Dogs are wonderful, but do they haul your stuff all over town, make or break your outfit, organize your life? No. Maybe it’s a good bag that is truly human’s best friend.

Heel Stitch Tote | Purl Soho

If so, make room in your friend circle for our Heel Stitch Tote! It is sure to be the one you turn to in times of need. It never fails to offer a lending hand and always makes a statement without being obnoxious.

Heel Stitch Tote | Purl Soho
Heel Stitch Tote | Purl Soho

This tote’s character comes from our distinctive Lantern. With a creamy white cotton core wrapped in a colorful linen thread, each skein is a little package of artistry and surprise.

Heel Stitch Tote | Purl Soho

Lantern is also super sturdy and made even tougher, here, with a dense slip-stitch pattern, the same one you may have used to work the heels of your last hand-knit socks. We think the slight ribbing combined with the yarn’s own texture make the kind of fascinating friend you want to keep!

Heel Stitch Tote | Purl Soho

Designed by Purl Soho designer, Jake Canton. Click here to see even more of Jake’s designs!

Share your progress + connect with the community by tagging your pics with #PurlSoho, #PurlSohoBusyHands, #PurlSohoHeelStitchTote, and #PurlSohoLantern. We can’t wait to see what you make!


Heel Stitch Tote | Purl Soho
  • 3 skeins of Purl Soho’s Lantern, 61% cotton and 39% linen. Each skein is 164 yards; approximately 465 yards required. We used the color Black Feather. (NOTE: We no longer offer Lantern, but choose from one of our other worsted weight yarns.)
  • US 7 (4 mm), 20- or 24-inch circular needles
  • Spare US 7 circular needles or one double pointed needle
  • A few yards of scrap yarn
  • Stitch markers
  • A stitch holder or scrap yarn


25 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches in stitch pattern


  • Finished Circumference: 26 inches
  • Finished Height: 14 inches
  • Finished Strap Width: 3 inches
  • Finished Strap Length: 38 inches



You will make this bag by knitting the body of the bag in the round, then binding off the front and back stitches and leaving the Strap stitches on hold. You’ll then work each side of the Strap and connect their ends with a 3-Needle Bind Off. To finish, you’ll graft the bottom of the bag closed.

Slip Stitches

Slip all slipped stitches purlwise.

Provisional Cast On

For assistance, including how to put live stitches back onto needles, please visit our Provisional Cast-On: A Two-Step Method Tutorial.



Using a Provisional Cast-on (see Notes), cast on 162 stitches.

Place a marker and join for working in the round, being careful not to twist the stitches.

Round 1: Knit to end of round.

Round 2: *K1, slip 1 (see Notes) with yarn in back (wyib), repeat from * to end of round.

Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 until piece measures 14 inches from cast-on edge, ending with Round 1.

Bind Off Round: [K1, slip 1 wyib] 5 times, [k1, pass slipped stitch over, slip 1, pass knit stitch over] 31 times, k1, pass slipped stitch over, [slip 1 wyib, k1] 9 times, place previous 19 stitches onto stitch holder or scrap yarn, slip 1 wyib, [k1, pass slipped stitch over, slip 1 wyib, pass knit stitch over] 31 times, k1, pass slipped stitch over, [slip 1 wyib, k1] 4 times, slip 1 wyib. [62 stitches bound off for each front and back and 19 stitches left on needles for each side of Strap]

NOTE: Bind off round ends halfway through the first row of the First Side of Strap.


Work First Side

Set-Up Row: Knit to end of row.

**Row 1 (wrong side): Slip 1 with yarn in front (wyif), purl to last stitch, slip 1 wyif.

Row 2 (right side): *K1, slip 1 wyib, repeat from * to last stitch, k1.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until the First Side of Strap measures 19 inches from Bind Off Round, ending with Row 2.***

Cut yarn and place First Side stitches onto spare needle.

Work Second Side

With wrong side facing you, place 19 on-hold stitches onto needles and rejoin yarn.

Repeat from ** to *** to work Second Side of Strap, keeping stitches on working needles when you’re done.

Connect Ends

Make sure Sides of Strap are untwisted. With right sides of each Side facing each other and holding needles parallel, use working yarn to work a 3-Needle Bind Off to connect ends together.

Cut yarn and pull through last stitch.

Graft Bottom

Remove scrap yarn from cast-on edge, placing stitches onto circular needles (see Notes, Provisional Cast On).

Use Kitchener Stitch to graft the bottom of the bag closed. If you need help with this, please visit our Kitchener Stitch Tutorial.


Weave in ends and block as desired.