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Project

Knit Bag

Introduction

Adjusting sizes lets you create all kinds of totes and containers. With scraps, follow a similar process to make a case for eyeglasses.

Materials

  • Size 15 needles
  • 3 skeins bulky yarn
  • 1 yard wool fabric or felt
  • Sewing supplies
  • Embroidery floss
  • Two 1-by-14-inch leather strips

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Cast on 22 stitches (10 inches). Knit in stockinette (knit 1 row, purl 1 row) for 41 rows (12 inches). Cast off. Repeat for second piece.

  2. Step 2

    Cast on 8 stitches (4 inches). Knit in stockinette for 110 rows (34 inches). Cast off. Weave in ends.

  3. Step 3

    Cut wool fabric equal to your knit pieces in size, adding 1/2-inch seam allowance around all sides: two pieces at 11 by 13 inches and one piece at 4 by 35 inches.

  4. Step 4

    Sew long, narrow knit piece to 1 large knit piece, starting at top, down 1 side, across the bottom, and up the other side. In the same manner, sew second large piece to narrow piece.

  5. Step 5

    Sew fabric pieces together as described in step 4.

  6. Step 6

    With wrong sides facing, slide fabric bag into knit bag. Fold under 1/2 inch of fabric bag at top, and hand-stitch to open edge of knit bag.

  7. Step 7

    Using embroidery floss, stitch each leather strip to 1 side of the bag 2 1/2 inches from top and 3 1/2 inches in from sides. Go over each stitch twice to strengthen. Pull thread inside, knot well, and cut.