Witty Knitter Evening
The bag is made
out of scraps of roughly the same weight, or about 50
metres of any one colour. It is knitted on needles approximately two
sizes smaller than you would normally use for that weight of yarn – the
fabric needs to be very firm, even tight. The hole at the top looks
very small and will keep most things in when the button is closed, but
it stretches to take in your whole hand when the buttons are open.
weights will make up into different sizes: I made it out
of chunky weight yarns on 4.5mm needles and it made up to about 15cm
wide at the bottom and 19cm wide at the top. It is about 15cm
You can put in
any stripes you like, but it’s best to consistently
change yarn at the beginning of either a decrease row or a plain knit
row. I prefer the look if it’s done on the decrease row.
Skp means slip 1
stitch, knit 2 together, pass the slipped stitch over.
Making the bag:
cast on, cast on 60 stitches. Knit 6 rows. Then
begin the shaping as follows:
knit until 21 sts remain, skp, knit to end.
K17, skp, Knit until 20 sts remain, skp, knit to end.
Next row: K16, skp, Knit until 19 sts remain, skp, knit to
in this way until all the middle stitches have been decreased
K to middle two stiches, knit 2 tog, knit to end.
the cast on stitches and work the other side to match, making
sure that the decrease rows are worked on the same side of the fabric
as on the first side. If necessary work another row of garter stitch
before beginning the shaping to ensure this.
Run in any
top: working on each side from the outside towards the middle,
double crochet the two open edges together, leaving the middle 1 cm
(1/2 inch) open and continuing the crochet on one open edge to the cast
off edge. On the other edge, neaten with crochet, finishing with a loop
at the middle of 5 chains. Return to the other side and repeat, making
sure that the button ends up on the other side of the opening.
Strap: Using two
double pointed needles, work an i-cord strap as
Cast on 3
stiches, pick up and knit one stitch into a top corner of the
bag, *Push stitches back to the other end of the needles, knit 4.
Repeat from *, pulling yarn tight at the beginning of each row until
the handles is as long as you want. Finish last row Knit 3, slip one,
pick up and knit a stitch in the other top corner, pass slip stitch
over, push yarn to the other end of the needle and cast off.
This pattern is copyright to Mary-Helen Ward, 2005. You are welcome to
make copies for yourself, but please don't make copies for other people
or make this bag for sale.