Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Wavy Tote

Brighten up your winter wardrobe with this fun tote. Don't be afraid to use bright colors!

Bag measures 11 1/2” tall x 12
1/2” wide, after felting.

RED HEART® “Eco-Ways® Bamboo Wool”: 3 Balls 3845 Twilight A; 2 Balls each 3650 Dill B and 3920
Cayenne C.
Knitting Needles: 5.5 mm [US 9].
Pair of 18” D-Shaped Faux Leather Handles.
1” elastic: two 9” pieces.
Sewing thread and needle.
Yarn needle.

GAUGE: 1 pattern repeat = 2 1/2”; 22 rows = 4” in Pattern
stitch before felting. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needle to obtain the gauge.

Special Abbreviations
M1 = Make 1 (inc): Lift strand between needles to lefthand needle and work strand through the back loop, twisting it to prevent a hole.
Pattern Stitch (multiple of 12 sts)
Row 1 (Right Side): Knit.
Row 2: Purl.
Row 3: *[K2tog] twice, [M1, k1] 4 times, [k2tog] twice; repeat from *.
Row 4: Knit.
Repeat Rows 1-4 for Pattern stitch.

FRONT AND BACK (both alike)
With A, cast on 54 sts.
Work in St st for 20 Rows, end with a right side row.
To form casing, fold wrong sides together and knit a stitch from the left hand needle together with a stitch from the
cast on edge.
Increase Row (Wrong side): P12, [p1, M1] 30 times, p12 – 84 sts.

Begin Pattern
Change to B and beginning with Row 1, work in Pattern stitch for 12 rows.
Continue to work in Pattern stitch in the following sequence:
Change to C and work 12 rows.
Change to A and work 12 rows.
Change to B and work 12 rows.
Change to C and work 12 rows.
Change to A and work 12 rows.
Change to B and work 12 rows.
Change to C and work 12 rows.
Change to A and work 12 rows.
Bind off.

Sew Front and Back pieces together along bottom and
side seams to bottom of first stripe of C.

Place purse in washing machine, with a small amount of
detergent. Wash on hottest wash – do not allow the rinse
cycle to complete until finished dimensions are reached.
Once you are satisfied allow the cycle to complete. Pull the purse into shape and trim any loose fibers. Allow purse to dry at room temperature for (36 – 48 hours depending on humidity).

With one piece of elastic, make a small slit approx 1/2” from
the end. Sew the other end of elastic to end of handle.
Insert straight knitting needle into slit and use it to pull the
elastic through the casing. Pull slightly to gather and trim
excess elastic before threading through the other side of
the handle; sew securely. Repeat on the other side.

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