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Miami Cotton Tote


I think you’ll love this crochet cotton tote bag that is made with simple shapes and can be customized with your favorite colors for summer vibes or a solid color to carry every day!

The Miami Cotton Tote was inspired by one of my favorite Nine West tote bags that I would carry full of notebooks and other essentials when heading to campus. Based on the color of the Ahoy Ombre, my husband said that it reminded him of his hometown’s NFL team, the Miami Dolphins, so the tote got a name before it was finished!

The Nine West Tote

You’ll enjoy the texture created with rows that protude from the surface, and using circular shapes to create this tote. You can choose to create 1, 2 or no pockets when assembling the pieces, as well as an option to create the bottom of the bag, if not using a wood bottom.

Whether you use an ombre yarn with coordinating solid colors, a striping yarn, or one color, you’re sure to turn heads when carrying the Miami Cotton Tote.

You can choose to use any comparable worsted weight yarn, but using a 100% cotton yarn will help it holds it shape.

P.S. This tote is large enough to hold 2 cones of cotton, and 3 skeins of fingering weight yarn. ?

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Bottom: 14 hdc = 4 in (10cm), 7 rows = 2.5 in (6.5 cm)

Half Circle: 8 rows of sc = 2 in (5 cm), prior to blocking

  • Crochet Bottom: 13.5 in (34.5 cm) x 5 in. (13 cm) wide 
  • Half Circle: 22 in (56 cm) diameter x 11 in. (28.5 cm) height without edging
  • Strap: 22 in (56 cm)
  • Ch: chain
  • sl st: slip stitch
  • sc: single crochet
  • hdc: half double crochet
  • dc: double crochet
  • CSDC: Chainless double crochet
  • sc2tog: single crochet 2 together
  • sc3tog: single crochet 3 together
  • BL: back loop
  • FL: front loop
  • yo-slst: yarn over slip stitch
  • YO: yarn over
  • M: stitch marker(s)
  • Yo-slst: YO, insert hook in next st, YO, pull through all loops 


  • Pattern is written US terms.
  • Read the entire pattern before beginning.
  • Pattern is worked in 4 sections: Bottom, Joining Bottoms, Half Circle and Edging, Assembly, and Strap
  • Beginning ch 1 does not count as first st
  • Instructions are included for making a bottom, if you decide to not use a wood bottom.
  • If a wood bottom is being used, begin following Instructions at Half Circle.
  • For the color changes, Color A will be carried at the end of the row throughout the pattern, unless otherwise instructed. The other colors will be fastened off, unless otherwise instructed.
  • Blocking is required to create the final shape of the half circles.
  • Purse strap can be shorter or longer, based on preference.
  • A schematic is included to demonstrate the shapes and sizes.
  • Picture tutorials are provided at end of pattern for completing the row after a row of yo-slst and assembly.

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    1. Hi Charlene! Thank you for the compliment. There is only a paid version of the pattern, which includes pictures and a schematic to help with assembly. If you would like to join my FB community and/or signup for my newsletter, you will be the first to learn about exclusive deals.

    1. Thanks, Tammy! This is perfect for using that cotton yarn. We always need to make room in the stash for more yarn to then carry in the tote. 🙂

  1. I just chose this pattern as my freebie reward as part of Courtney’s birthday celebrations, and I am so excited to dig through my stash and find some yarn to make one. I love the design with the option of pockets on the outside- of course I want pockets! And plenty of room for a good size project- I can always use more project bags. Thanks for another great pattern, Courtney!

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