Free pattern Princess Tote!

By: expressionsinyarn

May 20 2009

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Category: Crochet

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 Princess Tote – Free Pattern

This bag was born out of a desire to create something fancy yet chic. I did not want an OTT bag, which was too frilly and excessively feminine. It had to be something in between – feminine yet alluring. That’s how the Princess Tote came about!

After several requests from fellow Ravellers, I am finally posting the pattern for this tote. This is my first attempt at writing a pattern so if there are any mistakes or confusions please bring it to my notice. I shall be more than glad to make changes in the pattern. The PDF download for this pattern can be found on Ravelry.

I hope you all enjoy crocheting this cute tote. Please let me know if you liked the pattern and do post pictures of your FOs! I have also included a chart of the CC bottom and top panels, since the special stitches can be a little confusing! J

Materials: 2 skeins MC (4 ply) or 1.5 skeins 8 ply, 1 skein CC (4 ply) (MC- Main Color, CC – Contrasting Color). You might get by comfortably with lesser yarn but this is just to be on the safe side. I used acrylic yarn for this project but any 4 ply yarn should suffice. The MC is worked by holding two strands together.

Supplies: 5 mm crochet hook, scissors, sewing needle.

Gauge: Gauge is not very critical for this project. In my project, about 4 sc = 1 inch and 2 rows = 1 cm.

Pattern:

Special stitches:
psc – insert hook, yo, draw loop through, [yo, draw through 1 loop] 3 times, yo, draw through both loops on hook. Make sure to draw the picot loops only on the right side of the work. 

Tr/rf2tog – This is a set of two treble stitches worked into the same stitch. The first treble is worked on the front post of 2nd sc before the picot st of 2nd last row and second treble is worked on front post of 4th sc after the picot st of 2nd last row. 

Abbreviations –
Psc – picot single crochet
Tch – three chain
Tr/rf2tog – treble front post 2 together in the same stitch
Tr/rf – treble front post

Bottom panel:

Using the CC chain 39.

RS (right side) – 1 sc into 2nd chain from hook, 1 sc into each of the next 2 chain. *psc into next ch, 1 sc into each of next 3 ch, repeat from * to end. Turn. 

Row 1 – 3 ch (same as 1 dc), skip the first st, 1 dc into each st to end, skip tch, turn. 

Row 2 – 1 ch, 1 sc into first st, *psc into next st, 1 sc into next st**, tr/rf2tog over next st, making sure to insert the hook around 2nd sc in the 2nd last row for first leg and around 4sc of the 2nd last row for 2nd leg. You should have 3 sts in between the two legs. 1 sc into next st, repeat from * ending the last repeat at **into the top of the tch. 

Row 3 – Same as Row 1 

Row 4 – 1 ch, sc into first st, 1 tr/rf over the next st inserting hook around top of first raised cluster 2 rows below. *1 sc into next st, psc into next st, 1 sc into next st**, tr/rf2tog over next st inserting hook around same cluster as last raised st for the first leg and around top of next raised cluster for 2nd leg. Repeat from * ending the last repeat at ** when 2 sts remain. 1 tr/rf over next st inserting hook around top of the same cluster as last raised st, 1 sc into top of tch. Turn. 

Middle panel:
Note: The 5dc popcorns are worked into both RS as well as WS rows so make sure to push out the popcorns to the RS. 

Hold two strands of MC together or use one strand of 8 ply yarn instead. Insert it into the WS (wrong side) of work with a slip st.

Row 1 (WS) – 1 dc into 4th ch from hook, *skip 2ch, work a V stitch of [1 dc, 1ch, 1dc] into next ch, repeat from * to last 3ch. Skip 2 ch, 2 dc into last ch. Turn. 

Row 2 (RS) – 3 ch, 1 dc into first st, V st into space at center of next V st, 5 ch, skip next V st, 1 sc into space at center of next V st, 5 ch, skip next V st, [V st into sp at center of next V st] 3 times, 5 ch, skip next V st, 1 sc into space at center of next V st, V st into space at center of last V st, 2 dc into top of tch. Turn. 

Row 3 – 3 ch, 1 dc into first st, V st into space at center of next V st, 3 ch, 1 sc into next 5 ch arch, [V st into space at center of next V st] 3 times, [3 ch, 1 sc into next 5 ch arch] twice, V st into space at center of last V st, 2 dc into top of tch. Turn. 

Row 4 – 3 ch, 1 dc into first st, V st into space at center of next V st, [5 dc, popcorn, 2 ch, 5 dc popcorn, 2 ch, 5 dc popcorn] into next ch 3 arch, skip next 3 ch arch, [V st into space at center of next V st] 3 times, [5 dc, popcorn, 2 ch, 5 dc popcorn, 2 ch, 5 dc popcorn] into next ch 3 arch, V st into space at center of last V st, 2 dc into top of tch. Turn. 

Row 5 – 3 ch, 1 dc into first st, V st into space at center of next V st, [3 ch, 1 sc into next 2ch space] twice, 3 ch, [V st into space at center of next V st] 3 times, [3 ch, 1 sc into next 2ch space] twice, V st into space at center of last V st, 2 dc into top of tch. Turn. 

Row 6 – 3 ch, 1 dc into first st, V st into space at center of V st, [V st into 2nd ch of next 3 ch arch] 2 times, [V st into space at center of next V st] 3 times, [V st into 2nd ch of next 3 ch arch] 3 times, V st into space at center of last V st, 2dc into top of tch. Turn. 

Repeat rows 2-6 three times.

Top panel:

Slip st into the WS of work using CC. 1 sc into 2nd chain from hook, 1 sc into each of the next 2 chain. *psc into next ch, 1 sc into each of next 3 ch, repeat from * to end. Turn. Make sure to push the psc to the RS of work now. The same applies for the tr/rf 2 tog and tr/rf you will be working on the top panel.

Continue with rows 1-4 as mentioned in the bottom panel section.

Fasten off. Weave in ends.

You can line the body of the bag with a fabric since the stitch is quite a lacey pattern. I lined my bag with cotton fabric.

Place the two sides with right sides facing each other. Sew in all three sides with sewing needle and changing the yarn color into CC or MC depending on the portion you are stitching.

Handles: You can use either the MC or CC as per your wish. Or if you wish to get more experimental, why not use bamboo handles?

Ch 81, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each st till you reach the end. Turn.
Sc in each st across until end. Repeat until you have 4 rows completed. 

Fasten off. Weave in ends. Attach the handle to either side of the bag on the inside.

Note: If you are using round or square wooden handles, make sure to follow these directions below:

Ch. 17, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each st across till you reach the end. Turn

Sc in each st across till end. Repeat until you have 10 rows. Make two of these. Attach one edge of the crocheted piece to one side of the bag in the middle. Bring the other edge over and around the wooden handle and stitch the other edge of the crocheted piece to the same bag side. Repeat the same procedure with the other side of the bag. 

Block and enjoy your Princess Tote!      

 Chart for top and bottom panels (used with CC):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note about using the pattern: This is a free pattern and can be used by anyone. However, you may not use this pattern for selling or any other commercial purposes. As long as you apply it for your own personal use and gifting purposes, it is fine. Do post back a link to where you got the pattern from! 🙂

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4 comments on “Free pattern Princess Tote!”

  1. Hi Amrita,
    I’m impressed! Can you give me an idea of what the finished measurements are on this tote?

    • Hi Priya!

      Thanks a lot. The finished measurements are around 10 x 13 inches. You could make it bigger or smaller by altering the stitch count. For example, the stitches are a multiple of 4 + 3 stitches extra. I did 39 chains for the bag’s base. You could calculate and make it according to the size you want. You can also substitute any yarn you like (this would affect gauge though so do a swatch! :)) Let me know if you are working on it – I’d love to see the pics! 🙂


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