Well hello there! Finally, I have a new pattern for you. It is a really easy and wonderful looking tote that you can use to carry around your projects or bring to the beach or wherever. I didn’t get a chance to take pictures as I was making this tote, but it is easy enough that I don’t think you will get lost. If you do run into trouble, let me know, and I’ll be hoppy to help you out. I hope you are doing well in these difficult times. Please, take care, and enjoy!
What you need
- 5 Patons Hempster 100g/174m (1 skein each of Red, Mango, Sunshine, Lipstick, and Spice)
- 1 set of leather handbag handles
- 3.5 mm crochet hook
Approximately 11” wide by 10” tall (without handles)
Stitches used (U.S. Terms)
- ch- chain
- sc – single crochet
- twisted sc – twisted single crochet
- dc – double crochet
- sl st – slip stitch
With Spice color, chain 61.
Row 1 sc in 2nd back bump from hook and across, turn. (60)
Row 2 ch 1, sc across. (60)
Row 3-6 repeat row 2. (60)
Do not fasten off.
You will continue to work with Spice color and will now work in the round.
Rnd 1 6 sc into edge of short side, sc across long side (60), 6 sc into short edge, sc across long side (60), sl st to first sc to join. Do not turn from here on out. (132)
Rnd 2 sc in back loop around, sl st to first sc to join. (132)
Rnd 3 ch 2, dc in same stitch, dc around, sl st to top of ch 2 to join round. (132)
Rnd 4 ch 2, dc in each dc around, sl st to top of ch 2 to join round. (132)
Rnd 5-7 repeat round 4, changing to Mango color when slip stitching to join round 7. (132)
Rnd 8-12 repeat round 4 in Mango color, changing to Sunshine color when slip stitching to join round 12. (132)
Rnd 13-17 repeat round 4 in Sunshine color, changing to Red color when slip stitching to join round 17. (132)
Rnd 18-22 repeat round 4 in Red color, changing to Lipstick color when slip stitching to join round 22. (132)
Rnd 23-27 repeat round 4 in Lipstick color, changing to Spice color when slip stitching to join round 27. (132)
Rnd 28-32 repeat round 4 in Spice color. (132)
Rnd 33 ch 1, sc in same stitch, sc around, sl st to first sc to join round. (132)
Rnd 44 ch 1, twisted sc around, sl st to first sc to join round. (132)
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Lay your bag flat and position the first handle to a central position. See pictures for a guide. Once you are happy, sew it onto the bag. Repeat on the other side with the other handle.
Alternatively, you can crochet your own handles if you don’t have any pre-made ones lying around. All About Ami has a great tutorial that I have previously used. Or you can simply crochet two identical rectangular straps and sew them onto each side of your tote.
You’re done! Enjoy!