Hedera Tote by DROPS Design

Crocheted tote bag in DROPS Muskat. Piece is crocheted in mesh pattern.

Keywords: bag, lace
DROPS 202-40
DROPS design: Pattern r-742
Yarn group B

Approx. 60 x 70 cm (measured when flat). Each handle measures approx. 50 cm.
Finished measurements:
Bottom width: approx. 64 cm (including edges)
Height: approx. 37 cm from top edge to mid-under tote bag

DROPS MUSKAT from Garnstudio (belongs to yarn group B)
250 g colour 03, mint green

20 treble crochets in width and 10 rows vertically (5 squares in width) = 10 x 10 cm.

Hook size is only a suggestion! If you have too many stitches on 10 cm switch to larger hook. If you have too few stitches on 10 cm switch to smaller hook.



Alternative Yarn – See how to change yarns here
Yarn Groups A to F – Use the same pattern and change the yarn here
Yarn usage using an alternative yarn – Use our yarn converter here


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Pattern instructions

NOTE: This pattern is written in British English. All measurements in charts are in cm. For conversion from cm to inches - click here. There are different terms for crocheting in British and American English. If this pattern includes crochet, click for "crochet terms" here. For this pattern in American English, please click here.



See diagrams A.1 to A.4.




Work piece back and forth from side to side in one piece. Then work an edge in each side with corresponding handle, work edges in the round.

Work 31 chain stitches on hook size 3.5 mm with Muskat. Work first row as follows: 1 double crochet in 2nd chain stitch from hook, work 1 double crochet in each of the remaining 29 chain stitches = 30 double crochets on row. Then work A.1. When A.1 has been worked, there are 3 rows in total with double crochets. Insert 1 marker in piece, NOW MEASURE PIECE FROM HERE.
Work next row as shown in A.2. When row A.2 has been worked, there are 30 treble crochet on row with 3 chain stitches between every treble crochet. Then work A.3 back and forth. REMEMBER THE CROCHET TENSION!
NOTE: Note that when working A.3 the piece will contract somewhat in each side because last treble crochet on row is worked in first chain stitch at the beginning of previous row.
When piece measures approx. 70 cm from marker (measures in the middle of piece where it is not contracted), work A.4 so that piece ends the same way as it started. After A.4 fasten off.

Work a handle in one side of piece as follows: Begin from right side along one side of piece that contracted when tote bag was worked, work 1 double crochet in each of the 3 double crochet rows along double crochet edge, work 2 double crochets around each treble crochet along the edge and then work 1 double crochet in each of the 3 double crochet rows along double crochet edge = approx. 76 double crochets on row. Do not cut the yarn, but work a chain stitch row of approx. 50 cm for handle and fasten chain stitch row with 1 slip stitch in first double crochet worked on this round. If you want a shorter or longer handle adjust according to preference but note that the handle will stretch when it is used.
Work 3 more round with double crochets around the edge and handle, i.e. on first round work 1 double crochet in every stitch, but along handle work 1 double crochet in every chain stitch. NOTE: Begin every round with 1 chain stitch (= 1 double crochet) and finish every round with 1 slip stitch in chain stitch at beginning of round. Cut and fasten the yarn. Work edge and handle the same way in the other side of piece.


symbols = 1 chain stitch
symbols = 1 double crochet in stitch
symbols = 3 chain stitches at the beginning of row (= 1 treble crochet)
symbols = 1 treble crochet in stitch
symbols = 1 treble crochet in the first of the 3 chain stitches worked at the beginning of row.
symbols = 3 chain stitches
symbols = this row has already been worked and only shows where stitches in A.1 are worked

Do you need help with this pattern?

Thank you for choosing a DROPS Design pattern. We take pride in providing patterns that are correct and easy to understand. All patterns are translated from Norwegian and you can always check the original pattern (DROPS 202-40) for measurements and calculations.

Are you having trouble following the pattern? See below for a list of resources to help you finish your project in no time - or why not, learn something new.

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Are you having trouble following the pattern? See below for a list of resources to help you finish your project in no time - or why not, learn something new.

We have also step-by-step guides for different techniques which you'll find here.

1) Why is the knitting/crochet tension so important?

Knitting tension is what determines the final measurements of your work, and is usually measured per 10 x 10 cm. It is provided like so: number of stitches in width x number of rows in height - eg: 19 stitches x 26 rows = 10 x 10 cm.

The knitting tension is very individual; some people knit/crochet loosely while others work tightly. You adjust the knitting tension with the needle size, which is why the suggested needle size only serve as a guide! You need to adjust this (up or down) to ensure that YOUR knitting tension matches the knitting tension provided in the pattern. If you work with a different knitting tension than provided you will have a different yarn consumption, and your work will have different measurements than what the pattern suggests.

The knitting tension also determines which yarns can replace each other. As long as you achieve the same knitting tension you can replace one yarn with another.

See DROPS lesson: How to measure your tension/gauge

See DROPS video: How to make a gauge tension swatch

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2) What are the yarn groups?

All our yarns are categorised into yarn groups (from A to F) according to thickness and knitting tension – group A contains the thinnest yarns and group F the thickest. This makes it easier for you to find alternative yarns to our patterns, should you wish to switch yarn. All yarns within the same group have a similar knitting tension and can easily replace each other. However, different yarn qualities have different structures and properties which will give the finished work a unique look and feel.

Click here for an overview of the yarns in each yarn group

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3) Can I use a different yarn than what the pattern suggests?

The important thing when changing from one yarn to another is that the knitting/crochet tension remains the same. This is so that the measurements of the finished piece will be the same as on the sketch provided. It is easier to achieve the same knitting tension using yarns from the same yarn group. It is also possible to work with multiple strands of a thinner yarn to achieve the knitting tension of a thicker one. Please try our yarn converter. We recommend you to always work a test swatch.

Please NOTE: when changing yarn the garment might have a different look and feel to the garment in the photo, due to individual properties and qualities of each yarn.

See DROPS lesson: Can I use a different yarn than the one mentioned in the pattern?

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4) How do I use the yarn converter?

At the top of all our patterns you’ll find a link to our yarn converter, which is a helpful tool should you wish to use a different yarn than suggested. By filling in the yarn quality you wish to replace, the amount (in your size) and number of strands, the converter will present good alternative yarns with the same knitting tension. Additionally it will tell you how much you’ll require in the new qualities and whether you’ll need to work with multiple strands. Most skeins are 50g (some are 25g or 100g).

If the pattern is worked with multiple colours, every colour will have to be converted separately. Similarly, if the pattern is worked with several strands of different yarns (for example 1 strand Alpaca and 1 strand Kid-Silk) you will have to find alternatives for each, individually.

Click here to see our yarn converter

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5) Why do I get the wrong knitting tension with the suggested needle size?

The needle size provided in the pattern serves only as a guide, the important thing is to follow the knitting tension. And since knitting tension is very individual, you will have to adjust the needle size to ensure that YOUR tension is the same as in the pattern – maybe you’ll have to adjust 1, or even 2 needle sizes, up or down to achieve the correct tension. For this, we recommend that you work test swatches.

Should you work with a different knitting tension than the one provided, the measurements of the finished garment might deviate from the measurement sketch.

See DROPS lesson: How to measure your tension/gauge

See DROPS video: How to make a gauge tension swatch

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6) Why is the pattern worked top-down?

Working a garment top-down provides more flexibility and room for personal adjustment. For example it is easier to try the garment on while working, as well as making adjustments to length of yoke and shoulder caps.

The instructions are carefully explaining every step, in the correct order. Diagrams are adjusted to the knitting direction and are worked as usual.

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7) Why are the sleeves shorter in larger sizes?

The total width of the garment (from wrist-to-wrist) will be larger in the larger sizes, despite the actual sleeves being shorter. The larger sizes have longer sleeve caps and wider shoulders, so there will be a good fit in all sizes.

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8) What is a repeat?

Diagrams are often repeated on the round or in height. 1 repeat is the diagram the way it appears in the pattern. If it says to work 5 repeats of A.1 in the round, then you work A.1 a total of 5 times after/next to each other in the round. If it says to work 2 repeats of A.1 vertically/in height you work the entire diagram once, then begin again at the start and work the entire diagram one more time.

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9) How do I work according to a knitting diagram?

The diagram depicts all rows/rounds, and every stitch seen from the right side. It is read from bottom to top, from right to left. 1 square = 1 stitch.

When working back and forth, every other row is worked from the right side and every other row is worked from the wrong side. When working from the wrong side, the diagram will have to be worked reversed: from left to right, knit stitches are purled, purl stitches are knit etc.

When working in the round every round is worked from the right side and the diagram are worked from right to left on all rounds.

See DROPS lesson: How to read knitting diagrams

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10) How do I work according to a crochet diagram?

The diagram depicts all rows/rounds, and every stitch seen from the right side. It is worked from bottom to top, from right to left.

When working back and forth every other row is worked from the right side: from right to left and every other row is worked from the wrong side: from left to right.

When working in the round, every row in the diagram are worked from the right side, from right to left.

When working a circular diagram you start in the middle and work your way outwards, counter clockwise, row by row.

The rows usually start with a given number of chain stitches (equivalent to the height of the following stitch), this will either be depicted in the diagram or explained in the pattern.

See DROPS lesson: How to read crochet diagrams

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11) How do I work several diagrams simultaneously on the same row/round?

Instructions for working several diagrams after each other on the same row/round, will often be written like so: “work A.1, A.2, A.3 a total of 0-0-2-3-4 times". This means you work A.1 once, then A.2 is worked once, and A.3 is repeated (in width) the number of times provided for your size – in this case like so: S = 0 times, M = 0 times, L=2 times, XL= 3 times and XXL = 4 times.

The diagrams are worked as usual: begin with the first row in A.1, then work the first row in A.2 etc.

See DROPS lesson: How to read knitting diagrams

See DROPS lesson: How to read crochet diagrams

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12) Why does the piece start with more chain stitches than it’s worked with?

Chain stitches are slightly narrower than other stitches and to avoid working the cast-on edge too tight, we simply chain more stitches to begin with. The stitch count will be adjusted on the following row to fit the pattern and measurement sketch.

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13) Why increase before the rib edge when the piece is worked top-down?

The rib edge is more elastic and will contract slightly compared to, for example, stocking stitch. By increasing before the rib edge, you avoid a visible difference in width between the rib edge and the rest of the body.

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14) Why increase in the cast-off edge?

It’s very easy to cast off too tightly, and by making yarn overs while casting off (and simultaneously casting these off) you avoid a too tight cast off edge.

See DROPS video: How to bind off with yarn overs (yo)

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15) How do I increase/decrease on every 3rd and 4th row/round alternately?

To achieve an even increase (or decrease) you can increase on, for example: every 3rd and 4th row alternately, like so: work 2 rows and increase on the 3rd row, work 3 rows and increase on the 4th. Repeat this until the increase is complete.

See DROPS lesson: Increase or decrease 1 st on every 3rd and 4th row alternately

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16) Why is the pattern slightly different than what I see in the photo?

Pattern repeats can vary slightly in the different sizes, in order to get the correct proportions. If you’re not working the exact same size as the garment in the photo, yours might deviate slightly. This has been carefully developed and adjusted so that the complete impression of the garment is the same in all sizes.

Make sure to follow instructions and diagrams for your size!

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17) How can I work a jacket in the round instead of back and forth?

Should you prefer to work in the round instead of back and forth, you may of course adjust the pattern. You’ll need to add steeks mid-front (usually 5 stitches), and follow the instructions. When you would normally turn and work from the wrong side, simply work across the steek and continue in the round. At the end you’ll cut the piece open, pick up stitches to work bands, and cover the cut edges.

See DROPS video: How to knit steeks and cut open

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18) Can I work a jumper back and forth instead of in the round?

Should you prefer to work back and forth instead of in the round, you may of course adjust the pattern so you work the pieces separately and then assemble them at the end. Divide the stitches for the body in 2, add 1 edge stitch in each side (for sewing) and work the front and back pieces separately.

See DROPS lesson: Can I adapt a pattern for circular needles into straight needles?

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19) Why do you show discontinued yarns in the patterns?

Since different yarns have different qualities and textures we have chosen to keep the original yarn in our patterns. However, you can easily find options among our available qualities by using our yarn converter, or simply pick a yarn from the same yarn group.

It is possible that some retailers still have discontinued yarns in stock, or that someone has a few skeins at home that they would like to find patterns for.

The yarn converter will provide both alternative yarn as well as required amount in the new quality.

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20) How do I make a women’s size garment into a men’s size one?

If you have found a pattern you like which is available in women’s size it’s not very difficult to convert it to men’s size. The biggest difference will be the length of sleeves and body. Start working on the women size that you think would fit across the chest. The additional length will be worked right before you cast off for the armhole/sleeve cap. If the pattern is worked top-down you can add the length right after the armhole or before the first decrease on sleeve.

Regarding additional yarn amount, this will depend on how much length you add, but it is better with a skein too many than too few.

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21) How do I prevent a hairy garment from shedding?

All yarns will have excess fibres (from production) that might come off as lint or shedding. Brushed yarns (ie hairier yarns) have more of these loose, excess fibres, causing more shedding.

Shedding also depends on what is worn under or over the garment, and whether this pulls at the yarn fibres. It’s therefore not possible to guarantee that there will be no shedding

Below are some tips on how to get the best result when working with hairier yarns:

1. When the garment is finished (before you wash it) shake it vigorously so the looser hairs come off. NOTE: do NOT use a lint roller, brush or any method that pulls at the yarn.

2. Place the garment in a plastic bag and put it in your freezer - the temperature will cause the fibres to become less attached to each other, and excess fibres will come off easier.

3. Leave in the freezer for a few hours before taking it out and shaking it again.

4. Wash the garment according to the instructions on the yarn label.

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22) Where on the garment is the length measured?

The measurement sketch/schematic drawing provides information regarding the full length of the garment. If it’s a jumper or a jacket the length is measured from the highest point on the shoulder closest to the neckline, and straight down to the bottom of the garment. It is NOT measured from the tip of shoulder. Similarly, the length of yoke is measured from the highest point on the shoulder and down to where yoke is split into body and sleeves.

On a jacket measures are never taken along bands, unless specifically stated. Always measure inside band stitches when measuring the length.

See DROPS lesson: How to read a schematic drawing

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23) How do I know how many balls of yarn I need?

The required amount of yarn is provided in grams, eg: 450 g. To calculate how many balls you’ll need you first need to know how many grams are in 1 ball (25g, 50g or 100g). This information is available if you click on the individual yarn quality on our pages. Divide the amount required with the amount of each ball. For example, if each ball is 50g (the most common amount), the calculation will be as follows: 450 / 50 = 9 balls.

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Comments / Questions (13)

country flag Kerry wrote:

Hi there in the video how to crochet the bag why does she stich a1 from bottom left to right? I am new to diagrams but I thought they should go bottom right to left? Also, the diagram seems to fit the video as she only has 10 stitches however the real pattern has 29 stitches so why would I add a chain in the middle of the row...I'm baffled. I can't get started without your help 🙏 thanks!

13.02.2022 - 20:18

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Kerry, the first row in A.1 is read from the left towards the right (see on the left side the 1 chain to start the row with) - work the bag just as explained in the written pattern, in the video the bag worked is smaller it's just to show you it works. Happy crocheting!

14.02.2022 kl. 10:34

country flag Maria wrote:

Hola! Con 30 puntos al principio de la labor la bolsa me queda bastante más pequeña que la de la foto. Puede ser que sean más? Muchas gracias. Me encantan vuestros diseños!

28.07.2021 - 14:02

DROPS Design answered:

Hola María, lo primero tienes que comprobar que tu tensión coincida con la del patrón, indicada en la parte superior. La cadeneta tienes que trabajarla floja; si resulta difícil con el número de ganchillo que estás usando, se recomienda trabajar (solo la cadeneta de inicio) con un ganchillo de un número más grande.

31.07.2021 kl. 17:50

country flag Claudia Müller wrote:

Hallo, Ich habe das Netz mit der drops Muskat und Häkelnadel 4,00 nachgearbeitet da ich eher fest häkele. Ich hatte einen Verbrauch von gerade mal ca. 125 gr. Bitte angegebene Wollmenge überprüfen. Ansonsten eine sehr gute Anleitung 👌 LG Claudia

16.01.2021 - 11:25

DROPS Design answered:

Liebe Frau Müller, hatten Sie die richtige Maschenprobe? dh 20 Stäbchen x 10 Reihen = 10 x 10 cm? HierLesen Sie mehr über die Maschenprobe. Viel Spaß beim häkeln!

18.01.2021 kl. 08:20

country flag Lasportes Veronique wrote:

Bonjour, comment avec 30 brides espacées de 3 m en l4air arrivez vous a avoir 74cm e large pour ce sac ne manque t il pas 1 diagramme d'augmentation? ou alors , votre échantillon est faux? d'avance, merci pour votre réponse

23.06.2020 - 17:37

DROPS Design answered:

Bonjour Mme Lasportes, vos mailles en l'air doivent être crochetées de sorte qu'elles soient aussi larges qu'une bride, ainsi vous aurez 30 brides espacées de 3 ml chacune = 30 x 4 mailles = 120 mailles = 60 cm de large. Le sac mesure 64 cm avec les bordures, à ce niveau là, on n'a pas encore les bordures de faites. Vous pouvez visualiser un mini version du sac dans cette vidéo. Bon crochet!

24.06.2020 kl. 07:16

country flag De Vilmorin wrote:

Bonjour, avez-vous un modèle de filet pour cheveux comme dans les années 40. J'en ai trouvé un mais en anglais :)

17.02.2020 - 16:04

DROPS Design answered:

Bonjour Mme De Vilmorin, nous n'avons pas ce type de modèles, mais notre lexique pourra peut-être vous aider. Bon crochet!

17.02.2020 kl. 16:06

country flag Isabel wrote:

Bonjour Je voudrai me lancer et commander les pelotes drops muskat pour faire ce sac filet mais combien de pelotes faut il pour réaliser ce modèle ?

29.10.2019 - 07:53

DROPS Design answered:

Bonjour Isabel! Il faut acheter 5 pelotes de DROPS Muskat. Bon travail!

29.10.2019 kl. 08:04

country flag Michelle wrote:

Bonjour, si je comprend bien , en A2 le rang se montre plus large qu'en A1 visuellement et en A il se rétrécit ? Merci Michelle

15.10.2019 - 07:27

DROPS Design answered:

Bonjour Michelle, tout à fait, A.1 se crochète en ms, mais A.2 /A.3 se crochètent en brides avec des arceaux, l'ouvrage sera donc plus large. Quand on va crocheter A.4, l'ouvrage deviendra de nouveau plus serré, comme au début quand on a fait A.1. Bon crochet!

15.10.2019 kl. 10:19

country flag Dijana wrote:

I Need an offer for mesh bag jar in rosa Color, thank you

02.10.2019 - 10:56

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Diajana, you will find all our free patterns for knitted or crocheted bags here; for any assistance choosing the colour, please contact your DROPS store. Happy knitting!

02.10.2019 kl. 13:31

country flag Gisele wrote:

Is there a written pattern for crocheters who cannot work with diagrams? Pretty patterns ....

19.06.2019 - 23:49

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Gisele, you will find how to read diagrams here and this video shows how to crochet the bag (with less stitches). Happy crocheting!

20.06.2019 kl. 08:32

country flag Michèle Stubbé wrote:

Bonjour, Je voudrais commander sans me référer à un de vos modèles. Comment choisir la (les) couleur(s) que je veux ?

01.06.2019 - 15:02

DROPS Design answered:

Bonjour Mme Stubbé, vous pouvez vous référer au nuancier de DROPS Muskat pour ce sac par exemple. Pour toute assistance au choix d'une couleur, n'hésitez pas à contacter votre magasin DROPS, même par mail ou téléphone. Bon crochet!

03.06.2019 kl. 09:08

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