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Easy Knit Messenger Bag

This knit bag pattern is both handy and super simple to make!

Easy Knit Messenger Bag
Easy Knit Messenger Bag
This image courtesy of willowyarns.com

If you're a practical gal who just needs something stylish to stuff her essentials in, this Easy Knit Messenger Bag is the perfect thing. This pattern will teach you how to knit a small bag with a foldover style that's low-maintenance and tiny enough to not fit too much unnecessary junk inside. This knit shoulder bag is great for holding your sunscreen and book during trips to the beach, but it also makes a tasteful bag for everyday wear. You'll find there's no need to line this bag because it's quite sturdy on its own.

NotesBag is worked in one long strip then folded to create 2 pockets and a purse flap. Handle is sewn on last.

Easy

Knitting Needle Size7 or 4.5 mm

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Gauge16 sts x 20 rows = 4" (10.2cm) in St st. Save time, check your gauge.

Finished Size10" x 10" (25cm x 25cm) folded

Materials List

  • Willow Meadow (100% cotton; 50g/103yd)

    • 731937-0033 Dark Cherry (3 balls): A

    • 731937- 0031 Windstorm (1 ball): B

    • 731937-0032 Pines (1 ball): C

    • 731937-0027 Bark (1 ball): D


  • US size 7 (4.5mm) straight needles or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Cable needle
  • Stitch marker
  • Yarn needle

Instructions

Bag

Using A, CO 40 sts.
Rows 1-8: K.
Cut A at end of Row 8.
Row 9 (RS): With B, k.
Row 10: K4, p to last 4 sts, k4.
Rows 11-16: Rep last 2 rows 3 more times.
Cut B at end of Row 16.
Rows 17-24: With C, rep Rows 9-10.
Cut C at end of Row 24.
Rows 25-32: With D, rep Rows 9-10.
Cut D at end of Row 32.
Rows 33-40: With A, rep Rows 9-10.
Cut A at end of Row 40.
Rows 41-48: With B, rep Rows 9-10.
Cut B at end of Row 48.
Rows 49-56: With C, rep Rows 9-10.
Cut C at end of Row 56.
Rows 57-64: With D, rep Rows 9-10.
Cut D at end of Row 64.
Rows 65-66: *With A, k 2 rows.
Row 67 (RS): K.
Row 68: K4, p to last 4 sts, k4.

Cont to work with A, rep Rows 67-68, for another 10" (25cm).

Rep from * 3 more times except on last rep work for only 9" (22.9cm).
K 8 rows.
BO.

Assembly

Fold 5 sections of purse accordion style so that stripe section becomes the flap and BO edge is at the top front under the flap. See illustration. Sew through all 4 layers of each edge to make side seams, leaving flap free. Weave in all ends

Strap

Using A, CO 120 sts.
K 10 rows.
BO.
Sew ends to sides of bag.

Abbreviations

BO
Bind off
cm
centimeter
CO
Cast on
cont
continue
k
knit
p
purl
rep
repeat
RS
Right side
st/sts
stitch/stitches
St st
Stockinette stitch
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I love the look of this bag, i have tons of cotton that I could use up to make them, I just don't understand the finishing instructions. If I sew through all four layers after folding, where does the depth of the bag come from, it will be solid? I guess I just don't see the purpose of the accordian fold. If anyone can see what I'm missing, would love your input on this project.

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