Martha Stewart Crafts™ Lion Brand® Yarn Company Cotton Hemp Farmer's Market Tote
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Martha Stewart Crafts™ Lion Brand® Yarn Company Cotton Hemp Farmer's Market Tote

Carry your farmer's market fruits and vegetables in style with this attractive knitted tote. Hear what Martha Stewart has to say about this fabulous yarn!

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Craft Time: 60+ minutes
Uses Recycled Items: No
 
 
 
 
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Material List

  • Martha Stewart Crafts™ Lion Brand® Yarn Cotton Hemp (Art. #5700)
  • #578 Peacock - 6 balls, or color of your choice
  • Lion Brand® Stitch Markers
  • Lion Brand® Stitch Holders
  • Lion Brand® Large-eyed Blunt Needle
  • Circular Knitting Needle Size 9 (5.5 mm), 24 in. (61 cm) Long
 

Project Instructions

Base

With 2 strands of yarn held tog, cast on 32 sts. Work back and forth on circular needle as if working on straight needles.

Rows 1-29: Knit.

Top

Note: Work will now proceed in the round.

Set-Up Rnd: Knit, do not turn, pick up and k14 sts across short side of Base, 32 sts across cast-on edge of Base, and 14 sts along rem short side – 92 sts at the end of this rnd. Placemarker for beg of rnd. Join by working the first st on left hand needle with the working yarn from the right hand needle being careful not to twist sts.

Rnds 1-3: Knit.

Cut 1 strand of yarn, leaving a long tail to weave in.

With rem strand of yarn, beg with Rnd 1 of pattern, work in Mesh Pattern until piece measures about 13 in. (33 cm) from Base, end with a Rnd 4 of pattern.

Shape Handle

Next Rnd: K34, bind off 12sts, k34 and slip these 34 sts to a holder, bind off 12 sts – 2 sets of 34 sts for each side of handle.

Work rem 34 sts back and forth in rows for first half of handle.

Row 1 (RS): K2tog *(yo, k2tog);rep from * to last 2 sts, k2tog – 32 sts at the end of this row.

Row 2 and all WSrows: Purl.

Row 3: K1, ssk, *(yo, ssk);rep from * to last 3 sts, ssk, k1 – 30 sts at the end of this row.

Row 5: K1, k2tog, *(yo,k2tog); rep from * to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 – 28 sts at the end of this row.

Row 7: Ssk, *(ssk, yo); repfrom * to last 2 sts, ssk – 26 sts at the end of this row.

Row 8: Purl.

RepRows 5-8 until 6 sts rem, end with a WS row. Work rem 6 sts as follows:

Row 1 (RS): K1, (yo, k2tog) 2 times, k1.

Row 2: Purl.

Row 3: K1, (ssk, yo) 2 times, k1.

Row 4: Purl.

RepRows 1-4 twice more. Bind off loosely, leaving a long tail for sewing ends of handle tog. Rejoin yarn to 34 sts on holder and work same as for first half of handle.

FINISHING

Sew ends of handle tog.

Border

With RS facing and 1 strand of yarn, beg at handle seam, pick up and k88 sts evenly spaced around one side of handle and top of Tote. Place marker for beg of rnd. Join by working the first st on left hand needle with the working yarn from the right hand needle.

Rnd 1: Purl.

Rnd 2: Knit.

Bind off loosely.

Rep border on opposite side of Tote. Weave in ends.

ABBREVIATIONS

beg = beginning

k= knit

k2tog= knit 2 sts together

p= purl

rem= remain(ing)(s)

rep= repeat

rnd(s)= round(s)

RS= right side

st(s)= stitches

tog= together

WS= wrong side

yo= yarn over

Tips

SIZE
About 10 x 13 in. (25.5 x 33 cm), not including handle

GAUGE
14 sts = 4 in. (10 cm) in Garter st (k every row) with 2 strands of yarn held tog.
BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE.

PATTERN STITCH
Mesh Pattern (worked in the round)
Rnd 1: *(Yo, k2tog); rep from * to end of rnd.
Rnd 2: Knit.
Rnd 3: *(Ssk, yo); rep from * to end of rnd.
Rnd 4: Knit.
Rep Rnds 1–4 for Mesh Pattern.

STITCH EXPLANATION
ssk (slip, slip, knit) Slip next 2 sts as if to knit, one at a time, to right needle; insert left needle into fronts of these 2 sts and knit them tog – 1 st decreased.

NOTES
1. Base of Tote is knit back and forth in rows on circular needle with 2 strands of yarn held tog.
2. Sides of Tote are worked in the round in Mesh Pattern with 1 strand of yarn.
3. Tote will stretch when used.

Craft Notes

Every effort has been made to produce accurate and complete instructions. We cannot be responsible for variance of individual knitters or crocheters, human error, or typographical mistakes.