Free Crochet Pattern: Nerd Life Tote Bag

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I designed this pattern a couple months ago for the Yarnpunk blog, and now I can share it with you here!  The Nerd Life Tote Bag is perfect for carrying around laptops, books, and everything else you need!  It’s worked flat in two pieces, seamed, and then finished in the round, and it features a stranded tapestry crochet design.  Plus, reusable bags are better for the environment… You can look cool and reduce your plastic use at the same time; it’s a win-win!

The free pattern is below, and a low cost ad-free PDF is available in my shop here: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/nerd-life-tote-bag

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Abbreviations used: 
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
MC = main color
CC = contrast color
st(s) = stitch(es)
RS = right side
WS = wrong side
Rep = repeat

Helpful hints:

  • When changing colors, draw up the last loop of the last old-color stitch in the new color
  • Make sure all the floats are carried on the WS
  • Throughout the pattern, the ch 1 does not count as a st

Instructions:

Front-

Row 1 (WS): ch 57, sc in second ch from hook, sc across, ch 1, turn

Row 2: sc across, ch 1, turn

Rows 3-8: rep row 2

Rows 9-46: sc 5, sc chart, sc to end, ch 1, turn

Row 47-54: rep row 2

To make a border, continue working down the edge of the piece, around the bottom, up the other side, and along the top. You should work 54 sc along each side, 56 sc along the top and bottom, and 3 sc in each corner. When you get back to where you started, sl st to join and fasten off.

Back-

Row 1 (WS): ch 57, sc in second ch from hook, sc across, ch 1, turn

Row 2: sc across, ch 1, turn

Rows 3-54: rep row 2

Work the border the same way as the front, then fasten off.

Join the front and back-

Line up the front and back so the right sides are together.

Make a slipknot and begin slip stitching around the sides and bottom of the bag, starting in the top corner. Work the sl st through the inner loop of each piece’s sc border, ignoring the outer loops.

The seam should look like the photo.

Continue down the side, across the bottom, and up the other side. When you are finished, ch 1 and turn the bag inside out, but do not cut the yarn.

Handles-

Round 1: hdc 1 at the seam, hdc 56 along the front, hdc 3 at the seam, hdc 56 along the back, hdc 2 at the seam, join with a sl st in the first hdc, ch 1

Round 2: hdc in same st as join, hdc 18, ch 25, skip the next 20 hdc, hdc 39, ch 25, skip the next 20 hdc, hdc 20, join with a sl st in the first hdc, ch 1

Round 3: hdc in same st as join, hdc 18, hdc in next 25 ch, hdc 39, hdc in next 25 ch, hdc 20, join with a sl st in the first hdc, ch 1

Round 4: hdc in same st as join, hdc around, join with a sl st in the first hdc, ch 1

Round 5: hdc in same st as join, hdc around, join with a sl st in the first hdc, fasten off

Weave in all ends.

Chart:

I hope you enjoyed the pattern, and that your new tote bag will be super useful! If you’re on Instagram, I would love to see your finished project! You can use #yarnhasmyheart to share your creations, and tag @yarn_has_my_heart in your photos ♥︎

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