This is a sturdy bag with a solid, single crochet stitch bottom. It’s finished dimensions are about a 12 1/2″ height, 11″ diameter, and 33″ circumference. The only deviation I made from the pattern was to increase the handle’s length from 14 1/2″ to 17″. It easily holds eleven large (six to eight ounce) skeins of yarn.
It took seven ounces, or about 350 yards, of Bernat Handicrafter Cotton Twist, which is about the same amount as for the Crocheted Stash Basket. I still have another 250 yards for a new project. This colorway, “Country”, is made of two strands of creme, one of light green and one of country blue, that are twisted together. It’s another from the assortment of cotton yarns I got at a thrift.
Stephanie Gage’s pattern is great for a beginner, simple and clearly written. I found its many rows of simple granny clusters a little tedious myself, but that’s just me. If I make another Seaside Tote, I might add a band of a different crochet stitch or a contrasting color. Or, I could choose to add several stripes. The possibilities are endless.
Adding a lining and leather handles transforms the Seaside Tote into a very lovely purse! You can see Gillian Hamilton’s beautiful rendition, in her blog, Eclectic Me.