopper

The Sarasota Shopper features bands of Basketweave set into a background of Double Moss Stitch. Finished bag: 31.5cm h x 34cm w x 9cm d,
= 12.5 ins h x 13.25 ins w x 3.5 ins d.

Knitting patterns for Totes

Southampton Collection

4 knitting patterns to transform linen totes to stylish bags. The patterns are also available separately. Clockwise from upper left: The Sarasota Shopper, Southampton Book Bag, Falmer Book Bag, Back-to-Nature Bag

Knitting pattern on Sharon Tote

Sharon Tote

Lexi Nelson’s gingham tote is 13 3/4 ” wide and 12 3/4 ” tall, not including handles. Originally published in Knitscene Spring 2016

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Knitting pattern for Stitch Sampler Boho Tote

Stitch Sampler Boho Tote

This customizable tote is one of the projects included in the Mix and Match Sampler Class where you’ll learn 12 different stitch patterns and how to join them together for patterns like this.

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Plein Air Tote

Amanda Scheuzger designed this oversized tote featuring counterpane cables. 17″ wide, 19″ high, and 5″ deep.

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