132 The Clematis Shopping Bag
The Clematis Shopping Bag is the perfect tote for any shopping trip, for toting groceries, or as a picnic/lunch tote for the individual or the whole family.
The large shopping bag and small lunch tote can be made striped and adorned with the Clematis flower for an imminently feminine look, or try rugby stripes or solids (without flower) for a great-looking but entirely unisex and utilitarian set of bags perfect for groceries, picking up items at the mall, or used for a family picnic or as individual lunch tote.
Felted bags are particularly well-suited as totes for groceries and picnics because they are naturally insulated, don't lose their shape or their immense carrying capabilities when wet, and withstand even harsh treatment, all the while looking fantastic.
Yarn Recommendations: We suggest fine worsted weight wool & alpaca yarns. Please check your unfelted and felted gauges by swatching and felting a fair-sized square first.
Unfelted Gauge: 3 sts/inch and 4 rows/inch using a double-strand of worsted weight, feltable yarn on US 11 needles. There will be some variation to finished size if gauge differs due to different needle size, yarn type, or fiber content.
Small & Large Shopping Bags
Yarn Requirements: 4 (8) sks for a solid colored bag; 2 (4) sks each col 1 and col 2 (note 1 sk ~ 210 yd)"
Needles & Other Materials: US 11 24" circular needles, US 11 set of dpn, sewing needle & like color sewing thread, stitch markers, 1 magnetic snap (to use with Knitted Closure Tab for small bag)
Approximate Finished Dimensions: Small 7.5-8" wide x 5.5-6" deep x 9-10" tall; Large 12-12.5" wide x 8-8.5" deep x 14-15" tall
Materials: US 5, 6, or 7 dpn
Fine worsted weight wool
Col 1 green for stem and flower center
Col 2 clematis flower color (210 yd makes 4 single-color flowers)
Col 3 darker or lighter clematis flower color
1 ball or 10 yd of white eyelash yarn for flower center
Split ring or clip st markers in two colors to use as holders