Two days ago I started crocheting a new tote bag in the round. I am using spun and plied plarn and vhs tape. I started off with a huge ball of yarn. Then I wound 3 skeins of it for a friend's birthday present (for tomorrow), and the bag ate up most of what was left. It looks like I'll be spinning more vhs tape this week. This is the first time that I have crochet with the vhs tape. It gives an interesting look when plied with the white plarn.
Two nights ago I crochet most of the bottom of the bag. Last night I was one row away from being done with the bag, but I was not happy with how it looked. So I frogged it (ripped out the stitches). I was trying out a new pattern where I use two different sized crochet hooks. One for the bottom and for the very top of the bag, and a large hook for the center mesh area. So today I tweaked the pattern a bit. I'm much happier with it now. I'm hoping to finish it tonight.
- With an I hook (I couldn't find my J hook), crochet a flat circle to the size that you want the bottom of the bag to be. If you want a pattern for this part, let me know. Otherwise I'm assuming that you know how to do this step.
- Next single crochet (sc) in a stitch (st), chain (ch) 1 and skip (sk) a stitch. Repeat for 1 round.
- Then switch to a size P hook.
- Now sc in every space (sp) until you reach the length that you want. Christi from fatbottombags says not to make it more than 13" long, because it will stretch to much. This will make your mesh sides.
- Then switch back to your I or J hook.
- I haven't gotten to this part yet, but I will be following Christi's fat bottom bag pattern for it. You will sc twice into every space for one round.
- slip stitch (sl st) the next round.
- In this round you will add your handles. You can either chain the same amount of stitches that you will skip to create the handle, or you can chain 25 stitches and skip less than that for the handle. Christi says to take the number of stitches in the round and subtract 40 from it. Then divide that by 2. That will give you the number of stitches between the handles.
- Next sl st for 2 to 3 rounds. Then bind off.
This is a much faster way of making the market bags than I have done in the past.
Here is an alternative pattern by Cindy at myrecycledbags. I'll be trying out this pattern next.