Ester’s Tote Part Two

Joining The Squares & Crocheting Some Beans

VIEW INTRODUCTION AND LINK PAGE HERE!

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 ESTER'S TOTE FEATURE TWO|CREATIVE CROCHET WORKSHOP

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PART TWO:

SKILL LEVEL:
Easy – Intermediate:

MATERIALS:
view introduction page

Hooks & Notions:
-Size
4.00 mm Hook
-Yarn Needle

I use US Crochet stitch terminology

Abbreviations:
SC – single crochet
HDC – half double crochet

SPECIAL STITCH – Bean Stitch (BS)
– [Insert hook into ST, yarn over, pull loop thru] x 3 (6 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through all 6 loops.

The Bean Stitch is almost worked like a Puff Stitch – but the first yarn over as with a puff stitch is left out – which gives the Bean Stitch it’s slanted look.

Note: When working into a Bean Stitch – each Bean Stitch has two STS, insert hook into the left ST (its bigger!)

Meladora’s Creations – has video tutorials for Right Hand & Left Hand.

Size of Front & Back Pieces: approx 40 cm in width and 29-30 cm in length
Please note this all depends on your hook, yarn and crochet tension
Tension/Gauge is not necessary to be perfect for this project – your front and back pieces should be relatively the same size

INSTRUCTIONS:

SEWING THE 6 SQUARES TOGETHER:
With yarn needle and matching yarn slip stitch the squares together.

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WORKING THE BOTTOM PIECE:
Note: remember to turn your square piece around so that you are working on the bottom! This is the small piece at the bottom of the front of the bag 🙂

ROW 1: Join yarn into the first corner – work up 64 SC along the squares edge.
Work at least 1 SC in-between each square in the join. (See Photo)

Note – if you had to work an extra round(s) on your squares to bring to size – add 2 SC per square for each round you have added – exp:
*1 round= 2 SC; 3 squares = 6 SC (work up 70 SC)
*2 rounds = 4 SC; 3 squares = 12 SC (work up 76 SC)

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ROW 2: CH 2(counts as 1 HDC); *SKIP 1 ST, work BS, CH 1.
Repeat from * until last ST, work 1 HDC into last ST.

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ROW 3: CH 2(counts as 1 HDC); * work BS into next BS, CH 1.
Repeat from * until last ST, work 1 HDC into last ST.

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ROW 4-5: REPEAT ROW 3
ROW 6-7: CH 1, work 1 SC into each BS and 1 CH space (64 STS) – or (70; 76 STS)
Fasten off and weave in ends

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WORKING THE BACK PIECE:
Work colors in random numbered rows (See Photos)
CH 65 (71; 77)
ROW 1: Work 1 SC into 2nd CH from hook, work 1 SC into each foundation CH until end, (64 STS) or (70; 76 STS)
ROW 2: CH 2(counts as 1 HDC); *SKIP 1 ST, work BS, CH 1.
Repeat from * until last ST, work 1 HDC into last ST.
ROW 3: CH 2(counts as 1 HDC); * work BS into next BS, CH 1.
Repeat from * until last ST, work 1 HDC into last ST.
ROW 4 – 35: REPEAT ROW 3
Fasten off and weave in ends

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