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Lantern Tote Bag
Free Crochet Pattern
by KarensVariety.com

Materials: Approximately 300 yards heavy rug yarn
Size 6 plastic crochet hook
Abbreviations:
MC  main colour
CC  contrast colour
 Ch  chain
 sl st  slip stitch
 st  stitch
 sc  single crochet
 lp  loop
 inc  increase
 rnd  round
 sp  space
 tr  treble
sdc or hdc short or half double crochet

With MC ch 4, join to form a ring, ch 1 and work 8 sc in ring, do not join this or the following rnds.
Place a marker at the beginning of each rnd.

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc

Rnd 3: * Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc, repeat from * all around.

Rnd 4: Working in sc, inc in every third sc.

Rnd 5: Working in sc, inc in every 4th sc.

Rnd 6: Inc in every 5th sc.

Rnd 7: Work even.

Rnd 8: Inc in every 6th sc.

Rnd 9: Inc in every 7th sc.

Rnd 10: Same as 7th rnd.

Rnd 11: Inc 16 sts evenly spaced, sl st in first sc (80 sc)

Rnd 12: Working in back lp of sts only, 2 sc in each st, join.

Rnd 13: Ch 3, insert hook in second st from hook, pull lp through,
insert hook in next st of ch, pull lp through,
insert hook in same sp with ch 3, pull lp through,
insert hook in next sc, pull lp through, yarn over and pull through all lps at one time,
ch 1 (the ch 1 is termed the eye of star st);
* insert hook in the eye of star st just made, pull lp through,
insert hook in side of same star st, pull lp through,
(insert hook in next sc, pull lp through) twice (5 lps on hook),
yarn over and pull through all lps at one time, ch 1,
repeat from * all around to within last star st,
insert hook in side of star st just made, pull lp through,
(insert hook in next sc, pull lp through) twice,
insert hook in side of first star st, pull lp through,
yarn over and pull through all lps at one time, ch 1,
join in top of first star st (40 star sts).

Rnd 14: Ch 3, pick up and pull a lp through second st from hook,
next st of ch, same sp with ch 3, eye of next star st, yarn over and pull through all lps on hook at one time, ch 1,
* pick up and pull a lp through eye of star st just made,
side of same star st, top of next st, eye of next star st, yarn over and pull through all lps on hook at one time, ch 1,
repeat from * all around to within last star st, insert hook in side of star st just made, pull lp through,
insert hook in top of next star st, pull lp through,
insert hook in eye of star st, pull lp through,
insert hook in side of first star st, pull lp through, yarn over and pull through all lps at one time, ch 1,
join in top of first star st.

Rnd 15: Same as last rnd.

Rnd 16: Sc in eye of next star st, sc in top of same star st, repeat from beginning all around, join, cut MC.

Rnd 17: Join CC and work 1 sc in each sc, join.

Rnd 18: 1 sc in each sc, join, cut CC.

Rnd 19: Join MC in same sp, 1 sc in each sc, join.

Rnd 20: Same as rnd 13.

Rnds 21, 22, 23: Repeat rnds 16, 17, 18.

Rnd 24: Same as rnd 19.

Rnd 25: Same as rnd 13, then work 2 rnds even in star sts, join each rnd.

Rnd 28: Same as rnd 16, but do not cut MC.

Rnd 29: Ch 5, * sk 1 sc, tr in next sc, ch 1, repeat from * all around, join in 4th st of ch 5.

Rnd 30: Ch 1, * sc in next ch 1 lp, sc in next tr, repeat from * all around, join (80 sc).

Rnds 31, 32: 1 sc in each sc, join.

Rnd 33: * Sl st in next sc, sdc or hdc in next sc, dc in next sc, sdc or hdc in next sc, sl st in next sc, repeat from * around, join, cut yarn.

Draw String:

With MC, crochet a ch about 1 yard long, sl st in second st from hook, 1 sl st in each remaining st of ch, cut yarn. Work another length in same manner. Lace through tr lacing over 1 tr and under next. Lace other string in same manner starting from opposite side. Sew free ends together.

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