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Free Knitting Pattern: Big Bag

Lion Brand® Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®
Pattern #: 70051C
Rating: *****4.8 (based on 4 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Easy (Level 2)

SIZE: One Size
11 in. high x 18 in. wide x 6 in. deep (28 x 45.5 x 15 cm)


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Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®

Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 640-149: Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn: Charcoal
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Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®
Fisherman Blossom Russet Glacier Sky Blue Cobalt Navy Raspberry
Denim Taupe Oatmeal Barley Grass Lemongrass Pumpkin Spice
Apricot Cranberry Claret Fig Eggplant Charcoal Graphite Black
Grey Marble Obsidian Mustard Peacock Cilantro Butterscotch Denim Twist Celebration
Cabernet Constellation Gemstone Galaxy Poinsettia Mystical Starlight Wheat
Wood Sequoia Mesquite Granite Sandstone Marble Blackstone Jungle
Desert Flamingo Toucan Parakeet Monarch Seagull Blue Jay Purple Martin
Bluebird Raven Winter Sky Camouflage Tangerine Wild Strawberry Blueberry Abalone
Licorice Grape Acai Spearmint Toffee Peppermint Hoosiers Hoyas
Crimson Tigers Huskies Spartans Red Beacon Checkerboard Moonlight Hudson Bay
*Wool-Ease Thick & Quick (Article #640). Solids, Heathers, Twists, Prints, Stripes: 80% Acrylic, 20% Wool;
Wheat & Wood: 86% Acrylic; 10% Wool; 4% Rayon;
Oatmeal & Barley & Grey Marble: 82% Acrylic; 10% Wool; 8% Rayon;
Metallics: 79% Acrylic, 20% Wool, 1% Metallic Poly; package size: Solids, Heathers, Twists, Tweeds: 6 oz./170g (106 yd/97 m)
Prints, Stripes: 5 oz./140g (87 yd/80 m)
Metallics: 5 oz./140g (92 yd/84 m)

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•  640-149 Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn: Charcoal
$ 37.96  
Lion Brand Knitting Needles Size 11 [8 mm]   $ 5.95  
Lion Brand Split Ring Stitch Markers   $ 2.49  
Lion Brand Large-Eye Blunt Needles (Set of 6)   $ 3.59  
Additional Materials
2 wood dowels 1/2 in. (13 mm) diameter x 15 in (38 cm) long
3/4 yd. (meter) of fabric for lining
Sewing needle and thread

Big Bag

Lion Brand® Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®


10 1/2 sts = 4 in. (10 cm) in Seed stitch. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

Making a Gauge Swatch


Seed Stitch (uneven number of sts)
Row 1 (RS): *K1, p1; rep from * to last st, k1.
Row 2: P the knits and k the purls.
Rep Row 2 for Seed st.

Cast on 35 sts. Beginning with a p row, work in St st (k on RS, p on WS) for 9 rows (for casing). Increase 12 sts evenly across next row - 47 sts. Place markers on each side edge. Work in Seed st for 11 in. (28 cm). Place markers on each side edge. Work in Seed st for 6 in. (15 cm) more. Place markers on each side edge. Continue in Seed st for 11 in. (28 cm), end with a WS row. Place markers on each side edge. K 1 row, decreasing 12 sts evenly across row. Continue in St st, beginning with a p row, for 9 rows (for casing). Bind off.

SIDE PANELS (make 2)
Cast on 15 sts. Work in Seed st for 11 in. (28 cm). Bind off.

Measure Tote, not including casings. Add 1 in. (2.5 cm) to measurement of length and width. Cut a piece of fabric to this size for body lining.
From remaining fabric, cut 2 pieces, each 6 1/2 x 12 in. (16.5 x 30.5 cm) for sides.
With RS together and using a 1/2 in. (1.5 cm) seam allowance, sew one side to either edge of body lining, to make a bag shape.
Trim top edge evenly, then press 1/2 in. (1.5 cm) along top edge to the WS. Set lining aside.
Sew Side Panels to sides of Tote, aligning corners and lower edges of Side Panels with markers. Fold St st casing in half to inside of Tote and sew in place.
Slip lining into Tote. Slipstitch top, pressed edge of lining to inside of Tote. Slide dowels into casings and sew ends closed.
Handles (make 2)
Cast on 5 sts. Work in Seed st for 25 in. (63.5 cm). Bind off. Sew long side edges together. Sew each end of Handle securely to inside edge of casing, about 3 in. (7.5 cm) from end of dowel.

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k = knit p = purl
rep = repeat(s)(ing) RS = right side
St st = Stockinette stitch st(s) = stitch(es)
WS = wrong side  

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Pattern Average Rating: *****4.8 (based on 4 reviews)
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Big Bag Reviewed by Rhonda Downs on 2014-12-27 ****
Extremely pleased with the bag itself. Disappointed with the way the handles are attached to bag. Will look at another option should I decide to make another bag in the future.

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