Friday, March 09, 2007

Ultra Mega Chunky Bag

This handbag is a great way to get rid of that cheap, scratchy acrylic that has been languishing in your stash since you bought it as a beginner or maybe just use up leftovers from bygone projects. Holding four strands of yarn together as one, it works up very quickly. Make it in an afternoon, and go out on the town tonight. You could even experiment with using two or more different colors at once, or perhaps throw in some novelty yarn with a little frizz. Endless possibilities!

Queue this on Ravelry!

Red Heart Super Saver (100% acrylic, 7oz/198g, 364yds/333m) one skein in Cherry Red, or stash yarn
US15 (10mm) needles
Tapestry needle
Two Plastic handles
Scrap fabric, if lining is desired

9sts by 12rows = 4in (10cm) in stst

Finished Size:
10in (25cm) long by 3in (7.5cm) wide by 6in (15cm) tall

Click here for Abbreviations

Note: Bag is knitted with 4 strands of yarn held tog.

With 4 strands of yarn held tog, CO 22 sts.
Row 1: purl.
Row 2: knit.
Rep last two rows 3 more times and row 1 once more. BO all sts knitwise, but do not cut yarn.
Keep last loop of bound off sts on needle and pick up 6 more sts from WS of fabric along skinny edge of base. Work in stst for 18 rows, ending with a RS row. Knit two more rows. BO knitwise and tie off. With 4 new strands held tog, pick up 7 sts along other skinny edge and rep for second side.
Front & Back:
With 4 new strands held tog, pick up 21 sts along wide edge of base. Work same as sides. Rep for back.
Sew up corner seams with tapestry needle and two strands held tog. Attach handles by whip-stitching them onto top edge of front and back. If desired, cut lining fabric to same measurements and sew together. Hand sew into knitted purse, hiding yarn ends inside. If lining is not desired, weave in ends.

Feel free to comment here with questions.

This pattern is intended for personal use only. Please do not try to sell it or any product made from it. Thank you.


  1. Hi Carissa,

    You, are an extremely talented young lady. I have been surfing the net for knitting patterns for well over six months now and I have never before come across such beautiful patterns as the ones you have here. Please keep on producing them as I have bookmarked your website and shall tell absolutely everybody I meet about it.

    Well done and THANK YOU SO MUCH.


  2. Thank you! And you're very welcome.

  3. Thank you for the preemie patterns!
    I really like yours. Wonderful colors and designs. Such a great cause too. Keep up the wonderful work!

  4. Carissa,

    I love this bag! It's so cute! I knitted it up and added a front flap and a long strap. It's really useful for carrying random stuff I usually need. Thanks so much for the pattern, and keep up all the amazing work!

  5. I came across your pattern on Ravelry while trying to decide what to do with the 1st yarn I ever bought: cheap scratchy acrylic, that just keeps lingering. I forsee your bag being knit today. Thank you very much.

    1. You're very welcome! I still have some scratchy acrylic from my beginner days too. Maybe I'll make some more of these bags eventually...

  6. I think that you're always doing an excellent job!!

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  10. And naturally, thanks for your sweat!