I definitely have summer on my mind. It’s a little surprising given that the weather here has gone from sunny and in the 80’s last week, to a chilly rainy mess. Still, it is spring and that means that the pool will be open in just a handful of weeks. About the pool….
It’s rare that I go to the pool by myself and even if I plan a solo trip for some sun worshiping I pack for everyone just in case. Last summer I carried this wonderful oversized duffel bag that I had purchased from my friend’s Thirty-One Purse party. It held everything!! When I say everything, I mean it held four beach towels, pool toys, sunscreen and not sunscreens, drinks and snacks…everything.
I love it and I will use it again this year, but I’d like to have a duffel to put the wet items in and know that they will dry out quickly. I followed a wonderful pattern for a market tote that you can find here. While you are at Daisy Cottage Designs, check out more of her free patterns and find some great inspiration for another project. I modified the design slightly to create a larger bag for my pool needs, but I will be making the market tote size in this pattern as well. It’s great for a beginner just starting out and it’s got the repetition of stitch work that I like. If you want to make the larger version, just follow her pattern and use t-shirt cotton yarn and a K Hook.
Although this bag is beautiful in its simplicity, the picture of the market tote displays a large color contrasting flower. I admit I was inspired to add one to my beach tote and after a quick search through my bookmarks, I found the pattern I love the most for its size. You can find the Triple Threat Flower here. It’s a lovely flower that pairs well with a button in the middle and enough size to really make an impact.
After one day of work and a skein and a half of Bernat’s Home Décor Yarn, I’m ready to tackle the pool or the beach with this lovely soft unique beach tote. I hope you will give these two patterns a try; make yourself a beach tote, a market tote, or just a pretty flower to embellish a headband you already own.