Formidable Tote Bag

Which craft: Crochet

Ice Yarns Organic Baby Cotton Light Khaki (fnt2-55218): 100% organic cotton, 50g, 115m, 3 light
Ice Yarns Favourite Wool White/Black (fnt2-65185): 50% wool, 50% acrylic, 100g, 210m, 4 medium

Suggestion Needles / Hooks: 5 mm. US 8


17 stitches and 20 rows = 10 cm in single crochet (sc) in the round


in the round, surface crochet, embroidery, spike stitch

Sizes :

one size

Abbreviations :

• Chain (ch)
• Single crochet (sc)
• Half double crochet (hdc)
• Double crochet (dc)
• Surface crochet
• Spike stitch

Project Note:

US terminology used

Pattern :

Ch 46
Round 1: 2 sc in first ch, sc along then 4 sc in last ch, turn an sc along the other side of the chain,
2sc in last ch (94)
Rounds 2 - 6: 2 hdc in the second stitch of the previous 2st, hdc along, 2 hdc in the first stitch of the
previous 2st, hdc along then 2hdc the second st of the previous 2st, hdc along then 2hdc in first
stitch of the previous 2st (114 round 6)
Rounds 7 - 10: dc around (114)
Ch 1
Round 11: 2 dc, sk 2 st *3 dc in next st, sk next 2 sts* ** around (114)
Rounds 12 – 13 : 3 dc in next space around (114)
Sl st into space, ch 1
Rounds 14 – 37: sc around (114)
Ch 1
Round 38: 2 dc, sk 2 st *3 dc in next st, sk next 2 sts* ** around (114)
Rounds 39 – 40: 3 dc in next space around (114)
Rounds 41 – 44: dc around (114)
Rounds 45 – 46: sc around (114)
Rounds 47: Spike stitch around, finish off (114). Mark the last stitch.
Count 17 stitches from this marker, *join yarn and sc 6 sc along.
Ch 1, turn and spike stitch along.
Alternate rows of 6 sc, ch1 then 6 spike stitches, ch1 69 more times for longer straps, 45 more times
for shorter straps.
Count 10 stitches from the 6th sc and join the strap over
the next 6 stitches.*
Count 34 stitches from this stitch, and repeat **


Lay the bag flat so that the handles are aligned, and
mark the edges, then divide the space between these
edges into four equal parts.

Using this diagram below and surface crochet, embroider the
word “FORMIDABLE” (French for “wonderful”).

A fun, summery tote bag, with the inspirational French message “Formidable” (“Wonderful”). Ideal for taking to the beach, the pool or the fancy new bar.
This design was made for a coworker, who showed me the same bag on eBay, used, for 60€
So using the photo as a guide I wrote my own pattern and made this gorgeous beach bag!

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