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My 10 Favorite Free Crochet Market/Tote Bags…

My 10 Favorite Free Crochet Market/Tote Bags…



Spring has sprung and the local farmer’s markets are in full swing… And for some of us it is time to head to the lake for a fun day in the sun!!! I love making crochet tote bags and using them to carry all my various items around… What about you? Get your favorite yarn and hook out and get started today!

I have designed many tote bags in my Free Patten collection… and also made a few from some of my favorite fellow crochet designers… I though you would like to see what I love on this beautiful Spring day!


To start, here is my one of my favorites on my website… Aurora Boreal Bag! It is so easy and using a yarn that does the color work for you it is perfect!


Next is Honeysuckle Summer Tote Bag by my dearest friend Kathy at ELK Studio! I LOVE the colors and the fun stitching


Sure to cheer up any day is my Crazy Daze Tote… So easy and using 2 colors sets this one off in a whimsical way!


I love this bright and cheery Summer Retro Tote Bag by my good friend Jennifer at A Crocheted Simplicity!


So easy and so fun, my Summer Stripe Tote Bag is made by simply using a ball of Caron Cakes yarn!!!!


Here is one of my all time favorites from a very lovely designer Tamera, at Moogly… Such an inspiration Moroccan Market Tote!


So Bright and So fun, My Northwest Beaches Tote is the perfect take along bag for a fun day outside!


Super fun and unique, the Outside In Bag by my sweet friend Jessie at Jessie at Home… Love it!


Here is one of my favorite bag designs that came after my most popular baby blanket designs… Rainbow Dash Tote Bag!(The baby blanket is the Rainbow Dash Baby Blanket)


And I can’t leave out one of my most special designs.. Amazing Grace Tote Bag… The Amazing Grace Free Pattern Series is dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness!

I hope you enjoy making all of these bags and stay tuned for more fun crochet projects here on Beatrice Ryan Designs!!!



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I hope you love this project!!  Make sure to share your finished projects on my Beatrice Ryan Designs Facebook Page and make sure to share around social media too! Why share?? Because it shares our Love of Crochet!!

Happy Crocheting!!

Elena


©Copyright 2020 Elena Hunt/Beatrice Ryan Designs.  All of my patterns and posts are my own work. Do not copy them in any way. If you want to share this information with someone, share the link to this post. If you want to share on your own blog, website or social media, then you may use the first photo in this post and link back to this post. You may not give away printed copies of this post. Thank you. This post may contain affiliate links/ads. If you purchase something from a link in this post, I may be compensated.


Crochet with Me!!! Mystery Afghan CAL… Week 10!

Crochet with Me!!! Mystery Afghan CAL… Week 10!



Well, this is it.. Week 10 and the final instructions of this years Crochet with Me!!! Mystery Winter Afghan CAL… I have had so much fun making my project in 2 color schemes and I love all of your color choices too!

So.. This week is just one quick round, then blocking… See below for the rules to enter the Grand Prize Givaway too!

This was a 10 week CAL, plus the finale post(Fan Gallery and Grand Prize Winner Announcement)… If you are interested in making this CAL, each weekly post will remain in the Crochet with Me tab at the top of the page! For those of you who made this with me… Make sure to show off your pic on the Beatrice Ryan Designs CAL Facebook Group .

These are style A border in the self stripping neutral color scheme… I loved the way this double thick border turned out!

These are the style B border in the scrapbusting color theme… I love this one so much too!


For Easy access, make sure to add this to your Ravelry favs and queue!… Click Here!!!


Now for some of the details:

This year the project is worked in the round, turning over each round(unless indicated differently). It is a Square Afghan approx. 65″ x 65″ (both of mine turned out slightly larger). You can make it in your choice of worsted weight yarn #4. Stashbuster, Ombre’, Self- Striping or even a color theme… At least 2 colors are recommended.


Tips:

Style A uses an I Hook, Style B uses your H Hook

You will continue to use your contrasting color for the border

Week 10 size – Style A double thick border after blocking 69″ x 69″, Style B whimsical border after blocking 72″ x 72″ … Different yarns and tensions may make your slightly different..


Week 10 Stitches:

Style A – Sl St – Slip Stitch St – Stitch

Style B

Ch – Chain   St – Stitch Sk – Skip   Sl St – Slip Stitch   

Sp – Space   Sc–Single Crochet  


Week 10 Border Instructions: Continue with Style A or B

Style A is a Double Sided Border, one side worked on the wrong side and one worked on the right side then joined at the top edge. This is a double thick boarder much like the satin blanket binding you would sew on both sides of a blanket edging found on baby blankets or quilts. It is a great technique and many people use this when they have a lot of tails left on the ends.. You dont have to weave those ends in when using this technique

Now the style A border will enclose both sides or the work you did in week 8 and 9. Any tails can be enclosed with in this double thick edging, no need to weave them in.

Style B is a whimsical style, much like any other of my edging designs on past afghans.


Week 10 Style A Instructions:

*This week you will be stitching the two sides together at the top

Joining Round

Holding both sides together and working into the top of round 5(front side of border) and 8(back side of border), Join yarn in any corner sts(front and back border) with a sl st through both sets of stitches, lining up your sides together, sl st the sides together all the way around your afghan to enclose the two sides in the top of both sides of the boarders.

Finish off

Block your afghan either with the wet method or steam method to shape it and lock it into shape!

Congratulations!!! You are now done if you did style A border!!!!!


Week 10 Style B Instructions:

Round 7: Do not turn, Ch 1, *sc in st, ch 3, sk st, (sc,ch3,sc) in next st, ch 3, sk st, sc in next st, sl st in next sc*, repeat *to* 24 more times, {sc in next st, ch 3, sk st, sc in next st, ch 3, sk st, (sc,ch3,sc) in next st, ch 3, sk st, sc in next st, ch 3, sk st, sc in next st, sl st in next sc, repeat *to* 25 times}, repeat {to} 2 more times, sc in next st, ch 3, sk st, sc in next st, ch 3, sk st, (sc,ch3,sc) in next st, ch 3, sk st, sc in next st, ch 3, sk st, sc in next st, sl st in next sc, join with sl st to beginning sc. = 104 (sc,ch3,sc), 216 ch 3, 104 sl st, 216 sc

Finish off

Block your afghan either with the wet method or steam method to shape it and lock it into shape!

Congratulations!!! If you made style B you are now all done!!!


Now for the Grand Prize information….

Grand Prize – There will be a $50 Amazon Gift Card for 1 lucky winner at the end of the CAL. The grand prize will be drawn on Monday April 26th 2021. The original date was April 18th… Due to delays, I have given more time to complete your project .

To be eligible, you must email a picture showing your project completed through week 10 and permission to use your photo on beatriceryandesigns.com by Sunday April 25th, 2021 at 11:59pm PST To: [email protected] Entries will be numbered by the order they arrive and the number will be drawn using a random number generator.

Dont forget to continue to share your progress photos in our Facebook group if you are behind or start at a later date… I love to see them!


Thank you everyone for participating!!! I have had so much fun this year with all of you!


Don’t forget to follow me on my social media sites for more fun!

FacebookTwitterInstagramMy CAL Facebook Group, and Pinterest

I hope you love this project!!  Make sure to share your finished projects on my Beatrice Ryan Designs Facebook Page and make sure to share around social media too! Why share?? Because it shares our Love of Crochet!!

Happy Crocheting!!

Elena


©Copyright 2021 Elena Hunt/Beatrice Ryan Designs.  All of my patterns and posts are my own work. Do not copy them in any way. If you want to share this information with someone, share the link to this post. If you want to share on your own blog, website or social media, then you may use the first photo in this post and link back to this post. You may not give away printed copies of this post. Thank you. This post may

2021 Crochet with Me!!! Mystery Winter Afghan CAL… Week 6!!!

2021 Crochet with Me!!! Mystery Winter Afghan CAL… Week 6!!!



Are you ready to start Week 6 of the 8th Annual 2021 Crochet with Me!!! Mystery Winter Afghan CAL??  This week you will be 60% done…. Isn’t that amazing? … I love it at this point, while working on it, I actually can use it as an afghan to keep warm! If you are just getting started.. You can find the first 5 posts in the Crochet with Me tab at the top of the page including the material/info post, you can catch up at any time and the pattern will remain there permanently.

This is a 10 week CAL, plus the finale post… Each week an easy section will be posted on Sunday. There are 3 Ways to get the post… One, just come here on Sunday afternoon, 2 sign up for email delivery of all Beatrice Ryan Design posts on the right sidebar in the “Stay Connected” or 3 join the Beatrice Ryan Designs CAL Facebook Group and links will be announced there every Sunday! Make sure to join the group for the weekly prize drawing, group progress pics and help by members for this years project!


Week 6- Stashbuster color style!

For Easy access, make sure to add this to your Ravelry favs and queue!… Click Here!!!


If you missed out on any of the posts or are just joining in, all links are in the Crochet with Me tab at the top of the page. The Material post can also be found in there… or by clicking here.

Don’t forget the other fun, there will be a Grand Prize at the end and weekly prizes too! Details at the bottom of the post!

For sneak peaks, join me on Instagram.. I sometimes show off early pics!


Week 6-Self Striping Neutral color theme~!

Now for some of the details:

This year the project is worked in the round, turning over each round(unless indicated differently). It is a Square Afghan approx. 65″ x 65″ . You can make it in your choice of worsted weight yarn #4. Stashbuster, Ombre’, Self- Striping or even a color theme… At least 2 colors are recommended. I am making 3, Caron Cake Self- Striping, a Stashbuster… And I and now making a Red heart Ombre in Sweet Treat afghan… Trying to catch up…

Week 2 in Ombre… Catching up!

Let’s get the stitching started!


Tips:

If using self striping yarn, it will change sometimes in the middle of the row… This is ok

If changing colors,(not using self striping or ombre’) The instructions don’t say to when to change color due to the use of self-striping/ombre being used, but you will change every row and join in the space you joined in unless otherwise stated using a slip stitch.

Work your ends in with a yarn needle as you go…This makes it much easier in the end…

WS vs RS Odd rows are the right side(RS) and Even rows are the wrong side(WS)

Week 6 size 56″ x 56″ … Different yarns and tensions may make your slightly different.. Don’t let it be to much of a variance or your project will be way to big or way to small


Week 6 Stitches:

Ch – Chain   St – Stitch   Sl St – Slip Stitch   Sp – Space   

Sc – Single Crochet   Dc – Double Crochet  




Week 6 Instructions:

*Instructions are written for use of Self-Striping or Ombre yarn. If using other yarn, 2+ colors are recommended and you will change the color every round.

Round 52: Ch 1, turn, *(sc,ch2,sc) in st(this is the middle dc of the corner), sc in each ch1 sp & dc across to next corner, *repeat *to* around, join with sl st to beginning sc. = 4 – (sc,ch2,sc) and 676 sc(169 each side not including (sc,ch2,sc))

Round 53: Turn, sl st in first 4 sts, ch 3, 2 dc in same st, ch 1, *sk 3 sts, 3 dc in next st, ch 1*, repeat *to* 40 more times, {sk 3 sts, ( 3dc, ch 1, 3dc) in next ch 2 corner sp, ch 1, repeat *to* 42 times}, repeat {to} 2 more times, sk 3 sts, (3dc,ch1,3dc) in corner, ch 1, join with sl st to top of beginning ch 3. = 4-(3dc, ch 1, 3dc), 172 ch 1 & 168 3dc groups.

Round 54: Turn, sl st in ch 1 sp, ch 3, 2dc in same sp, {ch 1, (3dc,ch1,3dc) in corner ch 1 sp, *ch 1, 3dc in next ch 1 sp*, repeat *to* 42 more times}, repeat {to} 2 more times, ch 1, (3dc,ch1,3dc) in next corner, repeat *to* 42 times, ch 1, join with sl st to top of beginning ch 3. = 4-(3dc, ch 1, 3dc), 172 3dc groups & 176 ch 1 sps.

Round 55: Turn, sl st in ch 1 sp, ch 3, 2dc in same sp, ch 1, *3dc in next ch 1 sp, ch 1*, repeat *to* 41 more times, {(3dc,ch1,3dc) in next sp, ch 1, repeat *to*44 times}, repeat {to} 2 more times, (3dc,ch1,3dc) in next sp, ch 1, 3dc in next ch 1 sp, join with sl st to top of beginning ch3. = 180 ch 1 sps, 176 – 3dc groups, & 4(3dc,ch1,3dc)

I can’t wait to see all of your color choices! See you back here next week for the next set of instructions!


More about the weekly prize drawings and Grand Prize:

Grand Prize – There will be a $50 Amazon Gift Card for 1 lucky winner at the end of the CAL. The grand prize will be drawn on Sunday April 18th 2021. To be eligible, you must email a picture and permission by Friday April 16th, 2021 to [email protected] showing your completed project. Entries will be numbered by the order they arrive and the number will be drawn using a random number generator.

Weekly Prize – Each Saturday starting Feb. 13th 2021 – Saturday April 10th 2021 a $10 Amazon Gift Card will be given away to one member in the Beatrice Ryan Designs CAL Group on Facebook. Each Saturday, a post will be made explaining the rules to enter on this group Facebook page. The entry time will only last part of the day… so stay tuned in the group!

  • Week 1 winner: Wendy M. – Congrats!!
  • Week 2 winner: Andrea S. – Congrats!!
  • Week 3 winner: Melissa S. – Congrats!!
  • Week 4 winner: Joan P. – Congrats!!
  • Week 5 winner: Sue D. – Congrats!!

Are you ready to have some fun?? Grab your yarn and hooks and meet me back here next week for the week 4’s set of instructions!!

If you post on Twitter or Instagram.. Use the Hashtag #2021CrochetWithMeMysteryAfghanCAL


Don’t forget to follow me on my social media sites for more fun!

FacebookTwitterInstagramMy CAL Facebook Group, and Pinterest

I hope you love this project!!  Make sure to share your finished projects on my Beatrice Ryan Designs Facebook Page and make sure to share around social media too! Why share?? Because it shares our Love of Crochet!!

Happy Crocheting!!

Elena


©Copyright 2021 Elena Hunt/Beatrice Ryan Designs.  All of my patterns and posts are my own work. Do not copy them in any way. If you want to share this information with someone, share the link to this post. If you want to share on your own blog, website or social media, then you may use the first photo in this post and link back to this post. You may not give away printed copies of this post. Thank you. This post may affiliate links/ads. If you purchase something from a link in this post, I may be compensated.

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