Good Day Sunshine

Sunday, June 14, 2009
Knit totes are fabulous items. They are simple in construction but carry a lot of wow! factor. They allow you to play with a stitch, yarn, or color that you might not pick for a sweater but still love. And to top it all off, they’re useful! Good Day Sunshine will brighten your day while knitting it and while carrying it. At 11 inches square by 2 inches deep, it’s a good size for toodling around town, without being so large that it’s unwieldy.

Fans of cabling, here’s a new challenge for you: this tote IS cabled, but not in a traditional roping pattern. Instead, the cables on the sides cross one knit stitch with three purls, forming sunburst checks. Just for a fun contrast, the strap is a super-traditional woven braid. This is a great project to practice cabling without a needle!

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Gauge: 18 stitches and 27 rows to 4in (10cm) in stockinette stitch.
Size: 11in square by 2in deep.

  • 2 skeins Stitchjones Dyepot BFL Worsted (100% wool) Solid Gold Colorway [100g/3.5oz to 200yd/183m] OR 350yds (320m) worsted weight yarn.
  • US8 (5.0mm) needles (or size to get gauge).
  • Cable needle
  • Tapestry needle
  • Lining material, coordinating needle and thread, sewing machine (optional)
This pattern was created as a partnership between Stitchjones and Katherine Vaughan Designs. Many thanks to testers AlaskanSass (Sarah), CarolSch (Carol), FaeriesandPixies (Connie), Corirallen (Debi), Jani22 (Janet), and Nanarector (Evelyn).


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