This bag may look small, but it definitely holds more than you’d think due to the stretch!  Use it at the beach, the library, the market or for a knitting/crochet project bag.  Knitting this up is done by alternating 2 similar but different patterns, and is knit in one piece and then folded in half for the actual finished size of the bag. The bag measures (empty) 12″h x 11″w.

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MATERIALS

196 yards (1 skein) Knit One Crochet Too Ty-Dy 100% Cotton
US size 9 circular needle
US size G crochet hook
Stitch markers
Tapestry needle
Purse handles

STITCH PATTERNS

Bag
R1: k1; *yo, k2tog tbl; repeat from * across
R2: purl across
R3: k2; *yo, k1; repeat from * across
R4: *p2tog; repeat from * across to last 2 sts; p2
Repeat these 4 rows for the Bag pattern

Diamond
R1: k1; (yo, k2tog tbl) 9 times; k1; (k2tog tbl, yo) 9 times; k1
R2: purl across
R3: k1; (yo, k1) 17 times; k3; (k1, yo) 17 times; k1
R4: p1; (p2tog) 17 times; p3; (p2tog) 17 times; p1
R5: k1; (yo, k2tog tbl) 8 times; k5; (k2tog tbl, yo) 8 times; k1
close-up of DIAMOND patternR6: purl across
R7: k1; (yo, k1) 17 times; k3; (k1, yo) 17 times; k1
R8: p1; (p2tog) 17 times; p3; (p2tog) 17 times; p1
R9: k1; (yo, k2tog tbl) 9 times; k1; (k2tog tbl, yo) 9 times; k1
R10: purl across
R11: Repeat R3 of Bag Pattern
R12: Repeat R4 of Bag Pattern
Repeat these 12 rows for the Diamond pattern

NOTES

k2tog tbl – knit 2 together through the back loops
yo – yarn over
SC – single crochet
DC – double crochet
Note that the Bag pattern and the Diamond pattern are NOT identical even if some of the rows start out the same! Also notice that in the Diamond pattern, the sequence of stitches in () on a row are mirror images of each other (“k1, yo” and “yo, k1” for example).

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Cast on 39 stitches
Purl across next row (WS)

R1-8: Knit 8 rows of the Bag pattern
R9-20: Knit 12 rows of the Diamond pattern
R21-24: Knit 4 rows of the Bag pattern
R25-36: Knit 12 rows of the Diamond pattern
R37-40: Knit 4 rows of the Bag pattern
R41-52: Knit 12 rows of the Diamond pattern
R53-56: Knit 4 rows of the Bag pattern

R57-72: Knit each row (these 16 rows are the bottom of the bag)

R73-76: Knit 4 rows of the Bag pattern
R77-88: Knit 12 rows of the Diamond pattern
R89-92: Knit 4 rows of the Bag pattern
R93-104: Knit 12 rows of the Diamond pattern
R105-108: Knit 4 rows of the Bag pattern
R109-120: Knit 12 rows of the Diamond pattern
R121-129: knit 8 rows of the Bag pattern
Bind off loosely; DO NOT BREAK YARN.

Fold the bag in half from top to bottom, and with RIGHT SIDES together and starting at the top where the last bind off stitch is, use crochet hook and SC stitches to sew the side seam. Break yarn.

Sew the other side seam using SC stitches, but start at the bottom and sew up to the top; DO NOT BREAK YARN.

The following instructions are for the type of handles used in the picture; adjust the instructions to fit whatever type of handles you’ll be using, or you may choose to knit “straps” instead.

Lay the bag flat and line up the handles; place a stitch marker in the middle of where each of the handle ends will be.

With the bag still inside out (right sides together), working on the Wrong Side:
Round 1: SC around
Round 2: *DC in each stitch to 1 stitch before the stitch marker, line up/place the handle and SC TWICE into each of the next 3 sts, crocheting around the handle attachment loop; repeat from * around until all 4 handle ends are attached and continue DC in each stitch to the end of the round; slip stitch to first DC of the round.

Weave in all ends.

This is the first time I’ve ever attempted to design and document my own pattern; I’ve tried to make sure that these directions are as clear and exact as possible.  However, if you find an error please send any pattern corrections to metymemn@gmain.com.

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