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Mom Tattoo Bag


Mom Tattoo Bag

Mom Tattoo Bag.

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For Moms with an Edge:

If you're the kind of mom who doesn't like the typical mom paraphernalia (or you know a mom who is like that) this Mom Tattoo Bag is a good antidote.

It's pretty quick and easy to knit, with the body being knit in one piece in Stockinette Stitch with a ribbed edging and gussets and strap worked separately and sewn on.

The tattoo motif is mostly worked in intarsia, with the mom added in duplicate stitch when the knitting is done.

Because intarsia is worked with different balls of yarn for each color block, you'll need 3 balls of your background color and 2 in red.


  • 2 skeins of Lion Brand Vanna's Choice yarn in Charcoal Gray, and 1 each in Scarlet and Beige, or colors of your choice, or about 215 yards for your background color and 12 yards each for accent colors in medium weight acrylic or wool yarn of your choice, plus a scrap of black yarn
  • one pair size 8 US knitting needles
  • scissors and yarn needle
  • copy of mom tattoo chart


16.5 stitches and 22 rows per 4 inches (about 4 stitches and 5.5 rows per inch) in Stockinette Stitch.


Finished bag is 10 inches tall, 10 inches wide (without gussets) and 3 inches deep at base.

Instructions for Bag:

  1. Cast on 48 stitches.
  2. Work in knit 2, purl 2 ribbing 4 rows.
  3. Change to Stockinette Stitch and work until piece measures 10 inches from beginning, ending on a wrong-side (purl) row.
  4. Purl the next row, and the next row, and continue in Stockinette Stitch 3 more inches.
  5. Next right side row, purl. Purl the next row and continue in Stockinette Stitch for 2 inches.
  6. Work mom tattoo chart, centering on the bag and starting new balls of yarn when needed to avoid floats.
  7. After chart is complete, go back to background color and work in Stockinette about an inch, then work 4 rows of knit 2, purl 2 ribbing.
  8. Bind off in pattern.

Gussets and Strap:

For the gussets (make 2), cast on 12 stitches, work in knit 2, purl 2 ribbing for 4 rows and work in Stockinette Stitch until piece measures 10 inches. Bind off.

To make finishing easier, you may want to count the number of rows in your back panel and make sure your front panel and both of the gussets have the same number of rows.

To make the strap, cast on 8 stitches. Work in knit 2, purl 2 ribbing to length of your choice (pictured strap is 30 inches).

Finishing the Mom Tattoo Bag:

Once all your pieces are knit, weave in ends. Block pieces if desired.

Use mattress stitch to sew the gussets to the bag body, making sure to line up the ribbing at the top.

To add the mom lettering, use duplicate stitch and follow the chart, or add your own short message.

If desired, line the bag with fabric. This is a great way to add more functionality as you can sew in pockets to hold some essentials.

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