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Ruffled Bag.

Ruffled Bag.

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Ruffled Delight:

This ruffled bag is really easy to knit and is a quick project for beginners and more experienced knitters alike. Though the shape and stitch are really basic, the addition of the ruffle yarn makes this bag fun, and the larger gauge of the ruffled part gives the bag a sort of tulip shape without any actual shaping.

If you don't like the plain Jane version, you could always throw a stitch pattern onto the body of the bag.

Materials:

  • two balls of Lion Brand Ruffles yarn and three balls of Lion Cashmere Blend (mine are Cream) or about 180 yards of a similar medium-weight wool-blend yarn
  • one pair size 6 US needles
  • scissors
  • yarn needle

Gauge

20 stitches and 30 rows per 4 inches (5 stitches and 7.5 rows per inch).

Size

Finished bag is 10 inches tall and 3.5 inches deep with 12-inch long straps.

Instructions for Beginning the Bag:

  1. Cast on 35 stitches with the cashmere blend yarn.
  2. Purl one row.
  3. Do not cut yarn. Pick up the ruffle yarn and knit two rows (instructions on how to work with this yarn can be found at Lion Yarn).
  4. Do not cut yarn. Knit one row and purl one row in the cashmere yarn.
  5. Repeat with two rows of ruffles and two rows of the cashmere blend (just knitting the ruffles and working the other yarn in Stockinette) until you have five sets of ruffles. Cut the ruffle yarn.
  6. Work with just the cashmere blend yarn in Stockinette Stitch until piece measures 10 inches from cast on edge.

Finishing the Bag:

  1. When you've knit 10 inches, on the next right side row, purl.
  2. Purl the next row as usual and continue in Stockinette Stitch until 3.5 inches from the right-side purl row.
  3. On the next right-side row, purl.
  4. Purl the next row as usual, and continue in Stockinette stitch until this side of the bag (after the second right-side purl row) is as long as the other side before the ruffles, about 6 inches.
  5. Do not cut yarn. Work two rows in Ruffles followed by two rows in the cashmere blend as before until you have five rows of ruffles.
  6. Cut ruffle yarn. Purl one row and bind off. Cut yarn.

Gussets and Straps:

Gusset (make 2)

  1. Cast on 18 stitches with the cashmere blend yarn.
  2. Knit in Stockinette Stitch for 12 inches.
  3. Bind off.
  4. Make a second the same as the first, counting the number of rows to make sure they are the same length.

Straps (make 2)

  1. Cast on 10 stitches with the cashmere blend yarn.
  2. Knit in Stockinette Stitch for 12 inches.
  3. Bind off.
  4. Make a second the same as the first, counting the number of rows to make sure they are the same length.

To finish the bag, sew the gussets the bag body using mattress stitch and attach the handles to the inside of the bag about two inches in from the edges. Weave in ends.

Make it Your Own:

You can dress up this bag by using a different stitch pattern for the body, or using purchased purse handles instead of knit straps.

If desired, you can add the ruffles to the top of the gussets as well, though that will make the bag a little more bulky.

This is a bag that would be a lot of fun to add a lining to for even more personality.

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