Friday, July 20, 2012

Rainbow tote crochet pattern

It has been raining here nearly every day for over a week.  It isn't just a light rain every now and then, it is torrential downpours and lightening storms that are causing flash floods in the area.  I worked this last week to make a crochet pattern that was a little more involved than all the short patterns I have posted.  I'm still working through all of the yarn I bought to make Boo's rainbow scarf.  I also used it to wrap her birthday presents and last week I posted a couple of rainbow headbands I made.  Today I have a rainbow tote bag.  With all the rain, the rainbows are needed.

I tried to do something different from the plain single crochet of the headbands, but I also wanted the weave to be tight so things wouldn't slip through.  I settled on just slight modifying the single crochet to make a ridge that runs along the chains.

Boo's Rainbow Tote
Personal use only please.

I used an H crochet hook and I Love This Yarn in fire red (1), orange (2), yellow (3), limelight (4), turquoise (5), royal (6), grape (7) and white (8).

Ch - chain
sc - single crochet
dc - double crochet
sl st - slip stitch
st - stitch

Ch 101
Row 1:  sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch after, ch 1, turn
Row 2: (working in front loop only from now on) sc in 2nd ch from hook and each st after, ch 1, turn
Rows 3-5: repeat row 2
Row 6:  (still working in front loop only) sc in 2nd ch from hook and each st after joining color 2 in last st, ch 1, turn
Rows 7-11:  repeat row 2
Row 12: repeat row 6 changing to color 3
Rows 13-17:  repeat row 2
Row 18: repeat row 6 changing to color 4
Rows 19-23:  repeat row 2
Row 24: repeat row 6 changing to color 5
Rows 25-29:  repeat row 2
Row 30: repeat row 6 changing to color 6
Rows 31-35:  repeat row 2
Row 36: repeat row 6 changing to color 7
Rows 37-41:  repeat row 2
Row 42: repeat row 6 but finish off last st

You should have a rectangle that looks like this.

Notice that the starting yarn will be on one end of the rectangle and all of the other ends will be on the other end of the rectangle.  At this stage, choose which side you want to show on the outside and mark it.  Work the loose ends into the piece.  Fold it in half so the outside is on the inside.  Use the color (red or violet) that blends in to the edge.  Using a tapestry needle, sew  the edges together tightly so it will hold.  After both sides are done, turn it right side out.  The seams should be on the inside.

Now to work the edging.

Round 1:  Starting at one of the seams join the white with a sl st.  Working evenly around the top, sc, ch1 all the way around, join with sl st in first sl st
Round 2:  ch 1, *3 dc in ch 1 space, sl st in sc, repaet from * all the way around, join with sl st to first ch 1 and finish off

This will cause the edge to pucker, but I wanted that to happen so it looked more like ruffles.

Ch 101
Row 1:  sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch after, ch 1, turn
Row 2: (working in both loops from now on) sc in 2nd ch from hook and each st after, ch 1, turn
Rows 3-6: repeat row 2, but don't do last ch 1 on row 6
Row 7:  (still working in both loops) sl st in 1st ch from hook and each st after finishing off last st (this adds a little strength)

Attach straps to the inside of the bag as shown in picture (the square and cross), sewing it on with the color that will show on the outside.  Just make sure each stitch goes over yarn on both sides to make a strong hold.

This what the finished bag looks like.

Here is Boo with her bag.  She can't wait to use it.  A simple fabric lining can be inserted if needed.

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  1. I love this! it's so bright and cheerful, thanks for sharing.

  2. I love this bag - my daughter is a big fan of rainbows! Thanks for sharing the pattern - pinning to my crochet board. Visiting from TT&J linkup :)

    1. Thanks! My daughter loves rainbow, too. She keeps begging me to make her things. I'll run out of yarn soon.

  3. Very cute! It's nice to keep your hands busy while watching TV - then I don't feel guilty.

    1. Thanks, I usually do it while I watch tv or movies.

  4. Your bag is so cute and cheerful! You picked the perfect hues to make your rainbow. If you're looking for another place to share your creative projects, come by Etcetorize. Party starts tonight and goes all week. Would love to see you there~

  5. so cute I love the colors... wish I could do this too

    1. Thanks, just grab a hook and give it a shot!

  6. i Absoultely love it! i am a new follower:) i whould love if you checked out my blog,

  7. So sweet and bright in the summer. Love the rainbow color.

  8. What a bright fun bag! I love rainbow colored things.:)

  9. I love this! I can't crochet, but my friend does and is looking for new projects so I will pin this for her. :)
    New follower from Musings of an Imperfect Mom

  10. Great job on the bag. Please send some of your rain down to San Antonio:)

    1. Thanks! I'd send it if I could. It isn't as bad now, but still raining about every three days.


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