Pattern For Sale: Patchwork Tote

Sunday, July 08, 2007
Everybody needs a nice roomy tote to carry around projects, patterns, supplies, and the odd snack. Felted totes are particularly appealing, as they use all natural materials and are solid enough not to need a lining.

Unfortunately, creating a large tote in one piece has drawbacks - particularly in the summer months when it's just way too hot to carry around a large project. If you want to incorporate colorwork, you've got to organize all those skeins at once. And it's difficult to feel like you're making any progress until the very end.

This bag solves those problems. Since each square is knit individually and seamed together at the very end (before felting), you'll only need to carry one skein of yarn at a time. Each time you finish a square you'll feel like you've accomplished something - and you can leave the finished squares at home until ready to block and sew.

Materials needed are five colors of coordinating worsted-weight wool (I suggest Knit Picks Wool of the Andes or Patons Classic Merino Wool), US 9 (5.5mm) needles, US I-9 (5.5mm) crochet hook, a yarn needle, and a washing machine (or your favorite felting method). Skills are basic; stockinette and garter stitch, mattress stitch for the seaming; felting.

You are the master of your destiny with this tote - pick your favorite colors, maybe even throw in some fancy stitchwork to give it extra texture. All I ask is that you reference my original pattern if you post photos/modifications.

Available in my Ravelry store (no registration necessary; pay by PayPal) for $3!

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Questions about the pattern? Leave me a comment!


  • Liz

    Thank you, I have just bought this pattern from you! I have some Cascade 220 that needed a good home and this bag will be perfect to use it up on!

  • KT

    Thanks for ordering it, Liz! I hope you enjoy - please post a photo on your blog when you're done! KT

  • Melissa

    I just ordered this pattern from you. It's beautiful! I actually purchased a large felted tote kit on sale at my LYS this weekend... but I like this pattern so much better that I am going to use the Cascade yarn from that kit to make this. I've never felted or tackled a piece this large. I'm so excited! THANKS!

  • Sisterly Knits

    ARGH! I want that bag! >=D I'm going to ask my Dad right now!

  • I bought your pattern. It looks like I need to make two handles not one is this true?

  • I bought your pattern, but it looks like I need to make two handles not one is this true and just not clear in the directions?

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