It’s finally time for me to introduce our very first crochet-along, the Granny Square Tote! I am very excited about not only our first crochet-along, but also to make this gorgeous bag. I have wanted to make something like this for myself for a long time and have not found the time to get around to it.
The granny square tote that we will be completing comes from inspiration I saw on Pinterest months ago. There is no written pattern for the tote bag in this image, however, it is a simple concept that can easily be duplicated.
So here it is, the beautiful tote bag we will be making in the month of February! Are you as excited as I am?!
Gather your supplies…
The supplies list for this project is rather short and should cost less than $20 or so. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Cotton yarn: approx 600yds (highly recommended as opposed to acrylic or wool)
- Size 4mm crochet hook
- Darning needle
- Optional fabric for liner.
What to expect…
The granny square tote consists of 24 solid granny squares crocheted together in a specific manner to create the shape of the tote bag. We will be crocheting one square at a time over the course of the next 24 days. I have provided a complementary video for this crochet-along, so beginners, have no fear! You can make this tote with my help!
As I mentioned before, this crochet-along does not include a pattern. However, it is so straight-forward we don’t even need one. For those of you who are beginners or advanced beginners, I have included a video which shows you how to crochet the solid granny square used in this purse. Intermediate and advanced crocheters, please refer to the diagram below to make your granny squares. Please note that I make the solid granny square differently than depicted in the diagram. I utilize a method which hides the chain three on every round. Refer to Part 1 video if you would like to see how to do this.
Please note that the diagram below only contains 4 rounds. We will be using 5 rounds for this project!
Granny square stitch counts…
- 12 dc
- 28 dc
- 44 dc
- 60 dc
- 76 dc
Take these steps…
- Purchase/prepare all suppies
- Watch Part 1 video to learn to crochet a solid granny square.
- Crochet 24 solid granny squares and weave in your ends.
- Optional: block your squares for a perfect shape.
- Watch Part 2 video to learn how to sew your squares together (coming soon!)
- Sew on your handles.
- Optional: Sew in a liner ( I will not be showing you how to do this step).
February Crochet-Along Video: Part 1
- Overview supplies list and my recommendations for yarn
- How to crochet the solid granny square (with hidden chain 3)
*Note there is a mistake in stitch count for round 1! You should have 12 stitches, not 9!
February Crochet-Along Video: Part 2
- How to sew together your granny sqauares
We will be using the following motif diagram to lay out our granny squares to sew them together. Please refer to the diagram with 24 squares.
Share your progress!
The greatest part about a crochet-along is sharing your progress with others! I have created a discussion board within B.hooked Crochet’s forum specifically for this crochet-along. Please share your thoughts, photos, questions…anything you wish about the granny square tote!
I will be popping in and adding my progress as well. I am very excited about making this tote and I hope you are too!