Annie’s Hook and Needle Club ~ Kit 27 ~ Market Tote

Before I dive into my review I would like to take this time to remind everyone that this is one the good months of the year to be a crocheter. Why, you may be asking? What makes March so special? It is because it is National Crocheting Month! This is the time of the year that you should throw yourself into your craft.

What do you have planned for the month? Here are some suggestions for you to try.

1. This is the perfect time to teach someone else the love of crocheting.
2 Maybe try a new stitch you have seen and loved.
3. Crochet some things for charity or someone you love.
4. Crochet in public.
5. Try a new yarn fiber you have never used before.
6. Crochet an Easter (or Resurrection Sunday as I like to call it) gift for a loved one; April 5th will
be here before you know it.

What ever you decide, enjoy the month and dedicate this month to this special art form.


Now for my review of this months kit from Annie’s Hook and Needle Club. This was a really useful kit and one that I hopefully will be using for a long time; it was a Market Tote and Water Bottle cover. Both are things I like to carry with me when I leave the house.

The kit came with two skeins of (2) fine yarn in a beautiful variegated green hues. It is very bright and spring~like in color. We are currently surrounded by snow and below 0 weather, so it was nice to have something in my hands that reminded me of warmer days to come.

The Market tote was crocheted using an I hook with 8 stitch markers and a tapestry needle that I provided from my own tools.

The tote was made using a filet stitch (Filet – Open Mesh Spaces) and filet double crochet decrease. These are both fun stitches to work and look great when you are finished with this easy level pattern. When completed the tote will measure 21 1/2 by 20 inches which should be plenty big enough for most small shopping needs. The water bottle is designed for an average bottle size of 5 by 6 inches.

The pattern is the only place I would like to caution you on. The bag itself was easy to follow and crochet. However, when I came to the strap I needed to get in the room by myself and turn off any outside stimuli that would be a distraction. The strap is crocheted in 4 parts ending with two straps are tied together. Once I discovered this fact, it became easier to see where the pattern was leading. I would like to suggest that you pay close attention to where you are and to use the stitch markers. They really do help.


I carry an insulated Kleen Kanteen and by adding a few rows I could crochet the water bottle cover to fit mine perfectly. It actually added some texture to the bottle, making it easier to hold, although not when it is in my car drink holder, which it will not fit in.

With all of this being said I am rating this kit an 8, losing 2 points for the pattern. Although the beginning of the pattern went pretty well and fast, I found the end hard to follow. I really enjoyed making the projects and could easily see myself crocheting these again. I know I am going to enjoy carrying my bag to the stores and actively demonstrating how useful it can be to learn and develop the art of crocheting.

Until next time, keep those hooks flying.


About crochetwithpassion

I have been certified through the Craft Yarn Council both in teaching and Instructor. I also have been teaching people to crochet for over fifteen years. This is what I will be doing through this blog. In the Crochet Master Class there are 18 projects. Some of the projects will be familiar to me such as Hairpin Lace; Tunisian Crochet; Filet Crochet; Double Ended Crochet; painted Crochet; Aran Crochet and Irish Crochet. However there are several in the book that are new and have peaked my interest and that includes the following: Woven Crochet; Tapestry Crochet; Entrelac Crochet; Fashion Crochet; Tassels; Bullion Stitch; Overlay Crochet; Bead Crochet; Bruges Crochet; Free-form crochet and Wire Crochet. Since Crocheting is a time consuming craft I will only be posting once a week. If you are like me and love to crochet but would really like to challenge yourself to go beyond what you are now doing, come along with me and move to the next level. Although the actual patterns will not be posted (copyright law) I will take you through each project and go through the process of each one. This is not a blog about free crochet patterns or selling crochet tools. What I would like to do is take you with me on the journey through this book as I learn and crochet each of 18 projects. I will attempt to crochet each project in the book, and in the process recording in detail my progress and the problems I encounter along the way and the process I went through to accomplish each project. I am hoping that you will not only learn from my experience but that it will inspire you to push yourself to the next phase in your crocheting skills. Until next time; keep those hooks flying.
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4 Responses to Annie’s Hook and Needle Club ~ Kit 27 ~ Market Tote

  1. sadonna schwab says:

    It’s obvious that you have been in the annies hook and needle club for some time. I recently joined and have received kit #1. I haven’t made the scarves yet, but I can say I was disappointed in the generic yarn labeling. What I would like to know is…what are the other kits. I found review on kit 2 and kit 3, but what are all the others? I’m a but undecided as to whether I should opt out. I’m an experienced crocheter and I entered in hopes that the patterns were modern. Although, I guess some would say that ponchos are timeless, I don’t necessarily agree. Would it be possible for you to list the kits you have received and what they are? Thank you so much.
    The yarn addict!

    • If you look under the tab Annie’s Hook & Needle club on this web sight you will see a list of the kits I have received and review. I am excepting kit 30 today. I have really enjoyed it so far. I joined to improve my skills by doing things I normally would not have pick. So far I have enjoyed all but one. It really depends on what your excepectations are. Everyone receives the same first kit, but after that it rotates. So my second kit may be different from yours. But the 29 kits I have received should give you a good idea of the variety you should receive. I also try to post tutorials on the stitches I have been using with each kit. Would love to hear what you decide is right for you.

  2. sadonna schwab says:

    Apparently the yarn addict is digitally impaired. Just clicked on your archives and low and behold I found what I was looking for. Apologies!

  3. Hope you find what you are looking for.

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