This granny square crochet beach bag is perfect for making, and taking, on holiday. This quick and simple project by Cara Medus uses just eight squares, so you’ll have it finished in no time. Not only will you never loose those sunglasses again, but as this crochet beach bag is just made from simple squares you can switch up the colours (or even try different motifs) to really make the bag match your style!
You can find the pattern below, or if you would like to print the pattern you can download our handy PDF here!
P.S. If you're new to granny squares, then check out our how to crochet a granny square tutorial. And if you fancy some more crochet projects to hook up for your days on the beach, check out our pick of the top crochet beachwear patterns!
You will need
- Hayfield Bonus Super Chunky (100% acrylic, 100g/82m):
- 2 balls of Dark Grey Mix (790) - Grey
- 2 balls of Light Natural (936) - Cream
- 1 ball of Navy (971) - Navy Blue
- 1 ball of Cherry (950) - Red
- 1 ball of White (961) - White
- A 10mm crochet hook
Please note - this pattern was originally designed in Rico Design Fashion Big Cotton Super Chunky yarn (50% cotton, 50% acrylic, 100g/50m), which has now been discontinued. We have substituted it for a suitable alternative super-chunky weight yarn so colours may look different to that pictured. As tension is not critical for this pattern you could substitute it for any other super-chunky yarn.
Finished bag measures 28cm across base x 47cm
You can find a full list of all abbreviations we use in our abbreviations and conversions guide. This crochet beach bag pattern is written in UK terminology but you can easily convert it to US terms using the guide.
Free crochet beach bag pattern
With Grey, make a crochet magic loop and ch3.
Round 1 Work 11 tr into the loop and ss to the 3rd ch at the beg of the round to join. Pull up the magic loop to close the hole as much as possible. [12 sts]
Round 2 Ch3, 1tr into the base of that ch, *2tr into the next tr of the previous round; rep from * another 10 times to the end of the round, ss to the 3rd ch at the beg of the round to join. [24 sts]
Round 3 Ch3, *2tr into the next st, 1tr in next; rep from * until the last st of the round, 2tr in the last st. Ss to the 3rd ch at the beg of the round to join. [36 sts]
Round 4 Ch3, 1tr in next, 2tr in next. *2tr, 2tr in next; rep from * until the end of the round, ss to the 3rd ch at the beg of the round to join. [48 sts]
Round 5 Ch3, 2tr, 2tr in next. *3tr, 2tr in next; rep from * until the end of the round, ss to the 3rd ch at the beg of the round to join. [60 sts]
Granny Squares (Make 8)
Make each square with three different colours (A, B and C). Use random colour combinations of each, but try to use each of the five available colours in equal quantities. Set aside 1 ball of Clay to use to make the bag tie.
With colour A, ch4, ss to the first ch to join into a ring.
Round 1 Ch3, 2 tr into ring, ch 2, *3tr into ring, ch2; rep from * another two times, ss to the third ch to join. Fasten off.
Round 2 With colour B, ss to join the new colour into one of the 2-ch sp of the previous round. In that ch sp work the following: ch3, 2tr, ch2, 3tr, ch2. *In the next ch sp, work the following: 3tr, ch2, 3tr, ch2; rep from * another two times, ss to the third ch to join. Fasten off.
Round 3 With colour C, ss to join the new colour into one of the corner ch sps of the previous round. In that ch sp work the following: ch3, 2tr, ch2, 3tr, ch2. *In the next ch sp work the following: 3tr, 2ch. In the next corner ch sp work the following: 3tr, 2ch, 3tr, 2ch. Rep from * until the last ch sp of the round, 3tr in that space, ch2 and ss to the third ch to join. Fasten off.
Join a set of four squares into a strip, and join the squares at each end together to make a ring. Use a different colour for each seam, and join using a slip stitch seam, by holding the squares wrong sides together and picking up only one loop from each of the stitches on each square to avoid a bulky seam. Repeat for the other four squares, and then join the two rings of four squares together along the long edge using Grey and a slip stitch seam.
Join the base to the ring of eight squares using Grey and a slip stitch seam. Try to distribute the stitches evenly. You will find this works if you match 15 sts of the circle base to the edge of one square. (Skip one st on each of the central ch sps of the square.)
Rejoin any remaining colour of yarn to the top of the granny squares at a seam. You will need approx 10m of yarn for each round.
Round 1 Ch3 and 2tr into the top of the seam, ch2. Work 3tr and 2ch into all of the granny square spaces, with 3tr into the top of each seam between the squares. Ss to the 3rd ch at the beginning of the round to join. Fasten off.
Round 2 (For threading bag tie) Rejoin another colour of yarn into one of the ch sps of the previous round. Ch3 and 2tr into the first ch sp, ch2; continue with 3tr and 2ch in each ch sp and ss to the 3rd ch at the beginning of the round to join. Fasten off.
Round 3 Rejoin Clay into ch sp and ch3. Tr into the same ch sp. Cont a round of plain treble with 2tr in every ch sp, and a tr in every tr of the previous round. Ss to the 3rd ch at the beginning of the round to join. Fasten off.
Round 4 Rejoin Grey and ch3. Skip st at base of ch and work 1tr in each st of previous round. Ss to the 3rd ch at the beginning of the round to join. Fasten off.
With Clay, make a ch measuring approx 145cm long. Beginning in the second ch from the hook, work a row of dc all along the chain. Fasten off.
To make up
Weave in all loose ends. Thread the bag tie through the row of ch sps at the top of the bag so that both ends emerge at the same point. Sew the ends of the tie securely to the seam at the base of the bag
We hope you’ve enjoyed this free beach bag crochet pattern, don’t forget if you need any help with your crochet stitches you can always check out our crochet for beginners guide. And if you’re looking to treat yourself, check out our list of the best crochet hooks and the best crochet kits for beginners.
Technical editor and crochet designer Cara Medus is a verified pro in the crochet world! Cara has been the brains behind Simply Crochet magazines technical team since the very first issue, and her mathematical prowess with crochet design is unparalleled. Cara has contributed numerous designs to Simply Crochet magazine, as well as publications from Scheepjes and many others. Cara also teaches aspiring technical editors through her online training courses, and is currently working on her first book! You can find Cara on Instagram at @caramedus