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27 Knit Bag Patterns

Find the perfect finishing touch with this collection of cute bags and knitted purse patterns.

By: Melissa Conner, Editor of
Updated May 10, 2021
Knit Bag Patterns

The knit bag patterns in this collection are fun, sometimes easy, and great for beginner and advanced knitters alike. Since some small bags, purses, and totes don't require a full skein of yarn (like the popular Anything Knit Bag), knitting these totes and purses is a great way to use up any leftover hanks of yarn that you have lying around from other projects.

Knitted tote bags also make great reusable shopping totes for trips to the mall or the supermarket. In our current climate, it's always better to bring your own than to deal with the additional plastic bags. With these bags, purses, and backpacks, you'll be able to do all your shopping and running around with a fun and stylish accessory that you'll be proud to tell people that you made yourself!

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Knit Bag Patterns

Perfect for a quick run to the grocery store, these knit bag patterns are easy to make and convenient to have on hand whether you need to do some shopping or just have a lot to tote around (like my mom). You don't have to be an experience knitter to make something this beautiful. Knit tote bags like this are great for all skill levels. Some work up quickly and all make great gifts to donate or give to friends and family.

  • Aspen Mountain Knit Tote

    Done in the double seed stitch, this bag is simple to do if you're comfortable with knitting and purling. The faux leather handles give it a polished look, and it works up quickly with big needles and super bulky yarn.

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  • Jean Dreams Tote

    This pattern is super fun to knit up, and it is quite easy to adjust the size if you would like. It's a great way to learn or improve your mitered square skills. You can even add fringe if you are so inclined!

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  • Thrifty Market Bag

    This knit tote bag pattern is great to take with you on a quick run to the grocery store.  It's small enough to keep tucked away when you're not using it, but large enough to expand to fit a ton of groceries!  Made with durable yarn, this free knitting pattern is easy to make and totally practical for everyday use.

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  • Easy Farmers Market Knit Tote Pattern

    This knitting project is just as beautiful as it is functional you guys! Because it’s made with a super bulky yarn, the bag works up fairly quickly and the varied stitches gives it a beautiful texture.

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  • Camping Shower Bag

    If you like roughing it in the great outdoors, you'll never leave home again without this knit Camping Shower Bag. Not only will it hold and protect all of your shower supplies, but it's super easy to make with an aluminim basket bottom that won't rust!

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  • Anything Knit Bag

    Looking for a super quick stashbuster? This mini knit bag pattern is perfect for using up the last bit of your leftover yarn stash. The end result works great as a gift for one of your girlfriends or a personal gift for yourself.

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  • Leafy Cable Bag

    The gorgeous leafy cable design is what sets this bag apart from the rest. No one will believe you actually made this tote yourself. This intermediate knitting pattern may look intimidating, but the spacious tote bag you get from it is worth the hassle.

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  • Little Knit Tote Bag

    Perfect for beginners, this Little Knit Tote Bag is great for holding produce, herbs and spices, or any other small item you're shopping for.  Made on a knitting loom, this tote bag pattern works up quickly and easily.

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  • Giant Yarn Plush Knit Bag

    Knitting tote bags is a fun and easy weekend project that will take no time at all. Perfect for beginners and experienced knitters alike, this adorable, free knitted bag pattern uses thick, chunky yarn to create a trendy little bag that is insanely useful.

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  • Moondoggie Bag

    The Moondoggie Bag is a cute and durable mini tote that girls of all ages will love. It's great for holding all your essential items and is easy to customize the colors to be whatever you'd like. This is a beginner friendly project requires some skills in seaming.

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  • Mini Knitting Tote

    This knitted tote bag pattern makes a great gift for the holiday season! This mini tote is a sweet gift for any knitting lover...and how cute are those little skeins of yarn inside?

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Knitted Purse Patterns

Do you often find yourself having trouble finding the perfect purse? Why not make your own? With these purse knitting patterns, you'll be on your way to creating an accessory you already know you'll love! Knitting a purse is fun, easy, and a great way to learn knitting if you're new to the craft. To sweeten the deal, you get a cute new bag from all of your efforts.

  • Knit Fold Over Clutch Pattern

    If you've got one skein of yarn in your stash, then mama's got a new bag! This knit clutch pattern is a small project that is both portable and easy to make. With a simple fold over design and an easy stitch pattern, you'll finish your new go-to accessory in no time at all!

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  • Grandmother's Knitted Purse Pattern

    Create a gorgeous knit purse reminiscent of a vintage bag from grandma's closet. All you need to do is knit this project flat, create your rectangle, and seam the sides together.

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  • Claudia Crossover

    This small, fringed purse that is great for your phone, wallet, and a few essentials. As it is a crossover bag, it stays on and is easily worn under or over a coat or jacket. It makes a great little bag for a day out.

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  • Knit Purse Pattern

    This easy to make handbag is lined and features detachable leather handles for easy washing. The use of the half-linen stitch in this purse knitting pattern creates a non-stretch fabric perfect for a durable bag that can carry all of your essentials.

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  • Shetland Cable Knit Bag

    This bag is great for intermediate knitters. This stylish and fashionable Shetland Cable Knit bag is great for all your holiday shopping needs. The decorative cables and designs are doable with a little challenge yourself and knit up this cute over the shoulder purse today!

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  • Oat Stitch Handbag

    There aren't easier knit bag patterns than this. Using a simple-to-remember stitch pattern repeat, the Oat Stitch Handbag is just the mindless make you can get lose in.

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  • Quick Little Knit Bag

    Gone are the days of carrying around bulky purses that can fit everything but the kitchen sink. If you're looking for something on the smaller side for just the essentials, look no further than this quickie. Finished off with a button and some tassels, this cute bag would make a most delightful gift.

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  • Knitted Weave Clutch

    Great for storing crayons, colored pencils, makeup and more, these simple Knitted Weave Clutches are great for travel and keeping yourself organized. They also make great gifts for teens and young kids.

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  • The Katherine Felted Purse

    This beautiful basket-style felted purse, is a perfect project for a wonderful handmade gift. This simple pattern works up nicely using a bulkier yarn with large needles. Use it to carry your knitting projects to and fro or as a convenient market tote.

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  • Small Felted Purse

    This knitting bag pattern is great for the girl who loves to travel with everything!  Big enough to hold all your essentials, this felted tote bag is easy to make and fun to show off.  Plus it's extra sturdy and supportive thanks to the felting!

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  • The Soho Gold Leaf Clutch

    This beautiful gold leaf purse is perfect for day or evening use! The clutch is entirely knit with very simple stitches. Using a combination of the stockinette stitch and the bamboo stitch, you will make the gorgeous varied textured that you see on this bag.

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  • Felted Striped Bag

    Knit this roomy shoulder bag with bold stripes of color.  Felting smooths away imperfections, making this bag a great one for beginning knitters.  Mix and match your favorite colors to create a striped bag that you're sure to love.

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  • Foldover Knit Clutch Pattern

    This fun and textured purse may be small, but it has a huge impact. It's versatile and can be used for anything you need— from a zippered pouch to a pencil case! Made using different colored yarns and tassel embellishments, this knit bag is light and fashionable.

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Knit Backpack Patterns

I bet you didn't know you could knit this. Knit backpack patterns may look intimidating, but they're worth it once you get the hang of it. Kids and adults alike will love these knit backpacks. Durable and comfortable, these bags are great to take with you to work, school, or even the gym. They're also just right for long shopping trips, walks in the woods, and perfect for holding all your necessities if you need your hands and arms free.

  • Easy Knit Backpack

    Great for beginners and advanced knitters alike, this Easy Knit Backpack is a great project for anyone who's looking for something fun and easy to make.  Perfect for shopping trips or quick runs to campus, this knit backpack will soon become your new favorite accessory.

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  • Autumn Backpack

    This beautiful felted backpack shines with the colors of autumn.  Great for an afternoon walk in the woods or to use as an overnight bag for your Thanksgiving travels, this Autumn Backpack is fun to make and creates a lovely pattern that anyone is sure to enjoy.

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  • Striped Yoga Mat Bag

    Head off to yoga class in style with this Striped Yoga Mat Bag.  This easy pattern is stylish and fun...and it's self-striping, so you don't have to worry about switching colors.  This Yoga Mat Bag also makes a great gift for anyone you know who loves to practice yoga.

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I think adding a pin bar (found in jewelry findings section of any craft store) to the back of the ornament would make a great pin for any knitter!

Thanks for the interesting patterns. I use old plastic carry bags to knit purses and bags and present it to friends to recycle the plastic. They are long lasting and made in colours to match the outfit, even multicoloured.


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