I’m so excited to finally get to share my first Interweave Knits design – Celtic Tote!
You can view the entire Winter 2007 issue preview here. They’ve added all the sizing, materials and gauge information as well, a really nice feature.
How this design came together was somewhat different for me, most of the time it’s an evolving process. This one however, I was just closing my eyes one day and it popped into my head. I knew I wanted to make exactly what I first envisioned. So I set to sketching out the knotwork design, then working the pencil and eraser (lots of eraser) to work out the charts. It feels like picking favorites with your children but I what can I say, I love it so much.
A few other little details, it’s hard to see from the photos but the cables continue twisting up into the handles. The base is double sided and has my friend, plastic mesh canvas, slipped inside for added structure. Outlines are worked by threading a contrasting strand of yarn around and underneath the cables.
Now I can’t wait to hold the actual magazine in my hot little hands!
Finished Size: 12″ wide at top edge, 14″ wide at bottom, 3 3/4″ deep at base, and 10 1/2″ tall from base to top edge (excluding strap), after felting.
Yarn: Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted (85% wool, 15% mohair; 190 yd [174 m]/113 g): #M08 wild oak (medium brown, MC), 3 skeins; #M151 chocolate soufflé (dark brown, CC), 1 skein.
Needles: Size 9 (5.5 mm): straight and 5 double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions: Cable needle (cn); markers (m); stitch holders; tapestry needle; one sheet of plastic mesh canvas for stiffening base; one 5/8″ button.
Gauge: 16 sts and 24 rows = 4″ in St st before felting; about 18 1/2 sts and 27 1/2 rows = 4″ in St st after felting (your result may vary).
Under Back, after casting on and working 6 rows in rev St st it should read:
Next row: (RS) P7, place marker (pm), work Row 1 of Celtic Cable chart over next 21 sts (inc to 25 sts as shown on chart), pm, p8, pm, work Row 1 of Celtic Cable chart over next 21 sts (inc them to 25 sts as shown on chart), pm, p7–72 sts.
Edited to add: I also have a post up with a few notes, tips, tricks on the pattern here.