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I am certified as a Level 1 Master Hand Knitter by The Knitting Guild Association. My grandmother Lena taught me to knit when I was 4 ...

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Roomy Felted Knitting & Crochet Tote Bag

from Lenas's Legacy Hand Knits
(4) Name: 'Crocheting : Roomy Felted Knitting & Crochet Tote Bag
Roomy Felted Knitting & Crochet Tote Bag
Roomy Felted Knitting & Crochet Tote Bag
Roomy Felted Knitting & Crochet Tote Bag
Roomy Felted Knitting & Crochet Tote Bag

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Long tail cast on
  • Tunisian Crochet Simple Stitch (instructions included in pattern)
  • Knitted cord (instructions included in pattern)

Pattern Description:

When my local yarn shop had a sale, I was able to get small amounts of organic merino bulky weight yarn in five different colors. I needed a new knitting/crochet tote bag so I decided to use the yarn for that.

I am primarily a knitter but I do enjoy Tunisian Crochet, especially the Tunisian Simple Stitch (TSS) and I think it makes a terrific dense fabric just ripe for felting into a purse or tote. Unlike felted knitting, which results in a smooth fabric, when you felt a fabric made with the TSS, you create a lovely textured fabric.

Because I'm a knitter, I approach Tunisian Crochet from a knitter's point of view and the design for my Roomy Knitting & Crochet Tote Bag reflects that. However, if you prefer, you can approach the pattern in the customary way.

The tote bag is worked up in separate pieces, then sewn together and felted. I added a lovely quilted fabric lining and the opening is secured with hook and loop tape.

If you've never done the TSS before, I encourage you to give it a try. I've included detailed instructions in this pattern.

As with all my designs, I'm available to answer any questions that may come up as you work on your tote.


Tunisian Simple Stitch, before felting: 10 stitches and 18 rows = 4 inches/10 cm

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Finished Felted Measurements: About 11"/28 cm long by 15 1/2"/39.5 cm wide


  • About 636 yds/581.5 m Bulky weight (12-ply) yarn
  • Tunisian (Afghan) crochet hook, size US 15/N/10 mm
  • One set double pointed needles, size US 11/UK0/8mm

You Will Also Need:

  • Optional fabric for lining
  • Optional hook and loop tape

Suggested yarn:

636 yards of Bulky weight