Journey Tote Bag
Have you ever gone through life for something you feel excited to make at first? Then in the middle of a situation, you suddenly changed your plan to another thing which is more exciting. This is what we called as unpredictable moments in life. The best way to deal with life is to acknowledge unpredictable things can happen in life, that surprises are a part of our journey in life. Sometimes we allow life to lead us. No matter how well we make our plan for something we want, there will be the unexpected moment.
I do not know about you, but that’s what is happening to me almost every time I plan something, A, but change to B or C plan. People believed I was unpredictable. Maybe they are right, maybe not. I admit that I am so random. Like crocheting, sometimes I do not know what I am crocheting (LOL), until I get to some point to make up my mind. It’s sort of the purpose of my life, growing up, learning, changing, and living my life the best way I can (and never being the same person twice). In the end, I will always do exactly what I want to do. This is what happened when I first thought I wanted to make a book cover, then in the middle of the project, I changed it into a tote bag. What a surprise journey!
If you want to do something simple and sweet to encourage someone you love, try making this bag for them as a genuine gift. I wish you and someone you care will be happy, love and have peace as you journey through life.
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17 sts x 24 rows (4″x4″)
9.5″ wide x 6.8″ length (24 cm x 17 cm)
100g Rainbow Cotton Cake (80% Cotton and 20% Milk Fibre). Purchased from Cotton House Shopee.
Shown in color Greenish
1 skein used. If that color you looking for is not available, you can choose any yarn you would like.
Brave 500 yarn is 100% Premium Acrylic which is more about life’s adventure and works wonders for projects such as hats, scarves or baby blankets using just one ball. It is gentle enough for sensitive skin and easy care.
US size 2.5 (3.0mm) for the strip.
US size 6 (4.00mm) for the body.
Or you should adjust hook size to obtain an accurate gauge
Abbreviations (US Term)
- sc Single Crochet
- ss Slip Stitch
- Rep Repeat
- ch(s) chain(s)
- st(s) stitch(es)
- RS right side
- WS wrong side
This pattern is for those beginner who feel comfortable with single crochet (sc) and slip stitch (ss).
The main body of the bag is working around from the bottom to the top (Crochet hook US Size 6 or 4.00mm).
The foundation of the chain begins with 41 sts. On the Right Side (RS) – sc in 2nd ch from hook and each to ch 39th. On 40th ch, sc 3. Turn your work to the other side of foundation ch, sc in each until the end of the round, add 2 more sc in the last st (Total 84 sts around). The strip of the bag is working with sc every row (Crochet hook US Size 2.5 or 3.00mm).
Foundation chain: ch 41 (using 4.00 mm hook)
Rd 1: RS – sc in 2nd ch from hook and each to ch 39th. On 40th ch, sc 3. Turn your work to other side of foundation ch, sc in each until end of round, add 2 more sc in last st (Total 84 sts around).
Rd 2: ch1, sc in each until you reached 2 sc in one st (41th & 42nd sts), 2 sc in each that both sts. This is to increase your round. sc in each st until you reach end of round with 2 sc in one st (83rd & 84th sts), 2 sc in each that last both sts.
Rd 3: c1, sc around. This time you will not make any increasing st anymore, just sc in each st until end of rd.
Row 4 onwards (or until you reached your desire length), rep rd 3.
Last rd (before fasten off): ss in each st until end of rd. Fasten off.
The Bag Strip
Put a st marker on each side of your bag to attach your strap later. Make sure you count st same total for both side of the bag. If you choose 6 sc, then you should have 3 sc front and back for both side.
Example for 6 sc total (front and back) on each side. Ch 7, sc in 2nd ch from hook and each to end. *Turn, ch 1, sc in each 6 sts. Rep from * until your strap long enough from shoulder to your hip or otherwise. Fasten off.
Joining Strip to the Bag
With WS facing out, attach your end Strip to the st where your put a stitch marker. Sewing together on the inside to secure of the bag. Make sure you use the same color of yarn to sew them together so that your project will look tidy. Rep the process for the other side of the bag.
To make a button loop on the last two rows of an edging, mark positions across the front edge where you want the beginning of your loop to be positioned. Sc across (for example 6 sts) on the first row, turn and rep until you reach the middle point of the button. Make a chain just long enough to make a loop that the button can slip through. Without skipping any stitches, continue crocheting. Sc in each 6 sts, turn. Rep for one more row.
Enjoy your crocheting!
“Life is a journey, and the road we travel has twists and turns which sometimes lead us to unexpected places and unexpected people. But in turn it always lead us to our destination.”Igwe Daniel Kelechi.