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Free Knitting Pattern: Hobo Bag

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Pattern #: 680
Rating: ****4.0 (based on 5 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Beginner (Level 1)

SIZE: One Size
Approx 27˝" high x 42" around.


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*Lion Cotton (Article #760). 100% Cotton; package size: Solids: 5 oz./140g; 236yd/212m balls
Multi: 4 oz/113g; 189 yd/170m balls.

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Size 6 29-inch circular needles

Hobo Bag

Lion Brand® Lion® Cotton


4 sts and 8 rows = 1" in garter st. 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


PATTERN STITCH (with straight needles):
Row 1 (RS): K.
Row 2 (WS): Sl first st as if to p, bring yarn to back between the sts, k to last st, bring yarn to front, sl last st. Rep Rows 1 and 2 for pat st with straight needles.

Top of First Strap:
With straight needles, cast on 16 sts. Work in pat st with straight needles for 6".
Inc Row (RS): Keeping to pat, k first st, inc 1 st in next st, k to within last 2 sts, inc 1 st in next st, k last st. Cont in pat st and rep inc row, inc 1 st after first k st and inc 1 st before last k st, every other row 24 times more, end WS -- 66 sts. Place sts on a holder.
Top of Second Strap: Work same as Top of First Strap. Place sts on a holder.
Join Straps and Body: Next Row (RS): Using circular needles, k 66 sts of First Strap, cast on 18 sts for body, k 66 sts of Second Strap, cast on 18 sts -- 168 sts. Mark beg of rnd. Join and work around in garter st (k 1 rnd, p 1 rnd) for 10" more. Dec Rnd: (K 19, k2tog) 8 times -- 160 sts. P 1 rnd. Dec Rnd: (K 18, k2tog) 8 times -- 152 sts. P 1 rnd. Cont in this manner dec 8 sts every other rnd, having 1 st less between decs on each dec rnd, until 8 sts rem; changing to dpns when necessary. Cut yarn, leaving a long strand to draw through rem 8 sts and secure to WS.

FINISHING: With WS facing, sew top of straps tog invisibly.

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beg = begin(s)(ning) bet = between
BO = bind off CO = cast on
cont = continu(e)(s)(ing) dec = decreas(e)(s)(ing)
foll = follow(s)(ing) inc = increas(e)(s)(ing)
k = knit meas = measure(s)
ndl(s) = needle(s) opp = opposite
p = purl pat = pattern
rep = repeat(s)(ing) rev = revers(e)(ing)
RS = right side sk = skip
sl st = slip stitch St st = Stockinette stitch
st(s) = stitch(es) WS = wrong side

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Pattern Average Rating: ****4.0 (based on 5 reviews)
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Hobo Bag Reviewed by Renee on 2014-09-17 ***
Fairly simple so far but I'm not finished yet, just starting the body of the bag and the pattern says to work "garter stitch" for 10" and gives the definition as (knit 1 rnd, purl 1 rnd) but that is stockinette stitch not garter stitch.. Garter stitch is knit or purl every row/round. A bit confusing.

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