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Soapstone Mini Tote

Soapstone Mini Tote

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Originally inspired by the beautiful carved soapstone ornaments created in India, I created the block for a planter cover. After making it, I decided immediately that it should be a bag and picked muted pink and white shades reminiscent of the block’s inspiration.

The dense waistcoat stitch provides a firm, non-stretchy, secure finish for the bag’s contents and helps it keep shape, while the lace block, worked on a slightly undersized hook, offers an firm feel but airy finish. The stitches in the block are varied and fun to work resulting in an enjoyable project as well as a handy accessory. 

This would make a great project bag or packed lunch bag.

**Finished measurements** (includes guidance to customise)
Bag width: 20cm/8”
Bag height, exc. handles: 20cm/8”
Gusset/base width: 9cm/3.5”

**Tension**: 12 sts x 16 rows = 10cm x 10cm / 4” x 4” measured over waistcoat stitch using 5.5mm hook
1 square block measures: 4” using 3.5mm (7) hook


Aran/worsted cotton yarn in each of 2 shades: 
C1 200m/220 yds (white used in sample); 
C2 150m/165 yds (pink in sample)
Sample worked in: Drops Paris. Lily’s Sugar n Cream Ombre, Rowan Handknit Cotton or Lion Brand Pima Cotton are good options too.

1 pair circular handles or bangles of at least 9cm (3 ½”) internal diameter and comfortable to hold

3.5mm (US E/4) hook 4.5mm hook (US 7) 

5.5mm (US I) hook
or suitable hooks to achieve desired texture and tension

pins/yarn scraps to position pieces when sewing

Yarn needle and scissors

Optional base:  2 pieces of card 20 x 9 cm/ 8 X 3.5” and slightly larger fabric scraps


This pattern is available in US terminology and UK terminology versions. Please be sure you are using a copy in your preferred terminology. I recommend that you read through the pattern before starting.

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