Mayuri’s Tote Bag CAL Part 1 on Crochet For You Blog

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Mayuri’s Tote Bag CAL – Part 1 (body of the bag)

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Finished size – body of bag (folded piece in half)

  • Height = 12”
  • Width of the bottom = 13”
  • Width of the top = 11.75”

Abbreviations/ stitches

  • ch = chain
  • sc = single crochet
  • hdc = half double crochet
  • dc = double crochet
  • st = stitch
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • sk = skip
  • (RS) = Right Sde
  • (WS) = Wrong Side
  • [ ] work instructions within brackets as many times as directed
  • *to = repeat * to the instructions.

Special stitches

  • 5-dc shell st = 5 dc in indicated st
  • sc2tog = Insert hook in next st and draw up a loop. Insert hook into next st and draw up a loop. Yarn over, pull back through all 3 loops on hook at once.
  • side-dc / side-sc = side stitch (dc or sc) in side of the work.

Note:

  • Beg ch does not count as st.
  • From row 1 to 43, color change after every row. Here is the tutorial I used for color changing, Tip for working long color changes in crochet on Fresh Stitches, it was easier than cut the yarn every time.
  • Weave the ends before starting edging part.
  • Place a stitch marker on wrong side of the pattern. It’ll easier for fast crocheting experience.

ch 46 with Aren

Row 1: (RS) sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each st across, turn. (45 sts) (Tip for working long color changes in crochet – see the note section above for more detail)

Row 2: (WS) with Real Teal, ch 2, dc in first st, 3 dc in next st, [sk next 2 sts, sc in next st, sk 2 sts, 5-dc shell st (see special stitches) in next st] 6 times, sk next 2 sts, sc in next st, sk next 2 sts, 3 dc in next st, dc in last st. (6 shell sts / 2 half shell sts)

Row 3: (RS) with Aren, ch 1, sc in each st across. (45 sts)

Row 4: (WS) with Real Teal, ch 1, sc in first 2 sts, [sk next 2 sts, 5-dc shell st in next st, sk next 2 sts, sc in next st] 7 times, sc in last st. (7 shell sts)

Row 5: (RS) with Aren, ch 1, sc in each st across. (45 sts)

Row 6 – 43: repeat rows 2 to 5 continuously and stop repeating these rows  at row 43.  Row 43 should stop with row 3 repeating.

Mayuri’s Tote Bag CAL - part 1

Top part of the bag (make 2 on short sides)

Row 44: (WS) with Aren, ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.

Row 45: (RS) ch 1, sc in first st, sc2tog 3 times (see special stitches), sc in next 4 sts, ch 5, sk next 5 sts, sc in next 13 sts, ch 5, sk next 5 sts, sc in next 4 sts, sc2tog 3 times, sc in last st, turn. (23 sc / 6 sc2tog)

Row 46: (WS) ch 1, sc in each st and ch across, turn. (39 sts)

Row 47 – 55: ch 1, sc in each st across, turn. (39 sts) Fasten off.

With Aren (WS) facing, repeat rows 44 to 55 in opposite side of the bag, Start to crochet on unworked chain loops of foundation chain (photo below).

Mayuri’s Tote Bag CAL – Part 1

Do not fasten off at the end of row 55, we are going to start edging. Turn.

Mayuri’s Tote Bag CAL – Part 1

At this point you have to finish weaving ends before start edging. If you have already followed the instruction on Tip for working long color changes in crochet you will know what to do next.

Cut all the strands from the center and start to weave ends using tapestry needle instead of making a knot.

Mayuri’s Tote Bag CAL – Part 1

Edging (Working around the edge including sides)

(WS) facing, 3 sc in first st, sc in each of next 37 sts, 3 sc in last st of the row (photo 1 below),

Working down on side sts of the bag.

sc in each of next 12 side-sc (top part of the bag), until meet dc in Real Teal color (photo 2 and 3 below),

Mayuri’s Tote Bag CAL – Part 1

Crochet only hdc sts between first side-dc and last side-dc in Real Teal (52 hdc total).

*2 hdc in each side-dc, 1 hdc in each side-sc; repeat * to until last dc in Real Teal. (52 hdc total) Place 2 stitch markers at 26th and 27th hdc sts.

Mayuri’s Tote Bag CAL – Part 1

sc in each of next 12 side-sc (top part of the bag), 3 sc in corner st of the row 55 (photo below),

Mayuri’s Tote Bag CAL – Part 1

sc in each of next 37 sts, 3 sc in last st of the row,

Working up on second and last side sts of the bag.

sc in each of next 12 side-sc (top part of the bag), until meet dc in Real Teal color,

Crochet only hdc sts between first side dc and last side dc in Real Teal (52 hdc total).

*2 hdc in each side-dc, 1 hdc in each side-sc; repeat * to until last dc in Real Teal. (52 hdc total) Place 2 stitch marker at 26th and 27th hdc sts.

sc in each of next 12 side-sc (top part of the bag), sl st to first sc of 3 sc sts. (238 sts total)

Mayuri’s Tote Bag CAL – Part 1

Did you place 2 stitch markers in 26th and 27th hdc sts in each side?

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