Finished: Two Tone Tote

Last week, my list of projects worked on in my Summer Update included this Two Tone Tote, a free crochet pattern from Caron.  I decided to make it in Mets colors, orange and blue, as one of my crochet projects for Stitch N' Pitch at Citi Field this past June.

Two Tone Tote

The yarns I used are TLC Essentials No Dye Lot worsted medium weight 100% acrylic in Persimmon and Lion Brand Jiffy bulky weight 100% acrylic in Denim. The pattern calls for using two strands of yarn for all stitches.

Two Tone ToteThe crocheted handles in the original design seemed too flimsy for the size of this tote bag, so I decided to attach a pair of purchased rattan handles instead.

The lining is made from an orange cotton remnant I've had in my stash for several years. I was saving it for just the right Mets-themed project.

The lining actually has two 'right' sides - the inner part of the lining is reinforced with Decor Bond fusible interfacing to help support the pockets. The outer part of the lining faces the crochet and barely shows through the stitches. I tried machine sewing the lining into the bag, but couldn't get it to work, so it had to be attached by hand.

There are two pockets. On one side, there's a zippered patch pocket; on the other side there's a single pocket divided into narrow vertical sections for keeping crochet hooks and scissors. You can see this pocket better in the photo below:

Two Tone Tote

The finished size is about 11h x 15w x 4d (inches) which is a pretty generously sized project tote.

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