Brecken Bag Crochet Pattern

The Brecken Bag is an easy, crochet tote bag pattern that’s perfect for carrying around your yarn and WIP when you’re on the go! This crochet bag uses bulky yarn and a large hook so it works up quick!

Women holding a yellow, black, and white crochet tote bag.

What’s better than a crochet bag to hold your crochet project and yarn when you’re on the go! The Brecken Bag is a crochet tote bag that’s easy and quick to make and can be used to carry whatever you need when you’re on the go! This pattern release is extra exciting because it’s being featured on the Clover USA blog! If you want to read a bit more about the design, the yarn I used, and the inspiration behind the pattern continue reading below! If you want to head straight over to the Clover USA blog for the free written pattern CLICK HERE!

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Design Inspiration

A few weeks ago I shared the free crochet pattern for the Brecken Basket! While designing the Brecken Basket I realized that with a few adjustments, that pattern would make for a great crochet bag, and with that the Brecken Bag pattern was created!

The Brecken Bag measures approximately 14″ in width and 12″ in length, not including the straps. The straps add about 8″ more in length but they can easily be adjusted to be any length you’d like! This pattern uses bulky weight yarn and a large crochet hook so it works up quickly! This pattern also uses only basic crochet stitches so it’s beginner friendly!


The Brecken Bag features a bold main color and contrasting stripes. The pattern shows you how to make these fun color changes but feel free to use as many or few colors as you’d like! I think the Brecken Bag would look amazing in one solid color, two toned, or in a handful of colors! Have fun with it and make it fit with your own personal style!

The Brecken Bag also features 2 straps that can be adjusted to be any length you desire. The pattern will show you how to make straps that’ll sit nicely on your shoulder but feel free to make them longer for a crossbody bag or shorter for more of a handbag style.

Yellow, black, and white crochet bag laying on a white surface with 3 skeins of matching yarn coming out of the bag.


For yarn I used Lion Brand Yarn Hue + MeHue + Me is a bulky (5) weight yarn. Hue + Me comes in the most beautiful color ways! I highly recommend this yarn. For my Brecken Bag I used the colors Mustard (yellow), Salt (white), and Werewolf (black). This color combination fit my style perfectly! There are so many different color combinations you can create though to fit your own style! 

I used just under one skein of the main color (yellow) and just under half of each of the constrasting stripe colors (white and black). So if you’re using 3 colors just like I did, you’d need 3 skeins of yarn, one of each color, and you’d have some left over. If using only one color for your whole bag, you’d need only 2 skeins of yarn and would only have a little bit left over. Hue + Me is about $7 USD per skein from Lion Brand Yarn’s website and with shipping on top, it can be a but pricey. BUT Lion Brand Yarn is constantly having sales on their site so if you’re wanting the best deal, I highly recommend signing up for the newsletter or keeping an eye out for their next sale!

Yarn Substitutions

Bulky weight yarn can sometimes be hard to find! If you’re unable to get Hue + Me or want to try a different kind of yarn here are some more options.

Bernat Maker Home Dec would be another great option! I love this yarn, it’s so unique and shows off the stitch definition incredibly! The only problem with Bernat Maker Home Dec is that it is so hard to come by! There have been shortages the past few years so Amazon is usually the only place I can ever find it, but other places to look would be on Yarnspirations website and in store at some Walmart and Michael’s locations.

Another option you could try is to substitute the bulky weight yarn for 2 straps of medium (4) weight yarn held together! This would especially be a great idea if you wanted to create a super durable and sturdy bag and used cotton or bamboo yarn! To ensure the sizing turns out right, be sure to check your gauge before you begin!

All in all, your preferred bulky weight yarn or medium weight yarn should work fine! Always check your gauge to ensure proper sizing though!

Woman standing outside holding a yellow, black, and white crochet tote bag.

I hope you all enjoy the Brecken Bag crochet pattern! Be sure to check out the free written pattern HERE on the Clover USA blog! You can also follow along with the video tutorial HERE on YouTube, or get the printable pdf HERE from Etsy or HERE from Ravelry! If you want to save this pattern for later click HERE to pin it to Pinterest!

Feel free to comment with any questions you have and let me know what you think of this design! If you want to show off photos of your bag, be sure to tag The Turtle Trunk on Instagram and Facebook so I can see!

Happy making!

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