Garter Stitch Drawstring Backpack
SUPPLIES & TOOLS:
- 2 skeins Lion Brand Jiffy yarn, El Paso
- Large-eye blunt needle
- Size 10 circular needles
- 1" button
- Bead with 1/2" hole
- 55" knitted I-cord
GAUGE: 12 sts + 24 rows (12 ridges) = 4".
BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE.
I-cord Cast on 4 sts. Knit, slipping sts to beg of needle, pull yarn to tighten and knit back, continue until desired length. Fasten off.
ssk (slip, slip, knit) Slip the next 2 sts as if to knit, one at a time, to the right needle; insert the left needle into the fronts of these 2 sts and k them tog.
Cast on 15 sts. Work back and forth in garter st (k every row). Note 15 ridges (30 rows). Bind off 15 sts.
Cast on 25 sts. Work back and forth in garter st for 9 rows. **Eyelet row (RS) K 2, yo, k2tog, k to end of row. K even for 9 rows.** Rep from ** to ** until there are 14 eyelet rows. K 2 rows. Note 72 ridges (144) rows complete. Bind off 25 sts.
Using tapestry needle, sew Backpack body into a tube by joining the cast-on edge to bound-off edge.
Line up center ridge of base (8th ridge) with back seam of body. Sew base to tube, ridge-to-ridge, 2 times,1 base ridge to 2 body ridges, * ridge-to-ridge 5 times, 1 base ridge to 2 body ridges,* rep from * to * around until last 2 ridges; sew ridge-to-ridge. This gives bag a bit of fullness.
With RS facing, pick up 18 sts (9 ridges each side of back center seam). Work in garter st for 5 ridges (10 rows). Beg shaping: Next row K 1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k 1. Rep last row until 10 sts rem.
Buttonhole row K 3, k2tog, yo, ssk, k 3 – 9 sts. K 2 more rows. Bind off.
Make an I-cord 55" long. Thread this cord, beg at back center, in-and-out through each drawstring hole.
Thread both ends of drawstring through large bead.
Tack each end of drawstring to each back corner of base. Pull drawstring to close bag, fold flap over opening.
Mark where buttonhole falls and sew on button. Tuck in loose ends.
beg = begin(s)(ning)
k = knit
rep = repeat(s)(ing)
RS = right side
st(s) = stitch(es)
tog = together
yo = yarn over