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I just finished making a second library tote to help me get the pattern written out a little more clearly. If you have questions, feel free to ask away. The yarn I used has been discontinued, so I mentioned yardage in the pattern. I did use slightly more than four skeins for a tote if you happen to have any of this in your stash.

Library Tote

Lauraslefthook copyright 2008
You may link to this site, but do not post the entire pattern and photo elsewhere. Feel free to use this pattern to make these for yourself, family, or friends. Please do not sell the pattern. Do not sell products made from the pattern online. If you wish to share the pattern, please send the person to my blog to get it.
Materials:

Lion Brand Thick & Quick Cotton or other super bulky weight cotton (possibly two or three strands of worsted might work) —- approximately 350 yards
N hook

Gauge:

11 sc and 8 rows is 4 inches

Finished dimensions: Dimensions of the bag are: 14 x 10.5 x 6 inches, not including the handles.

Directions:
Turn at end of each row.
Bottom:
ch 36.
Row 1: Sc in second ch and each ch across. (35 sc)
Row 2-12: Ch1, sc in each sc across. (35 sc)

Front Side:
Row 13: Ch 1, sc in backloop only of each sc across. (35 sc)
Row 14-16: Ch 1, sc in each sc across. (35 sc)
Row 17: Ch 3, *skip one sc, (dc, ch1, dc) in next st, skip one sc, dc, dc *, repeat across, ending with dc in last sc.
Row 18-27: Ch 3, *(dc, ch1, dc) in ch 1 below, dc, dc, (dc, ch 1, dc)* repeat across, dc in last dc.
End off.

Back Side:
Start on opposite side of beginning chain.
Row 1: Sc across. (35 sc)
Row 2-4: Sc in each sc across. (35 sc)
Row 5: Ch 3, *skip one sc, (dc, ch1, dc) in next st, skip one sc, dc, dc *, repeat across, ending with dc in last sc.
Row 6-18: Ch 3, *(dc, ch1, dc) in ch 1 below, dc, dc, (dc, ch 1, dc)* repeat across, dc in last dc.
End off.

Sides:
Start along edge of bottom.
Row 1: 12 sc evenly spaced across bottom rows.
Row 2-4: Ch 1, sc in each across. (12 sc)
Row 5-14: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in each dc across. (12 dc)
Repeat along second side.

Seams:
Sc seams together along the outside, starting at bottom.

Top edge:
Sc evenly around top edge.

Handles: Make two.
ch 7
Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook and each across. (6 sc)
Row 2-24: Ch 1, sc across. (6sc)
Fold handle in half and whipstitch together. Attach handles to bag just below and behind the row of sc at top. Be sure to attach securely.

ASL Sign for the Post: To sign library, make an “L” with your thumb and pointer finger. Rotate your hand in a circle in front of you. Lifeprint explains it well.

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A Library Tote Just For Me


I discovered some Lion Brand Cotton Thick and Quick yarn in my stash and decided to make something for me for once. Of course, that is not how it started. I thought I was making a tote to sell, but then I liked how it turned out too much to give it up.

I made the bottom in sc and four rows of the sides, then switched to a V stitch, 2 dc combination for the front and back, with dc on the sides. I crocheted together the seams and did a sc along the top. For the handle, I did sc and folded it over and whip stitched it together to make a double thick handle.

It holds plenty of library books so far, without digging into my hands.

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End of the Rainbow Tote


I just finished making this today. I furiously finished up the handles in time to get a few photos before what was left of the window light was gone. This is one of those projects that I intend to only use my stash for, but ran out of something before I was quite finished and had to run to get some rainbow thread.


I was quite surpised at how much this bag will hold. I was taking some photos of it with different items in it and had to add quite a bit to get the items to show at the top.

I really like making cotton totes and bags with yarn and thread together. It really helps prevent your project from growing so much with use.

The bag is based upon a pattern I found online. Since I have a tendency not to follow patterns to the letter, partly due to gauge issues and partly due to wanting to try something different, my version is not the same as the one online. I meant to attach a link, but I cannot figure out how to get to it. My print out says Joann and mentions Lion Brand yarn, but I cannot find it at either site. I did a google search and found a couple blogs with broken links to what appears to be the pattern. If I figure out a way to link to it, I will add it.

Check it out more photos at Laura’s Left Hook.

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In preparation for Valentine’s Day, I thought I would share some ideas for the special people in your lives that will show them how much you love them. As always, click the photo to check out the etsy shop where these wonderful items can be bought.

For the baby in your life:

For someone who likes cold drinks, but does not want a cold hand:

For someone special’s lunchbox surprise:

For the girl or woman in your life who enjoys carrying something cute:

For the man in your life:

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