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Patchwork Tote


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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. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Felting GAUGE 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.

Supplies Needed

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

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Katherine Vaughan Designs
Katherine Vaughan Designs
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 women!). I like to design baby blankets, accessories for children, adults, and the home, and garments for children and adults. You can find my patterns through my indie line here on Craftsy or in a variety of print and online magazines and books. I happily work with local yarn stores, crafters, and indie dyers: please contact me to start a conversation about how we can support each other! I’m a certified knitting teacher, accomplished technical editor for knitting patterns, and in my daily life am an academic science librarian.