Original Design by Melissa D. Scott

 

A cute project bag is a must for knitters on the go. And here’s a little gem of a bag knitted in SWTC Little

Star, the gorgeous sock yarn with sparkle – for the knitting star you are. This is a seamless knitting project,

worked in the round, first for the base, then up. It’s inspiration is the popular quilter’s 6” square patchwork

square bag. Why should quilters have all the fun?

 

Make the knit version for yourself or your favorite knitter. The optional pockets add places to hide stitch

markers and little treasures.

Material

SWTC Little Star, 2 skeins (www.SOYSILK.com)

US 2 or 2.75mm double-pointed needles (1 set each of five),

US 1 ½ /2.50mm double-pointed needles (1 set each of five),

US 1 ½/2.50mm circular needle, stitch markers, tapestry needle for weaving in ends

 

Finished measurements Base: approx 6”square;

Height: approx 7” (6” plus 1” for top edge hem)

Gauge: 4”/10cm in stocking stitch on US 2/2.75mm needles.

 

 

Abbreviations:

cdd centred double decrease: slip 2 sts as if to k2tog, k1, p2sso dpns:double-pointed needles

k: knit Kfb:knit into front & back of st (incr)

k2tog: knit 2 sts together (right-leaning decrease) p: purl

pm: place marker rm: remove marker

sm: slip marker

ssk: slip the next 2 sts knitwise, then insert left needle into stitches and knit both sts together, sliding the stitches off towards the left (left-leaning decrease)

rnd(s): round(s)

 

When working base square decreases for lining, it is necessary to remove and replace the markers denoting

center sts to work the centered double decreases.

 

Base Square

With US 2/2.75mm needles, cast on 4 sts, working with 2 dpns for a start. Pm to denote beginning of rnd.

Set-Up Rounds: Kfb around, placing 2 sts per dpn (8 sts). Knit 1 rnd. Next rnd: *k1, m1, pm, k1 (centre st),

pm, m1, (4 times) (16 sts).

Rnd 1: Knit all sts (as well as for all subsequent evenly-numbered rounds for the base)

Rnd 2: k to 1st marker, m1, sm, k1 (centre stitch), sm, m1, k to end of needle (four times) (24sts).

Repeat rnds 1 and 2, continuing to increase 8 sts (one before and one after the marked center sts) every other

rnd as established until there are 36 sts for each side of your square (144 sts total). Knit one rnd. Purl 1 rnd.

 

Weave the cast on yarn end from the center outside of base before proceeding with the lining.

 

Base Decreases (inside lining)

Rnd 1: Knit all sts (as well as for all subsequent evenly-numbered rounds for the base)

Rnd 2: k to 1 st before centre marked st, work cdd, knit to end of needle (four times) .

Repeat rnds 1 and 2, continuing to decrease 8 sts every other rnd as established until there are 8 sts (2 for each side of your square. K2tog four times (4 sts). Cut yarn, leaving a longish end to work with. Using tapestry needle, thread yarn end through remaining 4 sts.

 

With US 1 ½/2.50mm needles, work as follows:

Rnd 1: * knit to 1 st before marker, cdd, knit to end of needle *; repeat from * to * for every needle (8 sts decreased).

Rnd 2: knit.

Work these 2 rnds until 8 sts remain. Cut yarn, leaving a longish end. Using tapestry needle, thread yarn end through remaining 8 sts.

 

Body of Bag

Beginning at a corner just after the center st, and with outside of base facing, pick up and knit 36 sts, picking up the last st of each side at the order. Pm to denote beg of rnd.

For every rnd, k35, p1, with the purl st making a fake seam at each corner. To ensure the corner sts are always purled, pm before each of the 4 corner sts. Work in this manner until bag is almost 4”/12.7cm.

If you wish to add the afterthought pocket, decide where you’d like yours and work as described:

Afterthought pocket shown was worked on the third side of the bag. When bag is 4” tall, knit across first two sides. On the third side, knit 8, chg to waste yarn and knit 20 sts with waste yarn. Cut longish end of waste yarn and let it hang inside the work. Resume knitting, working across sts just worked in waste yarn, then knit last 8 sts. Knit 4th side of bag.

 

Top Edge

If you wish to add the stitch marker pocket, put the bag aside and...

 

Little Pockie

With smaller needles, cast on 12 sts using the figure 8 method, or closed method of your choice. Distribute sts as you would for working a sock. Join for circular knitting and knit little pockie until it’s around 1 1/2” long. Last rnd, cast off 1/2 sts. Leave rest of sts on dpn.

To attach this pocket to your bag at the inside, resume as follows:

Decide where you’d like your little pocket. The little pocket shown was worked as:

After working the afterthought pocket round, knit 8 rnds. At the beginning of the rnd, knit 10, then to attach little pocket, knit next 12 bag sts together with the 12 little pockie stitches. Be sure to have the correct side of the pocket facing the work as you attach.

Knit the rest of the rnd as previous. Knit 1 more rnd, then purl 1 rnd. Knit 5 rnds.

Cast off using 3-st i-cord.

 

Inside casing for drawstring and/or strap.

Beginning at the corner of your choice and with inside of bag facing, with smaller needles, pick up and knit 36 sts, using the purl rnd as your guide. Working back and forth, work 6 rows in st st. To finish the casing, cast off by slip stitching the live sts with a croceht hook to the base of the i-cord. This produces a really tidy finish. Repeat this casing for each side. Or if preferred, this can be worked continuously around the inside bag edge for a drawstring.

 

Though slower to finish, working the casing separately for each side allows for drawstring and strap to be adjusted depending on the user.

 

Pocket Finishing

Afterthought Pocket: carefully remove the waste yarn, placing the stitches on smaller dpns, 20 sts for N1, 9 for N2, 10 for N3. Pm to denote beginning of rnd. M1, knit 20 sts, m1; N2, m1, knit to end of needle; N3, knit (42 sts). Knit all rnds until 2.5”/6.35cm long. Graft bottom of pocket or join using 3-needle cast off.

 

Little Pockie Flap:

With inside of bag facing, pick up and knit 10 sts. (WS) purl. (RS) k1, ssk, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. (WS) P1, p2tog, purl to last 3 sts, p2tog, p1. Repeat last 2 rows until 6 sts remain. Using crochet hook, cast off 3 sts using slip st, work 3 chain sts (for buttonhole), cast off remaining sts.

A pretty bead will work nicely as a button, or if you prefer a fibre one try this:

 

To work a tiny crochet button, test your pocket flap and make a little crochet button by slip stitching to the correct spot, then work a few crochet loops. Attach the little cluster of crochet sts (now a little button) by slip stitching them to the same spot where yarn was attached.

 

Finishing

Cut a length of your choice of pretty ribbon or knit some i-cord for your straps.

 

To see more work by Melissa D. Scott visit www.StrandedinOz.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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