A cute little knit gift bag can take a somewhat ordinary gift to a new level, and this easy Herringbone Gift Bag certainly will jazz up any little gift you're giving for any occasion.
The stitch pattern is easy once you get the hang of it, and the yarn used is something really special, lustrous and delicate yet fun and easy to work with (and you can use any fun medium weight yarn in your stash, since gauge and size aren't absolutely critical).
I love the way the textured pattern sets off the yarn, making an interesting and lovely bag without a lot of work.
- one hank Berroco Mica (I used Mother of Pearl, color 1102) or about 100 yards of medium weight yarn of your choice
- one pair size 5 US knitting needles
- scissors and yarn needle
About 20 stitches and 25 rows per 4 inches in Herringbone Stitch. Gauge is not critical.
Finished size is 7 inches tall and 6 inches wide.
- Cast on 36 stitches.
- Work in Herringbone Stitch, as follows:
- Rows 1 and 3 (wrong side): Purl.
- Row 2: *Knit 2 together, knit 2, place the point of the right-hand needle behind the left-hand needle and put the point of the right-hand needle through the top of the stitch below the stitch on the needle, from the top down, and knit, then knit the stitch above; knit 2. Repeat from * across, ending knit 1.
- Row 4: Knit 1, *knit 2, increase as indicated above, knit 2, knit 2 together. Repeat from * across.
- Continue until piece measures 14 inches. Bind off.
- Use extra yarn to sew side seams.
Finishing the Bag
I started sewing from the top and when I got to the bottom, I pinched about an inch of the seam flat to form a sort of base for the bag. This gives it a little more stability when sitting up, but isn't critical.
To make the handles I took 3 pieces of yarn, 14 inches long, tied a knot at one end, braided them together, knotted the other end and used a crochet hook to secure them in the fabric. Make two, or use other handles of your choice.