Here’s a lovely assortment of free crochet patterns for totes and bags…many are great to take along when shopping or at the beach while others are a little more sophisticated in design. I’ll be adding to this list as I find more goodies so you might want to bookmark this page. Enjoy!
Market : Features a pretty lacy stitch and pops of color along the handles, pdf download available as well as a stitch chart.
Felted with Lace Handles : Constructed with a front and back panel, bottom/side panel is one piece. Finished size measures 10″ (width) x 6 1/2″ (height).
Granny Squares : Each side is made of nine 5-inch squares; the band joining the sides and the handle is made of a continuous strip of dc.
Vibrant : Use this to haul both groceries and crafting projects alike! This works up in a hurry, using simple sc and hdc.
Hobo : Pretty with purse handles and ribbon trim.
Bobble-licious : Quick to whip together and is ideal for a child and mainly done in bobble stitches. Features ribbon trim at top edge and a handle.
Chunky Button : Finished Size is 12-1/2 inches wide, 10-1/2 inches long.
Creole : Skill Level marked as Intermediate. Back and front are each made up of 4 equal panels + 1 st on each end. Suede wrapped rattan & wood handle.
English Fantasy Flower : Each side is made with 7 African Flower hexagons, how vibrant and fun!
Flower Burst : Lovely flowers in the middle, no need to be lined since the base stitches are tight. Skill level marked as “Easy”.
Cotton : One-size tote is worked in the round with sc stitches. Recommended for beginners.
Honeycomb Purse : Has bamboo handles and button/loop closure.
Granny Square : Directions are for assembling the squares and making the base & straps.
Here’s a shoe bag from an old issue of The Workbasket magazine. I’ve scanned it into a pdf file if you’d like to download it.
It takes approximately 210 yards (1 skein) in any desired color. Use a plastic hook, size J or any size hook which will result in gauge given.
Download File Here  (pdf)
Source: The Workbasket
If you’re looking for designs suitable for holding groceries (especially the string style), see this page  which has a bunch of projects.