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Bay Scallop Beach Tote

This fun tote bag is perfect for a day at the beach, while also being versatile enough for everyday use. The pattern uses a variety of textured stitches and simple colorwork to illustrate a seashell that has been washed ashore by incoming waves. 

Time: 1 Week Project

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: Approximately 12″ [30 cm] wide x 4″ [10 cm] deep x 9″ [23 cm] tall

Gauge: 19 sts and 25 rnds = 4″ [10 cm] in St st on larger needles

Materials

Medium weight yarnYarn: Scheepjes Stone Washed XL (70% cotton, 30% acrylic; 82 yards [75 meters]/50 grams):

841 Moon Stone (MC, 4 skeins), 845 Blue Apatite (CC1, 2 skeins), 855 Green Agate (CC2, 2 skeins)

Needles: US size 8 (5.0 mm) 40″ or longer circular needles (for working in magic loop)

US size 9 (5.5 mm) 40″ or longer circular needles (for working in magic loop)

US size 9 (5.5 mm) 24″ circular needles (optional)

Notions: Markers, cable needle, tapestry needle

Abbreviations

Cable A-R – Sl2p to cn and hold to back, k1 tbl, (p1, k1 tbl) from cn.

Cable A-L – Sl1p to cn and hold to front, k1 tbl, p1, k1 tbl from cn.

Cable B-R – Sl2p to cn and hold to back, k1 tbl, p2 from cn.

Cable B-L – Sl1p to cn and hold to front, p2, k1 tbl from cn.

Cable C-R – Sl1p to cn and hold to back, k1 tbl, p1 from cn.

Cable C-L – Sl1p to cn and hold to front, p1, k1 tbl from cn.

Special Stitches

Seashell Motif (19 sts wide, 19 rnds tall)

Rnds 1-2: K5, p9, k5.

Rnd 3: K5, p4, k1 tbl, p4, k5.

Rnd 4: K6, p2tog, p1, m1-R, k1 tbl, m1-L, p1, p2tog, k6.

Rnd 5: K5, p1, cable A-R, k1 tbl, cable A-L, p1, k5.

Rnd 6: K3, p1, cable B-R, p1, k3 tbl, p1, cable B-L, p1, k3.

Rnd 7: K1, p1, cable B-R, p2, cable C-R, k1 tbl, cable C-L, p2, cable B-L, p1, k1.

Rnd 8: K1, cable C-R, p3, cable C-R, p1, k1 tbl, p1, cable C-L, p3, cable C-L, k1.

Rnd 9: P1, k1 tbl, p3, cable C-R, p2, k1 tbl, p2, cable C-L, p3, k1 tbl, p1.

Rnd 10: Cable C-R, [p3, k1 tbl] 3 times, p3, cable C-L.

Rnd 11: K1 tbl, p4, [k1tbl, p3] 3 times, p1, k1 tbl.

Rnd 12: P4, cable C-R, p3, k1 tbl, p3, cable C-L, p4.

Rnd 13: [P4, k1 tbl] 3 times, p4.

Rnds 14-16: K1, p3, [k1 tbl, p4] twice, k1 tbl, p3, k1.

Rnd 17: K2, p2, [k1tbl, p4] twice, k1 tbl, p2, k2.

Rnd 18: K3, p6, k1 tbl, p6, k3.

Rnd 19: K6, p7, k6.

Pattern Notes

The pattern begins with Judy’s magic cast-on and is worked seamlessly in the round. The waves are made with slip-stitches, and the scallop shell is made with reverse stockinette and twisted travelling stitches. If desired, the knitter may switch to 24″ circular needles after working a sufficient number of rounds of the sides so that magic loop is no longer required to navigate the corners of the base.

This pattern is worked in the round from the bottom up, with the yarn held double throughout.

The project is worked at a very firm gauge for stability and structure, but the gauge/yarn may be modified as desired.

The instructions for the Seashell Motif are both written and charted. Read Seashell Motif chart from the bottom up and for each round from the right to the left.

The bag is finished with an i-cord bind off, and the handles are worked separately in matching i-cord.

If desired, handles made of wood, rope, or any other material may be substituted. Likewise, the bag may be reinforced with plastic canvas or lined with fabric for added stability.

Pattern

Base

With CC1 and CC2 held tog, use Judy’s magic cast-on to CO 38 sts to each needle. (76 sts)

Pm and work using magic loop.

Rnd 1: P all. (76 sts)

Rnd 2: [Yo, p1, yo, p37] twice. (80 sts)

Rnd 3: [P1 tbl, p1, p1 tbl, p37] twice.

Rnd 4: *[Yo, p1] 3 times, yo, p37; rep from * once. (88 sts)

Rnd 5: *[P1 tbl, p1] 3 times, p1 tbl, p37; rep from * once.

Rnd 6: *[P1, yo] twice, p3, yo, p1, yo, p38; rep from * once. (96 sts)

Rnd 7: *[P1, p1 tbl] twice, p3, p1 tbl, p1, p1 tbl, p38; rep from * once.

Rnd 8: [P2, yo, p1, yo, p5, yo, p1, yo, p39] twice. (104 sts)

Rnd 9: [P2, p1 tbl, p1, p1 tbl, p5, p1 tbl, p1, p1 tbl, p39] twice.

Rnd 10: [P3, yo, p1, yo, p7, yo, p1, yo, p40] twice. (112 sts)

Rnd 11: [P3, p1 tbl, p1, p1 tbl, p7, p1 tbl, p1, p1 tbl, p40] twice.

Rnd 12: [P4, yo, p1, yo, p9, yo, p1, yo, p41] twice. (120 sts)

Rnd 13: [P4, p1 tbl, p1, p1 tbl, p9, p1 tbl, p1, p1 tbl, p41] twice.

Rnd 14: [P5, yo, p1, yo, p11, yo, p1, yo, p42] twice. (128 sts)

Rnd 15: [P5, p1 tbl, p1, p1 tbl, p11, p1 tbl, p1, p1 tbl, p42] twice.

Rnd 16: [P6, yo, p1, yo, p13, yo, p1, yo, p43] twice. (136 sts)

Rnd 17: [P6, p1 tbl, p1, p1 tbl, p13, p1 tbl, p1, p1 tbl, p43] twice.

Rnd 18: P all. Remove marker. P16. Pm to indicate new beg of rnd.

Sides

Cut CC2, leaving a 6″ tail. Join 1 strand of CC1 to work with 2 strands held tog. Change to larger needles.

Rnds 1-3: K all.

Rnd 4: [Sl3p wyif, k5] around.

Rnd 5: [Sl1p wyif, k1, sl2p wyif, k3, sl1p wyif] around.

Rnd 6: [K3, sl2p wyif, k1, sl2p wyif] around.

Rnd 7: [K4, sl3p wyif, k1] around.

Rnd 8: K all.

Cut 1 strand of CC1, leaving a 6″ tail. Join 1 strand of CC2, and work with both colors held tog.

Rnd 9: [K3, sl5p wyib] around.

Rnd 10: [K4, sl3p wyib, k1] around.

Rnd 11: K all.

Rnds 12-16: Rep Rnds 4-8.

Cut CC1, leaving a 6″ tail. Join 1 strand of CC2 to work with 2 strands held tog.

Rnds 17-24: Rep Rnds 9-16.

Cut both strands of CC2, leaving 6″ tails. Join 2 strands of MC held tog.

Rnds 25-26: Rep Rnds 9-10.

Rnds 27-33: K all.

Rnd 34: K8, [p3, k5] twice, p2, k17, p2, [k5, p3] twice, k to end of rnd.

Rnd 35: K7, [p1, k3] 4 times, p1, work Rnd 1 of Seashell Motif across next 19 sts, [p1, k3] 4 times, p1, k to end of rnd.

Rnd 36: K5, p2, [k5, p3] twice, k1, work Rnd 2 of Seashell Motif, k1, [p3, k5] twice, p2, k to end of rnd.

Rnds 37-38: K24, work Rnds 3-4 of Seashell Motif, k to end of rnd.

Rnd 39: K24, m1-R, work Rnd 5 of Seashell Motif, m1-L, k to end of rnd. (138 sts)

Rnd 40-43: K25, work Rnds 6-9 of Seashell Motif, k to end of rnd.

Rnd 44: K9, p2, k5, p3, k6, work Rnd 10 of Seashell Motif, k6, p3, k5, p2, k to end of rnd.

Rnd 45: K11, [p1, k3] 3 times, k2, work Rnd 11 of Seashell Motif, k5, [p1, k3] 3 times, k to end of rnd.

Rnd 46: K12, p3, k5, p2, k3, work Rnd 12 of Seashell Motif, k3, p2, k5, p3, k to end of rnd.

Rnds 47-50: K25, work Rnds 13-16 of Seashell Motif, k to end of rnd.

Rnd 51: K23, ssk, work Rnd 17 of Seashell Motif, k2tog, k to end of rnd. (136 sts)

Rnds 52-53: K24, work Rnds 18-19 of Seashell Motif, k to end of rnd.

Rnds 54-61: K all.

Cut both strands of MC, leaving 6″ tails. Join 1 strand each of CC1 and CC2, and work with both colors held tog.

Rnd 62: K all.

Work a 3-st I-cord BO as follows: CO 3 sts. [K2, k2tog tbl; sl3p back to left needle] Cont in this manner until all sts have been bound off. Cut CC1 and CC2, leaving 12″ tails.

Graft the final 3 I-cord sts to the 3 CO sts for a smooth join.

Handles

With CC1 and CC2 held tog, CO 5 sts.

Work in I-cord for 16″ (or desired length). BO.

Rep to make the second handle.

Finishing

Securely sew handles to bag. Weave in all ends. Block as needed.

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