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I’m a lifelong knitter, from a family of knitters, gardeners, seamstresses, and sailors (yes, even the men!) - who also happen to be doctors, scientists, priests, and businesspeople (yes, even the ...

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Patchwork Tote

from Katherine Vaughan Designs
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Patchwork Tote
Patchwork Tote

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Felting

Pattern Description:

Everybody needs a nice roomy tote to carry around projects, patterns, supplies, and the odd snack. Felted totes are particularly appealing, as they use all natural materials and are solid enough not to need a lining.

Unfortunately, creating a large tote in one piece has drawbacks - particularly in the summer months when it's just way too hot to carry around a large project. If you want to incorporate colorwork, you've got to organize all those skeins at once. And it's difficult to feel like you're making any progress until the very end.

This bag solves those problems. Since each square is knit individually and seamed together at the very end (before felting), you'll only need to carry one skein of yarn at a time. Each time you finish a square you'll feel like you've accomplished something - and you can leave the finished squares at home until ready to block and sew.

Materials needed are five skeins of coordinating worsted-weight wool (I suggest Patons Classic Merino Wool), US 9 (5.5mm) needles, US I-9 (5.5mm) crochet hook, a yarn needle, and a washing machine (or your favorite felting method). Skills are basic; stockinette and garter stitch, mattress stitch for the seaming; felting.

You are the master of your destiny with this tote - pick your favorite colors, maybe even throw in some fancy stitchwork to give it extra texture.


18 sts by 25 rows to a 4in (10cm) square in stockinette stitch (unfelted).

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Approximately 15in long by 11in tall by 4in deep. Metric equivalents: 37.5cm by 27.5cm by 10cm.


  • 5 colors worsted weight feltable wool
  • US9 (5.5mm) knitting needles
  • Yarn needle