Free Pattern: Aran Braid Mini Tote

Aran Braid Mini Tote

a PurpleSage Design
from South Mountain ~ Naturally

Updated June 5, 2009: some of the symbols had been stripped by the html editor — I think they are all fixed now in the pattern, but to be sure you get the full pattern, download the pdf pattern from the PurpleSage Designs website.

This little tote is an excellent way to transport crochet hooks, cell phone, sunglasses, Ipod, MP3 players, and all manner of small necessities.

Finished Size: 3 ¼” x 6” [8.5 x 15 cm]

Materials: approx. 2 oz [50g] of knitting worsted weight yarn

Note: any weight of yarn will do, but the tote will be smaller or larger depending on your choice; choose a smooth surface yarn for best results, a “fuzzy” yarn will obscure the texture of the Aran Braid pattern on the front; if you have lots of little scraps, multiple colours would also work well

Gauge: 24 sts and 34 rows = 4” [10 cm]

Needles / hooks: 3 mm (Can/UK 11, US3), crochet hook 3.5 mm (Can/UK 9, US 4/E)

The yo in Row 5 will be the buttonhole. Make sure that you choose a button that will fit the size of the buttonhole.

Row 1: k25
Row 2: k25
Row 3: k25
Row 4: k2, p21, k2
Row 5: k11, k2tog, yo,12
Row 6: k2, p20, k2
Row 7: k2, <<, k6,>>, k1, <<, k6, >>, k2
Row 8: k2, p1, &&, p4, ++, p3, &&, p4, ++, p1, k2
Row 9: k4, <<, k2, >>, k5, <<, k2, >>, k4
Row 10: k2, p3, &&,++, p7, &&, ++, p3, k2
Row 11: k6, <<, k9, >>, k6
Row 12: k2, p21, k2
Row 13: k25
Row 14: k6, k2tog, k9, k2 tog, k6
Row 15: k6, k2tog, k7, k2tog, k6, cast on 24

Divide stitches onto 3 needles and join making sure stitches are not twisted.
Row 16: K6, k2tog, k5, k2tog, k6, p1, k22, p1
Divide sts as follows: Needle 1=10st, Needle 2= 10st, Needle 3= 24
Row 17: k19, p1, k2, (C4F) 5 times, p1
Row 18: k19, p1, k22, p1
Row 19: k19, p1, (C4B) 5 times, k2, p1
Row 20: k19, p1, k22, p1

Repeat Rows 17 – 20 until braided section is 6″ [15cm] long, ending with a Row20 repeat
Next Row: k19, p1, k1, *k2tog, k4, repeat from * twice, k2tog, k1, p1
Next Row: k19
Next Row: ##
Next Row: Bind off.

Finishing: Weave in ends. Fold front flap over front and locate position for button. Sew button on.

Strap: Using 3.5 mm crochet hook, make a chain the required length and sew it onto the top edge of the mini tote at either side of the flap.

[This version of the Mini Tote has a stocking stitch front.]


[RS] =knit into back of 2nd st on left needle, knit into first stitch on left needle, slip both stitches off left needle


[WS] =purl into 2nd st on left needles, purl into 1st st on left needles, slip both st off left needle


[RS]=knit into 2nd st on left needle, knit into first st on left needle, slip both st off left needle


[WS]=slip 1 st onto cable needle toward you, purl 1, purl st from cable needle


make 1 stitch


cast on


put next 2 st on cable needle at front of work, k2, k2 st from cable needle


put next 2 st on cable needle at back of work, k2, k2 from cable needle


place front 19st on 1 needle, back 19st on another needle, with front of work facing, k 1 st from front needle and 1 st from back needle as one stitch; repeat to end (19 sts)

This pattern is available on the  PurpleSage Designs website in .pdf format.


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