The Chevron Shoreline Tote from the June 2015 issue gets an update with new beachy blue colors! Worked in two colors on the bias, this tote has classic bamboo handles to complete the look.
Skill Level: Easy
Size: 12 X 12″
Gauge: 23 sts and 20 ridges in garter stitch with size US 5 (3.75 mm) knitting needle after wet blocking
Yarn: Knit Picks Shine Sport (60% Pima Cotton, 40% Modal; 110 yards [100 meters]/50 grams): 8071 Willow (MC, 3 balls), 8059 Reef (CC, 3 balls)
Needles: US 5 (3.5 mm) 24” straight needles
Hook: US size F-5 (3.75 mm) (optional)
Notions: Markers, stitch holders, tapestry needle, one pair oval Bamboo handles 8½ X 5½ ” (21.5 cm X 13.9 cm), Lining fabric (optional), Sewing needle and matching thread, piece of 12X2” plastic canvas
PM: Place Marker
SM: Slip Marker
M1: Knit in front and back of the next stitch
Sl1: Slip 1 st with yarn in front
Basic Triangle (Make 4):
With (MC) CO 3 sts.
Rows 1, 2: Knit.
Row 3 (RS): With (CC) Sl1, M1, knit to last 2 sts, M1, k1.
Row 4: Sl1, knit.
Row 5: With (MC) Sl1, M1, knit to last 2 sts, M1, k1.
Row 6: Sl1, knit.
Rep rows 3-6 until you have 49 sts.
Place all sts on holder.
Make two basic triangles. Join them as follows:
Row 1 (RS): With (MC) Sl1, M1, knit until last 2 sts of the first triangle, ssk, PM, start working on the 2nd triangle, k2tog, knit to last 2 sts, M1, k1. (98 sts)
Note: Increasing one stitch on either side of the piece, and decreasing one stitch on either side of the center marker, results in the number of sts remaining the same.
Row 2: Sl1, knit.
Row 3: With (CC) sl1, M1, knit until last 2 sts before marker, ssk, SM, k2tog, knit to last 2 sts, M1, k1. (98 sts)
Rows 4: Sl1, knit.
Rows 5-88: Rep rows 1-4.
Note: From this point on, stop increasing and only work the decreases.
Row 89: With (MC) Knit to 2 sts before marker, ssk, SM, k2tog, knit to end of row. (96 sts)
Row 90: Sl1, knit.
Row 91: With (CC) Knit to 2 sts before marker, ssk, SM, k2tog, knit to end of row. (94 sts)
Row 92: Sl1, knit.
Rows 93-128: Rep rows 89-92. (60 sts at the end of row 128)
Rows 129-149: With (MC) work stockinette. Bind off all sts loosely.
Work same as front.
With (MC) cast on 12 sts. Work garter stitch changing color every 2 rows for 36”. Bind off all sts loosely.
Starting at the marked point on the front or back side, sew the strip to the edge of the front/back. Work the same way on the other piece.
Note: Instead of sewing you can hold the back of the front/back piece and the edge of the strip together and work them together with a row of sc inserting crochet hook through both pieces.
Weave in all ends.
Place the plastic canvas piece inside the Bag. Stitch the bottom portion of the strip to the plastic canvas.
Place one piece of the purse handle at the edge of the bag. Fold the stockinette edge in half while holding the purse handle in between. Using the tapestry needle sew the bind off edge to the first row of garter stitch. Rep for the other side.
Your bag is ready. If you prefer, you can line it.