Thursday, July 1, 2010

Crocheted Tote

This is tote bag I crocheted for myself. It came from an old pattern I foundin my stash. It was supposed to be a purse, however, since the straps are so "stretchy" I am using it for a crochet tote. I carry my WIP in it wherever I go. Now, a question for my readers: Does anyone know a way to "stiffen up" the crocheted straps of a tote? I followed the pattern exactly but they still stretch way too much when I put stuff in it. Is there something different that I can do on my next tote to prevent this? I really love the look and style of this tote so I was totally heartbroken when I put my belongings into and realized I hhad a problem. You can just imagine the disappointment...

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4 comments:

Laurie in Maine said...

I just finished my first crochet bag but knew there was no way the single layered strip of double crochet would not stretch wildly under weight.
The pattern called for {dc, fpdc, 5 dc, fpdc, dc}. I added 3 extra dc's to back and worked in spiral rounds (like amigurumi - no joins). The FPDC's on both sides really defined the edges and it has a padded feel.

The Colorful Bee said...

Thanks for the tip. Actually, this pattern used fpdc also, I maybe should have doubled it to add extra thickness.

chris106845 said...

I really like your crochet tote & would like to make one myself. Could you tell me where you got this pattern Please?

chris106845 said...

I really like your crochet tote bag. Could you tell me where you got your pattern please?