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Strawberry Seed Knit Tote
Strawberry Seed Knit Tote
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The Strawberry Seed Knit Tote is a textured beauty with a deliciously bright color for summer. Looking fashionable is easy with this knitted bag, since seed stitch is all the rage nowadays! Since this knit bag pattern is knit flat, you don't need to fuss with double-pointed needles or circular needle cords. With just a few basic shapes sewn together at the end, you'll find this tote bag is great for intermediate and beginner knitters alike. Take it to the farmer's market for some yummy fresh produce, or bring it to the beach for those warm summer weekends.

Easy

Knitting Needle Size6 or 4 mm

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Gauge20 sts and 28 rows = 4" [10 cm] in Seed St pat.

Finished SizeApprox 17" [43 cm] tall x 18" [45.5 cm] wide x 6" [15 cm] deep, excluding handles.

Materials List

  • Lily® Sugar’n Cream® yarn (2.5 oz/70.9 g; 120 yds/109 m) - Wine (00015) - 6 balls or 655 yds [599 m]

Instructions

Tote Sides (make 2)

Cast on 90 sts.

1st row: (RS). *K1. P1. Rep from * to end of row.
2nd row: *P1. K1. Rep from * to end of row.

Rep last 2 rows for Seed St pat until work from beg measures 17" [43 cm].

Cast off (top edge).

Tote Bottom

Cast on 30 sts.

1st row: (RS). *K1. P1. Rep from * to end of row.
2nd row: *P1. K1. Rep from * to end of row.

Rep last 2 rows for Seed St pat until work from beg measures 12" [30.5 cm].

Cast off. Place markers at center of cast on and cast off edges.

Handles (make 2)

Cast on 9 sts.

1st row: (RS). K1. *Sl1Pyf. K1. Rep from * to end of row.
2nd row: K1. *P1. Sl1Pyb. Rep from * to last 2 sts. P1. K1.

Rep last 2 rows until Handle measures 24" [61 cm].

Cast off.

Finishing

Sew side edges of Tote tog. Pin Tote Bottom in position to lower edge, matching markers on Bottom to side seams. Sew Tote Bottom in position. Sew Handles onto outside of Tote as shown in picture.

Abbreviations

Approx
Approximately
Beg
Begin(ning)
K
Knit
P
Purl
Pat
Pattern
Rep
Repeat
RS
Right Side
WS
Wrong Side
Sl1Pyf
Slip next stitch purlwise with yarn in front
Pl1Pyb
Slip next stitch purlwise with yarn in back

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What a cute bag! I can't tell how tight the knit is, but I suspect the tighter the better to keep the contents inside from poking out. I too believe the handles will stretch out over time, particularly if heavy items are put in the bag. I may make the handles from something stronger in a contrasting color.

I think the knit will be very tight, it's worsted yarn with 4mm needles. I'm not worried about the stretch, the yarn is cotton so any stretching can be corrected with a spin through the washer and dryer.

The handbag that I carry all the time is wearing out and I like this one, so I will give it a try. It looks sturdy, but it might benefit from a liner. From prior experience, I can tell you that those knitted handles will stretch out. If you make a running stitch lengthwise on both sides of each then fasten firmly to the body, it will help.

I like your liner suggestion, and I'd probably forego the knitted handles and investigate adding leather or vinyl ones. I'd add some decorative felting, too, just to dress it up a bit.

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