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Tulip Square Trapeze Tote

Make a granny square tote using my free crochet pattern including video tutorial. The Tulip Square Trapeze Tote is composed of 5 squares that have been joined together using slip stitches. The straps are created by working in the round to form tubes. Optionally you can add fabric lining.

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Tulip Square Trapeze Tote - free crochet pattern by Wilmade

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About this pattern

This project was made using my Tulip Square pattern. The square features basic stitches such as chains, double crochet stitches, and puff stitches.

It’s named after the tulip, which is a symbol of my country, the Netherlands.

Lionbrand Traveling Afghan Square nr 3 with tulips
Tulip Square Collection

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About the yarn

For this Granny Square Tote, I used Lion Brand Rewind yarn, which is a very popular tape yarn for accessories such as bags. I really loved how soft and lightweight this yarn is.

Lion Brand Retape Yarn

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Tulip Square Tote

Free crochet pattern

What you’ll need

  • 3 balls Lion Brand Rewind in color Willow [523-124W]
  • (weight 5/bulky, 219yds/200m, 3.5oz/100g)
  • or 270 grams of similar yarn

Finished Dimensions

Width: 15” / 38 cm
Height: 15” / 38 cm
Straps: 12” / 30.5 cm (measured from top of bag)

Gauge

With a 6mm hook:
12 dc x 7 rows =
4 x 4” / 10 x 10 cm

Stitches & Abbreviations

  • st: stitch
  • ch: chain
  • ch-sp: chain space
  • ch-2 sp: chain space with 2 chains
  • sl st: slip stitch
  • sl st blo: slip stitch worked in back loop only
  • sc: single crochet
  • bpsc: back post single crochet
  • bpsc2tog: back post single crochet 2 together (decrease)
  • dc: double crochet
  • v-st: v-stitch: (1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc) in one st
  • puff st: puff stitch: yarn over, pull up a long loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over, pull up a long loop in same st (5 loops on hook), pull up a long loop in same st (7 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through all 7 loops on your hook, chain 1 to secure stitch.
  • **: repeat what is between the asterisks as many times as directed
  • < >: amount of stitches you should have at the end of a row

Notes

  • This pattern is written in US terminology
  • Squares are worked in joined rounds and straps are worked in continuous rounds.

Video tutorial

Written pattern

This pattern is also available as a PDF on Etsy and Ravelry.
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Squares

Square notes:
– Squares are worked in rounds with the right side facing you
– Beginnings and ends of rounds will take place within same corner
– Sl st does not count as a stitch
– Video tutorial of this square can be found here 

With hook size 6mm:
Ch 4, sl st to first ch to form a ring. You can also begin with a magic ring.

Round 1:
ch 5 (counts as your first dc and ch 2 here and throughout pattern),
[1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc, ch 2] 3 times,
1 dc, ch 1, sl st in 3rd ch, sl st into corner (4 sets of 2 dc / 1 v-st)

Traveling Afghan Square crochet tutorial row 1
Round 2:
*(1 puff, ch 2, 1 puff) into corner, ch 1,
[1 puff in next ch-sp, ch 1] repeat across,
repeat from * 3 more times, sl st in 1st puff, sl st into corner (4 sets of 3 puff)

Traveling Afghan Square crochet tutorial row 2

Round 3:
ch 5, 2 dc into corner, 1 dc in next puff,
*[2 dc in next ch-sp, 1 dc in next puff] repeat across, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) into corner,
repeat from * 3 more times but replace last corner with 1 dc into corner before beginning ch-5, sl st in 3rd ch, sl st into corner (4 sets of 11 dc)

Traveling Afghan Square crochet tutorial row 3

Round 4:
ch 5, (1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc) into corner, skip next 2 st,
*[(1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc) in next st, skip next 2 st] repeat across, (1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc) into corner,
repeat from * 3 more times but replace last corner with (1 dc, ch 1) into corner before beginning ch-5, sl st in 3rd ch, sl st into corner (4 sets of 10 dc / 5 v-st)

Traveling Afghan Square crochet tutorial row 4

Round 5: Repeat round 2 <4 sets of 7 puff>

Round 6: Repeat round 3 (4 sets of 23 dc)

Round 7: Repeat R4 <4 sets of 18 dc / 9 v-st>

Round 8: Repeat R2 <4 sets of 11 puff>

Round 9: Repeat R3 <4 sets of 35 dc>

Fasten off, weave ends. Square should measure 11 x 11” / 28 x 28 cm.

Make a total of 5 squares.


Questions

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Assembly

Arrange all squares as indicated below, with the right sides facing upwards. Slip stitch everything together using loose tension. Turn your work with the wrong sides facing upwards. Fold the bag like the photo and slip stitch the sides together.

Tip for slip stitching: insert your hook in the front loop of the square on top and the back loop of the square below. You can find a tutorial here.

You can also use the ‘invisible seam method’, you can find a tutorial here.


BPSC

After joining the squares, work a round of bpsc around the top of the bag. Join in the right corner (ch-2 sp) and work as follows:

1 sc in corner <1 st>,

FRONT: *bpsc2tog, 1 bpsc in next st* repeat across <23 sts>,
1 sc in corner, 1 bpsc in sl st join, 1 sc in corner <3 sts>,

LEFT SIDE: *bpsc2tog* repeat across <17 sts>,
skip last st, 1 sc in corner, 1 bpsc in sl st join, 1 sc in corner <3 sts>,

BACK: *bpsc2tog, 1 bpsc in next st* repeat across <23 sts>,
1 sc in corner, 1 bpsc in sl st join, 1 sc in corner <3 sts>,

RIGHT SIDE: *bpsc2tog* repeat across <17 sts>,
skip last st, 1 sc in corner, 1 bpsc in sl st join <2 sts>,
sl st in 1st st <total 92 stitches>

Fasten off, weave ends.


Straps

Notes:
– Work in continuous rounds.
– Use a tight tension.

With a 4.5mm hook, ch 4, sl st to first ch to form a ring. You can also begin with a magic ring.

Round 1: 5 sc into ring

Round 2: 1 sc in each st around

Repeat round 2 until strap measures 39” / 99 cm. Fasten off, weave ends.
Make a total of 2 straps.

To attach the straps to the bag, pull the tubes through the gaps (corners) of the puff stitch round and tie a knot on the inside of the bag.


Snaps (optional)

In order to close the bag, you can make a puff stitch on the inside of the bag. Insert your hook in the 18th stitch, make a puff stitch, fasten off and weave ends.

Now simply pull the puff stitch through the two center stitches on the back to close the bag.

Alternatively you can add a magnetic snap which can be purchased at any craft store.


Fabrics Lining (optional)

Optionally you can add a fabric lining to make your granny square tote bag sturdier.
Video tutorial coming tomorrow!

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8 Comments

  1. Hi! Thanks for the pattern. Very simple and pretty. You say at the end that lining tutorial is “coming tomorrow”. Is it somewhere in a separate post? Looking forward to it. Thanks!

  2. Hi! Lovely pattern thank you! I believe the first * in row 3 has to go like this:

    Round 3:
    ch 5, 2 dc into corner, *1 dc in next puff,
    [2 dc in next ch-sp, 1 dc in next puff] repeat across, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) into corner,
    repeat from * 3 more times………

    Instead of:

    Round 3:
    ch 5, 2 dc into corner, 1 dc in next puff,
    *[2 dc in next ch-sp, 1 dc in next puff] repeat across……….

    Thank you very much!

    1. That’s absolutely correct… I noticed this myself while making it, luckily I got it all figured out, but it took me several minutes more than I care to admit to, lol! Anyway, thanks for reaching the time to post the correction for all to see now.

  3. In your materials section it says LB “retape” yarn and when I click the link it brings me to wool ease. I kept trying to type “retape” and even “tape” on LB’s site and wondering why isn’t this yarn showing up?? Then I scrolled up and see your picture of the yarn, it’s REWIND tape yarn. Just letting you know!! I’m so excited to make this bag, it’s lovely!

    1. I went through the exact same rigamarole as you did! Sadly, by the time I figured it out and landed on the Lion Brand REWIND order page I found that the Willow shade was sold out.
      All good! The Capri Breeze looks very lovely and summery so I think I’ll choose that shade for the Tulip tote.
      It’s a beautiful and relatively simple bag to create and I can’t wait to receive my yarn order to start hooking =D
      Thank you Wilma. You are a wonderfully talented young designer x0x0
      Geri
      Ottawa, Canada

      ps Ottawa’s internationally-renown Tulip Festival takes place this month, May 12-23 2023. Canada’s capital city along with its surrounding areas is blanketed with nearly a half million tulips lovingly arranged in breathtaking displays. We’d love to see you!

  4. Love this pattern! In the written pattern here, a puff stitch is 7 loops and a chain to secure. In the video tutorial on Youtube, the puff stitch is 5 loops and a chain to secure. Which is correct for this pattern? Thanks!

    1. I imagine that would depend on how tight you crochet. You want the puff part to be small enough to slide into the space to which it is aligned and large enough to hold the top of the bag together securely.
      Wouldn’t hurt to whip up a test puff stitch (:

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