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Striped Crochet Tote
Striped Crochet Tote
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If you're looking for a chic new tote bag, try this free crochet pattern for a copycat Mar y Sol tote. The Striped Crochet Tote is made of three separate striped pieces that are stitched together so the stripes end up in contrasting directions. Choose beige and either navy or red to get a nautical feel, or pick any two colors for your own spin on this bag. Add leather straps and line the inside and you're ready for a day at the beach.

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Crochet HookE/4 or 3.5 mm hook

Yarn Weight(2) Fine (23-26 stitches to 4 inches)

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I really like this tote. I can see why the clean geometric stripes would be so appealing, but like the designer, Id balk at that price, too! Especially when the pattern itself is as simple as this one. The designer hasnt given specific instructions for how to do the lining, but if you use the recommended E size hook, you shouldnt really need it. If you want to make your bag doubly secure, substitute regular HDC for the Linked version.

the original bag is on clearance sale for 98.00(2/2014). Catalog says the material is 100% raffia, which is a very long dried leaf, but not long enough to crochet an entire row around the bag or across a row. It requires a lot of joining and crocheting over ends to make such a big bag. There is an imitation raffia, made out of rayon, that looks pretty good and has a nice hand. I've tried using real raffia, since I use it in basket weaving and making hates and have lots of it around. It was less than fun having to stop and join in a new piece so often and I use the longest raffia available. I think the imitation stuff would work best - or a nice natural fiber yarn.

This might be a cute bag for church in the Summer. We live in Florida so, why not?

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