Yarn

Gardener's Tote

Crochet easy squares and assemble together for a useful tote!
By  Terry Day  

13”x13”, strap: 26”

materials

Red Heart Yarn: Frosty Green, Tea Leaf, Cherry Red, Lavender, Sea Coral, Skipper Blue, Yellow, Black
Bird shaped button, ½”

tools

Crochet hook, US size H-8
Yarn needle
Sewing needle and thread in coordinating colors
Craft adhesive

Abbreviations

ch = chain
dc = double crochet
sc = single crochet
sk = skip
sl = slip
tog = together
rnd(s) = round(s)
rep = repeat

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squares
(Make four squares from Frosty Green and four squares from Tea Leaf.)
Ch 26.
Row 1: Sk first 2 ch from hook, sc next 3 ch tog, ch1, *insert hook in same ch as previous sc, sc next 3 sts tog, ch 1, rep from * across, ending with sc in last ch, ch 2, turn. (11 sc3tog, 1 sc, 2 skipped chs at beginning of row.)
Row 2-18: Sc first 3 sts tog, ch 1, *insert hook in same st as previous sc, sc next 3 sts tog, ch 1, rep from * across ending with sc in top of turning ch, ch 2, turn. (11 sc3tog, 1 sc, 1 ch-2 turning ch.)

strap
(Make one from Frosty Green and one from Tea Leaf.)
Ch 8.
Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in each ch across, ch 2, turn. (6 dc counting turning ch.)
Row 2-50: Dc in each dc across, ch 2, turn. (6 dc.)

Strap edging: Holding both strap pieces together with Frosty Green Strap facing you and working through both thicknesses, join Lavender with sl st in last st of Row 50, ch 2, sl st between Row 50 and Row 49, (ch 2, sl st between next 2 rows) 9 times, fasten off Lavender, *join Skipper Blue with sl st in same st where you just fastened off (ch 2, sl st between next 2 rows), 10 times, fasten off Skipper Blue, rep from * changing to Yellow, Sea Coral, and Cherry Red after each repeat. You will have 10 ch 2 loops in each of the five colors down first side of strap. Join Cherry Red with sl st on opposite side of strap from where you just ended, rep same process down other side of strap reversing color order, fasten off at end of strap. Weave in ends.

flowers
(Make two from Yellow, six from Lavender and six from Sea Coral.)
Round 1: Ch 4, join with sl st to form ring, ch 1, 6 sc in ring. (6 sc.)
Round 2: (2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc) 3 times, join with sl st to first sc, fasten off. (9 sc.)

ladybug
Body
Round 1-2: With Cherry Red, rep rnds 1 and 2 of flower.
Round 3: 2 sc in each sc. (18 sc.)
Round 4: Sc in each sc. (18 sc.)
Round 5: Rep rnd 2, join with sl st to first sc, fasten off. (27 sc.)
Head
Round 1-2:
With black, rep rnds 1-2 of body, fasten off.
Antenna
With black, ch 6, join with sl st to form ring, ch 6, fasten off. Leave long tail for sewing antenna to top of head. Repeat to make two.
Spots
With black, ch 3, join to form ring, pull tight, fasten off. Leave long tail for sewing to body. Repeat to make five.

birdhouse
With Skipper Blue, rep rnds 1-5 of ladybug body.
Roof
Row 1: With Cherry Red, ch 2, sc in first ch from hook, ch 1, turn. (1 sc.)
Row 2: 2 sc in sc, ch 1, turn. (2 sc.)
Row 3: 2 sc in each sc, ch 1, turn. (4 sc.)
Row 4-7: 2 sc in first sc, sc in each sc across, 2 sc in last sc, ch 1, turn. At end of Row 7 fasten off. (6, 8, 10, 12 sc.)
Hole
Rnds 1-2:
With black, rep rnds 1-2 of flowers.
Sew bird button and hole to birdhouse as shown. 

flower tassels
With Tea Leaf, ch 36, fasten off. Join Sea Coral with sl st in one end of ch (ch 4, sl st in same st) 5 times, join to very first sl st of flower, pull tight, fasten off. Join Lavender on other end with sl st and rep same process, fasten off. With Tea Leaf, ch 24, fasten off leaving long tail on one end for attaching to side of tote. Join Yellow with sl st in one end of ch, rep process as before, fasten off. Weave in all loose ends.

finishing and assembly
Whipstitch backside of four squares together and lay out crocheted embellishments on squares as shown. Secure pieces onto squares with craft glue. Let dry. Sew all pieces in place with running stitch and coordinating yarn color. Sew four squares together to form back of tote. With right sides together, whipstitch front and back pieces together on three sides. Turn right side out. Attach strap centered over side seams, slightly overlapping bag top. Use extra whipstitches to enforce straps. Fold flower tassels in half and place shorter single tassel ends into center fold. Sew onto left side seam of bag as shown.