Nautical Waves Tote
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The Nautical Waves Tote is the perfect tote for so many purposes. It makes a wonderful beach bag, gym bag, market bag, project bag or just plain old purse! I made it specifically for shopping. In today’s age, where we must bring our own bags to stores, why not make a few of these and shop in style!
While there are many chevron bag patterns out there, this one has a few design twists that I think make it special. I designed this chevron tote with a 14 stitch double crochet chevron for a quick project, but the base and top band employ techniques that make this bag anything but boring. The straps are very sturdy and will not twist because they are made in the thick thermal stitch. This is the same stitch I used for my Farmhouse Placemat and I just love the result!
Thank you to WeCrochet for providing the yarn for this sample. We Crochet is the recently launched sister site to Knit Picks dedicated to crocheters! That’s right, one place for crocheters to have their own community, tailored to their needs with the focus to help crocheters find THEIR community and THEIR people, where they can feel seen, understood and served.
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I used Knit Picks Dishie worsted weight cotton yarn in three colors for my sample. I really loved working with this yarn. It is a soft 100% cotton yarn, with 190 yards per ball, that comes in lots of colors including multi blends and the pretty twist. I’m sure you’ll find something you love.
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Nautical Waves Tote Instructions
Size: Approximately 13″ x 19” – Size is easily adjustable
- Worsted Weight Cotton Yarn in three colors, I used Knit Picks Dishie Yarn:
- Color 1 = Dishie Twist, in Blue; 2 skeins
- Color 2 = Dishie, in Navy; 2 skeins
- Color 3 = Dishie, in White; 1 skein
- Hook US G/4.00 mm
- 2 Stitch Markers
- Tapestry Needle for weaving ends
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Gauge: Not critical for this pattern; I got 2 chevron peaks in approximately 6.5”
Abbreviations (US Terms):
- BLO = work in back loop only
- BPdc = back post double crochet
- ch = chain
- dc= double crochet
- hdc = half double crochet
- sc = single crochet
- sl st = slip stitch
- st(s) = stitch(es)
- tog = together
- tr = treble crochet
- Join rounds with slip stitch to first stitch of round.
- Ch1 at beginning of round/row does not count as a stitch.
- Fasten off at color changes.
The tote is worked from bottom up, with handles worked in the thermal stitch. The thermal stitch will create a thick fabric. Each row worked creates a “shelf” of stitches in which you will work the next row.
- Thermal Single Crochet (TSC):
Insert hook in BLO of designated st AND insert hook in the open loop one row below, Yarn Over and pull through both loops; Yarn Over, pull through both loops on hook.
See the picture tutorial below or you can check out my friend Carolyn’s video tutorial to help you master the TSC ==> HERE.
- Twisted Single Crochet or Crab Stitch.
See tutorial here https://pattern-paradise.com/2016/08/13/tutorial-twisted-single-crochet-sc/
Base – make 2:
- Start each round in same stitch as join.
Round 1: With Color 1, ch 56, 3sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch until 1 remains, 5 sc in last ch. Working around opposite side of beginning chain, sc in each ch until 1 remains, 2sc in last ch (this is the same one where you worked your first 2 sc), join to first sc. Place a stitch marker in the middle stitch at each end and move it as you complete rounds, this will mark the sides of the bag and provide a guide for making increases. (116 sc)
Round 2: Ch1, hdc in same st (the one with the stitch marker), *2hdc in each of the next 2 sts, hdc in each st until 2 remain before the next stitch marker, 2hdc in each of the next 2 sts*, hdc in marked st; repeat between *, join. (124 hdc)
Rounds 3 & 4: Repeat Row 2. Round 4 must be a stitch multiple of 14. (132 hdc after Round 3 and 140 hdc after Round 4)
Join bases: Place two bases together with wrong sides facing and stitches matching, join Color 2 in one of the marked sts. Working through both thicknesses, sl st through each st to join the bases together, join to first st.
Sides – 140 stitches in each round:
Round 1: I work this round inserting the hook from the inside of the base toward the outside. Ch1, working around the slip stitches from the join, sc in each st to end, join.
Rounds 2 to 6: Ch1, hdc in each st to end, join.
Round 7: Join Color 1, ch 1, BPdc around each st to end, join.
Round 8: Ch1, *sc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 2 sts, dc in next 2 sts, tr in next 3 sts, dc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 2 sts, sc in next st 1*, repeat between * to end, join. Note: the last sc in worked in the same st as the beginning ch1.
Round 9: Ch2 (does not count as st), skip first 2 sc, *dc in next 5 sts, 3dc in next st, dc in next 5 sts, dc3tog*, repeat between * to end, join. Note: the last dc3tog is worked in the last st of the round plus in the first two skipped sts.
Rounds 10 to 27: Following color sequence below, ch2 (does not count as st), skip first dc (the one where you joined), *dc in next 5 sts, 3dc in next st, dc in next 5 sts, dc3tog*, repeat between * to end, join. Note: the last dc3tog is worked in the last 2 sts of the round plus in the same st as the beginning ch2.
- Rounds 10 & 22: Color 3
- Rounds 11 & 23: Color 2
- Rounds 12 & 24: Color 3
- Rounds 13 to 15 & 25 to 27: Color 1
- Round 16: Color 2
- Round 17: Color 3
- Round 18: Color 2
- Rounds 19 to 21: Color 1
Round 28: With Color 2, join in the valley of the chevron at the side, ch4 (counts as tr), *tr in next st, dc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 2 sts, sc in next 3 sts (this should be the 3 sts at the peak of the chevron), hdc in next 2 sts, dc in next 2sts, tr in next 2 sts*, repeat between * to end, join.
Rounds 29 & 30: Ch1, sc in each st to end, join.
Rounds 31 to 33: With Color 3, ch1, hdc working in the space between each stitch (instead of through the top two loops) to end, join.
Round 34: With Color 2, ch1, sc in each st to end, join.
Round 35: Work a round of Twisted SC or Crab Stitch all around, Fasten off and weave all ends.
Straps – make 2:
Row 1: Ch 6 working in the top loop of each ch, sc in 2nd ch from hook, and each ch to end. (5 sc throughout)
Row 2: Ch1, turn, TSC in each st to end.
Repeat Row 2 until strap measures 20.5” (or desired length, less 1.5”).
Last Row: Repeat Row 2, EXCEPT, insert hook in both loops of the stitch before inserting in loop one row below. Fasten off. Weave ends.
Lay tote flat, mark desired placement for straps (I placed mine 4” from each end). Place approximately 1” of strap on inside of tote at marking, with tapestry needle sew in place securely around sides, bottom and across the top of tote.
Repeat for other side of strap and then for the second strap.
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