Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Miniature Knitting Bag pattern

This miniature knitting bag can be completed in an afternoon and makes an excellent ornament or gift for a knitting friend. It's also a great way to use up leftover sock yarn.

The bag is knit as one long piece and then folded at the bottom and seamed at the sides. The handle is an I-cord. The finished size is approx. 3.5 inches from the bottom of the bag to the top of the handles and 2.5 inches wide.


Claudia Hand Painted Fingering yarn or sock yarn of your choice

Size US 3 straight needles for bag, size US 2 double-pointed needles for the I-cord handle

Scrap yarn for stuffing the bottom of the bag and for making tiny skeins

Two toothpicks and small wooden beads for making needles

Craft glue

To make the miniature knitting bag:

Using the size 3 needles, cast on 22 stitches.

Knit in seed stitch for approx. 2.5 inches.

Knit two rows in garter stitch to form the first fold at the bottom of the bag.

Purl one row. This is the bottom of the bag.

Knit two rows in garter stitch to form the second fold.

Knit in seed stitch for approx. 2.5 inches.

Bind off.

To finish the bag:

  • Sew side seams using mattress stitch.

  • Knit a 5 inch I-cord using size 2 DPNs and two stitches. (If you don't know how to knit an I-cord, here are simple instructions at . It's really, really easy.)

  • Sew I-cord to inside seam of bag to form handle.

  • Make 4 or 5 tiny skeins using scrap yarn. Dab craft glue on the yarn as you form the skein so it holds its shape.

  • Make toothpick needles by cutting the tips off of two toothpicks and using craft glue to secure each bead to the tip of each toothpick.

  • Stuff the bottom of the bag with cotton or scrap yarn. Dab glue inside so it won’t come out.

  • Arrange the tiny skeins near the top of the bag so they are slightly peeking out. Dab glue inside the bag again to secure the skeins.

  • Place the toothpick needles inside the bag so the ends stick out, as shown in the picture.


Anonymous said...

This is soooo cute! I can see it as a tree ornament or a package decoration--would also make a nice brooch for a knitter.

Stacy said...

Thank you!

Anonymous said...

This is adorable! Thanks for sharing your idea!

Thimbleanna said...

Rachel sent me over and Holy Crap that's the cutest little bag ever!!!

Michelle said...

LOVE THIS!!!!!!!

I just may have to set a little time out to make something for ME:-)

Thank you for sharing it with us!!

Rosie said...

I'm generally not a comment-leaver but this is so, so cute and so perfect for an ornament exchange that I'm going to next weekend with my KNITTING friends! But I have to admit, I just learned to knit recently and I do not know how to make the handle! Any further suggestions on this part: "Knit a 5 inch I-cord using size 2 DPNs and two stitches"?

Thanks so much for sharing this completely perfect project!

Stacy said...

Hi Rosie, thanks so much for your note. I added a link to instructions for knitting an I-cord at It's really easy to do, even for a beginning knitter. Hope you have lots of fun at your ornament exchange.

Deb said...

Thanks for sharing this adorable patten. I just finished the seed stitch bag. I was wondering where I could find the patten for the basket weave bag.

Knitting is Gluten Free said...

I love this pattern. Thank you for posting it. In addition to some of the other suggestions mentioned here, this would also be cute as a refredgerator magnet.

What a wonderful way to use my bits of leftover sock yarn. Much appreciated.

Anonymous said...

I teach a knitting class at the library, and each year for Christmas I try to come up with an inexpensive ornament to make as gifts for my ladies. This lovely little bag will be the one I make for Christmas 2011. Thank you!

Unknown said...

Just ran across this pattern and I'm glad I found it. I make a lot of small easy gifts for our retirees group and this will work out great.


Anonymous said...

Love this pattern!!! Where can I also find the basket weave pattern??? Thanks so much!!

Karen said...

I'm not real proficient on the computer, but I can't seem to get the whole pattern for the miniature knitting bag pattern to print out. What am I doing wrong? Help!

Anonymous said...

Am also looking for the other bag in the picture.
Have made the Minature Knitting bag and would like to make the other one in the picture.
Thank You for these patterns.

Elayne said...

I also would like the pattern for the basket weave. I just finished my first seed stitch bag, but my yarn was a little too heavy, it came out too big. So I just bought some more sock yarn and will try again.

Stacy said...

Hi everyone,

The other miniature bag is actually knit in stockinette stitch. I didn't write down the pattern when I knit it, but here is my best guess:

Using US size 3 needles, cast on 22stitches.

Knit two rows garter stitch.

Knit in stockinette stitch for two inches.

Knit two rows in garter stitch to form the first fold at the bottom of the bag.

Purl one row. This is the bottom of the bag.

Knit two rows in garter stitch to form the second fold.

Knit in stockinette stitch for two inches.

Knit two rows garter stitch.

Bind off.

If anyone tries this modified pattern, please stop back by and let us know of any corrections.


Elayne said...
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Elayne said...

Thank you so much for your quick response. Also, how do I favorite your blog. There was no place to click on to favorite it.

Also, when I made the I cord, I used three stitches, it makes it a little fuller.

Elayne said...

I have been making this little bag , but casting on 12 stitches and attaching a key ring to the handle. They also make great zipper pulls.

WildflowerWool said...

Very cute!! Thanks for the pattern!

Anonymous said...

I am making for ME!! That is soooo cool; it will be a brooch. I will have to do a blue one for the sons' girlfriend (a new knitter-her bday is Jan 1st)

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