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Knit Pencil Bag Pattern

Knit Pencil Bag.

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Bag it Up:

This cute little bag is one that you'll find tons of uses for, and that you can easily knit in many different sizes and types of yarn.

It's simply a Stockinette Stitch rectangle folded in half and stitched up the sides, but it looks really fancy and special thanks to the use of self-striping yarn.

The bag was designed to be a pencil case or to hold double-pointed needles and other knitting supplies, but you could use it to hold makeup, first aid supplies or any other necessities in a larger bag or when you're traveling.

Part of the fun is also choosing the fabric to line the inside to show your personality.

Materials:

  • one skein Plymouth Yarn Boku or about 95 yards of your favorite medium weight wool or wool blend yarn
  • one pair size 7 US knitting needles
  • a piece of fabric about 10 inches by 12 inches
  • sewing machine (helpful, but can be done by hand)
  • 10- or 12-inch zipper in color to blend with your yarn
  • sewing needle and thread

Gauge:

20 stitches and 26 rows per 4 inches (5 stitches and 6.5 rows per inch) in Stockinette Stitch. Gauge is not critical, but you may need more lining fabric or a longer zipper if your gauge is loose.

Size:

Finished bag is 10 inches wide and 6 inches tall.

Instructions:

  1. Cast on 50 stitches.
  2. Knit in Stockinette Stitch until piece measures 12 inches.
  3. Bind off and weave in ends.
  4. Block if necessary to square sides.
  5. Using a sewing machine or stitching by hand, sew lining fabric to wrong side of knit fabric, folding a small seam allowance to the underside. You can also stitch a line down the middle where the bag will fold to help the lining stay in place.
  6. Fold knit piece in half and sew sides together.
  7. Attach zipper by hand.
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