Small Tote Bag- FREE PATTERN

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Small Tote Bag

© Amanda Bryant 2019

Materials Used:

Mainstays Basic Yarn- Colors MC-“Aran” (about a 1/2 skein) and CC- “Green” (about a 1/3 skein)

6.5 mm hook

Yarn needle (for weaving in ends)

Note: if you would like to line your bag, but you don’t know how, THIS easy photo tutorial on how to line a round basket is what I followed to do mine. There are a lot of other tutorials, both photo and video, around the internet if you do a search for them.

Finished Measurements:

approximately 22” circumference and 9” tall (without the handles), and the base of the bag has a diameter of about 7”

Abbreviations Used (American Terminology):

MC- main color

CC- contrasting color

Dc- double crochet

Sc- single crochet

Blo- back loop only

St- stitch

Sk- skip

Beg- beginning

X-st- cross-stitch (sk the next dc, dc in the next dc, dc in the sk dc)

RS- right side (of work)

Instructions:

With MC, make a magic ring,

Round 1- ch 2 (does NOT count as a dc here and throughout) make 10 dc in the ring, join to the first dc (10 dc)

Round 2- ch 2, make 2 dc in the same st, make 2 dc in each dc around, join to the first dc (20 dc)

Round 3- ch 2, make 2 dc in the same st, make 1 dc in the next dc, *make 2 dc in the next dc, make 1 dc in the next dc, repeat from * around, join to the first dc (30 dc)

Round 4- ch 2, make 2 dc in the same st, make 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc, *make 2 dc in the next dc, make 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc, repeat from * around, join to the first dc (40 dc)

Round 5- ch 2, make 2 dc in the same st, make 1 dc in each of the next 3 dc, *make 2 dc in the next dc, make 1 dc in each of the next 3 dc, repeat from * around, join to the first dc (50 dc)

Round 6- ch 2, make 2 dc in the same st, make 1 dc in each of the next 4 dc, *make 2 dc in the next dc, make 1 dc in each of the next 4 dc, repeat from * around, join to the first dc (60 dc)

Round 7- ch 2, make 2 dc in the same st, make 1 dc in each of the next 5 dc, *make 2 dc in the next dc, make 1 dc in each of the next 5 dc, repeat from * around, join to the first dc (70 dc)

Round 8- ch 2, working in the blo of this round only, make 1 dc in the same st and make 1 dc in each dc around, join to the first dc (70 dc)

Rounds 9-13-  ch 2, working in both loops of each st again, make 1 dc in the same st and make 1 dc in each dc around, join to the first dc (70 dc)

Change to CC

Round 14- ch 3 (counts as a dc), make 1 dc in the dc BEFORE the join (x-st made), working to the left again, *sk the next dc, make 1 dc in the next dc, make 1 dc in the sk dc (another x-st made), repeat from * around, join to the beg dc (which is the ch-3) (35 x-st made)

Change to MC

Round 15- repeat round 14

Change to CC

Round 16- repeat round 14

Change to MC

Round 17- repeat round 14

Change to CC

Rounds 18-23- ch 2, make 1 dc in the same st and make 1 dc in each dc around, join to the beg dc (70 dc)

Round 24- ch 1, make 1 sc in the same st and make 1 sc in each dc around, join to the beg sc (70 sc)

Beginning the handles:

Round 25- ch 1, make 1 sc in the same st and make 1 sc in each of the next 17 sc, ch 34, sk the next 17 sc, sc in the next sc, make 1 sc in each of the next 17 sc, ch 34, sk the next 17 sc, join with a sl st to the beg sc (68 ch and 36 sc)

Round 26- ch 1, make 1 sc in the same st and make 1 sc in each sc and ch around, join to the beg sc (104 sc)

Round 27- ch 1, make 1 sc in the same st and make 1 sc in each sc around, join to the beg sc (104 sc)

Fasten off.

You will now be working in the underside of the handles, in the skipped stitches of the top of the bag and the unused loops of the chain made to begin the handle of round 25.

With RS facing, join MC in the corner sc where the handle meets the bag.

Round 1- Ch 1, make 1 sc in the same st, and make 1 sc in each unused loop of the foundation ch of the handle, and make 1 sc in each sc of the top of the bag, join to the first sc (52 sc)

Round 2- Ch 1, make 1 sc in the same st and make 1 sc in each sc around. Join to the first sc, fasten off.

Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 for the second handle.

This is how my lining looks following the photo tutorial mentioned at the beginning of this post.

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