Sunset Stripes Tote

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This tote will add easy color to any summer outfit. Choose your colors for the stripes and mix it up to achieve the look you want. The slip stitch rows add texture to this fun and stunning bag.

Skill Level: Easy

Size: 4” x 10” x 10”

Gauge: 9 sts and 9 rows = 2” [5 cm] in sc

Materials

Medium weight yarnYarn: Berroco Vintage (52% Acrylic, 40% Wool, 8% Nylon; 218 yards [200 meters]/100 grams): 5116 Dove (MC, 1 hank), 5167 Dewberry (C1, 1 hank), 5121 Sunny (C2, 1 hank), 5123 Blush (C3, 1 hank)

Hook: US size G/6 (4.0 mm)

Notions: Tapestry needle, repurposed old leather handles (approx. 16” each)

Pattern

Base (make 2)

Using MC, ch 46.

Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook and in each across. (45 sts)

Rows 2-18: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across.

Trim

Ch 1, turn, work sc evenly spaced around all edges of base, join with sl st in first sc.

Fasten off.

Use yarn needle and sew wrong sides of each Base together.

Body

Rnd 1: Join C1 in blo of any corner st, ch 1, working in blo, sc in each st around, sl st to first sc to join.
Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to first sc to join. Fasten off.

Rnd 3: Join MC, ch 1, sl st loosely in each st around, sl st to first st to join. Fasten off.

Rnd 4: Join C2 2 rows below, ch 1, working in sts 2 rows below, sc in each st around, sl st to first st to join.

Rnd 5: Ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to first sc to join. Fasten off.

Rnd 6: Rep Rnd 3.

Rnd 7: Join C3 2 rows below, ch 1, working in sts 2 rows below, sc in each st around, sl st to first st to join.

Rnd 8: Ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to first sc to join. Fasten off.

Rnd 9: Rep Rnd 3.

Rnd 10: Join C1 2 rows below, ch 1, working in sts 2 rows below, sc in each st around, sl st to first st to join.

Rnd 11: Ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to the first sc to join. Fasten off.

Rnd 12: Rep Rnd 3.

Rnds 13-67: Rep Rnds 4-12, 6 times. Do not fasten off last Rnd of MC

Rnd 68: Ch 1, working 2 rows below, ch 1, working in sts 2 rows below, sc in each st around, sl st to first st to join.

Rnds 69-72: Ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to first st to join.

Rnd 73: Ch 1, reverse single crochet, sl st to the first st to join.

Fasten off.

Finishing

Use tapestry needle to sew on leather handles.

Weave in all ends.

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