Knitting Pattern for Garter Stitch Square Bag

Free knitting pattern for garter stitch square bag translated from Japanese. The original pattern is in Japanese. A raveller posted her bag and gave general instructions in English at ravelry.com. The instructions were not difficult to understand but I still thought it good to write up the instructions in more detail. I have been knitting this for the past 2 months. It is made up of 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 Continue Reading

Bag Knitting Pattern for Aran Cable Tote

This tote bag knitting pattern was inspired by the Aran laptop cover pattern that I saw at the Canadian Living’s website. This is not a very big bag. It is just big enough for my wallet, mobile phone, tissue and, some knick-knacks. The central panel is made up of a wild oak cable “borrowed” from the Aran laptop cover. It is knitted in the round so you need to mark out the left and right side of the bag so that you can repeat the pattern twice. Materials I used 1 hank of Wool of the Andes Bulky Yarn (color: Storm) Continue Reading

Knitting Pattern for Garter Stitch on a Bias Bag

I got up close and personal with the garter stitch when I was working on the garter stitch square bag. I like the thickness it produces and how it doesn’t curl like the stockinette stitch. I used it again recently on a handbag using 4 ply sock yarn. I discovered that the edging of the garter stitch is great for picking up stitches evenly as the rows are made easily recognizable by the ridges. Unfortunately, a traditional garter stitch only yields 2 sides with ridges. I wondered whether it is possible to create a bag body where all 4 sides Continue Reading

Knitting Pattern for Handbag Using Sock Yarn

This knitting pattern for a handbag using sock yarn was dreamt up by me after I bought some sock yarn from Simple Scarves. I have always wanted to use a sock yarn to make a bag because although I love the feel of sock yarn but I didn’t want to knit socks. I like to knit while I watch TV so I prefer simple knitting techniques that do not require too much stitch counting or too many marking. Garter stitch can’t get any simpler. It also produces a sturdy, flat and fairly thick fabric so I am quite happy to Continue Reading