This handy project is simple yet sophisticated. Generously sized with crochet cables, this bag will fit your needs for trips to the library or much-needed weekend getaways. Sew in a liner to make it extra sturdy.
Skill Level: Intermediate
Size: 15” x 15” x 3” (not including handles)
Gauge: 2 cable sections and 3 dc = 4” [10 cm]; 11 rows (6 rows dc, 5 rows sc) = 4” [10 cm]
Yarn: Knit Picks Dishie (100% Cotton; 190 yards [174 meters]/100 grams): 25789 Silver, 4 balls
Hook: US size I/9 (5.5 mm)
Notions: Removable markers; tapestry needle; three 1” buttons; sewing needle and matching thread; 1 yd cotton fabric for lining or purchased fabric tote bag; sewing machine (if making your own liner)
Blo: Back loop only
Dc: Double crochet
Flo: Front Loop only
FPtr: Front post treble crochet
Sc: Single Crochet
Turning chain counts as the first stitch
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn – 51 sc.
Row 2: Ch 3, dc in each sc across, turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in each dc across, turn.
Row 4: Ch 3, dc in first 2 sc, *FPtr around next dc of Row 2, sk next st, FPtr in next 2 dc of Row 2, working in front of the 2 FPtr just made, FPtr around the skipped st, FPtr around next dc of Row 2, dc in the next 3 sc; rep from * across, turn – 6 cable sections; 7 3-dc groups.
Row 5: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn – 51 sc.
Row 6: Ch 3, dc in next 2 sc, *FPtr around first FPdc 2 rows below, sk next st, FPtr around next 2 FPtr from 2 rows below, working in front of 2 FPtr just made, FPtr around the skipped st, FPtr around next FPtr 2 rows below, dc in next 2 sc; rep from * across, turn.
Rows 7-41: Rep Rows 5-6. Fasten off.
Row 1: Ch 12, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn.
Row 2: Ch 3, working in flo, dc across, turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, working in blo, sc across, turn.
Rows 4-85: Rep Rows 2-3, ending with a Row 3. Fasten off.
Work Back same as Front.
Pin Gusset to one side of Tote around 3 sides. With RS of cables facing, attach yarn to top corner, sc down one side joining both pieces, 3 sc in corner sp, sc across bottom, 3 sc in corner, sc up the second side. Fasten off.
Rep to attach Back of Tote.
Note: This is for sewing your own lining. If you are using a purchased fabric tote for the liner, skip this part and go to Insert Liner in Bag below.
Cut 2 pieces of fabric 16” x 16” for Front and Back, 2 pieces 26” x 3” for Handles, and 1 piece 46” x 4” for Gusset
Use 5/8” seams allowance throughout.
Fold each handle piece with RS facing and seam the long edge. Turn right side out.
Pin Gusset to one side of lining fabric and sew around. Clip corners and trim seam.
Sew other side of lining to opposite side of the Gusset.
Fold down a hem at the top edge and sew around.
Attach Handles securely 4” from each side seam.
Insert Liner in Bag
Pin liner to top edge of bag. Stitch lining in place with needle and thread.
Button Closures (make 3)
Row 1: Ch 8, dc in 4th ch from hook and in each ch across, turn.
Rows 2-6: Ch 3, dc in each st across row, turn.
Row 7: Ch 1, sc in next 3 dc, ch 5, sc in last 3 dc. Fasten off.
Sew button closures to back side of Tote. Place 1 above the first cable group and 1 above the last cable group. Place the 3rd one above the 4th 3-dc group at the center of the bag.
Sew buttons to Front of bag about 2 dc rows from top edge to correspond with the button closures.
Weave in all ends.