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Monday, July 2, 2012

Super Easy Knitted Bag

 This bag uses just one ball of  yarn, making it a very cheap project, also a great stashbuster,  if you’ve got several unused balls of double knitting yarn in your stash, you can use those, knit in stripe, or knit  plain to show off yarns with interesting textures or colours. As a bonus, if yarn is used from your stash the bag will match the garments you’ve knitted already, making it a matching accessory! I used a ladder yarn from my stash that is also beautiful rainbow colours.

You Will Need :

1 x 100g/312m ball ladder, novelty or double dnit type yarn
A pair of 4mm needles
A 4mm circular needle
 bamboo bag handles
Fabric for lining 12½x6¼in (32x16cm)


22 sts and 28 rows to measure 4x4in (10x10cm) over stocking stitch using 4mm needles

Abbreviations used in this pattern:

cont     continue
K        knit
k2tog  knit 2 sts together
m1      make one stitch, pick up the loop between the next st and put it on the needle and knit it
psso    pass slipped stitch over
skpsso  slip next st, knit one, pass slipped stitch over
st(s)      stitch(es)
st st       stocking stitch
tbl         knit through the back of the st
yo         yarn over needle
yf          yarn forward

Bag Top

Cast on 22 sts using 4mm needles.
Beg with a knit row work 14 rows of st st, thus ending on a WS row.
Next row (RS) K into the back and front of each st. [44 sts]
Next row Purl.
Working in St st Inc 1 st at each end of every foll row until there are 54 sts, ending on a WS row.
Next row K5, m1, * K4, m1; rep from *, end K5. [66 sts]
Next row Purl.
Break yarn and leave sts on a stitch holder.
Work 2nd side in the same way but do not break yarn at the end.
Next row (RS) Using 4mm circular needle, K across 66 sts, then K across 66 sts from the stitch holder being careful not to twist the work. Using a stitch marker work in rounds of your pattern until the work measures 6¼in (16cm) from the beg of the circular knitting.
Cast off loosely.

To make up:
Turn bag to WS and sew up the bottom edge. Turn to right side.
 If you wish you can decorate a plain knit by sewing on  buttons and beads in any design you like on the shoulder of the bag.
Fold the bag tops over the bamboo handles to the WS and catch stitch in place.
Fold the lining fabric in half and sew up the side seams by machine or hand. Put inside the bag with the WS together. Fold a hem on the top of the lining and catch stitch in place starting at the top of the circular knitting.

 And there you have a very simple but stylish bag.

I'd love to see a photo of your finished bag :)