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Free Knitting Pattern: Everyday Textured Tote

Lion Brand® Wool-Ease® Chunky - Vanna's Choice®
Pattern #: 70788AD
Rating: *****4.8 (based on 5 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Easy + (Level 3)

SIZE: One Size

17 x 18 in. (43 x 46 cm) not including strap.

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Forget normal bags! Use this handy tote to carry all of your everyday belongings or as an environmentally-friendly alternative to shopping bags.

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Color (A)
Wool-Ease® Chunky

Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 630-186: Wool-Ease Chunky Yarn: Amber
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Color (B)
Vanna's Choice®

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To change colors, simply select color name from the drop-down above or else click the swatch you want to change and then click a color below
Vanna's Choice®
Fisherman Linen White Pink Aqua Pink Grapefruit Silver Blue Aquamarine
Sapphire Dusty Blue Colonial Blue Navy Sky Blue Raspberry Scarlet Beige
Toffee Taupe Chocolate Honey Brick Terracotta Rust Rose Shocking
Rose Antique Rose Magenta Eggplant Dusty Purple Purple Burgundy Silver Grey
Charcoal Grey Black Radiant Yellow Mustard Fern Kelly Green Dusty Green Olive
Radiant Lime Peacock Cranberry Periwinkle Lilac Lime Mountain Print Woods Print
Purple Print Autumn Print Charcoal Print Denim Mist Rose Mist Taupe Mist Purple Mist Seaspray Mist
Pearl Mist Tangerine Mist Oatmeal Grey Marble Wheat Barley Dark Grey Heather Silver Heather
Obsidian Graphite Patchwork Grey Twilight Plum Jam Oceania
Wool-Ease® Chunky
Fisherman Bluebell Indigo Walnut Eggplant Charcoal Black Silver Grey
Willow Nantucket Mulberry Tinsel White Wheat
*Wool-Ease Chunky (Article #630). Solids: 80% Acrylic, 20% Wool;
301 Tinsel White: 78% Acrylic, 19% Wool, 3% Other;
402 Wheat: 86% Acrylic, 10% Wool, 4% Other; package size: 5.00oz/140.00 gr. (153yds/140m) pull skeins
*Vanna's Choice® (Article #860). 100% Premium Acrylic
400, 401, 403: 92% Acrylic, 8% Rayon
402: 96% Acrylic, 4% Rayon; package size: Solids: 3.5 oz (100 g), 170 yards (156 m)
Prints, Tweeds, & Heathers: 3 ozs (85 g) , 145 yards (133 meters)
Twists: 2.5 oz (70 g), 121 yards (111 meters)

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Note: (A)
•  860-302 Vanna's Choice Yarn: Taupe Mist
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Note: (B)
Lion Brand Knitting Needles- Size 9 [5.5 mm]   $ 4.95  
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Everyday Textured Tote

Lion Brand® Wool-Ease® Chunky - Vanna's Choice®


12 sts + 24 rows = 4 in. (10 cm) in Seed st with 1 strand each of A and B 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.

Making a Gauge Swatch


Seed Stitch
Row 1:
K1, *p1, k1; rep from * across.
Row 2: K the purl sts and p the knit sts.
Rep Row 2 for Seed St.


Tote is worked in Seed st, with 1 strand each of A and B held together throughout.

With 1 strand each of A and B held tog, cast on 15 sts.
Row 1: Work Row 1 of Seed st across.
Row 2: Work Row 2 of Seed st to last st, k into front and back of st (inc made) - 16 sts.
Rows 3-37: Rep Row 2 - 51 sts at end of Row 37. Work even until piece measures 18 in. (46 cm) from beg.
Shape Strap
Next Row:
Work 8 sts in Seed st and place onto holder, bind off next 35 sts, work in Seed st to end of row.
Continue in Seed st on remaining 8 sts for first half of Strap, and AT THE SAME TIME, dec 1 st at outer edge of Strap every 3 in. (7.5 cm), 3 times - 5 sts. Work even until Strap measures 12 in. (30.5 cm). Bind off.
For second half of Strap, place sts from holder back onto needle, rejoin A and B, and work as for first half of Strap.


Work as for Front.


Sew Front and Back together along lower edge. Sew sides, continuing side seam along edge of Straps (seam will run along center of finished Straps). Sew ends of Straps together. Weave in ends.

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beg = begin(s)(ning) dec = decreas(e)(s)(ing)
k = knit p = purl
rep = repeat(s)(ing) st(s) = stitch(es)

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Pattern Average Rating: *****4.8 (based on 5 reviews)
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Everyday Textured Tote Reviewed by Deborah Hollingsworth on 2012-10-11 *****
I get more compliments on this one bag. I used black worsted weight all cotton yarn and variegated worsted weight all cotton yarn. Everyone loves it and it is such an easy pattern to do.

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