Ester’s Tote Part Two

Ester's Tote Part Two|Creative Crochet Along
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Joining The Squares & Crocheting Some Beans

VIEW INTRODUCTION AND LINK PAGE HERE!

 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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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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