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Thats My Knit Bag Baby
Thats My Knit Bag Baby
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Prepare to receive a lot of compliments and proudly say, "That's My Knit Bag, Baby" with this beginner-friendly free knitting pattern. This bag features delicate ribbing and a comfortable handle perfect for all your adventures. Plus, the bright red color allows you to never lose sight of your satchel. If you've never knitted a bag before, this is the perfect place to start. Beginners will feel so accomplished once they complete this stylish design. This knitted bag pattern is large enough to carry all your essentials, but not too bulky or cumbersome to carry from dusk to dawn.

Beginner

Knitting Needle Size11 or 8 mm

Yarn Weight(5) Bulky/Chunky (12-15 stitches for 4 inches)

Gauge14 sts and 17 rows = 4" [10 cm] in Slip Stitch pattern

Finished SizeApprox 11 x 12" [28 x 30.5 cm]

Materials List

  • Bernat® Maker Fashion™ (3.5 oz/100 g; 126 yds/115 m) Red (06004) - 2 balls
  • Size U.S. 11 (8 mm) knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge

Instructions

Note: Bag is made in one piece.

Bag

Cast on 41 stitches (sts).
1st row: [Right side (RS)]. Knit 1 (K1). *Slip next stitch purl-wise with yarn at back of work (Sl1P). K1. Repeat (rep) from * to end of row.
2nd row: Purl.
These 2 rows form Slip Stitch pattern (pat). Continue (cont) in pat until work from beginning (beg) measures 1½" [4 cm], ending on a RS row.

Handle Opening

Handle Opening: **Next row: (WS). Purl 13 sts (P13). Cast off 15 sts. P13.
Next row: K1. (Sl1P. K1) 6 times. Cast on 15 sts. K1 (Sl1P. K1) 6 times.**
Beg with a WS row, cont in pat until work from beg measures 4½" [11.5 cm], ending on a RS row.
Rep Handle Opening from ** to **.
Beg with a WS row, cont in pat until work from beg measures 25½" [65 cm], ending on a RS row.
Rep Handle Opening from ** to **.
Beg with a WS row, cont in pat until work from beg measures 28½" [72.5 cm], ending on a RS row.
Rep Handle Opening from ** to **.
Beg with a WS row, cont in pat until work from beg measures 30" [76 cm], ending on a RS row. Cast off.

Finishing

Fold Bag in half with cast on and cast off edges aligned and WS facing each other. Sew side seams. Fold top edge to inside of Bag aligning Handle Openings. Sew top edge to inside of Bag. Whip-stitch around each Handle Opening.

Abbreviations

Approx
Approximate(ly)
Beg
Begin(ning)
Cont
Continue(ity)
K
Knit
P
Purl
Rep
Repeat
RS
Right side
Sl1P
Slip next stitch purl-wise with yarn at back of work
St(s)
Stitch(es)
WS
Wrong side

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This is a great basic bag pattern, and in addition to any color solid, would probably look great using an ombre, self-striping or variegated yarn. I love versatile patterns!

This is a pretty cute bag and easy. I'm thinking of making it the length of my tablet and putting some kind of closure at the top, maybe a snap or magnetic closure. Anyone else add something to keep the bag closed?

I do love the look of this bag, but I'm having trouble picturing in my head why there is 4 handle openings. If anyone can visualize what I can't here, I'd love to hear about it. As luck would have it, my neighbour gave me two balls on this yarn just a few days ago, I might just put this on the needles today and see how it works out.

Once you have stitched the side seams together, you will fold down the top to match the handle openings and stitch in place. That way your handle openings and the entire top edge of the bag are doubly thick. This is an important step because the handles will tend to stretch out if not reinforced in some way.

I love this! I've never knitted a bag before, but I really want to try. This seems like the perfect place to start, because I can actually understand and do all of the instructions in the pattern. Can't wait!

This bright knit bag is so cheerful. I love the simplicity of the design and the generous size.

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