Sea Breeze Bag


Grab your flip flops and hit the beach with the Sea Breeze Bag. This darling drop stitch knit bag pattern is the perfect accessory for toting around all your daily essentials and warm weather wants. Pretty yet practical, the Sea Breeze Bag features a roomy pocket and nautical-inspired grommet hardware and twisted rope straps. This beachy beauty isn't just a summer fling -- you can incorporate it into your wardrobe year round.


Knitting Needle Size8 or 5 mm

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

Gauge17 sts and 30 rows = 4” [10 cm] in garter st.

Finished SizeApprox 18” [45.5 cm] square, excluding handles.

Materials List

  • Lily Sugar 'n Cream (70 g/2.5 oz;109 m/120 yds)

    • Lily Sugar 'n Cream | Jute, 00082 (3 balls)

    • Lily Sugar 'n Cream | Bright Navy, 00009 (1 ball)

  • Size U.S. 8 (5 mm) knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Optional: Lining fabric approx 20” x 40” [51 x 101.5 cm]
  • 4 grommets


Back and Front (make alike)

Beg at top of Bag, with MC, cast on 75 sts.
Knit 5 rows (garter st), noting 1st row is WS.

  1. Proceed in Drop St Pat as follows:

    1st to 6th rows: Knit.
    7th row: *K1, wrapping yarn around needle 3 times. Rep from * to end of row.
    8th row: *Knit, dropping extra loops. Rep from * to end of row.

    These 8 rows form Drop St Pat.
    Cont in pat until work from beg measures approx 19” [48 cm], ending on a 7th row.

    Next row: (Dec row). K5tog, dropping extra loops of each st. 15 sts rem.

    Cast off.


Sew sides and bottom of Front and Back tog.

Fold top of Bag to RS as shown in picture.

Following manufacturer's instructions, apply grommets through both thicknesses as shown in picture.

  1. Twisted cord:

    Cut 12 strands of A, approx 80” [203.5 cm] long. With all strands tog hold one end and with someone holding other end, twist strands to the right until they begin to curl. Fold the 2 ends tog and tie in a knot so they will not unravel. The strands will now twist themselves tog.

    Thread twisted cord through grommets.

    Tie in a knot to secure at grommets.

  2. Optional Lining:

    With RS facing tog, fold lining in half. Machine stitch or hand sew side seams. Fold top edge approx 1” [2.5 cm] to WS of lining and hand stitch to top row of next garter section below grommets.

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Fabulous bag! Love it! Love it! LOVE IT!! And it is just perfect for lovely long summer days at the beach. My first thought was that I will line it but then I remembered that everything gets sandy at the beach (including the inside of my bag) and with this pattern the sand will simply fall right through. Problem solved.

I made this bag....Although I didn't line it got many compliments. Going to make another, as I use it as an everyday bag Stuff slips through Bought a "thing" for the bag to put things in,btu think lining will work better,!!!LUV LUV LUV the bag

do you have to line this bag with material???

HI Cathy, you don't have to line the bag, but keep in mind that it's very airy. It would make a great beach bag without a liner! Hope that helps.

How do you put grommets in knitted fabric all tutorials I can find are done withe regular fabric , not knitted and it involves cutting the fabric. Do I actually cut the knitting????

I would love to try this pattern, but hate to seam things together. Has anyone tried doing this on circular needles (in the round)

you should go to Crafty site and buy a lesson on seaming...... It's so fun once you learn how to do it correctly. The lessons are awesome and you will learn allot, and you won't be afraid of seeming anymore!!!!!

Did not think I would get through this as I am a new self taught knitter but through perseverance I did it.

I love this bag BUT I do not understand how and where to put the grommets in. Do I have to make a hole through the stitches to insert the grommet? I can't finish the bag because I don't want to ruin it by putting a hole where the grommets should go. Can you explain what size grommets to use and how to insert them?

you are sewing the bottom and sides together and you will fold over the top to create a "hem" and applying the grommets through double thickness of yarn per the manufacturer's instructions. Hope this helps, its easier to do than explain.

I am relatively new to knitting but I do not understand the last row. I would of thought the 2 ends would be identical. Any advice would be great. It was slightly hunky to get the drop stitch but now it's going well. How do I finish this? Sew sides together?

I made three of these for gifts and they were beautiful

how do you k5tog dropping extra loops of each stitch? I am making the sea breeze tote

That is going to take some patience and practice, when you knit 5 tog-you'll want to be careful and only KNIT the actual stitches from the previous row, not any of the extra loops. Use your right hand needle to carefully pick out jut the knit stitches from the previous row and knit those as one and allow the rest of the loops to drop as you have done on previous rows. Its a little faffy, but it does work out-as long as you have just 15 stitches at the end of the row, your decrease is complete and you're golden! hope this helps.

Great pattern.....what size grommets are used for the handles?

What size grommets are needed for the handles?

made this for my daughter. Lined it with odd cotton (duvet cover) with the lining much bigger than the bag, because the knitting will stretch to cover the cotton if needed! Husband now uses it as his man-bag. It is in a dark blue/purple colour. Had lots of comments on it. Thanks for the pattern.

I have made this bag.......get lots of compliments........Didn't put a lining in....Got something you put inside the bag.......Going to share the pattern with the "grocery checker"!!!!!!!!

I think there's a problem with the decrease row. If you start with 75 stitches, then knit 5 tog (dropping the extra 10 loops), you don't end with 15 stitches. If you repeat the knit 5 tog, dropping the extra loops across the row, you'll end up with 25 stitches. It should probably work out this way. The BO the 25 stitches. And finish according to the rest of the directions.

based on the 75 stitch count that you should have when you get to that row, k5tog and dropping extra loops will indeed leave you with 15 stitches at the end of the last row. if you have more than the specified stitch count left, look to your previous rows for an error-there should always be the original cast on of 75 stitches if all previous rows are completed correctly.


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