Branch­ing Out Tote

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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

MA­TE­RI­ALS

• 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)

GAUGE

With 2 strands held tog: 10 sc = 5 inches; 10 sc rows in front lps = 5 inches

GAUGE SWATCH

Be­fore felt­ing: 10 sc x 10 rows = 5 inches square Af­ter felt­ing: 31/2 inches wide x 41/4 inches long af­ter felt­ing

PAT­TERN NOTES

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.

SPE­CIAL STITCHES

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.

TOTE Base

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.

First Tab

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.

2nd Tab

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.

Tie

Row 1: With lemon­grass, ch 130, work­ing in top lp, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Fas­ten off.

Strap

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.

Raised Rim

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.

Branches

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.

Main Stem

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.

Off­shoot

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.

Felt­ing

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.

Pom­pom (op­tional)

Make 2.

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.

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