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Mother's Day Knit Bag
Lion Brand® Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®
Pattern Number: L40164 Just in time for Mother's Day, knit this embellished flower bag for the one you love. Click here for the crochet version. Designed by Nicky Epstein.

SKILL LEVEL:  Intermediate (Level 3)
SIZE: One Size
Finished Circumference About 35 in. (89 cm) at top edge Finished Height About 15 in. (38 cm)

CORRECTIONS: None

MATERIALS

640-122 Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn: Taupe

Dusty brownish grey


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640-099 Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn: Fisherman

Natural cream


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640-131 Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn: Grass

Medium grass green


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640-112 Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn: Raspberry

Rich purplish-pink


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640-146 Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn: Fig

Rich medium purple


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Lion Brand Knitting Needles Size 11 [8 mm]
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Lion Brand Crochet Hook - Size N-13 (9 mm)
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Lion Brand Split Ring Stitch Markers
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Lion Brand Large-Eye Blunt Needles (Set of 6)
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Additional Materials
1 yard (1 meter) fabric for lining Sewing needle and thread
GAUGE:
11 sts = about 4 in. (10 cm) over pattern. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles. Making a Gauge Swatch
Exact gauges is not imporant to this project.

STITCH EXPLANATION:
kfb (knit into front and then back) An increase worked as follows: 1.

Knit the next st through the front loop, but do not remove the st from your left hand needle.

2.

Knit the same st once more, this time inserting your needle through the back loop of the st.

You will have created 2 loops (sts) on your right hand needle.

3.

Drop the st from your left hand needle – you have increased 1 st.

Linc (Left increase) Insert tip of left hand needle into st one row below last st worked on right hand needle, lift top of this st and knit it.

Rinc (Right increase) Insert tip of right hand needle into st one row below the next st on left hand needle, left this st onto left hand needle and knit it.

ssk (slip, slip, knit) Slip next 2 sts as if to knit, one at a time, to right needle; insert left needle into fronts of these 2 sts and knit them tog – 1 st decreased.

sk2p (slip-k2tog-pass slipped st over) A double decrease worked as follows: 1.

Insert right needle as if to knit, and slip the next st from the left needle to the right needle.

2.

Knit the next 2 sts together.

3.

With tip of left needle, lift the slipped st (the 2nd st on right needle) up and over the k2tog (first st on right needle) and off the needle – you have decreased 2 sts.

NOTES:
1.

Base and Body of Bag are worked separately, then sewn together.

2.

The Body of the Bag is worked in a slip st pattern, stranding the B yarn across.

As you work the Body of the Bag, pause to 'read' you work – you'll need to understand how the pattern emerges as you work the increased sts into the pattern.

3.

All slipped sts should be slipped as if to purl.

4.

Fabric is cut and sewn to make a lining for the Bag.

The sewing can be done by hand or machine.

The lining is hand sewn into the Bag.

5.

Handles are worked separately then sewn to top of Bag.


INSTRUCTIONS



BAG Base With A, cast on 7 sts.

Row 1: Knit.

Row 2: Kfb, k to last st, kfb – you will have 9 sts at the end of this row.

Rows 3 and 4: Rep Rows 1 and 2 – 11 sts.

Rows 5-48: Knit.

Row 49: K2tog, knit to last 2 sts, k2tog – 9 sts.

Row 50: Knit.

Rows 51 and 52: Rep rows 49 and 50 – 7 sts.

Bind off.



Body With A, cast on 17 sts, pm, cast on 32 sts, pm, cast on 17 sts – 66 sts cast on.

Row 1 (RS): With A, knit.

Row 2: With A, purl.

Row 3: With B, k1, wyib sl 3, (wyif sl 3, wyib sl 3) twice, wyif sl 1, sm (slip marker), wyib sl 1, (wyif sl 3, wyib sl 3) 5 times, wyif sl 1, sm, wyib sl 1, wyif sl 3,(wyib sl 3, wyif sl 3) twice, k1.

Row 4: With B, p1, wyib sl 3, (wyif sl 3, wyib sl 3) twice, wyif sl 1, sm, wyib sl 1, (wyif sl 1, wyib sl 1) 5 times, wyif sl 1, sm, wyib sl 1, wyif sl 1, (wyib sl 3, wyif sl 3) twice, wyif sl 3, p1.

Rows 5 and 6: Rep Rows 1 and 2.

Row 7: With B, k1, wyif sl 3, (wyib sl 3, wyif sl 3) twice, wyib sl 1, sm, wyif sl 1, (wyib sl 3, wyif sl 3) 5 times, wyib sl 1, sm, wyif sl 1, wyib sl 3,(wyif sl 3, wyib sl 3) twice, k1.

Row 8: With B, p1, wyif sl 3, (wyib sl 3, wyif sl 3) twice, wyib sl 1, sm, wyif sl 1, (wyib sl 3, wyif sl 3) 5 times, wyib sl 1, sm, wyif sl 1, wyib sl 3,(wyif sl 3, wyib sl 3) twice, p1.

Note: These 8 rows create the sl st pattern.

Rows 9-16: Rep Rows 1-8.

Inc row (RS): Note: On this row, you are working Row 1 of the sl st pattern.

With A, *knit to marker, Linc, sm, Rinc; rep from * once more, knit to end – you will have 70 sts at the end of this row.

Note: After the first inc row, you will have a new st (the st that you increased) on each side of the markers.

As you continue in pattern, continue to strand B alternately wyib and wyif across these increased sts.

In other words, sometimes you will only be stranding B across 1 st or 2 sts (instead of 3 sts) depending on how many you've increased.

Continue in pattern, working Inc row every 16th row 5 more times – you will have 90 sts after the last inc.

Work 9 more rows even (without increasing or decreasing) in sl st pattern.

Top Edge Next Row (RS): Purl, for turning ridge.

Beginning with a purl row, work in St st for 5 rows.

Bind off.



HANDLES (make 2) With A, cast on 63 sts.

Row 1 (RS): With A, knit.

Row 2: With A, purl.

Row 3: With B, k3, wyif sl 3, *wyib sl 3, wyif sl 3; rep from * to last 3 sts, k3.

Row 4: With B, p3, wyib sl 3, *wyif sl 3, wyib sl 3; rep from * to last 3 sts, p3.

Rows 5 and 6: Rep Rows 1 and 2.

Bind off with A, leaving a long yarn tail.

Fold piece in half lengthwise with WS tog.

With yarn tail, sew cast-on edge to bound off edge to make a long tube.

Rep to make a second Handle.



FLOWERS (make 6: 4 with D and 2 with E) Cast on 42 sts.

Beg with a RS (knit) row, work in St st (k on RS, p on WS) for 4 rows.

Row 1: K6, *rotate left needle counterclockwise 360 degrees, k6; rep from * across.

Row 2: Purl.

Row 3: *K2tog; rep from * across – 21 sts.

Row 4: *P2tog; rep from * to last st, p1 – 11 sts.

Row 5: *K2tog; rep from * to last st, k1 – 6 sts.

Cut yarn, leaving a long yarn tail.

Thread yarn tail through rem 6 sts, pull tight to gather and knot to secure.

Roll Flower into a spiral and sew tog at base.



LEAVES (make 14) With C, cast on 5 sts.

Row 1 (RS): K2, yarn over, k1, yarn over, k2 – 7 sts.

Rows 2, 4 and 6: Purl.

Row 3: Ssk, k3, k2tog – 5 sts.

Row 5: Ssk, k1, k2tog – 3 sts.

Row 7: Sk2p.

Fasten off.



FINISHING Sew sides of Bag body tog to make a ring.

Flatten Bag, with seam at the center front.

Pin base to body – cast on and bound off ends of Base should be at sides of body.

With hook, join A with a slip st at center front seam of Body.

Working through both thicknesses, work 1 rnd of single crochet around to join Base to Body; join with sl st in first st.

Fasten off.

Fold top edge of Body to WS of Bag along turning ridge.

With sewing needle and thread, sew top edge in place.

Following photo or as desired, sew Flowers and Leaves over center front seam.

Sew one Leaf to back of Bag.Weave in ends.



Lining Cut a 16 x 36 in.

(40.5 x 91.5 cm) piece from lining fabric.

Fold piece in half along longer side.

Lay Bag on top of folded fabric, then trim along each short side of fabric to match shape of Bag, adding 1/2 in.

(1.5 cm) extra for seam allowance.

With sewing needle and thread, or sewing machine, seam sides of lining.

From remaining fabric, cut a piece to match the shape of Bag Base, with 1/2 in.

(1.5 cm) extra all around for seam allowance.

Sew this piece into the narrow end of the seamed fabric lining.

Along top edge of lining, press 1/2 in.

(1.5 cm) to the WS.

Slip lining into Bag.With sewing needle and thread, slip st pressed top edge of lining to WS of Bag.



Attach handles Place markers along upper edge of front of Bag, 6 in.

(115 cm) in from each side of Bag.

With sewing needle and thread, sew ends of one Handle to WS of Bag at markers.

Rep to attach second Handle to back of Bag.

ABBREVIATIONS / REFERENCES
k = knit
p = purl
Pm = place marker
RS = right side
st(s) = stitch(es)
tog = together
WS = wrong side
k = knit
p = purl
beg = begin(s)(ning)
ch(s) = chain(s)
ch-space = space previously made
dc = double crochet
rep = repeat(s)(ing)
rnd(s) = round(s)
RS = right side
sc = single crochet
sk = skip
sl st = slip stitch
sp(s) = space(s)
st(s) = stitch(es)
WS = wrong side
beg = begin(s)(ning)
dec = decreas(e)(s)(ing)
inc = increas(e)(s)(ing)
k = knit
k2tog = knit 2 together
p = purl
p2tog = purl 2 together
rep = repeat(s)(ing)
rnd(s) = round(s)
RS = right side
sl = slip
St st = Stockinette stitch
st(s) = stitch(es)
wyib = with yarn in back
wyif = with yarn in front


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