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    Adorable Tote Bag

    A few months back, when I first took on crocheting as a pastime, I wanted to make myself a tote bag. I ‘d searched high and low for patterns that were not only easy, but that would fit what I was looking for in a tote bag. When I didn’t find any specific pattern that would exactly fit, I decided to try to adjust and merge a few patterns I came across that I liked to make it what I was looking for. After a lot of trial and error, here is the final result which I’m exceptionally pleased with.

    Difficulty: Easy Peasy Lemon Squeazy 

    Yarn: Approx. 400 yards of Bernat Softee Chunky #6 Super Bulky 

    Used aprox 200 yards of COLOR A (“grey”) and aprox 200 yards of COLOR B (“white”).

    Hook size: 8.0mm (L)

    You’ll also need: Yarn needle & stitch marker

    Terms and Abbreviations:

    MC (magic circle)
    ST/STS (stitch/stitches)

    SL ST (slip stitch)

    SK (skip)

    CH (chain)

    SC (single crochet)

    DC (double crochet)

    SC+DC (put a SC and a DC in the same stitch)

    Notes: This bag, including its handles, is worked in a continuous, seamless round. Do not join or turn unless specifically instructed. Use a stitch marker to mark the beginning of your rounds. 

    INSTRUCTIONS

    To Begin: COLOUR A, make a magic circle; CH1 (does not count as a stitch).

    Round 1: In magic circle: 1SC, 1HDC, 10DC. (12)

    Round 2: 2DC in each ST around. (24)

    Round 3: (2DC in next ST, DC in next ST) around. (36)

    Round 4: (2DC in next ST, DC in each of the next 2 STS) around. (48)

    Round 5: (2DC in next ST, DC in each of the next 3 STS) around. (60)

    Round 6: (2DC in next ST, DC in each of the next 4 STS) around. (72)

    Switch to COLOUR B ; Fasten off COLOUR A

    Rounds 7-19: (SC+DC in next ST, SK next ST) around. (72)

    Round 20: (SC+DC in next ST, SK next ST) 35 times; 2 STS remain. 2SC in next ST; SK final ST. (72)

    Round 21: SC in each ST around. (72)

    Switch to COLOUR A ; fasten off COLOUR B.

    Rounds 21-26: SC in each ST around. (72)

    Round 27 (creating the handles): CH70. SK 20 STS; SC in each of the next 16 STS. CH70. SK 20 STS; SC in each of the next 16 STS. (32SC + 180CH) 

    Switch to COLOUR B ; Fasten off COLOUR A

    Round 28: SC in each of the 70 chains. SC in each of the next 16 STS along the top. SC in each of the next 70 chains. SC in each of the next 16 STS along the top. (172)

    To finish: SL ST to the first SC of the final round. Fasten off and weave in ends.

    Edging the Handles

    (COLOUR B) We’re going to add a SC edging inside the handles to give the handles just a little bit more strength. With the bag as is (right side out) reattach yarn in the bottom left corner of one of the handles and CH1. SC in same ST, and continue to SC in each chain stitch going up and around the inside of the handle. Join with a SL ST to the first SC. Fasten off yarn, then repeat the process on the other handle. Fasten off and weave in ends.