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Sep 15, 2009
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Easy, crocheted bags worked in the round, perfect for take-along projects. Worked in single crochet in stripes, these bags are worked from the bottom up.

Designer Marcy Smith
Finished Size 14 (18)" circumference at upper edge, 4½ (6)" diameter across bottom; 4½ (7)" from last inc rnd to upper edge; 6¾ (10)" tall from center of shaped bottom to upper edge.
Yarn Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece (80% cotton, 20% merino; 215 yd [197 m]/100 g): #CW-850 berry (A), #CW-460 jungle green (B), and #CW-825 truffle (C), 1 skein each is enough for both bags.
Hook Size F/5 (3.75 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
• Removable marker (m);
• tapestry needle;
• 1 carabiner per bag;
• 1 cord lock per bag.
Gauge 16 sts and 19 rows = 4" in sc.

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cbcarol wrote
on Jul 5, 2010 9:26 AM

To all of the Knitters that would love to make some of the patterns that are ONLY in CROCHET INSTRUCTIONS.........

I purchased (inexpensively) a bokk called " From NEEDLES to HOOK" and it is rightfully called "The Complete Guide to Converting Knit Patterns to Crochet."  It is G R E A T................ It actually teaches you how to convert into either direction.

apetillo246 wrote
on Jul 2, 2010 12:42 PM

I have no problem with crochet patterns being provided by Knitting Daily, but why is this bag listed under free KNITTING patterns? 

Melanie@56 wrote
on Jun 14, 2010 4:34 PM

Can't believe it is 2010 and these kind of arguments are still going on. Can't we all just get along?  Very cute pattern!  

rondaletts wrote
on May 14, 2010 4:34 PM

I am bi-stitch-u-al, and I've made four of these bags so far. I've continued the increase rows to make a larger diameter bag following the large bag pattern, and added a few more rows in height as well.  I can get a couple of full skeins plus my hook bag into it, no problem.  It does stretch out a bit, as well.  I also made a small version following the pattern exactly, and that's best for one ball of sock yarn and dpns.  Keep the stitches tight, like you would for making amigurumi, so your needles don't stick out easily through the sides and bottom.

I love this pattern, and will continue to use it!!! Thanks KD!!!

kryiane wrote
on Apr 18, 2010 8:13 AM

This should be called "I Won't Hike without My Yarning Bag"   My husband can't tell Knit from Crochet so he says that I am yarning.

DebraC@20 wrote
on Mar 19, 2010 9:57 AM

Interesting debate (knit vs crochet).  However, there is a new crochet technique that looks identical to for the purists out there.....the pattern can be adapted.

on Feb 15, 2010 6:56 PM

I was thinking this was a KNITTING forum. I do not crochet, so if this can be fransformed into a KNITTING Pattern PLEASE . . . . , crochet pattern is of no use to me.

on Feb 12, 2010 1:29 PM

What a lot of complaints about a really great pattern.

SandiC wrote
on Jan 29, 2010 12:33 PM

Many silly comments!I am essentially a knitter, but c'mon folks--how do you fix mistakes without picking up a crochet hook?  Or do you refuse to touch them for fear of contamination? Single crochet is your friend, and all you need to make these

I made two of these bags (the larger ones) as gifts for the twenty-somthings in my sons' lives.  I filled them with fancy tissue packs, mini nailfiles, mini harbrushes and lip gloss.  Each girl who got one asked me to make one for her sister!  Most of my knitting wouldn't fit in one, but it's a great bag to use for the small things that sink to the bottom of a tote bag, and the carabiner lets you clip it to the handles as well. The younger set tells me they are just the thing to take to concerts and festivals.

biankaserban wrote
on Jan 27, 2010 12:59 PM

This is just to silly to start a fight over...if you want something similar to this but for knitters, just google it! That is what all the others do (me for instance).  This is the first thing that I found and look how many patterns they have....

Just a quick word of advice to knitters that don't know how to crochet:TRY IT!  IT IS EASIER to CROCHET than to KNIT. Try some tutorials on youtube.

I learned in minutes to crochet, so how hard can it be?

Ginny@57 wrote
on Jan 1, 2010 4:22 PM

I am a "disappointed knitter" also.  The bag is so cute.  Please find a pattern "WE KNITTERS CAN KNIT".  Thank you.

BeKKnits wrote
on Dec 30, 2009 8:42 PM

I feel sorry for you JIF too bad you can't crochet when you want to.

BeKKnits wrote
on Dec 30, 2009 8:38 PM

it is funny for it to be called knitting and be crocheted. I learned to crochet before knit and I like them about equally. I think knitters should give crocheting a try. In my opinion, there are better things to make with knitting and others better to make with crocheting.

desertknit wrote
on Dec 25, 2009 8:45 AM

They are cute bags.  Good for putting your knitting project INTO.  The nice thing about crochet is it doesn't snag as easily as a knit when you are walking, hiking, climbing past trees, rocks, and other things that like to snag our knitting.  It is single crochet, which is easier than the other crochet stitches.  My wrists might let me do single crochet.  I crocheted for years, then my wrists started clicking and hurting and I had to quit.  Knitting I can still do.  I will try these.

on Dec 17, 2009 6:18 PM

It is clear that the custom of knitting while you are walking has gone out of style or more would better understand the title.  Thanks, I have been on the look out for just such a bag.

lsmcat wrote
on Nov 26, 2009 3:07 AM

I'm a better crocheter than knitter, but it wouldn't be that hard to go to local knitting shop & see if they will help convert the pattern to knit OR learn to crochet this simple pattern.

lsmcat wrote
on Nov 26, 2009 3:04 AM
sanctity wrote
on Nov 15, 2009 8:53 PM

Thank you for the pattern! :) It works equally well for both my crochet and knitting, though I did take the liberty of lining it with a bit of cotton to keep things from poking out. Since the design is so easy, I've been attempting to knit up something similar on circular needles, but I think I'm going to have to break down and get out a set of double points- my circular needles are too large to start the pattern. :( The beauty of this pattern lies in its simplicity and flexibility, and I love it.

mccaffrey wrote
on Nov 12, 2009 9:10 AM


ValerieM@27 wrote
on Nov 9, 2009 11:17 AM

I think the pictures of the item should be larger.  I have to download the pattern before I can really see it.  This is especially true for dark or black items. 

Taterssalad wrote
on Nov 9, 2009 10:54 AM

I made both sizes of the bag.  I couldn't find the Brown Sheep yarn so I substituted the Sugar and Cream cotton yarn.  The bags were so cute!  The small bag was too small for my use but the larger bag holds one skein of sock yarn and was perfect for toting around.  I knit whenever I have to wait for something and I really couldn't just put the yarn in my purse and work because it would always tangle with my keys.  I used a pretty blue with accents of yellow and orange.  I know, sounds like it would be "loud" but I made the bag when I was on vacation in San Diego and the colors reminded me of the beach.

uaithne wrote
on Nov 4, 2009 9:22 PM

I taught myself to knit and crochet and I love both.  So I guess I am bi-stitch-ual.   I took the title to mean it was a knitting bag, as in something to carry a knitting project around with you.  I have a bit of a bag fetish so I just may have to add this to my very, very long project list.  Thanks for the pattern.

BryndaP wrote
on Oct 27, 2009 5:32 PM

Since I have the attention span of an ant, I couldn't even get through all the postings...has anyone actually made this bag? Like a few others, I to am bi-stich-ual or whatever. I think I might try it after I complete my other 572 projects that I have going at any given time. (hence the short attention span...) Anyway, this looks like a really fun project, and I am in total agreement that for those knitters (I was once a knit-only type of chick) you can have bragging rights to all your knit-buds by showing off something that you actually crocheted yourself! (plus, chrochet seems to go more quickly than knitting)

Lissa wrote
on Oct 21, 2009 8:17 PM

Well, I'm a knitter who crochets too!  So perhaps you may want a friend to make it for you or learn the stitch as a project that's different than what you're used to.   Sometimes diversity in hand made items makes a well rounded crafter!

dgchance wrote
on Oct 21, 2009 4:11 PM
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Brown Sheep Company's "Cotton Fleece" is a soft, lightweight yarn available in a wide array of solid colors. Commonly used for pullovers, vests, and sweaters, "Cotton Fleece" is made from 80% prima cotton and 20% merino wool.

Peggy L wrote
on Oct 21, 2009 3:15 PM

I wish the yarn weight was given - worsted? bulky?

michelefrat wrote
on Oct 14, 2009 10:00 AM

I am truly amazed at the comments. I am sure the bag was named for its use not its construction.

Carol G has the most reasonable response, "Hmm, maybe this would be the project to use to teach myself how to crochet."  As craft people we are creative and surely up to the challenge of learning another creative expression. It is better to explore and challenge yourself than to complain that things are not easily provided. Pick up a hook You can do it!!

on Oct 11, 2009 5:53 PM

These bags look great! And for those of us who do not crochet , we can still use the great pattern and  convert pretty easily. After all, it is a bag, not a fitted garment. Where the author increased, knitters can increase. Looks like a great pattern for using leftover yarns, too!

on Oct 7, 2009 7:21 PM

The title very clearly states that it is a knitt-ING bag, not a knitt-ED bag.  Why can't one carry their knitt-ING in a bag that is not knitted?  As a clever lady said earlier, I am bi-stitch-u-al, but confess to being more comfortable with crocheting.  The

on Oct 7, 2009 7:21 PM

The title very clearly states that it is a knitt-ING bag, not a knitt-ED bag.  Why can't one carry their knitt-ING in a bag that is not knitted?  As a clever lady said earlier, I am bi-stitch-u-al, but confess to being more comfortable with crocheting.  The

margate wrote
on Sep 30, 2009 5:48 PM

I think the really misleading thing about this pattern is not that it's called a knitting bag (which as someone has already pointed out refers to a bag to put your knitting in, not the construction method), but that it's been placed in the free knitting pattern section instead of the free crochet pattern section.

on Sep 28, 2009 1:18 PM

Okay, I am a knitter who tried to crochet twice. Once was a success, also a bag. I decided to follow the pattern as much as possible. Despite mixing up slip stitch and  single crochet stitches at first, forgetting for a while that (sk) means skip, losing my starting point in the round,  & attaching the big loop to only one eyelet, the bag looks great! I still love knitting more, but I think I'm a better crocheter than I was before.

I love how forgiving this pattern is! I highly recommend that the knitters out there try it. It would be a great 1st crochet project!

Needle Nanny wrote
on Sep 28, 2009 5:19 AM

For the stitcher who commented on crochet vs.knitting, I offer my own experience...when I wish to convert one to the other, I consider the dimensions and  using graph paper, determine the number of stitches needed to accomplish the given project...for this one, would be relatively easy and the same pattern would result! Any slight variation in gauge would be of little difference.....SN

Needle Nanny wrote
on Sep 28, 2009 5:16 AM
nmomno wrote
on Sep 27, 2009 5:23 PM

Where's the pattern?

on Sep 27, 2009 11:49 AM

I think its called Not with out my knitting because you put yarn balls into it so you can knit and hike. Has nothing to do with the crochet!

KayO@2 wrote
on Sep 22, 2009 7:50 PM

Happy Birthday JlF!  

You are a wonderful testament to womanhood and the strength and perseverence we have in our spirits.  I hope you are knitting for many years to come.  You have undoubtedly made many people happy with the items you have made them. 

Keep going!  You are truly an inspiration!!!!        Kay O

on Sep 22, 2009 1:39 PM

I made this bag in two evenings (crocheting at an easy pace) and loved the finished product so much that I started another one (Christmas gift for a fellow crafter) immediately.  Thank you for such a fun pattern!

LoisP wrote
on Sep 22, 2009 10:08 AM

This is the bag I have been waiting for!! I would use it for my knitting socks bag.  Now would you please tell me how I can knit it?  Unfortunately the people that have tried to teach me how to crochet have said "I can see why you would think that you should do it that way, but that is not what they mean".  In other words, I can't understand crochet directions-I don't even speak the crochet language.  But a knitter I am!!  Thank you so very much for the pattern for these bags!  Can you put it into knitting words and pattern?   I could try to do it on my own, but it is so much simpler to just follow a pattern.

Ria@2 wrote
on Sep 22, 2009 6:10 AM

I agree with the majority of the commenters. I was hoping for a new bag to knit, since this was from Interweave Knits, hosted on Knitting Daily, and is also called a knitting bag. Now, I get that a knitting bag is just a bag to hold one's knitting, and that it could be knit, crocheted, sewn, woven, or any number of other construction methods that I can't think of right now, but yeah, I too was a bit disappointed by the misleading title.

Not everything here has to be 100% knitting, but you have to admit that the name of the pattern is a trifle deceptive.

It does look like a nice pattern, though. It's just a shame that I can't make it. I probably wouldn't have even bothered commenting on it (really, why comment on crochet patterns when I know I can't crochet to save my life?) if it wasn't for the misunderstanding in the project's name.

Tschelli wrote
on Sep 21, 2009 7:28 PM

I really like this pattern.  It gave me the idea to make up my own pattern and knit it myself.  It may not be exact but it will serve the same purpose and allow me to carry my knitting with me hands-free and without a bag on my arm.

nancyjohn wrote
on Sep 21, 2009 6:33 PM

I am knitter rather than a crocheter.  Could you please design or share a knitted bag similar to this as I would much rather knit than crochet.  Great site just the same and have used several of your patterns.  Thanks Nancy from Oz  

mjones13 wrote
on Sep 21, 2009 3:58 PM

I am a little late out of the gate on this, but had to add my two cents.


Clearly the old saying "you can't make all of the people happy all of the time!" is evident here.

Uhm, are all your knitting bags knit? Mine certainly are not. In fact, none of them are.  I think this bag is adorable. And although I mostly knit, I can crochet and will be digging up the old hooks to make one of these cute little bags.

Instead of complaing about the name, try something new!!!!!!!! You are never too old to learn.

JIF wrote
on Sep 21, 2009 11:49 AM

My comment is that I am also disapointed to find that it is crochet ONLY, not because I don't know how, I used to do it quite a bit when I was younger.  For me the reason that it is very nice to have instructions in both knit and crochet is that as I have gotten older, the Rhumatoid Arthritis that I have had for 35 years has rendered my right thumb almost immobile, it simply will not bend, rendering crochet virtually impossible for me.  I would LOVE to be able to do it, and I am sure that there are people that have the same kind of trouble with knitting; which I CAN do without the use of (bending) my thumb. Thanks for listening; I hope that I have many more knitting years ahead, I turn 61 Wednesday the 23rd.

SwampF wrote
on Sep 21, 2009 10:42 AM

Beautiful and so easy to either crochet or knit using the crochet pattern.........Thanks for such a beautiful it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Taterssalad wrote
on Sep 20, 2009 6:33 PM

I'll retract my negative comments.  It just irks me when someone can't just say "Thank you" for a free pattern without complaining.  That was my whole point.  Just say Thank You.

kerjo wrote
on Sep 20, 2009 5:31 PM

Hey this is one adorable bag and I am delighted that it's crocheted since that gives such a better fabric for a bag.  Off to make it immediately!

And listen, those of you who are still nervous about crossing over and actually trying the ancient and beautiful craft of crochet, go for it!  You have nothing to lose but your preconceptions and your bias, and everything to gain.

This gal has knitted and crocheted all her life and blends both techniques as and when.

Thank  you so much for the bag, Knitting Daily.  Big kisses.

ClaireB@15 wrote
on Sep 20, 2009 12:52 AM

Well, at the momet I am a knitter who has been wantig to learn to crochet for a long time but not quite found the perfect beginning pattern.  This pattern has given me the incentive I have beern looking for.  I am going to learn to be bi-stitch-ual (love that term :) )

AdrienneV wrote
on Sep 19, 2009 8:46 PM

My goodness.  A knitted bag would stretch, wouldn't it?  Everyone seems to say that crochet is like cardboard, then complains when a project like this pops up that takes advantage of crochet's strength.  I agree with PlayaT.  Maybe Knitting Daily (there is NOT a Crocheting Daily btw, so thanks for putting up with us) will provide a free pattern for Big Boy Pants.

JeanS wrote
on Sep 19, 2009 4:23 PM

Hey there!

 I am not in agreement with the other comments. I am a crocheter who can not knit. Ican always find fun knitting stuff that is not for us few crochet people! Great job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

amaa59 wrote
on Sep 19, 2009 3:29 PM

Cute bag.  Silly name - it isn't knit and, I don't know about you but my knitting would fit in it!!  Be of good cheer my knitting only friends...with a little time searching you can find a pattern very similar to this little pouch.  Hint: try 'Spring Treasures Drawstring Bad' for instance.

Whether crocheted or knit, little bags like this one is great idea for 'take-home bags' at a little girl's birthday!!  They make up very quickly and can be made from all those balls of yarn left over from other projects.


amaa59 wrote
on Sep 19, 2009 3:29 PM

Cute bag.  Silly name - it isn't knit and, I don't know about you but my knitting would fit in it!!  Be of good cheer my knitting only friends...with a little time searching you can find a pattern very similar to this little pouch.  Hint: try 'Spring Treasures Drawstring Bad' for instance.

Whether crocheted or knit, little bags like this one is great idea for 'take-home bags' at a little girl's birthday!!  They make up very quickly and can be made from all those balls of yarn left over from other projects.


zero wrote
on Sep 19, 2009 1:23 PM

Wow.   Just wow.  What a useless and ridiculous debate.  You all need to Knit/Crochet  or <insert the desired craft here> more so you will have less time to carry on like this.

lovesyoyo wrote
on Sep 19, 2009 10:15 AM

I prefer knitting but have crocheted some. I see many crochet patterns i'd like to try so maybe I'll try this bag to get started. I don't think anything bad will happen to my knitting if I carry it in a crocheted bag! LOL

Taterssalad wrote
on Sep 19, 2009 9:09 AM

What a great looking bag.  I always appreciate a FREE pattern.  I think everyone should.  I agree with PlayaT.  Learning to do both knitting and crocheting is a plus.  My grandmother taught me to crochet and I taught myself to knit.

The conflict between both groups won't ever close when we have people who only knit and cast aspersions on crocheters.  I do both and knitters are not more special than crocheters.  If you are a knitter then look at the pattern and adapt it to knitting.  That's what I plan to do.  I will crochet the bag first though so i have somewhere to store the yarn while I knit.

Come on ladies, jump into the 21st century, no one will care if you knit and crochet.  You could always crochet in the closet until you are ready to come out.

Peace Out People

MarshaL@5 wrote
on Sep 19, 2009 8:36 AM

Like 2Tabbies  I'm a crocheter who doesn't knit and also signed up for "Knitting Daily" because it promised "Whether you knit, crochet, spin, or just love yarn, you'll find all sorts of great information." I was pleased to see a bone thrown to us crocheters for a change even if it is a disappointment to some knitters to have a crochet pattern in the newsletter.  I get what information and inspiration I can from all the knitting-oriented items in "Knitting Daily" but am disappointed that there is not an equivalent newsletter for crocheters



PlayaT wrote
on Sep 19, 2009 7:11 AM

I like this project just as it is.


Why CAN'T it be a knitting bag?  If you're not bi-stitch already, you are missing out on some cool edgings!


Crochet is better than knitting, in my not so humble opinion, for things like this. The pattern is easy enough for newbies.


Put your big pants on and pick  up a hook.  If you are ABSOLUTELY determined to stay knit-only, why not ask a friend at your locak knit knit if s/he can make one for you.



on Sep 19, 2009 2:39 AM

I did think it would be a knitted bag from the title but thankfully I am bi-stitch-u-al as cowgirlcrisi so aptly describes. I can't imagine not being able to do either craft and I just love the patterns from this site. Keep up the good work ladies but I do think that titles can be misleading as can be seen from other peoples' posts

JudiH@6 wrote
on Sep 19, 2009 1:42 AM

I think I will try this out - but knitting it instead.  There are plenty of ways to adapt patterns from either knitting or crochet to the other.  Look at the wonderful measurement given - like a template.  I think I will try it in homespun, homedyed yarn.  Will definately let you all know how it turns out or may even be able to if I can work it out post a picture.  Don't worry I try to write all my alterations down including yarn types/thickness, needles, etc.

pinkngreen wrote
on Sep 19, 2009 12:24 AM

I agree with all who are disappointed with this pattern.  KD are there plans to design a knitting one?  I hope so.

2Tabbies wrote
on Sep 18, 2009 11:28 PM

Well, I'm a crocheter who doesn't knit.  Even though this newsletter is called "Knitting Daily", I signed up for it because it promised "Whether you knit, crochet, spin, or just love yarn, you'll find all sorts of great information." So I wasn't disappointed that the pattern is for a crocheted bag. However, I agree that the name of the project is very misleading. I almost didn't look at it because it was called a knitting bag.

on Sep 18, 2009 10:34 PM

I agree !!  Knitting Daily -- I-Won't-Hike-Without-My-Knitting Bag  -   I thought the bag was knitted also.  Very disappointed.

MaryN@5 wrote
on Sep 18, 2009 9:27 PM

Very disappointing to find this is crocheted. Y'know - KNITTING Daily - KNITTING Bag - almost seemed to make sense that it would be knit.

cowgirlcrysi wrote
on Sep 18, 2009 5:52 PM

oh I know its called knitting daily but there are a lot of crochet patterns here for those that are bi-stitch-u-al.

cowgirlcrysi wrote
on Sep 18, 2009 5:50 PM

Im a crocheter and I barely knit.( learning slowly)

I saw the pattern and had to look at it and scratch my head beacuse of the title. 

crocheters have a hard enough time with people confusing one art for another..

It is a nice pattern and good for a beginner but had I not known what it was I would have over looked this lovely pattern.


JeriB wrote
on Sep 18, 2009 5:47 PM

I agree with the posts by zeldabows and LindaA and CarolG.  This is KNITting Daily and we are knitters, not crocheters.

CarolG@11 wrote
on Sep 18, 2009 4:04 PM

I agree with zeldabows and LindaA!  These are really cute bags but I'm also a knitter who does not know how to crochet.  Hmm, maybe this would be the project to use to teach myself how to crochet.

LindaA@30 wrote
on Sep 18, 2009 2:24 PM

I agree with zeldabows - I love this bag but I was so very disappointed to find out it was only avaialble in a crochet pattern.  Not all of us knitters crochet (and vice versa I'm sure).  Calling it "I won't hike without my knitting bag" was really kind or misleading.  It should have been "I won't hike without my crochet bag" or something else without kntting in the title.  Would really love to see a bag like this in a knitting pattern. 

zeldabows wrote
on Sep 18, 2009 2:16 PM

I really like these two bags but my question is why is it that "I-won't-hike-without-my-knitting-bag" crocheted??  This would be greatl to carry my knitting around but because I don't crochet I am not going to be able to make use of it. . 


A bag like this with a knitting pattern would be wonderful.