A spring tote bag fashioned in a knitted tweed stitch that feels like woven fabric.
Approximately 13” wide x 11” high x 4½” deep (Not including handles)
5 Hanks each Berroco Origami (50 grs), #4361 Party by the Shore (A) and #4355 Cantaloupe Freeze (B)
Straight knitting needles, size 6 (4.00 mm) OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE
Crochet hook, size 5.50 mm (I-9)
0” Dowel Set and 5/8” Wide Plain Handles 20” length from Homestead Heirlooms
1 Piece of cardboard 4¼” wide x 13” long for bag bottom
26 sts = 4”; 24 rows = 4” in Pat St
TO SAVE TIME, TAKE TIME TO CHECK GAUGE
Base of bag is double thickness with cardboard in between.
Pattern Stitch (Even number of sts)
Row 1 (RS): With A, sl 1 purlwise WYIB * sl 1 purlwise WYIF, k1, rep from * across, end last rep k2 instead of k1.
Row 2: With A, sl 1 purlwise WYIF * sl 1 purlwise WYIB, p1,rep from * across, end last rep p2 instead of p1.
Row 3: With B, rep Row 1
Row 4: With B, rep Row 2.
Rep these 4 rows for Pat St.
With B, cast on 30 sts. Beg with Row 2, work even in Pat St for 37”, end on Row 4. Bind off on Row 1. In the same manner, make a second base/side strip 27” long. This will form the pockets on each side and the second thickness of the base.
With straight needles, using B, cast on 104 sts. Beg with Row 2, work even in Pat St for 13”, end on Row 4. Bind off on Row 1.
Work same as bag front
Lay the 27” strip on top of the 37” strip centering the shorter strip. Sew both long edges leaving the narrow edges open, this forms a pocket on each side and a double base. Insert cardboard between the 2 strips before completing the second edge and tack strips tog at bottom of pockets to hold cardboard in place. Sew one long edge to the front and one long edge to the back sections. Center one handle on bound-off edge of back and, using crochet hook and 1 strand each of A and B held tog with ws of bag facing, work in sc across top edge of back, working over handle. (The top of ea sc will form a ‘ridge’ on the inside of the bag at at the bottom of the dowel). Repeat with the second handle on the front of bag.