Box-Bottom Tote

squarebottombagI can fit a week of groceries into this oversized tote!  The box bottom keeps it tidy.

Materials Needed: Size “K” crochet hook, plarn

See here for a tutorial for how to prepare plastic yarn.

Gauge: About 3 sc= 1”

Finished Size: 19” across, 19” high, with 9” rise on handles

With size “K” crochet hook and plarn, Ch 45.

Round 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook.  Mark stitch.  Sc to end. Mark last stitch.  Do not turn, crochet in unworked loops of ch.  Work 2 sc in first ch, mark stitches.  Sc to end with 2 sc in last ch.

See here for a tutorial for how to crochet in unworked chain loops.

Round 2: Sc in first sc of previous round.  Mark as first sc.  1 sc in each sc around.

Repeat Round 2 (11) times.

Round 14: Sc in first 43 sc.  *Insert hook around marked stitch of Round 1, YO, pull up a loop. Insert hook into next sc, YO, pull up a loop, YO, draw through all loops on hook.*  Repeat between ** two times more.  Sc in next 43 stitches.  Repeat between ** three times.  You will have to work in the first stitch of the round.

Round 15: Sc in next sc.  Mark previous stitch as first stitch of round, and consider it the first stitch throughout.

Round 16: Sc in each sc around.

Repeat Round 16 until tote measures 19” from beginning.

For Handles:

Sc in next 16 sc. *Ch 35. Skip next 14 sc.  Sc in next 2 sc.  Turn, skip next 2 sc, sc in each of 35 ch and next 2 sc. (Turn, sc in 3rd ch from hook and next 36 sc) two times.* Turn, sc in 3rd sc from hook and next 61 sc.  Repeat between **.  Turn, sc in 3rd sc from hook and next 35 sc.  Slip stitch in next 3 sc.  Tie off and weave in ends.