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Handbag
Free Knitting Pattern
by KarensVariety.com

Size: 13 x 20 inches
Materials: 4-ply knitting worsted yarn
(Main colour and two contrasting colours)
No. 8 knitting needles
embroidery thread or applique (optional)
wooden handles (optional) or corded handle
Abbreviations:
 k  knit
 p  purl
 MC  main colour
 CC  contrast colour
 st(s)  stitch(es)
Tension: 5 sts equals 1 inch
7 rows equal 1 inch

A tote bag with stripes at top and bottom with side pocket. The opposite side of the bag can be the same or knit in the patterned stripes.

Cast on 51 sts in MC. K first 4 rows in stockinette st (k1 row, p 1 row).

Row 5: Cast on 6 sts, k across the 57 sts now on needle, cast on 6 sts at other end.

K 3 rows in garter st (plain knitting).

The pattern consists of the next 8 rows.

Row 1: Join first CC, * k 3, slip 1 st, repeat from * across row.

Row 2: * K 3, place yarn on p side, slip one st purlwise, place yarn back on k side, repeat from * across row.

Row 3: Repeat Row 1.

Row 4: Repeat Row 2.

Row 5, 6, 7, 8: Join MC and k across row.

Repeat these 8 rows, alternating CC in pattern, until work measures 12 inches from first pattern row.

Next row: In MC, * k 1, p 1; repeat from * across row. Repeat this last row for 5 1/2 inches.

K four rows plain knitting.

Join CC and work 2 complete patterns; one with each CC.

Bind off 6 sts, k across to end of row.

Bind off 6 sts at beginning of next row p to end of row.

K 4 rows in stockinette st. Bind off.

POCKET: In MC, cast on 15 sts and k 4 rows. Work two patterns, one each of CC. Bind off.

To assemble, sew pocket in centre of lower edge; embroider flowers or sew on applique above pocket (which resembles a basket) following the chart.

The bag handles are attached to each end of the knitted piece.
Fold piece in half and sew up side seams.

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