Mesh Tote combined medium WM

For this project you will need one 100 gram skein / 3.53 oz of worsted weight yarn 4 ply US, 10 ply AU, a 6mm hook ( J hook) and a stitch marker of some kind.

Ch = chain
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
sk a st = skip a stitch
sl st = slip stitch
FPDC = Front Post Double Crochet
YO = Yarn Over

THE TUTORIALS

Right handed Version

Left handed Version

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Round 1
sc 12 into second ch from hook, working over tail to perform the Chain 2 method like show in this video or you can use the magic loop (12)

Round 2
sc 2 into each stitch around (24)

Round 3
sc in all sts (24)

Round 4
sc 2 in one stitch , sc 1 in next, repeat for rest of round (36)

Round 5
sc 2 in one stitch, sc 1 in next two stitches
(sc 2, sc 1 sc 1) (48)

Round 6
sc in all sts around (48)

Round 7
sc 2 in one stitch, sc 1 into the next three stitches
(sc 2, sc 1, sc 1, sc 1) (60)

Round 8
sc in all sts around (60)

Round 9
sc 2 into one stitch, sc 1 into the next four stitches
(sc 2, sc 1, sc 1, sc 1, sc 1) (72)

Round 10
sc into all sts around (72)

Round 11
sc 2 into one stitch, sc 1 into the next five sts
(sc 2, sc 1, sc 1, sc 1, sc 1,sc 1) (84)

Round 12
sc in all sts around

Round 13
sc 2 into one stitch, sc 1 into the next six sts
( sc 2, sc 1, sc 1, sc 1, sc 1, sc 1, sc 1) (96)

Round 14
sc in all sts around

Round 15
sc 2 into one stitch, sc 1 into the next seven stitches
( sc 2, sc 1, sc 1, sc 1, sc 1, sc 1, sc 1, sc 1) (108)

Round 16

sc in all sts around
You are done with your single crochet increases now

Mesh Tote 2 -1

Round 17
ch 1 and doing a DC decrease without the YO in between (see below)

Mesh Tote 3 -1

go into next stitch, pull up a loop

Mesh Tote 4 -1

go into next stitch, pull up a loop

Mesh Tote 5 -1

then do a double crochet by pulling through 2 loops,

Mesh Tote 6 -1

YO, pull through last 2 loops

Do this for all sts around, sl st into top of beginning chain two (55 sts)

Round 18
ch 2 then * FPDC onto the next post, DC into next stitch. * Repeat for rest of round. (see picture below) sl st into top of beginning chain two.
(It’s just like the squiggly hat if you’ve ever made one if not heres a helpful video) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjUqcsTazwU

FP DC Slouch Hat 7 -1

Round 19
ch 2 and turn your work with back side facing you, FPDC into the next post, DC into next stitch ( make sure you dc into the correct stitch, it’s to the left of the post this round. Repeat for whole round. sl st into top of beginning chain two.

Round 20
ch 2 and FPDC using the ch 2 from the previous round, DC into next stitch, Repeat this pattern. When you get to the end of the round, ignore the ch 2 and sl stitch using the FPDC.

Round 21
ch 2 and FPDC into the next post, DC into next stitch ( make sure you dc into the correct stitch, it’s to the left of the post this round. Repeat for whole round. sl st into top of beginning chain two.

Rounds 22 – 33 (for ten rounds)
Repeat rounds 20 and 21

Round 34
ch 1 turn your work facing the front now. Place stitch marker here. Sc in all sts around. (56 sts)

Rounds 35 – 38
Sc in all sts around. (56 sts)

Making the Handle

Mesh Tote 8 -1

Round 1
ch 1,* DC into next stitch, ch 1, sk a st,* repeat 5 more times. Ch 1 and turn your work (6 sts)

Round 2
ch 1, * DC into the skipped stitches one row down. Ch 1, sk a st * and repeat.
Note: for this row only DC into same space as last DC, then chain 1 and turn.

(we are doing the Thick Mesh Stitch if you have ever done it) here’s a video to help

Round 3
Working in the spaces two rows down as shown below, continue your dc, ch 1

DC Mesh Hat 2 small

Repeat the last two rounds until you have 90 rounds of the strap done.

Then in last row SC instead of DC into the skipped stitches below to even out edge.

SC your strap to your bag by laying it up against the side of the top of the bag, even to line up evenly in the middle where the other strap is on the otherside.

Mesh Tote 9 -1

Fold top of strap as shown below

Then as you can see the sewing lines below, trying to not go through the top where it shows, sew through the first section of three straps, then sew the two middle pieces together, then repeat the other side

Mesh Tote 14 -1

This gives you more padding to carry heavy things.

Mesh Tote 13 -1

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