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De­sign by Joyce Geisler

FIN­ISHED MEA­SURE­MENTS

With Han­dle: 20 inches tall With­out Han­dle: 14 inches wide across top x 10 inches across bot­tom x 10 inches tall, mea­sured flat Bot­tom gus­set: 4 inches deep

Han­dle: 11/8 inches wide x

221/2 inches long in­clud­ing rec­tan­gle rings and at­tach­ment loops

MA­TE­RI­ALS

• Aunt Ly­dia’s Clas­sic

Cro­chet size 10 cro­chet cot­ton (350 yds per ball):

2 balls #486 navy (A)

1 ball #210 an­tique white (B)

• Size 5/1.90mm steel cro­chet hook

or size needed to ob­tain gauge

• Clips or lock­ing stitch mark­ers: 4

• 151/2-inch-wide x 27-inch-long piece of sturdy fab­ric for lin­ing

• Large-eye nee­dle (for size 10 thread)

• Sewing ma­chine or nee­dle and co­or­di­nat­ing sewing thread

• Magnetic tote clasp

• #P-1621-NP metal rect­an­glu­lar ring with spring pin, mea­sur­ing 11/16 inch wide across pin x 7/8 inch long x 11/16 inches outer width, by Hard­wareElf.com: 4

GAUGE

11 sts = 1 inch; 11 rows = 1 inch

PAT­TERN NOTES

All rows have 139 stitches and end with chain 1, turn.

Weave in loose ends as work pro­gresses.

Work ex­tra foun­da­tion chains, if de­sired, to avoid work­ing too few stitches in row 1. Un­worked chains can be picked out af­ter row 1 is com­pleted.

I-stitches are worked in stitches of same color 3 rows down.

When chang­ing to next color, do not fas­ten off last color used. Drop color and carry along wrong side edge of work un­til next needed.

Join with slip stitch as in­di­cated un­less oth­er­wise stated.

SPE­CIAL STITCHES

I-stitch (I-st): Dc in base of next st 3 rows down, pulling up lps level with cur­rent row. Sin­gle cro­chet join (sc join):

Place a slip knot on hook, in­sert hook in in­di­cated st, yo and pull up a lp, yo and draw through both lps on hook.

TOTE

With color A, ch 140.

Row 1 (WS): Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, change color (see Stitch Guide) to color B, ch 1, turn. (139 sc)

Row 2 (RS): Sc in first sc and in each sc across, ch 1, turn.

Row 3: Sc in first sc and in each sc across, change color to next color, ch 1, turn.

Row 4: Sc in first 3 sts, I-st (see

Spe­cial Stitches) in next st 3 rows be­low, [sc in next 5 sts, I-st in next st 3 rows be­low] across to last 3 sts, sc in last 3 sts, ch 1, turn.

Row 5: Rep row 3.

Row 6: Sc in first 5 sts, I-st in next st 3 rows be­low, [sc in next 5 sts, I-st in next st 3 rows be­low] across to last st, sc in last st, ch 1, turn.

Row 7: Rep row 3.

Row 8: Sc in first st, [I-st in next st 3 rows be­low, sc in next 5 sts] across row, ch 1, turn.

Rep rows 3–8 un­til piece mea­sures ap­prox­i­mately 243/4 inches long, end­ing with a color A I-st row, then work row 2. Fas­ten off all colors and weave in loose ends.

Side & Bot­tom Seam

Work twice.

With RS tog, fold piece in half with first and last rows held tog at top. Work­ing through both thick­nesses in ends of rows, join

(see Pat­tern Notes) color A in top cor­ner, sl st in each row to last row, sc in last row. Fas­ten off.

Strap Lps

Make 4.

Place marker in 5th I-st from side seam or where de­sired. Row 1: Sc join (see Spe­cial Stitches) color A in marked st, sc in next sc, ch 1, turn.

Row 2: Sc in each st across, ch 1, turn. Rows 3–14: Rep row 2. At end of last row, fas­ten off, leav­ing an 8-inch tail.

Edg­ing

Sc join color A in any st at top edge, re­v­erse sc (see Stitch

Guide) in each st around, (work­ing re­v­erse sc in ends of rows of side edges and sl sts in sts of top row) of each Strap Lp, join in beg sc. Fas­ten off.

Fold each Strap Lp to WS, with large eye nee­dle and end tail, sew to top edge of Tote.

Strap

Make 2.

Row 1: With color A and leav­ing an 8-inch tail, ch 11, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, ch 1, turn. (10 sc)

Row 2: Sc in each st across, ch 1, turn.

Rep row 2 un­til strap is 20 inches long, un­stretched. Do not fas­ten off.

Edg­ing row: *Re­v­erse sc in end of each row of side edge*, work­ing in op­po­site side of foun­da­tion ch, sl st in each st across, rep be­tween *. Fas­ten off, leav­ing an 8-inch tail.

Fold 1 inch of end of Strap to back side, with large eye nee­dle, sew to Strap to form a lp. Rep across other end, tak­ing care to fold end to same side as first lp.

AS­SEM­BLY & FIN­ISH­ING

Gus­set

Work twice.

Turn WS of Tote out, fold side seam at bot­tom of Tote flat with seam in the cen­ter and side folded out into a tri­an­gle. Flat­ten evenly and hand- or ma­chine-sew across tri­an­gle 21/4 inches from the point to square off bot­tom. Trim off tri­an­gle or tack to bot­tom as de­sired.

Lin­ing

Line Tote as de­sired or as fol­lows:

Fold fab­ric in half with RS tog and 151/2-inch width across top. With 1/2- inch seam al­lowance, sew side seam. Press seam open and flat­ten bot­tom end of seam sides down to form a tri­an­gle. Seam will be in cen­ter of the tri­an­gle.

Mea­sure 2 inches from tip and sew straight across tri­an­gle. Trim off tri­an­gle. This will square bot­tom same as on the Tote seams.

Turn top edge of Lin­ing down 1 inch to WS of Lin­ing and press. At­tach magnetic clasp as in­structed on pack­age. Place Lin­ing in Tote and whip­stitch

(see il­lus­tra­tion) top of Lin­ing to top edge of Tote.

Re­move pin from metal ring. In­sert ring through strap. Re­place pin in ring, in­sert­ing through Strap Lp on Tote. Fas­ten pin.

Rep for each Strap, en­sur­ing Straps are not twisted.

This clas­sic-style tote cro­cheted in size 10 thread makes a sturdy project bag you’ll use for years!

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