Surface-Woven Tote by Theresa Schabes

Surface-Woven Tote

September 2007
Aran (8 wpi) ?
10 stitches and 17 rows = 4 inches
in pattern stitch with 4 strands of yarn held together.
US 13 - 9.0 mm
1540 yards (1408 m)
About 15" (38 cm) wide, 18" (45.5 cm) tall, 3" (7.5 cm) deep
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Pattern description from Bag Style: “Although this bag is visually complex, Theresa Schabes designed it to be surprisingly quick and easy to knit. She worked the rectangular front and back in a simple knit-purl pattern, then knitted a long gusset to connect them along the sides and base with a decorative whipstitch. For more embellishment, she worked a contrasting yarn through the purl bumps in an embroidery technique known as surface weaving. Theresa lined the inside of the bag and added strong suede handles sewn on with upholstery thread so that even heavy loads would be secure.”

Finished Size: About 15” (38 cm) wide, 18” (45.5 cm) tall, 3” (7.5 cm) deep

Yarn: Worsted weight (#4 Medium). Classic Elite Renaissance (100% wool; 110 yd (101 m)/50 g): #7127 chianti (wine), 5 balls; #7155 Renaissance red (red), #7178 tiled roof (rust), and #7185 portofino orange (orange), 3 balls each.

Needles: Size 13 (9 m). Adjust needle sizes if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: Tapestry needle; sharp-point sewing needle; upholstery-weight sewing thread; 24” (61 cm) brown suede handles (available at; 1½ yd (1.4 m) lining fabric (optional).