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close up detail of knit seed st surface

Trio knit tote bag
this bag would be fun to carry your knitting project

The bag is knit on circular needles and finished with DP needles.

4 balls of TRIO, 2 balls each in 2 colors
 shown in colors (A)9090-kiwi/white & (B)2856-circus/celery

Size 11 circular 26" CPY Bamboo Needles & 8" DP size 11 needles

With 26" circulars, cast on 79 sts loosely with color A and join to form circle being careful not to twist sts when joining.
Note: A cable cast on is suggested since you will be adding I-cord to this bag edge later. (See here if you don't know how to do a cable cast on.)

Begin Bag (knitting from top down):

Work in Seed St (k1, p1 for round, then p the k's and k the p's next round, keep reversing sts each round.)
Knit to finish ball of color A.

Tip: Make the I-cord handles and top edging on the bag using color B before knitting color B in center band of the body of the bag so that you can use up the rest of Color B in the body of the bag. See below for I-cord instructions.

Back to body of the bag: Change to color B and continue in Seed St on 79 sts. Use up the rest of Color B from which you made the I-cord handles and trim in the body of the bag.

Change back to Color A. Knit 1/3 of the height of the first band you knit in Color A and begin decreasing.

Dec round 1 by working in Seed St for 5 sts, k2 tog - repeat 9 times, 70 sts [Note: some of the dec will disrupt the seed st, you will have some k or p sts next to each other - this is OK.] Work another round.

[Change to DP needles when the circumference gets too small for circular needles.]

Dec round 2 by working Seed St for 5 sts, k2tog - repeat 10 times, 60 sts. Work an additional round.

Dec round 3 by working Seed St for 4 sts, k2 tog - repeat 10 times, 50 sts. Work an additional round.

Dec round 4 by working Seed St for 3 sts, k2 tog -10 times, 40 sts. Work an additional round.

Continue in Seed St working 2 sts, k2 tog until down to 10-12 sts, now repeat k2tog until you can bind off last sts.

I-Cord Handles and Trim

If you need it: Here's a How-To for I-cord and here is an animated how-to

With Color B make two 4-st I-cord pieces each 14" long (or desired length) using the DP needles.

With Color B make a 3-st I-cord trim for the bag. I did this by casting on 3sts and then picking up 1 st at a time from the outer edge of the cast on edge of the bag. Knit the first 2 sts of the I-cord tog (that is 1 st from the bag edge and 1 st from the I-cord needle). Slide 3 sts to opposite end of DP needle and repeat, again picking up the next edge st and k2tog for next I-cord row, continue all around the bag's edge. Stitch the finished end to the beginning end of the I-cord. Use a sturdy cotton thread to sew.

Sew the I-cord handles using sturdy cotton thread.


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copyright 2002 Crystal Palace Yarns/Straw Into Gold, Inc. - Designed by Susan Druding - We are happy to share this  pattern with knitters. The pattern may be used for non-commercial personal or knitting guild use. It is not to be used in any publication in print nor should it be reproduced in electronic/digital format without permission. Knitting shops carrying CP Yarns are welcome to print and share this pattern with customers of our yarns.