I’m Marie Segares from Underground Crafter and I’m thrilled to share a roundup of knit bags with you today! Whether you’re an old pro or you’re just learning how to knit a bag, there will be something here for you.
As the weather gets warmer, you may be wondering what to knit. I love working on knit bags in the warmer months. Knit bags are portable so you can bring your work-in-progress to that picnic or barbecue, and they are useful year-round, so you can show them off as soon as you finish knitting! No need to wait ’til Fall.
There are many great bag patterns out there, and today I’m sharing more than 20 free knitting patterns that will keep you knitting all spring and summer long!
Easy-Peasy Knit Bags
These five bags use simple stitches and make great projects to work on while somewhere slightly distracting.
The 30 Minute Mixed Berries Bag by Melissa Mall from Inner Crochet Child is a quick knit using beautiful hand dyed yarn.
The Chinese Wave Bag by Tamara Kelly/Moogly is a great project for new bag knitters. Slip stitches create a firm fabric.
The Knit Tote for Knitters by Donna Yacino for Berroco makes a great project bag. The handles are attached by inserting grommets.
The Back-to-School Book Bag by Melanie Smith for Craftown is a great messenger bag to wear year round. For a more masculine version, omit the rosette detail.
And, if you have travel plans for the summer, be sure to prep by knitting up your own Golden Bow Glam Bag by Cveti from c v e t u l k a knits. This makes a great makeup bag to include in your luggage!
These nine colorful bags will brighten up your needles! Many are also great for using up partial skeins of yarn.
The Knitted Weave Clutch by Tagil Perlmutter for Petite Purls is a great introduction to entrelac. It also includes instructions for adding lining.
The Farmers Market Bag by Melanie Smith for Craftown is the perfect tote to bring with you when shopping for produce at your local farmers market!
If you want a pattern that keeps both your brain and your hands engaged, try the Boredom Buster Bag by A Simple Stitch. This bag combines cables, moss stitch, and a touch of stranded colorwork to create a stylish accessory.
Chevrons add a striking touch to the Wavy Messenger Bag by Michele Thompson for Red Heart. This hands-free storage would also make a fashionable tote for your next knitting project!
If you love ripples but prefer shoulder bags, try the Wavy Shoulder Bag by Grace Alexander for Red Heart.
The Easy Rose Petal Purse by Linda Cyr for Red Heart is a great way to practice a color motif on a small project. The textured stitch pattern will also keep your interest!
The Slip Stitch Mini Tote by Orange Fish Knits uses slip stitches to create complex looking color work while only using one color per row. This pattern is also felted.
The Striped Peppermint Bag by Terry L. Ross for Crystal Palace Yarns is knit on the bias to create lovely diagonal stripes. Try contrasting colors for the decorative button and handles for a different look.
The Asthore Bag by A Simple Stitch also uses slip stitches to create this dynamic pattern.
If you love the look of knit cables as much as I do, you’ll love these six patterns for stunning knit bags!
The Brea Bag by Norah Gaughan for Berroco is a striking cabled purse with a unique shape.
If you’re looking for a cable to take center stage, you may enjoy The Ultimate Bag by Jennifer from The Knit Monster.
The Purple Purse by Patons uses a chunky yarn to make that central cable pop! This also works as a unisex messenger bag when knit with a different color yarn.
The Cabled Bag by Linda Cyr for Vogue Knitting also uses a chunky yarn to create plump cables. If you don’t like purling, you’ll enjoy that this bag is knit in the round!
The Cabled Boho Bag by Amanda Reed features several cable patterns for a delightfully textured look.
The Leafy Cable Bag by Patons is another great unisex project that features a dramatic cabled strap. This pattern also includes instructions for felting.
These three patterns are finished by felting (or fulling) the yarn, so no lining is necessary. If you substitute yarn, remember to use an untreated wool for best results!
The Felted 2 Color Bag by Premier Yarns is a great beginner project. The color blocked design makes a great fashion impact, too!
Premier Yarns has another great beginner knitting project, the Felted Striped Bag. The stripes make a dramatic statement, but are really simple to knit.
The Rose Tote Bag by Koleido by Silkie B. also features stripes, but it also includes a lovely rose embellishments, along with detailed instructions for felting to maintain the shape of the flower!
If you’re looking for a different portable project for the warmer months, you may also enjoy my free Cupcake Hat pattern in newborn, infant, and toddler sizes.