T w o -T o n e T r i a n g l e T o t e

M a r y D ’A lt o n

Mary D’Alton took a lesson from Japanese origami when she came up with her idea
for this clever bag. The bag is knitting in two contrasting pieces (that include the I-cord
straps) that are folded and sewn together. Then the whole thing is then felted to tighten

Finished Size

About 18" (45.5 cm) wide at base and 11"
(28 cm) tall after felting, excluding handles.
Ya r n

and thicken the knitted fabric, making a sturdy pouch-style bag—no need for a lining;

Worsted weight (#4 Medium).

no need for a closure.

Shown here: Harrisville Designs New England Highland (100% wool; 200 yd [183
m]/100 g): #39 russet (burgundy) and
#07 tundra (chartreuse), 1 ball each.

First Half
With burgundy, CO 3 sts. Work in St st for 2 rows. Inc as foll:
Row 1: (RS) Knit.
Row 2: Purl.
Row 3: K1, M1R (see Glossary, page 000), knit to end—1 st inc’d.
Row 4: Purl.
Row 5: K1, M1R, knit to last st, M1L (see Glossary, page 000), k1—2 sts inc’d.
Row 6: Purl.
Rep Rows 3–6 seven more times—27 sts. Work Rows 1 and 2 once, then work Rows 3–6
three times—36 sts. Rep the last 14 rows 4 more times—72 sts. Work Rows 3–6 once, then
work Rows 3 and 4 once more—76 sts.
Rep Rows 1 and 2 three times for bottom edge of bag. Dec as foll:

Needles

Size 6 (4 mm): straight and set of 2 doublepointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary
to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions

Tapestry needle.
Gauge

18 sts and 26 rows = 4" (10 cm) in stockinette stitch, before felting. Note: Swatch
both colors of yarn to make sure they have
the same gauge.

Row 7: K1, k2tog, knit to end of row—1 st dec’d.
Row 8: Purl.
Row 10: Purl.

2

Work Rows 7 and 8 once more—72 sts rem. Work Rows 1 and 2 once, then work Rows 7–10

Two -T one T riangle Tote

Row 9: K1, k2tog, knit to last 3 sts, ssk, k1—2 sts dec’d.

three times—63 sts rem. Rep the last 14 rows 4 more times—27 sts rem. Work Rows 7–10
eight times—3 sts rem. Work Rows 1 and 2 two times.
Handle: Change to dpn and work 3-st I-cord (see Glossary, page 000) until handle measures
25" (63.5 cm). BO all sts.

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Seco n d Half
With chartreuse, work as for first half.

Finishing
Block pieces so that they are exactly the
same size.
Assembly: Overlap the pieces so that
the burgundy piece is on top of the chartreuse piece. With burgundy threaded on
a tapestry needle, sew the pieces tog as
invisibly as possible. On the WS of the
bag, sew along the bag base (where it
will be folded) to secure the two layers
tog. Fold the bag in half with RS tog and
sew side seams from the bottom corner
until even with the base of the V in the
center front and back of the bag. Weave
in loose ends. Turn bag RS out.
Felting: Place bag in net laundry bag
and run through washer cycle set on small
load, hot wash, and cold rinse, adding
a small amount of mild detergent. Stop
the washer periodically to check the progress of the felting; run through additional
cycles if necessary to achieve the desired
3

amount of felting (no stitches should be

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visible).
Attach Handles: Attach burgundy handle
to top of chartreuse point on one side
of bag, and chartreuse handle to top of
burgundy point on other side of bag. To
attach handle, position end of handle behind point and, using yarn color to match
point of bag, whipstitch (see Glossary,

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page 000) in place.

a s e l ec t i o n o f pr oj ec ts

YoYo Hobo, Judith Swartz

Cabana Backpack, Mags Kandis

Felted Laptop Case, Kate Jackson

Classic Crocheted Purse, Norah Gaughan

Fair Isle Book Bag, Kristin Nicholas

Zenith Carpet Bag, Véronik Avery

Lace Doily Purse, Lisa Daehlin

Celtic Weekend Tote, Lisa B. Evans

Penny Rug Pouch, Mags Kandis

Linen Tube Purse, Ruthie Nussbaum

Chulla Pouch, Mary Jane Mucklestone

Rugged Messenger Bag, Joshua Eckels

Co ntents
Introduction
The Projects
Zenith Carpet Bag | Véronik Avery
Two-Tone Triangle Tote | Mary D’Alton
Cabana Backpack | Mags Kandis
Knitting Needle Knitting Bag | Pam Allen
Rugged Messenger Bag | Joshua Eckels
Classic Crocheted Purse |

Norah Gaughan

Hemp Market Bag | Katie Himmelberg
Linen Tube Purse | Ruthie Nussbaum
Apple Ribbon Tote | Bri Ana Drennon/

Regina Rioux Gonzalez

Felt Laptop Case | Kate Jackson
Fair Isle Book Bag | Kristin Nicholas
Lace Doily Purse | Lisa Daehlin
Formal Boot Bag | Laura Irwin
Yoga Mat Tote | Sharon O’Brien
YoYo Hobo | Judith Swartz
Celtic Weekend Tote | Lisa B. Evans
Chulla Pouch | Mary Jane Mucklestone
Penny Rug Pouch | Mags Kandis
Design Notebook
Abbreviations
Glossary of Techniques
Biblography
Resources
Index

Wh o d o e s n ’ t l o v e a n e w b a g ?
Following the success of Scarf Style, Wrap Style, and Lace Style—with more than 100,000
copies sold—Pam Allen and Ann Budd have selected signature bag designs sure to make a
statement. Whether you’re an avid knitter or
crocheter or you’re creating a bag for the first
time, Bag Style has something for you!
A generous tote based on nineteenth-century
carpetbags, a felted messenger-style bag, a
classy purse for a night on the town—practical,
fun projects and inventive execution from 18
top knitwear designers, including Véronik Avery, Norah Gaughan, Mags Kandis, and Kristin
Nicholas, will inspire and wow you.
Inside Bag Style you’ll find:
• Gorgeous photographs and step-by-step
project instructions and techniques
• The Design Notebook examines ways to
give your bag shape, depth, and stability,
as well as how to add handles, closures,
and fasteners
• Endless ideas for personalizing and
customizing your own bag
Pam Allen is the former editor in chief of Interweave Knits and is an avid knitter and
knitwear designer. She is the author of Knitting for Dummies and Scarf Style. This is her third
collaboration with Ann Budd in the Style series, following Wrap Style and Lace Style. She
lives in Portland, Maine.

Paperbound, 8½ x 9, 128 pages
100 photographs, 50 illustrations, 10 charts
ISBN 978-1-59668-043-2
$21.95 US
$27.95 Canada
November 2007

Ann Budd is a book editor for Interweave Press and the former managing editor of Interweave
Knits. She is the author of The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns, The Knitter’s Handy Book of
Sweater Patterns, and Getting Started Knitting Socks (Interweave Press, 2007). She lives in
Boulder, Colorado.
Interweave Press LLC is distributed to the book trade in the U.S. and Canada by Independent Publishers Group, in the United
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Interweave Press LLC is also the publisher of 13 craft magazines, including Interweave Knits, Handwoven, Piecework, Spin-Off,
and Fiberarts.

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