Sassafras Tote by NT Maglia

Sassafras Tote

August 2020
DK (11 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 9 rows = 4 inches
in tapestry dc.
4.5 mm
1075 yards (983 m)
16" wide and 12½" tall.
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This roomy tote is made using the tapestry double-crochet technique, and it’s like painting with yarn. A plastic insert is secured between layers at the top edge to provide stability. With a sturdy shape and stylish leather handles, this tote is sure to become your go-to bag for the fall season.

Difficulty Easy

Yarn Weight 3

Finished Size 16” wide and 12½“ tall.

Yarn Brown Sheep Company Cotton Fleece (80% cotton, 20% Merino wool; 215 yd 197 m/3½ oz 100 g): #CW-343 sunflower gold (A), 2 skeins; #CW-318 tiger lily (B), #CW-116 weathered barnwood (C), #CW-100 cotton ball (D), 1 skein each.

Hook Size 7 (4.5 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.

Notions Yarn needle; 15” long × 3” wide strip of corrugated plastic, 2; 15” long × 5⁄8” wide leather strip, 2; leather punch, 1⁄8”.

Gauge 16 sts and 9 rows = 4” in tapestry dc.

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  • Tote is worked in joined rounds in one piece from the bottom up.

  • To change colors, work to last yarnover in old color, pick up new color, and complete stitch with new color.

  • Make sure that the carried yarn does not constrict the stitches.

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