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Hellebore Tote

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Finished Size: About 12” wide by 13” high by 5” deep.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Materials*:

  • Color A (White): 4/worsted-weight wool yarn
  • Color B (Red): 4/worsted-weight wool yarn
  • Color C (Black): 4/worsted-weight wool yarn
  • Size H-8 (5.0mm) crochet hook
  • Yarn needle
  • 4 (1 1/2-inch) D rings

*Be sure to use non-superwash wool if felting is desired.

Hellebore Square – make 26.

With Color A, ch 2.

Rnd 1. 8 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Join with sl st in first sc. Finish off. 8 sc.

Rnd 2. Join Color B with sl st in any sc of rnd 1. Ch 1, 3 sc in same sc as joining (corner made), sc in next sc, *3 sc in next sc (corner made), sc in next sc; rep from * around. Join with sl st in first sc in rnd. Finish off. 16 sc.

Rnd 3. Join Color A with sl st in 3rd sc of any 3-sc corner of rnd 2. Ch 4, (tr, dc) in same sc as joining, sc in next sc, (dc, 2 tr) in next sc, ch 1, skip next sc, *(2 tr, dc) in next sc, sc in next sc, (dc, 2 tr) in next sc, ch 1, skip next sc; rep from * around. Join with sl st in top of beg ch. Finish off.

Rnd 4. Join Color C with sl st in any unworked sc in rnd 2. Ch 4, *sc in next tr in rnd 3, hdc in next tr, dc in next dc, 5 tr in next sc, dc in next dc, hdc in next tr, sc in next tr, tr in next unworked sc in rnd 2; rep from * around. Join with sl st in top of beg ch.

Rnd 5. Ch 1, sc in same ch as joining, sc in next 5 st, 3 sc in next tr, *sc in next 11 st, 3 sc in next tr; rep from * twice. Sc in next 5 st, join with sl st in first sc. Finish off. 56 sc.

Polka Dot Square – make 24.

With Color B, ch 2.

Rnd 1. 8 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Join with sl st in first sc. Finish off. 8 sc.

Rnd 2. Join Color A with sl st in any sc of rnd 1. Ch 1, 3 sc in same sc as joining (corner made), sc in next sc, *3 sc in next sc (corner made), sc in next sc; rep from * around. Join with sl st in first sc in rnd. Finish off. 16 sc.

Rnd 3. Join Color C with sl st in 3rd sc of any 3-sc corner of rnd 2. Ch 4, (tr, dc) in same sc as joining, sc in next sc, (dc, 2 tr) in next sc, ch 1, skip next sc, *(2 tr, dc) in next sc, sc in next sc, (dc, 2 tr) in next sc, ch 1, skip next sc; rep from * around. Join with sl st in top of beg ch. Finish off.

Rnd 4. Join Color C with sl st in any unworked sc in rnd 2. Ch 4, *sc in next tr in rnd 3, hdc in next tr, dc in next dc, 5 tr in next sc, dc in next dc, hdc in next tr, sc in next tr, tr in next unworked sc in rnd 2; rep from * around. Join with sl st in top of beg ch.

Rnd 5. Ch 1, sc in same ch as joining, sc in next 5 st, 3 sc in next tr, *sc in next 11 st, 3 sc in next tr; rep from * twice. Sc in next 5 st, join with sl st in first sc. Finish off. 56 sc.

Solid Square – make 30.

Work as for Polka Dot Square, but all in Color C.

Front Panel Assembly

Arrange and whipstitch 13 Hellebore Squares and 12 Polka Dot Squares together as follows:

  • Top Row: Hellebore, Polka Dot, Hellebore, Polka Dot, Hellebore
  • 2nd Row: Polka Dot, Hellebore, Polka Dot, Hellebore, Polka Dot
  • 3rd Row: Hellebore, Polka Dot, Hellebore, Polka Dot, Hellebore
  • 4th Row: Polka Dot, Hellebore, Polka Dot, Hellebore, Polka Dot
  • Bottom Row: Hellebore, Polka Dot, Hellebore, Polka Dot, Hellebore

Back Panel Assembly

Arrange and whipstitch 13 Hellebore Squares and 12 Polka Dot Squares together in the same manner as for Front Panel.

Side Panel Assembly – make 2.

Arrange and whipstitch 10 Solid Squares together in 2 columns of 5 squares each.

Bottom Panel Assembly

Arrange and whipstitch 10 Solid Squares together in 2 rows of 5 squares each.

Tote Assembly

Sc Side Panels to Front and Back Panels, then sc bottom in place.

Edging

Join Color C with sl st in top edge of Tote.

Row 1. Ch 1, sc evenly around. Finish off.

Change to Color B.

Row 2. Ch 1, sc evenly around. Finish off.

Change to Color A.

Row 3. Ch 1, sc evenly around. Finish off.

Change to Color C.

Row 4. Ch 1, sc evenly around. Finish off.

Handles

Make 18 chains of 60 ch each. For each handle, braid 9 chains together. Sew each end of the braid to a D ring. Sew D rings to top of tote.

Felting

Wash in hot water in washing machine on setting with highest agitation. Add 2 tbsp baking soda to wash water for best results. Press Tote on flat surface to dry.

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