“To The Beach” Tote Bag – Free Crochet Pattern

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“To The Beach” Tote Bag – Free Crochet Pattern

Beach days are one of the great Summer pastimes, especially here in New England. As a young girl, I had the opportunity to stay on the beach for a full week each year, with my Nana and Grandpa, and my uncle and aunt, in west Dennis, MA, inside the cradled arm of Cape Cod. We rented 1 side of a duplex cottage, very small, very homey, very sandy, but it was perfect. Out the big picture window, nothing but sand and ocean, far as the eye can see. A crooked wooden fence to the left separated the public beach from the private. It made for some beautiful sunsets and cherished family memories. Now there lies, sadly, instead of 3 small white duplex cottages with circle cement paver stones directing you to your front door, a large resort-hotel, complete with swimming pools and tennis court. I’d take the small sandy cottage any day but corporate america disagrees.

Planning a trip to the beach is no small feat! You need your sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, towel, brush, change of clothes, snacks, magazine or book, toys for the kids. “To The Beach” tote bag is a large, solid bottomed bag with see through sides and a drawstring closure. If you have children you might not be able to fit everything you need in this bag. Good reason to make two!

Crocheting the bag in cotton yarn will ensure it is easy to clean – just toss it in the washing machine with cold water on gentle cycle, dry in the dryer or lay flat to dry. An economical acrylic yarn would work in a pinch as well.

Craftsy

If the sandy dunes aren’t your scene, there’s still plenty of use to be had from this bag. Its large size and solid bottom make it a great bag to bring to the local farmers market or grocery store.

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"To The Beach" Tote Bag - Free Crochet Pattern

“To The Beach” Tote Bag – Free Crochet Pattern

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Easy crochet patternWorsted weight yarn

H Hook
Approximately 300 yards color A, 300 yards color B

Measures Approx. 14″ wide by 15″ tall (not including strap)

NOTE: Bag is worked in rows until 22, then from 23 on is worked in the round. Straps are made one at a time and then tied together to make a knot.

1. With Color A,
Ch 41
Sc in back bump of 2nd ch from hook and each ch across

2. Ch 1
Turn
Sc in same st and each st across

3 – 22. Rep row 2

23. (Working in the round now)
Ch 1
Turn
3 sc in same st
Sc in next 38 st
3 sc in last st
(working along side edge)
Sc evenly across (20 sc)
3 sc in corner/first sc of row
Sc in next 38 st
3 sc in lst/corner st
Sc evenly across (20 sc)
Join to first sc w/ sl st

24. Ch 1
Sc in BL only of same st and each st around
Join to first sc w/ sl st

25. Ch 1
Sc in same st and each st around
Join to first sc w/ sl st

26 – 28. Rep round 25

29. W/ Color B
Ch 1
Sc in same st
Ch 3
Sk 3 st
* Sc in next st
Ch 3
Sk 3 st *
Rep from * to * around
Join to first sc w/ sl st

30. Sl st into ch-3 sp
Ch 2 (does not count as st)
4 dc in ch-3 sp
Ch 1
Dc in next ch-3 sp
Ch 1
* 4 dc in next ch-3 sp
Ch 1
Dc in next ch-3 sp
Ch 1 *
Rep from * to * around
Join to first sc w/ sl st

31. Sl st into next 3 st
Sl st into ch-1 sp
Ch 1
Sc in same ch-1 sp
Ch 3
Sk dc
Sc in ch-1 sp
Ch 3
* Sk 4 dc
Sc in ch-1 sp
Ch 3
Sk dc
Sc in ch-1 sp
Ch 3 *
Rep from * to * around
Join to first sc w/ sl st

32 – 47. Rep rounds 30 and 31


Clover Amour Crochet Hooks

48. Rep round 30

49. W/ Color B
Ch 1
Sc in same st and each st around
Join to first sc w/ sl st

50. Ch 1
Sc in same st and each st around
Join to first sc w/ sl st

:Mark stitches for strap:
(Not counting current st)
Mark 24th st (counting left)
Mark 32nd st from last marked st
Mark 24th st from last marked st

Strap:
51. Ch 1
Sc in same st and next 24 st

52. Ch 1
Turn
Sc in same st
Sc2tog
Sc in next 19 st
Sc2tog
Sc in last st

53. Ch 1
Turn
Sc in same st and each st across (23 sc)

54. Ch 1
Turn
Sc in same st
Sc2tog
Sc in next 17 st
Sc2tog
Sc in last st

55. Ch 1
Turn
Sc in same st and each st across (21 sc)

56. Ch 1
Turn
Sc in same st
Sc2tog
Sc in next 15 st
Sc2tog
Sc in last st

57. Ch 1
Turn
Sc in same st and each st across (19 sc)

58. Ch 1
Turn
Sc in same st
Sc2tog
Sc in next 13 st
Sc2tog
Sc in last st

59. Ch 1
Turn
Sc in same st and each st across (17 sc)

60. Ch 1
Turn
Sc in same st
Sc2tog
Sc in next 11 st
Sc2tog
Sc in last st

61. Ch 1
Turn
Sc in same st and each st across (15 sc)

62. Ch 1
Turn
Sc in same st
Sc2tog
Sc in next 9 st
Sc2tog
Sc in last st

63. Ch 1
Turn
Sc in same st and each st across (13 sc)

64. Ch 1
Turn
Sc in same st
Sc2tog
Sc in next 7 st
Sc2tog
Sc in last st

65. Ch 1
Turn
Sc in same st and each st across (11 sc)

66. Ch 1
Turn
Sc in same st
Sc2tog
Sc in next 5 st
Sc2tog
Sc in last st

67. Ch 1
Turn
Sc in same st and each st across (9 sc)

68. Ch 1
Turn
Sc in same st
Sc2tog
Sc in next 3 st
Sc2tog
Sc in last st

69. Ch 1
Turn
Sc in same st and each st across (7 sc)

70. Ch 1
Turn
Sc in same st
Sc2tog
Sc in next st
Sc2tog
Sc in last st

71. Ch 1
Turn
Sc in same st and each st across (5 sc)

72 – 130. Rep row 71 (repeat as necessary if you would like an extra long strap)

131. Ch 1
Turn
Sc in same st
Sc2tog
Sc in next 2 st

132. Ch 1
Turn
Sc in same st and each st across (4 sc)

133. Ch 1
Turn
Sc in same st
Sc2tog
Sc in last st

134. Ch 1
Turn
Sc in same st and next 2 st

135. Ch 1
Turn
Sc2tog
Sc in last st

136. Ch 1
Turn
Sc in same st and next st (2 sc)

137. Ch 1
Turn
Sc2tog

38. Ch 1
Turn
Sc in same st
Fasten off

Other Strap:
W/ RS facing, join yarn to st marker at far right w/ sl st

Rep rows 51-138

Tie straps together with a knot to achieve desired length

Drawstring:
Ch 141
Sc in back bump of 2nd ch from hook and each ch across
Fasten off
Weave in ends
Weave drawstring through spaces of round 48

Crochet! Summer 2014

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