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Hellebore Tote

As promised in last week's post on felting, today we are pleased to share with you the pattern for our Hellebore Tote! This one is a freebie, so enjoy!


Finished Size: About 12” wide by 13” high by 5” deep

Skill Level: Intermediate

Materials:
Color A (White): 360 yd 4/worsted-weight wool yarn
Color B (Red): 120 yd 4/worsted-weight wool yarn
Color C (Black): 1090 yd 4/worsted-weight wool yarn
Size H-8 (5.0mm) crochet hook
Yarn needle
4 (1 1/2-inch) D rings

Hellebore Square - make 26.

With Color A, ch 2.

Rnd 1. 8 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Join with sl st in first sc. Finish off. 8 sc.

Rnd 2. Join Color B with sl st in any sc of rnd 1. Ch 1, 3 sc in same sc as joining (corner made), sc in next sc, *3 sc in next sc (corner made), sc in next sc; rep from * around. Join with sl st in first sc in rnd. Finish off. 16 sc.

Rnd 3. Join Color A with sl st in 3rd sc of any 3-sc corner of rnd 2. Ch 4, (tr, dc) in same sc as joining, sc in next sc, (dc, 2 tr) in next sc, ch 1, skip next sc, *(2 tr, dc) in next sc, sc in next sc, (dc, 2 tr) in next sc, ch 1, skip next sc; rep from * around. Join with sl st in top of beg ch. Finish off.

Rnd 4. Join Color C with sl st in any unworked sc in rnd 2. Ch 4, *sc in next tr in rnd 3, hdc in next tr, dc in next dc, 5 tr in next sc, dc in next dc, hdc in next tr, sc in next tr, tr in next unworked sc in rnd 2; rep from * around. Join with sl st in top of beg ch.

Rnd 5. Ch 1, sc in same ch as joining, sc in next 5 st, 3 sc in next tr, *sc in next 11 st, 3 sc in next tr; rep from * twice. Sc in next 5 st, join with sl st in first sc. Finish off. 56 sc.

Polka Dot Square - make 24.

With Color B, ch 2.

Rnd 1. 8 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Join with sl st in first sc. Finish off. 8 sc.

Rnd 2. Join Color A with sl st in any sc of rnd 1. Ch 1, 3 sc in same sc as joining (corner made), sc in next sc, *3 sc in next sc (corner made), sc in next sc; rep from * around. Join with sl st in first sc in rnd. Finish off. 16 sc.

Rnd 3. Join Color C with sl st in 3rd sc of any 3-sc corner of rnd 2. Ch 4, (tr, dc) in same sc as joining, sc in next sc, (dc, 2 tr) in next sc, ch 1, skip next sc, *(2 tr, dc) in next sc, sc in next sc, (dc, 2 tr) in next sc, ch 1, skip next sc; rep from * around. Join with sl st in top of beg ch. Finish off.

Rnd 4. Join Color C with sl st in any unworked sc in rnd 2. Ch 4, *sc in next tr in rnd 3, hdc in next tr, dc in next dc, 5 tr in next sc, dc in next dc, hdc in next tr, sc in next tr, tr in next unworked sc in rnd 2; rep from * around. Join with sl st in top of beg ch.

Rnd 5. Ch 1, sc in same ch as joining, sc in next 5 st, 3 sc in next tr, *sc in next 11 st, 3 sc in next tr; rep from * twice. Sc in next 5 st, join with sl st in first sc. Finish off. 56 sc.

Solid Square - make 30.

Work as for Polka Dot Square, but all in Color C.

Front Panel

Arrange and whipstitch 13 Hellebore Squares and 12 Polka Dot Squares together as follows:

Top Row: Hellebore, Polka Dot, Hellebore, Polka Dot, Hellebore
2nd Row: Polka Dot, Hellebore, Polka Dot, Hellebore, Polka Dot
3rd Row: Hellebore, Polka Dot, Hellebore, Polka Dot, Hellebore
4th Row: Polka Dot, Hellebore, Polka Dot, Hellebore, Polka Dot
Bottom Row: Hellebore, Polka Dot, Hellebore, Polka Dot, Hellebore

Back Panel

Arrange and whipstitch 13 Hellebore Squares and 12 Polka Dot Squares together in the same manner as for Front Panel.

Side Panels - make 2.

Arrange and whipstitch 10 Solid Squares together in 2 columns of 5 squares each.

Bottom Panel

Arrange and whipstitch 10 Solid Squares together in 2 rows of 5 squares each.

Assembly

Sc Side Panels to Front and Back Panels, then sc bottom in place.

Edging

Join Color C with sl st in top edge of Tote.

Row 1. Ch 1, sc evenly around. Finish off. Change to Color B.

Row 2. Ch 1, sc evenly around. Finish off. Change to Color A.

Row 3. Ch 1, sc evenly around. Finish off. Change to Color C.

Row 4. Ch 1, sc evenly around. Finish off.

Handles

Make 18 chains of 60 ch each. For each handle, braid 9 chains together. Sew each end of the braid to a D ring. Sew D rings to top of tote.

Felting

Wash in hot water in washing machine on setting with highest agitation. Add 2 tbsp baking soda to wash water for best results. Press Tote on flat surface to dry.

Abbreviations
beg          beginning
ch          chain
dc          double crochet
hdc          half double crochet
mm          millimeter
rep          repeat
rnd          round
sc          single crochet
sl st          slip stitch
tr          treble crochet
yd          yard

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