August 1, 2014

College Tote Bag




 
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Finished size: approx. 16 inches wide, 12 inches tall / 40 cm wide, 30 cm tall (without straps)

Materials:

  • 4 skeins of Lily Sugar 'n Cream Denim “Indigo”
  • 4 skeins of Lily Sugar 'n Cream “Jute”
  • 2 skeins each of Lily Sugar 'n Cream “Soft Ecru” and “Warm Brown”
  • size I (5.5mm) crochet hook
  • yarn needle

Instructions:

Whenever possible, work in the loose ends of yarn as you go.

MAIN BAG

Holding two strands of “Indigo” together, ch 52.

Round 1: Hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across, work 3 hdc in last ch. Hdc in back of each ch across, work 3 hdc in last st. Join to top of beginning ch 2 with a sl st.

Rounds 2-4 (3 rounds): Ch 2, hdc in each hdc around, working an increase of 4 sts per round. Join to top of beginning ch 2 with a sl st.

Rounds 5-14 (10 rounds): Ch 2, hdc in each hdc around. Join to top of beginning ch 2 with a sl st. Fasten off “Indigo.”

Round 15: Holding two strands together, attach “Jute.” Ch 2, hdc in each st around. Join to top of beginning ch 2 with a sl st. Fasten off “Jute.”

Round 16: Holding two strands together, attach “Warm Brown.” Ch 1, sc in each st around. Join to top of beginning ch 1 with a sl st. Fasten off “Warm Brown.”

Round 17: Holding two strands together, attach “Soft Ecru.” Ch 2, hdc in each st around. Join to top of beginning ch 2 with a sl st. Fasten off “Soft Ecru.”

Round 18: Repeat rounds 15 and 16.

Round 19: Holding two strands together, attach “Soft Ecru.” Ch 1, sc in each st around. Join to top of beginning ch 1 with a sl st. Fasten off “Soft Ecru.”

Repeat rounds 15-19 three more times.

Repeat rounds 15 and 16.

Sl st in each st around.

Fasten off and weave in end.

LOOPS (FOR STRAPS)
Make 4.
Holding two strands of “Indigo” together, ch 26.
Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each remaining ch.
Fasten off “Indigo.”
Attach one strand of “Soft Ecru” by pulling up a loop through the last 2 loops of the last st worked.
Ch 1, turn. Sc in each st across. Ch 1, turn. Sl st in each st across.
Sl st approx. 3 sts down side (to get the yarn the other side of the piece).
Ch 1, sc in each st across. Ch 1, turn. Sl st in each st across.
Fasten off, leaving a length of yarn for sewing.

STRAPS
Make 2.
Holding two strands of “Jute” together and leaving a long beginning tail of yarn for sewing later, ch 8.
Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Ch 1, turn.
Work “Sc in each st across. Ch 1, turn.” until strap measures approx. 22 inches (Approx. 86 rows total).
Fasten off, leaving a length of yarn for sewing.

ASSEMBLY
Sew strap loops in place on main bag, 2 per side.
Take one strap and thread the end through one of the strap loops, then fold it over and sew the strap securely to itself. Repeat for each strap loop.
Secure and weave in all loose ends of yarn.

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