My First Free Pattern Friday!! Hooray!

Ok, so I’ve always seen Free Pattern Friday while lurking around other people’s blogs and I’ve always wanted to do one. AND NOW I CAN!! Pretty excited over here, if you can’t tell, and not only to participate. I’m also super pumped about actually having a pattern to share! Here’s what normally happens with me trying to design a pattern. I come up with an idea, execute it averagely, take notes on a scrap piece of paper, need to go back and try to tweak pattern, but can’t find said notes and then lose all interest in ever touching it again. But, not with this one!

My friend, Jessica, gave me a totally cool notebook for my birthday and I decided to use it for pattern notes, sketches, custom orders and all manner of randomness. (I have these in larger folders, but needed some thing to use on the fly.) Amazingly, I have been using it and have become very attached to it. And since I had my notes all together (gasp), I have been able to go back and knit this pattern 8 times, tweaking as I go. Imagine that, organization pays off and I have my own personal pattern for Free Pattern Friday!

I decided that I had to do something about my plastic bag situation. Sam and I use the reusable grocery bags, but we still wind up with those pesky bags. We had them shoved in the closet with our dog and cat food, all willy nilly and crammed inside of each other. I got tired of it (plus I have a secret plan for that closet) and wanted to whip something up with my sewing machine but, alas, it was off getting repaired. Not to be deterred, I busted out the old double points and gave it a go. The way I figured, a bag holder was, with a little altering, just like the http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hempathy-h20-tote .

My nephew, Ehren, modeling the adult version of the H2O tote.

My nephew, Ehren, modeling the adult version of the H2O tote.

Quick aside here, this pattern is on ravelry.com, which is a totally free site for knitter and crocheters. They allow you to keep track of your projects, yarn, books and their databases are top notch. Tons of patterns, free and for purchase, with everyone linking their project info to the initial pattern with pictures and notes…it’s really amazing. Go sign up, you won’t regret it. If you want, add me as a friend. My username is skoontz.

Chinese Lantern Version With Optional Drawstring Closure

Chinese Lantern With Drawstring Closure

Back to the pattern, which I have taken to calling The Bag’s Bag. It allows you to pick from two styles (long and skinny for hanging in tight spaces or a more Chinese lantern style for out and about decoration). Also, at the end, there’s an option for having a drawstring closure for the top. I have it on mine, but never use it so I never add it on anymore. I think it does add to the look/style so I figured I’d throw it in as an additional option. Warning: This is my first fully written pattern, so I apologize if there are any mistakes. Please do let me know if you find some so I can fix them. Thanks!!

Long and Skinny Without Drawstring Closure

Long and Skinny Without Drawstring Closure

THE BAG’S BAG

Materials:

I skein (about 110-120 yards) worsted weight yarn (I use cotton for easy care, but hemp, bamboo, wool, whatever moves you)

DPN’s size 7 and 9 (I normally don’t use circulars, so not sure on the cord length. You would still need 2 #9’s for the I-cord at the end)

Tapestry Needle

Gauge: Not important with this project!

Long and Skinny:

CO 16 stitches with 7’s and join for knitting in the round, being careful not to twist.

Rounds 1-5: *K2,P2* around

Round 6: *KFB, K1,P2* around (20 sts)

Rounds 7-10: *K2, P2* around (note: this ribbing will not match up with the ribbing from rounds 1-5, you’re not crazy)

Round 11: *KFB, K1* around (30 sts)

Round 12: K

Round 13: *K3, YO* around (40 sts)

Round 14: K

**Switch To 9’s. The Rest Will Be Done On 9’s.**

Round 15: *K2tog, YO* around

Round 16: K

repeat rounds 15 and 16 until desired length. I normally continue until 72)

Round 73: *K2, K2tog* around (30 sts)

Round 74-80: K2, P1

Round 81: K3, BO 24 stitches, K3. I-cord the last 3 stitches for as long as you want your loop to be, kitchener stitch to other 3 stitches to finish. Weave in ends.

*Alternate ending for no kitchener:

Round 81: BO 27 stitches. I-cord the last 3 stitches for as long as you want your loop to be. BO remaining 3 stitches and sew end of loop onto top opening.

Chinese Lantern:

CO 16 stitches with 7’s and join for knitting in the round, being careful not to twist.

Rounds 1-5: *K2,P2* around

Round 6: *KFB, K1,P2* around (20 sts)

Rounds 7-10: *K2, P2* around (note: this ribbing will not match up with the ribbing from rounds 1-5, you’re not crazy)

Round 11: *KFB, K1* around (30 sts)

Round 12: K

Round 13: *K1, YO* around (60 sts)

Round 14: K

**Switch To 9’s. The Rest Will Be Done On 9’s.**

Round 15: *K2tog, YO* around

Round 16: K

repeat rounds 15 and 16 until desired length. I continued until 62)

Round 63: *K2tog* around (30 sts)

Round 64-70: *K2, P1* around

Round 71: K3, BO 24 stitches, K3. I-cord the last 3 stitches for as long as you want your loop to be, kitchener stitch to other 3 stitches to finish. Weave in ends.

*Alternate ending for no kitchener:

Round 81: BO 27 stitches. I-cord the last 3 stitches for as long as you want your loop to be. BO remaining 3 stitches and sew end of loop onto top opening.

Optional Drawstring Closure:

Everything is exactly the same except one round.

Round 67 (Chinese Lantern) or 77 (Long and Skinny): *K2tog, YO, P1* around.

After finishing, CO 2 stitches and I-cord for desired length. I will actually thread mine through the holes added by round 67/77 to make sure it’s long enough for a nice bow. BO stitches, weave in ends and finish threading through holes.

Long and Skinny With Drawstring Closure

Long and Skinny With Drawstring Closure

Note: When I first put this up, I forgot to add in an abbreviation key…oops! Here it is:

K: Knit     P- Purl     CO- Cast On     BO- Bind Off     KFB- Knit Front and Back     K2tog- Knit 2 Together     YO- Yarn Over

Whew! There it is. Hope you like it! If you make any, lemme know. I would love to see them!! Got to run and get ready for work. Plus, there’s a cup of coffee wandering around here somewhere…until next time!

-Sammi

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5 thoughts on “My First Free Pattern Friday!! Hooray!

  1. Nice work with the blog! Your over-use of the word “awesome” is totally awesome. We are number 6 in your followers . . . which is totally awesome because The Prisoner was labeled Number Six when he arrived at The Village.

      • I’m impressed that you remember his “I am not a number . . .” retort. And, yes, I guess because you control the world of the blog that does make you #2; but, let’s not forget that there is a #1.

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