Ruby Tote

ruby tote

I love to browse through The Big Book of Crochet Stitches by Jean Leinhauser and Rita Weiss for inspiration. I found a wonderful stitch on page 34 and decided to make a tote with it. I highly recommend you get this book if you love to crochet. Without further ado, here is the free pattern for the Ruby Tote, perfect to stash your work in progress and best of all, it only uses one cake!

ruby tote closeup

What you need

1 Caron Cakes in Red Velvet (7.1 oz/200 g)

5.5 mm crochet hook


Not important!

Stitches used (U.S. Terms)

ch- chain

sc – single crochet

dc – double crochet

Cluster: (YO, insert hook from front to back to front around post of next dc, YO and draw up a lp; YO and draw through first 2 loops on hook) 3 times; YO and draw through all 4 loops on hook.

ruby tote inside

The Pattern

Main body – make 2

Ch 51.

Row 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and across. Turn.

Row 2 ch 3, dc in next sc and across. Turn.

Row 3 ch 3, dc in base of ch; *cluster over next 3 dc, 2 dc in each of next 2 dc*; repeat to last 4 sts, cluster over next 3 dc, 2 dc in last dc. Turn.

Row 4 ch 3, dc in each dc and cluster across. Turn.

Repeat rows 3 and 4 for a total of 13 times.

Row 30 ch 1, sc in next sc, *ch 1, skip next st, sc in next st*;  repeat to end (last sc in turning ch). Turn.

Row 31 ch 1, sc in ch 1 sp, ch 1, sc in next ch 1 space. Repeat to end with sc in last st (turning ch).

Row 32-33 Repeat Row 31.

Fasten off.

Handles – make 2

Ch 55.

Row 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and across. Turn.

Row 2-5 ch 1, sc across.

Fasten off.


With wrong side of panels facing, seam together first the bottom and then the two sides with your preferred method. I used a slip stitch seam.

To attach the handles, count 12 stitches from the edges and seam with your preferred method. I attached as I made the rows with sc. Repeat with the other side.

ruby tote pin

Written by

Vanessa is an avid crocheter. She also loves to read historical fiction and has even written a few (unpublished) novels. By day Vanessa crunches numbers in an office but by night if she's not crocheting or book binding, she's probably sleeping. With her cat on/near her head.

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