Welcome back to “Free Pattern Friday”, a fresh new free pattern every week!
Want to have a whole lotta fun with less than 100 yards of pure cotton yarn? Today’s your lucky day! Today’s free pattern is the adorable (and very useful!) Bean Sprout Bag. At about 5-1/2″ x 6 1/2″, this handy little cross body bag is perfect for hands free shopping, browsing or strolling. It’s big enough to hold keys, cards and phone without being cumbersome. I’ve used Rowan Handknit Cotton, but you could use just about any cotton or linen yarn that’s DK or light worsted in weight. Then throw caution to the wind and choose a big, fanciful button!
There are a couple of cool techniques detailed in this pattern that might be new. The One-Row Buttonhole and the Applied I-Cord Bind Off are interesting methods you’ll find yourself using again and again.
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Happy knitting, everyone!
**Ooooh!! I nearly forgot! Stop by next Friday when I’ll release not one but TWO new sock patterns! These will be in addition to the regular Free Pattern Friday offering…just wanted to let you guys know first 😉
Bean Sprout Bag
Cross-body bag for intermediate knitters
YARN: Rowan Handknit Cotton, 1 skein (50g/92 yds)
- 3.00mm circular needle with cable length of at least 40″.
- Two 3.00mm dpn’s for working I-cord and I-cord bind off.
GAUGE: 24 sts & 32 rows = 4″ in Stockinette st after blocking,
FINISHED SIZES: 5-1/4″ wide by 6-1/2″ deep
TOOLS/NOTIONS: Removable stitch markers, tapestry needle for weaving in ends, one 1-1/4″ button
Linen Stitch (worked in the round):
- Rnd 1: *K 1, sl 1 wyif* repeat to end of rnd
- Rnds 2 & 4: Knit
- Rnd 3: * Sl 1 wyif, k 1* Repeat to end of rnd
- Bag is worked from the bottom up in the same way you would for a toe-up sock
- Edging is applied I-cord, strap is I-cord.
BAG BOTTOM: Using the Judy’s Magic Cast On, CO 48 sts, (24 per needle if using Magic Loop). (For a video tutorial on Judy’s Magic Cast On, CLICK HERE). Work 1 rnd even, placing a marker at BOR.
Begin shaping the bag bottom by working the following increase on next and every other rnd (work one rnd even in between) four times until there are 64 sts divided over 2 needles evenly.
- Increase Rnd: Ndl 1: *K1, m1L, k to 1 before end of needle, m1R, k1*. Repeat from * for Ndl 2. (4 sts inc.)
- Next Rnd: Knit even.
- Knit 4 rnds even.
BAG BODY: Work Linen Stitch (see sidebar) over 64 sts until piece measures approx. 4″ from beginning of Linen Stitch section, ending with Rnd 1 of pattern stitch. Knit 4 rnds even.
Work One-Row Buttonhole as follows:
- K 13, sl 1 wyif, move yarn to back
- Sl next st and pass first slipped st over. In this manner, bind off 5 sts in total. (You are not using the working yarn to bind off, so it should remain in its original position at the right).
- Move last st from R to L needle. Turn the work.
- Wyib, cast on 6 sts using the cable cast on method (the same number as were cast off, plus 1). Turn.
- Wyib, slip left st to right needle and pass the extra cast on stitch over. Stitch count is once more correct and yarn is in the correct position to continue knitting the rnd.
- Knit 3 rnds even. Break yarn leaving a 12″ tail but DO NOT bind off.
APPLIED I-CORD BIND OFF: With a dpn, CO 3 sts. With the working yarn laying next to the first st on the circular needle, slip the cast on sts from dpn to circular. (Working yarn is now 3 sts in from edge). With the dpn and drawing the working yarn snugly across the back of the work, knit the first 2 sts. Knit the third st together with the first st on circular needle through the back loop (tbl). Remove marker at BOR and slip the 3 sts just worked back onto the circular needle. Continue thus:
- *K 2 onto dpn, k2tog tbl, sl 3 sts back onto L needle* repeat until all sts have been bound off. 3 sts will remain on dpn.
- Use remaining 3 sts to work the I-cord strap as follows:
- * Slide sts to opposite end of dpn. Drawing the yarn snugly across the back of the work, k 3* repeat until strap measures 53″. Bind off and break yarn leaving a 12″ tail.
FINISHING: Thread the tail through a tapestry needle and secure the strap end to the opposite side of bag. Weave in all ends. Using a steam iron and tailor’s ham (or by stuffing the bag with a soft cloth) gently steam-block the bag to shape. (You can wet block if desired; I find that the Rowan cotton takes forever to dry). Attach the button.
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