My daughter, Robin, agreed to model the red and ecru V-Stitched Market Bag and Straw Hat. I was delighted when she suggested that she would enjoy bringing the bag on family excursions to the neighborhood beach. The beach market bag was crocheted from Sugar and Cream Cotton Worsted in red and ecru. I used an I (5.5mm) hook throughout. In general, I followed the Speedy V-Stitch Market Bag from www. LOOPS AND CROCHET.com with few modifications.
The bag starts out with an expanding circle with the ecru yarn in a double crochet stitch (DC) After the bottom and sides are established. I switched to a V stitch (DC-CH-DC). I changed to the color red and continued for about 7 inches. Thern I switched back to ecru for three more rows in V-stitch. Still in ecru, I began the base for the straps with several rows of Single Crochet (SC). I added a few more rows than were called for in the pattern. The straps for this bag are crocheted right into the top of the bag for a stable design. For more detail, refer to the pattern noted above.
I included several accessories with the beach bag: a basic cell-phone case, a coin purse, and a sun glass pouch. I am still looking for a way to hook the cell phone case to the strap so that it can easily be retrieved without diving into the deep bag. The bright flower flap on the sunglass case made me smile. See: Happy Daisy Crochet Glasses Pouch -- Pattern by Persialou.com. The coin purse can be crocheted in stripes, solids, or in various combinations to match the bag. See: Crochet Coin Pouch/Crochet Air Pods Pouch - Free Crochet Pattern by Whistle and Ivy.com.
I was also tempted by The Easy Tote Bag (Crochet) by Naztazia.com. There is a help video at Https://you tube.com/naztazia. Look for Easy Tote Bag. For this bag I chose Sugar and Cream Navy, Aqua, and a white based variegated cotton worsted yarn with an H(5.0) hook. The pattern called for crocheting with double strands of yarn, but I stayed with a single strand. The bag still had enough structure and was much easier on my hands. The bottom was worked along a 41 stitch chain. The instructions called for Single Crocheting along the chain, adding a few stitches at the end, and coming back along the other side of the chain. This procedure continued with a few rows to establish the straight bottom. Then I switched to Half Double Crochet )HDC) for the remainder of the bag. I combined my yarns for a striped effect. The straps for the bag are crocheted right into the design, but you have to sew the straps together thet top. A white button closure adds both style and safety. A navy and white wallet accompanies the bag.
I am happy to gift the first bag to my daughter, but I think I will keep the navy, white, and multi-colored bag for myself. With COVID restrictions lightening and the weather warming, I definitely see some beach days in my future.
Please take time to remember a mother in your life: a daughter, a granddaughter, a mother, grandmother, aunt, or special friend.
For those who want some quicker projects, please refer back to my Mother's Day Spa article.
Decorated flip-flops, a crocheted headband, floral scrubby puffs, and a mug holder can be used singly or in combination. The Scrubby Sparkle Yarn by Heart was easy to crochet with and much lighter than the typical cotton or regular scrubby yarns. See: http://www.lilcreates.com/lillians-blog/mothers-day-gifts-with-scrubby-sparkle-yarn.
As always, I welcome your feedback and reflections. Please join me on my stitching journey.