Thank you for loving the yellow wide brim beach hat that I have shared recently, now, here is the beautiful yellow oversized Beach Tote crochet pattern I promised to share. With the gorgeous giant shell stitch design and the scallop edge, makes the beach tote so unique and cast on a character. Get some raffia yarns today and start to crochet both to make them a set for your next sun sunny trip or your beach vacation. Spice up your vacation with these stunning beach essential duo that will surely catch all the attention by the passers-by!
This oversized crochet beach tote has a round base of about 15.5″ diameter and the body (including the shoulder straps) is about 25″ tall. It is big enough for your beach trip essential items. Read further to get the list of items to bring along.
Giant Shell Stitch Beach Tote – Free Crochet Pattern
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We have all the important details covered in the pattern page. Written crochet pattern with photos to show the details that you will need to refer to.
Got sand in your beach tote? Just shake it off!
List of essential items to bring on your short beach trip:
- Sunscreen lotion, otherwise you will get “sun-SCREAM”
- Swimsuits & Cover-ups
- Wide Brim Beach Hat or Sun Hat (free crochet pattern)
- Beach Bag, make sure it is big enough to put all items in it
- Beach towel
- Drinking water
- Change of Clothes – just in case
- First Aid Kit with aloe
- Frisbee or balls or fun floats to play with kids
- Books or Electronic Reader like Kindle (buy it at Amazon)
- GoPro for underwater video (buy it at Amazon)
- Fins, water shoes, and snorkel gear if you plan to have sea adventure
Big wide opening to access your items easily!
Besides using it as a beach tote, it is also a good size when you need a big tote to carry around all your necessities.
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Crochet Flow of the Giant Shell Stitch
Layer 1 of the shell is referred to as the “Bottom Shell” in the pattern above.
Layer 2 to Layer 8 are referred to as the “Intermediate Shell” in the pattern above.
More Details on how to crochet the Giant Shell Stitch Beach Tote
The base of the beach tote before blocking.
Block the base flat by pressing with a warm iron.
Bottom Shell Row
Bottom shell R1, working with the right side facing you.
Turn the workpiece around, continue to crochet R2 with wrong side facing you.
Go on with the pattern to work on bottom shell R3.
Last round of the bottom shell 1.
Continue to slst on the edge of the base to complete bottom shell 1, then you are ready for the second bottom shell.
Repeat the pattern from R1 to R4 of the bottom shell to make the second shell.
Repeat the bottom shell pattern to complete 8 of them at the edge of the base. Remember to replace the last ch2 to a dc stitch at shell 8.
Intermediate Shell Rows
Begin the first Intermediate shell at layer 2 by making a ch stitch (a). The next sc stitch is performed on the edge of the shell of the bottom layer (b), then make another 2 ch stitches (c) followed by an sc stitch on the edge of the bottom shell again.
Follow the pattern instruction of R2 to make 5dc sts to the ch. Finish-off the pattern on the edge of the bottom shell.
Repeat as per pattern instructions for the rest of the pattern to make the intermediate shell. This is R3.
As always, the intermediate shell is clinging between the edges of the shells below it. This is R4.
At the last row of the intermediate shell R7, the last sc stitch should be sitting on the center of the shell below it. If the sc is not there, then you might have made a mistake somewhere.
slst in next 18 sts to the dc stitch of the bottom shell and get ready for making the next shell.
Repeat R1 again on the second shell.
Make 8 shells to complete the second layer of the giant shell stitch. Take note that you do not have to make the 18 slst stitches on the last shell of the layer.
Repeat the pattern until you have completed all 8 layers of the giant shell stitch. Opt for different tote length by altering the numbers of shell layers for this pattern.
You may block it before continue to the next pattern, or, you may do it later. However, I find that blocking it before making the top trim will have the advantage of a better stitch tension.
Follow the Top Trim pattern until you reach the last round R5. This is the round that you need to add 4 rings to the beach tote.
Yarn over to wrap the ring.
Yarn over from the back of the ring on the following sc stitch.
Then yarn over from the front to complete the second sc stitch.
Repeat the yarn-over step from back and front of the ring for each sc stitch until you have completed 7 sc stitches on the ring.
Move on with the normal sc stitches outside the ring by not yarn-over the ring.
Follow the pattern to complete the final rounds with 4 rings attached to it.
Make a 20″ should straps. The straps are as soft and stable as a canvas strap, it will not scratch your skin if you are using the raffia yarn I am using for this beach tote.
Wrap and sew the end to the rings to attach shoulder straps to the rings.
Get the free pattern of the matching wide brim beach sun hat as well to crochet a set of them. Spice up your beach vacation with these beautiful outfits that will surely catch all the attention by the passers-by.