This vibrant and somewhat free spirited handbag is created using yarn made from recycled sari remnants…a wonderful way to enjoy the exquisite beauty of sari silk, with our more casual western ways in mind.
Loom: Multi-Knit Loom, 28 pegs in every other hole.
Yarn: Approx 90 yards/143 g of bulky weight recycled sari silk ribbon yarn. Sample used SilkIndian Ribbon Yarn (1.5 skeins in the multi) 60 yds/100 g.
Notions: knitting tool, scissors, yarn needle, row counter, large decorative button, one tassel, one strap (sample uses a curtain tie-back cord).
Gauge: Approx 8 sts x 12.5 rows= 4 inches
Size: 7” high x 7” wide x 3.5” deep at base.
CO: cast on
EW: E-wrap stitch
KO: knit off
WY: working yarn
BO: bind off
All knits are worked as E-wrap stitches throughout. When working an EW with the ribbon yarn, be sure to wrap and knit off just one peg at a time. Leave extra looseness in each wrap after knitting off, so that the following rows won’t be too tight to manage.
This pattern uses a Drawstring Cast On for ease in gathering the bottom of the bag. Please see this helpful web tutorial for more details:
Set loom to work in the round using 28 pegs in every other hole. Going in a COUNTER CLOCKWISE direction, Drawstring CO to all 28 pegs.
Rows 1-24: Work very loose EW on all 28 pegs.
Row 25: Basic BO pegs 1-14, EW pegs 15-28.
Row 26: EW pegs 28-15.
**Note: The WY should now be on the left side of the pegs being worked. If it’s not, simply switch the diagram below to work as if a mirror opposite.
Row 27: Using the peg diagram above, work the 2 left side decreases as follows:
- *Move the loop from peg 2 to peg 3 and KO.
- *Move the loop from peg 1 to peg 2.
- *Basic BO peg 1.
*EW knit the remaining pegs in line.
Rows 29-33: Repeat Rows 27 & 28. When done, there will only be 3 pegs with loops remaining.
Row 34: Basic BO first peg in row. EW and KO 4 times on peg 2 only. Move loop from peg 2 to peg 3, KO. Trim yarn and pull through loop. Cinch tightly.
Pull tail at CO edge to gather until there remains a 2” opening. Stitch this 2” opening closed so that it will lay flat and serve as the bag bottom.
Weave in all ends and trim any long threads from the ribbon yarn’s natural frays. Feel free to stretch the bag and asymmetrical flap into shape. The firm nature of the ribbon yarn allows for some adjustment of the knitting into the preferred form.
Stitch the button in place at the bag front just inside the button loop, along with the tassel, and handles of choice.
If desired, the bag can be lined, or it can be left in its natural state.