This classic tote shape will carry your things with easy style. Jaunt has room for a small knitting project, some books, or the things you pick up at the market. Designed with the all natural and nubby aran weight yarn of Mountain Meadow Wool, Jaunt is knit with two strands of this yarn held together to make a dense fabric. The tote is then lightly felted.
You can add a touch of personality to your tote by finishing it with handles of your choice. The pattern includes a single knitted handle, but you could use repurposed or purchased handles any way you like.
fiber: approx. 385 yards aran weight yarn main color & 135 yards aran weight yarn contrast color Mountain Meadow Wool Cheyenne, 100% Mountain Merino Wool (non-superwash),160 yds/3.5 oz, 3 skeins main color and 1 skein contrast color; samples shown use colors Teal & Natural and Prairie & Natural
gauge: 3 sts = 1 inch in un-felted stockinette fabric, with yarn held double for entire project
needle: 24” circular size 10.5, or size necessary to achieve gauge
notions: optional leather handles or buttons
finished dimensions (felted): 12” wide x 10” high x 5” deep
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Jaunt begins with a knitted rectangle for the base, worked back and forth in rows on the circular needle. Next you pick up stitches around the edges and join to work the body of the tote in the round. The colorwork pattern is both charted and written and it is worked in basic stranded method.
The colorwork pattern used in this tote is from the book Alterknit Stitch Dictionary, by the designer Andrea Rangel.
Leather handles shown on my sample are from Bittersweet Baskets and Homestead Handles.