Knitting Pattern for Garter Stitch Square Bag

I have been knitting this bag for the past 2 months. It is made up of squares knitted in garter stitch using black and white yarn.



I am very pleased with the finished product. It looks difficult but is actually quite easy. I have a little mental block with the handles (which is why this took me 2 months) but a little help from my knitting buddies cleared the block.

Garter Stitch Squares Bag - At the poolside
Garter Stitch Squares Bag – At the poolside

I lined the bag including the handles because the handle of my Japanese knot bag (previous project) had started to stretch. I was told that I should have lined the handles as well.

The original pattern is in Japanese. A raveller posted her bag and gave general instructions in English at ravelry.com. The instructions were not difficult to understand but I still thought it good to write up the instructions in more detail. Here it is.

The Bag Body

Using 3.5mm dpi, cast on 21 stitches with black yarn. (cast on row serve as border)

Switch to white yarn and knit 2 rows. (form 1 white ridge)

Switch to black yarn and knit 2 rows. (form 1 black ridge)

Switch to white yarn and knit 2 rows (2nd white ridge)

Continue switching colors after every 2 rows to create the ridges.

After ridge 20 (which should be white) knit 1 row in black yarn and bind off.

garter stitch in black and white stripes

Make 22 squares. Sew them up together in this combination:

5 squares together to form a long strip. Make 2.
4 squares together to form a long strip. Make 2.
2 squares together. Make 2.

Seam all of them up as follows:

Body of garter stitch square bag with instructions

To make the body of the bag, sew as indicated in the picture above. Once the the sides have been sewn, fold the body into half and sew up the sides.

Crochet a single row along the opening.

Bag Handles

Pick up 9 stitches at the 2 corners of the body.

Row 1 – Knit 1 Purl 1
Row 2 – Purl 1 Knit 1

Continue the single rib pattern until the handle is about 17inches or 44cm. Connect the 2 handles to the 2 corners on the other side of the body.

Line the bag and handles with fabric of corresponding colour.

Celebrate with a photo shoot.

garter stripe square bag

This is a free knitting pattern. I will be thrilled if you use it. Please link back here if you do. If you took pictures, I will be glad to upload it to the Knitting Pictures I like section.

Happy Knitting! Phoebe


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  • jen

    Thanks for the English translation!

    • You are welcome. 🙂

  • Peachy

    I really like this bag and greatly appreciate you providing English directions.  Even tho your directions are quite clear, I still have a stupid question … probably because I haven’t felted anything before … but when do you do the felting?

    • Hi Peachy, not a stupid question at all. The reason you can’t find the direction is because I didn’t felt this bag. If you want to felt yours, do so before lining the bag. 🙂

      • Peachy

        Phoebe, thank you for that.  So I don’t have to felt it?  That’s good news … I may try and make this one.  Is there any particular fabric you use for the lining or should I just choose anything that I think will go with the bag?

      • I used an old T-shirt so I guess you should choose anything that you think go with the bag.

  • lovely!

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  • I'm so love this blog, already bookmarked it! Thanks.

  • Terri

    Hi, Phoebe. I finished it! You can see it on Ravelry at http://www.ravelry.com/projects/Dahbou/garter-s… or in this Picasa web album= http://picasaweb.google.com/dahbou/CrochetProje

    I'm planning to make another one in different colors soon. I really enjoyed making it. Thanks again!
    Terri

  • can't wait to see it. Are you on ravelry?

  • Lynda

    Thanks Phoebe for all your hard work in translating this cute pattern, took me 3 days to finish all the squares, going to start sewing them tomorrow, hope to be finished by Sunday, already planning to felt the next one (never felted anything),will send pic :}

    • can’t wait to see it. Are you on ravelry?

  • Lynda

    Thanks Phoebe for all your hard work in translating this cute pattern, took me 3 days to finish all the squares, going to start sewing them tomorrow, hope to be finished by Sunday, already planning to felt the next one (never felted anything),will send pic :}

  • Hi Terri,

    No problem. Glad to be of help. I was hoping for English instructions when I first stumbled upon the pattern. Alas, it is in Japanese, so I thought I should provide the English supplement as I try to follow the pattern. Do show me the completed FO.

  • Thank you very much for posting this! I’m a very new knitter and have used all the information you provided. I’ve already made 3 squares and am on my way to having a new, beautiful bag with many thanks to you!

  • Thank you very much for posting this! I'm a very new knitter and have used all the information you provided. I've already made 3 squares and am on my way to having a new, beautiful bag with many thanks to you!