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Amanda's Squatty Sidekick

Jun 10, 2007
Views: 49,231
Downloads: 4,227
Comments: 17
File Size: 780.7kB

Designer: Amanda Berka
Published: June 11, 2007
Technique: Button bands, loops and buttonholes, Decreasing, Increasing, Felting
Skill Level: Easy

This bag is so quick and easy that if you start it today, you can use it tomorrow. Less than 200 yards of any worsted weight, 100% wool yarn is needed for this project, making it a prime candidate for using up leftovers. Keep in mind that the bag is knit on needles two to three sizes larger than that which would be recommended for a sweater in the same yarn. The finished bag is meant to be held by the handle or fit snugly under the arm if thrown over a shoulder—or, make a longer handle to suit your own personal style. Instructions for making the needle-felted closure are in the 2007 issue of Interweave Felt magazine.

Finished Size: : About 4½” high, 10” long and 2” deep, with a 14” handle.

Yarn: Manos Del Uruguay (100% wool, 100g): #61 pink, 2 skeins.

Needles: Size 10½: 29” circular.

Notions: Two stitch holders; button for closure.

Skill Level: Easy.

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allison@3 wrote
on May 12, 2009 5:51 PM
M1=make one stitch, can be done by knitting into the front and back of a stitch as mentioned, but can also be done by picking up a loop from a previous row between stitches and then knitting into that.
knittygritty wrote
on Apr 27, 2009 4:29 PM
Can someone tell me how to make the handle longer? I was wondering if you just have to keep making the I-cord longer when you have reached the 3".
Tonya@2 wrote
on Mar 31, 2009 1:44 PM
I had trouble marking start of rounds. It does not say where to start. I undid the knitting twice to have increases in original 15 sttiches, not on the sides. Did anyone else, beginning knitters have trouble figuring out round marker spot?
beckysglass wrote
on Mar 26, 2009 2:02 PM
I think M1 is the same as 'inc' which is when you knit into the front and back of the stitch in order to increase by 1. At least that is what I did and it seemed to work and came out adorable!!
karen@22 wrote
on Mar 24, 2009 10:15 PM
I'm not a beginner but I don't know how to M1, in Rnd 5: What is this an abbreviation for?
Hayes wrote
on Mar 3, 2009 5:48 AM
I 'm making this bag and am almost out of yarn; the pattern says less than 200 yards or worsted weight but I haven't start the handle even? Has anyone else had this problem?
lindacr wrote
on Feb 2, 2009 3:44 AM
I have made this bag larger in two different ways. Both turned out very well. Both use the same number of stitches as the original, but use size 13 needles (or even size 15 is ok). Use two strands of worsted weight yarn(about 250 yds each) to make the same size of the pattern. I used extra yarn and made the bag a little taller. Or use single stranded bulky weight yarn (about 250 - 300 yd). Also, a great variation is to use a self striping yarn for one strand and a coordinating solid for the second strand. Either using two strands or a bulky weight also makes a heavier, sturdier bag. I've probably made this bag or some variation of it about 5 times and it gives a great shaped bag, especially glitzed up with a special button! Hope this helps!
SamanthaP wrote
on Jan 30, 2009 5:25 AM
Two ways to make this bag bigger would be: 1) to use heavier weight yarn and bigger needles (choosing needles that are a couple of sizes larger than those recommended for the yarn as this is a felting project) and knit the pattern as it is; or 2) to use the recommended materials and double everything. Buy at least twice the amount of yarn, cast on twice the number of stitches, work twice the number of rows etc etc. I've not tried either of these things with this pattern, but this is how I would start to develop a larger item from a pattern.
Carmen wrote
on Jan 9, 2009 2:11 PM
Coyotewoman, I am also waiting for the crochet pattern. I know everyone is really busy during the holidays. Happy New Year to all!
Coyotewoman wrote
on Oct 31, 2008 6:22 PM

Doh! that's sc around both sides of the chain, increasing at the ends... told you I was winging it!  Must find more coffee!

Coyotewoman wrote
on Oct 31, 2008 6:14 PM

PatsyH, I can see at least 2 different ways to crochet this bag.  You could sc the bottom width-wise, then when it's close to the size you want the bottom to be you'd start sc-ing around the bottom to build up the sides.  Or you could start with a starting chain about 2/3 the lenght you want the bag to be, then sc around both sides of the bag, increasing at the ends til the bottom's as long as you want it, then start building up the sides.  Or you could crochet the strap first, making it wider in the center than it is at the ends (so that the center part of the strap becomes the bottom of the bag), and then crochet 2 sides and stitch them to the strap when you're done.

I'm sorry if this isn't very clear, I'm winging it for now.  When I figure out an actual crochet pattern I'll come back and post it here.

SharonF wrote
on Oct 16, 2008 10:20 PM

Did anyone post how to make this bigger?

ac2fla58 wrote
on Aug 25, 2008 5:06 PM

It took three days to this cute purse.  I'm going to knit it again but make it a little bigger.

Rjray7 wrote
on Aug 23, 2008 8:30 PM

Just finished this bag and is so cute but it really felted up small!  I'm going to knit it again--maybe with double yarn?  

Can someone tell me how to get the answers to the questions on the above comments?

PatsyH wrote
on Aug 6, 2008 8:48 AM

Love the look and size but I crochet better than I knit.  How do I convert it to crochet?

on Jun 21, 2008 12:04 AM

This is a great bag, it will look great on my arm

Kim Mair wrote
on Jun 3, 2008 3:37 PM

I love the shape and look of this bag.  Can you anyone offers suggestions on how to make it larger?  I'm a beginner!