This post has been a LONG time coming. Seriously. About a year ago, shortly after I finished making the Get Well Soon Blanket, I decided I wanted to make and felt a knitted tote bag. I had seen this pattern several times, and I was definitely inspired by it. The pattern suggests that you construct the bag by knitting one long, straight piece and then folding it essentially in half - sewing up the side seams. I wasn't very excited by that approach. Sewing up seams is annoying. Plus, I knew there wouldn't be a "bottom" using this technique. I was going to end up with a bag shaped more like a baggie than like a paper bag. I knew this would also give me the chance to change the shape of the bag. Personally, I prefer totes that are taller than they are wide, in general. The pattern gives instructions to make a bag that has the reverse proportions. I sort of guessed at the width, and then just kept knitting until the length was more than the width. Easy!
I decided to do something a little bit different: I busted out the round knitting needle, which had been busy working on the Blanket, and knit the bag in a circle.