Introducing: The Knitter’s Tote

By Ann Shayne
September 11, 2017
The Knitter's Tote is hardly a knitter's tote without yarn inside it.

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  • I started to hyperventilate the moment I laid eyes on this. Could it be? The perfect tote? I can’t wait to find out when it is in my hot little hands!

  • It’s the perfect size and shape of tote!!! I wonder if it’s possible to order it without the dot, though?

    • You could always stitch a patch or applique over it.


  • A handsome tote indeed, but totes don’t close securely – well, they don’t close at all. My template for the perfect knitting bag would be based on a gym bag: a zippered main compartment, zippered auxiliary compartments. (Right now, in fact, I’m using such a bag, a freebie from a flight-simulator company that the hubster passed on to me). Would Julia care to take a crack at such an item?

    • is the bottom of the bag strong enough to hold a bit of weight before colapsing into a round bottom? the size is great, totes are made to tote things. yarn yes, can it handle a couple of books, knitting project and a toss of a small hand bag? stacy

      • Hi Stacy!

        Excellent question, given the relative width of the bottom. I’ve been carrying my tote for several months now, every day, and it has been doing a great job. I’ve taken it on overnight trips, on the plane, with hardcover knitting books in it as well as my small handbag. With its heaviest load—four Sequence Mugs and Bristol Ivy’s new book plus two knitting projects and my planner—the bottom curved a bit, but not in a structurally challenged way. It regains its shape when the heavy things are taken out. The seams are stitched for the ages, as far as I can tell, and the felt is dense.

        • good evening Ann, thanks for repling. with all of those items you TOTED along with your lovely self (i know i could never keep up)i know with confidence that it is super strong and will keep its shape well. i”ll have to tell santa that i would like one, of course it will be in a form of asking for one. you know in “06” i bought your first mason*dixon book. i made my first completed item, you know the one that really got finished, seeing it was new to me and i just got started learning to knit. i made the “bubbly curtain” pattern. it was my first real beauty and it fit wonderfully in my kitchen window. i was so proud. i blame you two for this awsome love of ours. thank you so, so much. happy holidays! stacy scalzi

  • So beautiful! Wish I could afford one!

  • Just one question: how does one clean this bag?

    • Industrial wool felt is quite soil-resistant but I would recommend dry cleaning to keep its shape.

  • This is a beautiful item. Nice work!

    • The red dot reminded me immediately of the best red dot I know – gallery sales! – which is very suitable for a design that would look very much at home in the MOMA shop.

  • what a lovely thing. a work of art. a way to support an artisan. a place to put a few knitting projects.

  • I agree with Gretchen… my perfect tote would have a zipper on top. And, it would also have sewn handles which encircled the bottom, rather than riveted in two places near the top. With any heavy use, rivets will pull out of felt, sorry. I would also choose canvas for the fabric. Oh, wait… my Land’s End tote is just like that. Who knew?!

  • I like to quilt, and I sew my own bags. I prefer a secure closure across the top—this bag needs a zipper!