Knitting Needle Knitting Bag
Designer: Pam Allen
Pam Allen indulged her fondness for the berry stitch in this quick-and-easy knitting bag whose cigar shape was inspired by a bag she saw in a catalog. For the front and back, she knitted two slightly shaped rectangles and seamed them along the bottom and partway up the sides. Rather than binding off, she placed the live stitches on wooden knitting needles, squished them together to form soft gathers, and applied a little superglue. Garter-stitch handles sewn to the front and back are all that’s needed to finish the bag. This particular bag isn’t lined, but it would be an easy matter to use the front and back as pattern pieces and add a cheery print lining to prevent needles from poking through.
Finished Size: About 18¾" (47.5 cm) wide and 9" (23 cm) tall, excluding handles.
Yarn: Chunky weight (#5 Bulky). Shown here: Nashua Handknits Creative Focus Chunky (75% wool, 25% alpaca; 110 yd [101 m]/100 g): #1940 dried rose, 3 balls.
Needles: Bag—size 10½ (6.5 mm). Handles—size 9 (5.5 mm). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions: Tapestry needle; size 15 (10 mm) wooden needles; superglue.
Gauge: 17 stitches and 19 rows = 4" (10 cm) in pattern stitch on larger needles.
Skill Level: Easy
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