This snarky tote uses filet crochet to create the image! It’s a bit tricky, but very easy once you understand how to read the graph. This snarky tote features the words “not knit” because this tote is crochet, of course! This post contains affiliate links, which means I get a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thanks for your support!
I don’t knit. I have attempted to learn knitting a couple of times, but I don’t consider myself a knitter by any stretch of the imagination. I think (correct me if I’m wrong) that knitting is the most well-known fiber art. Have you noticed? When I take my crochet projects out, people inquire about my “knitting.” Although I do not get offended by the question, I do take the opportunity to educate the inquirer. Of course I have a spark of snark, I had to add words to this filet crochet bag. This crochet bag will be something most crocheters can appreciate. This snarky crochet tote features the words “It’s not knit” because, well, it isn’t, and you will surely get asked if you knit your bag yourself ;)
Have you tried the filet crochet technique? I actually attempted this exact bag last summer using Red Heart Stripes, but quickly realized that variegated yarn is not the right yarn for this technique. Traditionally, this technique is done with finer yarn, but I like to go against the norm.
It can be weird at first to wrap your mind around how to work the graph. Essentially, you are working “empty” and “full” boxes. The colored boxes on the graph represent the “filled” in boxes.
Totally confused? I don’t blame you, which is why I made a video! Watch it:
SNARKY CROCHET TOTE – FILET CROCHET BAG – FREE PATTERN
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Gauge: 9 sc = 2″ (Gauge Pattern)
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1. 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Sc 70. 4 sc in last ch. Working across opposite side, sc 70, 2 sc in last ch (same as first 2 sc). Join with a sl st. (148 sts)
2. Ch 1. 2 sc in next 2 sts. Sc 70. 2 sc in next 4 sts. Sc 70. 2 sc in next 2 sts. Join with a sl st. (156 sts)
3. Ch 1. *Sc in next st. 2 sc in next st* work twice. Sc 70. *Sc in next st. 2 sc in next st* work 4 times. Sc 70. *Sc in next st. 2 sc in next st* work twice. Join with sl st. (164 sts)
4. – 13. Ch 1. Sc in each st around. Join with a sl st.
14. – 38. Work the graph using the filet crochet technique. Please watch the video if you need help.
39. – 42. Ch 1. Sc in each st around. Join with a sl st. (164 sts)
43. (Handles) Ch 1. Sc in next 27 sts. Ch 60. Sk 28 sts. Sc in next 54 sts. Ch 60. Sk 28 sts. Sc 27. Join with a sl st. (228 sts)
44. – 48. Sc in each st around. Join with a sl st. (228 sts)
Now pack pack up your new filet crochet tote with a towel, sunscreen, your favorite book (or current WIP) and head to a relaxing spot!