The other day, I had this crazy idea to crochet something fun and useful out of jute. I started with coasters, but found making them to be both tedious and painful. Since jute is a natural fiber, it seemed ideal for a beach-themed bag. It was originally meant to be a big tote bag, but wound up being way smaller (like medium-purse-sized). Its nautical stripes and jute netting really give it a beach tote feel, even though a towel or blanket won’t quite fit inside. I crocheted the jute part of the bag first, then added the striped, cotton layer for a pop of color.
It was surprisingly easy to work up, as I crocheted it in the round using a size-I hook. The netting is deceptively easy to crochet. Once you’ve made the base of your purse, chain 6, and single crochet in the 5th stitch, and repeat all the way around. For the last one of that row, instead of chaining 6, chain 3, then triple crochet in the 5th stitch- this will bring you up to the next row. Chain 6, and single crochet in the middle of the next loop. Keep repeating until your purse is as tall as you’d like. I used a combination of double, half, and single crochets across the top round of the purse to even out the netting and to structure the top of the bag.