Knit Stitch Tote by Carolyn Noyes

Knit Stitch Tote

June 2015
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 8 - 5.0 mm
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This pattern is available for free.

I’ve been a knitter for a long time, and an obsessed one for about 10 years. But it wasn’t until I bought a condo in the city this year that I realized just how gaga I had become for anything resembling a knit stitch. And I’m not talking wannabe chevrons: I mean the real deal -- the simple loop after intertwined loop of yarn that stockinette creates.

Knit-stitch motifs started popping up in almost every room of the new place. It started with the wallpaper in my home office, then the squishy-soft chenille bathmat for the master tub, then the coverlet and shams for the bed, which the maker calls “braided texture” but any knitter knows to be the knit side of stockinette, right? And while I love all these knit-stitch finds, they are not, well, they’re not at all public.

But a tote sure is! And this one is large enough for all those daily necessities like a wallet and tablet and a current WIP and all the tools that entails. And so what if the rest of the world sees only a graphic black -and-white pattern of some sort; fellow knitters will smile when they recognize the larger-than-life-size loop-de-loop stitches you’re toting around.