This cute and quick drawstring bag is just the ticket to hold small items like earplugs. It was so much fun to make I worked a second one to hold my loose change! These little bags are just the thing for gift giving…or for stashing your own treasures.
If you’re a beginning knitter, don’t be intimidated! This project was a challenge for me as well. It’s my first stranded colorwork project. I’ve worked with double knit before and I love the complexity. But for the life of me I couldn’t figure out how to make the holes for the drawstring eyelets. So I gave up on the idea of making a double knit drawstring bag (for the moment) and turned to stranded colorwork, something I hadn’t done yet.
I figured out my design and started knitting…and quickly learned that knitting from the top down requires the motif to be charted upside down! Oh well, making and correcting mistakes is an important part of knitting…at least it’s not a large project!
Stranded colorwork requires you to carry the color you’re not using along the back as you knit. You’ll need to take care not to pull the extra yarn (called a “float”) too tightly. There are various ways to hold the yarn, I ended up holding a color in each hand. Continental style isn’t my favorite technique, but I can manage. Since I “flick” the yarn with my right hand as opposed to “throw” I was able to find a smooth rhythm and didn’t have to stop and start except to check the pattern. See this video for an explanation of how to hold the two yarns and use whichever method is most comfortable for you.
After I made the first bag, I could see that some of the floats were too long and may cause some snagging. See this video for an explanation of how to secure the “floats.” It seems awkward at first, but reduces the chance the contents of the pouches will get caught on the work.
More advanced knitters will find this a quick and easy project and perhaps substitute their own motif for the hearts. I was able to make the chart and save the copy used in the post at Stitch Fiddle.
- Sport weight, Aran or DK weight yarn, two colors. The dominant (main) color is abbreviated MC and the contrasting color is CC.
- Size 4mm DPN needles or long cabled needle for magic loop
- Stitch marker(s)
Skills and Stitches Needed
- Cast on (CO), Knit (K) and Purl (P) in the round
- Yarn Over (YO)
- Slip, knit, pass (SKP) Slip a stitch purlwise, knit the next stitch then pass the slipped stitch over the stitch you’ve just knit
- Knit 2 together (K2Tog)
- Chart reading: To work a chart in the round begin at the bottom right corner and work your way across.
Let’s Get Started!
CO 48 stitches with MC and distribute over 3 needles (16 stitches on each). Tip: Use stitch markers to mark the sections if using magic loop.
Join to work in the round and use a stitch marker to indicate the beginning of the round.
- Round 1 Knit around in MC
- Round 2 Purl around in MC
- Round 3 Knit around in MC
- Round 4 Purl around in CC
- Round 5 *YO, SKP* around in CC (this will make the eyelets for the drawstring)
- Round 6 Purl around in CC; take care not to miss the YOs from the last round. Check your stitch count…there should be 48.
- Rounds 7 and 8 Knit around in MC
Begin Working Chart:
This chart only shows the repeat of 16 stitches. You will need to repeat the pattern for each set of stitches. If you haven’t already done so, arrange the stitches so each needle contains a set of 16 and it will make life much easier for you. (If using magic loop, make use of the stitch markers as mentioned above).
Written Directions for Chart:
- Rounds 9 and 10 Knit around in CC
- Round 11 For each set of 16 stitches: Knit 1CC, [1MC,3CC]x3, 1MC, 2CC
- Round 12 [3MC, 1CC]x4
- Round 13 [7MC, 1CC]x2
- Round 14 [7MC, 1CC]x2
- Round 15 1CC, 5MC, 3CC, 5MC, 2CC
- Round 16 2CC, 3MC, 5CC, 3MC, 3CC
- Round 17 3CC, 1MC, 7CC, 1MC, 4CC
- Rounds 18 and 19 Knit in CC. You’re finished with the CC at this point, so cut it and leave a long tail to weave in.
- Round 20 Purl in MC (Use MC for remaining rounds).
- Rounds 21 and 22 Knit
- Round 23 K6, K2Tog around
- Round 24 K5, K2Tog around
- Round 25 K4, K2Tog around
- Round 26 K3, K2Tog around
- Round 27 K2, K2Tog around
- Round 28 K1, K2Tog around
Cut thread, leaving a long tail. Thread through the stitches on the needles. Pull tight to close the hole and weave in all the ends.
Make an I-Cord, crochet a chain, or use a ribbon to make a drawstring. Weave through the eyelets on the top.
This is just the second pattern I’ve written for anyone else to use, and what makes sense to me might not to you, so please leave me a comment if you have any questions and I’ll correct or clarify as needed.
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Cute and Quick Drawstring Bag from Life Beyond the Kitchen