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Roomy Felted Knitting & Crochet Tote Bag


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  • Tunisian Crochet

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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. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Long tail cast on Tunisian Crochet Simple Stitch (instructions included in pattern) Knitted cord (instructions included in pattern) GAUGE 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 SUGGESTED YARN 636 yards of Bulky weight

Recommended with this pattern

  • 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

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Lenas's Legacy Hand Knits
Follow my blog at: 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 years old and told me that a lifetime of knitting pleasure was her legacy to me. I love to design and knit and enter my work in competitions. I've won numerous awards and ribbons over the years and that's a lot of fun, but the greatest pleasure is the actual creative process. I specialize in Beginner and Intermediate level designs that teach new skills and promote excitement for the art that is Knitting. I think new knitters should have the opportunity to work with a well-written design that reinforces their current skills, teaches them new skills and gets a "WOW, you made that?!!?" response when showing off their completed project.