Happy Friday the 13th, everyone! Today we are hosting a big game day with some of our friends and get to debut our new Quest Friends Tote of Holding. As you know, we love it when we get to combine our passion for gaming with our other hobbies, which includes crocheting! Because we are always carrying stacks of books and games between our houses for game day, we wanted to make a tote bag that we could use as a practical way to carry around our gaming supplies while celebrating our love of gaming (and looking super fly in the process).
A tight stitch pattern gives this bag a sturdy build to help it hold up to the weight of our D&D books, and the D20 die pattern lends some gaming fun to the mix. The colorwork sections may look a little intimidating to a beginner crocheter, but the graph patterns make it easy to follow. Happy crocheting, and happy questing!
We found we could fit 3-4 of our Dungeons & Dragons books in our tote, which is how many we’re normally bringing to our game nights.
If you have any questions or comments about the pattern, please reach out to us either here on the blog or on Instagram (questfriendsgaming) or Ravelry (QuestFriends)! We’re happy to help you work through the pattern.
– CC: contrast color (Country for pictures shown here)
– SC: single crochet
– SL st: slip stitch
RPG Book Tote Pattern
Using main color (MC), Chain 43 stitches (base row)
Row 1: SC in 2nd chain from hook into the bottom loop of the chain (so that the bottom edge of your work has a stitch that you can crochet into later). SC across all chain stitches in the bottom loop of each chain (42 stitches total), Ch1, turn.
Row 2: SC across row (42 stitches), C1, turn.
Rows 3-12: Repeat row 2 for rows 3-12. At this point you should have a rectangle that is 42 stitches wide and 12 rows tall. Tie off and weave in ends of rectangle. This is a great time to double-check your gauge. Since this is a tote, the gauge isn’t super important but if you plan on carrying heavy items in your tote (like D&D books!) you want to make sure you have a fairly tight stitch pattern so that the tote doesn’t stretch too much.
Starting Vertical Section of Tote
Row 1: We will start in the middle of one of the shorter sides of the rectangle (in the middle of the side/width of the tote). Essentially, you will working into the edge of the rectangle to transition to the vertical section of the tote (see this helpful tutorial for a visual!). Start by inserting your hook into the middle of the first shorter side and chaining 1. Then SC x 5 to the edge of that side. On the shorter sides of the rectangle, you won’t be working into the tops of stitches, but into the sides of the rows, like seen in the video link above. Just make sure that your stitches are evenly spaced as much as possible.
Continue to SC across the long side of the rectangle (this should be into the tops of the stitches, 42 stitches across). When you reach the next short side, SC 10 stitches spaced evenly across the side. Essentially, for the front and back of the bag you’ll be stitching into the tops of the stitches and on the sides you’ll be going into the edges of the rows.
On the second longer side, SC across (42 stitches). Reaching the last half of the shorter side, SC 5 evenly spaced stitches and then join to the first SC of the row with a slip stitch. You should have a total of 104 SC around the circumference of the bag.
From this point on, we will be working the vertical section of the tote bag in the round. I like to use a stitch marker to mark the slip stitch of each round as a way for me to keep track of the end of the row (and to make sure I don’t accidentally SC into the slip stitch at the end of the row!).
Row 2: From now on, we’ll be working normally in the round to create the rest of the bag (into the tops of the stitches). Ch 1, SC in same stitch. Continue to SC around the circumference of the bag. At the end of the row, slip stitch into the first SC of the round. (104 St)
Rows 3-14: Repeat row 2.
Now you should have 14 rows worked in the round. Time to start the colorwork section!! There are two colorwork charts we will be using, one for each side of the bag. The chart for the D20 die pattern will start on the 15th row, while the colorwork chart for the Quest Friends won’t start until the 20 row. To prep for the colorwork sections, place stitch markers at the following locations in your row: stitches 6, 47, 58, and 99. We will work the D20 die pattern graph from stitches 6-47 and the Quest Friends graph in stitches 58-99. For the stitches on the sides of the bag you will keep doing SC in the MC for the duration of the rows.
NOTE: If you aren’t familiar with tapestry crocheting, here is a helpful tutorial from Tamara Kelly (Moogly) to get you started.
Row 15: Begin carrying your contrast color inside your main color stitches at the beginning of the row (see link above for tutorial on tapestry crocheting if you are unfamiliar with this technique). When you reach the stitch marker at stitch 6, begin working the D20 graph pattern’s bottom row, which should take you through stitch 47. Continue around the rest of the row with SC in your MC. Slip stitch to first SC of the row to join.
For the graph pattern sections, all the white squares will be worked in the MC and the black squares will be worked in the CC. Each square represents one single crochet. If you’re a righty crocheter, work the graph pattern right to left starting with the bottom row. If you’re a lefty crocheter (YAY! I am too!!), work the graph pattern left to right starting with the bottom row.
Rows 16-19: Continue to work in the round, following the D20 graph pattern when working in between stitch 6 and stitch 47. For now the opposite side of the bag will just be SC in your MC (we’ll start the Quest Friends pattern a little further up). As you crochet around, I find it helpful to move my stitch markers up as I go to track the “graph pattern zones” in my work.
Row 20: This is the row where we will introduce the Quest Friends graph pattern on the second side of the bag. Continue to work the D20 pattern on the first side of the bag, and now between stitches 58 and 99 you will work the Quest Friends graph pattern, starting with the bottom row.
Rows 21 – 46: Continue to work in the round, working the D20 pattern on the first side of the bag and the Quest Friends pattern on the second side.
Row 47: At this point you should be finished with both of the graph patterns for the D20 and the Quest Friends text. At the beginning of this row, cut the CC, leaving a 6 inch tail to weave in later.
Row 48: Using the MC only, SC around the top of the tote (104 st)
Row 49: Switch to your CC and SC across the row, joining last stitch to the first SC with a SL st (104 st).
Rows 50-52: SC each row in the CC, joining at the end of the row with a SL st.
After the last row, fasten off the CC and weave in the ends. This is a good time to weave in all your other yarn ends for the tote bag as well.
Starting from the beginning of the round, place stitch markers at the following stitches: 10, 14, 39, 43, 61, 65, 91, and 95. These mark the attachment points for the handles of the tote.
Row 1: Starting at stitch 10, SC 5 stitches in the CC (takes you through st 14). You will be working into the tops of the stitches, just like we did earlier at the start of the vertical section.
Row 2: Turn, CH 1. This CH will count as the first SC. SC in next SC and across row of CC ( you should have 1 CH and 4 SC in this row).
Rows 3-90: Repeat Row 2.
Cut yarn, leaving a 12″ tail. Use this to attach the loose end of the strap to stitches 39-43 of the top of the tote. I sewed the end on by sewing through the tops of the strap stitches and the tops of the tote stitches using a basket weave pattern. Make sure not to twist the strap when you attach it!
Repeat Rows 1-90, starting with stitch 61, to create the second strap on the other side of the tote bag. Sew on the free end of the strap, and weave in all ends. Then you are DONE!
We would love to see your finished totes; be sure to share with us on our Instagram (questfriendsgaming), Ravelry (QuestFriends) or Twitter (QFriendsGaming). Happy crocheting!