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.
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
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.
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.
- 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,
updated link: 2/29/16