Market Tote

Summer is almost here so it's perfect timing for market totes and beach handbags... I must admit I'm a little obsess about them! I love colorful handbags, I can't help myself. 

But I'm sure you will love this too because it's easy, super functional and you just need 1 small roll to make it! How awesome is this? I'm planning in making a loot of them for my friends this summer! 

So, let's start!

MATERIAL:

- Ganxxet Fabric Yarn in the print you prefer: 1 roll

- Ganxxet crochet hook N10

- Ganxxet white cotton rope or your favorite material for the stripe. 

TIME: 2 hours

DIFFICULTY: Easy

ganxxet t-shirt yarn handbag

STEP BY STEP:

We start with a round base of 10 rows. 

ROW 1) Make a magic ring with 6 single crochet stitches. **If it's your first magic ring, is a good option to check this video instructions, because it can be a little tricky the first times! Once finished, pull the tail to close the loop. 

ROW 2) Make two single crochet stitches into each stitch of the previous round, so the number of stitches will double to 12. ( You can also see this video tutorial )

ROW 3) We have to do 18 stitches so, we will alternate one single crochet with two single crochet for the rest of the round. 

ROW 4) We do 24 stitches with the pattern of single / single/ double stitch. We complete the round. 

ROW 5) We do 30 stitches with the pattern single / single/ single/ double stitch. We complete the round. 

ROW 6) We do 36 stitches with the pattern single / single/ single/ single/ double stitch. We complete the round. 

ROW 7) We do 42 stitches with the pattern single / single/ single/ single/ single/ double stitch. We complete the round.

ROW 8) We do 48 stitches with the pattern  single / single/ single/ single/ single/ single / double stitch.We complete the round.

ROW 9) We do 54 stitches with the pattern single / single / single/ single/ single/ single/ single / double stitch. We complete the round and the base of our handbag. 

ganxxet t-shirt yarn base

Now we have to start crocheting the main part of the handbag but it's really easy!

First, [ we make 4 chain stitches, we skip 3 stitches of the previous row and we hook it in the 4th stitch ]* we repeat this until the end of the row.

t-shirt yarn round base

In the following rows we do the same but we hook it in the middle of the chain stitches.

chain stitches

You go on until you have the size you like it, I made 10 rows. You will see how row after row you create the holes and this form:

chain stitches

After the 10 rows or the size you choose, make 1 final row of single crochet stitches and add the stripes that you prefer. 

In my case, I used two white cotton ropes and I twisted them to create the effect of bigger cord and I just added them with a knot to give it a more nautical style. I wanted a cross body handbag but you can add two stripes or even make them crocheting with chain stitches. 

crochet t-shirt yarn

and this is it! You have a new handbag for summer! Ah! I almost forgot, if you wish, you can add a lining to the handbag if you are going to use it for small stuff. It looks also really cool, specially with a solid color. 

You can see how to make a lining for a handbag in this post.

Leave a comment if you have any doubt!

Happy crochet!

Nuria


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