What’s Your Knitting Bag?

Too cute! The Knitting Needle Knitting Bag

I'm beginning to think that I have a Serious Knitting Bag Habit, as I am getting dangerously close to having a different knitting bag for each UnFinished Object. This would not be a "Serious Knitting Bag Habit" if I only had one UFO (and thus only one knitting bag), or perhaps even a grand total of three UFOs, each with its own respective knitting bag. No. That wouldn't be a serious habit, that would be reasonable, and perhaps even sensible. (Three UFOs is a sensible number, right? Right. Wouldn't want to get BORED, now, would I? Of course not.) However, my UFO list is in the double digits.

Now you see my problem.

Consequently, I am continually in search of the Best Knitting Bag Ever. It's become like a personal quest: I stop and examine tote bags, zippered bags, and handbags with all the zeal of a Hollywood talent scout looking for the next Harrison Ford. I have had great success in the makeup bag section of department stores—all those little compartments, plus the vinyl linings, mean that not only do I know where my bamboo dpns are, I also know that they are not poking out, asking to be snapped in two.

However, there is one type of knitting bag that appeals to my sense of art and symmetry: a knitted knitting bag. I like the idea of a bag that by its very appearance lets people know that I am a knitter, a bag that speaks of my love of yarn and needles, and what's more, a bag that can actually carry my yarn and needles…very cool.

Imagine my delight when I found the little pink bag shown above. It's not just a knitted bag, nor is it just a knitted knitting bag. It's a knitted knitting bag with knitting needles used as part of the design. Actual knitting needles! Rather than binding off the front and back pieces, you put the live stitches on a knitting needle, scrunch them up a bit, and add a little superglue. Clever! Seam the sides and bottom, and ta-DA! It's a knitted knitting needle knitting bag. (And did I mention how easy it is? The hardest thing in that berry stitch pattern is a p3tog, the rest is all knits and purls.) Cute, clever, easy. Doesn't get much better than that, does it?

Once I saw the photo of that bag in Bag Style, I knew it was the perfect pattern to offer as a book excerpt on Knitting Daily this week. So, here you go: Pam Allen's Knitting Needle Knitting Bag.

What do you carry your knitting in? What does your dream knitting bag look like? Have you found something clever to carry your projects in? Let us know what your bag is!

Check back on Wednesday, when I'm going to talk about ways to line your knitted bags so all the pokey things we knitters love to carry around don't poke out so much.

Sandi Wiseheart is the editor of Knitting Daily.

What's on Sandi's needles? I'm finishing up a pair of Evelyn Clark's Waving Lace Socks for a friend whilst awaiting the fate of the yarn for Nicholas' cabled pullover.

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253 thoughts on “What’s Your Knitting Bag?

  1. Well, I’m sure I’m not alone in having many, many “knitting bags”. I have one Namaste bag that’s a needle case, I think, I also have a knitone/crochet2 bag that is a lovely lime green. Then I have countless canvas bags, leather bags, old purses, clear plastic, make-up bags, you name it. I’ve even used freezer ziplock bags to carry projects.

    But lately, it’s been the Namaste bag. I carry it the most often, I think in an attempt to get my money’s worth out of it. It has to be the most money I’ve spent on any kind of bag, purses included. I just had to have it!

  2. Bags (and purses) are my favorite parts of knitting and crocheting. I have a bunch of bags: two or three cloth type that have lots of pockets for notions, an older one with a frame that stands by my chair, a newer one with a frame and zipper pockets that stands on the other side of my chair, and whatever my current purse happens to be is usually big enough to tuck in my crocheting or knitting.

  3. My wonderful husband bought me a beautiful Jordana Paige bag for my items. It has room for everything. I also have a couple of vintage cloth bag with wooden handles that I use when I do WWII Living History events.

  4. I would love a Jordana Paige bag for my knitting, but as I’m a poor student I can only just justify buying the wool for my projects, let alone anything to put them in! I’m sorely tempted to knit this bag (despite my UFO count being in double digits too) but I would want a lining, and I don’t sew, or have a sewing machine, so that may keep me safe.

  5. My most favorite bag for WIPS is a project bag that came free with an issue of Simply Knitting, this spring (British Mag). It stank to high heaven, though, of whatever it’s made out of, but a while with a Bounce sheet did the trick, and time has taken care of the rest. It’s a “box” bag with zipper, the perfect size for small to medium projects, and it actually fits alot more than one would think, currently all 9 balls of yarn for my Pacific Waves shawl.

    I used a 40% coupon, or 50%, on an Eagle One Skein bag at a local craft store. My needle roll fits perfectly down one side, and a couple balls of yarn plus WIP on circulars firts nicely in the other side; this is my traveling project, and I’m excited because I just finished the second side of a pillow; now to seam them most of the way up, and FELT! This is my first felting, so it’s exciting! I’ll be making a second pillow, but since I’m using a different feltable yarn than the pattern called for, I want to see what proportions this felts down to. I’ll be putting a little bead embroidered outline of a dolphin near the corner of one, and of a lighthouse near the corner of another (my hubby and I happen to love coordinating subjects, lol!). In Patons SWS blues/tans, these stripey pillows will go great in our seaside-themed living room.

  6. Woops, I got off track there, didn’t I! I’ve got other things in everything from old backpacks of dd’s to plastic grocery bags. I want to make the felted “box” type zippered bag from Knitting with Balls (although an inch or two longer), as that will be the same size and shape as the first bag I mentioned, which I love. How much cooler will it be to be using one I made myself! My local library has this book, so I’ll be utilizing it that way, and was pleased to note the excellent how-to information on adding zippers. Of course, if I like enough projects in the book, on to my Amazon wish list it goes . . . .

    I need to get a good smallish but big enough for a spindle and some roving, travel spinning bag, as I just got into THAT addiction, er, craft/art, this last week . . .! Silk-lined, for snag-free fibering.

    Needle & notions storage is a WHOLE ‘nother issue, especially since a dying aunt just gifted me with a variety of needles, notions, and vintage patterns & books. She is still with us, though she will be passing on in the fairly near future. These gifts will be treasured by me for my lifetime.

  7. Sandi, as usual, you’re so much fun to read!
    Since you asked, my favorite knitting bag is the “Stirling” Tote in lime green. The dimensions are 14″h x 7″d x 14″w. It’s got the perfect length straps; you can either carry it on your shoulder or in your hand. It’s ALL LEATHER, except for the outer clear pouch, and the inner clear pouches. You can put your pattern on the outside. It’s the best bag I’ve ever owned, after the Jordana Paige Messenger Bag, and I’ve had some (I own a yarn shop). Available are matching zippered accessories case with a clear front, zippered crochet case, 14″ needle case, 10″ needle case, and a new double point case. They’re all lined with fabric, in good taste. I have all the goodies in the lime green.


    Oops. The bag you wrote of is BEAUTIFUL. Thanks for drawing my attention to it! Oh, and Interweave RULES, too!

  8. hi, i find i have many ufo’s and they all have their own calico eco bag or various colours of the green fold out eco bags you buy at the supermarket. No more needles falling out lol catherine australia

  9. Oooooh! What a topic. I have double digit UFO’s too and I’m always looking for the right bag. I like a bag that keeps three projects together in one place. The best one I have right now is a homemade one by a coworker. She takes uphostery samples, puts pockets in the middle and sews them up. Alternates in the past have been a pink camoflage messenger bag from the local discount store. Actually, those are usually good finds. I just can’t splurge the $80 on a Jordana Paige as much as I want to. But I’m a casual gal.

  10. “Now you see my problem.”
    Problem? Is there a problem here? I think not! 🙂

    I have about half a dozen bags…you need different bags depending on where you are taking your knitting. There is the heavy-duty “vacation bag”, the smaller “soccer practice” or “doctor’s office” bag to carry the small no-brainer project, there is the “just wait til the other knitters see THIS bag” bag, and “the bag with the old, original knitting store logo” bag that you can’t bear to get rid of. And that’s just to start!

    Besides, I find that when I get too many bags going, half the fun is pulling them all out, emptying them on the floor, and reorganizing, sometimes even abandoning old projects and reallocating the yarn to new “wishful thinking” projects…with each project going into the right bag, of course!

  11. Erm… I have a cotton bag – you know, one of the ones they hand out in places where they’re trying to persuade you to stop using plastic carrier bags… and sometimes I just use a carrier bag anyway.

    Shameful, very shameful!

  12. I really love the KnowKnit bags. The small ones are great for socks, scarves, hats, baby things and the bigger ones can usually hold a sweater. I like them because they can hold the entire project plus the odds and ends (scissors, tape measure, stitch markers and photocopied directions in a plastic sleeve) in one place, PLUS it will fit over my arm and I can knit while in the car, plane, bus or other modes of transport. There is also. Right now, and for the past 12 months or so, they are my go-to bag of choice.

  13. I have several bags/baskets that I use for projects–2 favorites are a J. Jill tapestry carpet bag for big projects, and for small ones I just bought a little (10″ high) Jansport backpack in a fun print. It’s a great size for a small shawl or socks (the current occupant). It has a little zipper pocket in the front to keep stitch markers, highlighters, scissors, etc. from getting mixed up with the yarn. I don’t actually own a bag made specifically for knitting.

  14. LOL! My friends sometimes call me “the bag lady” because I’m a sucker for bags of all types.

    For knitting, I have a variety of bags, but my favorites tend to be from Lantern Moon. I have several different bags for toting projects as well as my wallet and other essential items with me.

    Since I’m a big sock knitter, I have about half a dozen of Lantern Moon’s small silk tafetta bags, which I love for socks in progress. They have nice loop handles on them that are great for holding the bag with yarn in it on my arm so I can stand in line, or whatever, and work on my SIP.

  15. I’m the pleased-as-punch owner of a Jordana Paige satchel. It was a birthday gift to myself at the beginning of the year, and although I use it as my daily handbag, it’s still in almost like-new condition.

    I love it.

    UFO’s are organized in “other” bags – generally those marvelous, “who is going to use these after the actual event” bags that I get when I attend conferences.

    All that said – I love this bag pattern. Maybe this will be my birthday gift to myself NEXT year. 😉

  16. I have a vintage barkcloth knitting bag that I got off of eBay (for under $5 with shipping!). The colours brightened up with a soak in a bath of the MIRACLE product (OxyClean) so it looks fairly new. I’ve managed to snap the vintage thin plastic handles though 🙁 maybe I can bribe my sewing mother to put some new ones on for me.
    I also have a small project bag from piddleee.etsy.com in the goldfish fabric. It’s such a great small project (like socks) bag. And it’s got a grommett to put the yarn through for easy bus KIPing. I love it SO much.

  17. I actually only have one knitted knitting bag … so far. Number 2 is all sewn up and waiting to be felted. My UFOs tend to get piled on my desk or table, while my current project gets thrown into my knitting basket. And all to often, small projects get thrown into the second compartment of my backpack – needles and text books don’t play well together!

  18. Nah, nothing shameful about using an ordinary tote. I use my handbag for my most frequently carried projects, socks. Fits just fine. For bigger things I use a plastic grocery bag. Or a cotton duck bag I got from the local grocery store years ago. I’m not interested in a “knitting” bag. I don’t carry that much stuff to knit with, just the WIP, maybe a tape measure, maybe a pattern. But if I do carry a pattern its copied onto an index card, or a photocopy from a book. I’d rather spend my money on my kids, or a vacation, or new shoes. I have more yarn than I’ll ever knit, so I don’t buy yarn either.

    Rebecca in southeastern Utah

  19. i’m a bore. i use your basic, run-of-the-mill canvas bags from walmart for $3. although, i actually did splurge several months ago and buy a misocrafty (dot com)-box type- sock project bags. i thought having a fun little sock wip carrier would make me want to make socks…. good thought, but it didn’t work 😛

  20. I used (re-use) gift bags. I like the really pretty ones. I have a nice plastic one that I use for my socks in progress.

    Don’t feel bad about all of the WIPS/UFOs. I have double digits too.=)

  21. I love bags totes and baskets for my UFO’s! Some I buy, some I make. I bought a Lantern Moon basket this summer that has become a repository for all those projects not-yet-started (NYS?), and I made a lined drawstring tote with interior pockets for my sock knitting. This is after I was in danger of snapping a double point using a purchased knitting pouch that was made out of nylon. I make my sock/hat knitting drawstring pouch out of upholstery fabric and line it with taffeta, which has held up very well! sorry for the ramble, but I am a bag junkie….

  22. First fave: Lexie Barnes KNIT bag. It’s my everyday work bag, can fit knitting or laptop depending on my activities! Lots of pockets and water/stain resistant.

    Second bag: Custom purse from Mackerilla Design. Room for water bottles, phone, keys, wallet, and one small project. Also great for walking the dogs! She’ll design to your specification.

  23. I do a lot of KIP, so I like the GoKnit bags. They are flat-bottomed, drawstring bags in rip-stop nylon, so my needles don’t punch holes in them. They also have a snap together strap that can be used to secure the bag to my wrist (for knitting in the grocery line) or to armrests and the support for the tray tables on airplanes. There is also a snap together strap inside to use as a yarn guide (which makes knitting with the bag on my wrist much easier.) I just wish they had an inside pocket for accessories. I have to use a zip-lock bag for that.

  24. I am a basketmaker as well as a spinner & knitter, so all my projects reside in black ash baskets. I have a small round knitting basket that hangs on my wrist with a cover that has a hole in the center so the yarn can feed out as I knit socks. I use a Canterbury Carrier (made on a Shaker mold) which I lined with mattress ticking for larger items like the sweater I am working on. I also have wool drying baskets up on feet for fleece & carded wool.

  25. Personally I just toss my knitting into my purse. If it’s small, or if I have stitch markers or tapestry needles that I’m using with it, I put it in a Ziploc bag first. I realized a long time ago that I’m probably never going to find a bag that’s exactly what I want, so I make do with what I have and can afford… which is things I already have. 🙂

  26. Needing a knitting bag I searched the Vera Bradley site and behold, before me on the screen was the perfect knitting bag- A Baby Bag. I figured if it can hold all things baby without tumbling out it could hold all things knitting and it does. All the yarn for a project,or 2…, needles, and all my survival tools in many pockets inside and out. Cost $92.00, worth every penny, and it is soft on the shoulder when transporting. Mary Ellen

  27. Oh My Gosh! I thought I was the only one with the knitting bag habit! I have several as well, one of my favorites for two-socks-at-once is actually a baby bag where I put the two center pull balls in the two pockets for bottles!

  28. My favorite knitting bag is a big felted one I made from the pattern called “My Constant Companion” by Janet Scanlon. It’s big and roomy, with a mosaic patterned pocket on one side. I need to figure out the best way to line it with pockets, so am glad you mentioned covering that in Knitting Daily.

  29. Best bags ever: Blue Kitty designs at Etsy.com (search for user katiefleck). I’ve got all my socks-in-progress in these and so far, my ferrets can’t get them open—though they *do* try to run off with the bags!

    Worst bag ever: Jordana Paige Knitter’s Messenger Bag. I’ll sell it to someone, if they want it! The darn thing has a ripped pocket—and I barely used it!

    I love “getting organized”, so things like Knitpicks DP Needle Tubes are great for my sock bags. But when it’s time to knit, I don’t want too many pockets to hunt through. That’s why I love Blue Kitty’s bags the most—and they’re reversible.

    (Note: I’m just a happy, satisfied customer of BKD. I’m not affiliated with BKD, nor do I get paid to say nice things about BKD. *smile*)

    I would love to find a knitting box that is ferret proof (ha!) that could sit by my chair in the living room and hold my current project(s). My husband made one I designed for my mother a few Christmases ago and I’ve been hinting for one for me ever since! *grin*

  30. I also feel well-portrayed in your description: sometimes my husband suspects that my knitting addiction is just an excuse to buy more bags. I love to store yarn and UFOs in baskets and have a selection of bags to carry current projects around. A Jordana Paige bag I got for Christmas, smaller handmade bags I bought on Etsy, and currently a strong gardener’s tote bag for a very large and heavy project I am working on. It’s got several pockets on the outside and is roomy as well, so it fits my current needs best.

  31. I too would love to find the perfect bag. Right now, for small projects I am using a hair brush bag from Avon. It cost 4.99 and has a handle so you can knit with it on your wrist, a good size central pocket and a bunch of small pockets around the outside. Perfect or socks and scarves. For bigger things I use old tote bags that I picked up at various conventions, etc and yes, I often use the bag the yarn came in.

  32. Unlike most knitters, including my mother, I am fairly good at keeping myself limited to one or two projects at a time…so I usually only have one bag in use. The bag I prefer is a tote bag that my Grandfather bought me in Hawaii, it has one of those designs that changes in the sunlight, and the design is a sun itself.

  33. I am a Bag lady too and tend to stuff my current projects into large ziplock bags that all go into various tote bags I have accumulated over the years. Not the best system I know. I usually carry 3 or 4 on going projects with me at a time and they cycle to the top depending on which one is in “time out” which is where “bad knitting” (translate as something just is not working out right) goes and I pull out the next project in the cycle. So I need Time Out Bags for Bad Knitting to sit and contemplate it’s ways while I am working on it’s bretheren 🙂 By cycling these 3 or 4 projects I eventually finish them all usually at the same time, then I start all over. KGG

  34. Bag pig here too — and even though I have lots of bags, my very favorite sock WIP bag was a freebie. I recycled a nice soft, but trong, plastic drawstring bag with an Apple logo on it. I like my Timbuktu messenger bag too, but had to cover the velcro closures with a small piece of knitting so they wouldn’t snag.

    I’m about to convert an aborted entrelac sweater to a bag, so am looking forward to your post on lining it. Knitting needles as handles — great idea.

  35. I use many different bags, need to keep my interest going. I tend to carry with me a project until it is too big as a carry project. I also tend to have more than two projects in a bag at a time. This way I never get bored, unusally an easy one and an advanced (hard, have to think about)one. I also keep everything in zip lock 2 gal. bags, inside my larger tote bag to keep everything together. Needles yarn pattern, ect. in one zip lock.and a pencil case for the little things that you need to have with you.
    The bag to knit in this newsletter would have to be alot bigger for me, but I think I may make it for my young niece (8) and her knitting! it is cute.

  36. Wow, I am a low-life–did you mention wal-mart? My UFOs are in wal-mart PLASTIC bags. Which, like Lain, I shove into my purse or briefcase when I want that project. I guess I better get with it. I have this great entrelac bag I WANT to knit for my KIPs but first to finish those socks..that purse…that other bag…that baby blanket…oh yeah those socks I don’t like…that cute mushroom hat, those slippers (oh yeah my son is probably too big for those now), and of course that great log-cabin quilt style scarf!

  37. I’m a bag geek, too. But I have to confess that most of my UFO’s ride around in Hefty 2-gal zipper bags. Part of the reason is that I must have a zip closing container if I leave knitting out and accessible, or Terry kitty will pull the balls of yarn out at night and carry them around the house. I generally carry everything else I need in locally made quilt fabric “purses” with lots of pockets inside and out.

  38. That bag is really cute!

    My bag? A Penguin book bag. It works. But in a mess.

    My dream bag?
    1.Approximately the same size as my current bag.
    2. Knitted. (Felted cables!)
    3. Inside a sturdy fabric with a couple of ribbons running across one side to keep patterns/magazines/books from flopping over.
    4. Pockets of various sizes for all the other odds and ends.

  39. Hey guys! I, like a few, use only one type of bag–a ziploc freezer bag!! I am, however, like many of the rest of you, in that each project has its own ziploc freezer bag! They get stuffed into my bookbag if I’m taking them to school, or carried with me in my purse, another bag, or my hand if I’m going anywhere else.

  40. Wonderful. Perfect little bag. LOVE the pink too. I’m sure I have some pink yarn in my stash. And this will be just the thing for those old broken tip wood needles that I can now sand off and use for the tops. Yeah! I am making this bag this week.

  41. I do like to buy nice yarn, good needles, quality accessories, but for my project bags, I tend to just use cloth sacks or those clear zippered pouches that come with sheets and the like. Not really a ‘project bag’ kinda gal, I guess!

  42. At the moment, I have yet to find the perfect knitting bag. I keep flipping back and forth between having a bag that has enough compartments to hold all the little bits and bobs one needs when you knit, but is too small to actually hold a knitting project, and a bag that is large enough for the number of projects I like to carry around with me (usually 2-5) but is SO large that all of the little things–tape measures, patterns, stitch markers, scissors–get lost in it! Or, the bag gets too heavy to carry comfortably (which is my fault, not the bags fault).


  43. I have several sizes of clear plastic zip totes. Each has a simple $.01 pencil box with nearly identical basic supplies and its own pair of cute magnifying spectacles. I can add exotics for the current project like a cable needle or the dpn to finish a hat.

    Why the clear bags? With my eyesight, I can see far away fine or close-up with the glasses. Groping around in the dark knitting bag was rough so the clear ones made it easy to spot my targets.

    Besides, it sparks interest when I carry my knitting but am not actually KIP.

  44. I love this bag and what a great idea for a present for my knitting friend….Of course, with most knitting projects I would put my own spin on it and probaby do I-cord handles, make it bigger so I can felt it! that would help with the lining issue! Off to spin some wool for this! Theresa in MY

  45. Ah well, Sandi, since you asked: my UFOs and WIPs (are they really one and the same?) live in those clever little heavy guage, clear zippered bags that drapery and linens are sold in. I’ve picked up about 10 (mmmm, ok maybe a few more than 10) from my local linen shop, who were happy to save a few for me.
    I love the heavy plastic (keeps the pokies inside) and being clear makes finding those misplaced stitch markers easy.
    I also use little paper disks with holes in them (available at stationary supply stores) to mark the needle size when I remove the Denise or Harmony tips from a UFO for use on another WIP. A girl’s gotta have her tools, right?!
    I love, love, love and so appreciate all your huge efforts to give us your daily post.

  46. My favorite knitting tote is my Vera Bradley “Vera” bag. There are SIX interior pockets! Perfect to stash needles in…Plus it has a very roomy interior with a toggle closure(no zipper, no snaggy)and one exterior pocket.

  47. I’ve tried bags of all sorts and always come back to the same basic type: Zippered bags made of heavy, clear plastic — the kind of bags that other things came in. Large projects go in the zippered bags that sheets came in. My sock project has found THE perfect bag. A small, rectangular, zipped, clear rectangle with a handle. A tooth whitening kit came in that one.

    I’m so garsh darn sophisticated hey?

  48. I had the same problem. Too many projects, not enough bags. I found two ways to combat the problem. For small projects, or large ones before the get big, the small bags that you get from some store that will stand open in their own and have the woven handles. The size is perfect and you can always find your stuff. The second will work for any project if you have a large enough size. I love to reuse the plastic “bags” that comforters, sheets, curtain, whatever, as long as it has a zipper. They are clear, come in various sizes, water resistant, and free with purchase. 😉

  49. I use the bags I pick up at conferences; one project per bag. Depending on the project I may put the actual project into a ziplock bag. I use ziplock bags or cosmetic bags for all the accoutrements so don’t need pockets in the bag.

  50. ‘The Bag’ at the moment is one of those free makeup gifts from the holidays – it was actually a 2fer- coin purse and makeup bag. Inside is usually one ball of yarn and a started sock (sometimes the mate too), pencil, additional needles, a bit of paper, my hardware tapemeasure,white thread and needle. Inside the coin purse- tapestry needle, stitch markers, scissors, bread bag ties, safety pens and my soft tape measure. And to top it off most times I can fit the coin purse inside the larger bag, if not it just clips onto a loop at the side. Thats it. Wallet, keys and phone – coat pockets. Good to go anywhere! Happy knitting.

  51. Oh jeez. Where to begin? Ok, so I have the Eagle one skein knitting bag, make that two, and also the extra large super jumbo one that has 6 grommetted pockets the size of Red Heart Super saver yarn skeins. It has oodles of pockets and tabs and mysterious little loops of elastic. Plus a plastic see thru pocket for patterns. Did I mention i’ve never used it yet? Then we have the various plastic gift bags, mostly from Target, because they have the cutest ones. Hmm. Let’s see. Oh yes, all the little makeup bags from the dollar store for carrying notions in. One of my LYS puts all your purchases in a great plastic bag with handles, so what I do is pop those in and out of the Target giftbags. A liner of sorts, dontcha know? Two weeks ago I bought 2 of the greatest handbags on clearance at Kmart. They are huge, and all sorts of great pockets. These will be great for traveling. And then, one time at band camp……..I bought a whole bunch of wool to make felted bags and matching needle cases. Plus some lovely brocades to line the needle cases with. It’s still in the shopping bags. And last but certainly not least, are my set of matching Walmart bags.
    I need another bag.
    Is it time for my medication yet?

  52. I love the knitted bag! How cute.
    I use the Vera Bradley “Tie Tote” (a birthday gift), which is good because it fits more knitting than you might think, a water bottle, and all the goodies from your purse. I knit at sporting events a lot, and this makes hauling everything easier when you’re climbing over the bleachers.
    I also used to use a bag I got free from Victoria’s Secret a couple years ago, but it’s a huge bag- perfect for carrying all the pieces of a big sweater when you’re nearly done with it, or for multiple UFOs, but less perfect for shoving under your bleacher seat at a hockey game.

  53. I absolutely LOVE this bag…It is so cute and ingenuitive (sp?) It is great it combines all the things I love in to one adorable bag!!! Design well done and thank you for sharing it with us. Alicia Sacramento, CA

  54. The knitted is so cute. I too have several ufo’s. I have a felted Boogie Bag, that turned out a little stretchy. I like to mix different types of yarn with Cascade 220 when I make felted bags. Never know how it will turn out. Its red and black, my favorite colors, so I use it often. I have a “Harrods of London” tote with another project in. The bag was a gift from my mom after a trip to London. It makes me feel like a world traveler when I use it. Other projects move between other tote bags, etc. I usually put the actual project in a larger baggie, to protect it before going into the bag. One tip I do have, for cicular needles and extra do dads, is a “Worm Bag” from a fishing store. I love it, because I have everything organized and if needed can just throw the worm bag in my tote and bring it along. Love all the bag recommendations, I’ll be looking for them.

  55. For my in-home project, I use a basket. I used a large red canvas bag for several years that I bought at a garage sale for $1.00
    Now, I splurged and bought a lime green with pink lining namaste bag. It has pockets for my needles and other things that I need for my knitting projects. I has enough room for one knitting project. Now, I am hooked on knitting bags also,and might knit the pink bag, It is so cute.

  56. What’s wrong with having a bag for each unfinished item??? I ran into the problem of not being able to find the instructions for the item so here in Australia plastic bags are a “No No” so the started selling bags to take your grocers home and now they have become my UFO bags..one per item and there’s heaps because of all the great patterns

  57. I was searching for the perfect knitting bag just as my 2 year old was getting out of the full fledged diaper bag and moving to a smaller piece of luggage. Friends bought me a large Kate Spade Diaper bag when I was pregnant and since I wouldn’t have made enough money selling it on ebay I decided that it was a perfect knitting bag. All of the interior pockets hold my needles perfectly, the zippered pouch holds all of my smaller items and the inside is nice and roomy. It’s a diaper bag repurposed for free.

  58. No bag within my reach is safe from assignment to the Knitting/Crocheting Brigade. My favorite was a freebie at a boutique opening, often I use plastic freezer bags and soda bottles to keep my projects pet-hair free, and when we travel and the bag will rest on the floorboard of our Toyota between my feet – a clean brown paper deli delivery bag works wonderfully.

  59. I am totally addicted to my Tumi messenger bag as my knitting bag. It’s pretty big but it will hold everything. It has all kinds of little places for needles, books, extra yarn, as well as my wallet and cell phone. It’s pretty much indestructable.

  60. I, too, have each WIP (or sometimes 2) in a separate bag. I have so many that my DH calls me the “Imelda Marcos” of tote bags. I like to have my notions in smallish zip bags and I have several equipped with most of the things I’ll need when out knitting, so it isn’t really important to me to have a bag with all sorts of pockets, zippers, etc., though one or two pockets are nice. I like a bag that will stand up and stay open reasonably well, that is durable with sturdy handles and is of a fabric that will not get dirty easily. The bag has to be big enough to hold a pattern, at least a couple of skeins of yarn and a reasonably-sized WIP with its needles.

    I don’t carry more needles with a project than it needs, and I don’t have to carry all the skeins that may go into a sweater with me. I have bags (along with a notions bag inside) that are ‘assigned’ to the SnB groups that I go to regularly , so if I have something to take to that group, I can put it in that bag when I think of it, and not have to wonder later what I was going to take with me. The project I’m taking to work on is just added to the bag as I get ready to go, if I’ve taken it out between meetings.

  61. Ok…my Main knitting bag has spare needles, darning needle, crochet hook, reading glasses, 3 projects (I also do not want to get bored) my LYS’s card with phone number, my cell phone..candy, raw nuts (don’t want oil on my knitting) pocket knife & water, sometimes a pattern.

    Other bags…oh dear,am at work, could not tell you..but pretty much a copy of my main one but one or two projects. Water or food transfered from bag to bag as well as cell phone.

    I even have a “fancy” bag I use at functions, like weddings and such. Love the knitted knitting bag!!!

  62. Whew! I share your habit of knitting bags (and all kinds of bags for that matter). Honestly, though, what works best for my knitting is stuff-sack(s) for camping. I have three, two medium and a small. The medium sized bags can easily hold a sweater. The small is good for socks or a hat. Stuff-sacks aren’t exactly chic, but they are really practical. They’re cheap, durable, have a locking thingy on the drawstring, and come in a variety of sizes and colors. I have several projects, small and large things, and the stuff sacks work great! This way, I can bring along the project that will suit me (time, space, schedule) on any given day. I also have a little make-up type bag for my favorite scissors, stitch markers, cable needles, etc. This little bag gets switched from sack to sack. The bag for the project that I’m bringing along gets tucked into my backpack or tote.

  63. I hear you! I too, am on the eternal quest for The Perfect Knitting Bag. My current love is actually a diaper bag. It was so well disguised as a normal messenger-style bag that I didn’t even recognize it for what it was until I pulled the wipe holder and changing pad out of it – after I got home! What’s cool about it is that all those little pockets that are great for holding binkies and sippie cups are also great for holding DPNs and balls of yarn. I’m still on my quest, as it’s not as elegant as my ideal, but it will sure sustain the hunger for a while. =)

  64. Ohmigosh I am a total bag ho! My current fave is the Jordana Paige Knitter’s satchel in grape, but then I am the only person I know who has a leather jacket the exact same color. So it HAD to come home with me! I also have a leather totebag that I got from a street vendor in DC that is roomy and sturdy, and I love it. And a denim one that looks like faded bluejeans. For tiny, one ball projects I am apt to just throw the thing in a ziploc and put it in my purse. I have the KnitPicks KIPper set, and some sort of round duffel that has long pockets all around the outside (and is semi-hard sided) but alas it is actually too big to take anywhere. Someday I will make the perfect bag. I can’t wait for that new book to come out! Trish in MD http://www.trishknits.com

  65. I have several bags for different size projects. From a small nylon on-the-go bag to a knitted/felted Noni bag. Even a few of the Clinque make-up bags work for projects or accessories. You really can’t have too many knitting bags.


  66. I use various cloth bags for my knitting. One of my favorites is a bag from LL Bean. It is large and roomy plus it stays open flat. It holds a lot.
    For my socks, I carry those in a booga bag.

  67. Which bag–I have the Shawl Ministry Bag, I have the needle/accessory bag. I have the grab and go in case you get delayed bag. I have bags with yarn. I have the patterns I would like to make bags. For containers I have little metal breath mint boxes with little scissors, markers, needles, etc. I am forever shuffling through a bag to decide which UFO I want to finish next. Bags are wonderful. I like bags with pockets


  68. Knitting bags are beautiful but me being me, I use whatever tote bag or plastic bag there happens to be in the house. The only thing I won’t use as a knitting bag is a noisy plastic bag like they give you at supermarkets. My extra needles and yarn stash go into a plastic filing cabinet type thing to keep things neat but out of the way. My scissors, measuring tape, tapestry needles etc. are kept in an old pencil case leftover from when I was in high school. Wow, that makes it about 15 years old!
    Still, I love today’s knitting bag pattern and I’m really looking forward to Wednesday’s post on how to line it so I can apply that to lining knitted handbags. Is there an easy way to do that without a sewing maching?

  69. Yes , well I would have the same problem! That is many WIP’s and bags. But my main knitting bag is a knitted one. A few years ago I knitted a backpack and added a lining. I have used it ever since, great bag. Just wish I had the time to make some more but you know all those UFO’s…. 🙂 Cheers

  70. My favorite knitting bag is a repurposed diaper bag. It is a stylish black with pink trim. It has lots of pockets and a large center area for projects. I also use clear makeup bags for notions so that they are easy to find.

  71. Thanks for the great pattern for the Knitting Needle Knitting Bag. I am so excited because I plan to make each of my daughters one for Christmas. They are beginner knitters and I know they will love them.

  72. My knitting bag is a canvas tote like you can find at Land’s End or Eddie Bauer with a multi-pocket Removeable Tote Insert made from a canvas carpenter’s apron, an idea from Martha Stewart Magazine from 2003

  73. I love the berry stitch bag pattern. It would be great if there is a way to knit a larger version as well as the petite version, But what I’m really searching for is a pattern for a great knitted diaper bag! Any suggestions? Also, I want to run out and buy Bag Style right now! Thanks for sharing.

  74. Oh boy, have you ever opened a bag of….yarn! I have two honest-to-goodness knitting bags – a gorgeous quilted one with many pockets, and a sachel-shaped one in an attractive olive green print. I use them for very special projects. Otherwise, I use and store my yarn in project-sized center-pull balls in tote bags I find at the local thrift shop for 75 centers each. They hang obediently on double brass hooks in my double closet. I use only the ones I find that have square bottoms that hold my neat little yarn cakes neat and tidy. I try to match the bag to the project in color or “feel”. (Don’t tell, this is too artistically neurotic to get noised around.) Mary

  75. My knitting bag is a tool box! The lid has two separate compartments – one large one perfect for holding my needles and one divided one for all those knitting trinkets one simply has to have. The best part of my little knitting tool box is that the lid clips on tight to keep my beloved cat from helping herself to my yarn. It’s her favourite toy!
    Toni McKilligan

  76. I have to say that my various projects are kept in their own full sized “gift carry bag” that have been recycled for my knitting, having been given with gifts in on birthdays, Christmas etc. When one gets a bit “tatty” I just grab another one. I am not into double figures yet but coming close. I certainly intend having a go at the knitted knitting bag. best wishes from Down Under, Barbara

  77. I havea use the big zip lock storage bags to hold my stash, separated by fiber contenta (wool, cottona, acrylic). After I got tired of my dogs getting into my KIPs bag, I invested in a LL Bean Large sized boat bag witha a zipper top. I love it and I got my name embroidered on it. Best of all, the dogs can’t get their teeth through the canvas!!

  78. I tend to use a one-strap, teardrop-shaped backpack. It’s big enough to accommodate a full-sized pattern book and a sweater-sized project, plus it has a smaller pocket on the front of the bag and a few interior pockets. And best of all, it’s PINK! (I’m just a big sucker for different shades of pink.)

  79. I finally grabbed the KIPer bags off Knit Picks. It’s a set of three bags (Sm, med, lg) and an interchangeable purse. They’re fabulous. For storage, I like to use bedding bags, because they squish flat under the bed and keep my Christmas presents clean.

  80. My tote along knitting bag is a cute cylindrical oval make-up bag. It holds perfectly the sock yarn and needles (short dpn or circs) and I always make a copy of any pattern in my books so as to fold it up small enough to carry. I also use a woven ribbon waste basket at home, plastic ziploc bags and a small roots tote bag that holds larger projects. I thing this bag will be made with a lining.
    My Mom helped make a lining for the Squatty Sidekick this weekend and it is beautiful!!

  81. I use a small Barnes and Noble tote bag to carry around my portable projects (usually socks.) It’s just the right size for the project plus my accessory bag, and maybe a book or magazine, too.

  82. What I like the best about the Knitting Needle Knitting Bag is that it looks like you can just keep on knitting if you needed more room. Very cute design.

    For my own knitting bags, I have some clear plastic zippered bags I got from Knitpicks, and a fabric pouch I bought off Etsy for my sock in progress.

    I would love a fancy knitting bag, but don’t have the finances for it now, unfortunately.

  83. I’m so thrilled with the pattern today!!! YAAAAAYYYYY!!!!! I can’t wait to make it. Just FYI – Lion Brand (I think) has a similar style, made with their suede-like chenille, but bigger, like a carpet bag. No embedded needles tho. I have that pattern in my pile of “Things to Knit When I’m Done Everything Else for Everyone Else.”
    I have friends in London (UK) and when I go visit I always go to Harrod’s and get one of their signature bags (it’s about the only thing I can afford). They have a few different sizes and tons of colours/styles to choose from. Even though they don’t have pockety things, I find them perfect for different size projects, they have smiley memories attached and they’re pretty unique on this side of the pond (at least where I am).

  84. Hi everyone 🙂
    I have a nice Bagsmith bag that I like to keep all my needles and some bigger projects in. BUT, BUT, BUT, I have about 10 other bags–from empty plastic grocery bags to used gift bags to little canvas bags–for works in progress. My husband thought buying me the Bagsmith bag would reduce the “bag lady” syndrome, but it didn’t really, hahaha.
    I love Knitting Daily! Thank you!

  85. What an adorable bag.
    I, too, have a knitted knitting bag thing. I’d never designed anything before, but I was struck with an idea and plunged forth. It’s a red/black/white plaid felted messenger bag with a leather handle I bought at Stitches. I lined it with a fun brocade that’s thick so I won’t poke holes in it, plus I used plastic canvas to make it sturdy.

  86. My “knitting luggage”, as I so affectionately call it, was designed by Barbara Avery and consists of 4 coordinating pieces all made of a beautiful tapestry fabric with an elephant motif. I love the main bag because it’s not deep (I don’t have to dig for items that fall to the bottom) and has 5 extra pockets – 2 outside and 3 inside. My friend, Linda, comments that the bag can hold nothing or everything; when empty it doesn’t collapse, and when full it seems you can stuff even more into it.
    The accessory case that I use to store my circulars (one pocket per needle size) is completely customizable: all pocket inserts are held in place with velcro, and each insert has 1-2 pockets per side.
    A dpn case/roll accomodates longer and shorter needles or crochet hooks. Finally, I use the small dual-pocket pencil/cosmetic-type bag for stitch markers, Chibi needles, tape measure, needle guage, etc. As spectacular as that all sounds, I still want Pam Allen’s bag!

  87. I am a knitting bag addict also. If I am boating or on the beach my bag of choice is water proof/ sand proof with a zipper. The plastic yarn tub with a flip lid with a hole in it for the yarn works great also. While traveling, I have a small bag I use for wash rags and scarfs. I also have a large bag with small pockets circling the entie bag. This works for a project with many colors or balls of yarn. For my needles I use organizers from Jo Ann’s that have zipper pockets. If I want something less cumbersome, I use a Paint ball paint tube to hold my double point needles. Yes I do have several projects started in several different bags!

  88. One knitting bag??? Don’t tell me you’re only supposed to have one!! Augh! I’ve got all kinds of bags to put knitting in – canvas totes, quilted totes, knit and felted totes… you name it! I’d probably have one bag for every UFO I have but I’d have bags in the double digits!

    Now there would be a quiz for all of you… How many UFO’s do you have lurking about?


  89. What’s my knitting bag? I live in the eastern part of the beautiful state of Washington,(Wenatchee, WA) nestled in the Cascade Foothills, known as the Apple Capital of the world. The owner of a local women’s boutique weaves her own yarn and is a knitter also. She makes great bags out of old sweaters and they are “to die for”. I too am always looking for that perfect bag for my projects and have so many, but these sweater bags are my favorites so far. I’m anxious, however, to make this adorable pink bag that I can say I made myself!
    Jackie Krueger, Wenatchee WA

  90. How well I can relate to the eternal quest for the perfect knitting bag! My husband just doesn’t get it. Even my knitting mom questions me when I arrive for visits with a different bag each time! Time to add that cute bag to my collection…thanks for the pattern!

  91. I tend to carry single projects in gallon Ziplock bags, tucked my briefcase. But I wanted a *big* bag for larger/multiple projects, or travel, so I designed one, a huge doubleknit-and-then-felted (to make it reversible) bag in a skull and crossbones motif. I’ve made the pattern available free under a Creative Commons license on talklikeapirate.com (since no HTML is permitted in comments, just look for “Knit Like A Pirate” in the menu.)

  92. Hmm, where do I start?

    The ArtBin knitting backpack has the KnitPicks Fair Isle cardigan that I’ll probably never finish.

    The vinyl tote from my LYS (Fine Points, Cleveland, OH) has a jacket that’s about half done.

    The Vera Bradley purse I just got for my birthday has two half-done scarves (one for the Red Scarf project and one for my hairdresser).

    The tote bag from a conference I went to has the patchwork afghan that is awaiting joining all the pieces.

    My Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Team in Training drawstring backpack carries most of the little things that I work on in the car.

    Then there’s the plastic boxes with the “almost finished” stuff…

    And Catherine with the Vera Bradley Tie Tote–how on earth can you knit and watch a hockey game at the same time? I can’t keep my eyes off the ice long enough to even think about trying!

  93. What don’t I use for a knitting bag!! I have a felted bag that I made to carry small projects, I have some canvas bags that came as freebies from different places, I have a zippered black nylon bag that goes over the shoulder…why do I use so many bags? Because they are constantly filled with my ‘in progress’ projects! I love this pattern and will be making it also!

  94. I’m afraid I actually have started down the “one bag per UFO,” completely independently of this article. But I am a bag junkie, and have a ton of tote bags. So I can keep adding UFOs without running out! 🙂

  95. You always have the best posts Sandi!! I have always been a girl with bags – when I was a little girl I had a dog purse with plastic handles and I took it everywhere with me. I called it my “puuh.”

    These days I still have lots of bags and am discovering the joys of knitting project bags!! I love the various sized zipper vanity bags, I actually found a set of 4-6 little zipper pouches (all tucked one inside the other, so cute!) at the thrift store for just a couple bucks! The largest one holds my current sock project, and others are holding a variety of other things – safety pins, yarn scraps, one is even my wallet! Just last week I bought two more bags at the thrift store (each for fifty cents!) – one a simple canvas bag with some garden logo on it, and the other a colorful patterned bag that can hold my sock and phone and wallet. I am loving the project bags!

    I also hold some of my “home projects” in baskets, though that is much less popular now that I have an inquisitive kitten about. ^.^

  96. Well, I’ve gone through my share of totes, canvas bags, felted bags and what not, but lately it’s been Rubbermaid containers for the whole pile and a Ziploc bag for the pattern. This keeps the pattern visible and neat, and no pokey needles getting broke or lost.

  97. My daughters have kept me supplied with little brightly colored cardboard suitcases; one in pink, one green and one with high fashion accessories; all the perfect size for a pair of socks or a fine lace shawl. And then I have a knitted and felted “Heidi” tote from Black Sheep Designs for dark colored bigger projects and just last weekend at Oregon Flock and Fiber, I got the perfect Ghana basket, rectangular, tall sides and lovely leather handles; the fair isle vest for my husband out of his handspun nestled right in. And then the new mystery fiber reusable carrier bags from the market are perfect for the mohair “lingerie dress” from Lace Style; no snagging possible. How many was that?

  98. Oh, I love my knitting bag. I purchased it about five years ago at a home decorating store. Its red leather lined with felt. Its not a bag at all, but a magazine holder! Best part? Ive paid more for a ball of yarn than I did for the bag. Its perfect for almost any project. Since its a magazine holder, my knitting magazines or patterns fit into it perfectly. It also leaves room for “purse” stuff!

  99. I also have innumerable knitting bags, but my favorite is one I knitted using my very first handspun and hand-dyed yarn. The yarn is bulky and uneven, typical first try at handspinning, but it gives texture and interest to the bag. I felted it slightly to help prevent needles from poking out, and it is a cheerful, colorful bag; it makes me happy just to see it!

  100. I bought the largest straw bag from the Christmas Tree store this summer. It is over a foot tall and about 2 feet wide. Inside I keep a container of crochet hooks, a notions bag, and my Denise interchangeable needles. Then each of my projects is in a bag with their needles, directions notes and more are each in a large gallon size ziplock. I can take the bags out when the big bag gets to heavy….but I have found that the bigger the bag the better..for general knitting storage and then ziplocks inside that can be transfered to my other multiple totes!

  101. My MAIN knitting bag for the moment is the result of a happy accident. I threw a huge striped sweater into the washing machine with my latest felting project. The colors blended beautifully, so I stared at it for a while. I cut off the arms & neck band & sewed up these openings. Then I turned the former sweater upside down & put grommits in the ribbing & attached store-bought straps. It is strong, colorful & it looks much better on my arm than it did in its previous life as a sweater.

  102. well…the tool kit is in a little silk drawstring bag that a birthday present came in. there’s the harrisville yarn fair isle tote bag that i lined with a divider. the levenger book satchel, with the zippered divider section that i got on sale. the oblong handwoven basket with shoulder straps that i bought at a weaver’s guild sale. for the beach, there’s the cheap, lightweight silk tote bag that i got at an import store. does the modified version of the sewing workshop L squared bag pattern that’s on my cutting table count if i haven’t finished it yet? or the martha washington cabinet and the wooden writing desk both full of needles and tools and ufohz count, since they’re furniture?

  103. My husband calls me the bag lady. I am a sucker for a great bag. However, I put each project (knitting, cross stitch, rug hooking, punch needle, etc.) in a zippered clear plastic pouch. I currently have 4 “It’s In The Bag” pouches that are big enough to fit my smaller projects or one side of a sweater or sleeve and for the larger projects I use the plastic zippered pouches that comforters, pillows, or shams come in. I put everything I need for that project into the pouch. I put a copy of the pattern in a plastic sleeve that is in the pouch along with a pencil, markers, crochet hook (for dropped stitches), counter, needles, yarn, gauge measure,and tape measure. Whenever I pick up the pouch, I am good to go. The clear plastic makes it easy to find the project and fits into my other bags easily!

  104. Hi, Sandi. I like those little gift bags–paper with the twine handles–for socks. They are just the perfect size and you can toss them when they are too worn. I save them each Christmas, so I have very festive ones.

    Sue C.

  105. 1. I too just finished the first Evelyn Clark Waving Lace sock and if you are as afraid of knitting lace as I was, this pattern will break you in FAST. I feel confident and ready to try another one. But not the mate: it fits but I’m waiting awhile since it nearly made me crazy.
    2. I also am weak for knitting bags. I have 5 different ones and some of the bags out here for sale are very hard to resist. I downloaded the bag pattern in this newsletter because the bag is beautiful and I’d love to knit/own one for my socks.
    Thanks for all the work you do and best wishes, Nancy

  106. Check-out Green Mountain Knitting Bags. These handmade bags are offered at 8:30 PM on Thursday nights. The entire site supports the community of women who knit. As the result, I have a number of bags, each filled with a WIP.

  107. Since I carry my knitting in my purse, or in my computer bag, I have a dozen (or so) of the GoKnit bags made by KnowKnits. They are perfect for me – each project has its own sack.

  108. I’ve been knitting over 40 years, off/on and finally got the Interweave Knit magazine in the mail today. To say that I’ve found several items I’m going to knit should keep me out of trouble. I’ve loved the comments from different. Is there a chance you might have raglans knitted from the neck down.

    Peggy Stark
    Edgewood, NM

  109. I love knitting bags too! I have two currently in active use, both are knitted just because. One is the Cat Bordhi pattern from her website used for the Denise needle case. Mine is a squinch larger and it carries just begun projects or smallish project. Love it. My other bag is the B4Bag and I adore it, it holds a lot, is way cute and I always get great comments about it. Now this bag you showed??? I feel the need!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Of course I’m easily swayed but we won’t talk about that now! 🙂

  110. My knitting bag is the free diaper bag that you get at the hospital when you give birth. It comes with formula samples and coupons. I got several of these, and while I never used them as diaper bags they make great knitting bags! All those little pockets of varying sizes, great for just about anything. It’s also waterproof and you can’t beat the price! And I also love Ziploc bags of all sizes – especially the gigantic ones, which are great for afghans still in progress but too big for a conventional bag.

  111. My favorite bag is a basic canvas tote with two pockets on the front for notions and what-not. But it’s my favorite because my mother, who got all the machine embroidery talent in the family, snuck off with it and monogrammed it for me as a special surprise.

  112. I too, am a bag freak. I have too many WIP’s to admit, but each one has it’s own bag. I have knitted and felted many of them myself and am always on the lookout for more bag patterns to try!

  113. I don’t think this is a problem either! 🙂 I love the Lantern Moon bags. I have two but they are expensive. But I have to say that my favorite all around knitting bag is actually a tote made by Pendleton, with a native american weave on the outside, four large outer pockes, three inner compartments (all large) with several inner zippered and open pockets. I have a needle holder (yes, lantern moon, the green silk) and that’s the bag that I use the most. It holds up to the daily routine, getting dragged to work, to national guard drill, on business trips, etc. 🙂 My other bags are fun, and they house UFOs and I have one of those shoe hanger things on the back of a door in my basement and all my “knitting” bags hang there.
    Oh! And I have a bjorn diaper bag that has solid sides to it and lots of pockets. That’s a pretty great converted to knitting bag as well.

  114. I bought a “kit” from Joanne’s that has a clear tubular zippered container for the skein of yarn with a hole in the top to feed the yarn out of. It’s long enough to hold a skein plus a ball. Then, it has a flat piece with places for scissors, other needles, etc, that wraps around the yarn holder and closes with velcro. I can get smaller pieces wrapped inside it, and the pattern (I copy them on the printer so that it’s OK if it gets mutilated). The wrap and the tube each have a carrying handle on them.

    My other “knitting bag” is gift bags. My LYS gives you one with your purchases, nice and heavy so that they last through a project. Also, my family has gotten into using bags for putting presents in, so I save those to use. I like them because they help my yarn stay clean and untangled.

  115. I DO have individual bags for each UFP – and I make them myself – just a simple draw-string bag. I now make one for each project and they fit needles (circular) and yarn perfectly, and the draw-string stops cable needles, tape measures etc. from falling out. I also include a photocopy of the pattern, ’cause there is nothing worse than a half-finished project and a lost pattern.

  116. Thank you! xo’s
    I adore it! 🙂
    My knitting bag came from a thrift store. It’s really large. It is an old soft leather briefcase type, with two large center compartments. One large inner zipper pocket, and two large outer zipper pockets. It has hand handles and a shoulder strap. What I really love, is that it is SO distressed. It looks like it could prop for Rowan magazine. Also, I’m a mother of three, so I have a mother-sized purse, that I can always manage to shove a little knitting into with everything else. But I love this little bag, it will be often used, thank you. 🙂

  117. Thank you so much for this beautiful bag pattern, Bag Style is on my wishlist and I’m a sucker for a knitted bag so I’m going to get knitting now!

    I use a Jordana Paige knitting satchel for my at home bag, but it’s a bit big to carry around day to day so I tend to stick my knitting in a little fabric project bag inside my usual handbag.

  118. Hello fellow knitters

    I too have many bags I use for knitting works in progress, not necessarily knitting bags. The use these calico bags instead of plastic bags are great and hold everything from needles to yarn to pattersn and the extras like scissors, tape etc.

    However you have caught my attention with this knitted knitting bag and I look forward to completing it so I can put an UFO int it!

    My hubby will say … “You are starting something else? What about my sweater?” The answer …”Soon dea, I need to finish this first to put your sweater in the making future in it!!”

    Lindy O’Neill from Australia

  119. My current knitting bags are three make-up/toiletries bags that I got as freebies from Estee Lauder. I had to buy two items to get my “free” gift – it took me ages to decide what to buy, because I really really wanted the bags. (“Oh, great! Those bags would be perfect for knitting. Damn! You mean I have to buy two items and one of them skincare?”)

    My ideal knitting bag is one you can suspend from your arm so that you can knit whilst standing up, waiting for the bus/train. For socks, it’s a pencil case that fits inside my purse.

    – Pam

  120. Oh, I forgot…my current project ‘tote’ is a plastic basket with handles. Like those flexible laundry baskets you can carry like a tote, only tiny! My needles do fall out of the holes sometimes. 🙂

    erica 🙂

  121. This knitted bag is so cute – definitely one to make! My UFOs reside in patchwork totes that I make. For my WIPs I use a school satchel that cost around A$10. It has a document pocket for patterns, large middle section for yarn etc, and two front pockets for notions. I love it!

  122. Bags! I love them. I have KnitPicks set with an UFO in each and then various canvas and platics bags with my next projects. Daily I carry a small messenger bag with a Ziplock bag which houses my current sock project. Recently made the Mrs. Weasley Bag from Charmed Knits. It is just waiting to be lined.

  123. I have bags for projects that travel and lined baskets for home projects. I am trying to convince my husband that the baskets add to the decor!!

    I relie on the ziplock to hold small projects in my work bag. that keeps my work separate from lunch and other stuff in there. I never leave without something in the bag.

    Peggy C.

  124. UFO bags? easy. I used to be a quilter, and true to that craft had a stash of colourful cotton print fabrics. (the one who dies with the biggest stash wins). I have made a number of simple drawstring bags to hold UFOs. The patterns tip me off as to what’s inside as I try to choose a colourway that matches. They keep the yarn and the UFO safe from snagging and dust. If the UFO is wool, I can slip in something to drive off the dreaded moths. Made about six bags in an afternoon, and will probably make more, as so many projects appeal to me. sigh.
    Paula the Beginner

  125. Now, I’m not one to usually post, but this subject really caught my eye. At the moment, I have my needles in a macrame bag that I made probably 25+ years ago using a handle that was probably twice as old. I lined it with muslin, and it’s been a great bag ever since.

    For all the UFOs, I have found that paper gift bags are great. I buy really pretty ones, designs that “speak to me”, and put each project in one. Not only do they look great lying around the house, but that also makes them easy to grab when you want to have a project with you. Unfortunately, at the moment, there are too many bags with UFOs in them, but I think I am not alone in this.

    There is a downside to this great methodology. Finding that set of needles from the old UFO to start the next one. Humh, guess I’ll just have to invest in another set of needles.


  126. Very interesting posts. I didn’t realize there were so many “bag ladies” out there. I am enjoying them all.

    I meant to add yesterday that I also use a .99 cent K-Mart old fashioned looking straw bag with the plastic bamboo looking handles for small projects. It has one pouch inside for scissors, etc.


  127. I have a bag that Pendelton makes for traveling.It has 10 different pockets and I am able to organize all my knittings things I love to carry and can put my hands on things quickly.

  128. Ok, I think I am broken… If I have more than two projects going at one time I get obsessed to finish it. Just can’t quit thinking about it. I’ve tried, but seem to fail in the UFO area. Maybe I should seek therapy…

    My favorite bag right now is a $1 bag from JoAnns that is just big enough for the hats I am making for Christmas presents (8 total, one at a time).

    I also have a Namaste needle bag, still on the fence how much I like it, but it is great for organizing my needles.

    I also have various canvas totes I have gotten from attended events, but they are all empty.

    See, broken! I must work on this. I am however a pattern collector — love finding projects to make some day…

  129. This is a cute knittED bag, but does not qualify as a knittING bag. My knitting bag (which is more of a tote) has lots of little pockets and sleeves for all my knitting paraphrenalia – scissors, stitch markers, tape measure, etc. I keep yarn and needles for each ongoing project in a separate plastic bag (like a ziploc or other food storage bag) and usually can fit several projects into my knitting bag, so I have a selection to work from, depending on the environment I am in. I like to be prepared!

  130. I too, have double digit UFO’s in canvas totes etc., but my favorite bag is a humbug bag that I sewed myself to carry socks in. I customized it by choosing a fabric of my fav. football team.

  131. I reuse Christmas gift bags. Preferably the plastic type, so the needles dont escape out a self-created hole. Plus it reminds me that what Im making is for a Christmas gift!

  132. My favorite knitting bag is the one made by Bagsmith, although it’s not terribly portable. I agree with you, Sandi, that it’s nice to have a knitting bag that shows that you’re a knitter. So, I have a felted tote bag that I made that I carry projects in, but when that’s not available I resort to canvas tote bags, grocery store bags, whatever’s handy!

  133. I am currently using my Vera Bradley luggage as storage for my yarn, also my employer was giving out large plastic lined totes, I also use my big purse to throw my projects in while traveling. I want to try to felt a purse, maybe a project bag would be a good first attempt.

  134. The Coach diaper bag that I use is a great example of ” No one is ever sorry they bought the best”. It has been dragged along on numerous trips as well as being my every day bag, and is big enough to do double duty as a purse when neccessary. I have had it for about 4 years now and it is better looking than the day I got it, new but off priced on ebay. It was still pricey but I will be using it for decades and if you figure the price/uses ratio it turns out to be a steal. And I love it, love it, love it!! It makes me feel well dressed even when wearing jeans and a t-shirt.

  135. I actually have a very utilitarian, though not too attractive knitting bag. I found it at Bass Pro Shops, and it is large. It has two separate zippered sides, and each has over 20 small zippered compartments. Then, as if that weren’t enough, there are separate 3-ring binders in each side that have about 15 zippered pouches, perfect for holding needles of all sizes and shapes. It keeps me very organized and allows me to carry about 4 to 5 small or 2 to 3 large projects at once. Like I said, it’s not attractive, in all it’s electric blue glory, but it gets the job done.

  136. I have an old-fashioned metal lunch box with “Rosie the Riveter” on the front flexing her muscles and announcing “We Can Do It” that is perfect for sock projects. Everything I need fits inside, the metal sides insure that my bamboo needles won’t get broken, and I love the WWII reference since those at home were encouraged to “knit your bit” and make socks for the soldiers.

  137. I LOVE the pink knitting bag and had to chuckle to myself concerning the bag habit. I have UFO all over the house in different bags. Hey, it makes sense, right? If I want to work on that project, I grab that bag… so right now I have an unfinished knitting bag in tote bag and in a carryall bag, I have a sweater and in plastic shopping bags, I have a scarf, another sweater, a blanket… I’m a mess! 🙂
    Actually… I would love to see a post on how not to get bored with a project and actually finish it! I love starting things and so very often don’t finish, but move on to the next one that I just have to start. Something for us ADD knitters ha! Thanks!

  138. I love this knitting bag! I think its the perfect size for those take along projects. I have a lot of take along projects that I’ve been carrying in plastic ziplock bags. Now I have an excuse to make a bag for each project? My husband will love that! LOL!


  139. I designed and knit my own knitting bag. It’s knit in the round and felted, with a lining with pockets that go all the way around to hold my DPNs and circs. It even has a trapdoor to hide more circs! You can see pictures of it on Ravelry, ID Maggieblue.

  140. I like little cotton drawstring bags for my small projects, large cotton or canvas totes for my big projects and a small, sturdy pencil case for my dpns and other notions.

  141. I don’t really use knitting bags. For my travelling sock project I use tin lunch boxes. I have two: one I painted & decoupaged and the other is Scooby-Doo’s Mystery Machine. I like that I can put a stitch chart in the lid with magnets to keep my place. The metal keeps my bamboo needles from poking out or being broken in my backpack – as long as I’m careful to tuck them in before I close the lid! (Don’t ask.) My projects-in-waiting reside in recycled stackable clear plastic boxes and my larger non-portable UFO’s collect in baskets around the house. You should talk about needle and hook storage! That’s another whole ball o’yarn!

  142. I’ve gotten good at knitting without looking down very often (just don’t mess with cabling or anything tricky until a time out or one of the breaks). I admit, though, I do miss more than everyone around me, but it’s worth it to get all that done! 🙂 And by now, after doing this for 4 years, I have a reputation- my friends look at me funny on the rare occasions when I forget to throw the knitting bag in the car.

  143. I’ve tried lots of different things, but have settled on two items: a handpainted tote bag for my sweater project, and a drawstring velvet for my smaller projects – right now it’s a scarf. I find the velvet bag fits in my work tote perfectly, and allows me the joy of knitting while waiting.

  144. What a cute little bag! Downloading the pattern immediately! Thanks so much. I LOVE handbags. Ha! I use a cosmetic zippered bag (inside the regular bag) to hold all my notions and even needles since I mainly work with circs. If I’m on the go, I will generally carry more than one project in my bag so that I have options. 🙂 Some of my smaller projects get carried around in my Booga Bag, which is what I tend to take to work for lunch time knitting. The bag itself gets so many compliments.

  145. I saw this post yesterday afternoon and am already mostly done with this knitted knitting bag. 🙂 It was just too cute. I’m only wondering how long the needles are that make up the frame. Are they the longer or shorter needles? Does it matter? Oh, and as for what I keep my UFO’s in, this may sound dumb, but paper shopping bags work great. They sit next to me on the couch or in a chair and the balls of yarn can’t roll around too far. Plus they don’t cost anything for those of us poor students…

  146. I chortled for quite some time over this post. 🙂 If you have the time to shop for/make a bag, wouldn’t you have time to finish the UFO?? LOL
    Probably so funny because I see myself there, although I don’t shop because I have quite an extensive collection. But you are totally right about each UFO needing just the right bag for it.
    Thanks for this post. This is the first bag that I’ve seriously considered making. My biggest fear, however, is that next week I will be searching for the perfect bag to put it (as yet another UFO) in.

    Thanks for all of the work you do bringing such a weath of information to us. You rock!!

  147. Knitting obsession balances very nicely with Vera Bradley obsession. That’s all i have to say about it right now! (except that my UFOs are not limited to the VBs… oh it is bad! or good, as the case may be!)

  148. What an adorable bag! I really like the berry stitch pattern.

    I have several canvas tote bags that I received as door prizes/free gifts or from my college-aged daughter (that were free to her) that I use for my knitting projects. The small one carries my WIP socks. The large one has crochet projects and yarn at the moment. Two have an odd assortment of “fiberly stuff” in it and the last one has 3 projects in it at the moment. It is the one I take with my most often. I use a zippered make-up bag to hold my small tools. The only problem is if I take a different bag with me, I have to remember to grab my sissors and blunt needles from the “regular” bag and put them in the project bag I’m using at the moment. If I’m just here at home, it doesn’t matter which bag they are in.

    I drool over the big, roomy tote bags in the knitting catalogs. Maybe some day I’ll buy one. In the meantime, I should knit a tote bag, especially since they are in style now. I crocheted one years ago when I was a teenager.

    Love the Knitting Daily site/newsletter. Sandi, I love your writing style and your sense of humor. I bet you must be a blast to hang around with!

  149. I found a great basket made by a local Amish family at their roadside stand. It was promoted as a “paper plate and tableware” basket. It is a rectangular shape divided into four compartments: in the three small compartments I store circular, straight, and double-pointed needles; the larger “plate storage” compartment is perfect for instructions, printed from your website, and Interweave Knitting and Crochet mags, as well as the bank deposit zipper bag that holds my collection of crochet hooks. Useful and Americana Chic!

  150. I have a clear plastic bag with a zippered top that was the packaging for a sheet set I bought. It keeps my knitting from getting spilled coffee, etc., on it, I can see what project is inside, and it was free! I also like the felted Pursenalities tote I made.

  151. It depends on the project, on the go or in home/work (work in yarn shop). Baskets work well at home or in the shop, One of the oddest finds was a canvas briefcase for $3 on a school close-out, all kinds of pockets for the necessary, magazines patterns fit well, yarn it holds depends on the type, handles make it easy to grab & go. In store can be glass bowls, seasonal items, work well. Hand made are door openers to met fellow crafters

  152. I love knitting bags!! I have several bags in my sewing room just waiting to be chosen!! I have alot of bags around my house with all of the basic things in it (markers, tape measure, scissors, etc.) just waiting for the next UFO!! I have a nice bag that has a pocket in the front and back that I love. I have also solved a problem of the double digit UFO, just have two or more projects in each bag!! Also take a tip from the scrapbookers and check out some of there little bags! They have alot of different pockets and even some bags on wheels that have loads of pockets and removeable pockets!

  153. I was very intrigued by the design of this bag – not only is it a different stitch, but I like the knitting needles used as handles! This pattern would also make a lovely scarf (yes, I’m afraid I’m a scarf & hat fiend!), so you have me scheming!

  154. Am I alone in not using a knitting bag? I’ve never felt the need to have or use one. What have I been missing??

    At home i have a big basket that most of my projects hang out in. Since I mostly knit on the subway, my most urgent project lives in the tote bag that also houses my keys, wallet, a book, tissues. I don’t separate my project, it nestles in with everything else. I’ve never thought I needed another bag–should I be double bagging it? hm.

  155. I’ve made two of the felted French Market bags from Knitty. I like the fact that I can keep a knitting book in the bottom (which makes a nice solid base)and the bags are roomy enough to hold a big project. I keep all my little accessories in a free make-up bag (love those clinique bonus days!). I really love your knitting needle bag. Could be a great use for old needles that were damaged. I have some great OLD plastic needles with “dings” in them.

  156. Wow! Move your fingers to January One’s blog and click on Actual Size Creations to see some beautiful and practical knitting bags. As a bagoholic, I now have to justify ordering one or having one designed just for me. As I see it, the problem with the snazzy bag you just made is that it attracts dust and will get dirty luch faster than bags made of sturdier material. Can you spray something on it to repel dirt and water? I’d love to know what you think of the above link.

  157. I’m into heavy duty, has to hold it all bags. BACKPACKS. They’ll hold everything from a shell to a afghan. Needles can’t poke through and some have a water proof lining and talk about pockets.Most have little pockets designed for pencils and such but they work great for dpns or your crochet hook. I tend to purchase solid colors so I can paint designs on them. After the back-to-school rush is past, most stores discount them. And because they don’t look girlie my husband will even carry them. Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve got lots of pretty “normal” bags also. My favorite is a lovely Crocheted bag with beautiful popcorn sts. I also have ones made with broomstick lace and hairpin lace, both are lined with heavy fabric and have several special compartments. But to be quite honest, I store my UFOs in canvas bags, natural unbleached canvas duck, with a zipper of course. S-K-P’s are not allowed. But over all its backpacks. They sit flat, can hold an enormous ammount and are built to carry.

  158. It is soooo good to know that I’m not the only who has UFO’s in my many knitting bags. I love having the compartments and smaller companion bags that came with my knitting bag set(the black one) I purchased from KnitPicks last year.

  159. This bag is adorable! I can’t help but be concerned about the “superglue” on the edges, tho…. my dream bag would be probably canvas or cotton duck.. lots of interior pockets…not too big, long straps so I can cross it over my chest as I knit and walk through the malls, hike the forests or just sit around the kids’ track meet!

  160. My very favorite knitting bag is the Scarlet Tapestry Tote from Pyramid Collection. An unusual place to find one, sure, but it has two middle zippered compartments, the larger of which has 6 inside open pockets all around the perimeter.Right now each of these has a skein of super bulky yarn in it. The smaller zippered side is where I keep my pattern and notes, but it’s plenty big enough for yarn, etc. It has a flap that actually is big enough to stay closed to cover the zips. It’s beautiful, it’s functional, and I always get compliments on it.

  161. My name is Luann, and I too am a Knitting-Bag-Aholic. “Hi Luann.”

    I am so pleased to hear that someone else shares my little “sickness.” With lining, without lining, felted, worsted weight, cute and colorful, light and practical, my pattern, or someone else’s… I do not discriminate. I keep one UFO in my car, carry one to ball games (the easily transported projects, that is), work on gifts at home in front of the TV, and have yet another “decoy project” to take to my in-laws during Sunday dinners so they don’t know their toasty Christmas sweater is nearly finished in the knitting bag in the car. It’s a sickness. I knew I’d gone over the edge when I started sifting through new yarns for a permanent “in the car” knitting bag, and was hoping to match it to the upholstery! I had been considering seeking professional help for this little quirk of mine, but since there are others out there, I no longer feel alone! 🙂

  162. My knitting bag is a give-away I got at a tradeshow. It can convert from a shoulder bag to a backpack, has a lot of room (with tiered pockets!) in the inner compartment and several other external pockets/compartments. Every other bag I tried didn’t the right combo of space and storage options.

  163. Unfortunately, I have sacrificed any purchases of bags for purchases of yarn. Plastic grocery bags, mini shopping bags and what ever else is around and easy to grab at the time. Haven’t gotten around to knitting a knit bag yet but I’m very tempted to try this one. Thanks for the pattern!

  164. Had to say THANKS for the bag pattern. This looks like great FUN. Already imagining making the wooden needles for the bag…wooden dowels, some wooden acorns I have on hand for the ends, or some roosters…hmmmm

  165. I don’t have any fancy knitting bags but I do have a few that I like. They are basic drawstring bags that I made from vintage napkins and tea towels. I use a separate one for each UFO. I keep my notions in a small Rubbermaid-type container that I throw in with whichever project I’m working on at the moment.

  166. My favorite knitting bag is a BASKET. I found the basket on ebay and it makes a perfect knitting basket. It is 21″ wide, round, with handles on the top, and a lid with a 3 inch hole in the center. When I start a project I thread the yarn through the hole in the lid. The yarn stays in the basket protected from dirt, cats, and tangles. When I’m not working on it I lift the lid and place the project, needles, pattern and all inside the basket. I also love my Nantucket Lighthouse style “knitting” basket with it’s cloth lining and long shoulder strap. I’m always looking for vintage knitting and sewing bags, especially those filled with old notions and tools. So many bags. . .so little time.

  167. Despite loving the idea of using a single knitting bag, I find myself putting projects in gallon zip lock backs and then grabbing one or more of those zip locks when I head out for the day or extended travel! No matter how much I think I want a really groovy bag…I still default to the zip lock. Oh well!

  168. I use about 5 different bags that are freebies from Estee Lauder, Clinique, or Lancome. They are all small purse sizes and come with small zippered cosmetic cases that are perfect for accessories. I also use small canvas tote bags that I have been given over the years. I do have a small round silk bag that has drawstrings to keep the project in place and a strap to wear the bag so I can knit while standing or walking, though I do have a tough time walking while knitting. I don’t think I have ever bought a knitting bag. I have also used Ziploc bags and plastic grocery bags. I have a cream colored sweater that I felted to make into a bag, I would like to dye it though. Otherwise it will look dirty all the time. Has anyone ever dyed anything after felting it?
    Fargo, ND

  169. My latest knitting ‘bags’ are the clear, zippered vinyl bags that come with new sheets and comforters. I have never been able to toss those bags, and I recently realized they are perfect for small knitting projects. I get to re-use the bags and I can see the contents easily! These clear bags, in turn, get tossed into a knitted then felted tote when I travel.

  170. Speaking of UFOs – I have a great sweater back, love the pattern, love the colors, don’t want the sweater anymore (it has been on the needles for years). Does anyone have a suggestion of what to do with a sweater back, like say, make it into a bag, or pillow? Looking for creative inspiration….

  171. I keep my main piece of knitting in a basket that was a present from my aunt when I was 13. Spare wool and accessories not in use are kept in a cardboard box with lid. My second piece of knitting is kept in another cardboard box that will hold the 8 (differently coloured) balls of wool required. Last year I found that an old handbag – pink corduroy with long handles called a bowlingbag – was the perfect size and shape for a knitting with 3 colours, and I will go back to it when I next knit something similar. When I go out I tuck my crochet (patches for a blanket) into my ordinary bag.

  172. Currently I am using a canvas bag by Bass for my knitting projects (nothing too exciting but serviceable) HOWEVER my birthday is soon and I hoping for a Lantern Moon bag from Webs!

  173. My larger work in process bag is a canvas brief case from my executive days. Lots of little pockets. Room for notepad on the front. Optional shoulder strap. It’s worked out well. My sock in process bag is my purse. A bit bulky with a full skein but how long does that last!

  174. I keep my active projects in the pull string bags that you get when you buy crocs. Or if it a small project I have gallon zip lock bags for those. Then the project out of these goes in my Stich N Pitch bag from this years Rockies game!!! I am waiting for the Capezio dance bag I ordered to be my new knitting bag!! This is like my third acutual purchase on a knitting bag,, I am a fickle knitting bag carrier. I like one that holds lots and is durable! I do want to make the one on the post it is real cute!!!

  175. It’s great knowing there are others with multiple bags of knitting projects waiting to be finished. I feel guilty when I speak to my Mom,(who is also a knitter) about the additional project I just started. My mother tends to finish one project at a time, it’s obvious I didn’t inherit her attention span.
    I have a penchant for bags as well, however I’ll use any available holefree bag for my knitting. My son had given me a very large, quilted tote with faux fur trim and fuzzy pompoms,(filled with gifts) I can fit two projects in that bag.

  176. I have many types of knitting bags – most of my UFO’s are kept in baskets around my living room. Small projects are in portable bags that hole from one to many skeins. I must admit though, that I’ve been searching high and low for an old fashioned folding knitting bag on a wooden frame. That is my favorite. Doesn’t anyone make them anymore?

  177. Have to tell you, was delighted to see the advertisement about pincushions, but was annoyed about crochet news….and I use crochet for finishing, edging, admire beautiful lace work, pillowcase lace, so what is that quirky obstinance about??? Love your KNITTING Daily….just do what feels right…can’t be pleasing everybody, everytime…Joann…NC

  178. I love the bag, but am wary of the pointed end of the needle that can easily be carried eye-height of a child. How about finishing it with one of those little sock stitch holders or a small semi-hollowed out rubber ball? Either could be attached with super glue. Avoid poking a child or yourself!
    Christine Nothwehr
    Naperville, IL

  179. If you are looking for the old fashioned knitting bags on a wooden frame try Ebay — I got a very nice one about 2 years ago for less than $10.00. Just a suggestion.


  180. Ihave bags and projects of almost every description all over the place. Some have specific homes like the ‘car’ bag and the ‘RV’ bag even the ‘motorcycle’bag but my very favoriye on is an old faxhioned wood frame bag that belonger to my Grandmother. The little plastic pocket inside has torn and been repaired as have the handles but this is the bag I cherish. Granma Kitty first taught me to crochet – she was never a knitter. I’m sorry to say that I used to cut up her lovely lace work for barbie clothes – if I had only known!

  181. My husband bought me a Jordana Page bag as agift. All that money and it was terrible. The first bag’s handle separated within a month (not even a lot of use!) and I returned it to the LYS it was purchased at. They swapped it for a new one, which did the same thing in a few weeks, plus the interior lining was very thin. I returned it for a store credit (a LOT of yarn was purchased from that credit!!!) and am back to my quilted bag. Can’t wait to knit up this bag, thank you for another beautiful pattern.

  182. My knitting bags have a tendency to die. My Namaste bag was used for everything, much like the “Mom” bags. One of the handles broke and I just never got around to contacting the company.

    Currently I’m using a huge bucket style tote bag. It carries my textbook and notebook, lunch, a baby blanket knitting project and a pair of socks (each stored in a seperate bag inside the bag, because I’m funny that way).

    I want a pretty knitting bag (loved my Namaste), but I really can’t justify the expense of the pretty yet corporate bags that I love.

  183. Those of you who might be worried about the points — here’s a suggestion — I wo-uld take a pair of needles that I no longer use – or perhaps a set I found at a yard sale for .25 and glue point protectors on the needles — I love the sock shaped ones — or you might design your own from scrap yarn. I have way too much time on my hands.


  184. I used to use big Ziploc freezer bags (the really big ones are fab for stash containment), then I started using a pretty little silky drawstring bag. Which my sock needles promptly poked holes in(now gets used for hats only) now I use a little tiny plastic/canvas like bag from the Planet Organic. It is a little reusable grocery bag, and my DPNS don’t poke through and stab me!

  185. I’m cheap. My manager at the Brookshires I work at gave me two HUGE totes (unfortunately promoting out company!) for free. These totes are big enough to hold multiple projects. There are side pockets for little projects, the middle section for industrial sized projects as well as any books you made need to complete said projets, and a front pocket thats great for storing double points, circulars, rulers, pens, and everything else.

    Besides that tote, I use handmade bags and old purses. It depends on how many projects I have or where I’m going.

  186. I have canvas bags and even paper shopping bags for various projects & stash. I have a gorgeous big knitting bag that looks like a carpetbag, full of yarn, that I won at a silent auction. One of these days I’ll use it for projects and find a good stash storage solution … My current purse is a laptop bag, so a small project can easily fit in the laptop pocket inside.

  187. My WIP bag is actually a horse/mule feed bag! (a clean one! It is great for a small project because it is deep and has a flat, heavy leather bottom. The material is tough canvas that nothing pokes through and the strap is long, wide, adjustable leather. I love it.

    I also use a canvas bike messenger bag and for smaller things, the clear plastic rectangular “box bags” that sheets come in. They’re pretty tough.

    For yarn that doesn’t have a home, I use the willow basket that I made in England 20 years ago–it’s a reminder to me that my hands are strong and can create art.

  188. I too am bag possessed. I actually counted them and I have 54 bags from handsewn ones to LL Bean, to hardware tool bags, Vera Bradley’s and some tapestry bags. One of my favorites is one I knit myself called Basket in a Duffel. And no, not all my bags have projects in them!

  189. I am definitely a bagaholic. I have several knitting bag sites bookmarked and check them frequently for new bags. I also have a penchant for tote bags for causes other than knitting and several different briefcases. All in all more bags than I think any sane person should have.

    My favorites for knitting are from KnitOne, Offhand Designs and Lantern Moon. (If anyone knows of a source for Lantern Moon’s small taffeta bag, I could sure use a few more of those.)

  190. Wow, I love this pattern! I also love Andrea M’s fun fur muppet murder bag (she should win an award for the best reply to this post…hey, Sandi, would Interweave be willing to give a monthly award to the person making the most original reply/comment to one of your columns during that month…maybe a free knitting book?) and I wonder if Andrea has a pattern to share? I’ve never even used fun fur, but I would seriously consider making that bag! cuuuuuute! Back to the pink bag, which I also want to make: it does seem strange that the length of the needles required for the handles isn’t stated, but based on the bag’s dimensions, I’d guess they’d need to be 13-14 inches long. I’m wondering if bamboo needles would work or if they have to be wood for the strength.
    I’ve developed a craving for basic tote bags (leading to too many charitable donations to environmental charities, but then again, there never can be too many donations for our environment), and in my mind I think of these totes as being for holding knitting projects, but the truth is that I normally leave my WIP out on my couch or in a plastic bag. Being homebound, I don’t actually have to carry my projects around. But I love all my tote bags anyway. I’m currently making the Guitar Messenger Bag from Greetings from Knit Cafe, and it is a hard project for me, plus it isn’t really a true messenger bag size…more like a large purse. It might hold a small knitting project, though, if I ever finish it. Alas, it is for a gift, so I’d better not get too attached. It requires a lining, and I don’t have a sewing machine, so I can’t wait for more ideas about how to sew that sturdy denim lining called for in the pattern.

  191. I have several knitting bags because I have several WIPs. These range from simple cloth bags, the kind with advertisting on them, to a bag I sewed some of the embroidered patches onto from places I’ve visited, to my personal favorite, an aran sweater body (felted), knitted in the round. That one came about when I got to the arm hole shaping and realized there was NO WAY I had enough yarn and couldn’t get more. I made a square bottom for it, and some I-cord handles and voila, a knitting bag was born.

  192. My name is Lisa, and I am a bag-aholic. I have so many totes and handbags that my best friend says she will never help me move again, unless I divest. I keep all of my UFO’s in baskets around the house. When I carry a small purse, I also carry a knitting bag (I am partial to Vera Bradley but often stray). These days I am in a big bag mood. That means I carry a handbag big enough to carry a decent size project with me. I am very particular about the pockets. I like to keep my knitting in the main part of the bag and have enough pockets to keep my wallet, etc. easily accessible but totally separate from my yarn (less tangles that way). In addition, I have a “Knitting for Peace” bag that I take to a monthly charity knitting group, and a pool/beach knitting bag that holds a easy project in a yarn that will still move even when wet. I have to say that I LOVE this thread.

  193. Yay, I’m not the only bagaholic around! I love bags and have used all knds for my knitting. Gallon size zip-locs are the best for socks! I just love this pink bag – I mean, you had me at the needles! I can hardly wait to get started on it and give it its own bag! Buffy

  194. Wow! Do I feel better today. Now I can continue to buy a new bag for every UFO in my house without guilt! Any more suggestions on how to remove the plastic smell from some of the bags? I can’t even handle the zip top bag smell.
    Karen S.
    Karen S.

  195. My knitting bag is a very large felted bag which I knit using Bartlettyarns worsted weight yarn held double, in several shades of blue with a pocket of a rich red with three white snowflakes. The pattern was called “My Constant Companion” by Janet Scanlon and came from a book of knitting shop owners’ favorite patterns. I have gotten so many comments on the bag, even by men! I can carry multiple projects in that bag…so many things that I need a wheelbarrow to carry it! Pattie in Vermont

  196. I have made my “knitting” bag, but I call it “Grandma’s Craft Bag” because I do more than knitting as so do most others. I lined my bag with light weight batting aroung plastic canvas and then fabric around that in the bottom, the sides are just fabric and linning, with pockets all around to hold little things and inside I was able to put 3 containers to hold yarn, the tall round ones. everyone who sees it has some comment. But I like it and thats what matters. PS: It won 1st place at several County Fairs several years ago. Judith Rich from Lombard, Illinois.

  197. I generally make room for at least one project in my purse. Sometimes I will find a purse that would be perfect except for the pesky velcro closures; I have removed some of them and am toying with the notion of replacing them with sew-on snaps.

    Most of my dedicated project bags seem to be artist’s and scrapbooker’s totes and big canvas totes. I prefer drawstring bags over grommeted ones for yarn because I can swap out the project without cutting the yarn if it needs to go on the back burner for a while.

    I have a few knitted and crocheted bags that also get pressed into service from time to time. The tatted ones are usually too small to hold anything except a tatting project.

    I have a few of the wood-framed stand bags, which you can find at craft stores occasionally, and the metal-framed version from BagSmith. It’s more portable than I expected and I don’t worry about tossing it in the back of the car like I would with the wooden ones.

    I went through a spate of finishing-up over the last several months, so I think my UFO count is now in the low-to-mid double digits. Sometimes an idea just needs to marinate. Sometimes I decide that I got what I needed out of the project, or I just don’t remember what I had in mind, and repurpose the yarn.

    I already had “Bag Style” on my watch-for list, and from the glimpses I’ve had, including the pink bag, it is going to stay.

  198. OOH OOH! I just had an idea for a gift bag/bag for UFOs, just for knitters. It could be used to give a knitter a gift, but ALSO ALSO, there could be a sock pattern printed very prettily on the outside. So many people above mentioned using gift bags, esp. for sock patterns… 🙂
    OH, I also REALLY like the lunchbox idea. 🙂
    Knit On!

  199. I have laughed & enjoyed this post. I never had knitting accessories. I was such a nervous knitter. I then discovered that yarn holders made life easier. I then found that a counter ended my array of paper scraps with numbers & numbers that I was recycling causing me confusion. I then saw an article about a Louis Vuitton knitting bag that was fashionable many decades ago. I was awe struck. Then I began my quest for a bag. Found the bag I loved. Waited patiently as the supplier in Australia was out of stock. Several weeks later my bag arrived. I placed my knitting inside with my now friendly accessories. Zipped it up an caught my knitting in the zip. My superfine merino! Now I safely ziploc my knitting & place it in my bag 🙂 It looks great all the same.

  200. My girlfriend works at a design house, and brings me all the expired uphostery sample books. There are often several pages of the same design in different colors, which make it interesting to piece these bags. I call them “project” bags, as they hold a project, a ball of yarn, and a pair of needles. They have a drawstring close, and a small strap that snaps, either onto a beltloop, or a pursestrap, etc… They are about 9 inches around by 13 inches tall to accomodate needles. I knit whenever I am sitting down.

  201. Hey what can I say; if you’re addicted to shoes you can only wear one pair at a time…BUT you can have a whole lot of knitting projects going at once and they all need their own bag!!!

    I’m from Ontario, Canada so I don’t know if any of you out there have these but I found the best knitting bag at the liquor store. If you’re knitting with multiple skeins these cotton bags are made to hold 4 bottles upright. When I use it, one pocket is for the work in progress and the others are either for 3 skeins of yarn or to hold the pattern and my little change purse that has the scissors, stitch counter, measuring tape, etc.

    Also my AVON sales representative is always monitoring what I buy from her catalogue saying “You don’t need another bag!”. But you can get the most beautiful and interesting bags from their catalogues!

  202. I am lucky enough to have inherited a mostly-orange 1970s paisley-patterned bag (currently trendy) from my mom. It has snaps on the outside to allow it to be enlarged or made smaller, a few pockets, and top flap with snap. It even came with a surprise–another small fabric bag perfect for my sock knitting!

  203. my daughters and i save all the free purse size bags offered in cosmetic sales..i have a knitting project in my car, at work, and several hanging in the closet with UFOs.

  204. I have a Namaste vintage bag that I move my projects around the house in. I have a Jordana Paige Bella bag that I carry my project out of the house in, and I have a Namaste Everyday bag that I use for traveling or when I only want to carry one bag. Love ’em all, need some more.

  205. I am a bag who…uh, harlot. I have bags older than my sons…don’t ask their ages. I just got back from visiting my sister in the big city. Major yarn shopping was done due to me living in the boonies over 170 miles from the closest yarn shop. Now that I have done my shopping, I can disclose my bag crack den. Find a Garden Ridge store! For $3 each, I got tapestry totes that are 4″d x 10″x12″, sporting not only a velcro closure, but zip also. Then there is the deep pocket on one side that velcro’s closed and the zip pocket on the other side. I got one with seashells on black, horses for my preggers niece, and my fav…white tapestry with some kind of animal that looks suspiciously like a llama…or a goat. I got a couple of other larger totes for $5 each…tapestry again. It was a gold mine and I had to make myself quit. I now have a good example to go by to make more tapestry totes.
    My sister freaked when I pulled out my addi bag…it is a bank bag she gave me when she worked at a bank….20+years ago!
    I don’t need designer bags…too cliche. Bag ladies are more creative.

  206. I’m late with this because I was away, but still: My bag is a bent-wood one, bought at Hobby Lobby. I got it for the sake of keeping my bamboo dpns in the single pieces they are supposed to be. To keep yarn from snagging inside, I lightly sanded everywhere. Not bad for $8!

    BTW, I don’t know how to get on the >current< blog of a KD post. All the links on the bags post went to previous blogs. Sandi, I hope you or someone else at KD will make sure the links go to the right place! Thanks!

  207. Hey Sandi,
    I carry my knitting in my oversized booga bag…which was my first knitting project ever…been knitting just bearly a year now! I love this bag and already ordered yarn for it!

    But I have a really important question for you. The size 15 needles that go on the bag…what length did you use for it?
    Thanks so much…love Knitting Daily…you’re a great writer!
    Merry 🙂

  208. I dislike rooting around in a bag so I use a carpenters bag. It has 6 pockets on the outside and multiple pockets of different sizes on the inside perimeter will hold all of my tools, Knitters Companion book, notepad and knitting journal. It opens wide so I can see everything in it (reminds me of a doctors bag)and zips shut. It can carry multiple small wips or a sweater project. The bag sits beside my chair, on the other side a foldable framed tote used a queue for my projects in waiting (piw?). I have had the capenters bag for more than 10 years and doubt it will ever wear out. For on the go knitting I carry a small organized purse which can fit a sock size wip along a clear cosmetic bag with markers, tape measure, darning needle,scissors, etc.

  209. If anyone has a set of the KIPer bags that they don’t like or want, I’d be interested in buying them. Knit Picks doesn’t carry them anymore. I just love the ONE I bought some time ago so I’d love to have the set. The large bag I bought is big enough to stuff a sweater project in, plus stuff for my little dog, soda and the purse necessities and still zips!! That impresses me!

  210. Some of my favorite bags for knitting projects are the clear plastic zippered or snapped ones that new blankets, sheet sets and curtains come in. There are many sizes, for different sized projects. You can see through them so locating the UFO you want is easy. It feels great to reuse them, too!

  211. Yoou need pictures of the bags people are talking about. Maybe there is a way to get them. I am new to this site and mabe I just haven’t learned ho to do it.
    Thank You, Jean

  212. Sandi

    Having been a serious “crafter” for many years, I have had my share of hidyholes for many of my UFOs. Recently, I decided to share my many needlecraft hobbies with my friends and this led to me starting a website and blog of my own. Just today, I received a call from a dear lady who has been looking high and low for the perfect knitting bag. She described something I remember my grandmother using; a fabric bag that was suspended between a folding frame. This dear lady asked if I could locate something like this for her.

    It has been a chore, but with the help of Grampy (my computer genius) I located several. This one seems to be my favorite so far http://www.ecrater.com/product.php?pid=4758004#. I do not know who the seller is, but I’m sure that this is the perfect choice for the dear lady that called me. I know it is exactly like the one that my grandmother used when I was small. It brought back so many memories.


  213. I have a serious knitting bag problem. I have so many but still am always looking for a new one! My all-time favorite though is the Tom Bihn “Swift” bag. It is awesome. It’s made specifically for knitters and they come in fantastic colors. I currently have two “Swift” knitting bags, along with two Namaste, two SmithBag project bags, two fantastic “garden” bags from Cracker Barrel that are beautiful and loaded in pockets.