Easy Errands Bag


Crochet a handy rectangular bag from Lily Sugar n' Cream with easy knotted handles for daily errands. The stripes in this bag are created by self-striping yarn instead of having to switch yarn balls.

Crochet Errands Bag


  • Yarn: Lily® Sugar’n Cream Stripes (56.7 g / 2 oz) 4 balls of #21532 (Holiday Stripes).
  • Crochet Hook: Size 5 mm (U.S. H / 8) crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge.4 grommets.

Size: 9 x 12 x 3½ ins [23 x 30.5 x 9 cm]

Gauge: 13 sc and 14 rows = 4 ins [10 cm].



Front and Back (make alike).
Ch 27.
1st row: (RS). 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch to end of ch. Turn. 26 sc. Work in sc for 11 ins [28 cm].
Next row: (Eyelet row). Ch 1. (1 sc in each of next 6 sc. Ch 1. Miss next sc. 1 sc in each of next 6 sc) twice.
Turn. Work 2 rows in sc. Fasten off. Apply grommets in eyelets.

Gusset: Ch 12.
1st row: (RS). 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook. 1 sc in each ch to end of ch. Turn. 11 sc. Work in sc for 33 ins
[84 cm]. Fasten off.
With WS tog, crochet Gusset to sides and bottom of Front and Back.

Handles: Ch 5. Join with sl st in first ch.
1st rnd: (RS). Ch 1. 1 sc in each ch around. 5 sc. Place marker for end of rnd and slip marker every rnd.
Work in sc for 16 ins [40.5 cm]. Fasten off. Thread handles through grommets and knot ends.

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Are the instructions in us terminology or uk terminology. Many thanks

Hi Barbara, these are all U.S. terms. I hope that helps!

I love any project using cotton yarn. It is so durable, which is exactly what one looks for in a bag like this one. I would make this in any color, and have many bags around to take when Im heading out, to the store, or just out on the town.

This is a nice medium sized bag. The pattern is very simple and works up quickly. The cotton yarn helps to make it much more sturdy than some other yarns would. I love the knotted, rope-like handles. The grommets really add to the strength, look, and value of the bag.

I can see this being a bag I grab as I go out of the door. I can also see it being used as a necessities bag. I like to keep a bag full of snacks and essentials like baby wipes and an umbrella by the door. I grab it when I know the errand can take a while to complete. I also keep coloring books and crayons too. Some for the kids and a book for me.

These bags are always handy to have readily available. I use them for everything from shopping, to a trip to the library, and storing things (like my yarn projects). I also like making them up in colourful ways to use as reusable gift bags instead of using wrapping paper or paper gift bags. They are so simple to make, and easy to adjust, that they are perfect for almost any use.

Thank you for this easy pattern. I am going to make it tonight! I will show you when I am done.

very nice. but short steps not able to understand. pl show a video of basic stitches. i am interested to learn more.


I did pretty well.. Thanks for the idea!!

Instructions are lacking. Personally I would forgo the grommets, make the handles longer and just tie them in knots with a bit of the ends loose for poms.

I agree. There are no instructions on how to apply gromets. Also, I am not able to print this pattern, all I get is the heading. What happened? Please help!

Interesting, but the instructions don't include the size of the Grommets and how to put them in the product/tote.

very nice

It doesn't explain how to attach the grommets. Easy ??? errand bag!!!

Killroy - you are not reading the pattern correctly. First row says, work in sc for 11 inches. Actual pattern site is here http://www.sugarncream.com/data/pattern/pdf/Lily_SugarnCreamweb07_cr_bag.en_US.pdf

Love this pattern! Not necessarily the quickest to make, but very simple! I'm still a beginner (I've only been crocheting since spring break) but this bag has given me no problems at all. I agree with the other comments and I'll reinforce my bag with something, but I won't worry too much about it- I'm going to use the bag to carry my crocheting things! :)

"Turn. Work 2 rows in sc. Fasten off. " This would make the front and back a total of 4 rows tall? Anyone got a fix for this pattern?

The pattern does not say what size grommets to use and since I've never used a grommet before...can anyone help? Do you need to buy the expensive tools to put them in also? Thanks!

I have made something very much like this but it stretched waaayyy long, did I use the wrong yarn? Will this one get saggy? I love it!!

What a great idea with the plastic canvas. I plan to make one immediately and use plastic canvas on the bottom and also go up 2 or 3 inches along the sides. Thanks for the idea.

Or, you could use a piece of plastic needlepoint canvas, and tack through the spaces to make it permanent - and washable!

I put a heavy piece of cardboard in the bottom to give this bag added strength.

One of my favorite designs! It is a simple and crisp design.


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