Tote Bag (Stitch Number 10)

So I started this tote bag around the Christmas holiday and finished it up not long thereafter.  I am just now getting around to posting it.

I used some Lily Sugar’n Cream cotton yarn that I had (I used up most of the 14 oz cone) called Autumn Leaves Ombre and a size H hook.

First I made the base and then the sides. The long sides were done using stitch pattern number 10. The narrower sides were made by repeating the last stitch of the pattern row (you will see what I mean as you review the pattern).

Base:

Ch 17

Row 1: Sc in 2d ch from hook, sc across (16 sc) turn

Row 2: Ch 1, sc across (16 sc) turn

Row 3-43 repeat row 2

Row 44: repeat row 2 but put 3 sc in last st of that row so that you can “turn the corner”; sc around other rest of piece putting 3sc in each corner. Sl st to join at start.

Rows 45-54: Ch 1, Sc around without increasing stitches to build up the base of the tote bag.

That finishes off the base – DO NOT FASTEN OFF.

The bag has 2 long sides and 2 short sides. The pattern is 43 st across on each long side. I put st markers at the start and end points on the long side so I know where the pattern begins and ends.

I finished the base on a short side, but I needed to start on the long side, I turned the piece inside out.

I made this bag in the “round”- it is actually a rectangle.The pattern explains what stitches are needed from stitch marker to stitch marker. Remember, to follow this, you need to start along one of the long sides of the bag.

Round 1: Ch 1, Sc in first st, ch 6, skip 5 st, *sc, ch 6, skip 5 st, repeat from * to next stitch marker. You should end with the sc.  Sc across short side to next long side; **Sc, ch 6, skip 5, repeat from ** to next stitch marker. Sc across short side to start.

Round 2: Ch 1, Sc in first st, 7 sc in ch6, * sc, 7 sc in the ch 6, repeat from * to short side; sc across to next long side; **sc, 7 sc in ch6, repeat from ** to next short side;  sc across to start.

Round 3: Ch 7 (counts as tr, ch 3), skip 1st sc, skip next 2 sc which are on the ch6, sc in next 3 sc, *ch 6, skip 5 st, , sc in next 3 sc; repeat from * to last 3 st on that side, ch 3, skip 2 st, tr in last st along the long side; tr in each st along short side; Ch 7 (counts as tr, ch 3), skip 1st sc, skip next 2 sc which are on the ch6, sc in next 3 sc, **ch 6, skip 5 st, , sc in next 3 sc; repeat from ** to last 3 st on that side, ch 3, skip 2 st, tr in last st along the long side; tr in each st along short side back to start.

Round 4: Ch1, sc in tr (which is the 4th ch in the ch 7 from the start of row 3), 3 sc on ch 3, skip 1 st, sc in middle sc of the 3 sc’s, skip sc, *7 sc in ch6, skip 1 st, sc in next sc, skip sc, repeat from * until you get to last ch3, 3sc in last ch3, sc in final tr of that side; sc across short side to next long side; Ch1, sc in tr  3 sc on ch 3, skip 1 st, sc in middle sc of the 3 sc’s, skip sc, **7 sc in ch6, skip 1 st, sc in next sc, skip sc, repeat from ** until you get to last ch3, 3sc in last ch3, sc in final tr of that side; sc across short side to start

Round 5: ch1, sc in each of next 2 st, *ch 6, skip 5 st, sc in next 3 st (this will be the middle 3 stitches from the arch in the prior round), repeat from * ending that side with sc in the last 2 sc, sc across in each st along the short side, sc in the first 2 st in the long side, **ch 6, skip 5 st, sc in next 3 st , repeat from ** ending that side with sc in the last 2 sc, sc along short side to start.

Round 6: Ch1, sc in 1st st, *skip next sc, 7 sc in ch6, skip 1 st, sc in next sc, repeat from * along the long side; sc across short side to next long side; Ch1, **skip 1 st, 7 sc in ch6, skip 1 st, sc in next sc, repeat from ** until you get to end of that long side, sc across short side to start.

Repeat rounds 3 through 6.

I completed it 7 more times.

When you are ready to finish things off, from start point, sc in each of 1st 2 sc, *3 sc in ch6 chain, sc in each of 3sc in middle, repeat from *, along the long side. Sc in each sc of short side; sc in each of 1st 2 sc, *3 sc in ch6 chain, sc in each of 3sc in middle, repeat from *, along the long side. Sc in each sc of short side to start.

Ch 1, sc all around the entire piece. Keep using the stitch markers.

Strap row:  *Ch 3, dc in next 3 st, turn, repeat from * until strap is 28 inches long, skip all st until within 4 st of the start of the short side.

Sc along short side.

Repeat Strap row for the other strap.

Fasten off.

Here are shots of the final product – specifically: the base, a close up of the short side; a close up of the long side, and the entire bag.

This bag is going to be given away as a prize at our upcoming Academy Award party.

 

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