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Hello & Welcome to our 14th Mini-Mystery Crochet Along! If you haven’t already done so, please make sure to sign-up for our newsletter so that you don’t miss out on future mini-mystery crochet alongs! I always send out a newsletter a couple days before the next MMCAL begins so you have time to choose yarn from your stash and get everything ready. 

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I’m so excited to announce our next guest designer, Marie from Underground Crafter!!! Marie has over 400 designs in her Ravelry shop. Designs ranging from accessories to home decor, you’re sure to find something that catches your eye! Here are 2 of my favorites (photos below): Rosettes and Ridges Washcloth, and  A Little Bit of Bling Shawl.

While you’re patiently waiting for the MMCAL to begin, pop on over and visit Marie on her blog where she shares free patterns, tips, and techniques (Click HERE to visit her blog).

You’ll also want to stop by Marie’s Ravelry shop where she has generously set up a code for all of us for 75% off our total purchase  from now through Sunday, 7/14/19. Use Coupon Code: ACS0719   (Click here to visit her Ravelry Shop)

Mini-Mystery Crochet Along #14 Schedule, Material List & Prizes

This MMCAL will be posted in 3 segments. When it is time for Segments 1 – 3 to be posted, check the Facebook or Ravelry groups for the links, or simply head on over to Underground Crafter Blog

MMCAL Schedule
  • Material List & Schedule Announcement: SCROLL DOWN – Right here in this post!
  • Segment 1: Friday, July 12, 2019 at 5am CST.   >> Click HERE for the pattern <<(link will be live on Friday!)
  • Segment 2: Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 5am CST.    *will be available at the same link as Segment #1*
  • Segment 3: Sunday, July 14, 2019 at 5am CST.   *will be available at the same link as Segment #1*
  • Monday, July 15, 2019: MMCAL Closes & winners will be drawn. Winners will be announced around Monday evening as I’ll be traveling home most of the day.

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MATERIALS

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> Note About Color Choices <
  • If choosing colors without knowing what you’re making drives you a little crazy, you can always reach out to the designer and ask for suggestions. Not everyone would like to know colors so this is why we don’t share them until the end.  
Segment #1 

>>> Coming Friday, July 12, 2019 to the Underground Crafter Blog! <<<

Prizes
  • (1) Winner will receive a pattern of choice from both A Crocheted Simplicity & Underground Crafter AND a yarn prize from A Crocheted Simplicity
  • (3) Winners will each receive a pattern of choice from both A Crocheted Simplicity & Underground Crafter
  • Each photo you post will receive a number throughout the MMCAL. Please keep track of your numbers as we use these numbers to draw winners! 

Make sure you’ve joined us in the A Crocheted Simplicity Facebook Group or the A Crocheted Simplicity Ravelry Group so you don’t miss out on entering to win the prizes! Once in the group, simply look for the MMCAL post or the black & white MMCAL graphic and you’ll find us!

Hope to see you there!

 

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Here we are, it’s mid-July and almost the middle of summer already. I’m knee deep into projects using cotton yarns. Aside from making great dishcloths & scrubbies, cotton yarns also make fantastic crocheted bags

If you’ve popped into a clothing store within the past several months, you’ve likely seen cute mini-backpacks in their accessory aisle. Claire has fallen in love with them so I decided that the next crocheted bag I made had to be a mini-backpack just for her. You can find the free crochet pattern in this post below, or an ad-free print friendly version on Love Crafts here or on Etsy here.

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Since we’re already halfway through summer vacation, I’ve been looking ahead and working on new back-to-school and fall designs for Claire. I started a really cute cardigan for girls that will be great for everyday wear and I’ve also been working on a new winter hat design. It’s tough to think about the cold and snow during the middle of July, but if I don’t start crocheting winter hats now, I’ll never have enough time to make all of us new hats before winter arrives again.

Mini-backpacks are the perfect size bags to take on short adventures when all you’ll need are a few small items. They’ll easily hold a pair of sunglasses, small bottle of sunscreen, chapstick, cell phone, earbuds, and many more items. 

Yarn

I chose Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton, a 100% mercerized cotton, for this design. The mercerization process gives the yarn an incredible sheen and stitch definition (perfect for crocheted bags). It is available in 24 wonderful colors that include brights (perfect for summer fun!) and neutrals (perfect for everyday). Since I was making this mini-backpack for Claire, I let her choose colors. She chose white, pink, aqua, and yellow for her mini-backpack. This yarn is great for a variety of projects ranging from various home decor items to accessories. I recently used it for my Simple Striped Tote Bag and previously for my Cross Stitch Make-up Pouch and Sunny Days Swim Cover-up.

 

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Striped Mini-Backpack – FREE CROCHET BACKPACK PATTERN

The free pattern is below, but if you love to work offline, I’ve got a couple other great options for you.

Purchase the ad-free, printable PDF, including all photo tutorials, on Love Crafts here, or on Etsy here.

Pin it for later here.

  Description

The Striped Mini-Backpack is perfect for boys and girls of all ages to carry all of their most beloved possessions. The combination of Lion Brand Yarn’s 24/7 cotton and simple crochet stitches give this crochet backpack its classic appeal. Crocheted ropes work great for the straps because they do not stretch out like most other crocheted straps have a tendency to do.

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Materials
  • Yarn: Worsted Weight / 4;  Lion Brand Yarns 24/7 Cotton was used for the sample. 100% Mercerized Cotton Yarn (186 yards / 170 m / 3.5 oz / 100 g). Available for purchase on the Lion Brand Website or AMAZON
    • White (300 yards / 2 balls)
    • Aqua (20 yards / 1 ball)
    • Yellow (20 yards / 1 ball)
    • Pink (20 yards / 1 ball)
  • Crochet Hook:  G/6/4.00mm, or size needed to obtain gauge (My favorite crochet hooks are the Clover Amour Hooks, I’ve never had an ache in my hand since switching)
  • Scissors
  • Yarn Needle
  • Plastic Canvas (2) 4″ W x 6″ L (optional)
  • Locking Stitch Markers (4 or more)
  • 9″ Zipper
  • Needle & Thread

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Abbreviations  (US Terms)
  • ch(s): chain(s)
  • sl st(s): slip stitch(es)
  • st(s): stitch(es)
  • sc: single crochet
  • inverse sc: inverse single crochet (click HERE for tutorial)
  • sp: space
  • Rnd(s): round(s)
  • RS / WS: right side / wrong side
  • SM: stitch marker
  • Rep: repeat
  Size
  • One Size: 6.25″ W x 7.5″ H x 4.25″ D (does not include hanging loop or straps)
  Gauge
  • In sc: 13 sts + 15.75 rows = 3″

  Notes
  • I tend to crochet on the tighter side. You may need to go down a hook size (or two) to meet gauge if you crochet on the looser side.
  • The first stitch of every row is worked into the same stitch as the turning chain, unless stated otherwise.
  • Yarn Notes: Lion Brand Yarn 24/7 Cotton was used for the sample on page 1. (3.5oz / 100 g / 186 yards / 170 meters / 100% mercerized cotton). Another comparable worsted weight yarn may be substituted.
  • Colors & Yardage: White (300 yards), Aqua (20 yards), Yellow (20 yards), Pink (20 yards)
  • If you prefer to make your mini-backpack in a solid color, you’ll need 2 balls of 24/7 yarn. Approximately 360 yards.
Special Stitch
  • Inverse Single Crochet Stitch (inverse sc): With the working yarn IN FRONT of your work, insert your hook from back to front through the indicated stitch, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through both loops on your hook. Click HERE for tutorial.
 
Striped Mini-Backpack Instructions
Base (Make 2)

Note: I chose to make my bases in Aqua. You can choose to use white, if you prefer.

Row 1: With Aqua & a 4.00 mm crochet hook, ch 17, working into the back hump of the chain, sc in the 2nd ch from your hook and in each ch across. Turn.  (16 sts)

Rows 2 – 30: Ch 1, sc in each st across. Turn.

Base #1: Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Base #2: Do not fasten off. Continue below to Base Assembly.

  Base Assembly

Note: Whether or not you choose to add plastic canvas between the two base layers, the assembly of the bases is the same.

 

Step 1: (Skip Step 1 & go to Step 2 if you’re not adding plastic canvas) Cut 2 rectangles of plastic canvas that are 1/4″ to 3/8″ less in width and length of your base, then slightly snip the corners off. **See Photo A.

Step 2: Line up the last rows of each base and lay one on top of the other. If you’re using plastic canvas, make sure to put both pieces between the two bases. **See Photo B.

Step 3: Use stitch markers to hold the bases together (make sure you secure them thru both bases). I prefer to place stitch markers in the 1st and last sts of Rows 1 & 30. If it helps, you can also add one near the middle of each long side.

Step 4: Working through both layers of fabric at once, continue on to Seaming the Bases. **Photo C shows the bases completely seamed.

  Seaming the Bases

Rnd 1: Working around the perimeter of the base & beginning with a short edge, sc in each st along both short edges (16 sts along each short edge), sc in the side of each row along both long edges (30 sts along each long edge), and add 1 extra sc in each corner (1 st in each corner). Join w/ a sl st to the 1st st.  (96 sts)

Do not fasten off. Continue on to Body of Backpack. If you used a contrasting color for your base, switch to white. 

  Body of Backpack

Note: Rounds 1 – 4 & Rounds 21 – 35 are worked in continuous rounds (a spiral). Do not join at the end of each round, instead use a scrap piece of yarn or a stitch marker to keep track of the beginning of each round. Move your marker up as you complete each round.

Rnd 1 (RS): With white, ch 1, sc in each st around.  (96 sts)

Rnds 2 – 3: Do not ch, sc in each st around. Do not join.

Rnd 4: Do not ch, sc in each st around. Join w/ a sl st to the 1st st. *Change colors to Aqua. Fasten off White.

Rnd 5 (Aqua): Do not ch, sc in each st around. Do not join.

Rnd 6: Do not ch, sl st in each st around. Join with Special Join Technique (click HERE for tutorial).

Rnd 7: Do not ch, sc around in each st from Rnd 5. Join w/ a sl st to the 1st st.

Rnd 8: Do not ch, sl st in each st around. Join with special Join Technique. *Change colors to White. Fasten off Aqua.

Rnd 9 (White): Do not ch, sc around in each st from Rnd 7. Do not join.

Rnd 10: Do not ch, sl st in each st around. Join with special Join Technique.

Rnd 11: Do not ch, sc around in each st from Rnd 9. Join w/ a sl st to the 1st st.

Rnd 12: Do not ch, sl st in each st around. Join with special Join Technique. *Change colors to Yellow. Fasten off White.

Rnd 13 (Yellow): Do not ch, sc around in each st from Rnd 11. Do not join.

Rnd 14: Do not ch, sl st in each st around. Join with special Join Technique.

Rnd 15: Do not ch, sc around in each st from Rnd 13. Join w/ a sl st to the 1st st.

Rnd 16: Do not ch, sl st in each st around. Join with special Join Technique. *Change colors to Pink. Fasten off Yellow.

Rnd 17 (Pink): Do not ch, sc around in each st from Rnd 15. Do not join.

Rnd 18: Do not ch, sl st in each st around. Join with special Join Technique.

Rnd 19: Do not ch, sc around in each st from Rnd 17. Join w/ a sl st to the 1st st.

Rnd 20: Do not ch, sl st in each st around. Join with special Join Technique. *Change colors to White. Fasten off Pink.

Rnd 21 (White): Do not ch, sc around in each st from Rnd 19. Do not join. Begin working in continuous rounds (a spiral) again.

Rnds 22 – 34: Do not ch, sc in each st around. Do not join.

Rnd 35: Do not ch, sc in each st around. Join w/ a sl st to the 1st st.

Fasten off. Weave in ends. Approximate height at this point: 5″ H from the bottom of Rnd 1. Continue on to Marking Front & Back Panels.

Marking Front & Back Panels
  • Use locking stitch markers to mark the 30 centermost stitches along the front and back of the bag (long edges).
  • The side where your rounds begin/end will become the back side of the backpack.

Continue on to the Front & Back Panels.

Front & Back Panels

Note: The front and back panels are identical so it doesn’t matter which one you begin with.

Row 1 (RS): With the RS and the front or back facing you, join white yarn w/ a sc (click here for tutorial) in the stitch marked with a stitch marker on the right, sc in each st across to the next stitch marker, sc in the stitch marked with the second stitch marker. Turn.  (30 sts)

Row 2: Do not ch, inverse sc (click here for tutorial) in each st across. Turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in each st across. Turn.

Rows 4 – 7: Rep Rows 2 – 3.

Row 8: Skip the 1st st, do not ch, inverse sc in each st across to the last st, skip the last st. Turn.  (28 sts)

Row 9: Ch 1, skip the first st, sc in the next st, sc in each st across to the last st, skip the last st. Turn.  (26 sts)

Rows 10 – 13: Rep Rows 8 – 9. Stitch count decreases by 2 sts each row.  (18 sts at the end of Row 13)

Fasten off. Weave in ends. Repeat for the second panel then continue on to Zipper Panels.

   
  Zipper Panel (Make 2)

Row 1 (RS): With white yarn & a 4.00mm crochet hook, ch 8, working into the back hump of the ch, sc in the 2nd ch from your hook and in each ch across. Turn.  (7 sts)

Row 2: Do not ch, inverse sc in each st across. Turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in each st across. Turn.

Rows 4 – 45: Rep Rows 2 – 3.

Note: Before you continue on to edging, check the length of your zipper panel against the arch of the front or back panels. Make sure they’re the same length (or relatively close). If needed, adjust the length of your zipper panel by adding more rows in multiples of 2, or shorten the length by removing rows in multiples of 2. Make sure to end with a RS row (a..

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There are several different ways that you can crochet handles for bags, but unfortunately, many of these styles have a lot more stretch to them than preferred. You can adjust your hook size, crochet with a tighter tension, and even sew a ribbon onto the back of the handle to try and keep it from stretching out, or you can crochet rope handles that have much less natural stretch to them than other crochet handles do!

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Crochet rope handles aren’t perfect and they do have some stretch to them, but I’ve found that they stretch much less than other styles of crocheted handles. I also prefer them to flat crochet handles because they are much more comfortable to wear. I recently designed a small backpack for Claire and used these crocheted rope handles: Striped Mini-Backpack.

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to successfully make crocheted rope! Before we begin, let’s go over a few stitch abbreviations and the materials I used for this crochet tutorial.

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Materials
  • Yarn: You can use any weight yarn you’d like. I used Lion Brand Yarn’s 24/7 cotton for this tutorial. 100% Mercerized Cotton Yarn (186 yards / 170 m / 3.5 oz / 100 g). Available for purchase on the Lion Brand Website or AMAZON
  • Crochet Hook: G/6/4.00mm (or hook size to match the weight of yarn you chose) 
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry Needle

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  Abbreviations (US Terms)
  • ch: chain
  • sc: single crochet
  • yo: yarn over
  • st(s): stitch(es)
  • RS: right side
  • WS: wrong side
  Construction Notes 

This crochet rope is worked in continuous rounds (a spiral). You will begin round 1 of this crochet rope as you do other items. However, when you get to round 3, you will be working with the RS of your work facing you, BUT you will be working into the 3rd loop (back bar) that’s on the back side of the sc. As you crochet the rope, the RS of your sc will be on the inside of the rope and what is visible on the outside of the crocheted rope is actually the WS of your sc. This will make much more sense as you start crocheting and see your crochet rope take shape.

Adjusting the Diameter

You can make the diameter of your rope larger or smaller by adjusting the number of stitches you work in round 1. Just remember that the larger the diameter, the more flat your crocheted rope handle will lay when worn.

Crochet Rope Instructions

Rnd 1: With a 4.00mm crochet hook, leave a 12″ tail of yarn for sewing, then ch 2, work 5 sc into the 2nd ch from your hook. Do not join.  (5 sts)

Rnd 2: Do not ch, sc in each st around. Do not join.

Rnd 3: With the RS of the sc facing the center of the rope, work into the back side of the sts from the previous round and into the 3rd loop (or back bar), work 1 sc into the 3rd loop/back bar of each sc around. Do not join.

Rep Rnd 3 until your crocheted rope measures the desired length. 

Fasten off leaving a 12″ tail of yarn for sewing.

As you crochet the first few rounds, you may find it helpful to use a finger to poke the center of your rope inward to make sure the RS of the sc ends up on the inside of the crochet rope. The right side of the crochet rope should show the back side of the single crochet stitches.

    Stick with it!

The first few rounds feel a little awkward, but keep at it and your crochet rope will soon begin to take shape. Once you find your groove, you’ll be pleasantly surprised just how quickly they work up!

    Try making crochet rope handles for your next bag project!

I designed the Striped Mini-Backpack to have crochet rope handles. Claire loves them and says they are much more comfy than other handles. Click the photo below to see more photos of them in action!

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The single crochet stitch is one of the most basic stitches we use in crochet. It is a great stitch to use when you want a denser fabric, such as when making a crocheted bag. Even though the single crochet stitch is a basic stitch, it is far from boring! You can change the look of the stitch simply by changing where it is worked into previous rows.

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One of the ways you can change the look of the single crochet stitch is to work it inversely. The definition of inverse is ‘something that is the opposite or reverse of something else’. Simply by beginning our stitch in reverse (or opposite to how we work a single crochet), we can change the look of the basic single crochet stitch.

The front of an inverse single crochet stitch resembles the back of a single crochet stitch. So, when you work alternating rows of single crochet and inverse single crochet, the resulting fabric resembles single crochet worked in the round where the right side of the stitch is always on the right side of the fabric. 

The inverse single crochet stitch is a great stitch to use when you have to alternate between working in rounds and in rows and want to keep the right side of the project looking the same, just like I did in my Striped Mini-Backpack.

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to successfully work the inverse single crochet stitch! Before we begin, let’s go over a few stitch abbreviations and the materials I used for this crochet stitch tutorial.

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Materials
  • Yarn: You can use any weight yarn you’d like. I used Lion Brand Yarn’s 24/7 cotton for my swatch. 100% Mercerized Cotton Yarn (186 yards / 170 m / 3.5 oz / 100 g). Available for purchase on the Lion Brand Website or AMAZON
  • Crochet Hook: G/6/4.00mm (or hook size to match the weight of yarn you chose) 
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry Needle

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  Abbreviations
  • ch: chain
  • sc: single crochet
  • inverse sc: inverse single crochet
  • yo: yarn over
  • st(s): stitch(es)
  • RS: right side
  • WS: wrong side
  Stitch Definition
  • Inverse Single Crochet Stitch (inverse sc): With the working yarn IN FRONT of your work, insert your hook from back to front through the indicated stitch, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through both loops on your hook.
  Inverse Single Crochet Stitch Tutorial

You can begin your swatch using the directions written in Step 1 below, or you can work any number of chains for the foundation chain.

Step 1 (Left): Begin making your swatch by working Row 1 as follows: using a 4mm crochet hook, ch 16, working into the back hump of the chain, sc in the 2nd ch from your hook, sc in each ch across.  (15 sts)  *This is the Right Side of the swatch.

Step 2 (Middle): Do not chain. Turn your work Counter Clockwise so that the working yarn is in Front of your work.

Step 3 (Right): Insert your hook from Back to Front into the stitch.

Step 4 (Left): With your working yarn still in front of your work, yarn over.

Step 5 (Middle): Pull yarn through to the back of your work and pull up a loop. You now have 2 loops on your hook.

Step 6 (Right): With the working yarn still in front of your work, yarn over.

Step 7 (Left): Pull through both loops on your hook to complete the first inverse single crochet stitch.

Step 8 (Middle): Repeat Steps 3 – 7 to work 1 inverse single crochet in each stitch across.

Step 9 (Right): Chain 1 and turn. Here you can see the right side of the swatch and the back side of the row of inverse single crochet stitches.  *Shows 2 rows of the swatch completed.

Photo Above, Left: Work 1 sc in each stitch across.  *Shows the right side of the swatch and 3 rows completed.

Photo Above, Middle: Turn counter clockwise. Do not chain. Work 1 inverse sc in each stitch across.  *Shows the wrong side of the swatch and 4 rows completed.

Photo Above, Right: Chain 1 and turn.  *Shows the right side of the swatch with the first 4 rows completed.

Photo Above, Left: Work 1 sc in each stitch across.  *Shows the right side of the swatch and 5 rows completed.

Photo Above, Second from Left: Turn counter clockwise. Do not chain. Work 1 inverse sc in each stitch across.  *Shows the wrong side of the swatch and 6 rows completed.

Photo Above, Third from Left: Chain 1 and turn.  *Shows the right side of the swatch with 6 rows completed.

Photo Above, Right: Work 1 sc in each stitch across.  *Shows the right side of the swatch with 7 rows completed.

Single Crochet versus Inverse Single Crochet

In the photo below, you’ll see a swatch I created of rows of single crochet sttiches and a swatch I created by alternating rows of single crochet and inverse single crochet stitches.

While the swatch on the bottom may not look exactly like you’ve worked single crochet stitches in the round, you have to agree that it looks much better than the swatch of single crochet alone.

  Try the inverse single crochet stitch on a project!

I used the inverse single crochet stitch when designing my Striped Mini-Backpack. The pattern transitions from working single crochet in the round to working in rows when you split to begin the front and back panels. Click the photo below to see more pics of this stitch in action!

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Style meets function and versatility in this fun crochet tote bag. I used basic crochet stitches to form the bag’s solid, sturdy bottom and also the delicate openwork design. The openwork crochet stitch pattern will be a fun challenge for advanced beginners and it will keep experienced crocheters from losing interest. Use your bag as a crochet project bag, beach bag, or everyday tote bag – customize it to suit your taste by playing around with color, or by adding tassels, poms, and more! Find the free crochet tote bag pattern on Make & Do Crew here, or purchase an ad-free, easily printable PDF here (Bonus stitch chart included in the PDF).

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I’m so excited I can finally share with you that I’ve had the honor of being featured as a guest designer on the Make & Do Crew blog. Jess reached out to the design world this past winter and asked for design submissions for her blog that she could post after her little boy was born. This would allow her to take some time off to spend precious moments with her newborn.

I had the pleasure of meeting Jess in person at a conference in 2018. I was so excited to get to meet and spend time with her. She’s just as fun and down to earth in person as she is online so I jumped at the chance to get to work with her and her sister, Jamie.

Thank you to Lion Brand for providing the yarn for this project.

  The Yarn
Cotton has always been my go-to fiber for crochet bags and Lion Brand 24/7 was the perfect choice for this project. Available in 24 incredible colors, Lion Brand 24/7 cotton yarn is a worsted-weight, mercerized cotton yarn with a beautiful sheen and fantastic stitch definition. You’re sure to find a color combination that fits your taste. You can purchase this yarn HERE on the Lion Brand website. Use Code: STOREWIDE25 to receive 25% off this Mother’s Day Weekend!
 
If you choose to use a yarn with a different fiber content, such as an acrylic like Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice, you can certainly do so. Just remember that the acrylic will be stretchier so I would suggest making the straps a tad bit shorter to compensate for that!

  Summer Breeze Tote Bag – FREE CROCHET BAG PATTERN

The free pattern is available on the M & DC blog here, but if you love to work offline, I’ve got a great option for you.

Purchase the ad-free, printable PDF, including all photo tutorials, on Ravelry here.

  • This ad-free, printable PDF includes a BONUS STITCH CHART.

Save this pattern to your Ravelry favorites here.

Pin it for later here.

MORE FREE CROCHET PATTERNS FROM A CROCHETED SIMPLICITY

If you enjoy crocheting with cotton yarn, you may enjoy these other projects as well. And if you just want to browse, you can find all of our free crochet patterns HERE.

Are you intimidated by knit-look crochet? Would you love to learn my tips & tricks? Take an Annies Video Class with me and let me ease your fears and help you increase your skills! Click on the photo below to watch a free preview. You can also see the other 4 video classes I have available!

I hope you enjoy this free crochet tote bag pattern! Please share your finished ACS projects with us in the A Crocheted Simplicity Crochet Community Group on Facebook. Use hashtag #ACrochetedSimplicity when sharing on social media so I can find your posts!

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Welcome to the Linky Ladies Party! This is a fiber arts bi-weekly community party and is live from Tuesday at 12:00 am, ending on Saturday at 12:00 pm (PST). Show off your talent by linking up your finished crochet & knit projects! The five most popular links will be featured and shared on our social media.

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In 2018 we decided to begin having a quarterly drawing and giveaway! For each valid link that you add to our link parties, you will automatically gain one entry into our quarterly prize drawing. The Prize will be a $25 Amazon Gift Card! You don’t have to do anything except join the link party.

This is a co-hosted party by “The Linky Ladies” Crystalized Designs, Pattern Paradise, The Purple Poncho, and A Crocheted Simplicity. Four times the exposure linked up to four websites and social media sites!  Link with us and share using hashtag #thelinkyladies.

Most popular posts from the previous link party:

1. Soft And Simple Crochet Top by Cashmere Dandelions (Free Crochet Pattern)

2. Greek Goddess Wrap by Caitlin’s Contagious Creations (Free Crochet Pattern)

3. Spring And Summer Lace Beanie by Crochet For You (Free Crochet Pattern)

4. Bloom Crochet Pillow Cover by Briana K Designs (Free Crochet Pattern)

5. Vegetable Market Bag by My Winding Road Crochet (Free Crochet Pattern)

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