I deeply regret that poor health prevented me from completing the pattern over the last week.  If you were waiting for the last part of the pattern, I can only apologize for the delay and present it now.  Later today I will give you a little bonus pattern FREE by way of showing my gratitude for your patience and to celebrate the FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT.

I haven’t been able to knit for the last week, so my tote is not finished.  When I am caught up in knitting I will post photos.  If you need help, please write to me on here or (quicker response time) on Facebook.

To help you see how the insertions are sewn to make an afghan, here is the original illustration again.  If you want a Tote Bag larger than just the 2 squares, you could add insertions to each square and then sew on a longer strip to form the bottom, sides, and shoulder strap–see my note at the bottom re: that long strip.

fleurs de lis in Godey 1862 illustration

Fleurs de Lis for Paris KAL: Insertion Stripe


k = knit

p = purl

yo = yarn over

k2tog = knit 2 together


Cast on 16 stitches.

  1. knit.
  2. knit.
  3. k2, p1, k1, p1, k1, yo, k2tog, yo, k2tog, p1, k1, p1, k3.
  4. k3, p1, k1, p5, k1, p1, k1, p1, k2.

5 – 10.  Repeat rows 3 and 4 three times more.

  1. k2, yo, k2tog, yo, k2tog, p1, k1, p1, k1, yo, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k2.
  2. k2, p4, k1, p1, k1, p5, k2.

13 – 18.  Repeat rows 11 and 12 three times more.


  • For the short pieces that join your squares into a strip: repeat Rows 3 – 18 until you have knit 88 rows of the pattern, then knit 2 rows and cast off. Sew one piece to the cast on edge and one piece to the cast off edge.
  • For the long piece that goes between the strips: repeat Rows 3 – 18 until it is as long as required, then knit 2 rows and cast off. These long strips are sewn up between the joined squares.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR TOTE BAG made with 2 Counterpane squares.

  • For a tote bag shoulder strap/sides/bottom piece: CAST ON 16 STITCHES AND DO NOT KNIT ROWS 1 & 2. Just begin with Row 3 instead, continue through Row 18, then repeat Rows 3 – 18 until the insertion stripe is long enough to go around 3 sides of the square AND form a shoulder strap as long as you like.  DO NOT knit two rows, just cast off.  Sew the cast on/cast off edges together, being careful not to twist it; put this seam in the bottom/centre and sew to 3 sides of your 2 squares.
  • If you want to, knit one short piece and sew it to the top of one square, to form a flap for the bag.
  • Crochet a button loop in the centre of the top on one square (or if you want to use 2 buttons to close, make 2 where you want them!) then sew a button on the front of the bag.

Beautiful Counterpane orig fleurs de lis insertion

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