Faded Patchwork Denim Knit Tote

Made in a wonderful variety of jean colors (including the iconic top stitching found on many jeans), this tote will show off your jean obsession! The patchwork design is reminiscent of repaired denim jeans with different colored denim patches for a throwback look that has a modern purpose.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: 11″ x 14″

Gauge: 20 sts x 40 rows = 4” [10 cm] in garter stitch

Materials

Medium weight yarnYarn: Lion Brand Jeans (100% Acrylic; 246 yards [225 meters]/100 grams): Faded 105V (A, 1 ball), Classic 110AF (B, 1 ball), Vintage 150Y (C, 1 ball), Stonewash 109W (D, 1 ball), Top Stitch 121E (E, 1 ball)

Needles: US size 7 (4.5 mm) 16” circulars

Notions: Tapestry needle, stitch marker, US size 7 (4.5 mm) crochet hook

Pattern Notes

This pattern has lots of ends to weave in. You may prefer to weave in the ends after each row is complete, leaving just the last tail to seam the tote together.
This pattern is worked flat by making 7 rows of 12 small squares each.

Pattern

Row 1 of Bag

First Square

With A, CO 10 sts, pm, CO 10 sts.
Row 1: K to marker, sm, k2tog, k to end.
Rep Row 1 until 2 sts rem.
Cut yarn and pull through last 2 sts.

Second Square

With B, CO 10 sts, pm, hold First Square with CO edges on bottom and left, pick up and knit into 10 sts up the right side.
Row 1: K to marker, sm, k2tog, k to end.
Rep Row 1 until 2 sts rem.
Cut yarn and pull through last 2 sts.

Third Square

With C, CO 10 sts, pm, pick up and knit into 10 sts up the right side of Second Square.
Row 1: K to marker, sm, k2tog, k to end.
Rep Row 1 until 2 sts rem.
Cut yarn and pull through last 2 sts.

Fourth Square

With D, CO 10 sts, pm, pick up and knit into 10 sts up the right side of Third Square.
Row 1: K to marker, sm, k2tog, k to end.
Rep Row 1 until 2 sts rem.
Cut yarn and pull through last 2 sts.

Fifth Square

With E, CO 10 sts, pm, pick up and knit into 10 sts up the right side of Fourth Square.
Row 1: K to marker, sm, k2tog, k to end.
Rep Row 1 until 2 sts rem.
Cut yarn and pull through last 2 sts.

Sixth Square

With D, CO 10 sts, pm, pick up and knit into 10 sts up the right side of Fifth Square.
Row 1: K to marker, sm, k2tog, k to end.
Rep Row 1 until 2 sts rem.
Cut yarn and pull through last 2 sts.

Seventh Square

With C, CO 10 sts, pm, pick up and knit into 10 sts up the right side of Sixth Square.
Row 1: K to marker, sm, k2tog, k to end.
Rep Row 1 until 2 sts rem.
Cut yarn and pull through last 2 sts.

Eighth Square

With D, CO 10 sts, pm, pick up and knit into 10 sts up the right side of Seventh Square.
Row 1: K to marker, sm, k2tog, k to end.
Rep Row 1 until 2 sts rem.
Cut yarn and pull through last 2 sts.

Ninth Square

With A, CO 10 sts, pm, pick up and knit into 10 sts up the right side of Eighth Square.
Row 1: K to marker, sm, k2tog, k to end.
Rep Row 1 until 2 sts rem.
Cut yarn and pull through last 2 sts.

Tenth Square

With B, CO 10 sts, pm, pick up and knit into 10 sts up the right side of Ninth Square.
Row 1: K to marker, sm, k2tog, k to end.
Rep Row 1 until 2 sts rem.
Cut yarn and pull through last 2 sts.

Eleventh Square

With C, CO 10 sts, pm, pick up and knit into 10 sts up the right side of Tenth Square.
Row 1: K to marker, sm, k2tog, k to end.
Rep Row 1 until 2 sts rem.
Cut yarn and pull through last 2 sts.

Twelfth Square

With E, CO 10 sts, pm, pick up and knit into 10 sts up the right side of Eleventh Square.
Row 1: K to marker, sm, k2tog, k to end.
Rep Row 1 until 2 sts rem.
Cut yarn and pull through last 2 sts.

Rows 2 (3, 4, 5, 6, 7) of Bag

First Square

With D (A, D, B, C, E), pick up and knit into 10 sts from right to left across the top of First Square from previous row, pm, CO 10 sts.
Row 1: K to marker, sm, k2tog, k to end.
Rep Row 1 until 2 sts rem.
Cut yarn and pull through last 2 sts.

Second Square

With A (D, B, D, B, D), pick up and knit into 10 sts from right to left across the top of Second Square from previous row, pm, pick up and knit into 10 sts up the side of First Square.
Row 1: K to marker, sm, k2tog, k to end.
Rep Row 1 until 2 sts rem.
Cut yarn and pull through last 2 sts.

Third Square

With B (E, A, C, D, A), pick up and knit into 10 sts from right to left across the top of Third Square from previous row, pm, pick up and knit into 10 sts up the side of Second Square.
Row 1: K to marker, sm, k2tog, k to end.
Rep Row 1 until 2 sts rem.
Cut yarn and pull through last 2 sts.

Fourth Square

With Color E (C, D, A, E, B), pick up and knit into 10 sts from right to left across the top of Fourth Square from previous row, pm, pick up and knit into 10 sts up the side of Third Square.
Row 1: K to marker, sm, k2tog, k to end.
Rep Row 1 until 2 sts rem.
Cut yarn and pull through last 2 sts.

Fifth Square

With C (A, E, D, A, C), pick up and knit into 10 sts from right to left across the top of Fifth Square from previous row, pm, pick up and knit into 10 sts up the side of Fourth Square.
Row 1: K to marker, sm, k2tog, k to end.
Rep Row 1 until 2 sts rem.
Cut yarn and pull through last 2 sts.

Sixth Square

With B (C, B, E, B, E), pick up and knit into 10 sts from right to left across the top of Sixth Square from previous row, pm, pick up and knit into 10 sts up the side of Fifth Square.
Row 1: K to marker, sm, k2tog, k to end.
Rep Row 1 until 2 sts rem.
Cut yarn and pull through last 2 sts.

Seventh Square

With E (D, C, D, C, B), pick up and knit into 10 sts from right to left across the top of Seventh Square from previous row, pm, pick up and knit into 10 sts up the side of Sixth Square.
Row 1: K to marker, sm, k2tog, k to end.
Rep Row 1 until 2 sts rem.
Cut yarn and pull through last 2 sts.

Eighth Square

With C (B, A, B, D, A), pick up and knit into 10 sts from right to left across the top of Eighth Square from previous row, pm, pick up and knit into 10 sts up the side of Seventh Square.
Row 1: K to marker, sm, k2tog, k to end.
Rep Row 1 until 2 sts rem.
Cut yarn and pull through last 2 sts.

Ninth Square

With B (E, D, E, C, D), pick up and knit into 10 sts from right to left across the top of Ninth Square from previous row, pm, pick up and knit into 10 sts up the side of Eighth Square.
Row 1: K to marker, sm, k2tog, k to end.
Rep Row 1 until 2 sts rem.
Cut yarn and pull through last 2 sts.

Tenth Square

With A (B, E, B, A, C), pick up and knit into 10 sts from right to left across the top of Tenth Square from previous row, pm, pick up and knit into 10 sts up the side of Ninth Square.
Row 1: K to marker, sm, k2tog, k to end.
Rep Row 1 until 2 sts rem.
Cut yarn and pull through last 2 sts.

Eleventh Square

With D (A, C, A, E, B), pick up and knit into 10 sts from right to left across the top of Eleventh Square from previous row, pm, pick up and knit into 10 sts up the side of Twelfth Square.
Row 1: K to marker, sm, k2tog, k to end.
Rep Row 1 until 2 sts rem.
Cut yarn and pull through last 2 sts.

Twelfth Square

With C (B, A, C, D, A), pick up and knit into 10 sts from right to left across the top of Twelfth Square from previous row, pm, pick up and knit into 10 sts up the side of Eleventh Square.
Row 1: K to marker, sm, k2tog, k to end.
Rep Row 1 until 2 sts rem.
Cut yarn and pull through last 2 sts.

Seaming Bag

Fold bag in half with right sides facing so it is 6 square across and 7 square tall.

Seam together along bottom and side. Turn Bag right side out.

Top Band

With A, pick up and knit into 10 sts along top of each square from Row 7, pm, to work in the rnd. (120 sts)
Rnd 1: P all sts.
Rnd 2: With B, k all sts.
Rnd 3: P all sts.
Rnds 4-5: With C, rep Rnds 2-3.
Rnds 6-7: With D, rep Rnds 2-3.
Rnd 8: With E, rep Rnd 2.
BO knitwise.

Weave in all ends.

Strap

Leave yarn tails of at least 8″ long at the start and end of every row.
With A, CO 120 sts, cut yarn.
Row 1: K all sts, cut yarn.
Rows 2-3: With B, rep Row 1.
Rows 4-5: With C, rep Row 1.
Rows 6-7: With D, rep Row 1.
Rows 8: With E, rep Row 1.
BO knitwise.

Finishing

Center one end of Strap on one side of Bag. Place end on inside of Bag and use a crochet hook to pull yarn tails through bag at base of first round of top band. Tie all ends together in an overhand knot to make a tassel. Repeat with other Strap end on other side of Bag.
With E, tack down top of Top Band to both ends of Strap.

Weave in all ends.

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