Even in the depths of winter this bag will cheer you up; it has such a lovely beachy, seaside feel. The colour changes of the yarn work out in almost equal stripes, and it has a cute textured stitch.
Caron Simply Soft (100% acrylic, approx. 314yds/228m per 6oz/170g ball) worsted (aran) weight yarn
- 1 ball of 9776 Lemonade (yellow) (A)
Caron Cupcakes (100% acrylic, approx. 243yds/223m per 3oz/85g ball) light worsted (DK) weight yarn
- 4 balls of 16013 Pistachio Cup (B)
US size 6 (4mm) knitting needles
Yarn sewing needle
32 x 30in (80 x 75cm) of lining fabric
1yd (1m) of ribbon
12 x 12in (30 x 30cm)
6 bobble sts x 13 bobble rows over a 4in (10cm) square, using US size 6 (4mm) needles and Caron Cupcakes yarn.
p3tog purl 3 stitches together
RS right side
WS wrong side
 repeat sequence between square brackets the number of times stated
FOR THE BAG
The main part of the bag is knitted in one piece.
Using A, cast on 64 sts
SEED (MOSS) STITCH TOP BORDER 1
Row 1 (RS): [K1, p1] to end.
Row 2 (WS): [P1, k1] to end.
Rep these 2 rows 6 times more (14 rows).
Next row (RS): Rep Row 1 once more.
Next row (WS): Using B, *p3, inc 1 (purlwise); rep from * to end. 80 sts.
BEGIN PATT ROWS
Row 1 (RS): P to end.
Row 2 (WS): *(K1, p1, k1) all in same st, p3tog; rep from * to end.
Row 3 (RS): P to end.
Row 4 (WS): *P3tog, (k1, p1, k1) all in next st; rep from * to end.
Rep patt rows 1–4 until work measures approx. 20in (50.5cm), ending on a Row
Next row (WS): Using B, *p3, p2tog; rep from * to end. 64 sts.
SEED (MOSS) STITCH TOP BORDER 2
Next row (RS): Using A, [k1, p1] to end.
Next row (WS): [P1, k1] to end. Rep last two rows 6 times more.
Bind (cast) off.
FOR THE HANDLES
Using A, cast on 10 sts.
Row 1: [K1, p1] to end.
Row 2: [P1, k1] to end.
Rep these 2 rows until work measures approx. 20in (50.5cm).
Bind (cast) off.
Pin and block the bag. With RS together, sew the side seams. Turn RS out.
ADD THE LINING
Measure the knitted bag and the handles and cut out 2 lining pieces for the bag and one for each handle, allowing an extra 7⁄8in (2cm) all around each edge for the seam allowance. Make up the lining and line the handles.
Insert the lining into the bag with WS together and insert the ends of the handles between the lining and knitted pieces approx. 2in (5cm) from each edge. Cut the ribbon in half and fit one end between the lining and knitted bag in the center and pin into the bag on each side. Hand sew along the top of bag, attaching the handles and ribbon at the same time.