How to make a crochet Tote Bag by Molla Mills

from Annalisa Chelli - 27 May 2019

Annalisa Chelli

Community Manager at DHGshop
Sicily and Tuscany are in my blood. Travelling, movies, music, and art are the things I enjoy the most. I love whales, tattoos, the sea, Africa, good food, big smiles, Picasso, ‘The Master and Margarita’, and ‘Marriage Italian Style’. I believe in Charles Darwin and in the proverbs my grandmother said.
Annalisa Chelli

Now you can make the new crochet bag by Molla Mills too – the Kaakeli tote bag! We’re going to talk you through each step, using charts and pictures of some of the more essential ones. A crochet bag, perfect for the summer with pale colours and moroccan tile inspired. Let it win you over, let it did to us!

Kaakeli tote bag - Borsa all'uncinetto Molla Mills

Materials
Sailorman yarn Jade 500 gr.
Sailorman yarn Milk 200 gr.
Hook 3 mm
Metal zipper (ope n end) 40 cm
Whit e cotton ribbon 2,8 m x 25 mm
Two shoulder straps 65 cm

Tension
24 dc x 13 rows / 10 cm x 10 cm

Size
width 45 cm, height 50 cm

Stitches used and abbreviations
Dc double crochet
st(s) stitch(es)
sl st slip stitch
sc single crochet

How to make a crochet bag

Work the bag in closed rounds with two-color tapestry technique in double crochet (dc) stitches. In two-color tapestry technique always change the color of the yarn in the last yarn over of the stitch (st).

Carry the other yarn inside the stitiches throughout the work. Start all rounds with three chain sts, this will form the first dc of the round. Close all rounds with a slip stitch (sl st) into the third chain.

Rnd 1: chain 87 sts with jade color yarn to begin, work the first dc in the fourth chain from the hook, carry the other yarn in the work. Work 1 dc the same st, continue working 1 dc in the next 6 sts, change to milk color yarn in the last yarn over. Work 12 dc, change to jade color yarn, work 18 dc, change to milk color yarn and work 12 dc. Follow the pattern from the chart, repeat the pattern 3 times (pattern repeat is 30 sts). Work 6 dc with jade color yarn in the last chain, turn and continue working in the other edge of the starting chain (see the chart). Close the round with a slip stitch into the third chain.

Rnd 2: chain 3 to start every round, carry the other yarn in the work. Work 8 dc with jade color yarn, change to milk color in the last yarn over. Work 2 dc with milk color yarn, change to jade color yarn, work 8 dc. Follow the pattern from the chart.

Rnd 3 – 48: follow the pattern from the chart.

Rnd 49: work a round of single crochet stitches.

Cut yarns and weave in ends.

Stitching up and finishing off

Turn the bag inside out.

Sew a zipper at the top of the bag, sew two cotton ribbons along the handles to prevent the bag from stretching (see the photo). Sew the handles on place using thick thread. Sew a cotton ribbon at the top edge of the bag to cover the zipper.

Fold the bottom corners and sew a seam by hand. The width of the seam is 12 cm.

The second project by Molla Mills for DHG is a Casablanca Pocket – a daytime clutch – and it’ll be on this blog real soon.

6 Comments for How to make a crochet Tote Bag by Molla Mills

  1. Alicia Larrain

    Beautiful Tote l’ll in white and blue or black
    Thanks a lot for sharing it for free
    💙💙💙🇨🇱

  2. Annalisa Chelli

    Hi Alicia, thanks for the positive comment!

  3. Alicia Larrain

    Beautiful Tote l’ll do it in white and blue or black
    Thanks a lot for sharing it for free
    💙💙💙🇨🇱

  4. Edoardo Del Lucchese

    Thanks Alicia for your kind words!!

  5. Erika

    How to create the fuchsia bag adornment? I really like that.

  6. Annalisa Chelli

    Hi dear Erika, to create the tassel please follow the instructions:

    START
    Work 68 chain stitches (add sts to make the work bigger, remove sts to make the work smaller). Make sure all sts are facing you and are not twisted, the chains form a long loop. Attach the loop with a single crochet into the 8th chain from the beginning, work 1 sc in the next 7 chains. Work 1 chain, turn, work 1 sc in the next 7 sts, work 60 chains. Make sure all sts are facing you, attach the loop with a sc into the 8th st. Continue working with the same pattern as long as your work is big enough, cut the yarns are weave in ends.

    FINISH

    Fold the leather ribbon in two, tie a knot in the end, sew it in place in the other end of the tassel. Spead some textile glue in the upper part of the tassel inside the work, then roll the tassel tight
    and sew the end.

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