Ester’s Tote Part Three

Making The Bag & Crocheting The Straps

VIEW INTRODUCTION AND LINK PAGE HERE!

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PART THREE:

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
SL ST – slip stitch

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

SEWING THE BACK & FRONT TOGETHER:
Place your front piece on top of the back piece wrong sides facing together (right sides facing outwards)

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Starting at the top left corner, join yarn with a SC.
SC into each ST making sure to crochet through both pieces – joining them together.

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Note: work 2 SC into bottom corner stitches

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At this stage your bag might look like this – DO NOT PANIC! If both your
pieces have the same count of stitches (64 on the bottom) your bag pieces will line up!

Continue working along the bottom – working a SC into each ST,
and then up the right side.

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WORKING THE TOP BORDER PIECE:
Note: DO NOT FASTEN OFF – continue working in the round working only through one piece.

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RND 1: Work up 64 SC on the front piece and 64 SC on the back piece.
Remember you are working around the top part of your bag!
Join with a SL ST into first SC made;
RND 2 – 4: CH 1, work 1 SC into each ST. Join with a SL ST into first SC made.
On last round – Fasten off and weave in ends

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CROCHETING THE STRAPS:
For this bag I made short straps – the original bag has very long straps.
You can make your straps adjustable to any length 🙂

Make 2

SHORT STRAPS: approx 65 cm in length
CH 101
LONG STRAPS: approx 130 cm in length
CH 201
ROW 1: Work 1 SC into 2nd CH from hook, work 1 SC into each foundation CH until end, (100/200 STS), TURN
ROW 2 – 6: CH 1, work 1 SC into each ST until end, (100/200 STS), TURN
Fold strap in half and working through row 6 SC STS and the foundation STS, SL ST the strap together to form a ‘tube’
Fasten off and weave in ends

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OPTIONAL: LINING YOUR BAG

At this stage you can line your bag if you  prefer 🙂
Here are some awesome tutorials online to help you if you do not know how to line a bag. My sister-in-law lined her own bag!

Craftsy – Lining a Crochet Bag to Make it Sturdier — and Prettier!

Pattern Paradise – Tutorial: How To Line A Crocheted Bag

Futuregirl – Tutorial: Sew A Lining Into A Crocheted Bag

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I have been a crochet designer for more than 10 years. I love to think outside the box and to try and do things a bit differently. I love to learn new techniques and to challenge myself. I firmly believe that crochet should fun and evoke joy and pleasure. Creating and designing is one of my life's passions.

“Crochet is an art and crocheters it’s artists. Each crafted item is unique and own to its crafter”

Happy Crocheting Joanita Theron

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