Hi everyone! I hope you are all well! I am super excited to share my latest pattern with you. I created it as part of the 2019 International Crochet Month Designer Showcase hosted by The Underground Crafter. I’m so excited to participate in such a wonderful event that celebrates crochet and crocheters around the world! For the month of March, 31 amazing designers are offering free and discounted crochet patterns to our lovely followers. There is also a chance to win some great prizes as well! You can find all of the information in Marie’s post here. I really hope you enjoy my pattern contribution, this Simple Mesh Market Tote. It is a great stashbuster project and is super fun to make. Scroll down to grab the free pattern!
Before we get to the pattern, I wanted to talk to you a little bit about The Crochet Guild of America (CGOA). CGOA is a national organization that is solely dedicated to crochet. It is a great resource for all crocheters. You can connect with other crocheters through the website or by joining a chapter. They also have a yearly conference where you can meet up with designers and other crocheters and take courses as well! I have been a member of CGOA for several years now and although I haven’t been able to attend a conference, I do enjoy many other perks of being a member. I have access to free patterns and I receive member discounts to some of my favorite stores such as Annies. I also receive a subscription to Crochet! Magazine. I have made many wonderful connections through CGOA and I hope to be able to attend a conference in the near future!
I also wanted to share my amazing experience with my new Laurel Hill crochet hook! The wonderful people over at Laurel Hill graciously provided the beautiful hook that I used for this design. These beautiful hooks are made from exotic repurposed woods and are hand selected, sized, sanded and polished into functional works of art. They also have a unique thumb rest to provide comfort for longer crochet sessions. The Ebony hook I received crocheted like a dream. It went smoothly through my cotton yarn without snagging. I really liked the thumb rest feature. I tend to have a lot of pain in my hands when crocheting for longer periods of time and I noticed that the thumb rest was very comfortable, even with my knife grip. Laurel Hill has so many other products besides crochet hooks so make sure to check them out!
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Simple Mesh Market Tote
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- Approximately 215 yds of Category 4 Medium Yarn in 3 colors:
- Size J 6mm Crochet Hook; (I used my brand new Laurel Hill Ebony hook that was provided by the company for use in this design.)
- Yarn Needle* for weaving ends
ch – chain
ch-sp – chain space
dc – double crochet
hdc – half double crochet
sc – single crochet
sk – skip
sp(s) – space(s)
st(s) – stitch(es)
t-ch – turning chain
() – indicates stitch counts
* – indicates instructions to be repeated
17.6 stitches & 8 rows = 4″ (in pattern stitch)
Approximately 12″ wide and 17.5″ long from base of handle to bottom of bag
4+1, + 5 for foundation ch
- This pattern is written in US terms.
- Sizing will vary depending on how tightly or loosely you crochet. Gauge is not necessary for this pattern but if you would like to keep the sizing the same, please check your gauge before starting this project.
- This project is worked flat and then seamed at the sides to create the tote.
With Color A (leaving a 24″ yarn tail), Ch 58
Row 1: 1 dc into the 10th ch from hook, *ch 3 sk the next 3 sts, 1 dc into the next st; Repeat from * across, turn. (53 sts)
Row 2: Ch 1, 1 sc into the first st, *ch 3, sk the next ch-3 sp, 1 sc into the next st (dc from previous row); Repeat from * across, working the last sc into the 4th ch of the t-ch, turn. (53 sts)
Row 3: Ch 6 (count as 1 dc and ch-3), sk the first st and the next ch-3 sp, 1 dc into the next st (sc from previous row), *ch 3, sk the next ch-3 sp, 1 dc into the next st; Repeat from * across, turn. (53 sts)
Row 4: Ch 1, 1 sc into the first st, *ch 3, sk the next ch-3 sp, 1 sc into the next st (dc from previous row); Repeat from * across, working the last sc into the 4th ch of the t-ch, turn. (53 sts)
Row 5-14: Repeat Rows 3-4
Change to Color B
Row 15-28: Repeat Rows 3-4
Change to Color C
Row 29: Ch 1, 1 hdc into each st across, turn. (53 sts)
Row 30-34: Repeat Row 29
Change to Color B
Row 35-48: Repeat Rows 3-4
Change to Color A
Row 49-62: Repeat Rows 3-4
Fasten off, leave a long tail for sewing.
Seaming the Tote:
- Fold the tote in half so that the top row meets the bottom row and the tote looks even.
- Using the yarn tails and a yarn needle, whip stitch the sides together.
Trim and Handle:
- Join Color C into the last st of Row 62.
- Work 1 sc into each st around, join into the beginning sc with a sl st. (106 sts) (Note: You will be working into the bottom of the starting ch as you crochet around.)
- Ch 1, 1 sc into each st around, join into the beginning sc with a sl st. (106 sts)
- Ch 1, 1 sc into each of the next 20 sts, ch 60 (this is your first handle), sk the next 13 sts, 1 sc into each of the next 40 sts, ch 60 (this is your second handle), sk the next 13 sts, 1 sc into the next 20 sts, join in beginning sc with a sl st. (200 sts)
- Ch 1, 1 sc into each st around (make sure to work 1 sc into each ch-st for the handle), join in beginning sc with a sl st. (200 sts)
- Ch 1, 1 sc into each st around, join in beginning sc with a sl st, fasten off, weave all ends.
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