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Lovely Knitted Bag Patterns (Including A Vintage Design)

Here’s an assortment of lovely bags you can knit, they’re ideal for running errands and shopping. As always, all patterns are free. The vintage project that was originally published on this page is still here but you’ll find it moved below the collection. I’ll be adding more projects to this page as I find them, enjoy!

allaboutyou.com

allaboutyou.com

Diamond [1]: A generous-sized, lined tote with two handles and worked mainly in garter stitch with a diamond panel across the front.

Summer [2]: Ideal for carrying groceries, toting to the beach or even hauling laundry, has a drawstring closure (I-cord).

knitpicks.com

knitpicks.com

universalyarn.com

universalyarn.com

Ruffled [3]: This is worked on both straights and DPNs using Rozetti Yarns (Marina) and matching DK weight yarn.

Cable Band [4]: Finished size measures approximately 11″ wide by 7.5″ tall (not including handles). Some experience with grafting (kitchener stitch) is recommended.

krazyawesome.com

krazyawesome.com

knittingfever.com

knittingfever.com

Easy Peasy [5]: You’ll need a pair of curved-top handles and felt (for lining), includes tutorial for two rosettes (embellishments).

Exploring Waves [6]: Here’s a one-skein beaded project worked on circulars and DPNs. Glass beads are strung onto a ball of wool first.

alarmingfemale.com

alarmingfemale.com

milobo.wordpress.com

milobo.wordpress.com

Retro-Style (pdf) [7]: Finished size measures 13″ long x 4″ wide x 10″ high, base is worked first then stitches are picked up from the base. (Source [8]).

Tote [9]: Made with yarns in two colors and worked on circulars & DPNs, started from the top down.

straw.com

straw.com

peanutbutteryelleytime.wordpress.com

peanutbutteryelleytime.wordpress.com

Windmill [10]: Made with a ball each of yarn in three different colors and worked on straights & DPNs. Finished size depends on how many stitches you first cast on (so it’s easy to customize).

Stripes [11]: (felted) Generous size and worked on straights & DPNs using a double strand of yarn.

howstuffworks.com

howstuffworks.com

purlbee.com

purlbee.com

Elsia Nest Tote [12]: Ideal for both shopping and the beach, it’s a quick project that measures 8″ wide and 12″ long. You’ll find more shopping totes on this page [13].

Tasha [14]: Features a long strap (in cable) so you can wear it slung across the chest, finished size measures 9″ wide x 10″ long.

knitty.com

knitty.com

marthastewart.com

marthastewart.com

Fabric Lined [15]: Made with bulky yarn and lined with wool fabric or felt, straps are leather strips.

Square Cake [16]: Body features vertical diamond stitch panels and the handles act as closure. Worked on DPNs.

knitty.com

knitty.com

knittingfever.com

knittingfever.com

Noro [17]: Finished size measures approximately 11″ x 8 1/4″ x 6″ (not including handles). Lined with fabric.

Zakka Pouch [18]: The body is fabric (drawstring closure at top) but the bottom base is knit.

designsbyblackdog.blogspot.ca

designsbyblackdog.blogspot.ca

Checkerboard

This can be made any desired size.

SetAbbreviations: K (knit); p (purl); tog (together); O (yarn over); to make an eyelet–(k 2 tog, O twice, k 2 tog); sts (stitches)

Alternate these two groups to height desired.

Top

Two different ways of closing it are shown. For the style shown in the illustration:

The top shown in lower portion of illustration is made exactly the same only with a row of eyelets completely across top–this is (k 1, eyelet) repeated, ending with an eyelet. This completes one side. Make a second piece.

Sew sides together and across bottom. Leave about one inch open on each side.

Cord

Take a large size sewing spool and drive four nails equally spaced around top; let each nail protrude about one half inch above the spool. Number each nail 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Spools

Make two cords each about 16 inches long for the top. Make a knot on each end.

Source: The WorkBasket Magazine (1952)