For ages I have been trying to come up with a pattern for a market style tote bag pattern that is quick to work up, is a decent size but is still economical on its use of yarn. This is so I could create loads of bags easily and cheaply in different colours to suit my outfit or mood!
I chose to use stylecraft special DK. Its soft, light, durable, comes in what seems and endless variety of colours, and with only needing to use 1 100G skein of each colour it is very cheap!
I bought mine from Wool Warehouse in Aster and Cloud Blue. At only £1.85 a skein plus £2.95 postage it works out at only £6.62 per tote. If that isn’t a bargain i’m not sure what is!
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This tote is a great step up from beginner to intermediate crochet. Great size for a handy shopping bag.
What you will need
Yarn: 2 100g skeins of any DK of your choice
Pattern Short Hand
Ch = Chain. DC = Double crochet, HDC = Half double crochet SL = Slip Stitch. SC = Single Crochet. * =Repeat From
Points to remember
This pattern starts as rows and transitions to rounds.
All terms in this pattern are American.
DC in the 2nd CH from hook and in each CH across, turn.
CH1, DC in each ST across, turn.
CH1, 2DC in the first ST, DC the next 28sts, 2DC in the last ST. Turn clockwise and start work on the side, DC in the side of rows 1-4. Turning clockwise again, 2DC in the bottom loop of the starting CH1, DC into each of the next 28STS, 2DC in the last ST. Turn clockwise, DC in the side of rows 1-4. Join to the beginning DC. (70)
CH1, 2DC in the first ST, DC in the next 29STS, 2DC in the next ST, DC in the next 4STS, 2DC in the next ST, DC in the next 29STS, 2DC in the next ST, DC in the next 4STS. Join in beginning HDC.
CH1, 2DC in the first ST, DC in next 30STS, 2DC in the next ST, DC in the next 5STS, 2DC in the next ST, DC in the next 30STS, 2DC in the next ST, DC in the next 5STS. Join in beginning DC.
CH1, DC in each ST around. Join to the beginning DC. (78)
*CH4, skip the next 2STS, SC in next ST* Repeat from * to * 26 times. Join to the first CH4 space.
Round 14- 17
*CH4, SC in the next CH4 space* Repeat from * to * around. Join to the first CH4 space.
CH2, (counts as first SC) SC twice in the same CH4 space the SC 3 in each CH 4 space around. Join to the first SC
CH1, SC into each ST. Join in beginning sc. (78)
CH1, HDC into each ST. Join to first HDC (78)
Repeat rows 13
Repeat rows 14-17
Repeat row 18
Repeat round 13
Repeat round 14-17
Repeat row 18
Repeat round 19
At the end of round 33 do 5 HDC as if starting round 34. CH1 Turn and 5 HDC back along that row. Repeat for as many rows as you like for a good handle size, I suggest about 55-60 rows. SL join from stitch 39 – 44 of the bag body to join. Secure and weave ends
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