Bargello Flowers Tote Bag

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Materials: Size D (3.125 mm) hook. Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton Yarn, 1 skein of each of the following colors – Navy, Tangerine, Lemon, Mint (size 4 yarn, 186 yards per skein)

**Note! You may want to buy 2 skeins of the blue. I only used one skein but I came dangerously close to running out of it.**

Click here for my review of Lion Brand’s 24/7 Cotton Yarn! I highly recommend it for this project.


Chain 73 (with blue yarn)

**Begin with using the regular SC stitch**

Round 1: (With blue yarn only.) Starting in second chain from hook, do a SC in back loop of each chain stitch. When you get to the end of the chain, flip your work. In the opposite side of the last chain stitch that you worked into, complete another SC. Continuing along the opposite side of the chain, complete a SC into each chain stitch. You should have a total of 144 SC’s at the end of Round 1.

Round 2: (Bring in the rest of the yarn colors.) Complete 1 blue SC into each stitch, all the way round. (144)

Rounds 3 – 4: Complete 1 blue SC into each stitch, all the way around (144)

Rounds 5: Complete 1 green SC into each stitch, all the way around (144)

Round 6: Complete 1 yellow SC into each stitch, all the way around (144)

Round 7: Complete 1 orange SC into each stitch, all the way around (144)

**Begin using the Modified Single Crochet**

Round 8: Complete row 1 of the abbreviated pattern (below) 12 times (144)

Round 9: Complete row 2 of the abbreviated pattern (below) 12 times (144)

Round 10: Complete row 3 of the abbreviated pattern (below) 12 times (144)

Round 11: Complete row 4 of the abbreviated pattern (below) 12 times (144)

Round 12: Complete row 5 of the abbreviated pattern (below) 12 times (144)

Round 13: Complete row 6 of the abbreviated pattern (below) 12 times (144)

Round 14: Complete row 7 of the abbreviated pattern (below) 12 times (144)

Round 15: Complete row 8 of the abbreviated pattern (below) 12 times (144)

Round 16: Complete row 9 of the abbreviated pattern (below) 12 times (144)

Round 17: Complete row 10 of the abbreviated pattern (below) 12 times (144)

Round 18: Complete row 11 of the abbreviated pattern (below) 12 times (144)

Round 19: Complete row 12 of the abbreviated pattern (below) 12 times (144)

Round 20: Complete row 13 of the abbreviated pattern (below) 12 times (144)

Round 21: Complete row 14 of the abbreviated pattern (below) 12 times (144)

Round 22: Complete row 15 of the abbreviated pattern (below) 12 times (144)

Round 23: Complete row 16 of the abbreviated pattern (below) 12 times (144)

Round 24: Complete row 17 of the abbreviated pattern (below) 12 times (144)

Round 25: Complete row 18 of the abbreviated pattern (below) 12 times (144)

Round 26: Complete row 19 of the abbreviated pattern (below) 12 times (144)

Round 27: Complete row 20 of the abbreviated pattern (below) 12 times (144)

Rounds 28 – 42: repeat Rounds 8 – 22 (In other words, repeat rows 1-15 of the abbreviated graph)

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**Return to using regular SC**

Rounds 43 – 44: Complete 1 orange SC into each stitch, all the way around (144)

Rounds 45 – 46: Complete 1 yellow SC into each stitch, all the way around (144)

Rounds 47: Complete 1 green SC in the first 21 stitches, chain 4. Skip 4 stitches.

Beginning in 5th stitch, complete 1 green SC into the next 33 stitches. Chain 4. Skip 4 stitches.

Beginning in 5 stitch from hook, complete 1 green SC into the next 30 stitches. Chain 4. Skip 4 stitches.

Beginning in 5th stitch from hook, complete 1 green SC into the next 33 stitches. Chain 4. Skip 4 stitches.

Beginning in 5th stitch from hook, complete 1 green SC into the next 12 stitches. (144)

Round 48: Complete 1 green SC into each stitch, all the way around (144)

**Attach handles of your choice. See below for instructions on how I made my handles/straps**


For the Handles:

Step 1: Take one strand of each color: Tangerine, Lemon and Mint. Pull yarn out until you reach a good length for your handle/strap. Pull out another 6 inches. You’ll need the extra yarn later for securing the straps to the bag. Fold the yarn in half and double check that you’re happy with the length. Mine was about ….. inches long.

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Step 2: Continue to pull the yarn out and fold it over itself two times around, being sure to maintain the proper length. (The photo only shows the first fold around.)

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Step 3: After completing step 2, you should have 6 strand of each color in the bunch. Double check to make sure you have the right amount.

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Step 4: Loop the yarn around something that’ll keep it in place once you begin braiding. I used a the leg of a chair for mine. Cut the yarn off at the bottom of the loop.

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Step 5: Separate the yarn into three groups, each consisting of two strands of each color. Take the three strands in your hand, make sure the ends line up and comb any tangles out with your fingers.

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Step 6: Braid the three strands until you reach the end of the yarn. Tie a double knot around both ends of the braid. Cut open the loop that was tied around the chair leg (or whatever you used).

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Step 7: Pull the ends of the braid through the holes in the bag. If the handle is too long, continue to pull the ends until they reach a good length. I ended up having to cut off part of the braid because it was longer than I anticipated. After cutting the braid off, I unraveled the braid from the point where it passed through the hole in the bag to the end so it would lay flat for the next step.

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Step 8: Take a strand of blue yarn about 18 inches long and use it to tie a tight double knot around the handle as I did in the picture below. Make sure you leave only a few inches of the blue strand on one side of the knot so that most of the strand is on the other side of the knot. It’s best to have the knot on the inside of the strap so it’ll be less noticeable. Begin to wrap the long end of the blue strand tightly around the handle. Stop at end point you’d like, but on the last wrap around, use your finger to create a space so you can tie a knot.

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Step 9: Tie a knot into the space your created in the last step. With a large-eyed needle, thread the yarn into the blue coil all the way through until it comes out the bottom, skipping the last wrap around that you just made a knot into. Use the needle again to wrap the thread around the coil closest to the bag and do one last knot around it.

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Step 10: Cut off any excess yarn above the coil. That’s it! Repeat the process until handles are secured at all four points 🙂

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Rebecca Medina

Rebecca Medina

Hello there, I'm Rebecca! I love creating beautiful things from nothing, which is why I love crocheting. I especially love the tapestry method.. but as I've been picking it up, I've noticed that it's completely underrated! I made this site to spread the word about the greatness of tapestry crochet. I hope that my passion becomes yours and that you create something beautiful today 🙂
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6 thoughts on “Bargello Flowers Tote Bag

  1. Faye Patten says:

    At the beginning, you chained 73 and go down the back of the chain, totalling 144 sc’so. You do not add more sc’s at the end of the chain to round the corners. This works? Most patterns add 2 to 3 sc’s .

    • Rebecca Medina says:

      Hi Faye! It is a little tight around the corners, but it works! When making bags that are supposed to be a bit wider, I will add a few extra when going around the turns, but for this one I just went with one SC in each space on each side of the chain 🙂

  2. Faye Patten says:

    By the way, this is a beautiful bag and I plan to make this.
    I am so fascinated with tapestry crochet. I am working on the WAYUU PATTERN #2 but reduced the width to 10 inches using DK yarn. I have found the modified single crochet is crucial to tapestry crochet.
    Thank you for your reply, patterns, and the tips on your website.

  3. Lorna O'Brien says:

    Rebecca, I love this bag pattern and am having a blast. The inside of the bag is ‘prettier’ stitch-wise than the outside. Do I turn it inside out at the end?

    • Rebecca Medina says:

      Hi Lorna! Absolutely! I didn’t turn mine inside out, but I did notice that this is one of the very few patterns I’ve tried that actually looks nice on the opposite side. So if that’s what you want, I say go for it 🙂

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