My Hobo Bag Knitting Pattern Free and Easy 流浪包棒针编织图案

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This hobo bag knitting pattern is free and easy. It is made up of garter stitch squares. It looks complicated but is actually quite straightforward. Try it.

hobo bag knitting pattern

A raveller posted her hobo bag design in Japanese. She gave general instructions in English at The instructions were not difficult to understand but I still thought it good to write up the instructions in more detail.

The bag is made up of 22 squares knitted in garter stitch using black and white yarn.

I am very pleased with the finished product. It looks difficult but is actually quite easy. I have a little mental block with the handles (which is why this took me 2 months) but a little help from my knitting buddies cleared the block.

I lined the bag including the handles because the handle of my Japanese knot bag (previous project) had started to stretch. I was told that I should have lined the handles as well.

Materials & Equipment

  • 1 ball of black acrylic yarn
  • 1 ball of white acrylic yarn
  • 1 pair of 3.5mm knitting needles or US no. 4 knitting needles. Short double-pointed knitting needles (dpi) work quite well too since the squares are quite small.

Knitting the Garter Squares

Using 3.5mm dpi, cast on 21 stitches with black yarn. The cast on row serves as the border.

Switch to white yarn and knit 2 rows. This forms 1 white ridge.

Switch to black yarn and knit 2 rows. This forms 1 black ridge.

Continue switching colours after every 2 rows to create the ridges.

After ridge 20 or row 40 (which should be white) knit 1 row of black yarn and bind off.

garter stitch in black and white stripes
The front view and back view of the garter stitch square

Make 22 squares. Sew them up together in this combination:

5 squares together to form a long strip. Make 2.
4 squares together to form a long strip. Make 2.
2 squares together. Make 2.

Arrange the 6 strips as shown in the picture below. Seam them up to make up the body of the bag.

Body of garter stitch square bag with instructions
Body of garter stitch square bag with instructions

Once all the strips are sewn up, sew the sides together as indicated in the picture.

Fold the body in half and sew up the sides. Crochet a single row along the opening to strengthen the bag opening.

Bag Handles

Make 2.

Pick up 9 stitches at 2 corners of the bag body. I pick up 9 stitches at each corner at the same time because I knitted both handles at the same time to ensure they are of the same length.

The handles are knitted using the single rib stitch.

Row 1 – Knit 1 Purl 1
Row 2 – Purl 1 Knit 1

Continue the single rib pattern until the handle is about 17 inches or 44 cm. Attach the 2 handles to the 2 corners on the other side of the body. I did this by picking up 9 stitches from the corners and then grafting the 2 sets of live stitches using the Kitchener grafting technique.

I highly recommend the knitting needle method by Techknitter. Instead of sewing, it is still knitting.

knitted hobo bag wrong side

Line the bag and handles with the fabric of corresponding colour. The lining hides all the ends. No weaving needed. Turn the bag right side out and you are done!

Celebrate with a photo shoot.

This is a free knitting pattern. I will be thrilled if you use it. Please link back here if you do. If you prefer the instructions available offline, consider getting this Kindle booklet: Hobo Bag Knitting Pattern.

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  • 1粒黑色中粗毛线
  • 1粒白色中粗毛线
  • 1对3.5毫米/美国4号棒针。可用双点编织针,因为方块不大



使用3.5mm 双点编织针,用黑色毛线以绕指起针21针

  • 切换到白色毛线,以表针编织2行
  • 切换到黑色毛线, 以表针编织2行
  • 继续每两行切换一次颜色
  • 40行后(应该是白色)切换到黑色毛线,以表针编织1行
  • 以伏针收针


  • 5个方块形成一条长条。做2个
  • 4个方块形成一条长条。做2个
  • 2个方块形成一条。做2个


hobo bag body


提包带(制造 2个)



  • 第1行:  表针1针,裹针1针,如此编织9针
  • 第2行: 表针1针,裹针1针,如此编织9针