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This simple striped bag has a ribbed top which folds over the circular handles. The contrast knitted tie gives it a colourful nautical look perfect for a cute summer look.
Finished size: 27 x 26cm (10¾ x 10¼in) excluding handles
Front and Back (make 2)
Using yarn A, cast on 47 sts.
Row 1: knit.
Begin stripe sequence.
Row 2: purl in A.
Row 3: knit in A.
Row 4: purl in A.
Row 5: knit in A.
Row 6: purl in B.
Row 7: knit in B.
Continue to work in st st, working the 6-row stripe sequence until 9 repeats in total have been worked.
Using yarn A, p 1 row, dec 1 st in centre (46 sts).
Eyelet row: k5, (k2tog, yf, k5) five times, k2tog, yf, k4.
Using yarn A, work rib as follows:
Rib row 1: *k2, p2, rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.
Rib row 2: *p2, k2, rep from * to last 2 sts, p2.
Continue in rib for 4 more rows.
Change to yarn B.
Work 2 rows rib.
Change to yarn A.
Work 6 rows rib.
Using yarn C, cast on 135 sts.
Knit 3 rows.
Block and press the bag pieces under a dry cloth. Pin the bottom of the bag right sides together and sew the seam using backstitch. Sew the side seams 20cm (8in) up from the bottom of the bag using mattress stitch, leaving the rest open at the top.
To make and attach the lining, follow the instructions on page 122 of ‘How to Knit Beautiful Bags’. Pin and sew the lining to just below the eyelets, turning under the sides of the lining at the top where the sides are left open. Turn the top of the rib border over the handles, with the yarn B stripe at the top. Sew in place, leaving the sides open at the top.
Thread the tie though the eyelets, threading the tie so that it is on the inside at the sides, and leaving the sides loose to open the bag.