Beach Day Tote Bag is made with simple stitches, color striping, and an easy pattern repeat with lots of interest and texture. Top it off with a pretty handle, along with some fringe and beads, for that modern look. This bag is part of the #CelebrateMomCAL and is sponsored by Premier Yarns and is a big event happening from March 31st through May 12th. There will be six free crochet patterns that were designed to go together. Hope you will join us. Here we go…
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Beach Day Tote Bag
For best results, please read through the entire pattern before starting.
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Skill Level: Intermediate
Measurements: 11 ½ inches tall by 15 inches wide.
Yarn: Premier Home Cotton Solids and Multis – Small
Hook: J (6.0 mm) and L (8.0 mm)
Optional: (4) Large Beads – Darice, Craft Designer Big Value – Wood Beads, Large Nat/Tan/Brown. (when selecting beads, make sure the hole is large enough to string 5 strands of yarn through).
Gauge: 10 rows and 6 hdc v-sts = 4 inches
I crochet on the loose side, so you may need to go up on the hook sizes if you crochet tightly. Gauge is not critical to the bag.
Abbreviations: In US Terminology
ch – chain
hdc – half double crochet
dc – double crochet
sc – single crochet
sl st – slip stitch
sp(s) – space(s)
st(s) – stitch(es)
Special Stitches & Placement:
Hdc V-St – half double crochet v-stitch
2 hdc in same space, worked in-between the 2 hdc sts (hdc v-st) from previous row.
Dc V-St – double crochet v-stitch
2 dc in same space, worked in-between the 2 dc sts (dc v-st) from previous row.
FPdc – front post double crochet:
Yo, insert hook front to back to front, yo, pull up loop, yo, pull through 2 loops on hook, yo, pull through 2 loops on hook.
Sc2tog – single crochet two stitches together
Insert hook in stitch, yo, pull up loop, (2 loops on hook), insert hook in next st, yo, pull up loop (3 loops on hook), yo, pull through all loops on hook.
1. Tote is worked from the bottom up.
2. Ch 2 and Ch 3 counts as a stitch throughout.
3. Stitch counts are in ( ) at the ends of the Rows or Rounds.
4. Rows and Rounds in Red text are repeat rows.
Rounds 1-13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23-34, 36-38 White
Rounds 14, 35 Ocean Splash
Round 16 Tangerine Splash
Round 18 Flamingo Splash
Round 20 Honeydew Splash
Round 22 Violet Splash
End off each Splash color after one round. Carry the white color up to the next Round.
Pattern Starts Here
Ch 41 using “J” hook and white yarn
Row 1: Starting in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in each ch across. (40 sc).
Row 2: Ch 1, turn, 1 sc in each st across. (40 sc).
Rows 3 -9: Repeat Row 2.
Round 10: (Working around entire rectangle). Ch 1, turn, *1 sc in each st across to corner, 2 sc in corner*, repeat *-* around to beginning ch 1, sl st to top of ch 1. (100 sc).
Round 11: Ch 1, 1 sc in each stitch around, working in back loop, sl st to beginning ch 1. (100 sc in back loops).
Round 12: Repeat Row 11 (except work through both loops). (100 sc)
Body: *See color sequence above
Round 13: Ch 2, 1 hdc in same sp (counts as hdc v-st), *skip 1 st, 2 hdc in next st*, repeat *-* around, sl st to top of beginning ch 2. (50 hdc v-sts).
Round 14: Ch 2, 1 hdc in same sp (counts as hdc v-st), *2 hdc in the center of 2 hdc from previous row*, repeat *-* around, sl st to top of beginning ch 2. (50 hdc v-sts).
Rounds 15-25: Repeat Row 14 (Use the color white unless otherwise noted, see color sequence above *).
Note: Rounds 26-33 is a NEW pattern repeat, please read carefully.
Round 26: Ch 3, 1 dc in same sp (counts as dc v-st), *1 dc in center of 2 hdc from previous round, 2 dc in center of next 2 hdc from previous round*, repeat *-* to last 2 hdc, then work 1 dc in center, sl st to top of beginning ch 3. (25 dc v-sts, 25 dc).
Round 27: Ch 3, 1 dc in same sp (counts as dc v-st), *1 fpdc around dc from previous row, 2 dc in center of next 2 dc from previous round, 1 fpdc around dc from previous row*, repeat *-* around, ending with sl st in-between first 2 dc. (25 dc vts, 25 dc).
Rounds 28-33: Repeat Round 27.
Round 34: Ch 2, 1 hdc in same sp (counts as hdc v-sts); 2 hdc in next st, *2 hdc in center of next 2 dc from previous round, 2 hdc in next st*, repeat *-* around, ending with sl st to top of ch 2. (50 hdc v-sts).
Round 35-36: Repeat Round 14 (use the color white unless otherwise noted, see color sequence above *).
Round 37: Ch 1, 1 sc in each st around, sl st to beginning ch 1. (100 sc).
Round 38: Ch 1, *1 sc in next 8 sc, sc2tog in next 2 sts*, repeat *-* around, ending with sl st to beginning ch 1. (90 sc).
Round 39: very loosely – 1 sl st through next st, *skip 1 st, 1 sl st in next st*, repeat *-* around, ending with st to beginning sl st. End off yarn, weave in ends.
See tutorial for handles HERE which includes picture tutorial and written instructions.
Using “L” hook.
1. Handle Placement: Using 4 stitch markers (or 4 small pieces of yarn), attach to the stitches on the bag where you want your handles.The handles are attached through Round 36 (row above the Ocean color).
2. Yarn: (using a tape measure) Measure (2) – 5 yards lengths of each color yarn – 10 strands in total. Gather all 10 strands together and pull through Round 36 from the inside of the bag to the front at stitch marker. Leave a long 15″ tail on the front of the bag for bead, fringe and knots.
3. Make a slip knot with the tail on front of bag.
4. Using your L hook: Insert hook through slip knot. Ch 32 or until handle measures 24 inches.
5. To finish, sl st to the same side of the bag at Round 36 where you placed your other stitch marker. Pull your working yarn through the stitch, to the front of the bag. (Note: do not twist handle before securing).
6. Make a knot to secure it on the front of the bag.
Note: If you’re not using beads, end at this point. Repeat for other handle. Cut fringe evenly, approximately 4 1/2″ long. To add a bead continue to #7. Using “J” hook.
7. Separate the yarn into two groups, 5 strands each. Insert hook into bead, and pull 5 strands through the bead. Set bead aside.
8. Using hook, from inside the bag, pull the other 5 strands to the inside of the bag at Round 36. Insert hook now from the front of the bag at Round 35, and pull the strands from the inside to the front of the bag.
9. Gather all (10) strands together, make a knot underneath bead to secure it. Repeat for each handle. Cut ends evenly for fringe around the bag, approximately 4 1/2″ long.
End of Pattern.
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