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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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Knit Beach Tote and Floppy Hat Ensemble

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(6) Name: 'Knitting : Knit Beach Tote and Floppy Hat Ensemble
Knit Beach Tote and Floppy Hat Ensemble
Knit Beach Tote and Floppy Hat Ensemble

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Cast on, knit, purl, increase one stitch, bind off
  • Single crochet seaming (instructions are included in pattern directions)
  • Make an I-cord (instructions for an unattached and attached I-cord are included in pattern directions)
  • Optional: Do the Kitchener stitch (instructions are included in pattern directions)
  • Pick up stitches
  • Knit 2 together decrease
  • Slip a stitch

Pattern Description:

I divide my time between southern California, the island of Kauai and Barcelona ... so I need a durable cotton beach/pool tote and hat. The tote is an easy knit: it's knitted flat and the side edges are seamed together. The edging and handles are I-cords. I've attached a handy plastic key ring.

Add a floppy cotton hat that doesn't mind a little sun and water and you're ready for fun in the sun. The hat is a simple design knitted in the round and the Sea Star is an easy to knit but if you prefer to add an embellishment of your own design, go for it!

I hope you'll treat yourself or somebody you love to my cotton knitted tote and hat ensemble. If you have any questions as you work through the pattern, just contact me. I want you to have an enjoyable, successful experience and I'm always eager to help.


Tote: In seed stitch, 3 stitches = 1 inch Hat: In stockinette stitch, 5 stitches = 1 inch

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Tote: Approximately 12" long by 13" wide when empty. It will stretch as you fill it up!
  • Hat: About 17.5" to 18" Circumference, Suitable for an Older Child or Woman


  • 2 Skeins Cotton Worsted Weight Yarn (total about 400 yards/366 meters
  • A Few Yards Contrasting Color Cotton Worsted Weight Yarn
  • One Pair Straight Needles, US #10 1/2/UK #3/6.5 mm
  • Two Double Pointed Needles US #4/3.5 mm (UK #9 or 10 can be used)
  • 16 inch Circular Needles AND Set of four double pointed needles, US/UK #7 (5 mm)
  • Size G or H crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle
  • 1 Stitch Marker

You Will Also Need:

  • Optional: Plastic Key Ring
  • Optional: Shell Lei Necklace