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Triangle Bag
Deco-Ribbon
+ Little Flowers & Popcorn

 

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Deco-Ribbon Triangle Evening Bag
with Little Flowers & Popcorn

Designed and knit by Terry L. Ross for Crystal Palace Yarns

This bag is the non-felted version of our Triangular Felted Bag.

As written, it makes a cute little evening bag size with lots of sparkle from the Little Flowers carried throughout. For a bag that is a bit larger, simply use two strands of each yarn whenever one is specified.
The bag is knit in the round and uses a unique cast on method, worked from the bottom up with no bottom seam to complete later. It works well knitted with the Magic Loop method, which will be briefly described here, but can also be knitted with double pointed needles or a shorter circular needle and then seamed at the bottom when the bag is finished.

Materials:
1 ball (50 grams) Crystal Palace Yarns Deco-Ribbon in #9147 "Berry Parfait"*  (Color A)
1 ball (50 grams) Crystal Palace Yarns Deco-Ribbon in #9398 "ultra marine"
* (Color B)
1 ball (50 grams) Crystal Palace Yarns
Little Flowers in #9757 "Ultra Blues"*
1 ball (50 grams) Crystal Palace Yarns Popcorn in #435 "Blueberries-Grapes"
One Crystal Palace Bamboo or DAISY Needles circular needle,
Size 10.5 US, 35" or 40" (for Magic Loop)
1 set
Crystal Palace Bamboo or DAISY Needles double pointed needles,
Size 10.5 US
Tapestry needle
2 Stitch holders
*For a larger bag, purchase 2 balls of each of the Deco-Ribbon colors and the Little Flowers. One ball of Popcorn is sufficient for a larger bag.


Finished dimensions:
8" wide at the base and 9˝" tall from the base to the top of the handle. (Small version)

Closed Bottom Cast on with Magic Loop method:
The Magic Loop method is the technique of using one long circular needle to knit items with a small circumference. It is recommended here as the easiest way to knit this bag, and is adaptable to any small-circumference knitting. The Closed Bottom Cast On used here will result in a seamless bottom for the bag which would require no additional sewing upon completion.
A nice tutorial of the Magic Loop method using a different cast on (long tail), including photos, can be found at this link: http://www.az.com/~andrade/knit/mloop.html

To summarize how we will cast on, we will:
• Hold both ends of the circular needle in the right hand.
• Alternately cast on stitches with the backward loop method onto each needle.
• Begin knitting.

Easy! So here’s how to do it.
With the long circular needle and one strand of Color A plus one strand of the Little Flowers, make a slip knot in the yarn and place it on one of the needle ends. Bring the needle ends together in your right hand so that they are parallel, with one holding the slip knot. Arrange them so that the top needle holds the knot and the other needle is next to it. We will call these Needle 1 (with the knot) and Needle 2.
With the working yarns, and using the backwards loop method, cast on one stitch to Needle 2 (now there is one stitch on each needle). Proceed to cast on stitches, one to Needle 1 and then one to Needle 2 using the backward loop method until each needle holds 30 stitches (total 60). The cast on stitches should be snug, but not overly tight, as they will tighten slightly with the first round of knitting. The yarn criss-crosses between the needles, holding them close together and creating a closed seamless bottom.
Orient the needle as follows – Needle tips pointing to the right, the loop of the needle’s cable to the left, and with the working yarns coming up between the two needle tips from the last cast on stitch on the back needle (Needle 2). Needle 1 should have the beginning yarn tail dangling at the far left and is closest to your body. Half the stitches are on Needle 1 and half are on Needle 2 You are ready to begin knitting.

Pull the tip of Needle 2 (back needle) and let the stitches slide onto the cable. Pull it out far enough so that you can then comfortably hold it and begin knitting the stitches on Needle 1 while still keeping the two sets of stitches separated by the looped cable. Knit 30 stitches. The first half of Round 1 is now finished.
To knit the second half of Round 1, turn the needle so the tips are once again pointing right, push the front needle into the stitches you have not yet knitted so they are at the tip and ready to knit, and pull the back needle out of the stitches you have just finished knitting (sliding them back onto the cable) so you have a working needle to use. Knit 30. Round 1 completed. Turn the needle so the tips are again pointing right and you will be ready to begin Round 2. Always be sure that when you begin to knit each half of the round, the working yarns are coming up between the points of the needle tips so that it doesn’t create a YO (and then later become an extra stitch on the needle). As you knit the rounds, after about 4 rounds, you will see that the purl side of the knitting (WS) can be pushed down so that the stockinette side (RS) is more clearly visible as the outside of the work and the bag begins to take its shape. Just pay close attention to what you are doing, take it one step at a time, and you soon will have mastered a valuable knitting technique.

For those who prefer to knit with double pointed needles or a smaller circular needle, simply cast on 60 stitches, mark the beginning of your round, and proceed with an open bottom that will be seamed during finishing.

Knitting the Bag:
As described in the cast on method and using 1 strand of Deco-Ribbon Color A and 1 strand of Little Flowers, cast on and knit one round.
Round 2 K1, SSK, knit to the last three stitches on the front needle, K2tog, K1, and then repeat for the back needle.
Rounds 3, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 18, 20 Knit
Round 4 K1, SSK, knit to the last three stitches on the front needle, K2tog, K1, and then repeat for the back needle.
Round 6 K1, SSK, knit to the last three stitches on the front needle, K2tog, K1, and then repeat for the back needle.
Round 8 K1, SSK, knit to the last three stitches on the front needle, K2tog, K1, and then repeat for the back needle.
Round 12 K1, SSK, knit to the last three stitches on the front needle, K2tog, K1, and then repeat for the back needle.
Round 16 K1, SSK, knit to the last three stitches on the front needle, K2tog, K1, and then repeat for the back needle.
Round 17 Cut Color A, add 1 strand of Popcorn to the 1 strand of Little Flowers and Knit
Round 19 Cut Popcorn, add 1 strand of Color B to the 1 strand of Little Flowers and Knit
Round 21 K1, SSK, knit to the last three stitches on the front needle, K2tog, K1, and then repeat for the back needle. (16 stitches on each needle remaining, 32 total)

Divide the bag and knit the top points on each side as follows:
Knit 8 stitches from the front needle. Place the next 16 stitches on a stitch holder (last 8 stitches from the front needle and the next 8 stitches from the back needle). There should now be only 16 stitches left on the circular needle. Slide them all together and begin knitting back and forth as follows:
Row 1 Purl 16
Row 2, 6 Knit
Rows 3, 5, 7, 9 Purl
Row 4 *K1, SSK, K2, Ktog, K1* 2 times (12 stitches remain)
Row 8 *K1, SSK, K2tog, K1* 2 times (8 stitches remain)
Row 10 *SSK, K2tog* 2 times (4 stitches remain)
Row 11 Purl
Place the 4 stitches on a stitch holder.
Return the 16 held stitches from the other side of the bag to the needle. WS facing, attach the yarns and begin knitting the other side with Row 1 above. When Row 11 is completed, cut the Little Flowers, switch to double pointed needles and work I-cord with Color B on the four stitches until it measure 6" long (longer for a larger bag).
Graft the I-cord to the four held stitches on the other side of the bag.

Finishing:
If the Magic Loop and closed cast on method were not used, seam the bottom of the bag. For the part of the bag with the Popcorn knitted in, push the popcorn puffs through from back to front so they are distributed on the front of the bag. Weave in all ends on the wrong side, pulling through from front to back when necessary, and lightly block the bag, if needed.

Special Thanks to Terry for making this Triangle Bag Pattern a tutorial on Magic Loop and Closed Bottom Cast-On!  Knit On!

Pattern Copyright 2006 Crystal Palace Yarns/Straw Into Gold, Inc. - We are happy to share this pattern with knitters. The pattern may be used for non-commercial personal or knitting guild use. It is not to be used in any publication in print nor should it be reproduced in electronic/digital format without permission. Knitting shops carrying CPY Yarns Deco-Ribbon & Little Flowers are welcome to print and share this pattern with customers of our yarns.

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Last revision of this page December 23, 2006

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