sk 72

Tote Bag

Yarn weight: 4 (Medium). Make sure it’s cotton

Ch 40

Round 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and 1 sc in each ch. Don’t turn the work in the usual way. Ch 3, then, keeping your work facing you, turn it clockwise through 180 degrees and make 39 sc in the bottom st of your ch sts. Ch 3 then join with sl st to the first sc you made, this point marks the start of the next round, so place your stitch market here

Round 2: Sc 39, 3 sc in ch 3 sp; sc 39, 3 sc in ch 3 sp {84} Don’t join the round, just keep going in a spiral

Round 3: Sc 39, 2 sc in each of the next 3 sc; sc 39, make 2 sc in each of the next 3 sts {90}

Round 4:Sc 39 *1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc. Repeat from * twice. Sc 39 *1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc. Repeat from * twice {96}

Round 5: Sc 39 *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc next 2 sc. Repeat from * twice. Sc 39 *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 2 sc. Repeat from * twice {102}

Round 6: Sc 39 *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 3 sc. Repeat from * twice. Sc 39 *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 3 sc. Repeat from * twice. {108}

Round 7: Sc 39 *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 4 sc. Repeat from * twice. Sc 39 *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 4 sc. Repeat from * twice. {114}

Round 8: Sc 39 *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 5 sc. Repeat from * twice. Sc 39 *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 5 sc. Repeat from * twice {120}

Round 9:  sc 39, *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 6 sc, repeat twice from *; sc 39, *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 6 sc, repeat twice from * {126}

Round 10:  sc 39, *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 7 sc, repeat twice from *; sc 39, *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 7 sc, repeat twice from * {132}

Round 11: sc 39, *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 8 sc, repeat twice from *; sc 39, *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 8 sc, repeat twice from * {138}

Round 12: sc 39, *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 9 sc, repeat twice from *; sc 39, *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 9 sc, repeat twice from * {144}

Round 13: sc 39, *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 10 sc, repeat twice from *; sc 39, *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 10 sc, repeat twice from * {150}

Round 14: sc 39, *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 11 sc, repeat twice from *; sc 39, *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 11 sc, repeat twice from * {156}

Round 15: sc 39, *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 12 sc, repeat twice from *; sc 39, *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 12 sc, repeat twice from * {162}

Round 16: sc 39, *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 13 sc, repeat twice from *; sc 39, *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 13 sc, repeat twice from * {168}

Now to start the lacy pattern. From now on you’ll be joining each round rather than working in a spiral.

Round 17: Ch 2, make 1 dc in each sc around. Join with ss.

Round 18: Join colour B and make sc in same place as ss, *ch3, sk 2 dc, 2 dc cluster in next dc, ch 3, sk 2 dc, 1 sc in next dc, repeat from * all round until you are back at the start where you join final 3 ch to top of 1st sc with ss.

Round 19:  Join colour C, ch 5, *sc in top of 2 dc tog, ch 2, dc in sc, ch 2, repeat from * all round, until you are back to the start,  where you join with ss to ch 3 of the ch 5 that started this round.

Round 20: Still with colour C, ch 3, *2 dc in 2 ch sp, 1 dc in next sc, 2dc in 2 ch sp, 1 dc in next dc, repeat this pattern from the * all the way round until you are back to the start, join with ss to top of first ch 3.

Round 21: Join colour B and make sc in same place as ss, *ch3, sk 2 dc, 2 dc cluster in next dc, ch 3, sk 2 dc, 1 sc in next dc, repeat from * all round until you are back at the start where you join final 3 ch to top of 1st sc with ss.

Round 22: Join colour A, ch 5, *sc in top of 2 dc tog, ch 2, dc in sc, ch 2, repeat from * all round, until you are back to the start,  where you join with ss to ch 3 of the ch 5 that started this round.

Round 23: Still with colour A, ch 3, *2 dc in 2 ch sp, 1 dc in next sc, 2dc in 2 ch sp, 1 dc in next dc, repeat this pattern from the * all the way round until you are back to the start, join with ss to top of first ch 3.

Repeat the pattern of round 18-23, until you reach the end of row 58, which is the final row of the lacy patter.

Round 59: This would normally be a Round 23 style row, but instead of the usual pattern, continuing with colour A, ch 1, 2 sc in 2 ch sp (place marker in 1st of these 2 sc to mark the beginning of the round), sk sc, 2 sc in s ch sp, sk 1 dc, then continue all round and on to round 60 without joining the round and remembering to move your marker.

Round 60-63: sc in each sc around

Now you’ll be doing the shoulder strap.

Row 64: Sc 26. Ch 1

Row 65: Turn, sk 1 ch, sc 20, ch 1

Row 66: Turn, sk 1 ch, sc 3, dec 1 sc over next 2 sc, sc 15, ch 1 {19}

Row 67: Turn, sk 1 ch, sc 3, dec 1 sc over next 2 sc, sc 14, ch 1 {18}

Row 68: Turn, sk 1 ch, sc 3, dec 1 sc over next 2 sc, sc 13, ch 1 {17}

Row 69: Turn, sk 1 ch, sc 3, dec 1 sc over next 2 sc, ch 12, ch 1 {16}

Row 70: Turn sk 1 ch, sc 3, dec 1 sc over next 2 sc, sc 11, ch 1 {15}

Row 71: Turn sk 1 ch, sc 3, dec 1 sc over next 2 sc, sc 10, ch 1 {14}

Row 72: Turn, sk 1 ch, sc 3, dec 1 sc over next 2 sc, sc 9 ch 1 {13}

Row 73: Turn, sk 1 ch, sc 3, dec 1 sc over next 2 sc, sc 8, ch 1 {12}

Row 74: Turn, sk 1 ch, sc 3, dec 1 sc over next 2 sc, sc 7, ch 1 {11}

Row 75: Turn, sk 1 ch, sc 3, dec 1 sc over next 2 sc, sc 6, ch 1 {10}

Row 76: Turn, sk 1 ch, sc 10, ch 1.

Row 77-85: Repeat row 76

Row 86-90: Repeat row 76 using color B

Row 91-95: Repeat row 76 using color C

Row 96-111: Repeat row 76 using color A

Row 111-118: Repeat row 76 using color C

Row 119-122: Repeat row 76 using color B

Row 123-138: Repeat row 76 using color A

Row 139-143: Repeat row 76 using color C

Row 144-148: Repeat row 76 using color B

Row 149-158: Repeat row 76 using color A

Row 159: Still using color A, turn, sk1 ch, 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 6 sc, ch 1 {11}

Row 160: Turn, sk 1 ch, 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 7 sc, ch 1 {12}

Row 161: Turn, sk 1 ch, 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 8 sc, ch 1 {13}

Row 162: Turn, sk 1 ch, 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 9 sc ch 1 {14}

Row 163: Turn, sk 1 ch, 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 10 sc, ch 1 {15}

Row 164: Turn sk 1 ch, 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 11 sc, ch 1 {16}

Row 165: Turn, sk 1 ch, 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc. 12 sc, ch 1 {17}

Row 166: Turn, sk 1 ch, 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 13 sc, ch 1 {18}

Row 167: Turn, sk 1 ch, 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 14 sc, ch 1 {19}

Row 168: Turn sk 1 ch, 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 15 sc {20}

Fasten off. Leaving tail to stitch shoulder strap to the other side of the bag using a yarn needle.