Did you read about last week's project here?
I needed a brief break from crocheting up my son's rugged ripples blanket. It's a longer project so "changing things up" keeps the creative "juices" going. Instead, I finished up a couple of Market Totes I started a couple of months ago.
It's not like me to leave a project unfinished, but I was excited to start on my first blanket and knew I would get back to the totes soon enough.
First, I crocheted up a small, child-size tote out of light blue and green-blue worsted weight acrylic yarns. The finished size was about 11 inches x 11.5 inches with an 18 inch long single handle. I did SC around the top of the bag and edges of the handle, hoping to give it more support and lesson the "stretch" of the handle. (I'm not crazy about my edging around the handle as it's not uniform and I'm a bit of a perfectionist.) A 5 pound bag of apples or potatoes fit in easily with room for a few more small items.
And then, I decided to make the extra large, adult-size version in worsted weight "thyme" green yarn. The finished size was about 17 inches x 17.5 inches with a 14 inch long single handle. I didn't do the SC edging on this one. One of my bed pillow fits easily inside it.
- Tote stretches quite a bit as does the handle. A shorter handle makes for a tote that doesn't hang too low. Shortening the larger tote by 4 inches worked well.
- Stick with the child-sized pattern for groceries as it's plenty big enough and won't be overly heavy, or the larger size for lots of lighter weight items such as a beach towel, sunscreen and lunchbox cooler.
- Attach crocheted or artificial flowers, bows or appliques to up the "cute" factor".