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This sturdy little tote is perfect for picking up produce and other yummy goodies at your local market.

Finished size: 12" x 12" (30.5 x 30.5cm) with 10" (25.5cm) handles

Posted by Fox Chapel Publishing Published See Fox Chapel Publishing's 13 projects » © 2018 Samantha Grenier / Fox Chapel Publishing · Reproduced with permission.
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  • Step 1

    Form the 1 yd. (100cm) guideline cord into a loop that is 12"–16" (30.5 x 40.5cm) in diameter. Tie the ends of the cord together in an overhand knot to hold the loop in place. This is the mouth of the bag.

  • How to make a knit or crochet tote. Market Tote - Step 2
    Step 2

    Find the center points of two of the 31/2 yd. (350cm) cords and attach them to the guideline loop using lark’s head knots, positioning the knots next to each other. Repeat with the remaining 31/2 yd. (350cm) cords, positioning them directly opposite the first two cords attached to the guideline (figure 1). These cords form the center strands of the handles.

  • How to make a knit or crochet tote. Market Tote - Step 3
    Step 3

    Center one 4 yd. (400cm) length of cord behind a set of handle center strands attached to the guideline. Tie a square knot around the center strands with the 4 yd. (400cm) cord (figures 2–3).

  • How to make a knit or crochet tote. Market Tote - Step 4
    Step 4

    Continue tying square knots around the center strands until the handle is 10"–12" (25.5–30.5cm) long, or until the two working strands are about 3" (7.5cm) long. Tuck the ends of the working strands into the underside of the handle, trim, and melt the tips. Repeat to form the second handle.

  • How to make a knit or crochet tote. Market Tote - Step 5
    Step 5

    Position the loose end of a handle against the guideline to form the handle into a loop. Make sure the handle is not twisted. Tie each of the four center strands of the handle to the guideline using a double half hitch (figure 4). Do not trim these strands; they will be knotted into the body of the bag. Repeat for the second handle.

  • Step 6

    Tie all of the 3 yd. (300cm) cords onto the guideline using lark’s head knots. Evenly distribute the cords around the guideline.

  • How to make a knit or crochet tote. Market Tote - Step 7
    Step 7

    Divide the mounted working strands (including
    the handle center strands from step 4) into twenty- eight groups.

  • How to make a knit or crochet tote. Market Tote - Step 8
    Step 8

    There will be three strands in each group. Use the three strands from one group to tie seven half knots to form a spiral (figures 5–7).

  • How to make a knit or crochet tote. Market Tote - Step 9
    Step 9

    Repeat with the remaining groups.

  • How to make a knit or crochet tote. Market Tote - Step 10
    Step 10

    Take two spirals that are side by side. Use two strands from the left spiral and one strand from the right spiral to tie seven half knots (figures 8–9).

  • How to make a knit or crochet tote. Market Tote - Step 11
    Step 11

    Repeat with all the remaining strands until the row is complete. This alternates the spirals in the first row with those in the second row.

  • Step 12

    Repeat steps 10-11 to form alternating rows of spirals. Tie nine to ten rows, until the bag is about 12" (30.5cm) long.

  • How to make a knit or crochet tote. Market Tote - Step 13
    Step 13

    To form the bottom of the bag, turn it inside out and press it flat with your hands. Pair off the cords, making sure each cord on the front of the bag has a partner opposite it on the back of the bag. S

  • How to make a knit or crochet tote. Market Tote - Step 14
    Step 14

    tarting at one side of the bag, tie the front and back cord pairs together using double twist square knots (figures 10–12).

  • How to make a knit or crochet tote. Market Tote - Step 15
    Step 15

    Repeat across the bottom of the bag until all pairs are tied together.

  • Step 16

    Trim all cord ends to about 1/4" (0.5cm) long, and melt the tips with a grill lighter to prevent fraying. Turn the bag right side out.

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