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Inspiration for this Mitered Drawstring Project Bag came from the (now defunct) Designer’s Challenge forum on Ravelry. The challenge was to create a bag using mitered squares, and this was the result! I was looking for something durable, big enough to be a project bag for my knitting, and something that would use up those leftover skeins I had in my stash. This pattern uses about half-a-skein of the suggested yarn per colour, (a little more for the MC) making it the perfect project to use up leftover half-skeins of yarn!
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The bag starts with the same cast on used for toe-up socks, and increases from that to form the bottom of the bag. There are two different bottoms, one for a bag with a tapered bottom, (shown on the sample), and one for a flat bottomed bag.
The mitered squares are knit individually without seaming, picking up stitches from the work below. Then, the bag is finished in the round and eyelets are added for a twisted cord. The top border of the bag is edged with garter stitch stripes.
The yarn used for the sample is Red Heart Eco-Cotton Blend, shown in the colourways "Chocolate" "Denim", "Snow," and "Moss" but any worsted or aran-weight cotton yarn should work up fine -- you could also work it in acrylic, or wool as well!
This pattern is written instructions only, it does not contain charts. This pattern also has an accessible large print option that is compatible with screen-reading software.Errata Link
Sizes Available: One, with two options for the bottom.
Bag Body Circumference: 16 inches (40 cm)
Bag Mouth Circumference: 14 inches (35.5 cm)
Bag Depth: Tapered Bottom: 15 inches (38 cm)
Bag Depth: Round Bottom: 11.75 inches (30 cm)
175 to 200 yards (160 to 183 meters) of worsted or aran weight yarn. Sample knit in Red Heart Eco Cotton (75% acrylic, 25% recycled cotton). Pattern is written for four colours. but can be adapted to as many or as few colours as you would like.
3.75 mm (US 5) circular or double-pointed needles (or size needed to obtain gauge).
4 stitch markers (1 in contrasting colour or style)
Gauge for Pattern:
18 sts and 30 rows = 4 inches (10 cm) square in stocking stitch.
Please note that gauge is not specifically important to this pattern, though changes in gauge will affect the amount of yarn used and the size of the final project.
decreases: k2tog, ssk, cdd
increases: m1, yo.
toe up cast on method
knit cast off
picking up and knitting stitches from knit edges
working small circumferences in the round
creating a twisted cord
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Photo Credit: Stephanie Wallace
1) A drawstring bag made primarily of joined mitered squares. The top has eyelets with a twisted cord threaded through them, and a skein of yarn is partially out of the open bag.
2) A close up of a drawstring bag made partially from mitered squares. The close up shows one mitered square in the centre of the image.
3) A full few of a small drawstring bag made of mitered squares, knit in different colours.