Star Stitch pattern is the recent inspiration I got from a Japanese magazine. On first glance, I knew I got to crochet a project with this stitch, so I began to design a bag since months ago. I tried a few designs but they never get to the finish line, except this tote which I have gotten it perfected to my liking. I purposely split the rows of the star with a row of single crochet in between, this gives the star a better definition while creating a stripy look on the tote.
Star Stitch Tote – Free Crochet Pattern
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I love the rustic presence of jute twine, it is pretty to be crochet into many projects, even a doily for the table. Additionally, crochet with jute twine is relatively cheaper than yarn, I bought the jute twine from a local dollar shop which cost something like US$1.50 every 100 yards (a roll). The project called for 250 yards so I need 3 rolls, the total cost is only about US$4.50. Darn cheap for a crochet tote!!!
However, as you may know, natural jute twine has a light whiff of diesel, if you can’t take the smell please substitute it with other similar material. Likewise, jute twine is rough and hard, you may have some sore fingers if your tension is too tight. Aside from these 2 issues, I find that it is pretty fun to crochet with jute twine.
More Details on how to crochet the Jute Twin Star Stitch Tote
Turn your work to the wrong side to crochet the Star Top. Refer above written crochet pattern (Star Top) for the details.
Follow by a row of single crochet on the right side. It is both loops single crochet (picture 7).
Crochet a pair of handles with the pattern above.
You may cushion the handles with a tiny rubber tube or just leave them empty. I salvaged the rubber tube from a hat packaging, you may buy them from hardware shop (compressed air section) or get a slightly larger diameter and softer material from the aquarium section. Or, you can use resilient plastic strip (some call it a corset bone or fishbone).
Gather and sew the sides of the handle together 2″ from the rounded end.
Pin the handles in place on the tote, about 7″ apart at the center of the tote. Sew the handles onto the tote, hide twine. You may line the tote with fabric.
This completes the Star Stitch Tote in jute twine.