Diamonds!

Raised Diamonds Cinched Tote
Raised Diamonds Cinched Tote

It took far longer than I expected, but I have finished the Raised Diamonds Cinched Tote Pattern. I could’ve thrown it online last March, but I wanted to test the pattern to be sure it was accurate and to make the tote in another yarn to see how it translated. I am loving how these totes function! The drawstring makes it so easy to grab and go because it is self-closing. No zipping or snapping. And it opens up to a nice wide circular opening, making it easy to see inside your purse and get to the items you want in there.

The pattern is available now on Etsy, Craftsy, Ravelry, and my website for $4.99.

This was my original bag made from Sinfonia in “Teal”.

Raised Diamonds Cinched Tote
Raised Diamonds Cinched Tote

Sinfonia is mercerized cotton so it doesn’t pill or fray. It’s also washable making it a good choice for a handbag that will get a lot of use. Sinfonia comes in dozens of colors online so you can get it to match just about any outfit or to suit anyone’s taste, from traditional to wild! Here it is again with one of my favorite blouses.

I decided to make the next one from Omega La Espiga size 18 nylon cord. This stuff is sturdy (think fishing nets) and is one of my favorite choices for purses. Getting used to crocheting with a stiffer cord like this takes some time. But once you adapt, you will love the results! And Omega La Espiga comes in over 80 colors.

Rose colored Raised Diamonds CInched Tote
Raised Diamonds Cinched Tote

Here is the Raised Diamonds Cinched Tote Pattern in Rose colored nylon cord.

I am thinking of putting this Rose bag up for sale on the site or taking it to a craftshow, since I already have the teal one in my closet. Hopefully it will find a good home and make someone very happy. 🙂

Until next time, happy crocheting!

~ Lisa