SUPPLIES & TOOLS:
- Red Heart® Eco-Cotton™ Blend Yarn, 4 skeins each: Almond (A(, Denim (B)
- US 9 circular knitting needles, 36" or size to obtain gauge
- 4 stitch markers: assorted colors
- Yarn needle
DIRECTIONS:Bag is made with 2 strands of yarn held together. On Rnds 5 & 9, wrap yarn around the needle the number of times given; for example, for yarn over 3 (yo3), wrap yarn 3 times. Wraps are dropped on next rnd.
BASE: With two strands A, cast on 56 sts.Work 24 rows in Garter st (k every row). Bind off. Weave in ends.
BODY: Rnd 1: With two strands B, pick up & k56 sts along cast on edge, place marker, pick up & k9 sts across nearest short edge, place marker, pick up & k56 sts along bound off edge, place marker, pick up & k9 sts across last short edge, place marker of different color to mark beginning of rnd–130 sts. Rnd 2: Purl around.
Rnd 3: Knit around. Rnd 4: Purl around. Rnd 5: * K6, [yo2, k1, yo3, k1, yo4, k1, yo3, k1, yo2, k6] 5 times, slip marker [k1, wrapping yarn twice around needle] 9 times, slip marker; repeat from * once more.
Rnd 6: Purl, dropping all yo and double wraps from needle. Rnds 7 and 8: Rep Rnds 3 and 4.
Rnd 9: * K1, [yo2, k1, yo3, k1, yo4, k1, yo3, k1, yo2, k6] 5 times, yo2, k1, yo3, k1, yo4, k1, yo3, k1, yo2, k1, slip marker, [k1, wrapping yarn twice around needle] 9 times, slip marker; repeat from * once more.
Rnd 10: Rep Rnd 6. Rnd 11: Knit around. Rnd 12: Purl around. Cut B, join A. Rnds 13-20: Rep Rnds 5-12.
Cut A, join B. Rnds 21-52: [Rep Rnds 5-12] 4 times, changing color at end of each rep. Each marker can be removed at this point. Dec Rnd: With B, * [k6, k2tog] 7 times, k9; rep from * once more –116 sts.
Rnd 2: Purl around. Rnd 3: Knit around. Rnds 4-9: Rep Rnds 2 & 3. Bind off purlwise. Weave in loose ends.
HANDLES: Make 2. With 2 strands A, cast on 9 sts. Work 80 rows in Garter st. Bind off. Attach 1 end of handle to 2nd yo pattern in from edge on top pattern repeat; sew securely. Sew other end. Repeat for 2nd end of handle.
Finished size 16"x14"x3"