Instructions

GAUGE: Working in sc, 6 sts and 6 rows = 1 inch. Slight variation in gauge will change the finished size of the tote bag a bit.

DIRECTIONS: With yellow, ch 6, join with a sl st in first ch made to form a ring.

  1. Round 1: Ch 4 (counts as 1 dc and 1 ch-1 sp here and throughout), [dc in ring, ch 1] nine times, join with a sl st in third ch of beginning ch-4: 10 dcs and 10 ch-1 sps. Mark fourth ch (ch-1 sp) of beginning ch-4 with stitch marker. Move stitch marker to ch-1 sp at the start of each round.
  2. Round 2: Sl st in first ch-1 sp, ch 4, dc in same ch-1 sp, * ch 1, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 sp; repeat from * around, ch 1, join with a sl st in third ch of beginning ch-4: 20 dcs.
  3. Round 3: Sl st in first ch-1 sp, ch 4, * (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; repeat from * around to last ch-1 sp, (dc, ch 1, dc) in last ch-1 sp, ch 1, join with a sl st in third ch of beginning ch-4: 30 dcs.
  4. Round 4: Sl st in first ch-1 sp, ch 4, dc in same ch-1 sp, * ch 1, [dc in next
  5. ch-1 sp, ch 1] twice, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 sp; repeat from * around to last two ch-1 sps, ch 1, [dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1] twice, join with a sl st in third ch of beginning ch-4: 40 dcs.
  6. Round 5: Sl st in first ch-1 sp, ch 4, dc in same ch-1 sp, * ch 1, [dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1] three times, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 sp; repeat from * around to last three ch-1 sps, ch 1, [dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1] three times, join with a sl st in third ch of beginning ch-4: 50 dcs.
  7. Round 6: Sl st in first ch-1 sp, ch 4, * dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; repeat from * around, join with a sl st in third ch of beginning ch-4: 50 dcs.
  8. Round 7: Sl st in first ch-1 sp, ch 4, dc in same ch-1 sp, * ch 1, [dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1] four times, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 sp; repeat from * around to last four ch-1 sps, ch 1, [dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1] four times, join with a sl st in third ch of beginning ch-4: 60 dcs.
  9. Round 8: Sl st in first ch-1 sp, ch 4, dc in same ch-1 sp, * ch 1, [dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1] five times, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 sp; repeat from * around to last five ch-1 sps, ch 1, [dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1] five times, join with a sl st in third ch of beginning ch-4: 70 dcs.
  10. Round 9: Sl st in first ch-1 sp, ch 4, dc in same ch-1 sp, * ch 1, [dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1] six times, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 sp; repeat from * around to last six ch-1 sps, ch 1, [dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1] six times, join with a sl st in third ch of beginning ch-4: 80 dcs.
  11. Round 10: Sl st in first ch-1 sp, ch 4, * dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; repeat from * around, join with a sl st in third ch of beginning ch-4: 80 dcs.
  12. Round 11: Sl st in first ch-1 sp, ch 4, dc in same ch-1 sp, * ch 1, [dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1] seven times, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 sp; repeat from * around to last seven ch-1 sps, ch 1, [dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1] seven times, join with a sl st in third ch of beginning ch-4: 90 dcs.
  13. Round 12: Sl st in first ch-1 sp, ch 4, * dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; repeat from * around, join with a sl st in third ch of beginning ch-4: 90 dcs.
  14. Round 13: Sl st in first ch-1 sp, ch 4, dc in same ch-1 sp, * ch 1, [dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1] eight times, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 sp; repeat from * around to last eight ch-1 sps, ch 1, [dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1] eight times, join with a sl st in third ch of beginning ch-4: 100 dcs.
  15. Rounds 14-21: Sl st in first ch-1 sp, ch 4, * dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; repeat from * around, join with a sl st in third ch of beginning ch-4: 100 dcs. Fasten off yellow.
  16. Round 22: With a brown slip knot on hk, ch 4 in next ch-1 sp, * dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; repeat from * around, join with a sl st in third ch of beginning ch-4: 100 dcs.
  17. Round 23: Sl st in first ch-1 sp, ch 4, * dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; repeat from * around, join with a sl st in third ch of beginning ch-4: 100 dcs. Fasten off.
  18. Round 24: With a yellow slip knot on hk, ch 4 in next ch-1 sp, * dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; repeat from * around, join with a sl st in third ch of beginning ch-4: 100 dcs. Fasten off yellow.
  19. Round 25: With a green slip knot on hk, ch 4 in next ch-1 sp, * dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; repeat from * around, join with a sl st in third ch of beginning ch-4: 100 dcs.
  20. Round 26: Repeat Round 23. Fasten off green.
  21. Round 27: With a white slip knot on hk, ch 4 in next ch-1 sp, * dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; repeat from * around, join with a sl st in third ch of beginning ch-4: 100 dcs. Fasten off white.
  22. Round 28: With a green slip knot on hk, ch 4 in next ch-1 sp, * dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; repeat from * around, join with a sl st in third ch of beginning ch-4: 100 dcs.
  23. Round 29: Repeat Round 23. Fasten off green.
  24. Round 30: With a yellow slip knot on hk, ch 4 in next ch-1 sp, * dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; repeat from * around, join with a sl st in third ch of beginning ch-4: 100 dcs. Fasten off yellow.
  25. Round 31: With a brown slip knot on hk, ch 4 in next ch-1 sp, * dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; repeat from * around, join with a sl st in third ch of beginning ch-4: 100 dcs.
  26. Round 32: Repeat Round 23. Fasten off brown.
  27. Round 33: With a yellow slip knot on hk, ch 4 in next ch-1 sp, * dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; repeat from * around, join with a sl st in third ch of beginning ch-4: 100 dcs.
  28. Rounds 34-35: Repeat Round 23. Fasten off yellow at end of Round 35.
  29. Round 36: With a brown slip knot on hk, ch 4 in next ch-1 sp, * dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; repeat from * around, join with a sl st in third ch of beginning ch-4: 100 dcs. Fasten off brown.
  30. Round 37: With a white slip knot on hk, ch 4 in next ch-1 sp,* dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; repeat from * around, join with a sl st in third ch of beginning ch-4: 100 dcs. Fasten off white.
  31. Round 38: With a green slip knot on hk, ch 4 in next ch-1 sp, * dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; repeat from * around, join with a sl st in third ch of beginning ch-4: 100 dcs. Fasten off green.
  32. Round 39: With a yellow slip knot on hk, ch 4 in next ch-1 sp, * dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; repeat from * around, join with a sl st in third ch of beginning ch-4: 100 dcs.
  33. Rounds 40-42: Repeat Round 23. Fasten off yellow at end of Round 42.
  34. Round 43: With a brown slip knot on hk, ch 4 in next ch-1 sp, * dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; repeat from * around, join with a sl st in third ch of beginning ch-4: 100 dcs.
  35. Round 44: Repeat Round 23. Fasten off brown.
  36. Round 45: With a yellow slip knot on hk, ch 4 in next ch-1 sp, * dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; repeat from * around, join with a sl st in third ch of beginning ch-4: 100 dcs.
  37. Round 46: Repeat Round 23. Do not fasten off.
  38. Round 47: Ch 1, sc in first ch-1 sp, place marker, * sc next dc, sc in next ch-1 sp; repeat from * around, join with a sl st in first sc: 200 scs. Move stitch marker to first sc of each round.
  39. Rounds 48-51: Ch 1, sc in each sc around, join with a sl st in first sc: 200 scs.
  40. Round 52: Sl st in each sc around. Fasten off.

STRAPS (Make two):

  1. Row 1: Leaving a 12-in. tail of crochet thread, ch 136 (or desired length of strap), sc in second ch from hk and in each remaining ch across: 135 scs.
  2. Rows 2-5: Ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across: 135 scs.
  3. Row 6: Ch 1, turn, sl st in each sc across. Fasten off, leaving a 12-in. tail of crochet thread.

FINISHING: Using yarn or tapestry needle and tail of crochet thread, sew ends of each strap to opposite sides of top of tote where desired, being careful not to twist straps. Use tapestry or yarn needle to weave in all loose ends.

Fill with summery necessities and enjoy!

FINISHED SIZE: Tote bag measures about 16 inches long x 17 inches across without straps.

ABBREVIATIONS

  • ch(s) chain(s)
  • dc(s) double crochet(s)
  • hk hook
  • sc(s) single crochet(s)
  • sl st slip stitch
  • sp(s) space(s)
  • st(s) stitch(es)
  • *  [ ] Instructions following asterisk or between brackets are worked number of times given.
  • ( ) Instructions between parentheses are all worked in space or stitch indicated.

Summer Crocheted Tote from Rose Pirrone of Bayside, New York