||13 x 20 inches
||4-ply knitting worsted
(Main colour and two contrasting colours)
No. 8 knitting needles
embroidery thread or applique (optional)
wooden handles (optional) or corded handle
|| main colour
5 sts equals 1 inch
7 rows equal 1 inch
A tote bag with stripes at top and bottom
with side pocket. The opposite side of the bag can be the same or knit in
the patterned stripes.
Cast on 51 sts in MC. K first 4 rows in
stockinette st (k1 row, p 1 row).
Row 5: Cast on 6 sts, k across the
57 sts now on needle, cast on 6 sts at other end.
K 3 rows in garter st (plain knitting).
The pattern consists of the next 8
Row 1: Join first CC, * k 3, slip
1 st, repeat from * across row.
Row 2: * K 3, place yarn on p
side, slip one st purlwise, place yarn back on k side, repeat from *
Row 3: Repeat Row 1.
Row 4: Repeat Row 2.
Row 5, 6, 7, 8: Join MC and k
Repeat these 8 rows, alternating CC in
pattern, until work measures 12 inches from first pattern row.
Next row: In MC, * k 1, p 1;
repeat from * across row. Repeat this last row for 5 1/2 inches.
K four rows plain knitting.
Join CC and work 2 complete patterns; one
with each CC.
Bind off 6 sts, k across to end of row.
Bind off 6 sts at beginning of next row p
to end of row.
K 4 rows in stockinette st. Bind off.
POCKET: In MC, cast on 15 sts and
k 4 rows. Work two patterns, one each of CC. Bind off.
To assemble, sew pocket in centre
of lower edge; embroider flowers or sew on applique above pocket (which
resembles a basket) following the chart.
The bag handles are attached to each end
of the knitted piece.
Fold piece in half and sew up side seams.
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