The Sherbet Stripes Tote whispered to me from this gorgeous skein of yarn... and the result is this delicious free one skein crochet tote bag pattern on Moogly!
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Inspiration for the Sherbet Stripes Tote
It's easy to fall in love with Red Heart Roll With It Tweed - it features 18 distinctively beautiful colorways, in easy self-striping center pull cakes. So I wanted to make something to show off this yarn - simple, lovely, and practical too.
A New Stitch?
After playing with the yarn and a few stitches, I came up with the Sherbet Stripes Tote - and a stitch I haven't seen before.
Much like Tunisian Simple Stitch, you slip the hook under a vertical bar of the stitch rather than under the top two loops. However, rather than keeping the hook in front of your work, you go on through to the back of the fabric, to yo, pull up a loop, and finish the stitch as usual.
This creates a thick, dense fabric with a beautiful knit-like look that does not curl and, in my opinion, really lets this yarn shine! I hope you enjoy making the Sherbet Stripes Tote - and if you've seen this stitch before and know of a name for it, please let me know!
Sherbet Stripes Tote
US - H, 5.0mm hook - Brittany Hooks
300 yds Red Heart Roll With It Tweed (100% acrylic; "4"/Medium/UK: 10-12 ply; 311yds; 5.29oz/150g)
Colorway Shown: Modern Pastel - 1 cake
Gauge: 12 sts x 16 rows = 4"/10cm in side split hdc (see special stitches)
Finished Size: 11.5" wide x 11" tall excluding handles
Helpful Links and Tutorials
Center hdc - yo, insert the hook between the vertical strands of the post of the stitch straight through to the back of the stitch, yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through all 3 loops on hook.
Side split hdc (right-handed) - yo, insert the hook under just the left vertical strand of the indicated stitch through to the back of the fabric, yo an pull up a loop, yo and pull through all 3 loops on hook.
Side split hdc (left-handed) - yo, insert the hook under just the right vertical strand of the indicated stitch through to the back of the fabric, yo an pull up a loop, yo and pull through all 3 loops on hook.
If you prefer not to start with a row of foundation stitches, instead ch 33, skip the ch closest to the hook, and hdc in each rem ch across for Row 1.
The pattern is begun in rows and then converts to rounds. See the bag bottoms tutorial linked above for help with this if needed.
Row 1: FHDC 32; turn. (32 sts)
Row 2 - 4: Ch 1, center hdc in each st across; turn. (32 sts)
Rnd 5: Ch 1, center hdc in each st across, turn the corner and hdc 4 along the sides of the previous rows, turn the corner and center hdc in each fhdc across, turn the corner and hdc 4 along the sides of the previous rows, join with a sl st in the first st of the rnd. (72 sts)
Rnd 6 - 48 (or to approximately 11"): Ch 1, side split hdc in each st around; join. After Rnd 48, break yarn and weave in ends. (72 sts)
Add leather handles per package instructions. If alternative handles are used, there should be enough yarn left over to crochet simple tabs if needed. Space evenly as desired.
Thank you so much to everyone who helped me brainstorm the idea for this bag's name on Instagram! I love hearing what you think!
If you make the Sherbet Stripes Tote and post a photo on social media, be sure to tag me @mooglyblog or #mooglyblog so I can check it out too! I also love seeing what you make - and I can't wait to see this one in all the colors of Red Heart Roll With It Tweed!
THE FINE PRINT:
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