Sunday, September 30, 2007


I finally wrote up this pattern. I had scribbled it down as I knitted the first bag and then followed the pattern for the second bag knitted and felted here.

From one skein of Yarn Yard Pencil Roving.

To this knitted bag............this bag has a stocking stitch base, the first bag had a garter stitch base.

Close up...........

Felted and blocking........

Felted close up.................

Free Pattern
Side-Along-Bag: by Gilraen

Materials: Pencil Roving 100gms, 9mm circular needles or DPNs, 4 stitch markers, darning needle to finish bag.
Optional: button

Using one skein of Pencil Roving cast on 13 stitches and knit 6 rows in Garter stitch or 5 rows in stocking stitch, for which ever effect you prefer. Garter will give you a firmer base but stocking stitch leaves a rounder bottom and allows for more yarn for the handle.
Then using circular needles or DPNs pick 3 stitches on each side and another 13 stitches on the opposite side, placing a stitch marker at each corner, so you have a total of 32 stitches.

Knit 3 rounds then
KFB, K11, KFB, K3, KFB, K11, KFB, K3, (36 stitches)
Knit another 3 rounds then
KFB, K13, KFB, K3, KFB, K13, KFB, K3 (40 stitches)
Knit another 5 rounds then
K2tog, K13, K2tog, K3, K2tog, K13, K2tog, K3 (36 stitches)
Knit another 5 rounds then
K2tog, K11, K2tog, K3, K2tog, K11, K2tog, K3 (32 stitches)
Knit another 3 rounds and then
K2tog, K9, K2tog, K3, K2tog, K9, K3 (28 stitches)
Knit 2 more rounds then

K1 casting this stitch off, K9 and turn work (leaving the remaining stitches on a cable/needle etc)
Now knit in stocking stitch for 9 rows ending on a knit row, on the next purl row decrease one at the end by P2tog.Continue this decreasing 5 times until you are left with 4 stitches, SSK on next knit row and P2tog on the following Purl row, SSK on last row and cast/bind off.
Returning to the remaining stitches hold the bag with the flap to your left and knit across the remaining stitches, casting off until you have 3 left on the needle. You can I-cord this or knit back and forth which ever is your preference. I knit back and forth to leave an asymmetrical cast off at the end as a feature, but it’s up to you.

Then felt the bag as your machine allows or by hand if no machine. Block: I used plastic bags stuffed tightly to ‘shape’ the bag, and stretched the handles. Allow at least 24 hours to dry and then decorate as you see fit.

If anyone finds a mistake in the pattern please please let me know, I'm only human. :D

EDIT: I forgot to tell everyone that the creative genius who came up with such a great name was Linz. Thank you!! :)


Fiona said...

Wow! That's a lovely bag and the pattern seems really easy to follow. Well done, you!

Queen of the froggers said...

Thank you for writing the pattern up for us. It is a great bag!

Anonymous said...

Oh, that's cute! I love the little star button, too.

Piglottie said...

I love this bag! Thank you so much for sharing the pattern.

LadybirdLinz (:i:) said...

That is one lovely little bag Gilraen, you clever thing. I love the name ;)

tiennie said...

Very lovely! Thanks for the pattern!

Aknita said...

It's a great little bag, and you have found the perfect button for it :-)

Helen said...

Such a cute little bag - thank you for sharing the pattern :)

blog-blethers said...

Thank you for writing up and sharing this patter, Gilraen! It'll be on my Christmas presents to-do list for the little one's!

Soo said...

Great bag! I love the shape of the flap and the star button.

dreamcatcher said...

Lovely bag, thanks for writing up the pattern!

Katrina said...

Wow, that's perfect timing! I've been taking quite an extended "down-time" from knitting in order to pursue educational and work-related goals, and what's the first UFO I pick up once I decide to start knitting again? My Side-Along Bag, knit in green-blue-purple pencil roving! And just in time to see your new write-up of the pattern for it! Thanks a million!