Endless Summer Hydrangea Tote Bag by Alexandra Richards ELK

Endless Summer Hydrangea Tote Bag

Crochet
February 2019
Aran (8 wpi) ?
40 SC by 10 Rows: 11” (27.94 cm) Wide by 3.5” (8.89 cm) Tall
5.0 mm (H)
500 yards (457 m)
US
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This pattern is available for free.

This tote bag was designed for Knotions Magazine, March 2019 Issue.

One of my favorite flowers is the hydrangea. While the many different colorways are simply stunning, I think what I like the most about them is the texture I see when I look at the bunch of little flowers all together.

Originally, I was playing with a floral theme for this design, but I wasn’t sure just what I wanted to make. I thought about an afghan similar to the 3D rose ones you may have seen, but with my interpretation of the hydrangea. I started with one square, and then a bunch of ideas hit me - afghan squares are so versatile! But how about a tote bag that I could use to carry around my WIPs (work in progress) in?!

As far as the lining goes, in the past, I have crocheted other tote bags that I chose not to line, and I ended up really disappointed with how much they stretched out, so I made sure with this one that I added a lining to the bag itself, and the strap.

If you don’t want to work a whole tote bag, you can use this pattern to make more of a clutch by simply subtracting rounds on the bag body, and then create a little flap to hold your goodies in, or you could add a zipper.

Size
Finished bag body measures 12.75” (32.39 cm) wide by 15” (38.1 cm) tall, and strap measures 2.5” (6.35 cm) wide by 37” (93.98 cm) long (before sewing). Bag designed to hang at side, with top around natural waistline on a person 5’5” (165.1 cm), but sizing can easily be adjusted

Finished panel before sewing measures 10.88” (27.65 cm) wide by 2.63” (6.68 cm) tall.

Yarn
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn (100% Acrylic; 364 yards 333 meters/198 grams): E300_316 Soft White (CA), 1 ball; E300_512 Turqua (CB), 1 ball; E300_624 Tea Leaf (CC), 1 ball.

You’ll need the full skein for the bag itself (the white). The other colors only require a small amount - maybe 65 yards each.

Hook
H8/5mm Crochet Hook

Notions

  • Stitch Markers, or Waste Yarn
  • Tapestry Needle for Weaving in Ends & Sewing Strap End
  • Tape Measure
  • Optional for Sturdy Bag Bottom, 10.88” (27.64 cm) Wide by 2.63” (6.68 cm) Piece of Stiff 7 Mesh Plastic Canvas (or Craftweight Interfacing)
  • Optional for Lining, Sewing Pins
  • Optional for Lining, Sewing Machine or Sewing Needle
  • Optional for Lining, Matching Sewing Thread
  • Optional for Lining, Less than 1 Yard of Felt (or Other Fabric) - Craft Felt Fabric from JoAnn’s used in the Sandstone colorway