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Celtic Tote

Celtic knot tote

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The designer uses an intricate cable to add structure to the Celtic Tote. Accented with contrast embroidery before fulling, the motifs use infinite-line techniques to mimic Celtic knot work.
Finished Size: 12" wide at top edge, 14" wide at bottom, 3 3/4" deep at base, and 10 1/2" tall from base to top edge (excluding strap), after felting.
Yarn: Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted (85% wool, 15% mohair; 190 yd [174 m]/ 113 g): #M08 wild oak (medium brown, MC), 3 skeins; #M151 chocolate souffle (dark brown, CC), 1 skein.
Yarn weight: #4 - Medium
Gauge: 16 sts and 24 rows = 4" in St st before felting; about 18 1/2 sts and 27 1/2 rows = 4" in St st after felting (your result may vary).
Needles: Size 9 (5.5 mm): straight and 5 double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions: Cable needle (cn); markers (m); stitch holders; tapestry needle; one sheet of plastic mesh canvas for stiffening base; one ?" button.
Originally Published: Interweave Knits, Winter 2007

SKU: EP0280

Author/Speaker/Editor: Jennifer Tallapaneni

Format: eProject

Customer Reviews

Wore the first one out. Review by Suzee

I first made this bag in 2008, shortly after the pattern came out, but used Lamb's Pride Dark Olive wool. Aside from 1 small error in the original printed pattern it was a breeze to knit up & put together. I don't remember the experience rating on the original pattern but if you can work a basic cable you can make this bag.

I actually made mine a little bigger, 1) because I knit very tightly & 2) because it shrinks when felting. I've been using the original bag as a traveling knitting bag & have literally worn it out. I just ordered more Lamb's Pride wool to make 2 more & can't wait to get started. This time I'm going to make light gray with charcoal around the cables & white with black around the cables.

Overall, I love the bag - it's plenty roomy for a traveling knitting project, a few books, ipad, the usual traveling stuff. I've also gotten A LOT of compliments on it, in airports, motels, just about everywhere & I love to brag that I made it myself!

(Posted on 2/18/14)