POW: Martha’s Vineyard Tote
One of my favorite things about summer is going to my local farmer’s market. I love waking up early on Saturday morning, hopping on my bike, and cruising down to the market before it gets too busy (and too hot). I go every week, and as the weather warms, I really enjoy seeing the stalls fill up with all my favorite summer produce.
About every other Saturday, though, I forget to take a tote bag to the farmer’s market. There’s nothing worse than that sinking feeling I get when I go to put my fresh produce in my tote bag, only to realize I’ve left it at home. That’s why I’m excited about the Martha’s Vineyard Tote by Anne Potter—it’s so dang cute, I definitely won’t accidentally leave it at home!
This oversized tote from Love of Crochet Summer 2017 is the perfect farmer’s market bag (or beach bag, if you’re lucky enough to live near the beach). It’s big enough to hold all the produce I can buy (plus my wallet, phone, and water bottle) and cute enough to keep me stylish if I decide to stay downtown for breakfast after I hit the market. The raffia yarn is worked with two strands held together to create a sturdy bag with a classic silhouette. The toggle button and clasp keep contents secure, and the leather straps make carrying the bag comfortable, even with a heavy load.
The easy stitch pattern makes this a quick project for spring. The farmer’s market here in Fort Collins opens May 20, which gives me plenty of time to work up this tote! I can’t wait to stroll by all my favorite stalls with this adorable tote on my shoulder and see all the bounty northern Colorado has to offer.
Finished Size: 13″ tall, 20″ wide (across top), and 4″ deep.
Yarn: Premier Yarns Premier Home Raffia (100% cellulose rayon; 99 yd [90 m]/1.41 oz [40 g]): #94-03 almond, 9 balls.
Hook: Size J/10 (6 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.
Notions: 2″ horn toggle, 1; sewing needle and matching thread; 24″ faux leather sew-in purse straps, 2.
Gauge: 10 sts and 8 rows = 4″ in patt.
If you need a tote for your own farmer’s market or other summer adventures, give this pattern a try!
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