Do you like your crochet to have a cheeky little twist? Then you’re going to LOVE this bold and beautiful design. The Oh For Fox Sake Tote Bag combines saucy wordplay with a supercute fox design to create a modern, fun crochet tote bag. I guarantee, you’re going to want to get your paws on this one!
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Jessica says, “This bag was a delight to design, I’ve always been a fan of foxes and have always loved this phrase so it was fun to put the two together into this quirky and functional bag. I also love doing colour work in crochet and this bag uses a few fun techniques to create the graphic image.“
MATERIALS & TOOLS
Yarn: Knit Picks Dishie yarn, worsted weight (100% cotton, 190 yds per 100g skein) in:
- Linen – 380 yards
- Fox – 32 yards
- Black – 115 yards
- White – 24 yards
- US size F/5 3.75mm hook
- US size E/4 3.5mm hook
Bag measures 13.5 inches (34 cm) wide by 14 inches (35.5 cm) tall
Strap measures approx. 45 inches (114 cm)
Gauge for this pattern is done in Modified Single Crochet:
Mod-sc 16 sts x 14 rows = 4” / 10 cm
The bottom of this bag is worked flat using regular sc sts. Once the base is done, project is worked in the round
Ch 1 does not count as a st
Each row of the graph should be completed twice since the bag has the image on both sides
Each box on the chart represents one mod-sc st
Remember to change colors on the last YO of the previous st
Tapestry crochet is worked with the unused yarn being carried along
For this pattern, the linen and black were carried throughout, the colours of the fox I used only when needed
Please note that tapestry crochet is a tightly worked fabric, using a smaller hook than normal is important for keeping the yarn from showing through.
Written in US terms
Tapestry crochet is a colour work technique that enables crocheters to create images and patterns. To make sure that the text lines up straight and doesn’t slant, we are also working what’s called a modified single crochet stitch (mod-sc).
TERMS & ABBREVIATIONS
Chain (ch): Yarn over, pull through.
Single crochet (sc): Insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, you will have two loops on the hook. Yarn over, pull through remaining two loops.
Slip stitch (sl-st): Insert hook, yarn over, pull through both stitch and loop on hook.
Yarn over (YO)
Back loop only (BLO)
Modified Single Crochet (mod-sc): Insert hook through BL only, YO and pull up a loop. There are now two loops on your hook. Yarn under and pull through both loops on your hook.
Unsure of the differences between UK and US terms? Need a refresher on how to do your stitches? In my ‘How to crochet: A handy reference guide’ EBook I help you with all of these terms and you can always have them to hand! You will also get exclusive access to free video instructions. You can find my EBook HERE.
OH FOR FOX SAKE TOTE BAG PATTERN
Base of bag
Using Linen and F hook (working regular sc)
Ch 61 sts
Rnd 1: sc across in the second ch from the hook and then in each st across (60 sts), when you reach the end, you will rotate your work and sc across the other side of your initial ch., sl st into top of first sc (120 sts)
Rnd 2: Ch 1 and place 2sc into the same st, place a marker in the first sc to mark the beginning of the rnd, sc the next 58 sts, place 3 sc in the next st, sc in the next 58 sts, 2sc in the last st (124 sts)
Rnd 3: Ch 1 and 3sc in the same st, sc the next 59 sts, 3sc, sc, 3sc, sc the next 59 sts, 3sc in next, sc in last st, sl st to connect. (132 sts)
Starting the body of the bag
Count and make sure there are 66 sts on each side of the bag, a total of 132 sts.
Switch to an E hook, you will now be using the mod-sc st and working in the BLO.
Ch 1, mod-sc and place your marker. This is now the beginning of round.
Using the chart provided, mod-sc each st. Remember to do each row of the graph twice, (to complete the graphic image on both sides of the bag).
When you get to the end of the chart, sl st and fasten off. Weave in your ends.
Handles (make one)
Using E Hook and linen yarn
Leave a long tail at the beginning of your ch, and at the end of the work for sewing purposes
Working sc through both loops
Row 1: sc in each st across, ch 1, turn (150 sts)
Rows 2-6: sc in each st across, ch 1, turn (150 sts)
Fasten off with long tail.
1. First we will add the handle. I placed each handle end right in the corners of the bag, centering the handle in the corner.
2. I placed the strap approx. 5 rows down from the top of the inside of the bag. Then I sewed around the strap end using the tail ends.
3. Weave in any remaining tails you might have.
You are all done!