Friday, 21 June 2013

The String Tote Pattern/Tutorial

The Pop It In Your Handbag String Tote.

Thank you for all your lovely comments about the Mystery Giveaway Reveal, I'm glad you all like this cute little tote here is the tutorial and pattern as promised, sorry it took so long it took longer than I thought it would. 
These little bags are great for gifts make a few now for Christmas presents :)


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Materials

Mercerised Cotton I used Patons 
3.50 hook
Change the weight of yarn depending on what size of bag you want.
I used 4ply for the beige bag
Dk for the green
2 strands of 4ply tog for the pink.

Written in English Terms
ch = chain
dc = double crochet (sc/us)
tr = treble (dc/us)
dtr = double treble (tr/us)
ss slip stitch.

Pattern
(Quick version for experienced crocheters)

Make a continuous circle of 4 rounds beginning with with 9 dc in magic loop.
(you can make the circle bigger if you wish depending on how big you want your bag)

dc for final round. Fasten off and weave in ends.
Embellish your circle with a flower or anything you wish,
(see step 20 below)

Make another circle as above but leave plain.

You can make any type of circle you wish but remember there is a certain amount of pulling and tugging involved so it would need to be a sturdy design and multiple colours would need to be well woven in. always finish your circles with a final round of dc (no increases) to give them some depth,

Place circles right sides together and dc them together leaving a gap of 13sts.
Buttonhole made on flower sided circle.
Dc 6 across gap edge  2ch, miss 1 dc, 6dc. 
sew a small button on the inside of opposite gap

Begin string bag
Chain 8 miss 2dc, dc in next dc, chain 8, continue around and include 2nd gap edge.   (see no 24 in tutorial)
Next round
chain 8 dc in next ch8 space continue like this until 22 rounds have been worked (or for as big as you want your bag)
Don’t fasten off
Handles
Chain 60 (or as long as you want them) dc into 5th 8ch loop (one handle made)
Now judge where next handle should be and place markers.
Dc 8 times in each 8ch space until you reach marker and make 2nd handle,
Dc all 8ch spaces around the top of bag and loosely dc around handles.
Fasten off.


 Tutorial
(Click on the pictures to get a larger view)











(revision on no 20...6th line should read 2ch, 1tr, 1dtr, 1tr, 2ch, ss into same st


 Make second circle as above but don't add flower and don't fasten off.








Finished Bag
 The opening should
be on the inside of the bag


To close the bag just turn it inside out, then turn the two two circles inside out, gently push the string bag inside and fasten button.



My latest bag
In Crushed Raspberry

Bag in Use
 If there is any part which is difficult or doesn't make sense please just leave me a comment and I will put it right.

Stats
Pink bag 75 grams
Beige bag 44 grams
Green bag 65 grams
Crushed Raspberry 56 grams 

String Tote Galleries

Hindusanka
Astri
Casey

Loving Hands

More from me info here

Mistea





58 comments:

  1. oooo just in time for me to get it started over the weekend - thank you so much for the very clear and instructive tutorial Linda - I have some purple 4ply cotton I use on the Knitting machines so will give that a try first
    Roamin
    x

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    1. I have sent your's off Roamin! Hope you enjoy making them :)

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  2. Thanks you, Linda! This would be my weekend project to try - a useful thing which I wanted to make for a long time now!:) So kind of you to share the pattern!

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    1. Thank you, hope you enjoy making it. :)

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    2. Just finished my bag! It is wonderful! :) I made it colorful, will post pictures when I weave the ends. But the most fun part of course is the purse and the way you have to turn the bag inside out and make a cute round cushion! :) Thanks so much for the pattern, Linda!

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    3. Can't wait to see the picture Anna :)

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  3. Such a simple yet very clever design! Thank you so much for sharing this lovely pattern!

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  4. Cute!! I really like the way you can ball it when its not in use. Great pattern!
    Barbara

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  5. wonderful tutorial, Linda! I am so tempted to make one...maybe soon!

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    1. Thank you, put it on your do do list Ana. :)

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  6. OOh how fab Linda - Thanks - Will have to give this a try!
    Ali x

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  7. I think you have spoiled us, great idea, great bag and great tutorial.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  8. I will have to pin this! You are invited to share this with Show Your Stuff:

    http://juliejewels1.blogspot.com/2013/06/show-your-stuff-81-baked-doughnuts.html

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    1. Thanks Julie, love your blog! :)

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  9. How smart and clever this idea is. Would be deff making it soon to use for groceries and other shopping! Thanks Linda for taking the time and effort to share this pattern!

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    1. Thank you Rajeswari, enjoy your holiday! :)

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    2. I am in the process of making now! :) Can't wait to use it!

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  10. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Linda!

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  11. Oh and guess what kind of flower will embellish mine. :-)

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    1. You are welcome Astri and er would it be a..let me think?????? a rose perhaps. haha looking forward to seeing it. :)

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  12. I actually had the colors picked out in anticipation....however do you think a worsted weight red heart yarn would work?

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    1. As long as it is a strong yarn and it doesn't stretch Tami, a cotton or cotton blend is the best. Worsted weight would give a bulkier bag, I would do 2 rounds of dc at stage 15, to give the circles more depth so there is more room for the string bag to fit inside, would love to see it when it's done. :)

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    2. Ok thats a deal but now I know I have to make 2 I have some cotton that I wasn't sure what to do with. My daughter lives extremely close to the beach in Galveston tx this is a perfect bag for her and her room mate who is a mom to a 3 year old perfect for her also.

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  13. This is a pretty nice bag Linda - thanks for sharing your pattern with us. :)

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    1. Thanks Debi, you are most welcome. :)

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  14. Brilliant Linda!
    Thanks for the tutorial.
    I so want to get down to making a couple of these bags. This may be a daft question and perhaps obvious when the bag is finished but where do you put the button???

    It is going on my "want to do" list straight away.


    keep well

    Amanda :-)

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    1. Look at picture 22 Amanda, you can just see the buttonhole in front of the hook, the button needs to be opposite on the inside (which is the right side as we have right sides together) You can add the button at the end but it is a bit fiddly. :)

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    2. Yes I see it now and of course its perfectly clear. I can't see for looking :-)

      Many thanks

      A xx

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  15. I started one last night - and it's finished already ! It looks great.
    Thank you so much for the instructions Linda. So clear and straightforward.

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    1. That's great Marianna! I'm pleased the instructions are clear enough, would love to see a photo, link it up to the stash party it must be a stash-buster right? :)

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  16. Beautiful thanks for your generosity!

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    1. Thanks Beth you are very welcome :)

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  17. Such a pretty bag. Thanks for the pattern :) xx

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  18. Wow!!! Just gorgeous!Thanks so much for sharing the great tutorial! Would love to have you visit me sometime.
    Have a fabulous weekend and week!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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  19. I made a smaller one to see if I could. I did it and will post a picture tomorrow.I want to say thank you very much this is perfect for what I have been searching for. You see some of the things I crochet I give to the less fortunate the problem with that is I don't have a lot of money to be able to do it as much or the way I want to. I wanted to have a bag or back pack for the lapghan or stuffed animal or whatever.the flap on inside can hide a gift card to mcdonalds or some other fast food restaurant. This bag is perfect it's light if they are walking,or have children can hold large items and can fold up if needed. Thank you so much. The instructions are super I'm not super good at crocheting I love it but as for details it's hard for me I have add. so concentrating is difficult if the instructions are too detailed I can't these are perfect!I also bag adapted the bottom into a doggy bag holder.(to clean up after the doggy)

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    1. That's brilliant Tami! I'm so glad these bags meet your needs, it sounds like a great idea to me. it looks like these bags have more uses than I ever gave them credit for. I'm looking forward to seeing the photo. :)

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  20. A pretty bag. Great the pattern

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  21. Super, Linda, thank you so much for the pattern!! It's very beautiful and I like the useful feature that the bag can be put in this little pocket, great job! ♥

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  22. Hi Linda,
    What a wonderful tutorial, thank you so much for sharing this on Tutorial Thursdays Linky Party. Your link got the most votes last week and as such is a featured link on this week's Post :) Do come by and grab your "Featured" Button!
    I look forward to seeing what you will share with us this week :)
    Kind Regards
    Natalie
    Marigolds' Loft

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    1. Thank you Natalie, I'm honoured that my bag got the most vote's, I'm off now to grab that button, have a great day :)

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  23. very original project...thanks for sharing with us... great week end... muriel

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  24. What a great idea and pattern Linda! Thank you so much for all the clear instructions. May just have to add to my bag collection (again!) love the way the circles act as a pocket - so clever! E x

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    1. Thank you glad you like it. :)

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  25. Hello. i just wanted to say that i love love love this pattern im actually crocheting it as i type. its so cute and the instructions were very easy to follow. the pitures helped me alot too. thank you so much for sharing this pattern. have a wonderful day. :-)

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    1. Thanks Heather would love to see a picture when it's done. :)

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  26. this is great........I must have a go, now there are no longer free plastic bags in northern Ireland it would be so handy..........so glad I found your site

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  27. Almost completed my first tote

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    1. That was quick Mary to say you just started it today, I want a photo! :)

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  29. Just a quick question. Does it matter what type of yarn(acrylic, cotton.etc) you used for the bag? Especially for beach use?

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    1. Hi Katie, I would say yes it does matter in that I would only use cotton yarn as acrylic would stretch I would think. Any type of cotton would be ok but if you want it to be small enough to pop into your bag use 4 ply or Dk. :)

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  30. How awesome! I never thought about having a little pouch before! I've pinned this one! Now to find the time...

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