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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.

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 in 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.

Download the free Crochet Beach Tote Bag Pattern here.

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 Thick Crochet Wash & Dishcloths

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Easy crochet dishcloth pattern

Easy crochet dishcloth pattern

Easy Thick Crochet Wash & Dishcloths – It’s almost the end of the school year and I’ve been thinking about what sort of thank you gifts to give my daughter’s teachers and instructors (school, piano, dance, baseball, etc.).

I’m all about homemade gifts when at all possible so I started thinking about everything I’ve been learning or working on lately. For the past 2 months I’ve been taking pottery classes, learning how to use the potters wheel. I’ve also started making handmade soap on a regular basis which we now use every day in our household (check out my post on how to make Natural Calendula Soap here). Eventually I settled on the idea of creating teacher’s gifts that combine all my projects. I’m giving them each a beautiful handmade soap dish with my own soap and thick durable crochet washcloths. This crochet dishcloth pattern is about as easy as it gets – a perfect pattern for beginners. You only need to know 2 stitches, the chain stitch and the single crochet stitch. I’ve been really excited about these gifts because they are all things I’ve put my heart into and that hopefully reflect my gratitude to all the people who help teach and shape my daughter.

Download the Easy Thick Crochet Wash & Dishcloths Pattern below.

Easy Thick Crochet Wash & Dishcloths Pattern

Materials:

  • Cotton Yarn – I use Bernat Handicrafter (2 balls at a time)
  • Crochet Hook – US L/8 mm.
  • Scissors
  • Yarn or tapestry needle

Directions:

Ch = chain, sc = single crochet (U.S.)

  1. Hold both ends of yarn together (you will be crocheting with them as is they are one the entire time), make a slip stitch and chain 20 stitches together, keeping tension even through the chain (feel free to make the cloth bigger or smaller just by increasing or decreasing the number of chains in your foundation chain).
  2. Not turning your work, count back 2 stitches from the hook and sc in the chain  and continue to do 1sc in each stitch along foundation chain until the end.
  3. Once you reach the end, chain 1 and then turn.
  4. Do 1sc in every stitch until you reach the end.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you’ve made a square (you can tell if you’ve made a square by folding the cloth in half diagonally.
  6. Fasten off and weave in the ends.

Download the Easy Thick Crochet Wash & Dishcloths Pattern here.

If you enjoy crocheting dishcloths as much as I do, here’s a book that will keep your crochet addiction fed for a long time: A Year of Dishcloths

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easy to make crochet dishcloth

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Easy 3 Strand Crochet Headband

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Easy 3 Strand Crochet Hair Band Pattern

Easy 3 Strand Crochet Headband Pattern

Easy 3 Strand Crochet Headband – Over the Christmas holidays my daughter Noelle was generously showered with lovely gifts, including some great new outfits. What does a girl with new outfits need… chic accessories of course. I created this three strand headband pattern and I’m quite please with how easy it was and how well it turned out. This fun crochet headband can be made in under 15 minutes and uses very little yarn.

3 Strand Crochet Headband Pattern

Materials:

  • 3 colors of yarn (or you could do all the same color if you’d like) – I used a mix of yarns: Redheart Soft in white, Caron Simply Soft in light and dark purple.
  • Crochet Hook – US I9/5.5 mm.
  • Scissors

Directions:

Ch = chain, sl st = slip stitch (U.S.)

  1. Measure the head of the person you are making the headband for.
  2. Leaving at least a 6″ tail of yarn, using the chain stitch, make a chain 3″ less than your desired length. Keep your tension consistent along the entire chain – medium to firm tension.
  3. Now add in your new color, making sure to leave at least a 6″ tail of yarn (if you aren’t sure how to add in a new yarn color into your stitches please watch this great video tutorial here – the video shows how to change colors using a single crochet stitch but the concept is the exactly the same for the chain stitch). Once you change to your new color, cut off you end of yarn from the first chain you made so that there is at least a 6″ tail.
  4. Chain the new colour until it’s the same length as the first ( to check, grab the end where the 2 colors were joined, hold the cut ends and fold the second color over so that the 2 chains are now side by side).
  5. When the 2 chains are the same length, connect them by making a slip stitch into the last stitch of the first chain.
  6. Add in the third chain color by following steps 3 – 5.
  7. Trim the final color yarn end so that there is at least a 6″ tail.
  8. Take the 3 loose cut ends and braid them together and then tie off with a knot on the end. Repeat again on the other end.

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Easy Reversible Crochet Boot Cuffs

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Pattern for reversible crochet boot cuffs

Pattern for reversible crochet boot cuffs

Easy Reversible Crochet Boot Cuffs – One of my very favourite things about this time of year is being able to break out my boots.  Over the last season or two boot cuffs or boot toppers have really become popular and rightfully so, they really help showcase your beautiful boots. I’ve been wanting to purchase some boot cuffs for a while now but haven’t found anything fabulous so I decided just to make my own instead.  I created this design without any pattern (I’m thrilled they actually turned out). There may be better ways to make the boot cuff but this is what I came up with and actually I love them. *A special thanks to my husband for being so patient while I directed the photo shoot and he took the shots. You’re a good man!

Download Reversible Boot Cuff Pattern

Reversible Boot Cuff Pattern

Materials:

  • A soft medium weight yarn. I used Red Heart Soft in Light Grey Heather.
  • Crochet Hook – US J10/6 mm.
  • Yarn or tapestry needle
  • Scissors

Basic Boot Cuff Directions:

Ch = chain, sl st = slip stitch, sc = single crochet, dc = double crochet, tr = treble crochet (U.S.)

  1. Part 1: Ribbed side of the boot cuff. Ch 13 and then ch 2 in the last stitch from the hook.  Dc in every other stitch in the row until you’re at the end of the row. Turn and ch 2 and then sc in each stitch until you’re at the end of the row.  Turn and carry on alternating a row of dc followed by a row of sc.  Keep going until you’ve reached your desired width.  Keep wrapping the piece around your leg in the knee/calf area to see what is the best size.  The cuff should be snug enough so that it doesn’t fall down your leg but not too tight that it’s difficult to get over your pants. For reference mine was 13 inches wide (I have pretty thick calves).  If these are for someone else, you’ll have to measure their legs before you start making the cuffs.
  2. Part 2: Textured side of the boot cuff. Ch 16 and then ch 2 in the last stitch from the hook. Tr in the next stitch, sc in the next stitch and alternate these 2 stitches for the rest of the row.  Turn and ch 2 and then going into the last sc from the previous row, tr and then sc in the next stitch and keep alternating between these 2 stitches for the rest of the row. Hint: your tr should always be going into a sc stitch from the previous row and your sc should always be going into a tr from the previous row.  Keep up this pattern until this piece is as long as the ribbed part of the cuff. Fasten off and weave in ends.
  3. Now using your yarn or tapestry needle, cut a long piece of yarn and carefully sew together the two parts of the cuff along the longest sides (see photo below). When the long side is complete, sew together the two short sides.  Weave in any loose ends.
  4. Follow the instructions above and create another boot cuff for the other leg.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this free pattern. If you’d like to get your hands on more crochet patterns check out this great book: Crocheted Scarves and Cowls: 35 colorful and contemporary crochet patterns

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Easy pattern to make your own crochet your own boot toppers.

Easy pattern to crochet your own boot toppers.

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