This is a crochet tote bag that I have been working on, I call it Wagon Wheels Tote. I got the block pattern from Crochet Today! Jan/Feb 2008 Issue, in the magazine the afghan is called Sunshine Cables. I wanted to try this pattern but didn’t want to make an entire afghan. I had a couple of skeins of Red Heart Super Saver in the color Warm Brown and I used a size J hook.
I made 8 blocks, sewed 4 of them together for each side, then made a side panel – I chained 11 stitches, sc in the 2nd chain from hook for a total of 10 sc stitches – then worked enough sc rows to fit around each side and bottom with several rows extended to start the handle then attached this panel to the front and the back (this formed the sides and bottom of the bag and started the handle).
I lined the inside with 2 fabrics. On the side facing the outside of the bag I used a prequilted fabric and then used a cotton print for the inside. This gives the bag a nice stability. Of course, I had to add pockets. I attached the lining to the bag by sewing around the top on the sewing machine.
For the handle I extended the side panel up a few rows and then did a few rows of decreases until I reached 4 stitches. I then worked these stitches in the round. Increased back up to 10 stitches and attached the handle to the other side with slip stitches. It’s different!
You could make a bag similar to this one with any block pattern. There are many free ones available, or maybe you too have a block pattern you would like to try but don’t want to spend the time on an afghan. The size of your tote would depend on the size of your blocks or how many you used. I usually enjoy experimenting, I never know what I’ll come up with.