Ah, the age-old question that plagues many a crochet enthusiast:

"Which stitch is the most suitable for creating fabulous yet functional bags?"

In the pursuit of the best stitch to use for a crochet bag, we have tirelessly worked our hooks through countless skeins and deciphered the secrets behind the top contenders' strengths.

Are you ready for some (yarn) splitting revelations?

Grab your favorite crochet hook, and let's dive right into the great stitch showdown!

Meet the Stitches

To ensure a fair and thorough examination, we've narrowed it down to three (out of six) key contestants in the world of crochet stitches for handbags:

1. Single Crochet (SC)

2. Half Double Crochet (HDC)

3. Double Crochet (DC)

SC - HDC - DC stitch examples from SarahMaker - See Resources below.

Together, we'll explore the strengths and weaknesses of each as we seek out the ultimate crochet stitching for handbags.

The Showdown: Strength

The strength of your stitch is crucial, especially for crochet bags that'll be expected to carry your entire life (yes, we need all those snacks, lip balms, and tiny crafting tools in our handbags!).

Let’s evaluate our contenders.

Single Crochet Stitch (SC)

The Single Crochet is undoubtedly the workhorse of the crochet world!

The Single Crochet patterns create a dense and robust fabric that's perfect for withstanding the pressures of heavy use.

In a battle of strength, Single Crochet stitching reigns supreme.


Pros: Dense and strong, it can bear the weight of various items.

Cons: The denseness of the stitch may result in a heavier crochet bag.

HD Crochet Stitch (HDC)

Strike the balance of strength and style with the HDC stitch.

This fabric has a cozy texture that offers just enough support for your everyday belongings. But beware, this stitch might slack when you chuck in that extra-large crochet encyclopedia!


Pros: A nice blend of strength and drape, great for casual handbags.

Cons: Not as strong as the SC stitch, so avoid overloading your crochet bag!

D Crochet Stitching (DC)

A fabric made of DC stitches may not be the Hercules of our contenders, but its open, lacy appearance and quick workability make it a popular choice for lightweight summer handbags and fashion-forward accessories.


Pros: Lighter and breezier option, making it suitable for loose-knit accessories.

Cons: Less stable than the other stitches, might require sewing fabric lining inside the purse for carrying heavy items.

Which Crochet Stitch is Best for Bags?

And the Winner Is...

After putting these crochet stitches to the test, we can confidently declare that the Single Crochet has claimed the title of "The Best Stitch for Handbags!"

With its unyielding strength, the Single Crochet stitch provides the rock-solid base you need to craft beautiful and sturdy crochet bags that'll stand the test of time (and the occasionally questionable overstuffing).

But don't fret, our runner-ups still make delightful options!

The HDC stitch is perfect for those seeking a balance of durability and style, while the DC offers a quick and lovely option for airy, delicate crochet bag projects.

Mix up stitches - sarahmaker.com 

Pro Tip: Mix 'em Up!

Who says you have to choose just one stitch?

Mix and match your favorite stitches for a unique textured look or employ different stitches for different sections of your purse or market bag (e.g., use Single Crochet for the base and HDC for the sides).

The possibilities are endless!

So, grab your favorite yarn, and let's get stitching!

Yarn Comparison: Cotton Yarns vs. Worsted Weight

When it comes to a crochet handbag, the type of yarn you choose is just as important as the stitch pattern. Let's have a yarn showdown between two popular kinds: Cotton Yarns and Worsted Yarns.

Cotton Yarn

Cotton is a top contender for crocheting bags for numerous reasons. Firstly, it's an incredibly strong yarn and it's durable, perfect for a crochet handbag, purse, or tote bag that needs to withstand wear and tear. Secondly, it's washable, so you don't have to fret about any spills or stains. Finally, Cotton Yarn is available in a plethora of colors, allowing for endless design possibilities.

Pros: Strong, durable, washable, and available in a wide range of colors.

Cons: Can be a bit heavy and lacks elasticity which might limit its use in certain designs.

Worsted Weight Yarn

On the other hand, we have the versatile Worsted Yarn. It's medium weight, making it a fantastic all-around choice for a variety of projects, including a tote bag. Worsted Yarn holds shape well and offers a lovely stitch definition. However, its durability heavily depends on the fiber it's made from.

Pros: Medium-weight, versatile, holds shape well and offers lovely stitch definition.

Cons: Durability depends on the fiber used and might not be as washable as cotton.

The Power of Fabric Stiffener

While yarn choice and pattern choice of stitching are essential, one secret weapon can greatly enhance your crochet bag's functionality: Fabric Stiffener.

Applying a stiffener to your finished crochet bag can add structure and rigidity, preventing it from sagging under the weight of its contents. It can also help protect your project from wear and tear, extending the life of your bag. Consider a stiffener as the finishing touch to ensure your crochet bag is sturdy, durable, and always looks its best.

Love Crochet? Then Get Creative with Color!

Don't let color limit you; feel free to explore the world of color!

From kettle-dyeing to ombré, the possibilities of customizing a crochet bag with unique color palettes are endless.

Once you've mastered the art of crocheting with sturdy yarn, you can use that prowess to wow friends and family with one-of-a-kind, handcrafted crochet bags!

Need Inspiration? Look No Further!

If you need a bit of inspiration to get those hooks twitching, check out this crochet bag gallery for some awesome design ideas and helpful tips.

They've got something for everyone – cheerful tote handbags, sophisticated evening crochet purses and clutches, and playful stuffed toys are all within reach.

So go ahead and find the perfect project for you! 🤩😍🧶👜

And That's It!

Though we just scratched the surface, we hope you enjoyed the do's and don'ts of stitching your own bag.

There's still a lot more to a crochet tote bag. For example:

  • Hook Size - Which hook size is best to use?
  • Is there a different size of hook per pattern?
  • Desired Length - How do I know when to stop even with a tote bag pattern?
  • What's a foundation chain?
  • Are purse handles crocheted directly to the bag?
  • How do I add hardware?
  • What is a first SC? How do I do that?
  • What if my row isn't in a straight line?
  • Do I have to sew on a fabric liner?

Don't Worry Folks!

The tutorial for each FREE purse pattern below should clear things like purse handles and loops, which hook to use, etc., up for you.

Happy Bag Making, folks! 🧡💙❤️✨🧶👜

So, Put Your Skills to the Test with a Free Pattern

Ready to unleash your inner crocheting brilliance? Try out a FREE crochet bag pattern for a super cute and functional bag.

It's the perfect project to put your newly acquired skills to the test! 🤗🧶👜

Tap here for more FREE Crochet Bag Patterns!


Need help mastering your stitching? Don't worry, we've (actually, Sarah, from SarahMaker) got you covered!

Here are a few helpful tutorials to guide you on your crochet journey:

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