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The Magnolia Tote

Difficulty: Intermediate

The Magnolia Tote is as practical as she is striking. Her personality changes with her styling: she is my favorite farmer's market companion; with her sides pulled out straight, she is roomy enough for orchard-ripe apples, fresh kale, collards, multi-colored carrots, and fresh, home-grown mushrooms. Once home and divested of her treasures, tuck in the sides for a more efficient silhouette: she is ideal for shopping in narrow store aisles. Keep the top snapped but reach in the sides for your wallet, or snap your tiny purse, Ready, Set, Go!, to the JUL leather handle (like I always do), and your cash and cards are at the ready when you get to check out. 

Felted bags are naturally insulated, so this tote is as great for picnics as it is for your latest knitting project.

The finishing can be minimal, as you see here: the top edge is secured and strctured by an Amazing Snap flanked by two rivet-in snaps hidden behind the JUL flat-strap 28 inch Forager handles. I left the bottom soft so she can drape against my side. For a more structured, formal appearance, the finishing can be more elaborate, with a structred bottom decorated with bag feet, a pocket filled lining, and even embroidery! Let Magnolia be the latest canvas for your creativity.

This pattern is also for sale on Ravelry.

See the Additional Details tab below for information about pattern difficulty, finished dimensions, gauge, required materials, and other information about the pictured samples.

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    JUL Rolled, Screw-in Leather Forager Handles



    Beautiful JUL rolled leather Forager handles add style, durability, and versatility to your handmade bags.

    All JUL leather handles are made to order in the USA: every pair of handles is created by hand for your unique project.

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Pattern Difficulty Level 

Intrepid Intermediate to Experienced Knitters: pattern requires knowledge of knitting and purling using stranded color work methods with careful attention to maintaining an even tension. Requires knitting flat, knitting in the round on circular needles, and picking up stitches. Sewing is used in the finishing process for more elaborate finishing details.


Approximate Finished Dimensions

Tote body is 23.5" (59.7cm) wide across the entire front/back at top with bag folded flat 

The height is 13.5" (17.5cm) from bottom edge to top edge

Tote bottom: 10.5" (26.75cm) wide x 9" (23cm) deep


Pre-felted Gauge 

10 sts and 12 rows over 4” (10cm) with double-stranded worsted weight yarn on size 11 (8mm) needle worked in color pattern. Variations in gauge may result in a differently sized unfelted and thus felted tote. 


Required Materials

Yarn Requirements 

The pictured tote was made in Stonehedge Fiber Mill’s Shepherd’s Wool (worsted weight; 100% merino wool; 250 yds [229m] 4 oz [110g] skein) in the following colors:

  • 3 skeins of Raspberry (A)
  • 2 skeins of Hot Pink (B)
  • 1 skein of Black (C)
  • 1 skein of White (D)

Needles & Other Necessary Materials

  • Size 11 (8mm) 24" (60cm) circular needle
  • Tapestry & sewing needles
  • Sewing or nylon beading thread
  • Stitch markers - 4 markers with one of a different color to mark round
  • 1 Noni Amazing 18mm Magnetic Snap with rivet-in back
  • 2 Noni Rivet-in 18mm Magnetic snaps
  • 1 pair of 28" (71cm) JUL Forager flat strap leather handles with Chicago Screws included
  • Locktite Super Glue, Extra Time Control

Materials Needed for Optional Finishing

  • 1 Custom YKK or other zipper with closed ends and two sliders that is made to fit your bag opening.
  • 2 packages of Noni 24mm bag feet
  • 1 yard (.9m) of sturdy woven fabric for lining 
  • 2 large sheets of extra stiff plastic artist canvas or 1 cut-to-fit thick Mat Board for stiffening the tote bottom

Pictured Samples

The pictured tote was made in Stonehedge Fiber Mill’s Shepherd’s Wool (worsted weight; 100% merino wool; 250 yds [229m] 4 oz [110g] skein) in Raspberry and Hot Pink with a Black and White edging at the top.


No errors have been reported for this pattern. If you think you have found an error, or you need help with this pattern, contact Nora at nora@nonipatterns.com