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Child’s Knit “House” Tote

by Beth Koskie, December 2004 

Materials:

One skein WW yarn (I used brown Patons Merino Wool)

Small amount of contrast color (I used cream Patons Merino Wool)

Size 8 knitting needles

Size 7 or 8 double pointed needles (dpn)

Yarn needle

Front roof:

Cast on 2 sts.

Row 1: Increase in both sts once (4 sts).

Row 2: Knit 2, YO, knit 2 sts. (5 sts).

Row 3: Knit 2, YO, knit to end.

Repeat row 3 until you have 32 sts.

House:

Row 1: Knit across.

Row 2: Knit 3, purl across to last 3 sts, knit 3.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until you have 12 ridges (24 rows).

Knit every row for 12 rows (6 ridges of garter stitch) to make bottom of house.

Repeat rows 1 & 2 for 12 more ridges (24 rows) for back of house.

Back roof:

Row 1: K1, K2tog, YO, K1, K2tog, knit across row (1 decrease made).

Repeat row 1 until you have 4 sts left.

K2tog twice, bind off first stitch over second, end off.

Finishing:

Right sides together, fold house in half, matching up roofs.  Starting at bottom of roof row, stitch sides of house together on both sides, weave in ends; turn right side out.

Chimney/handle:

Using dpn and contrasting yarn, cast on 5 sts.

Knit an I-cord (knit across, pull to other end, pull yarn tightly and knit across again; repeat for length of I-cord) that is 4-4.5” long, end off and sew ends to inside top of roof.

Door:

Using contrast color, cast on 10 sts.

Knit 8 rows.

Bind off, leaving enough yarn at end to use for sewing.

Center door right above garter stitch rows at bottom of front house side, stitching door to house.

Windows (make 2):

Using contrasting yarn, make  window squares either side of door using duplicate stitch over stitches of tote, then make + with strands of yarn in middle (my window was 8 stitches high, with 4 sts between each of the two “posts”); weave in ends.

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