Free Pattern Wednesday: The Nake-id Tote

Nake-id Tote al fresco: The perfect beginner project

This is the pattern I use for all my beginning knitting classes. It teaches everything a new knitter needs to begin his or her career: knitting and purling, casting on, binding off, increasing, decreasing, seaming and felting. Students like it because felting forgives a world of "sins," plus they get something chic they can really use.

I've knit this bag countless times in orange, red, purple and multis. It'd be cool in brown with embroidered leopard spots, too.

Pin a rhinestone brooch on it and you're good to go!

Yarn: Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Bulky; 2 skeins

Needles: 11 US/8 mm 16-inch circular  

Directions: 

1. CO 40 stitches.

2. Work 9 rows in St st, starting with a purl row.

3. Row 10 (decrease row): K2, K2TOG, knit to within four stitches of row’s end and K2TOG, K2. Repeat this decrease row every 10th row until you have 30 stitches remaining.

4. Work 19 more rows in St st.

5. Next row (increase row) K2, inc 1, knit to within two stitches of row’s end and inc 1, K2. Repeat this increase row every 10th row until you have 40 stitches.

6. Work 9 more rows in St st.7. BO. 

Finishing:

1. Weave in all ends.

2.      Sew side seams together.

3.      Felt until you have achieved a thick, dense fabric. Allow to dry flat.

4.      Attach handles to the top of the bag using a basic whip stitch. 

Resources:  

Acrylic 5- x 3-inch handles available from www.ejoyce.com.

 

Free pattern Wednesday: Audrey's Bag

In the continuing battle to update my Ravelry pages (nakeidknits), I'm going to offer free patterns on Wednesdays. (Wanna bet how long this'll last?)

Below you'll find a little bag I designed a few years ago. It may be a bit blingy in the post-novelty yarn era, but it's a jiff to knit and draws its share of compliments.

Herewith Audrey's Bag:

Yarn: Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted in Black; Trendsetter Aura in Charcoal

Amount: 1 skein each

Needles: Size 11 US

Instructions:

Cast on 40 sts.

Knit for 1 inch.

Self handle:

K15, bind off 10, K15.

(Knit both sides simultaneously) K15, attach second ball of yarn, K15. Repeat for four rows.

K15, cast on 15 using knitted cast on, K15.

Body:

Knit each row until you get double the depth of the bag you want. (Remember to account for the depth of the self handle on both sidesand for felting.)

Self handle: 

K15, bind off 10, K15.

(Knit both sides simultaneously) K15, attach second ball of yarn, K15. Repeat for four rows.

K15, cast on 15 using knitted cast on, K15.

Knit for 1 inch.

Bind off loosely.

Finishing:

Fold in half and seam sides. Felt lightly. (I slipped a slim dowel rod into the bottom of the bag to stiffen it. And trimmed the bag with a satin ribbon.)

Carry with aplomb.