Shell Tote by Lois Young
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Shell Tote

September 2010
Aran / 10 ply (8 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches in Shell
US 9 - 5.5 mm
300 yards (274 m)
14 " wide x 12" deep

Handle is worked from the center down, and then stitches are cast on for the sides of the bag; the rest of the tote is worked in the round. Both sides are bound off together at the bottom. The lining is constructed from coordinating fabric and hand-sewn into the bag.

Called Sanibel Tote in most recent issue

Skill Level

Finished Measurements
14 inches wide x 12 inches deep (excluding handle)


  • Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Hand Dyes (worsted weight; 50% alpaca/50% merino wool;100 yds/100g per skein): 3 skeins rusty orange #2010
  • Size 9 (5.5mm) 29-inch circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Spare needle for 3-needle bind-off
  • Stitch marker
  • Stitch holders
  • 1/2 yard of fabric for lining

16 sts and 24 rows/rnds = 4 inches/10cm in Shell pat.