Monday, May 30, 2011

Knitted Mesh Shopper's Tote

Made with a cotton/rayon yarn this tote will carry all your daily groceries!

SIZE: One Size
Finished Measurements: 161⁄ ⁄2" wide by 17" tall (excluding handles)

Sundance by Classic Elite (50% cotton, 50% microfiber; 50 gram ball = approx 83 yards)
• 7 balls 6216 Candlelight
• One pair each size US 7 and 8 (4.5 mm and 5 mm)
Or size to obtain gauge
• Two double pointed needles (dpn) size US 7 (4.5 mm) for I-Cord handles
• Stitch markers
GAUGE: 18 sts and 21 rows = 4" in Star Mesh Rib using larger needles; 21 sts and 28 rows =
4" in 1 x 1 Rib using smaller needles. Take time to save time, check your gauge.

p2tog: Purl 2 sts together (1 st decreased).
s2kp: Slip 2 sts knitwise, one at a time, to the
RH needle, k1, pass 2 slipped sts over knit st
(2 sts decreased).
ssk: (slip, slip, knit) Slip 2 sts, one at a
time, knitwise to the RH needle; return sts
to LH needle in turned position and knit
them together through the back loops (1
st decreased).
k2tog: Knit 2 sts together (1 st decreased).
m1p: (make 1 purlwise) Insert LH needle
under horizontal strand between st just
worked and next st, from the back to the
front, purl (1 st increased).

1 x 1 Rib: (multiple of 2 sts + 1)
Row 1 (RS): K1, *p1, k1; rep from * across.
Row 2: Knit the knit sts and purl the purl sts as
they face you.
Rep Row 2 for 1 x 1 Rib.

Star Mesh Rib: (multiple of 4 sts + 5)
Row 1: (RS) K1 *yo, s2kp, yo, k1; rep from * across.
Row 2: (WS) Purl.
Row 3: Ssk, yo, k1 *yo, s2kp, yo, k1; rep from *
to last 2 sts, yo, k2tog.
Row 4: Rep Row 2.
Rep Rows 1– 4 for Star Mesh Rib.

I-Cord: *Knit 1 row; without turning the work,
slide the sts to RH end of needle, pull yarn
tightly from the end of the row, (behind the
sts); rep from * until cord meas desired length.

BAG (make 2)
Using smaller needles, CO 89 sts. (WS) Begin
1 x 1 Rib; work even until piece meas 2" from
beg, end RS row. Change to larger needles;
Dec Row: (WS) P1, k1, p1 (edge sts, keep in 1
x 1 Rib throughout), place marker (pm), dec
14 sts evenly across center 83 sts as follows:
p2, p2tog, *p4, p2tog; rep from * to last 4 sts,
p1, pm, p1, k1, p1 (edge sts, keep in 1 x 1 Rib
throughout) — 75 sts rem. Est Patt: (RS) K1, p1,
k1 (edge sts, keep in 1 x 1 Rib throughout),
slip marker, work across center 69 sts in Star
Mesh Rib, slip marker, k1, p1, k1 (edge sts,
keep in 1 x 1 Rib throughout). Work even as
est until piece meas 15" from beg, end RS
row. Inc Row: (WS) P1, k1, p1 (edge sts), slip
marker, p2, m1p, *p5, m1p; rep from * across
to last 4 sts, p2, slip marker, p1, k1, p1 (edge
sts) — 89 sts. Change to smaller needles and
1 x 1 Rib: (RS) Work across, removing markers.
Work even in 1 x 1 Rib for 2", end WS row. BO
all sts in Rib.

HANDLES (make 2)
Using dpn, CO 7 sts. Work I-Cord until piece
meas 25" from beg. BO all sts.

Block pieces to measurements. Sew side
and bottom seams. Fasten one handle to
each side of bag as follows: Sew each end
of handles 3" in from side seam, and 2" down
from top edge on WS into bag.

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