The Weekender

Perfect for weekend getaways or carrying around a knitting project in progress.  Here’s how I did it:

Materials:   Size 13 straight needles and Size 13 circular needle (approx. 16″)

2 – 3 skeins Lion Brand Thick and Quick yarn,  Citron.  I used two here.

Gauge isn’t too important – any super bulky yarn would work.  The size just may vary a little.

Here’s the pattern in a .pdf     The Weekender

Cast on 27 Stitches onto the straight needles.  Knit in garter stitch (knit every row)  until the piece is 4″ long.  Bind off.

Using the circular needles, pick up 72 stitches (27 each long side, 9 each short side).

Knit the 72 stitches and place a marker after the last stitch is knit.  This will be the row marker. Start a new row every time you pass the marker.    After you’ve placed the marker, join to knit in the round and start this pattern:

Row 1:  Knit two together, yarn over. – repeat until you hit the row marker.

Row 2: Knit.

Continue this pattern until the bag measures 16″ from the base.  End with a knit row.

Take out the marker and start a rib.  K2 P2  until the rib measures 1 inch.  Bind off in pattern.

Add handles and start planning a weekend getaway.

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  1. Robbin

     /  April 11, 2010

    Looks great! Does the wool/acrylic hold up to use as a tote?

    • Thanks! I’m planning to add a liner to make it more versatile, but for carrying around my projects it’s worked out great.

  2. olya

     /  April 12, 2010

    thank you for the pattern , love the bag! Where can I get handles for the bag?

    • I looked all over and decided to salvage these handles from a thrift store purse and a belt. There are some more pictures of the handles in the .pdf file. That was the cheapest and easiest option. Good Luck!

    • Hilde Manville

       /  April 9, 2013


      most Yarn store carry Handels

  3. kraftworkinkitsch

     /  April 12, 2010

    are you knitting the YOs on round 2 or just dropping them off? if knitting them, obv. this increases the circum., correct? love the bag! already working on one!

    • Whoops! That should read Knit 2 TOGETHER then YO. That way when you knit the YOs on the second row you end up with the same # of stitches. So sorry about that – I’ll get it fixed right away!

  4. kraftworkinkitsch

     /  April 12, 2010

    oo, that’s what I thought. thanks for the quick response! love it! will post my pix to ravelry when completed! thanks again for the excellent pattern. splendid, indeed!

  5. Great pattern! I’ve got my yarn, needles, belt and handles ready but I’m making myself finish a couple of WIPs first!
    I link to a tutorial a week from my blog – and I’ve linked to your bag for my Tutorial Tuesday this week. Hope it brings you some more visitors so that they can get the pattern too!

  6. Klutzypuma

     /  March 2, 2011

    Awesome looking bag 🙂 I’ve decided to make it for my next knitting project. I just had a question. I just finished the 4″ garter stitch bottom and the next part says to pick up 72 stitches. I was just wondering if that meant to start a new row separately, or pick up the stitches from the 4″ wide piece I just finished. The answer is prolly obvious, but I figured I’d ask! Thanks!

  7. Love this!!!!!

  8. Kudirat

     /  December 28, 2011

    Can I use 100% wool for this type of project?

  9. Just a quick comment… On your pdf file, you say Knit 2, yarn over. It should be knit 2 together, yarn over… 😉 Thanks for the great pattern!!

  10. Love the bag and have already finished knitting! Might you share your lining pattern?

  11. Love the bag and have already finished my knitting! Might you share your lining pattern?

  12. dominiquenicole

     /  August 10, 2012

    I love this bag! I have size 13 (16″) circular needles. How could I make that work with this pattern?

  13. Anna

     /  April 29, 2013

    I’m pretty new too knitting, so I was wondering if anyone out there would mind helping…Love this pattern & have no problem w/ any of the stitches or how to’s really EXCEPT how to attach the two pieces…would someone mind posting in a little more detail how to attach the two pieces, ie. pick up the 72 stitches along with the first piece (bottom of bag)…????

    • Anna

       /  April 29, 2013

      Ha! Nevermind, just watched a tutorial on picking up stitches, guess I didn’t know all the stitches I thought I needed to! Can’t wait to finish up my project!

  14. linda

     /  June 26, 2013

    How about crochet instructions?

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