I love tote bags and I love to make tote bags. I found this cute pattern for a bag made out of granny squares a few years ago. It is great for using up odd bits and pieces of yarn. It’s called Inga’s crocheted bag. I just tweaked it a bit and took out the squares that formed the bottom.
This one is in my favourite colour of green, with a green stripe material for the lining. These bags are totally washable and fall right back into shape with just a quick iron.
In total, for my pattern, you need 13 granny squares and then some yarn to join them together and make the straps. Using the same colour gives the bag a different appearance to the ones I made using scraps of various colours.
I also love to line my bags, with inside pockets, so that smaller items don’t poke through the crochet. I also line the straps as this stops them from stretching out.
Do you see the ring on one of the handles? That is how I keep track of my keys.
I have a clasp on my key ring that connects to the ring on the handle and it stops the keys from falling to the bottom of the bag. One year I made key fobs for little Christmas gifts out of plastic canvas and embroidery thread.