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If you’re happy and you know it crochet a fun tote! That’s how the song SHOULD go!!
About the Super Sunny Tote!
When I was dreaming up the design for this tote I was thinking fun. Everyone needs more fun in their life. How I can I make that happen? Can I make fun?
Well, here is my best attempt, the Super Sunny Tote. It’s fun to make and fun to wear. I think I did it! Hooray!
You can purchase the individual Super Sunny Tote pattern on Etsy and Ravelry or continue reading for more info about the inspiration for the pattern and all the details of the pdf.
It did help that I was on vacation having fun while I was designing this crochet tote.
Every year (except 2020) my parents rent a beach house on the Rhode Island shore. My brothers and I bring our families and freeload for a week. It’s a good time.
“Wait, don’t you live in Rhode Island?” you may ask. Yes! Yes I do. I moved here in 2001 because I wanted to live where people go on vacation.
When I was kid we always vacationed in, you guessed it, Rhode Island. I’m from Connecticut so it’s not a far stretch, only 2.5 hours.
Ironically I live as far from the ocean as you can get in Rhode Island. But we are still only talking a 50 minute drive from the sand, salt waves, fresh fried clams, and locally grown steamers. Yum!
Okay, I’m sorry I made you hungry. I’ll get back to the tote now.
Besides being inspired from my vacation, I was also inspired by my yarn.
When I saw Bernat’s Maker Home Dec Yarn in the color Fiesta Varg I knew it was the yarn for the job. It’s so colorful and happy.
And what’s more fun than a yarn fiesta? Hmmmmm, nothing. I’m going with nothing on that one.
Fiesta Varg pairs beautifully with the cream which I’m obsessed with. It’s so chic.
Have you seen this yarn in person? It’s kinda like t-shirt yarn but tubular. Totally tubular dude! You know I couldn’t resist. I love the 80’s.
But seriously, it’s a tube of fabric filled with a bit of stuffing.
Because it’s fabric I highly recommend using fabric scissors to cut it, especially when making fringe. My regular yarn scissors just gnawed on it and made a frazzled mess. But my fabric scissors glided through it like a hot knife through lactose free butter, leaving a beautiful edge.
It was a fun pattern.Terry T – Tester
Oh I should mention the stitch. That stitch you see on the body is NOT slip stitch. Slip Stitch crochet is not fun and I would not do that to you.
It’s my favorite stitch, half double crochet in the third loop. It’s just as easy as half double crochet. If you are not familiar with the stitch you can check out my tutorial on the stitch in YouTube HERE.
If you know me and my designs, you know I always strive for unique. When I asked my testers why they chose to help me with this crochet tote they mostly said because they had never seen anything like it before.
Your friends at your crochet group are going to be impressed you found a cool new pattern like nothing they’ve seen before!
It was different to everything else I had seen.Michelle C. – Tester
Like I said earlier I love hdc in the third loop. It’s a fun and relaxing stitch.
This bag is worked in continuous rounds so you can sit back and relax while you work this pattern.
I always try to design patterns that require as little looking-at-the-pattern as necessary. When working on one of my patterns you can expect to only have to glance at the pattern here or there. Once you get in the grove of the stitches you don’t have to think. Let the stitch markers do the counting for you.
Tassels and fringe are in, in, in!
White is big right now. And yellow will basically be taking over the world for the next year.
This pattern is clean and modern with just the right touch of pizazz.
And I had to add the balls for fun. Because beach balls!
This pattern is Easy.
The bag is worked from the bottom up in continuous rounds. Then you split for the handles and seam them at the top with a slip stitch. No sewing!
The bottom of the bag is worked around the foundation chain. I’ve included a stitch chart to guide you through it. If you aren’t familiar with stitch charts, no worries, I’ve included detailed instructions.
The pdf also includes instructional photos and illustrations to make sure you don’t get stuck anywhere. And at the end of the pattern you’ll find my pattern support email. Email me anytime with any questions. I try to keep a close eye on that email account so no one gets left hanging in my patterns.
All of my patterns have been tested and tech edited to void any confusion. But don’t hesitate to email if you don’t understand something. I’m here for you!
My advice for choosing colors? Go for it!
Hit the stash or the yarn stash and just choose whatever calls your name. Think fun!
Use as many or as few colors as you’d like. Add stripes! Add color blocking! Do it all in one color. Make it a stash buster project. Whatever would be most fun for you. You can’t do it wrong. Take the liberties, as I have in the grammar of this paragraph. Ha!
Purchase the Crochet Tote Pattern
Crochet Tote Details
The tote comes in one size.
11” / 28 cm
Length without Fringe:
20.25” / 51.5 cm
Length with Fringe:
24” / 61 cm
You will need:
Bernat Maker Home Dec Yarn, worsted 5-Bulky (72% cotton/28% nylon, 317 yds/290 m, 8.8 oz/250 g), color A-Cream 2 skeins, color B-Fiesta Varg 1 skein
- Crochet hook size US I/9 (5.5 mm)
- Tapestry needle
- 2 stitch markers
- Piece of cardboard 3”/8 cm x 3”/8 cm
- Piece of cardboard at least 8”/20.5 cm x 5”/13 cm can be the front of a thick magazine or cereal box
- Caron Big Cakes Yarn
- Premier Anti-Pilling Everyday Worsted Solids
- Lion Brand’s Color Made Easy Yarn
- 460 yds/420.5 m
- 20 yds/18 m
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Mary Beth Cryan has been designing crochet patterns for over 4 years. Prior, Mary Beth worked as a professional illustrator and product designer with a specialty in paper crafts for 18 years. She has authored and illustrated 17 paper craft books, countless pop-up greeting cards, and many paper craft kits. She received 3 LOUIE Awards from the National Greeting Card Association. Some of her clients included MoMA (Museum of Modern Art NYC), American Girl, Dover Publications, Peter Pauper Press, Ranger Rick Magazine, Highlights magazine and many others. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Syracuse University in 2000.