Carry forward from the mini straw sun hat crochet pattern that I have shared recently, here is the lovely mini straw tote crochet pattern that I promised to post. With these 2 patterns, now you can make a set of the mini sun hat and tote for your doll or decorations.
Mini Straw Tote – Free Crochet Pattern
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The mini straw tote is about 4.5″ wide and 4.5″ tall, crochet with “Raffia With Passion” yarn and with a 3.0mm crochet hook. The raffia yarn I used was a leftover from my previous raffia crochet pattern. Since the mini straw tote is small in size, it doesn’t require a lot of yarn to make. If you do not have raffia yarn, you may use other yarn to crochet it.
Different weights of yarn will give you a different size of tote. If you want it to be smaller, you may use lighter yarn weight, for example, baby yarn, fine yarn, fingering yarn, lace thread, 1 to 4 ply yarn. If you want it to be larger, you may use bulkier yarn, for example, worsted DK, Chunky, Roving, 8 ply and above. In the event that you are using a different yarn from the pattern, remember to choose the correct crochet hook to make this mini straw tote.
Similar to the mini sun hat, the mini straw tote is quick to crochet by using a variation of “single crochet stitch” to make the horizontal in-line “V” design. This beautiful stitch is called “single crochet at the horizontal bar or the 3rd loop”. Read further to get the tutorial on how it is crochet.
Besides making it for dolls and as decorations, use a bulkier yarn and bigger hook to make the mini straw tote slightly bigger and turn it into a mini gift bag. The gift bag is perfect as a door gift that fills with product samples during a new product launch, or, as event souvenirs for wedding, gathering, and party, etc. If you need something quick to make as a gift, perhaps this mini straw tote and sun hat could be the right choice for you.
Enjoy your yarn and hook session!
More Details on how to crochet the Mini Straw Tote
How To Crochet Horizontal Bar
As the crochet pattern is calling for a variation of single crochet stitch: single crochet at a horizontal bar or 3rd loop (sc hb), here is the detail on how to crochet it.
This is the front side of the “sc hb” single crochet stitch variation.
In a normal single crochet stitch, we insert our hook under the 2 loops (the V) on the top of the last round. However, for this horizontal bar variation, we insert the hook into the horizontal bar or the 3rd loop at the back of the crochet piece (as shown in the picture). By doing this, we push the 2 top loops to the front and that’s where the “knit-like-V” forms.
Another view of where to insert the hook.
It is just like how you do the single crochet stitch just that you are drawing yarn over from the horizontal bar or the 3rd loop at the back of the crochet piece.
When the pattern called for an increase, just make 2 single crochet stitches into the same horizontal bar.
If you have difficulty understanding this explanation, search “single crochet in 3rd loop” on Youtube for a video.
Crochet all parts by following the crochet patterns stated below.
Sew the closure loop at the mid part of the tote edge.
Then sew a button on the opposite side of the loop.
Sew handle to the tote at about 12 stitches apart.
Repeat the same to the other handle.
Weave in all yarn ends to complete the mini straw tote.
Make up a set of these cute mini straw tote and sun hat… My next plan for these two patterns will be to make a bigger version for humans.