Tuesday, May 24, 2011

...The Tote Bag...How To's and Wherefores...






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This is how I made the Tote Bag I'm giving away...

...Using two strands of worsted weight yarn I used one skein of Caron Simply Soft in Orchid and one of Cream - I cast on 50 stitches on size 10 needles - and knit 4 rows...then I worked in stockinette stitch (knit 1 row purl 1 row) for 175 rows...then I knit 4 rows again and cast off...

...then I had this big long rectangle...which I just folded in half and seamed up the sides by single crocheting in about every other stitch with a size E needle - still using 2 strands of yarn...

...I love how using two different colours of yarn like this produces this totally random varigation...

...this is the same seam that I used on the Isabeau Purse and I'm loving it...

...then I knit 3 strands of I-cord over 5 stitches - one using 2 strands of the orchid - one using 2 strands of the cream and one using 1 strand each of cream and orchid...

...then I tied the ends in a knot...

...looped it over a doorknob for some tension and simply braided the three strands to make the handle...then I just centered the braided strip at each side seam and stitched in place...

...the loop was made during the cast off...after I had cast off 25 stitches...I switched to the crochet hook and chained 15...then looped that back through the last cast off stitch with a slip stitch...and then did reverse single crochet back around the loop - joining again with a slip stitch and then continuing the cast off as normal...

...I love the added dimension this gives to the loop...and I added the little twin Sculpy button from my Isabeau button making adventure...

...and there you have it...a really simple, pretty, and sturdy tote bag...

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3 comments:

  1. Wow! I have never worked with two yarns at once. Amazing!

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  2. Beautiful! I love that you have the wrong side showing. Reverse stockinette is too seldom used. Nice job!

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  3. Well done and very nice job.

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