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Free Knitting Pattern: Graphic Elements Tote

Lion BrandŽ Wool-Ease®
Pattern #: 70522AD
Graphic Elements Tote
Rating: *****4.4 (based on 5 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Easy + (Level 3)

SIZE: One Size
About 13 in. long x 17 in. wide (33 x 43 cm), not including handles

CORRECTIONS: (applied Aug 8, 2011)

Center one handle about 3.5 in. (3 9 cm)
The above is only a summary of corrections; the corrected pattern text is below (if free) or shipped upon completion of order (if purchased)
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This charming bag is made using Fair Isle or stranded knitting.
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Color (A)

Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 620-196: Wool-Ease Yarn: Zinnia
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Color (B)

Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 620-152: Wool-Ease Yarn: Oxford Grey
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Natural Heather Fisherman Ranch Red Blush Heather Blue Heather Navy Denim Blue Mist
Seaspray Cocoa Cranberry Dark Rose Heather Rose Heather Grey Heather Oxford Grey Black
Mustard Eggplant Gold Avocado Chestnut Heather Forest Green Heather Paprika Pumpkin
White/Multi Wheat Mushroom White Frost
*Wool-Ease® (Article #620).
  • Solid, Heather, Twist: 80% acrylic, 20% wool
  • Sprinkles, Wheat, Mushroom, Rainbow Mist: 86% acrylic, 10% wool, 4% rayon
  • Glitter/Multi-colors: 78% acrylic, 19% wool, 3% polyester
  • Frosts: 70% acrylic, 20% wool, 10% polyamide
  • Prints: 80% acrylic, 20% wool
; package size: Solid, Heather, Twist: 3 oz/85g; 197 yd/180m balls
Sprinkles, Wheat, Mushroom, Rainbow Mist: 3 oz/85g; 197 yd/180m balls
Glitter/Multi-colors: 2.5 oz./70g; 162 yd/146m balls
Frosts: 2.5 oz./70g; 162 yd/146m balls
Prints: 2.5 oz/70g; 162 yd/146m balls

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•  620-196 Wool-Ease Yarn: Zinnia
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•  620-152 Wool-Ease Yarn: Oxford Grey
$ 4.69  
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Additional Materials
Set of 2 rectangular purse handles 4 x 8 in. (10 x 20.5 cm)
Sewing needle and thread (optional)
1/2 yd (0.5 m) fabric for lining (optional)

Graphic Elements Tote

Lion BrandŽ Wool-Ease®


14 sts + 19 rows = 4 in. (10 cm) in St st (k on RS, p on WS) with 2 strands of yarn held together. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

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Bag is worked with 2 strands of yarn held together throughout. Carry colors not in use loosely along the wrong side of work. Pick up new color from under old color to twist yarns and prevent holes.

With 2 strands of A held together, cast on 61 sts.
Rows 1-14: With 2 strands of A held together, work in St st (k on RS p on WS). Join 2 strands of B, and work Rows 1-27 of Snowflake chart.
When chart has been completed, work 40 rows in St st with 2 strands of A held together.
Bind off.

Work same as Front.

Sew Front and Back together, leaving about 5 1/2 in. (14 cm) at top of each side seam unsewn.

LINING (optional)
Cut a 18 x 24 in. (46 x 61 cm) length of fabric. Fold in half to form a 12 x 18 in. (30.5 x 46 cm) piece. Using a 1/2 in. allowance, seam both short sides. Fold 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm) to WS on remaining raw edge for top of lining. Slip lining into Bag, with top edge of lining just below side seam opening. Slipstitch top edge of lining to Bag.

Center one handle about 3.5 in. (9 cm) down from bound-off edge on WS of Back. Wrap bound-off edge to WS of Bag over handle, creating gathers, and sew to inside of Bag. Attach remaining handle to Front. Weave in ends.

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k = knit p = purl
RS = right side St st = Stockinette stitch
st(s) = stitch(es) WS = wrong side

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Pattern Average Rating: *****4.4 (based on 5 reviews)
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Graphic Elements Tote Reviewed by Laurel Stedman on 2012-07-20 ****
From Laurel in Texas: This pattern is relatively easy to make and a good start to knitting a design using a chart. There were a couple of errors in the chart, but they're easy to correct. The handles are a little hard to find but they can be found at, a local store here, but with sales on-line.

I would suggest that, if making this tote, the sides be left unsewn for about 6 1/2 inches rather than 5 1/2. This helps the top open wider so you can see what's inside.

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