There are plenty of ways to knit a bag with straight needles, but this is the easiest way. You’ll need one ball of yarn for this project and about 4 hours of your time. This tutorial assumes you have basic knitting knowledge, so if you’re new to knitting or crochet check out our blog post on how to get started!
Knitting is a skill that has been around for centuries. One of the most common ways to knit is with straight needles. They are often used when you want to create something simple, like a dishcloth or scarf. Straight needle knitting patterns are great because they don’t require anything other than what you need in order to make them work properly!
This blog post will show you how easy it can be to knit up your own bag with straight needles. You’ll see that this type of project will take less time and be much more affordable than using circular needles, which typically cost more money and take longer because there’s no “reversing” direction – everything moves in one direction only.
If you’re looking for the best place to buy straight needles, I highly recommend checking out Craftsy. They are an online craft store that specializes in selling knitting supplies and tutorials.
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KH-300S Straight Needles 3″ Size 11 (8 mm)
CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE INSTRUCTIONS For your first project using straight needles, choose a bulky weight yarn. Five stitches per inch are good for this type of yarn. A bulky weight yarn, a size 11 needle and a fairly large knitting bag with a zipper closure will be needed for this project. The bag that we have chosen here is from Craftsy!
Using straight needles, cast on 30 stitches.
Keep your stitches nice and loose throughout the process. If you can’t loosen them up by changing how you hold the yarn, go down to an even bigger needle size (make sure it’s still labelled as “bulky”). This should help loosen things up between each stitch!
Knit every row until the knitting bag measures approximately 9 inches long. You should now have 15 rows of knitting completed at a point in time… Next, you will need to switch from knitting in a flat panel, to knitting back and forth in rows.
First, you want to prepare for this by folding the project in half with the right side of the bag facing you. Then turn your work over so that the knit side is now facing down, and slip one stitch from each needle tip onto a spare piece of yarn.
You’ll now want to re-arrange your stitches by moving them all around a bit until they’re on two empty needles.
Turn your work so that it’s once again right side up and pull out those spare stitches so that both needle tips have 30 stitches on them again. Slip those first 15 stitches on each needle as if to purl, and knit across the back.
You should now have two sets of 15 stitches on each needle. You’ve just completed Row 1 of your knitting bag pattern!
Turn your project over so that the knit side is facing you again and slip the first stitch of Row 2 from each needle tip onto a spare piece of yarn. Then rearrange your stitches – this time placing them all on one needle (the right hand one).
Turn work and slip first st pwise wyif, purl across to end. Working in stockinette stitch (always purling the wrong side rows), continue working Rows 3 through 10 until you reach about 14 inches in total length. Finish off your knitting with the wrong side row.
This means that you’re going to go back to working in a flat panel, just the way you started the project! Turn your work so that the knit side is facing you and slip the first stitch of Row 11 from each needle tip onto a spare piece of yarn. Re-arrange your stitches so they are all on one needle (the right hand one.)
Turn work pwise wyif, slip 1 purlwise with yarn in front.
the tip of the left-hand needle into the next stitch (the one on the right) like you would if you were going to knit it, then lift this loop onto your right-hand needle. Knit both loops together as one. Repeat this decrease all the way across the row until only four stitches remain.
After knitting row 13, turn work and slip 1 pwise wyif, knit to end, working two-stitch decreases at each end every third row.
This is what your bag should look like so far…
Now you’ll be working in stockinette stitch again for three rows before making another set of decreases…
You’ll now repeat Rows 15 through 19 using 3 sets 2-stitch decreases along Now it’s time for decreases! You’ll be knitting 2 together at both ends of every third row. Here’s how: Slip 1 knit-wise wyif (this will make another stitch appear where there isn’t one), insert