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Free Knitting Pattern: Windy City Tote

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Lion Brand® Fishermen's Wool®
Pattern #: 80890AD
Rating: *****4.2 (based on 21 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Easy (Level 2)

SIZE: One Size
About 9 1/2 x 14 in. (24 x 35.5 cm) after felting


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*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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Windy City Tote

Lion Brand® Fishermen's Wool®


16 sts + 20 rows = 4 in. (10 cm) in St st (k on RS, p on WS) before felting. 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

With A, cast on 86 sts.
Rows 1-5: With A, work in St st (k on RS, p on WS).
Rows 6-10: With B, work in St st.
Rep Rows 1-10, 21 more times, then rep Rows 1-5 once.
Bind off.

HANDLES (make 2)
With A, cast on 7 sts. Work in St st until piece measures 35 in. (89 cm) from beginning. Bind off.

Fold Tote in half and sew side seams. Fold up corners and sew in place. Sew Handles to Tote 5 in. (12.5 cm) from sides and 3 in. (7.5 cm) below top edge. Weave in ends.

Wash by machine on a hot wash/cold rinse cycle with detergent and several pieces of clothing to agitate. To felt additionally, dry by machine on a regular setting until almost dry. Remove from dryer and pull into shape.

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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: *****4.2 (based on 21 reviews)
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Windy City Tote Reviewed by sharon McCarthy on 2015-04-23 *****
I made this pattern using almost identical instructions. There was only the lighter color wool left for the contrasting color, but not a problem. It was very tedious knitting the bulk of the bag, but the straps knitted up lickeddy split. Mine is a tad bit larger, but no biggie I still LOVE it. Also I enclosed it with velcro strips. Not sure if I will use it for a tote for computer or stay at home knitting projects.

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