In today’s blog post, I’m going to show you how to knit a bag with circular needles. Knitting bags is a great project for beginners as it doesn’t require too much skill or experience. It can be a fun and easy way to get into knitting.!
I’m using the free Simply Vogue knitting pattern available here. The finished measurements are 16 inches wide by 12 inches tall. You can modify this bag to your liking or use different weight yarns with different sized needles to create a custom-sized bag of any shape you wish!
Knit a Bag Materials
- US 19 (15mm) straight needles
- 300g of bulky weight yarn (I used Knit Picks City Tweed HW in the Manhattan colorway)
- You need to use straight needles with this project. It is not possible to knit it on circulars or double-pointed needles!
Row 1: Cast 32 stitches onto your needle. Join together, being careful not to twist stitches. Work in stockinette stitch until the piece measures 12 inches from the cast-on edge. Bind off all stitches and weave in ends. You now have one flat strip measuring 12 by 16 inches!
To form the bag, fold the strip so that there is a vertical fold line running down the center of it as shown below. If you bring the sides of the strip together, it will look like a very wide and short rectangle.
Make sure your work is not twisted! Arrange your needles so they are parallel to each other (you can make this easier by sticking one needle through the center hole of your work). Now begin knitting stitches onto your working needle. You’ll be knitting these directly off of one-half of your strip. To do this, slip half of your stitches purlwise with yarn in front (as shown below). Then knit these slipped stitches normally.
At this point you should have 32 live stitches on your needle with 16 on each side as shown below:
Now that you have all 32 stitches on just one needle, spread them out so they are 16 stitches in front and behind the central point of your needle.
If you turn your work 180 degrees clockwise, it will look like this :
Knit all 32 sts on just one needle! This is exactly how you would knit for a crab stitch when making an i-cord. Keep knitting until the work measures 4 inches from where you began dividing your stitches into two sides.
Bind off all sts
Stitch the sides of your bag together with yarn and a tapestry needle. I picked up 28 stitches on each side, but you can adjust this number if desired. Also, sew in any loose ends that may have been left sticking out after fastening off at the top of your strip! You now have a knitted tube that looks like this:
You’re done – congratulations! If you want to add straps to your bag, pick up 12 stitches along one edge and work an i-cord until it’s long enough for a strap (about 14-16 inches). Bind off and weave in ends. Repeat for another side of the bag. Use yarn and tapestry needle to sew strap onto the bag!
how to knit a tote bag for beginners knitting
A tote bag is a great way to show your personality and style. They are also practical for everyday use, whether you’re carrying groceries or just the essentials. This tutorial will teach you how to knit a simple tote bag that’s perfect for beginners. With this guide, it’ll take less than an hour of knitting time (and only around $20 in worsted weight yarn).
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Does the prospect of knitting a tote bag for beginners sound intimidating? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered with this easy guide! There are many different patterns out there, but I’m going to share my personal favorite.
It’s made from knit fabric and is lightweight enough that it can be used all year round. Plus, it’s made with an easy-to-follow pattern so even beginner knitters can have success with this project! Let me show you how to make one today.
worsted weight yarn (I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in Charcoal Grey) – You can get three bags out of one skein!
Size 9 knitting needles tapestry needle.
For this project, you’ll need to know how to cast on stitches and knit. This may be a good opportunity for you to learn the knit stitch (which is different from the typical U-wrap). If you’d like to learn these skills, check our earlier tutorials. Otherwise, here’s a quick refresher:
How To Cast On Your Knitting Needles: Wrap your yarn around the top of your needle and pull it through at the bottom. Repeat this until your cord is 24 inches.