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Diamonds in the Round


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What could be more fun than to make your own knitting bag ? A felted tote is the answer. It is sturdy enough to hold everything and it shows off your knitting skill. This pattern has two sizes, both suitable for knitting projects. The small tote has an outside pocket. You can add a pocket to the large one as well, but you will need additional yarn. The pattern calls for bulky wool. You will start with making a circle for the bottom, and then make the diamonds for the body. You make the diamonds one at a time, picking up stitches from the adjacent diamonds for the new one. There is no sewing at the end. The straps are made from I cord. The pattern gives directions for I cord. NOTE: Do not use super wash wool for felting. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Knit and purl, increase and decrease, knit in the round, felt the item. (Felting directions are given.) GAUGE 11 Stitches/four inches, and 20 rows/ four inches in stockinette stitch. (before felting) SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Small tote: 12.5 inches high and 34 inches around; Large tote 12.5 inches high and 39 inches around.

Supplies Needed

  • Bulky wool yarn. For small tote: Color A 375 yards (338 meters); Color B 250 yards (225 meters). Large tote: Color A 375 yards (338 meters); Color B 375 yards (338 meters). Size 13 (9mm) double pointed needles, and size 13 (9 mm) 24 inch circular needles.
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Cultured Purl
I am an independent knitting designer enjoying lots of knitting after retiring from practicing law. I love most kinds of knitting, and I taught knitting in the Sacramento area.