Pretty Peacock Tote Bag

Out of the Box Thursday @SuzBroadhurst

Out of the box and into a bag, this is the prettiest tote bag I’ve ever crocheted!  And I’ve been crocheting – off and on – for over 35 years.  That doesn’t make me old, since I learned to crochet in 5th grade, but it does mean I haven’t tried many new patterns until lately.  🙂

Like Ecclesiastes encourages, there is a time for everything.  A time to crochet what I know – think: granny square – and a time to read a pattern.

Pretty Peacock Tote Bag @SuzBroadhurst

Now that my children are older and time more my own, I have the luxury of glancing down every few stitches to glimpse the next stitch for my hook.

Almonds to Peacocks

This beauty was inspired by the photo and directions to make an almond stitch in the book

 

Crochet Workshop: The Complete Course
for the Beginner to Intermediate Crocheter

Using Red Heart’s Grape Fizz multicolored yarn for the eye of the almond, and their Royal Super Saver yarn for the opposite rows, the repeated pattern reminds me of a peacock!

Grape Fizz and Royal Peacock Tote @SuzBroadhurst

And the good news, although it looks complex, it really isn’t.  The key is in dropping below one row to pinch up the corners of the almond.  I say, pinch up, but it still lies flat because of the size stitches used.

Copyright Consciousness and Library Loans

In good copyright conscious, I highly recommend the book (especially since I can’t find the stitch online to share), but it is rather pricey.

Thankfully, I borrowed a copy of Crochet Workshop: The Complete Course
for the Beginner to Intermediate Crocheter
from our local library.  Maybe your local library has a copy, too.

If it doesn’t, check with your interlibrary loan service and see if you can get one (maybe the one here in town!) sent to you on loan.  Nothing like sharing via the cross-the-country library system!

How to Turn a Specialty Stitch into a Totebag

While you are waiting for the book to arrive, here are a few tips for turning a specialty stitch into something tangible, like a totebag.

  • “Work in multiples of” – vital information for your foundation chain.  If the pattern says, work in multiples of 4 plus 1, that means if you want a tote bag approx. 30 chain stitches wide, make your foundation chain 29 (7 x 4 + 1) or 33 (8 x 4 +1) stitches, or some other multiple of 4, with an extra stitch (typically used as a turning chain).
  • Practice two full pattern repeats before beginning your actual project.  If the pattern has two rows that you repeat one after another until finished, try those two rows twice – a total of four rows – before you get your heart set on the pattern and the project.
  • For a totebag make two squares (or rectangles) with the same number of rows.
  • Join 3 sides with a slip stitch edge or a single crochet edge.  Popcorn stitch handle, almond stitch tote @SuzBroadhurst
  • Add a simple handle with a length of two rows of double crochet, or try a new stitch.  I practiced the popcorn stitch between rows of double crochet.
  • Attach handle securely.  This is one time I use (and defend) knots in crocheting. 🙂

May your hook be happy and your yarn never tangle,

Bye for now!

 

updated link: 2/29/16

 

 

 

 

Comments

  1. The colors of the bag look great on your blog site!

  2. Wow – that is a work of art!!!

  3. What is the name of the book? It takes me to a page for the Jacksonville library that says “Login Session Expired”

    • Oh dear! So sorry about that, Emily! Our library is going through some cyber changes, so maybe that’s what happened. Or maybe I just didn’t link it right back when I was learning to blog, which is very much possible.

      The title of the book is: Crochet Workshop: The Complete Course for the Beginner to Intermediate Crocheter .

      Just under the subtitle, Almonds to Peacocks, on this blog post page there is a link to Amazon’s page with the book. 🙂

      Thanks for letting me know about the funky link!