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Summer Beach Themed Tote Bag

This  beach themed bag reminds me of the sun & sea with it’s 3D starfish and conch shells as decorations. I was inspired by the Maltese summers an beaches in Malta.

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I’ve made it using the same base pattern that I published earlier ( https://manjrisplace.wordpress.com/2019/06/20/boho-tote-bag/) .  The starfish and  conch shells I adapted from a free pattern found on Ravely (https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sea-shell-motifs–garland).

Boho Tote Bag

This tote bag design brings to my mind , the flower power generation, the 60s, hippies, Boho-chic – I think of music festivals, painted Volkswagon Beetles and vans – even the scoobie Doo mystery machine…..

So now, I will share with you my pattern to make this gogeous tote. I used a variagated yarn by “Katia” to make the bag and handle, but you can mix your own colours. The little daisies were made using acrylic yarn. All in all, one ball of 150g (approx 540m) was sufficient to make the a bag measuring approx 32 x 32cm +  handle with yarn left over. For the sake of illustrating the pattern, however, I decided to use a lighter colour yarn as the photos are clearer – but the pattern used for the main picture above is the same. You can then choose how you want to decorate it – be it with little flowers, beads or whatever you fancy.

N.B. this pattern is written using US terms.

ABBREVIATIONS

CH – chain

SC – single crochet

DC – double crochet

Step 1 – CH 73

Step 2 – 72 SCTote-001.jpg

Step 3 – Work all the way round the row from Step 1, making another 72 SC across from what you made in step 2. Join to first SC from step 2 with a slip stitchtote-002

Step 4 – CH 1. 144 SC in the back loop of SC from steps 2 and 3. Join to first SC with a slip stitch.

Step 5 – CH 1. Repeat (DC in front loop of SC from previous row. Skip 1 SC. 10 SC in back loop of SC. DC in front loop of SC under the next SC (i.e. DC is in SC from previous row)) 12 times. Join to first SC with a slip stitch.

Step 6 – CH 1. Repeat (SC in back loop. DC in front loop of SC from previous row. Skip 1 SC. 8 SC in back loop of SC. DC in front loop of SC under the next SC (i.e. DC is in SC from previous row), skip 1 SC, SC in back loop) 12 times. Join to first SC with a slip stitch.

Step 7 – CH 1. Repeat (2 SC in back loop. DC in front loop of SC from previous row. Skip 1 SC. 6 SC in back loop of SC. DC in front loop of SC under the next SC (i.e. DC is in SC from previous row), skip 1 SC, 2 SC in back loop) 12 times. Join to first SC with a slip stitch.tote-012.jpg

Step 8 – CH 1. Repeat (3 SC in back loop. DC in front loop of SC from previous row. Skip 1 SC. 4 SC in back loop of SC. DC in front loop of SC under the next SC (i.e. DC is in SC from previous row), skip 1 SC, 3 SC in back loop) 12 times. Join to first SC with a slip stitch.tote-013.jpg

Step 9 – CH 1. Repeat (4 SC in back loop. DC in front loop of SC from previous row. Skip 1 SC. 2 SC in back loop of SC. DC in front loop of SC under the next SC (i.e. DC is in SC from previous row), skip 1 SC, 4 SC in back loop) 12 times. Join to first SC with a slip stitch.tote-014.jpg

Step 10 – CH 1. Repeat (6 SC in back loop. 2 DC in front loop of next 2 SC from previous row. Skip 2 SC. 6 SC in back loop) 12 times. Join to first SC with a slip stitch.

Step 11 – CH 1. Repeat (4 SC in back loop. DC in front loop of SC from previous row. Skip 1 SC. 2 SC in back loop of SC. DC in front loop of SC under the next SC (i.e. DC is in SC from previous row), skip 1 SC, 4 SC in back loop) 12 times. Join to first SC with a slip stitch.tote-017.jpg

Step 12 – CH 1. Repeat (3 SC in back loop. DC in front loop of SC from previous row. Skip 1 SC. 4 SC in back loop of SC. DC in front loop of SC under the next SC (i.e. DC is in SC from previous row), skip 1 SC, 3 SC in back loop) 12 times. Join to first SC with a slip stitch. (N.b. photos from this point on show one side of the bag only)tote-018

Step 13 – CH 1. Repeat (2 SC in back loop. DC in front loop of SC from previous row. Skip 1 SC. 6 SC in back loop of SC. DC in front loop of SC under the next SC (i.e. DC is in SC from previous row), skip 1 SC, 2 SC in back loop) 12 times. Join to first SC with a slip stitch.tote-019.jpg

Step 14 – CH 1. Repeat (SC in back loop. DC in front loop of SC from previous row. Skip 1 SC. 8 SC in back loop of SC. DC in front loop of SC under the next SC (i.e. DC is in SC from previous row), skip 1 SC, SC in back loop) 12 times. Join to first SC with a slip stitch.tote-020.jpg

Step 15 – CH 1. Repeat (DC in front loop of SC from previous row. Skip 1 SC. 10 SC in back loop of SC. DC in front loop of SC under the next SC (i.e. DC is in SC from previous row)) 12 times. Join to first SC with a slip stitch.tote-021.jpg

Step 16 – Repeat from Step 6 to Step 15 6 more times.

Step 17 – CH 1. 144 SC in the back loop of SC . Join to first SC with a slip stitch.tote-022.jpg

Step 18 – CH 1. 144 SC in the front loop of same SCs in whose back loops you used in step 17. Join to first SC with a slip stitch.tote-023.jpg

Step 19 – CH 1. 144 SCs through SCs made in step 17 and 18 – i.e. the SCs you make now are through both SCs from previous 2 steps. Join to first SCs with slip stitch.

Now the body has been completed, but don’t cast off yet, as you will make the handle.

Step 20 – 2 slip stitches in 2 SC from previous step.

Step 21 – CH 151. Slip stitch into SC on top of bag main part on the opposite side

Step 22 – 150 SC into chains from step 21. Slip Stitch into top of bag.tote-027.jpg

Step 23 – Turn and make another 150 SC across into same Chain from step 21 – so you will have two SCs in each chain fom step 21. Slip stitch into SC on main bag to secure.tote-028.jpg

Step 24 – CH 1. Slip stitch into SC on main bag. 150 SC through back loop of SC from step 23 and SC from step 22. Slip stitch into SC on main bag to secure.tote-029.jpg

Step 25 – CH 1. Slip stitch into SC on main bag. 150 SC through back loops of SCs from step 23 and 24. Slip stitch into SC on main bag to secure.tote-030

Step 26 – Repeat Step 25  12 times.

Step 26 – CH 1. Slip stitch into SC on main bag. 150 slip stitches into the  SCs from last 2 steps . Slip stitch into SC on main bag to secure. Cast off and weave in the ends.tote-031.jpg