Color Knit Bag, by Lisa Gentry
Download free pattern: https://www.yarnspirations.com/red-heart-color-knit-bag/RHK0103-021406M.html
Skill Level: Easy (allegedly, in Julie’s opinion)
Materials: size 8 straight needles, 2 wooden handles, yarn needle
Yarn: size 4 (medium or worsted weight yarn, minimum of 2 colors. Make note of colors you are using. ex: color A=gray, color B=white, color C=lavender)
Bag is worked in stockinette stitch (knit all stitches on right side~odd rows, purl all stitches on wrong side~even rows).
When working rows with 2 colors, carry colors loosely across wrong side of work.
With yarn color A, cast on 49 stitches (NOT 109 stitches like the downloaded pattern may read)
Row 1: K color A to end
Row 2: [P3 color A, P3 color B] to last stitch, P1 color A
Row 3: K1 color A, [K1 color B, K1 color A, K2 color B, K2 color A]
Row 4: P1 color A, [P3 color B, P3 color A]
Row 5: K color B to end
Row 6: P color B to end
Row 7: K color B to end
Row 8: P1 color C, [P3 color B, P3 color C]
Row 9: K1 color C, [K1 color B, K1 color C, K2 color B, K2 color C]
Row 10: P3 color C, P3 color B to last stitch, P1 color C
Row 11: K color C to end
Row 12: P color C to end
Row 13: K color C to end
Row 14: [P3 color C, P3 color D] to last stitch, P1 color C
Row 15: K1 color C, [K1 color D, K1 color C, K2 color D, K2 color C]
Row 16: P1 color C, [P3 color D, P3 color C]
Row 17: K color D to end
Row 18: P color D to end
Row 19: K color D to end
Row 20: P1 color E, [P3 color D, P3 color E]
Row 21: K1 color E, [K1 color D, K1 color E, K2 color D, K2 color E]
Row 22: P3 color E, P3 color D to last stitch, P1 color E
Row 23: K color E to end
Row 24: P color E to end
Row 25: K color E to end
Row 26: [P3 color E, P3 color F] to last stitch, P1 color E
Row 27: K1 color E, [K1 color F, K1 color E, K2 color F, K2 color E]
Row 28: P1 color E, [P3 color F, P3 color E]
Row 29: K color F to end
Row 30: P color F to end
Row 31: K color F to end
Row 32: P1 color A, [P3 color F, P3 color A]
Row 33: K1 color A, [K1 color F, K1 color A, K2 color F, K2 color A]
Row 34: P3 color A, P3 color F to last stitch, P1 color A
Row 35: K color A to end
Row 36: P color A to end
After completing 36 rows, repeat this pattern once more and then repeat rows 1-24 after that. 96 rows total.
Bind off all stitches
This is how mine turned out at this stage (front and back of project):
(Julie adds: Planning to sew a liner? I think I may just as well, since I don’t want the project to lose its shape with use. I will be storing real life clunky objects in this bag, like car keys.)
To make handle straps (make 4, NOT 2 like the pattern reads)
With color yarn of your choice, cast on 7 sts
Row 1 (right side): Slip 1 knitwise, knit across
Row 2 (wrong side): Slip 1 purlwise, purl across
Repeat rows 1-2 until piece measures 4 ½ inches.
Bind off, leaving a long end for sewing.
Thread yarn needle with long length of yarn. Fold bag in half with right sides together. Match seams and rows. Sew seam.
This is the liner I made:
With bag flat on a hard surface, measure for Handle Strap placement. Thread needle using the long tail left on each strap. With wrong side of Handle Strap and wrong side of bag both facing you, sew each Handle Strap to Row 2 of bag. Thread strap through wooden handle, fold Handle Strap, with wrong sides together and matching cast-on edge with bind-off edge, sew securely. Repeat for opposite side of bag.
Place liner inside bag and whip stitch around top of bag, tacking liner to knit bag.