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Crochet Beach Tote Bag Pattern

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Crochet Tote Bag Pattern

Crochet Beach Tote Bag Pattern

Crochet Beach Tote Bag Pattern – With the incredible weather we’ve been having on the West Coast, we’re spending many of our days at the lake. Some days it feels like all I do is lug all my gear to and from the beach (I know, really tough problem to have). Hanging out at the beach also means I usually have some free time while I’m watching my daughter swim and make sand castles. I decided it was time to come up with a new fun but useful project – the crochet beach tote. I popped into town, picked up some yummy looking cotton yarn and got to work creating my bag. I didn’t use a pattern for this but just sort of made it up as I went along. This was my first crochet bag project and in the end I was thrilled with how it turned out. What do you think?  This crochet tote is not only great for the beach, but perfect to grab before you head out to the farmer’s market or grocery store. My daughter loved this bag and now wants one for herself… expect to see a modified kids version in an upcoming post.

These bags are really quick and easy to make and also make a great little gift. The tote pattern may look complicated upon first glance but you’ll soon see that you’re just repeating the same steps only with different colored yarn. It’s done with the double crochet stitch but mostly the half double crochet stitch, a favorite of mine since it seems to work up so quickly. It took me two days to complete the beach bag and I would say I crochet at a slow to medium pace. The finished size of the tote was 15″ wide by 15″ high.

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Free Crochet Beach Tote Bag Pattern

Materials:

  • Cotton Yarn –  6 balls of cotton medium weight yarn – I used Bernat Handicrafter (color 1 x 2 balls, color 2 x 2 balls, color 3 x 1 ball, color 4 x 1 ball)
  • Crochet Hook – US K/6.5 mm
  • Stitch market
  • Scissors
  • Yarn or tapestry needle

Directions:

Pattern written in U.S. terminology

ch = chain, sc = single crochet, dc = double crochet, hdc = half double crochet

BAG BOTTOM:

  1. Using color 1, chain 48 stitches.
  2. Hdc into 2nd chain from hook, then hdc into every stitch until the end, ch 2, turn. Carry on this way for 6 rows in total.
  3. Without turning, sc back into same space as last stitch worked. Starting with the closest side of the base, sc into each row space, 2 sc into last space.
  4. Turn to next side and sc into each stitch, 2 sc into last stitch on that side, carrying on in that fashion until the entire outside of the base is complete, making sure to do 2 sc in each corner.

BAG BODY (working in rounds):

  • Rounds 1 – 3: ch 2 and then hdc in each stitch, join with slip stitch.
  • Round 4: Change to color 2 yarn, ch 2 then hdc in each stitch, join with slip stitch.
  • Rounds 5 – 7: ch 4, *skip a stitch and then dc into the next stitch and ch 1*, repeat until the end of the round, join with slip stitch.
  • Round 8: ch 2, 2 hdc into each stitch space, continue until last stitch space, 1 hdc, join with slip stitch.
  • Round 9: Change to color 3 yarn, hdc in each stitch, join with slip stitch.
  • Round 10: ch 4, *skip a stitch and then dc into the next stitch and ch 1*, repeat until the end of the round, join with slip stitch.
  • Round 11: ch 2, 2 hdc into each stitch space, continue until last stitch space, 1 hdc, join with slip stitch.
  • Round 12: Change to color 2 yarn, ch 2 and then hdc in each stitch, join with slip stitch.
  • Rounds 13 -15: ch 4, *skip a stitch and then dc into the next stitch and ch 1*, repeat until the end of the round, join with slip stitch.
  • Round 16: ch 2, 2 hdc into each stitch space, continue until last stitch space, 1 hdc, join with slip stitch.
  • Round 17: Change to color 4 yarn, ch 2 then hdc in each stitch, join with slip stitch.
  • Round 18: ch 4, *skip a stitch and then dc into the next stitch and ch 1*, repeat until the end of the round, join with slip stitch.
  • Round 19: ch 2, 2 hdc into each stitch space, continue until last stitch space, 1 hdc, join with slip stitch.
  • Round 20: Change to color 2 yarn, ch 2 and then hdc in each stitch, join with slip stitch.
  • Rounds 21 – 23: ch 4, *skip a stitch and then dc into the next stitch and ch 1*, repeat until the end of the round, join with slip stitch.
  • Rounds 24: ch 2, 2 hdc into each stitch space, continue until last stitch space, 1 hdc, join with slip stitch.
  • Rounds 25 – 30: ch 2 and then hdc in each stitch, join with slip stitch. Fasten off and weave in the ends.

BAG STRAP:

  1. Lay bag flat on a flat surface. Using your finger, find the stitch at the top of the bag that’s on the furthest right side/corner when laid flat. Mark the stitch with a stitch marker. Do the same on the left side/corner.
  2. Count over 3 stitches from the stitch marker to the right, pull through end of yarn with crochet hook and make a knot with about a 3 inch tail.
  3. *ch 2 and then hdc in the next 5 stitches, chain 2, turn.* Repeat and continue in this manner until your strap is as long as you’d like (mine strap was about 27″ long). Make longer if you’d like to make the tote more like a messenger bag.
  4. Attach to the other side, matching the middle of the strap with the stitch marker. Fasten off and weave in the ends.
 

I always love crocheting something practical and usable like this beach bag. If you’re interested in crocheting more bags, check out this fun book: Simply Stunning Crocheted Bags

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Crochet Beach Tote Pattern

Free Crochet Beach Tote Bag Pattern

 

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Easy-Peasy Crochet Beanie

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Easy-peasy crochet beanie.

Easy-peasy crochet beanie.

Easy-Peasy Crochet Beanie – In an earlier post I talked about the bucket list of things I wanted to learn.  The first thing on the list was to learn how to knit.  This past summer I took the plunge and started knitting with an easy cowl.  It turned out beautifully (with a big thanks to my mother-in-law Lynda for her guidance and patience in getting me going). I ended up making a number of the cowls, some hats and leg warmers for Noelle.  I really enjoyed knitting but one fateful day when we were out camping at the beach, my camping neighbour offered to teach me to crochet – game over for the knitting!   Wow, I liked crocheting SO MUCH MORE than knitting.  It’s faster, requires a little less attention than knitting and it’s a lot easier to fix any mistakes you make along the way. I also find that crocheting is soothing and can put you in a zen-like state once you get going.

So I wanted to show you the very first crochet project (the hat in the photo is the actual hat I made) – the easy-peasy crochet beanie.  It’s so easy anyone can do it. After I made the hat, I wrote down all the instructions that my camping neighbour gave me. Here’s the pattern (hopefully you can make this out, it’s written pretty loosie goosie as this is just the way it made sense to me):

Materials:

  • A bulky yarn. I used Bernat Roving in cream that I purchased at Michael’s. If you’d like to embellish the hat with a design then you’ll also need a second colour.
  • One 5.5 – 6mm crochet hook.
  • Yarn or tapestry needle
  • Button if you choose to add a flower

Pattern:

  1. Chain 5 and then join together into a ring with a slip stitch (keep all your stitches loose).
  2. 12 double crochets into the ring.
  3. Chain 3 and then 1 double crochet into the same stitch as the chain 3 from the previous row. Now double crochet in each stitch around and then slip stitch to join.
  4. Chain 3, 2 double crochet in the next stitch then 1 double crochet and the repeat this pattern for the entire row. Slip stitch to join.
  5. Chain 3, 2 double crochet in the next stitch then 1 double crochet in the next TWO stitches and keep in this pattern for the entire row. Slip stitch to join. (If you’re wanting to make a childs hat skip to step 7)
  6. Chain 3, 2 double crochet in the next stitch then 1 double crochet in the next THREE stitches and keep in this pattern for the entire row. Slip stitch to join.
  7. Chain 3, double crochet in each stitch and join with a slip stitch.  Continue this for each row until the hat is as long as you want it.
  8. Final row, chain 1 and then single crochet in each stitch and slip stitch to join (keep this last row loose or else it will make the hat too tight at the bottom).
  9. Fasten off and weave the ends into the hat using your yarn/tapestry needle.

When I was done, I added in the second yarn colour to create the swirl design.  I found an easy flower pattern online and fastened it onto the hat with the button which I just love.

If you’re looking for more fun crochet projects check out this great book: Crochet One-Skein Wonders®: 101 Projects from Crocheters around the World

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