ME Tote

I grew up seeing people knit and crochet in public; today it’s a rare site. I’m one of the few who continues this tradition. I love crocheting where people can see what I’m doing and it’s certainly a great conversation starter!

Experience has taught me that geometric patterns tapestry crocheted with light, contrasting colors work best for crocheting in distracting places with low light – the usual scenario. I did the first rounds of the bag pictured below at home because they were a bit more complicated – but crocheted the rest of the tote while attending a number of very interesting talks at a honey bee conference and a textile symposium. I was the only crocheter at both events, but did see a few knitters there.

ME Tote

ME Tote tapestry crocheted with Omega Nylon, 2016.

I first crocheted this geometric motif in 2013, but didn’t see the letters back then. But after crocheting a few sections this time, I noticed the conjoined letters, M and E. I like to think it was a subliminal message from my inner self; I didn’t need the affirmation in 2013, but it’s very appropriate now.


First version of the ME motif, crocheted with cotton in 2013.

I usually create both right and left-handed versions of my patterns at Patternfish, but since “ME” only manifests when crocheting right handed, I decided not to create left-handed instructions because the word would appear backwards – not good.

The new ME Tote pattern is based on the larger Leftover Bag seen next to me below. I also crocheted the Leftover Bag in public, but some of the colors were too difficult to see in the low PowerPoint lit venues where I crocheted it; lesson learned.


Beginning the handles during the 2016 Textile Society of America Symposium.

This tote was a joy to crochet. I hope you’ll give it a try – even if you find yourself crocheting in a well-lit, calm location.

2 Responses to “ME Tote”

  1. As you can see from the photo above, the handle begins as a chain. When the chain is long enough, it is attached to another part of the rim and then stitches are continued around the rim until arriving at the location of the next handle. After both handles are in place, more stitches are added as the rounds are worked. My free Horse Around Purse at project has a single handle done in a similar manner.

  2. Jennifer says:

    I’m so happy to have found this pattern. I just bought blue and white linen/cotton yarn to make a beach bag for my friend Elizabeth Michels. What a perfect bag for her – her initials – E.M.
    Jennifer Hunter

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