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Overlay Felted Tote

A French square overlay is striking against a felted base.

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This unique tote is a study in mixing textures created by using different techniques and fibers. The felted Soysilk/wool blend produces a simple backdrop for the lacy Soysilk outer layer. The tote is worked in one piece in double crochet and features a double-layered bottom for added strength. French squares are then worked in one continuous panel and sewn onto the tote after it's felted.
Finished Size: 13" wide, 12 3/4" tall, and 4 1/2" deep before felting; 13" wide, 11" tall, and 3 1/2" deep after felting. The overlay panel measures 12" x 32" after blocking.
Yarn: South West Trading Company Karaoke (50% Soysilk, 50% wool; 109 yd [100 m]/1 3/4 oz [50 g]; CYCA-standard yarn weight system-4): #292 tobacco (MC), 6 skeins. South West Trading Company Pure (100% Soysilk; 164 yd [150 m]/13/4 oz [50 g]; CYCA-standard yarn weight system-3): #078 saxony blue (CC), 2 skeins.
Yarn weight: #4 - Medium
Gauge: 15 sts and 9 rows = 4" in dc with MC using larger hook before felting; French Square = 3 3/4"x 3 3/4" with CC using smaller hook before blocking; 4" x 4" after blocking.
Needles: Hooks: Sizes H/8 (5 mm) and G/6 (4 mm). Adjust hook sizes if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions: Yarn needle; removable stitch marker (m); blocking pins; matching embroidery floss; embroidery needle; 1 yd coordinating fabric for lining; magnet closure.
Originally Published: Interweave Crochet Fall 2007

SKU: EP0832

Author/Speaker/Editor: Jennifer Hagan

Format: eProject