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Felted Striped Tote

Knitting
April 2006
Worsted / 10 ply (9 wpi) ?
14.5 stitches and 21 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch worked in the round before felting
US 10½ - 6.5 mm
1115 yards (1020 m)

Pattern description from One Skein: “Stripes are a great way to use up partial skeins. You can make the stripes narrow or wide, you can include dozens of colors or just a few - the possibilities are endless. One of my favorite projects is to knit a striped wool bag, then felt it to soften the boundaries between the colors and produce a dense long-wearing fabric. I’ve used five colors in this bag - one for the base and four in a pattern of narrow stripes. Experiment with your stash to come up with other looks.”

Finished Size:

  • About 20.5” (52 cm) wide at base, 23.5” (59.5 cm) wide at top, and 23.5” (59.5 cm) tall, before felting.
  • About 11” (28 cm) wide at base, 13” (33 cm) wide at top, and 11.25” (28.5 cm) tall, after felting.

Yarn:

  • Five colors of worsted-weight (CYCA Medium #4) yarn.
  • Patons Classic Merino Wool (100% wool; 223 yd 204 m/100 g): #231 chestnut brown, #238 paprika, #208 burgundy, #209 old rose, and #240 leaf green.

Needles:

  • Size 10.5 (6.5 mm): 24” (60 cm) circular (cir).
  • Change needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: Stitch markers (m); tapestry needle.