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loops & threads® cotton colors™ knit bag

This simple knit bag is a great eco-friendly choice for the green crafter. Equally at home bringing home groceries, carrying your towel to the beach, diapers and wipes to a playdate, or a blanket to a summer concert, this bag will be useful and great looking year-round.
Step 1

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS: Width = 15” (38cm)

GAUGE: 20 sts x 26 rows = 4” (10cm) in stockinette; save time and check your gauge


INSTRUCTIONS:

Bottom

Cast on 56 sts.

Work in Stockinette for 28 rows, starting with a WS row.


Sides

Rnd 1: With RS facing, pick up and knit 26 sts along the short edge of the bottom, pick up and knit 56 sts along the cast-on edge, pick up and knit 26 sts along the next short edge, k28, place marker for beginning of round – 164 sts.


Knit every rnd until bag measures 8” (20cm) from beginning of sides.


Setup for Straps

Rnd 1: K82, pm, knit to end.

Rnd 2: Knit to last 3 sts, p3.

Rnd 3: P3, knit to 3 sts before m, p6, knit to end.

Repeat Rnds 2-3, 3 more times.

Step 2

First Strap

Row 1 (RS): Knit to marker, place remaining 82 sts onto a spare length of yarn for the second strap.

Row 2: K3, purl to last 3 sts, k3.

Row 3: K3, k2tog, knit to last 5 sts, ssk, k3 – 2 sts decreased.

Row 4: K3, purl to last 3 sts, k3.

Repeat Rows 3-4, 34 more times – 12 sts remain.

Knit every row until Strap measures 20” (51cm) total. Bind off.


Second Strap.

Place 82 sts held on spare yarn onto needles. Join yarn, matching color with beginning of first strap, ready to work a RS row.

Work as for first strap.


Finishing: Seam bind-off edges of straps together. Weave in ends.

Step 3

ABBREVIATIONS:

K = Knit

K2tog = Knit 2 Sts Together

M = Marker

P = Purl

Pm = Place Marker

Rem = Remain(ing)

Rep = Repeat(ing)

Rnd(s) = Round(s)

RS = Right Side

Ssk = Slip Slip Knit

St(s) = Stitch(es)

St St = Stockinette Stitch: Knit On RS Rows, Purl On WS Rows.

WS = Wrong Side


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