crochet tote cute circus project

fun and functional crochet tote intermediate level project


Decided to give crocheting a whirl on a whim after stumbling upon Vogue Knitting’s 2013 Crochet Special Edition. This publication is a haven for all the trendy craft mavens out there; and a perfect excuse to add to my projects in progress repertoire (a.k.a. the clutter on my coffee table fondly refereed to as skill sculptures)…

Several patterns in this issue have managed to maneuver onto my ever growing albeit discriminating to-do list, including some mention worthy sassy but classy swimsuit coverup fashion frocks. In an effort to catch my skill level up to my style preferences before next needing a beach to bar wardrobe bridge, I decided to grab the tackiest most obnoxious yarn I could find and figure out this crocheting business. Yes; that yarn always winking at me from the shelves, waiting ever so patiently for a legitimate reason to be placed in my cart, and brought home.. Precious, my precious… Time to try my hand at tatting a tag-a-long tote.


crochet tote project : vogue 'red hot in rio' diamond lace bag

if it fits, i sits – november 8th, 2013
crochet tote : vogue ‘red hot in rio’ diamond lace bag

– ‘Red Hot in Rio’ diamond lace bag crochet pattern (page 44)

– Lion Brand ‘Sock-Ease’ yarn #205 cotton candy

– oodles of Susan Bates 1 inch plastic bone rings and a pair of circular wood purse handles

– Boye size D 3-3.25 mm easy glide aluminum crochet hook


favorite feature: Perfect opportunity to continue advancing your skill after everyone you know or knows someone you know already officially owns one of your ‘like it or not I made this for you so I better see you wearing it or else’ signature handmade scarves and berets. Actually so pleased with the final product I plan to gift this initial attempt, and start a larger version for fashionably stowing away my other crochet projects in progress.


chief complaint: Ended up altering the pattern’s lace bands out of beginner’s frustration, and come to find out there is a correction on the website for this portion of the pattern… So heads up if you love the lace look.