The beginning of summer is one of my favorite times of year - the evening walks + beach vacations, warm afternoon sun + crisp evenings, fresh fruit + cold ice cream. All of my favorite things!
But as a knitter, summer can be challenging. For many, knitting has a “season”…usually when it’s cold or wet or snowy or cloudy. I love to knit year round, but what is there to make in the warmer months? Generally, I stock up on winter-wear for market season but this week I felt like experimenting with a new type of design.
Thus, this simple crossbody bag was born! But, enough about me…let’s dive in to the pattern.
~ Yarn: Weight 5 (I used this one from Joann’s)
~ US Size 15 knitting needles
~ Scissors + Yarn Needle for seaming
Cast on 26 stitches
Row 1: Purl to end of row
Row 2 (right side): Knit to end of row
Row 3: Purl to end of row
Rows 4-49: repeat rows 2-3 (you can repeat this as many times as you’d like so that your work, when folded in half, is the size bag you want)
Row 50: Cast off 21 stitches, knit 5
Row 51: Purl 5
Row 52: Knit 5
Rows 53-End: Repeat rows 51 + 52 until you reach the desired length for the strap
Cast off 5 stitches
Fold your work in half with the right side facing out. Seam up the sides to leave the top (wide) portion open. Then, making sure that your strap isn’t twisted, fold the strap in half and seam the cast-off edge to the corner opposite where the strap begins
And there you have it! The seaming portion isn’t an exact science…customize it to your liking. And if you’re really feeling fancy, add a zipper or a button to the top.
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