Overlay Felted Tote by Jennifer Hagan
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Overlay Felted Tote

September 2007
DK (11 wpi) ?
15 stitches and 9 rows = 4 inches
in double crochet
4.0 mm (G)
5.0 mm (H)
982 yards (898 m)
Size (field): 13” wide, 12-3/4” tall, and 4-1/2” deep before felting
This pattern is available from interweave.com for $6.50.

This unique tote is a study in mixing textures created by using different techniques and fibers. The felted Soysilk/wool blend produces a simple backdrop for the lacy Soysolk outer layer. The tote is worked in one piece in double crochet and features a double-layered bottom for added strength. French squares are then worked in one continuous panel and sewn onto the tote after it’s felted.

Finished Size: 13” wide, 12 3/4” tall, and 4 1/2” deep before felting; 13” wide, 11” tall, and 3 1/2” deep after felting. The overlay panel measures 12” x 32” after blocking.

Yarn: South West Trading Company Karaoke (50% Soysilk, 50% wool; 109 yd 100 m/1 3/4 oz 50 g; CYCA-standard yarn weight system-4): #292 tobacco (MC), 6 skeins. South West Trading Company Pure (100% Soysilk; 164 yd 150 m/13/4 oz 50 g; CYCA-standard yarn weight system-3): #078 saxony blue (CC), 2 skeins.

Yarn weight: #4 - Medium

Gauge: 15 sts and 9 rows = 4” in dc with MC using larger hook before felting; French Square = 3 3/4”x 3 3/4” with CC using smaller hook before blocking; 4” x 4” after blocking.

Needles: Hooks: Sizes H/8 (5 mm) and G/6 (4 mm). Adjust hook sizes if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: Yarn needle; removable stitch marker (m); blocking pins; matching embroidery floss; embroidery needle; 1 yd coordinating fabric for lining; magnet closure.

Originally Published: Interweave Crochet Fall 2007.