Bridesmaid's Bags - Erin
Gauge: 20sts in 4" in stockinette
Materials: 1 skein of Louisa Harding Nautical Cotton
US #7 double pointed needles
2.5" square of plastic canvas (optional)
a small remnant of coordinating fabric (optional)
coordinating color of sewing thread (optional)
Bottom of Bag
Cast on 4 sts. Join to knit in the round.
Row 1: KFB in all sts (8 sts)
Row 2: *KFB, K1 repeat from * four times (12 sts)
Row 3: *K1, YO, PM, K1, PM, YO, K1 repeat from * four times
row 4: Knit
Row 5: Knit, making a YO after each marker - each round will increase by 8 stitches.
Alternate Rows 4 & 5 until you have 44 sts
Next Row: Knit
Next Row: *Knit 5, YO, K6 repeat from * four times
Next Row: Purl
Sides of Bag
Round 1: KFB, knit to end
Round 2: Knit
Round 3: *skp, K2, YO, K2; *repeat from * to last st, K1
Round 4 and all even rounds: Knit
Round 5: Repeat round 3
Round 7: Repeat round 3
Round 9: K3, *YO, K2, K2tog, K2; repeat from * to last 4 sts, Yo, K2, K2tog
Round 11: Repeat Round 9
Round 13: Repeat Round 9
Round 14: Knit
Repeat Rounds 3 through 14 twice more.
Knit two rounds.
Next Row: *K2tog, YO, K4, YO, SSK repeat from * six times, K1.
Knit two rounds.
Bind off loosely.
Cut a length of yarn 70" long and fold it in half.
Twist these strands until they double back on themselves.
When the strands are tightly twisted, fold this length in half and knot the loose ends.
Make sure the cord is evenly folded and then knot the folded end.
If desired, you may stiffen the bottom of the bag.
Cut a piece of plastic canvas 2.5" square.
Cut two pieces of coordinating fabric into 3" squares.
Pin your fabric together with the right sides facing each other.
Whip stitch the fabric together on three sides.
Turn the fabric right side out and slide the plastic canvas square inside this pocket.
Fold the raw edges of the fourth side to the inside and use an invisible stitch to close the opening.
Turn the bag inside out.
Using a coordinating color of thread and making sure that the corners of the squares are lined up with the stitches between the YOs, baste the covered plastic canvas to the bottom of the bag.
Weave in your yarn ends. Thread the cord through the eyelets. Tada!