A step-by-step guide to crocheting summer's must-have accessory
Ever gotten halfway through a project and thought “Hang on, am I even doing this right?” We have 🙋♀️
That’s why we’ve created these step-by-step guides to walk you through the crocheting process.
Even if you've never crocheted before, we'll take you from zero to crochet hero in no time 🦸♀️
When it comes to learning to crochet, practice makes perfect.
Before we get started on the pattern we suggest you spend a bit of time learning the basic stitches you’ll need to complete your bag.
The Leo Tote is summer's must-have accessory and you're going to have a lot of fun making her. We make Leo using the double crochet stitch as well as the single crochet stitch.
You'll want to be confident with the single and double crochet stitches before you start 🧶 You'll also want to get a hang of tying a slip knot and chaining which is the first step in any crochet project.
You can use the yarn that came in your kit to practice these stitches. Once you've got these mastered you'll find the pattern a cinch!
Total beginner? 👩🏫
For a more comprehensive lesson on the basics of crochet visit our Learn How To Crochet page.
Onto the bag 👜🕺
⚡️What you'll need
Your kit comes with everything you'll need to make your masterpiece. In your kit you'll find;
- 3.5mm hook
- 3 balls of Cardigang Raffia in 3 colours
- A darning needle
- Stitch markers
- Made by me tag
You also want to have a pair of scissors and a tape measure handy.
⚡️Test your tension
💪 Remember learning a new skill can be a little challenging at first, and you’re bound to find yourself making some mistakes along the way. But as with learning anything, your brain and your hands slowly start to get the hang of it, muscle memory is created, and soon the thing you found tricky/daunting/scary is like second nature!
🧶 Happy hooker, let's crochet!
Time to switch off. Stitch on. And whip up your drool-worthy tote!
Let's start with our foundation chain.
💭 Try to make your chain stitches as evenly sized as possible. Don't pull the loops too tight because you'll struggle to work into these loops in your first row.
Chain 101: Make sure all the ‘V’s line up and are roughly the same size.
In our first row we're working into the chain, so you're going to insert your hook into the 4th chain from the hook. We only skip some stitches like this when we're working into the chain. So this is the only time in this pattern that you'll go into the 4th chain.
Then do a double crochet into each stitch along the chain.
Good news, this is the hardest row to complete because working into the chain isn't as easy as working into a row. So persist and things will get easier!
💭 Your turning chain is what gives us the height to work the next row - they are very important! Without them, we'd be making a triangle!
Time to complete the second row - this row becomes the foundation for all other rows. Our turning chain counts as our first stitch so you're going to insert your hook into the second stitch in the row and then into every other stitch along the row.
💭 Make sure your hook is going in under both bars of the stitch. Your stitches will look like ‘V’s when looking at your work from the top down.
STEP 4 to 13
More of the same my friend!
When you reach row 4 you'll do your first colour change. We change colours at the end of the row. All you'll do is yarn over with the new colour and complete the stitch with the new yarn. Then tie your ends together to secure them. We will be weaving the ends into the seams at the end.
Awesome work! You've done a lot of the heavy lifting. Next we're going to seam our bag together.
You'll fold your long rectangle in half short-ways so that your foundation chain folds over on it's self. Then follow the instructions in the video below to seam your bag together.
You're so close to the finish line now! 🎢
You'll need your stitch markers for this part.
Attach your yarn to the top of your bag by doing a slip stitch.
💭 A slip stitch is where you insert your hook into your work, yarn over and then pull through both loops on your hook.
Do two rounds of double crochet.
Mark out the gaps for your handles with your stitch markers and then begin your round in single crochet.
Complete the 4 rounds of single crochet to finish the top of your bag.
You should have a bit of raffia left so if you want to make some pom poms or tassels to decorate your bag, let's do it!
🎬 Watch how to make a pom pom
🎬 Watch how to make a tassel
D.O.N.E! You've finished your bag, well done! Epic work 🤩 If this was your first-ever crochet project or one of many, we hope you had a blast. Don't forget to share your masterpiece with us on Instagram and TikTok @cardigang_knits 💥❤️