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Friday, May 15, 2015

Free Crochet Pattern: Small Striped Tote Bag

(Shown in Caron One Pound Soft Grey Mix, White & Sunflower
You can find a select variety of the 30 mm buttons in my Etsy shop here: By Jenni Designs)

This easy tote is worked in hdc's with a crab stitch edging, I love the crab stitch and use it often! The crab stitch is also referred to as a reverse single crochet by some. I recommend Caron One Pound yarn for this project, this yarn is slightly stiff (but not scratchy) and works well for a bag. You may of course use any worsted weight yarn you would like. 

If you have any questions at all feel free to ask away, thanks for stopping by!
-Jenni


Skill Level: Easy

Finished Size: 10" in height x 14" wide (taken laid flat, does not include the bottom of bag)

Supplies:
Caron One Pound Yarn, worsted weight in 3 choice colors
Tapestry Needle
Scissors
Optional: 4 wooden buttons, size 30 mm 

Abbreviations (US Terms):
Ch - Chain
Sc - Single Crochet
Sl St - Slip Stitch
Sp - Space
Hdc - Half Double Crochet
C1 - Color 1
C2 - Color 2
C3 - Color 3

Note:
-Joins are made with sl st, be sure to pull your sl st joins tight so you don't end up with holes or gaps in your work.

Gauge:
4 hdc & 3 rows = 1"
Gauge is not extremely important for this pattern unless you want your tote the same size as the example. 

Bag

With C1:
Row 1: Ch 31, hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each across. Work 4 more hdc in last sp while rotating piece to the right so you can work on the opposite side of the foundation ch. Hdc in each across, working 4 hdc total in last sp. Join to first hdc. (66 hdc)
Row 2: Ch 1, 2 hdc in same, hdc in 29, 2 hdc in each of the next 4 sp, hdc in 29, 2 hdc in each of the last 3 sp. Join to first hdc. (74 hdc)
Row 3: Ch 1, 2 hdc in same, hdc in 31, 2 hdc in each of the next 6 sp, hdc in 31, 2 hdc in each of the last 5 sp. Join to first hdc. (86 hdc)
Row 4: Ch 1, 2 hdc in same, hdc in 35, 2 hdc in each of the next 8 sp, hdc in 35, 2 hdc in each of the last 7 sp. Join to first hdc. (102 hdc)
Row 5: Ch 1, hdc in same and in next 44, 2 hdc in next 2 sp, hdc in next 49, 2 hdc in next 2 sp, hdc in last 4 sp. Join to first hdc, fasten off. (106 hdc)

Your piece should measure about 12" x 3 1/2".

With C2:
Join with sl st. 
Row 6-10: Ch 1, hdc in same and in each around. Join. (106 hdc)
Fasten off. 

With C3:
Join with sl st. 
Row 11-15: Ch 1, hdc in same and in each around. Join. (106 hdc)
Fasten off. 

With C2:
Join with sl st. 
Row 16-20: Ch 1, hdc in same and in each around. Join. (106 hdc)
Fasten off. 

With C3:
Join with sl st. 
Row 21-25: Ch 1, hdc in same and in each around. Join. (106 hdc)
Fasten off. 

With C2:
Join with sl st. 
Row 26-30: Ch 1, hdc in same and in each around. Join. (106 hdc)
Fasten off. 

With C3:
Join with sl st. 
Row 31-34: Ch 1, hdc in same and in each around. Join. (106 hdc)
Row 35: Ch 1, Crab Stitch around, join, fasten off and sew in all your ends.


Straps
(make 2)

With C1:
Row 1: Ch 85, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each across. Ch 1, turn. (84 sc)
Row 2-4: Sc in same and in each across. Ch 1, turn. (84 sc)
Row 5: Crab stitch around entire strap, ch 1 at the corners. Join, fasten off and sew in ends. 

If you are adding the optional buttons, add them now and then sew your straps on to the bag. I laid the bag flat and measured from the sides about 2 1/4" for my placement.  

Now this next step is optional but I didn't like how my stitches looked on the inside of the bag from sewing on my straps so I decided to create a little patch to cover them with. If you are lining your bag with fabric this step is not necessary. Unfortunately, my sewing machine hasn't been in working condition so I am not lining my bag (I was considering hand sewing a lining, maybe later though.). 

Patch
(make 4)

With C3:
Row 1: Ch 7, hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each across. Ch 1, turn. (6 hdc)
Row 2-4: Hdc in same and in each across. Ch 1, turn. (6 hdc)
Row 5: Hdc in same and in each across. Fasten off leaving a long end to sew on to bag. Using a whip stitch sew patch on to bag, sew in ends. 



6 comments:

  1. WOW. Nice bag, This is my next project. You are gifted!

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  2. I don't even like yellow...but this is a really good looking bag. I have need for one in certain colors but think I may try yours after I finish. Very nice.

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    1. Thanks Dolly, I'm also not a yellow person but I liked this deep, darker color of yellow :)

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  3. love this bag and loving the colours. I have really been into using yellow, white and grey lately so this is definitely on my to do list. Thanks so much for sharing :)

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