4K SharesMy summer necessity….a big bag.? I’m constantly throwing snacks, towels, sunscreen and who knows what else into a tote and heading out the door for trips around town.? When I thought about making this crocheted summer bag, it made sense to stick with a good cotton in some bright colors.? It’s rare for me to use colorful yarns, but if there is ever a time to use them, it’s with a vacation-esque summer tote, right? The yellow, red and aqua tones in the tote remind me of the happy colors of the Caribbean, hence the name! It’s crocheted with mercerized cotton making it light yet durable for summer use.??The simple crochet stitches are easy to work and it can easily be customized with your fave summer colors.? __? You can scroll down to see the free pattern below, or you may choose to purchase the full kit from Lion Brand Yarn here(currently on SALE), or you can find the printable version from my Etsy shop here.MY LATEST VIDEOSThe construction of the bag is different than you might think right off the bat as it’s crocheted as three separate panels and then worked in the round to finish.? This method gives it the interesting center striping and contrasting stitch patterns.? Even though it’s a small detail on my bag, I think the tassel adds so much! You can find a photo tutorial below on how I made this three colored tassel. I’m thinking that I’d like to add several more to give it more drama and color.Below: We are pretty far away from the Caribbean here in Colorado, but some pretty boats and a lot of water can make it feel like vacation. (Photo taken on our trip to Lake Pueblo State Park)Above: I love the 24/7 cotton from Lion Brand. It holds it’s shape really well and washes up nicely too. Since it’s mercerized, it has a bit of a sheen to it and seems a bit more “sturdy” than other cottons.With this project, I think it’s helpful to first see the step by step process in pictures, and then I’ll get to the pattern. So let’s get started!Step 1:Crochet two matching panels which will be the sides of the bagStep 2:Crochet a center panel which will act as the front, bottom and center of the bagStep 3:Seam these three pieces togetherStep 4:Finish the bag by working in the round on the top.Step 5:Make a chain on each side and attach with a stitch to create the handles. Continue to work around.Step 6:Make as many or as few tassels as you’d like, attach and enjoy!Okay, now for the official pattern! See it below, or like I mentioned earlier, you can find the printable version for purchase in my Etsy shop (here)Pattern Description: A large, summer bag inspired by the sandy shores of the Caribbean.? Playful stitches and striping make this a beautiful tote thats perfect for hauling around towels, your picnic lunches or your latest finds at the farmers market.Skill Level: Easy +Materials: US Size H 5.0 mm crochet hookUS Size J 6.0 mm crochet Hook3 skeins Lion Brand Yarn 24/7 Cotton in Ecru (100 g/skein)? (Find the full kit available on the Lion Brand Yarn Website HERE)1 skein Lion Brand Yarn 24/7 Cotton in Lemon (100 g/skein)1 skein Lion Brand Yarn 24/7 Cotton in Red (100 g/skein)1 skein Lion Brand Yarn 24/7 Cotton in Tangerine (100 g/skein)1 skein Lion Brand Yarn 24/7 Cotton in Aqua (100 g/skein)(Pattern uses approximately 250 g of Ecru & 100 g or more of contrast colors with additional tassels)Gauge: Not important for this patternDimensions (approximate): 19.5 wide and 16 longAbbreviations: ch chainhdc half double crochethdc flo half double crochet through the front loop onlysc single crochetsc2tog single crochet two together (decrease)sl st slip stitchch-2 sp chain two spaceCC _ change colorst – stitchNotes: This bag is crocheted by first making two side panels and then a center panel. Each panel is then seamed together.? To finish, the bag is worked in the round at the top and handles are added over the last few rounds. The side panels are made with a simple mesh stitch, and you can find a full tutorial online here: https://www.mamainastitch.com/how-to-crochet-an-easy-mesh-stitch/? This stitch is also used for a few rows in the center panel.? Feel free to make this your own by changing the colors and striping in the center panel to your taste!
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