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Beach Mat and Tote Bag

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Crochet a lovely mat for sitting on the ground at the beach or park with a matching tote bag. The tote bag from Lily Sugar n' Cream will hold on your beach or park essentials. This beach mat and tote bag crochet pattern is great for summer.


Crochet Beach Mat and Tote Bag

 


Materials:

  • Yarn: Lily Sugar’n Cream Stripes (56.7 g / 2 oz)  21143 (Country Stripes) 16 balls
  • Crochet Hook: Size 4 mm (U.S. G or 6) crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge.

Size: Approx 17 x 60 ins [43 x 152.5 cm] unfolded.

Gauge: 15 sc and 16 rows = 4 ins [10 cm].

Instructions:

Note: This yarn is designed to create stripes as you crochet. There are sections of Contrast colors each approx 14 yds [12.5 m] long.

FRONT
**With 1st ball, starting at beg of contrast 1 section, ch 22. With 2nd ball, starting at beg of contrast 2 section, ch 23. With 3rd ball, starting at beg of contrast 3 section, ch 26. 71 ch.
1st row: (RS). With 3rd ball, 1 hdc in 3rd ch from hook. 1 hdc in each of next 22 ch. With 2nd ball, 1 hdc in each of next 23 ch. With 1st ball, 1 hdc in each of next 23 ch. Turn. 69 hdc.
2nd row: With 1st ball, ch 3 (counts as dc). 1 dc in each of next 22 hdc. With 2nd ball, 1 dc in each of next 23 hdc. With 3rd ball, 1 dc in each of next 23 hdc. Turn.
3rd row: With 3rd ball, ch 2 (do not count as st). 1 hdc in each of first 23 dc. With 2nd ball, 1 hdc in each of next 23 dc. With 3rd ball, 1 hdc in each of next 23 dc. Turn.
Last 2 rows form pat.**
Cont working in pat, until work from beg measures 14 ins [35.5 cm], ending with a 2nd row. Fasten off.

BACK
Work from ** to ** as given for Front.
Cont working in pat, until work from beg measures 64 ins [162.5 cm], ending with a 2nd row. Fasten off.

Side/Bottom Panel:
Ch 18.
1st row: (RS). 1 hdc in 3rd ch from hook. 1 hdc in each ch to end of ch. Turn. 16 hdc.
2nd row: Ch 3 (counts as dc). 1 dc in each hdc to end of row. Turn.
3rd row: Ch 2 (do not count as st). 1 hdc in each dc to end of row. Turn.
Rep last 2 rows until work from beg measures 45 ins [114.5 cm], ending with a 2nd row. Fasten off.

Straps: (make 2).
Ch 113.
1st row: (RS). 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook. 1 sc in each ch to end of ch. Turn.
2nd to 5th rows: Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc to end of row. Turn.
Fold Handle in half length-wise and work through both thicknesses, 1 sc in each st to end of row. Fasten off.

Finishing
Pin pieces to measurements. Cover with a damp cloth, leaving cloth to dry.

With WS of Front and Side tog, join yarn with sl st to top left corner. Ch 1. Working through both thicknesses, work 1 row of sc down left side, across bottom and up right side of Bag. Fasten off.
Rep for Back, leaving rem fabric free for Mat.

Front Edging: With RS facing, join yarn with sl st to top of Front. Ch 1. 1 sc in same sp as sl st. Work 1 row of sc across top of Front. Do not turn.
2nd row: Working from left to right instead of right to left as usual, work 1 reverse sc in each sc to end of row. Fasten off.

Sew handle to Front as shown in picture. Roll Mat inside of bag. Sew handle to Back at same position as for Front.

 

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Easy. 1st ball crochet 22stitches, do not cut string, new ball and existing loop add another 23stiches, then the same again with ball 3. On second row Orkney in reverse, but don't forget to twist the strands when changing balls. Similar when knitting fair isle patterns. I hope this helps Sabine

I don't understand how you start the bag. How do you get the front to be all one piece?

I see only the pattern for the tote bag, and it is pretty confusing - and I'm an experienced crocheter. Is there a pattern for the mat?

Hi there, Directions for the mat are under the header that says "Finishing." Happy crocheting!

I want to make this bag but I don't understand how to get started. It says to chain with ball 1, 2 &3 how do you join them?

Where is the pattern for the beach mat?

The back of the bag is 64 inches long - part of that is the mat.

Is this pattern for the tote bag only? Where it says "front" would that be side one and would "back" be side two? Where is the pattern for the mat? Thank you

can you do this with the yarn that is already multi colored? If so, how many chains would I work for a row?

Both the front and back are 71 stitches wide.

How many balls for JUST the bag? Anyone?

I'll get a lot of use from this

Love this, the look and the practicality of it - will have to make one I think!

I love this project! One of these days I will make it and be so happy! :0)

How unique to have the bag and mat connected so that you never have to search for one or the other, love the idea.

I like this. I could keep it in the car and always have something to sit on if we stop at a park or where ever.

This would be good to keep in the car so you always have a mat to sit on to watch a parade, a concert or such things.

looks great! is the mat & bag connected. didnt quite get that part

Thank you for pointing out where the directions for the mat are. I missed it also.

the mat is part of the bag- the back is supposed to be worked to a length of 64". it then rolls into the bag for storage

Where are the directions for the mat???

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