"Afghan Tote Bag Pattern"

My afghan tote bag is an easy pattern to follow. You only need to be able to work three stitches to make this personalized tote bag.

Because it is worked in afghan crochet stitch, the fabric is strong and closely woven.

Afghan crochet lends itself very well to embroidery, appliqué, decoration with flower motifs and a monogram initial.

Create a personalized shoulder bag with a monogram.

Make a coin purse for your small change.

If the terminology used in this pattern differs from what you're used to, check my equivalency tables for easy conversion.

Afghan Tote Bag Pattern

Materials: 50g 8ply black yarn 3.50mm afghan crochet hook, black Velcro, sewing needle, white sewing thread.

Measurements: Approximately 17cm [6.75ins] high, 15.5cm [6.25] wide.

Tension: First 4 rows – approximately 2.5cm [1ins]

Stitches: Afghan Crochet Stitch, Double crochet, Decrease.

To begin, cast on 30sts.

Work in afghan crochet stitch until work measures 37.5cm [14.75 ins], approximately 70 rows.

Work * 1dc, dec over next two sts. Repeat from * to end of row. Fasten off.

With wrong sides facing, fold the fabric and pin the last row worked 3cm below the bottom edge, leaving a 3cm flap at the top of bag.

Shoulder Strap

Make a twisted cord approximately 1.32m [52ins] long, and pin in place at inside seams.

Pin sides and work a row of dc to join sides together, at the same time working through ends of twisted cord.

Work a row of dc along edge of flap.

Sew 2 pieces of velcro under flap towards outer edges, so that flap sits neatly.

Work a daisy flower motif and hand sew onto bag.

Now that you have finished this pattern, you may wish to make a matching , afghan coin purse, designer beaded coin purse, flower coin purse, or a larger size tote or drawstring bag, or laptop bag.

You may prefer to monogram your bag, or decorate with sequins or beads.

Click on the links below for free monogram letter patterns.

"A", "a", "B", "b", "C", "c", "D", "d", "E", "e", "F", "f", "G", "g", "H", "h", "I", "i", "J", "j", "K", "k", "L", "l", "M", "m", "N", "n", "O", "o", "P", "p", "Q", "q", "R", "r", "S", "s", "T", "t", "U", "u", "V", "v", "W", "w", "X", "x", "Y", "y", "Z", "z".

If you would like to learn how to crochet quickly and easily, my “CROCHET MADE EASY” e-book gives complete step by step instructions and photographs to help you master this beautiful craft, along with tips and information on caring for your finished projects so you may have years of enjoyment from them. More information on my e-book contents page.HAPPY CROCHETING!

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