Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Chevron Tote Crochet Pattern

I created this pattern one summer for toting things to the pool. I worked hard on it to get it just the way I wanted it. I considered selling the pattern, but then this was one of my first bag patterns and I didn't take the time to professionally write it according to standards. I wasn't confident it was flawless either. I've since edited it a bit to make it a little more clear.  I love these colors and I'm a big fan of chevrons. My daughter has taken over this tote and carries around all manner of things. It's holding up well. I may make another. I hope you enjoy! Click 'read more' below to expand post and see instructions.



Chevron Tote-for Light Duty Toting  

Skill level: Intermediate to Advanced

Materials Needed:
Worsted weight yarn: 1 skein grey, 1 skein white, 1 skein yellow (or any three colors of your choosing)  *cheaper/budget friendly acrylic yarn works best for this project
Size I/9 (5.50 mm) crochet hook
1 large yellow button (or fun, coordinating button to match your colors)
large-eye blunt needle for weaving in ends and sewing button

Gauge: exact gauge does not matter

Finished size: approximately 15 inches wide x 10 inches tall (not including straps)

Stitch reference: ch=chain, st=stitch, sl st=slip stitch, sc=single crochet, hdc=half double crochet, dc=double crochet, tr=treble crochet, dc2tog=double crochet two together, dc3tog=double crochet three together 

Color A=grey, Color B=white, Color C=yellow

INSTRUCTIONS
Bottom
With color A, ch 52
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc across
Row 2: ch 1, turn, sc in ea st across
Row 3-20: repeat row 2, fasten off, weave in ends
Back and Sides
Row 1: ch 11, sc into corner of Bottom piece, and work along long edge (see fig. 1 below for reference).  Continue to sc across long edge to end, ch 15, turn.
Row 2: dc in 4th ch from hook, * hdc in next, sc in next 3, hdc in next, dc in next 2, tr in next, dc in next 2.  Repeat from * across to last 4 ch.  Hdc in next ch, sc in last 2 ch.
Row 3: ch 3, turn. Dc2tog, * dc in next 3 st, 3 dc in next, dc in next 3, dc3tog.  Repeat from * across to last 3 st.  dc in last 3 st.
Row 4: with color B, ch 3, turn, dc in next 2 st, * dc3tog, dc in next 3 st, 3 dc in next st, dc in next 3 st. Repeat from * across to last 3 st.  Dc2tog, dc in last st.
Row 5: ch 3, turn, * dc3tog, dc in next 3 st, 3 dc in next, dc in next 3.  Repeat from * across to last 5 st.  Dc2tog, dc in last 3 st.
Row 6: with color C, ch 3, turn, dc in next 2 st, *dc3tog, dc in next 3, 3dc in next, dc in next 3.  Repeat from * across to last 3 st.  Dc2tog, dc in last st.
Row 7: Repeat row 5
Row 8: With color B, repeat row 6
Row 9: Repeat row 5
Row 10: With color A, repeat row 6
Row 11: Repeat row 5
Row 12: With color B, repeat row 6
Row 13: Repeat row 5
Row 14: With color A, repeat row 6
Row 15: Repeat row 5
Row 16: With color B, ch 2, *hcd in next st, dc in next 2, tr in next, dc in next 2, hdc in next, sc in next 3. Repeat from * across to last 5 st. Hdc in next, dc in next 2, tr in next, dc in last st.
Row 17: ch 1, turn, sc in next 38 st, ch 15, sc in 39th st, sc across.  This makes a small button-loop in the center of the row.
Row 18: ch 1, turn, sc in next 28 st, ch 40, sc in 28th st from opposite end, sc in remaining st across.  This will be the foundation for your handle.
Row 19: ch 1, turn, sc across and over top of handle, sl st at base of handle, ch 1, turn, sc back across top of handle to other side, sl st at base, ch 1, turn, sc back across top of handle to other side, continue to sc across to end of row.
Row 20: ch 1, turn, sc across to end.  Fasten off, weave in ends.
Front and Sides
Repeat instructions for front and sides 1, EXCEPT for row 17.  Instead, work  row 17 as follows:
Row 17: Ch 1, turn, sc across
Finishing
With right sides facing, sew Side seams together, then sew each Side to Bottom piece.  Turn right side out.  Sew button on Front, opposite of button-loop.  Tote things around!


 
*Fig. 1

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