Branching Out Tote
INTERMEDIATE FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
All measurements apply after felting.
Height: 10 inches, excluding Tabs Circumference at top edge: 25 inches Base: 41/2 inches x 7 inches Tie: 3/4 inch wide x 45 inches long Strap: 11/4 inches wide x 55 inches long
• Patons Classic Wool medium ( worsted) weight wool yarn ( 31/2 oz/ 210 yds/ 100g per ball): 3 balls # 00224 grey mix 2 balls # 00225 dark grey mix 1 ball # 77223 lemongrass • Size L/ 11/ 8mm crochet hook or size needed
to obtain gauge • Tapestry needle • Stitch marker • Sewing thread or embroidery floss and
needle • Large eye sharp needle • Disposable razor • 1- inch # 198911 D- rings by Sew- Ology: 4 • 1- inch # 319368 slide buckles by Sew- Ology
at Hobby Lobby: 2 • 1- inch # 336263 swivel snap hooks by
Sew- ology: 2 • Small ( 13/ 8- and 15/ 8- inch) pompom maker
# 3124 by Clover (optional)
With 2 strands held tog: 10 sc = 5 inches; 10 sc rows in front lps = 5 inches
Before felting: 10 sc x 10 rows = 5 inches square After felting: 31/2 inches wide x 41/4 inches long after felting
It is important to make a gauge swatch. Tight tension will hamper the felting process and results will not be ideal. Hold 2 strands of yarn together throughout. Work in front loops throughout unless otherwise stated. Weave in loose ends as work progresses.
Paint shadowy branches on your completed bag with surface crochet and then watch these branches melt into the fabric during the felting process. A pop of unexpected color forms the sturdy base and contrasting tie. The strap is adjustable and removable thanks to the use of stylish hardware.
Working in both loops, join with slip stitch as indicated unless otherwise stated. Work surface slip stitches loosely. Tight stitches may cause Tote to pucker when felted.
Beginning treble crochet (beg tr): Ch 3, insert hook in back bar (see illustration) of 2nd ch from hook, yo and draw up a lp, insert hook in back bar of 3rd ch from hook, yo and draw up a lp, insert hook in first st of row, yo and draw up a lp, [yo, pull through 2 lps on hook] 3 times. Linked treble (Ltr): Insert hook in 2nd vertical bar of tr just made, yo, pull up a lp, insert hook in 3rd vertical bar of same tr, yo, pull up a lp, insert hook in next st, yo, pull up a lp (4 lps on hook), [yo, pull through 2 lps] 3 times. Front loop decrease (flp dec): Working in front lps (see Stitch Guide), insert hook from front to back in first st, insert hook from back to front in next st, yo, pull up a lp, yo, draw through 2 lps on hook. First foundation single crochet (first foundation sc): Ch 2, insert hook into 2nd ch from hook, yo, pull up a lp, yo, pull through 1 lp on hook (see illustration A— ch-1 completed), yo, pull through both lps on hook (see illustrations B and C—sc completed). Next foundation single crochet (next foundation sc): [Insert hook in last ch-1 made (see illustration A), yo, pull up a lp, yo, pull through 1 lp on hook (see illustration B— ch-1 completed), yo, pull through both lps on hook (see illustrations C and D—sc completed)] as indicated in instructions. Surface slip stitch (surface sl st): Insert hook in indicated sp, yo, pull lp to RS and through lp on hook.
Row 1 (RS): With 2 strands held tog (see Pattern Notes) of lemongrass, ch 25, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn. (24 sc) Row 2: Ch 1, sk first st, working in front lps (see Pattern Notes), sc in each st across to last 2 sts, sc dec (see Stitch Guide) in last 2 sts, turn (22 sc)
Rows 3– 6: Rep row 2. At end of row 6, fasten off. (14 sc at end of Row 6)
Row 7: With RS facing, join (see Pattern Notes) lemongrass in first ch of foundation ch, ch 1, sc in same ch and in each ch across, turn. (24 sc)
Rows 8–12: Rep row 2. At end of row 12, place marker in last st. (14 sc at end of row 12)
Body Rnd 1: With RS of Base facing, join grey mix in marked st, ch 1, sc in same sc and in each of next 13 sts, working in ends of rows, 8 sc evenly sp across rows 12–7, sc in first ch of foundation ch, 8 sc evenly sp across rows 1– 6, sc in each st of row 6, working in ends of rows, 8 sc evenly sp across rows 6–1, sc in first ch of row 7, 8 sc evenly sp across rem rows, join in beg sc, turn. (62 sc)
Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in each st around, join in beg sc, turn.
Rnds 3– 6: Rep rnd 2.
Rnd 7: Ch 1, sc in each of first 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 8 sts, 2 sc in next st, *sc in each of next 5 sts, 2 sc in next st, [sc in each of next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st] twice*, sc in each of next 5 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 8 sts, 2 sc in next st, rep between *, sc in each of last 3 sts, join in beg sc, turn. (72 sc)
Rnds 8–22: Rep rnd 2.
Rnd 23: Beg tr (see Special Stitches), Ltr (see Special Stitches) in each of next 2 sts, [ch 1, sk next st, tr in next st, Ltr in each of next 2 sts] around, ch 1, join in beg sc, turn. (54 tr, 18 ch-1)
Rnd 24: Ch 1, sc in each tr and ch around, join in beg sc, turn. (72 sc)
Rnd 25: Rep rnd 2.
Rnd 26: Ch 1, sc in each of first 3 sts, flp dec (see Special Stitches) in next 2 sts, *[sc in each of next 4 sts, flp dec in next 2 sts] twice, sc in each of next 5 sts, flp dec in next 2 sts, sc in each of next 8 sts, flp dec in next 2 sts*, sc in each of next 5 sts, flp dec in next 2 sts, rep between *, sc in each of last 2 sts, join in beg sc, turn. (62 sc)
Rnd 27: Rep rnd 2. Fasten off. Place marker on last st.
Row 1: With WS facing, sc join grey mix in
7th st from marked st, sc in each of next 4 sts, leaving rem sts unworked, turn. (5 sc)
Rows 2–10: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn. At end of row 10, fasten off.
Row 1: With WS of row 27 facing, sk next 26 sts, sc join grey mix in next st, sc in each of next 4 sts, turn. (5 sc)
Rows 2–10: Rep rows 2–10 of First Tab.
Row 1: With lemongrass, ch 130, working in top lp, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Fasten off.
Row 1: With dark grey mix, work first foundation sc (see Special Stitches), work 149 next foundation sc (see Special Stitches), turn. (150 sc)
Rows 2 & 3: Ch 1, sc in each st across. At end of row 3, fasten off.
With RS of Base facing and working in unworked lps of rnd 1, join grey mix in first lp, sl st in each lp around, join in beg sl st. Fasten off.
Getting started: Weave a strand of yarn through ch-1 sps of rnd 23 to determine where to knot the Tie. Leave strand in place to guide stitching of surface sl sts so Branches are not placed where they are covered by the tie.
With RS facing and holding dark grey mix on WS, insert hook in base of any st in rnd 1 of Body, * place slip knot on hook, yo, draw through lp on hook to RS, [ surface sl st loosely (see Pattern Notes and Special Stitches) in base of st 1 row above] up side of Tote, curving as desired*, to last rnd, ch 1, working over st of last rnd, (sc, sl st) in base of last st. Fasten off. Rep to create additional Main Stems around Body.
With RS facing and holding dark grey mix on WS, insert hook in any st next to Main Stem, rep between * of Main Stem working as many sts as desired to any rnd, drop lp from hook, pull lp to WS, place lp on hook, ch 2. Fasten off.
Optional: Surface sl st to last rnd, ch 1, working over st of last rnd, (sc, sl st) in base of last st. Fasten off.
Soak Tote in sink or large basin of hot, soapy water until well saturated, agitating by hand to begin the felting process and changing water often if color bleeds. Transfer to top loading washing machine, add 1 or 2 pairs of jeans to balance machine, cover well with hot water and agitate until fully felted. Spin on slow setting to prevent creasing. Remove excess water by pressing Tote between towels.
Assembly & Finishing
1. Shape Tote while wet: pull evenly on Rim to accentuate, tug Base until oval shape is even, stretch Tabs to a rectangular shape. Stuff Tote lightly with plastic bags and dry on a wire rack. 2. Stretch Strap and Tie tightly around a drying rack or ironing board and clamp or pin in place to create a uniform edge. 3. Steam- press all pieces, then clip or shave with disposable razor to remove stray fibers and fuzz. Clip all knots and end tails on WS of Tote. 4. Trim each Tab to 4- inch length. Slip 2 D- rings on each Tab, fold over and, with needle and thread or embroidery floss, sew tightly to WS of Tote. 5. Feed 1 Strap end through 1 side of slide buckle, through swivel snap hook, and then through opposite side of slide buckle. Strap should have a very tight fit into the slide buckle; use a small screwdriver blade to push it through if necessary. Rep for other end of Strap. Attach snap hooks on each pair of D- rings. 6. Weave Tie through ch-1 sps of rnd 23 and
tie a double half hitch knot.
Note: Designer recommends use of pompom maker for best results. If more than 1 color is desired, hold strands tog as you wind.
Following manufacturer’s directions, wind yarn around 15/ 8- inch pompom maker, securing wraps with 2 12- inch strands of lemongrass. After wraps are cut and removed from pompom maker, fluff and trim evenly. Do not cut tying strands. Thread tail of 1 tying strand through a largeeye sharp needle and pierce Tie 1/4 inch from end. Pull through; tie tightly with rem tying strands. Trim ends.