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Metropolitan Tote in 3 Sizes

A fashion-forward bag for any woman.

(177-)
Difficulty: Easy

I've been designing what I want to carry lately: a simple felted bag that has elegant, classic lines, is easy to wear and soft against my body: The large Metropolitan Tote fits that bill. For most days, the only thing inside that bag is the Mini "To Go" bag - is is ideal for just what I need: glasses, wallet, keys, phone. When the phone rings, I pull the To Go out. No searching at the bottom of a big bag. If I need to dash to the market, To Go goes with me. I'm ready for the weekend in a flash with just these two bags.

When I need more than the essentials: that new Ella Coat I've been working on, for example, I carry the Medium sized Metropolitan. It can accomodate your medium-sized knitting project or works well as your every-day hand-bag with the short JUL Sweetie Forager handles. If you prefer a shoulder bag, go for the JUL 24" rolled leather Foragers. The small bag is also a must-have: it, too, makes a great every-day bag, works as a small knitting project bag, or fits nicely in the Big tote for an easy-to-grab bag when you've got to dash.

Available in 4 sizes, this sleek, simple, elegant felted bag design is as easy to knit and finish as it is to carry. Its simplicity looks fabulous with blue jeans and pretty top, swingy frock, or classic winter coat. In muted neutrals, it can go effortlessly from Fall to Spring with most of your looks. Make it again in the colors of sorbet and it will go with you to the beach, to a party in Paris, or to the new farm to table restaurant you've been wanting to try. 

Look at Additional Details below for information about dimensions, gauge, materials, and hardware kits.

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Finished Dimensions

To Go Bag:

8" (20cm) tall
6" (15cm) wide
3 - 3.5" (7.5 - 9cm) deep

Medium Metropolitan Tote:

15" (38cm) tall
12" (30cm) wide
5" (12.75cm) deep

Large Metropolitan Tote:

19" (48cm) tall
14" (35.5cm) wide
6" (15cm) deep


Pattern Difficulty

Intrepid Easy: Requires knowledge of knitting, purling, picking up stitches within the knitted fabric, knitting in the round. Hand-sewing and riveting are required for the finishing process.


Gauge

Pre-felted gauge: 12 stitches and 16 rounds = 4" (10cm) in St st with a double-strand of worsted weight yarn.


Materials

Yarn Requirements

To Go Bag: 300yds (275m) worsted weight feltable wool in Autumn Gold

Medium Metropolitan Tote:

Bottom color (A): 450 yds (412m) worsted weight feltable wool in Denim
Top color (B): 700 yds (640m) worsted weight feltable wool in Autumn Gold
Solid Color: 1150 yds (1052m) worsted weight feltable wool (not pictured)

Large Metropolitan Tote: 1500 yds (1371m) worsted weight feltable wool in Autumn Gold

Needles and Other Materials

All Bags

Size 11 (8mm) 24" (60cm) circular needles for Small - Large bags and a 16" (41cm) circular needle for the To Go bag
1 stitch marker to mark round, tapestry needle, sewing needle, and nylon beading thread
Locktite Superglue Extra Time Control
1 Noni Metropolitan Bag kit:

1 Noni label
1 Amazing Magnetic/Rivet-in snap 
8 Double-Capped Rivets

To Go and Medium Bags

JUL 11" (28cm) rolled leather “Sweety Forager” handle (pair)
6 - 8 Classic 24mm Bag Feet
1 piece of stiffener for the bag bottom

Medium Bag Only

JUL Latch Closure to keep the blocking spiff

Large Bag Only

JUL 24" (60cm) or 30" (76cm) rolled leather “Forager” handle (pair)


Pictured Samples

Pictured samples were made in Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepherd's Wool (Stonehedge Fiber Mill, Shepherd’s Wool (worsted weight; 100% merino wool; 250 yds [229m] 4 oz [110g] skein): The small bag (not pictured in the cover picture) was made in Autumn Gold, the medium in Autumn Gold and Denim and the large bag was made in Autumn Gold. The To Go bag was made in Autumn Gold.