Knit Owl Tote Bag / Purse

I've been happy to see all the owl-motif knit objects out there and I wanted to add my own owl to the parliament. I also was in need of a medium-sized bag for everyday toting and had a very cool antique purse handle to make use of, so that's how this design came about.

Measurements: Bag - 35.6 cm wide (14") by 31 cm tall (12"). Straps - 4cm wide (1") by 36 cm long (14").

Gauge: (for bag panels) 2 inches = 7 sts, 11 rows

Yarn: Five 50g/55m balls of Cotton Mix by Schoeller & Stahl (250g/275m), grey.

Hook/Needle Size: 5mm, 4mm, and a 5mm crochet hook or stitching needle.

Other Materials Required: purse handle (shown here, an antique handle) - optional, 6 buttons, 2 twigs (one for each side of the bag), thread and needle for attaching buttons and twig.