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Our Canada Tote Bag

By: Sarah Thompson from richtexturescrochet.com
Updated June 11, 2018
Our Canada Tote Bag
Our Canada Tote Bag

"It seems that crochet tote bags are every where these days! Are you looking for one to show off a little Canadian Pride while out and about this summer? Look no further! It is simple, worked primarily in single crochet stitches, and uses a little bit of colour work in order to create a maple leaf on the front. A colour chart is provided to help show you where the colour changes are in the pattern."

Chart is provided for the colour work.
Pattern is written in American English terms.

Ch 1 at beg of rnd does not count as sc.

Weave in ends as needed.

When alternate color is not in use, carry nonworking color behind and work over
unless otherwise stated.

To switch colors, use color for next stitch in the last step of current stitch (i.e. when
completing a sc, instead of yarning over with your BC to pull through last 2 loops on
hook, drop your MC yarn and pick up your CC, yarn over with CC and pull through
last two loops on hook. Before beginning your next stitch in your CC make sure to
bring your MC yarn to the backside of your work.

Easy

Crochet HookH/8 or 5 mm hook

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Crochet Gauge14 sc x 16 rows = 4 inches

Finished SizeLaid Flat 15 inches wide, 14 inches tall.

Materials List

  • Hook: Size H/8 (5mm)
  • Yarn: Lily Sugar n’ Cream Big Ball Yarn by Yarnspirations™ (100% Cotton; 710 yds/650 m/400 g); Medium/ Worsted weight. Main Color: 1 Ball White. Lily Sugar n’ Cream super size yarn by Yarnspirations™ (100% Cotton; 200 yds/4 oz/184 m/113 g); Medium/ Worsted weight. Contrasting Color: 2 Balls red.

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I never see a maple leaf motif without thinking about my oh-so very naive mom and a certain poster she bought for my room. Lets just say the illustrated leaf was NOT a maple and leave it at that. This is a wonderful project, and I have to say, I sure like working the motif directly into the project instead of cross stitching it in later!

Very nice idea and very easy to do. I read the instructions and they are well written and easy to follow. If you don't want the Canadian theme, make two leaves, one brown and one in gold or orange and it becomes a very pretty Fall tote. Thanks for sharing this great idea.

I kind of can't believe that we need two balls of red yarn to make the relatively small red maple leaf for the center. This is a great novelty bag or a great bag to show your own Canadian pride. Just as Americans show theirs. Not a lot of Canadian pride patterns out there, that I have seen anyway. I would almost like to add a single crochet border around the top of the bag and around the straps for a little extra ZING!

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