Take me out to the ball game… with my new Toronto Blue Jays crocheted tote bag

Have I mentioned that I’m a Toronto Blue Jays fan? So why not make myself a tote bag that screams my allegiance whenever I’m at a game! I crocheted 16 squares in the team’s colours, used red fabric for lining, and stitched everything together. For the strap, I attached a plastic shower ring to either side of the bag, crocheted over them in team colours, then crocheted a wide shoulder strap.

For embellishment, I traced the Blue Jay logo onto white fabric (which I believe is ok, as long as it’s just for personal use and not being sold), as well as the Ontario logo and Canadian maple leaf. Then I coloured them with fabric markers and sewed them onto some of the squares.

No matter what MLB team you root for, you can make yourself a tote bag; just switch up the colours.

Here’s how…

Materials

  • Worsted weight yarn in white (colour A); royal blue (colour B); red (colour C)
  • 5.5 mm crochet hook
  • Yarn needle for weaving in ends
  • 2 round plastic shower hooks (purchased at Dollarama)
  • A large enough piece of matching fabric for lining + needle and thread or sewing machine

Optional: Coordinating thread and sewing needle; thin, white fabric for tracing logos onto; fabric markers

Bullseye Square (Make 16)

Using colour A, ch 4 and slip stitch to make a ring.

Round 1: Ch 3; 11 dc into ring (12 dc)

Round 2: Ch 3; dc in same space; 2 dc in each st around (24 dc) Fasten off colour A and join colour B.

Round 3: With colour B, ch 3; dc in same sp; *2 dc in next sp; dc in next sp; repeat from * around (36 dc)

Round 4: Ch 3; dc in same sp; *2 dc in next sp; dc in each of next 2 sps; repeat from * around (48 dc)

Round 5: Ch 7 (counts as ch 4 + dc and makes the first corner); 2 dc in next sp; *dc in next sp; hdc in each of next 2 sps; sc in each of next 4 sps; hdc in each of next 2 sps; dc in next sp; 2 dc in next sp; ch 4 (next corner); 2 dc in next sp; repeat from * around. Sl st in third ch of ch-7 to close. Fasten off colour B and attach colour C.

Round 6: To make red border, sc in each dc around, with 3 sc in each corner space. Fasten off and weave in end.

Assembly Instructions
Fasten squares together, following layout and using red yarn to slip stitch squares together on wrong side.

Lining
Fold lining fabric to double, then lay tote on it, with tote bottom lined up to fabric fold. Cut lining about half-inch larger than tote, then seam (quarter-inch) both sides of lining together on sewing machine. I then stuffed the lining into the tote bag, and used a needle and thread to secure the lining to the tote bag, just inside, around the top of the lining. I’m not very patient with a needle and thread, so yours may look much neater.
Shoulder strap
Next, I attached a shower ring to each side of the tote bag, through the corner spaces. Once clipped on securely, I then did a round of sc around them until the rings were completely covered. I did one ring in the colour B, and the other in colour C.
I made the strap two-toned, one side in colour B, the other in colour C.

Using your 5 mm hook and starting with colour B, ch 9; sc in second ch from hook and in each across (8 sc)

Turn, sc in each across. Continue back and forth for an even 8 sc in every row until the blue part of the strap is approx. 22 inches. Fasten off and attach colour C. Then continue crocheting rows of 8 sc until you’ve finished another 22 inches in colour C. Fasten off, leaving a tail for sewing.
Next, attach the red end of the strap to the blue ring, and the blue end of the other end of the strap to the red ring.

To attach, simply fold the red strap end around the top of the blue circle, and using your yarn needle and the tail, sew the edge to fasten, just as it looks in the photo. Then cut a a piece of blue yarn long enough for sewing, and do the same with the blue end of the strap and the red ring.

Embellishing
I pulled up a Blue Jays logo on my laptop screen, used my magnifying glass tool to make it the right size to fit in the center of one of my squares, set the white fabric over the screen and held the sides in place with masking tape, then traced the design onto the fabric with a pencil, right from my screen. The computer screen is actually like having a light table—you can trace anything from it.
Once I’d traced 4 copies, I just coloured them in with fabric markers, then ironed over the fabric to set the colour. I did the same with an Ontario logo and a Canada logo.
Then I cut around the logos and used a needle and thread to just sew them onto alternating squares.
Go Jays Go!

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Crocheted infinity cowl scarf with a surprise pocket

I bought some fine yarn in grey and two shades of purple, and had an urge to use it to make some squares. This infinity cowl scarf is what evolved. I made 14 Box in a Box squares (pattern below) and one Flower in the Middle square (pattern also below) which I placed on top of one Box in a Box square to make the pocket. To be honest, I’ve found the pocket to be a bit awkward while wearing the cowl, so if I were to do this again, I’d just skip adding the pocket. Or it may work better if you added a couple of snap closures so it stays closed.

You can choose to make your cowl using 14 Box in a Box squares; or instead, use 14 Flower in the Middle squares; or you can mix things up and use 7 Box in a Box and 7 Flower in the Middle squares together. Whichever ones you use, I guarantee it will look nice when you’re finished.

Here are the square patterns:

Box in a Box Square

  • 5 mm crochet hook
  • Craft Knitting Yarn (picked up at the Dollar Store!) (3-4 mm/100 g/100% acrylic)
    2 balls Grey, 1 ball Dark Purple, 1 ball Light Purple
  • Yarn needle for weaving in ends

Square is approx. 6” x 6”, blocked.

Pattern:

Using dark purple, Ch 4, join with a sl st to make a ring.

Round 1: In ring: ch 3, 2 dc, *(ch 3, 3 dc), rep from * 2 more times, ch 3; use sl st to join.

Round 2: Ch 3, sk next dc, dc in next dc, (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in corner, dc in next dc, sk dc, dc in next dc; rep around; sl st to join. Fasten off purple and attach grey in same sp.

Round 3: Ch 3, dc in each of next 3 dc; *(2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in corner, dc in next 3 dc, ch 1, dc in next 3 dc, rep around, sl st to join.

Round 4: Ch 3, dc in next 5 dc, (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in corner, dc in next 5 dc, ch 1, dc in next 5 dc, (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in corner, rep around, sl st to join.

Round 5: Ch 3, dc in next 7 dc, (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in corner, dc in next 7 dc, ch 1, dc in next 7 dc, (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in corner, rep around, sl st to join.

Round 6: Ch 3, dc in next 9 dc, (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in corner, dc in next 9 dc, ch 1, dc in next 9 dc, (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in corner, rep around, sl st to join, fasten off and weave in end.

Seam together 2 rows of 7 squares each, alternating the dark and light purple centers. Then seam the 2 rows together, also taking care to alternate the colours. To make it an infinity, seam both ends together.

Optional Pocket: Make one Flower in the Middle square using the pattern below. Using a yarn needle and grey yarn, sew it along three sides over top of one of the squares in the upper row of your scarf, so that it forms a pocket.

Flower in the Middle square

Same materials as used for the Box in a Box square

Pattern:

Using dark purple, Ch 4, join with a sl st to make a ring.

Round 1: ch 3 (counts as first dc), 15 dc in ring. Sl st to join. Fasten off and attach light purple in any dc.

Round 2: ch 4, sk 1 dc, sc in top of next dc, (ch 3, sk 1 dc, sc in top of next dc) 6 times, ch 3, sk 1 dc, sl st to close.

Round 3: (hdc, dc, 2 tr, dc, hdc, sl st) in first ch-3 sp, rep in next 7 ch-3 sps. Sl st to close. (8 petals made) Fasten off light purple and attach grey in middle tr of any petal.

Round 4: (ch 7, sl st into tr of next petal) around, sl st to close.

Round 5: sl st in first ch-7 sp, ch 3, (5 dc, ch 2, 6 dc) in same ch-sp, 6 hdc in next ch-7 sp, (6 dc, ch 2, 6 dc) in next ch-7 sp, rep around, 6 hdc in last ch-7 sp, sl st to close.

Round 6: ch 3 in ch-sp, (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in same ch-sp, dc in next 18 sts, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch-sp, rep 3 times, 18 dc in next 18 sts, sl st to close.

Round 7: ch 1 in same st as sl st, sc in next st, (2 sc, ch 2, 2 sc) in ch-sp, sc in each of next 22 sts, (2 sc, ch 2, 2 sc) in next ch-sp, rep 3 times, sc in each of next 20 sts, sl st to close. Fasten off and weave in end.

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