Who else is dreaming of a summer vacation? Sun, waves, and warmth - yes, please! So when you hand me a skein of yarn featuring beachy hues of blue and white - you get the Fair Weather Beach Tote!
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Red Heart Yarn, Brittany Needles, and Clover USA.
The Fair Weather Beach Tote is made with Red Heart Super Saver Fair Isle - the Calm Fair Isle colorway, specifically. It's so pretty! Mostly white, there are random sections of different shades of blue throughout. Every skein of this yarn is a little different!
So I played with a lot of different crochet stitches, but found that with this yarn, the color tells the story. To create interest, negative space is added every few rows - but if you prefer a more solid tote, you can skip those and just work in solid double crochet instead!
I've also played a bit with the handle, using a long chain woven through the stitches to create a sturdy set of straps that won't stretch too much - no matter what you pack on your next outing!
Fair Weather Beach Tote
US - K, 6.5 mm hook - Brittany Needles
300 yds Red Heart Super Saver Fair Isle (100% Acrylic; 4- Medium/Worsted/UK: 10-12 ply; 236 yd/215 m; 5 oz/141 g)
Colorway used: Calm Fair Isle (2 skeins)
Gauge: 13 sts x 6 rows = 4"/10 cm in pattern
Size: 14.5" wide x 12" tall (excluding handles, laid flat)
Helpful Links and Tutorials:
NOTE: If preferred, you can substitute a Chainless Starting Double Crochet for the Ch 3 at the beginning of rounds as applicable.
Row 1: Ch 45, skip the ch closest to the hook, hdc in each rem ch across; turn. (44 hdc)
Row 2: Ch 1, hdc in each st across; turn. (44 hdc)
Round 3: Ch 1, hdc in each st across, turn work 90 degrees and hdc in the side of Row 2 and Row 1, turn work 90 degrees and hdc in each st of foundation ch, turn work 90 degrees and hdc in the side of Row 1 and Row 2; join to first hdc of rnd. (92 hdc)
Round 4: Ch 1, hdc in each st around; join. (92 hdc)
Round 5: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in each st around; join. (92 dc)
Round 6: Ch 3, 2 dc in first st, ch 1, skip 3 sts, *3 dc in the next st, ch 1, skip 3 sts; rep from * around, join. (69 dc, 23 ch)
Round 7: Ch 2, skip the first st, dc2tog, ch 3, skip the next st, *dc3tog, ch 3, skip the next st; rep from * around, join to dc2tog. (23 dc3tog, 69 ch)
Round 8: Ch 3, 3 dc in the next ch sp, *dc in the next st, 3 dc in the next ch sp; rep from * around, join. (92 dc)
Round 9: Repeat Rnd 5.
Round 10 - 21: Repeat Rnds 6-9. After Rnd 21, place stitch markers in sts #20, 37, 66, and 83 - lay flat and check placement (see linked tutorial above).
Round 22: Ch 1, sc in each st to 1st marked st, sc in marked st, FSC 62 (see linked tutorial above), sc in 2nd marked st, sc to 3rd marked st, sc in marked st, FSC 62, sc in 4th marked st, sc in each rem st to end; join. (184 sc)
Round 23: Ch 1, sc in 1st st, ch 1, skip next st, *sc in next st, ch 1, skip next st; rep from * around, join. (92 sc)
Round 24: Ch 1, sc in each st and ch sp around; join and break yarn. (184 sc)
Handle Chain and Tassels:
Tightly chain for 72".
Use a yarn needle to weave the chain through the ch-1 sps of the handle, with the ends meeting at the base of one of the handles.
Add tassels and/or tie chain as desired.
The Fair Weather Beach Tote is the perfect poolside project - easy, flexible, and fun! Feel free to play with the stitch counts and stitches used - this yarn will work up differently every time!
If you make the Fair Weather Beach Tote I’d love to see a photo. So if you share it on social media, be sure to tag me @mooglyblog or #mooglyblog – and happy crocheting!
The Fine Print
Written pattern copyright Tamara Kelly 2018, all rights reserved. Please do not reprint or repost this pattern, but please do link to this page to share this pattern with others. If you wish to make items for sale from this pattern or translate it to another language, please visit the About page for details. Thank you to Red Heart Yarn, Brittany Needles, and Clover USA for providing the materials for this pattern.