knit.wear Spring/Summer 2018: Puget Tote

Looking for the perfect tote? Then let’s talk about the The Puget Tote by Illitilli from knit.wear Spring/Summer 2018. It’s an all season, multi-activity tote, perfect for the knitter who wants to step out of their comfort zone for a bit of a challenge. It’s a softly-structured, open-topped shoulder bag knit in moss stitch with a folded stockinette upper edge. We also include instructions for a simple lining making this bag both chic and practical.

Use it as a work bag (it’s just the right size for a laptop) or as a day bag for spring picnics and sailing. The Puget Tote updates the traditional knit bag and fits seamlessly into any modern person’s wardrobe. Brush up your technical skills with a provisional cast-on; the bottom is worked flat, and stitches are picked up to work the body of the bag in the round. The straps encircle the bag for extra stability when combined with the moss stitch loop backings. And just incase you’re not as obsessed as we are yet; the lining includes a side pocket and base stiffener because Illitilli thought of everything while designing this bag for us.


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Pattern Details

DESIGNER illitilli

DIFFICULTY Intermediate

FINISHED SIZE 10″ wide, 4″ deep, and 12″ high, not including straps.

YARN Appalachian Baby Design U.S. Organic Cotton Sport Weight (100% organic cotton; 194 yd [177 m]/3 oz [85 g]): undyed, 3 skeins.

NEEDLES Size 2½ (3 mm): straight, 32″ circular (cir), and set of double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge

NOTIONS Markers (m); stitch holders; tapestry needle; sewing needle and thread; sewing machine (optional); iron; lining fabric (see Notes): 1 piece 14½” x 30″ for bag lining, 1 piece 8½” x 11¼” to cover base stiffener, 1 piece 6½” x 14″
 for interior pocket; heavyweight fusible facing (see Notes): 2 pieces 12″ x 14″, 2 pieces 4″ x 10″; plastic mesh stiffener (see Notes): 1 piece 4″ x 10″; ½” magnetic snap; unbleached cotton webbing strap, 2″ wide x 3 yd length (or desired length).

GAUGE 26 sts and 36 rows = 4″ in St st.


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