Rose Window Tote by Laura Barker

Rose Window Tote

by Laura Barker
February 2016
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
US 6 - 4.0 mm
700 yards (640 m)
14" x 13.5" x 3.5" with 30" straps
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The Rose Window Tote is inspired by a window at the National Cathedral. A vibrant variegated yarn represents the stained glass, and gray yarn the stone. It is the knitted equivalent of a sampler with new techniques introduced in every section of the pattern. The Window features a disappearing loop cast-on and Fair Isle knitting in the round. Squaring the Tote Front features German short rows to make your circular window into a square tote front. The Tote Straps feature corrugated ribbing for beautiful, sturdy, comfortable straps. The Tote Sides and Bottom feature Vikkel/lateral braids and corrugated ribbing which add intriguing glimpses of color. The Tote Back uses decreases to draw your tote together. Completing the Tote features a twisted I-cord bind-off and instructions for an optional sewn fabric lining. The tote is knit in a small gauge which increases structure while preserving the clarity of the colors; it is not felted. This project is recommended for confident knitters eager to learn new skills and includes in an depth Stitches and Techniques section with directions and links to photo tutorials and videos.