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Home : Patterns : Felted Snowflake Tote

Free Knitting Pattern: Felted Snowflake Tote

Lion Brand® Fishermen's Wool®
Pattern #: 80303AD
Rating: ****3.7 (based on 3 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Experienced (Level 5)

SIZE: One Size

12 in. (30.5 cm) wide x 14 1/2 in. (37 cm) tall x 6 in. (15 cm) deep, after felting

CORRECTIONS: (applied Nov 4, 2008)
SIDE (make 2)
Rep Rows 1-13 10-13 fifteen times, then rep Rows 10-11 once more. End off B.
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 festive tote is great for any season. Felting makes the bag strong, so use it as a purse, a grocery bag, or for storing your knitting and crochet supplies.

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Color (A)
Fishermen's Wool®

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Natural Oatmeal Brown Heather Nature's Brown Oak Tweed Maple Tweed Birch Tweed
*Fishermen's Wool (Article #150). 100% Pure Virgin Wool
Only 202: 78% Pure Virgin Wool, 13% Acrylic, 9% Rayon ; package size: 8 oz  (227 g), 465 yards (425 m)
ONLY 202: 6 oz (170 g), 348 yards (318 m)

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•  150-098 Fishermen's Wool Yarn: Natural
$ 12.99  
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•  150-126 Fishermen's Wool Yarn: Nature's Brown
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Note: (B)
Lion Brand Knitting Needles - Size 10.5 [6.5 mm]   $ 4.95  
Lion Brand Stitch Holders   $ 5.99  
Lion Brand Large-Eye Blunt Needles (Set of 6)   $ 3.59  
Additional Materials
Spare needle size 10.5 (6.5 mm) or smaller
1 yd (1 m) grosgrain ribbon, 1 1/2 in. (3.5 cm) wide Sewing needle and thread
6 x 12 in. (15 x 30.5 cm) piece of template plastic or plastic canvas (optional)

Felted Snowflake Tote

Lion Brand® Fishermen's Wool®


14 sts = 4 in. (10 cm) in Stockinette st (k on RS, p on WS) before felting and with 2 strands 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


3-Needle Bind Off - With RS together, hold in one hand 2 needles with equal number of sts on each. With 3rd needle, knit tog 1 st from each needle, *knit tog 1 st from each needle, pass first st worked over 2nd to bind off, repeat from * across. Cut working yarn and pull through last st to secure.


1) Bag is worked with 2 strands of yarn held together throughout. Wind each color yarn into 2 balls before beginning.
2) Carry colors not in use along WS of work. Pick up new color from under old color to twist yarns and prevent holes.
3) To follow chart, work RS rows from right to left and WS rows from left to right.
4) When working stripe portion of Side, carry unused color up WS of work.

Beginning at top edge, with 2 strands of A, cast on 50 sts.
Row 1: Sl 1 purlwise, *k1, p1, rep from * to last st, k1.
Rows 2-8: Rep Row 1.
Row 9 (RS): Sl 1 purlwise, inc 1 st in next st, k to end of row.
Join 2 strands of B, and work Chart Rows 10-60.
When chart has been completed, fasten off B.
With 2 strands of A only, work Chart Rows 61-74.
Sl sts to a holder.


Work same as Front, but do not sl sts to holder. When Chart Row 74 has been completed, join Back to Front with 3-needle bind off.


SIDE (make 2)
Beginning at top edge, with 2 strands of A, cast on 24 sts.
Rows 1-8: Sl 1 purlwise, *k1, p1, rep from * to last st, k1.
Row 9 (RS): Knit.
Join 2 stands of B, but do not end off A.
Row 10: With B, p11, k2, p11.
Row 11: With B, k11, p2, k11.
Row 12: With A, p11, k2, p11.
Row 13: With A, k11, p2, k11.
Rep Rows 10-13 fifteen times, then rep Rows 10-11 once more. End off B.
With A, purl 1 row.
Next Row (RS): With A, purl (foldline).
Next Row: With A, p2tog, p to last 2 sts, p2tog.
Next Row: With A, k2tog, k to last 2 sts, k2tog.
Rep last 2 rows until 2 sts remain. Bind off.


HANDLE (make 2)
With 2 strands of A, cast on 2 sts.
Rows 1 and 3 (RS): Inc 1 in first st, k1b to last st, inc 1 in last st.
Rows 2 and 4: Inc 1 in first st, purl to last st, inc 1 in last st - 8 sts at the end of Row 4.
Row 5: Sl 1 purlwise, k1b across.
Row 6: Sl 1 purlwise, purl across.
Rep Rows 5 and 6 until piece measures about 19 in. (48.5 cm) from beg, end with a WS row.
Next Row: K2tog, k1b to last 2 sts, k2tog.
Next Row: P2tog, p to last 2 sts, p2tog.
Rep last 2 rows until 2 sts remain.
Bind off.


Matching ribbed top edges, sew Sides between Back and Front. Sew shaped end of Side to bottom of Bag.
Pin one Handle to Front, with each end of Handle 2 in. (5 cm) from side edge of Front, and with shaped ends of Handle just below ribbed top edge of Bag. Sew securely to Front. Rep with second Handle on Back of Bag.
Weave in ends.
Wash by machine on a hot wash/cold rinse cycle with detergent and several pieces of clothing to agitate. Keep checking felting progress and remove from machine when very lightly felted. Pull into shape and allow to dry.
By hand, sew ribbon inside Bag, just below top edge to prevent ribbed edge from stretching.
If desired, insert plastic into Bag to create a rigid bottom.


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inc = increas(e)(s)(ing) k = knit
k1b = knit through the back loop k2tog = knit 2 together
p = purl p2tog = purl 2 together
rep = repeat(s)(ing) sl = slip
st(s) = stitch(es)  

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Pattern Average Rating: ****3.7 (based on 3 reviews)
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Reviewed by Kimberly Anderson on 2013-07-21 ***
I didn't really like the pattern so I decided to just ignore the pattern and just use main format and it did not work out. I redid it and changed almost everything but I think it looks a lot better than it would have with the snowflakes and if I had followed the instructions

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