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Botanical Japanese Knot Bag

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Free version of this pattern is available to view on my blog here

The Botanical Japanese Knot Bag is a handy color block purse that can be used year-round! It features the beautiful knit stitch and a leaf applique charm. This project is made completely in one piece, requiring sewing only for one end of the straps. Its size can easily be adjusted and customized.

This practical project looks great with solid colors, variegated yarn, or self-striping yarn. It is recommended to use a yarn that does not stretch, such as 100% cotton yarn. If desired, you may add a cloth lining in the bag or to the underside of the straps to add durability.

This pouch is perfect for kids, adults, teachers, friends, parents, and more! Sell them at craft fairs or make them as gifts for birthdays or holidays.

The PDF pattern includes photo references, full written instructions, and video tutorial.


Length (not including handles): 12”

Width: 14”


  • 360 yards of bulky weight 5 yarn that is non-stretchy or 100% cotton. I used KnitPicks Billow Yarn ( 2 skeins of off-white (240 yd) and 1 skein of green (120 yd).
  • 6mm crochet hook
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors


★★☆☆☆ Familiar Beginner/Intermediate. Requires familiarity with stitches used (below) and changing colors.


FO = fasten off

ch = chain

sl st = slip stitch

sc = single crochet

inc = increase (insert 2 sc in same st)

ks = knit stitch

hdc = half double crochet

dc = double crochet

COPYRIGHT NOTICE · This pattern is © 2023 Sweet Softies, For personal use only. You may not translate, distribute, copy, alter, or sell this pattern in any way. My patterns may not be used in video tutorials or for teaching classes (both online and in-person). You may link to this pattern but you may not copy any part of the pattern instructions on other websites. You may sell finished items made with this pattern if you credit Sweet Softies as the designer and link to my website. No wholesale.

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Customer Reviews

Alison D.

Verified Buyer

6 months ago

My new favorite pattern! I love it!

This pattern is well written and easy to follow. Quite a simple project, really, and one that you can work up fairly quickly. I am on my 3rd bag!