Gift Tote Bag – stitch 19

I decided to make a tote bag as a gift for a friend of my mother’s. I had a pound of “mill’s end” cotton yarn in variegated red, white, and blue. I am also using an h hook.

Ch 40

Row 1: sc in 2d ch from hook, sc in next 38 st, 5 sc in the last st of the row. Do not turn but continue to crochet along other side of row making sc in next 38 st and 4 sc in last st. Sl st to join.

Row 2: ch 1. Sc in each of next 39 st, 3 sc in next st, sc, 3sc in next st, sc in each of next 39 st, 3 sc in next st, sc in next st, 3sc in next st, sl st to join.

Row 3: ch 1, sc in next 40 st, sc ch2 sc in next st, sc in next 3st, sc ch2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 42 st, sc ch2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 st, sc ch2 sc in next st, sc in next 3st, sl st to join. (I had 44 sc between each ch2 space on the long side and 5 sc in the short side)

Row 4: ch 1,sc across to ch2 space, sc ch2 sc in the ch 2 space, sc in next 5st, sc ch2 sc in the ch 2 sp, sc across to ch 2 space, sc ch2 sc in next ch 2 space, sc in next 5st, sc ch2 sc in next st, sc across to start, sl st to join.

Row 5: ch1,sc across to ch2 space, sc ch2 sc in the ch 2 space, sc in next 7st, sc ch2 sc in the ch 2 sp, sc across to ch 2 sp, sc ch2 sc in ch 2 sp, sc in next 7st, sc ch2 sc in ch 2 sp, sc across to start, sl st to join.

Row 6: ch1,sc across to ch2 space, sc ch2 sc in the ch 2 space, sc in next 9st, sc ch2 sc in the ch 2 sp, sc across to ch 2 sp, sc ch2 sc in ch 2 sp, sc in next 9st, sc ch2 sc in ch 2 sp, sc across to start, sl st to join

Row 7: ch1,sc across to ch2 space, sc ch2 sc in the ch 2 space, sc in next 11st, sc ch2 sc in the ch 2 sp, sc across to ch 2 sp, sc ch2 sc in ch 2 sp, sc in next 11st, sc ch2 sc in ch 2 sp, sc across to start, sl st to join

Row 8: ch1,sc across to ch2 space, sc ch2 sc in the ch 2 space, sc in next 13st, sc ch2 sc in the ch 2 sp, sc across to ch 2 sp, sc ch2 sc in ch 2 sp, sc in next 13st, sc ch2 sc in ch 2 sp, sc  across to start, sl st to join. Fasten off.

I ended up with 54 st between each ch2 space  on the long side and 15 st between the ch 2 space on the short side.

Row 9: sl st to join yarn to a ch2 space, sc around putting 3sc in each ch2 space (including the first). Sl st to join.

Row 10: ch1, sc around in each sc, sl st to join. I put stitch markers in the center stitch of each corner (the center st of the 3sc from row 9). Sl st to join.

Row 11-15: ch 1, sc around, sl st to join. Remember to move the stitch markers to continue to mark the corners.

Marking the corners was important because the pattern only was used for the long sides.

At the end of row 15, after joining, sl st in the opposite direction to get your hook to a corner marker. If you prefer you, fasten off after row 15 and the start again at on of the corners. You are going to start with one of the shorter sides.

Row 16: ch 3 (serves as dc), dc’s in next 18 st (which takes you to and includes next corner stitch marker), dc’s in next 3 st, ch 2, sk 2, *dc in each of next 5 st, ch 2, sk 2, repeat from * across until 3 st from next corner marker, dc’s in next 3 st, dc in next 19 st (which will be a short side), dc’s in next 3 st, ch 2, sk 2, *dc in each of next 5 st, ch 2, sk 2, repeat across until 3 st from end, dc’s in next 3 st, sl st to join.

Row 17: ch 3 (serves as dc), dc’s in next 18 st (which takes you to and includes next corner stitch marker), dc in next st, ch 1, sk 1, dc, ch2, *dc, ch 1, sk 1, dc, ch 1, sk1, dc, ch2, sk2, repeat from * across until 3 st from next corner marker, dc, ch1, sk 1, dc, dc in next 19 st (which will be a short side), dc in next st, ch 1, sk 1, dc, ch2, *dc, ch 1, sk 1, dc, ch 1, sk1, dc, ch2, sk2, repeat from * across until 3 st from next corner marker, dc, ch1, sk 1, dc, sl st to join.

Row 18: ch 3 (serves as dc), dc’s in next 18 st (which takes you to and includes next corner stitch marker), dc’s in next 3 st, ch 2, sk 2, *dc in each of next 5 st, ch 2, sk 2, repeat from * across until 3 st from next corner marker, dc’s in next 3 st, dc in next 19 st (which will be a short side), dc’s in next 3 st, ch 2, sk 2, *dc in each of next 5 st, ch 2, sk 2, repeat across until 3 st from end, dc’s in next 3 st, sl st to join.

Row 19: ch 3 (serves as dc), dc’s in next 18 st (which takes you to and includes next corner stitch marker), dc in next st, ch 1, sk 1, dc, *dc in the ch2 space (make that dc as close as possible to the end of the ch 2 sp) put a second dc in the ch 2 space behind the first (to create a cross-like effect [to me it was not very effective]), dc, ch1, sk 1, dc, ch1, ck 1, dc, repeat from * until 3 st from corner marker, dc, ch 1, sk 1, dc, dc in next 19 st (which will be a short side), dc in next st, ch 1, sk 1, dc, *dc in the ch2 space, put a second dc in the ch 2 space behind the first (to create a cross-like effect), dc, ch1, sk 1, dc, ch1, ck 1, dc, repeat from * until 3 st from corner marker, dc, ch 1, sk 1, dc, sl st to join.

Row 20: ch 3 (serves as dc), dc’s in next 18 st (which takes you to and includes next corner stitch marker), dc’s in next 3 st, ch 2, sk 2, *dc in each of next 5 st, ch 2, sk 2, repeat from * across until 3 st from next corner marker, dc’s in next 3 st, dc in next 19 st (which will be a short side), dc’s in next 3 st, ch 2, sk 2, *dc in each of next 5 st, ch 2, sk 2, repeat across until 3 st from end, dc’s in next 3 st, sl st to join.

Repeat rows 17-20 4 more times.

Ch 1, sc around putting 3 sc in each corner stitch. sl to to join.

Ch 1, sc along shot side. Once you get to start of long side, sc in the next 10 st, sc in next 6 st, ch 1, turn, sc back for 6 st, turn, repeat with rows of 6 sc across until there are 43 rows, skip 26 st. attach strap to body with sc’s, sc in next 10 st to end of side. sc across for next short side, once you get to start of long side, sc in the next 10 st, sc in next 6 st, ch 1, turn, sc back for 6 st, turn, repeat with rows of 6 sc across until there are 43 rows, skip 26 st. attach strap to body with sc’s, sc in next 10 st to end of side.

Finished product:

 

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