The Back-to-Nature Bag takes a plain linen tote and transforms it into a stunning and stylish accessory. The exterior is worked in a crisp cotton yarn and features a neat stitch that almost looks crocheted.
Inside, this versatile tote bag has a canvas liner but with the advantage that only minimal sewing is necessary to complete the item.
The instructions can be used to knit a whole range of bags to suit all your summer outfits. Go for a nautical look in navy, turquoise and white or design a colourful rainbow from left-over yarns in your stash.
Please see below for more information about this pattern.
NB: This pattern is also included in the "Southampton Collection – Five Fabric-Lined Bags". Please click here for more information.
TECHNIQUES REQUIRED: Knitting, purling, provisional cast-on, slipped stitches, increases & working in the round.
SIZE: 31.5cm/12.5 ins high x 34cm/13.25 ins wide
Drop from handle to base: 52cm/20.5 ins.
MC: Bernat Handicrafter Cotton DeLux heavy worsted weight/Aran yarn, 100% cotton,215m/236 yds:142gm/5 oz ball, in colour: #78219 Seaspray / Light Green x 1 ball.
CC: Lily Sugar 'N Cream heavy worsted weight/Aran yarn, 100% cotton, 183m/200 yds:113 gm/4 oz Super Size ball in colour: #18004 Ecru / Cream x 2 balls.
Actual amount of yarn used in sample as shown:
MC: 112gm/4 oz, 182m/198 yds
CC: 75gm/2.6 oz, 114m/125 yds.
Total: 187gm/6.6 oz, 296m/323 yds.
Yarn substitution: To use an alternative yarn, please select an Aran or heavy worsted weight yarn with a recommended gauge of about 18sts:10 cm/4 ins using 4.5mm/US #7 needles.
Needles: Size 4.0mm/US #6 circular needles in lengths 60cm/24 ins & 100cm/40 ins.
Gauge: 18 sts & 26 rows to 10cm/4 ins in Embossed Check Stitch pattern using MC yarn and 4.0mm/US #6 needles, when slightly stretched.
Bag Liner: Cotton, linen or canvas bag, size: 31.5cm/12.5 ins high x 34cm/13.25 ins wide.
Notions: Row counter, markers & tapestry needle for finishing.
Crochet hook & small amount of waste yarn for Provisional Cast-On.
Sewing needle & thread.
The pattern includes stitch charts and full line-by-line instructions and is available for immediate download.
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07 Apr 2013: Introducing the Southampton Collection
Current Version: v21AUG2023
Please contact me if you have a previous version of the pattern and would like an updated copy.
© Moira Ravenscroft, 2023