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Hemapthy Drawstring Project Bag

Looking for a knitting project that is a change of pace?

Then may I introduce the Hempathy Drawstring Project bag?

IMG_2838Hempathy yarn is a popular Cotton/Hemp/Modal blend in the Elsebeth Lavold Designer’s Choice line. There are going to be six new colors for the spring.

The bag was designed by yours truly and I’m rather pleased with it. Download the pattern.

While this project will be a fun challenge, it will still knit up quickly. It will be easy to keep track of where you are because of the way the patterns repeat.

The body of the bag is worked in stockinette stitch, while the textures are accomplished with purl stitches. What could be easier?

IMG_2392The bag is worked in the round from the bottom up. You start in the center, increase for the base (stitch counts are included) and then work even up the sides.

As you can see, I used four double pointed needles, but you could easily knit it on two circular needles, or probably even magic loop.

IMG_2837The Triangle Stitch is both written and charted, but the star is just charted. Still, the Hempathy Drawstring Project Bag will be great chart reading practice because the pattern is simple and straight forward. There are no scary chart symbols, only dots to show the purl stitches

For more advanced knitters, I think it would be easy to substitute a different motif for the star, or even letters, to make the bag unique.

DSC08031The finished bag is 9 inches tall with a 16 inch circumference. It’s just the right size for carrying a sock or other small project. On the other hand, it’s big enough to carry your keys, phone, and sunglasses if you’re looking for a fun summer purse.

You can add stability to the bottom of the bag with plastic canvas, or even easier, the plastic top of a food canister, such as oatmeal.

IMG_2591The handles are knit in linen stitch and sewn on. Eyelets around the top of the bag are for a Monk’s Cord or ribbon to cinch the bag shut. As written, you’ll use about 1 1/2 balls of Hempathy yarn, so you can make the handles longer if you want. If you do, I suggest working them at the same time so you don’t run out of yarn.

IMG_2814After you’ve knit the bag and attached the handles, block it by soaking it in some cool water. Gently squeeze out the excess water, then roll it in a towel to remove more water.

Then stretch it over a round object to smooth it out. I used a 42 oz canister of Quaker Oats covered with a plastic bag. If you’ve been knitting long enough, you’re family should know better than to ask questions, or want oatmeal, until your bag is completely dry.


Add the Hempathy Drawstring Project Bag to your Ravelry queue.

Find stores that carry the Elsebeth Lavold Designer’s Choice line.

See more Hempathy project ideas.

1 Comment

  1. Love it !!

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