I love it when the weather warms up enough to break out the flip flops. In fact, since I live in the South, I practically live in them. We are even allowed to wear them to work! When I was thinking of a fun, summery bag design to incorporate some color work, they were one of the first things to come to mind so the Flip Flop Tote was born.
This project taught me a new skill. When I was deciding how to do the handles I decided to try and double knit them. I am SO happy with how that turned out. The handles are far more durable and can hold a lot more weight than if I had just knit them in Stockinette. Plus they don’t curl!!
You can work the chart either in intarsia or work the front the same as the back and come back and work it in duplicate stitch. Either way works, it really just depends on what you like to do. It really depends on the project for me.
Sometimes I like to work intarsia but I have a lot to learn about it. Mostly I use duplicate stitch, which is what this design uses. I think it turned out really well and it gives you an option if you are afraid of color work!
You could also use this chart with single crochet and crochet this bag with tapestry crochet. That would look really pretty and I plan on eventually working one that way with a flower behind it. I think that would be awesome!
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Flip Flop Tote
What You’ll Need
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease (80% Acrylic, 20% Wool; 197 yards [180 meters]/85 grams): #099 Fisherman (MC) 1 ball; #107 Blue Heather (CC), 1 ball
Needles: US size 9 (5.5 mmm) straight
Notions: Tapestry Needle
Skill Level: Intermediate
Size: Approximately 10” wide x 12½” tall
Gauge: 20 sts and 24 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st after wet blocking
Wyib – with yarn in back
With MC, CO 52 sts.
Row 1: Knit.
Row 2: Purl
Rows 3-66: Rep Rows 1-2.
Row 67: Rep Row 1.
Rows 68-72: Knit.
Work same as Back, following Flip Flop Chart for intarsia.
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Strap (make 2)
With CC, CO 79 sts.
Row 1: K1, *sl 1 wyib, k1; rep from * to end.
Row 2: K1, *p1, k1; rep from * to end.
Rows 3-8: Rep Rows 1-2.
Row 9: Rep Row 1.
BO in Row 2 patt.
Block Front and Back. Weave in ends.
Sew sides and bottom of bag.
Sew straps to top of bag with CC as shown in photo.
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