Shopping tote's are really "in" right now, but they've been around for a long time. I know I have one of these stashed away, that my mom gave me many years ago. As a matter of fact, my sister-in-law mentioned on the weekend, that she has one that my mom made. This pattern is available on the Talking Crochet website and is really quite simple to make. I did add the little tab, so that my button could be in the center, and I made the handles a little wider, so that I could carry a bit more weight in the bag. The green one is a fingering weight crochet cotton. I'm now working on one in a heavier cotton, in a dk weight. I've also been asked to design something similar in a knit.
This has been a long project, as I only knit it in the car, to and from Florida, so it has taken 4 years. I was determined that it come home completed this year. The pattern is a Lily Chin design, that was published in Knitters Magazine in the fall of 1999. Interesting pattern, where the size is adjusted by the gauge. I knit it in Angora Tweed from Garnstudio Drops, so it is incredibly warm. I bought the buttons in Florida, so it really is my Florida project.
Back in 2004 I knit a cardigan in Fleece Artist Curlylocks in beautiful shades of red and orange, and I just love that sweater, so warm and cuddly. So I had to have another one. I wanted this one to be big and comfy, and have a bit of pizzazz, so here it is, in a beautiful blue, green and purple colorway. I added crochet triangles in Lanett to hold the buttons, and the button loops. Take a close look at the buttons, I put two buttons together to create a unique one. I added a triangle on each sleeve, just to add a bit of weight to the sleeve, as the yarn is so light and airy. I just love to wear this one, it really keeps my warm.