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Creating with Crochet | Tote Bag

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Last month I shared with you the crochet beanie hat I crafted.  I mentioned I was going to start another project adapting a tote bag pattern I had found for free on the Simply Crochet website.  I thought if I put it in writing then it wouldn’t be so easy to back out … and it worked!

As well as the tote bag I’m talking about today, I also made a heart garland (which looks fabulous above my fire).  You can see how it looks on My Sunday Photo post.

The pattern I adapted for my tote was from the Granny square beach bag.  It was added to the website in 2014 and I couldn’t find the chunky yarn although I still bought Rico Fashion Cotton (just without the chunky!) and downsized the hook.

(picture on the left from Simply Crochet)

The Rico yarn I used in this project was 3 x 50g balls of:

Melon (4)

Medium Grey (7)

White (1)

I bought the yarn online from Loveknitting and received excellent service.  I received my order the next day in a gorgeous organza bag.

The Granny squares are really quick and easy to crochet up.  With only 3 rounds, you don’t have time to get bored.  I still kept it to 8 squares for the tote.

I may have mentioned before that I detest sowing and once again, I chose a project with minimal stitching.  The seams are joined together with slip stitches.  I liked the patchwork effect the original pattern achieved by joining wrong sides facing each other (so the seam is on the outside).  I used the yarn I had left over from the beanie hat to join the seams because it was chunkier and I wanted it to stand out that much more.

I had almost finished all the seams in the next photo.

 

I decided I was going to chain all three colours together to make the strap but it took me a couple of attempts to work out how to join them to the bag.

In the end I joined the yarns onto the length leftover from the seam one side and continued to chain until the length I wanted before joining with the leftover yarn on the other side.

I plaited the three yarns each end and sewed it into the side seam.

I was really pleased with how it turned out!

 

You can check out my crochet projects on Parkview Creative.

 

Happy Crafting!

Family comes first! I'm married with two son's in their 20's and have a little more time now to follow my passions. I love my role as an Inclusion Lead in KS2 and I'm passionate about early help. I'm a member of Bournemouth's Early Help Operational Board working alongside others to instigate change and growth. I'm also passionate about my love of reading, being out in nature and creating with crochet. I've been blogging for eight years at Jera's Jamboree.

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