Time Required :
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Intermediate
Intermediate
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lily® sugar’n cream® crochet cactus tote

Hit the town looking sharp with this fun crochet tote bag, made in Lily® Sugar’n Cream®! Perfect for carrying your essentials, this tapestry crochet tote is adorned with pompoms and fringe, plus a cheerful cactus motif. The pattern keeps you smiling as you practice tapestry crochet, color chart work, embroidery, pompoms and fringe.
Step 1

MEASUREMENT: Approx 15" [38 cm] square, excluding handles and fringe

GAUGE: 13 sc and 14 rows = 4" [10 cm]

NOTE: Tote body is worked ­ at in one piece. Handles are worked in 2 pieces and seamed to WS of tote body before body is folded and sides are seamed.

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Step 2

INSTRUCTIONS:

TOTE BODY

With MC, ch 50.

1st Row: (RS). 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook. 1 sc in each ch to end of chain. Turn. 49 sc.

2nd Row: Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc across. Turn. Rep 2nd row until piece from beg measures 15" [38 cm], ending on a WS row.

Next Row: (Fold line-RS). Ch 1. 1 scbl in each sc across. PM at beg and end of row to mark fold line. Turn.

Next Row: Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc across. Turn. Rep last row until piece from beg measures 16½" [42 cm], ending on a WS row.

Proceed with chart as follows: Note: When working from chart, wind small balls of the colors to be used, one for each separate area of color in design. Start new colors at appropriate points. To change color, work to last 2 loops on hook of first color. Draw new color through last 2 loops and proceed in next color.

1st to 40th Rows: Work rows 1 to 40 of Chart in sc, reading RS rows from right to left and WS rows from left to right.

Next Row: (RS). With MC, ch 1. 1 sc in each sc across. Turn. Rep last row until piece from beg measures 30" [76 cm], ending on a WS row. Fasten off.

Step 3

HANDLES (Make 2)

With MC, ch 170.

1st Row: (RS). 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook. 1 sc in each ch to end of chain. Turn. 169 sc.

2nd Row: Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc across. Turn. Rep 2nd row until Handle measures 2" [5 cm] wide. Fasten off.


FINISHING

Embroidery: (see Embroidery Diagram): With A, embroider ridges on cactus #1 using chain stitch as seen in diagram. With C, embroider ridges on cactus #2 using chain stitch as seen in diagram. With B, embroider ridges on cactus #3 using chain stitch as seen in diagram.

Attach Handles: With body ­at and WS facing, attach handles to body as seen in assembly diagram. Align short edges of handles along fold line (as indicated by markers) 2½“ [6.5 cm] from side edge of body. Be sure not to twist handles. Pin handles in place. With MC, sew edges of handles in place through WS of body sts making sure yarn does not show on RS of body.

Seam Side Edges: Fold body in half along fold line with WS facing each other. Join MC with sl st at corner to seam ‑ first side of tote. Ch 1. Working through both thicknesses, work sc evenly across. Fasten off. Rep on opposite side.

Pom-Poms: (Make 2 with D, make 1 each with E and F) Wind yarn around 3 ‑ fingers approx 50 times. Tie tightly in the middle and leave a long end for attaching to tote. Cut loops at both ends and trim to smooth round shape. Sew securely to top of cacti as seen in photo.

Fringe: Cut strands of C, D, E, and F 6" [15 cm] long. Taking 4 strands tog (1 of each color), fold in half and knot into fringe in every other rem loop along fold line. Trim fringe evenly.

Step 4

ABBREVIATIONS:

Approx = Approximately

Beg = Beginning

Ch = Chain(s)

Contrast A  = Hot Green 

Contrast B = Teal 

Contrast C = Seabreeze 

Contrast D = Tangerine 

Contrast E = Rose Pink

Contrast F = Tea Rose 

MC = Main Color = Soft Ecru  

PM = Place Marker

Rep = Repeat

RS = Right Side

Sc = Single Crochet

Scbl = Single Crochet in Back Loop Only of Next Stitch

Sl st = Slip Stitch

St(s) = Stitch(es)

Tog = Together

WS = Wrong Side


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