Slouchy Jean Tote by Mary Beth Cryan

Slouchy Jean Tote

February 2019
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
11.5 stitches and 22 rows = 4 inches
in Granite Stitch
4.0 mm (G)
800 - 1100 yards (732 - 1006 m)
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This pattern is available for free.

Jean is really in style. Not that jeans are ever out of style but right now they are REALLY in style. Like you can walk down the street in New York City in your jean overalls, jean shirt, jean jacket, jean hat, and jean bag and people will say, “that chick has got it together.” This is a moment in history that we REALLY should take advantage of.

So about that jean bag, that’s what I’m here to help you with. I designed the Slouchy Jean Tote to be casual, cool, go with everything, and be super practical just like your favorite jeans.

Just throw your belongings in the bag, slouch the back over the front and take off running after your kids. No really… run… one of your kids is getting too close to the road and the other is about to put a pebble in his/her mouth. Oh, don’t forget your laptop. It fits perfectly in this tote.

The inspiration for this bag came from the yarn. I wanted to incorporate my four favorite Lion Brand Jeans Yarn colors AND have them all to be visible from the front without the design being an eyesore. Stripes were a given but it took me awhile to think up the slouch over from the back idea. I’m so glad I did! It perfectly shows off all four colors.

Now about that stitch. I really like the granite stitch and have been itchin’ to use it because it makes such a nice stripe. But my first samples were way to stretchy. Fail! The stitch has too much give. Obviously you don’t want your bag stretching all out of shape when you put your stuff in it. Grrr, what to do?

Lucky I turned my stitch swatch on its side and found this stitch is nice and tight in this direction. Also, I was totally loving the resulting vertical stripe. It’s such a great moment when the design details come together!

I hope the Slouch Jean Tote works out to be your perfect go to tote!

Finished Measurements:
Tote: 11.5”/29 cm wide and 12.5”/32 cm tall when bag is closed and without strap, 26”/66 cm tall with strap
Strap: 42.5”/108 cm long before assembly, 31”/78 cm after assembly

Time to Complete
About 8 hours