As a crochet blogger, I often get asked "how did you start designing patterns". My answer? I just decided one day to try it! Today's free pattern is a remake of one of my earliest free patterns, the Open Air Market Bag. Why a remake? Well...just keep reading to find out and then enjoy the free crochet pattern for the new and improved Lavender Fields Tote Bag.
During the course of my blogging adventure, I have learned and improved my design skills and have developed my pattern writing style. However, some of my original patterns were a bit....rough. I loved them then, and still love them! But back in the day I made some common errors in my designing and writing (like forgetting to figure out the amount of yarn required, proving final measurements, providing a gauge, etc.). My original design for the Open Air Market Bag was missing some of this information, and from a design standpoint my yarn choices maybe were not the best. I love the style of the bag though, and when Caron Cotton Cakes was re-released this spring, I knew I wanted to re-make the bag with it!
I have seen several examples of using double or even triple strands of the cakes yarns, and I LOVE the effect it creates! Not only does it provide a lot of visual interest because of the mixed colors, but it also does a better job at hiding the abrupt color changes. And this yarn....this YARN! It is not like your typical cotton yarn. Technically it's a cotton blend, and it is just lovely to work with! Much nicer on the hands than your traditional "washcloth" cotton yarn. It is perfectly suited to make this pretty tote bag - so of course I had to remake it with this yarn! And the double strands mean this bag works up quickly too. So get some Caron Cotton Cakes out of your stash (cmon...I know you have them in there!) and whip up a bag or two :)
Abbreviations (written in U.S. terms):
- st/sts: stitch/stitches
- sl st: slip stitch
- ch: chain
- SC: single crochet
- HDC: half double crochet
- DC: double crochet
6 sts x 5 rows = 2” in HDC
- Height of bag without strap: 15.5"
- Height of bag with strap: 25"
- Width of bag: 13.5"
- The ch 4 at the beginning of Rounds 8 and 9 (and all subsequent repeats) counts as a DC+ch stitch. For all other rounds, the ch sts at the beginning to not count as a stitch
- The handle length can be adjusted to whatever suits your needs. I recommend working 5 extra SC into the ch space (eg. if you chain 40, SC 45)
- This pattern is worked with double strands of yarn. To get the fun color mixing, I intentionally made sure my skeins were at very different points in the color changes from each other.
- In Round 1, you will be working first along the front side of the chain stitches and then along the back
ch 39 (remember to work with double strands)
Round 1: (Front side of ch) SC in second ch from the hook, SC in 36, 2 SC in last ch. (Back side of ch) SC in 37, 2 SC in the last st of the back (this will be the first st you worked into on the front). Join to first SC of the round with a sl st (78)
Round 2: ch 1, *SC in 38, 2 SC in next st. Repeat from *, join to first SC of the round with a sl st. (80)
Round 3: ch 1, SC around, join to first SC with a sl st. (80)
Rounds 4-7: ch 1, HDC around, join to first HDC with a sl st. (80)
Round 8: Ch 4 (counts as first DC and ch 1), skip 1, *DC, ch 1, skip 1. Repeat from * around (you will have 40 ch 1 spaces), sl st to the 3rd ch of the beginning ch 4 to join.
Round 9: sl st into the first ch 1 space. ch 4 (counts as first DC and ch 1), skip 1, *DC, ch 1, skip 1. Repeat from * around (you will have 40 ch 1 spaces), sl st to the 3rd ch of the beginning ch 4 to join
Round 10: ch 1, HDC around, join to first HDC with a sl st (80)
Rounds 11-25: Repeat rounds 8-10
Round 26: ch 2, HDC around, join to first HDC with a sl st. (80)
Round 27: ch 2, HDC in 15, Ch 50, skip 10, HDC in 30, Ch 50, skip 10, HDC in 15, join to first HDC with a sl st (160).
Round 28: ch 1, SC around, working 55 SC into the ch spaces for the handles. Join to first SC with a sl st (170).
Round 29-30: ch 1, SC around, join to first SC with a sl st (170). At the end of round 30, fasten off and weave in ends.
Need more bag inspiration? Try my one skein Star Pop Bag!
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