March KAL – Ciao Bella Tote


March 2014 – Ciao Bella Knitter’s Tote led by Jodie Gordon Lucas

Suggested Yarns:  

HiKoo Simplicity6 (50g) hanks of a solid color.  (The original bag used 5 hanks of Color #46 Crimson, but with only inches to spare.)
Schoppel Zauberwolle3 (100g) balls of this slowly progressing ombre yarn.  (The original bag used Color #1508.)


ALL HiKoo Simplicity - 14 total hanks6 (50g) hanks of one color (to be used where Crimson color was used in the original bag), and 8 (50g) hanks of another color (to be used where the gray ombre yarn was used in the original bag).

Additional Notions Needed: 

  • 3 identical JUL Florentine Hinges (The original bag used CL12-Z.)
  • 2, 47 inch (or longer) 3.5 mm (US #4) circular needles (a shorter #4 circular is nice if you object to having a lot of cord slack when working smaller items). Technically, it’s not needed but I certainly liked being able to swap out the cable easily with my addi clicks!
  • US #4 dpns may come in handy if you’re making I-cord (you could also purchase cord or use an I-cord machine…you’ll need 8 feet so making it by hand will be tedious!!!!)
  • A knit picker
  • 2 yards (20 inch wide) sew-in, heavy weight or extra firm interfacing
  • 0.5 yards coordinating fabric
  • 1 heavy weight, molded, non-separating zipper (not metal) for easier cutting (will be cut to 10 inches)


Ciao Bella Knitter’s Tote Pattern
By Jodie Gordon Lucas

Photos of Ciao Bella Knitter’s Tote


The Ciao Bella KAL is scheduled for 7 weeks, beginning Monday, March 3.

March 3: Make 4 triangles, 4 corners and join to work in the round.
March 10: Make compartment 1 sides and back. Sew the triangles to the corners.
March 17: Make front of compartment 2 and begin pocket.
March 24: Complete pocket, work sides and back of compartment 2.
March 31: Make the strap. Join compartments 1 and 2.
April 7: Finish top, install zipper, and add flap.
April 14: Assemble the bag. Insert interfacing. Make side pockets. Attach closures.

Meet Jodie Gordon Lucas

NAME:  Jodie Gordon Lucas
NICKNAME:  “Queenie”
AGE:  43
HOMETOWN:  Athens, Ohio
FACEBOOK: Queenie Knits
RAVELRY:  Jodiemom



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