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Topic: Tote Bag (Now with Pattern!)  (Read 6785 times)
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« on: September 05, 2006 08:13:15 AM »

I made this for the Ocean Friend Swap.

My partner asked for a Tote and I'm not a tote bag girl, but I decided to try a new design.

So, I came up with this:


And then I decorated with this felt sea turtle and lined with some fish fabric I bought:

I made a smaller version with some left over yarn I had laying around:

Ok, I've translated the directions for anyone who wants to try this. English is not my first language, so.. give me some slack here Smiley
It's quite simple, perfect bag for begginers.

Instructions (for the bigger version):

9 mm needles
Worsted weight yarn ( I felted/fulled it a little bit to tighten up the stitches)

CO 70 sts
Knit in st st for 6 rows (or desired length for the handle, remember that its going to curl)
Next Round (RS): k10, BO 50 sts,  k10
Next round (WS):p10, CO 20 sts, p10

Continue to knit until you have 20 cm (or desired length) from the top of the bag (without  the handle), ending with a RS row.

Bottom Shaping:
p10, place marker, p20, place marker, p10
Next round (RS): k2tog before and after each marker.

Repeat the last two rows until you have 4 sts left before the first marker and after the last one.

Pass the yarn between the live sts and reserve.

After you make the second half of the bag, place the first one (that you reserved) on the needles, front sides facing and do the 3 needle bind off (this way youll have the bottoms placed together).

Sew the sides and voil! A tote bag Smiley

You can sew the bottoms if you dont like the 3 needle BO method, but I think it looks prettier this way.

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« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2006 08:13:56 AM »

Aw, that's really cute. I love the lining on the first one.  Cheesy

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« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2006 08:15:20 AM »

Thanks, I found that fabric on a sale bin on my fabric store. It was a really good treat, I bought about 2 meters of it!

« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2006 08:23:40 AM »

I saw this on the swaps pages and I really, really like it.  Great design.  Good job!

« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2006 02:51:33 PM »

That's a nice design!:D The colors you used are great, and the lining fabric in the first is great.Cheesy Basically I love everything about this purse.Cheesy

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« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2006 02:59:12 PM »

Ooh, I love this purse too! Turtles are great and the color is pretty.

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« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2006 05:43:23 AM »

Those are so nice. The brown is my fav. I realy like the shape of them too. I bet your swap partner was happy.

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« Reply #7 on: September 06, 2006 10:17:42 AM »

The color combo on the brown and teal one is spectacular!

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« Reply #8 on: September 06, 2006 01:32:51 PM »

Oooh, I like it! How did you do the bottom? I can't quite tell...
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« Reply #9 on: September 06, 2006 03:22:05 PM »

Did you come up with the design?  I like it.  But I really REALLY like it with the sea turtle and the lining!  It's exactly perfect.

I think I'm jealous.  It looks like it could hold a lot of yarn but it's not too big.

P.S. - If it's your design, are you going to post directions?

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