Summer is coming soon and now is the perfect time to find some smaller projects that you can easily take with you as you travel or keep crocheting through the warm summer months. This Easy Split Crochet Tote is a FREE pattern on the Red Heart website. In this video tutorial I will walk you through the unique stitch pattern and show you how to make the tote from start to finish. Join me in making the Easy Split Crochet Tote.
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About the Easy Split Crochet Tote:
Working the Easy Split Crochet Tote is easy when you follow along with my video tutorial, video below. In this pattern you will be working three separate pieces, the body and the two straps. Because the body of the bag is made in a spiral shape you will need a stitch marker to denote the start of a new row. The pattern is written to have the stitches worked in rounds rather than turning your project and working in rows, which would then require seaming.
Scrubby Smoothie is the yarn of choice for this pattern, and if you haven’t tried it yet this is a perfect time to try it out. I love the new Scrubby Smoothie that Red Heart has made. It is not like other cottons on the market as it is not scratchy and stiff. Yes, this was made to use for dishcloths but it is great for other projects. Personally when making dishcloths or washcloths I prefer to use the original scrubby because it is 100% polyester and won’t sour like 100% cotton yarns will.
Through this video I will show you how to change colors in the round at the end of a round. This can seem a little tricky as you continue to work in the round but it really isn’t, just take it slow. Although this is a bag pattern and many might think that gauge isn’t important it really is for this pattern. Try practicing the stitch pattern before getting started. The nature of this stitch pattern could cause you to pull your stitches tighter than normal. Check this before getting started so that you can make any adjustments to your hook size to be sure you get the right finished size and that you don’t make the process of making the bag a nightmare with trying to get your hook through the stitches.
Gauge is also important for this project because you will be working into both sides of the starting chain. If you aren’t sure what I mean by that be sure to check out the video tutorial below to learn how to work into both sides of your starting chain.
The split single crochet stitch allows you to get the look of knitting through your crochet. Be sure to watch where you put your hook for each stitch to get the correct look. Crochet is so wonderful that it gives you the opportunity to put your hook in many different places to get different looks but be sure that you are putting your hook in the right spot or else you won’t get the look from the photo. When working color work it is also important to watch were you put your stitches.
Easy Split Crochet Tote Materials:
- RED HEART® Scrubby Smoothie™: 2 balls 9205 Aqua A and 3 balls 9341 Grey B
- Crochet Hooks: 4mm [US G-6] and 5.5mm [US I-9]
- Stitch marker
- Yarn needle
- Download the FREE Easy Split Crochet Tote Pattern