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Knit: Mulberry Silk Drawstring Bag

March 30, 2011

Hi friends,

Here is a little pattern I came up with that would be great for your second project of working in the round. You will need to know how to work in the round and then transition onto DPN (double pointed needles).

Check out this video to learn a little more about the construction:

You will need:

2 skeins of Darn Good Yarn’s Mulberry Silk Yarn (you can click here to check it out)

size 7 circular needles with a 14 inch cord

Set of size 7 DPN’s

Personally, I used some wood beads and made 2 white tassels and 2 red tassels for embellishments for a vintage world look.

Instructions: CO 120 sts on the circular needles, place a marker at the end of the round.

K1, P1 for 4 rounds

Knit for 4 rounds

*Knit 9, YO, K2tog* repeat this around your current round for a total of 12 times

Knit in the round for another 8.5 inches

To start decreases:

*K2, k2tog* for one round during this round transition your work onto the DPN’s

For the next 3 rounds work your project in seed stitch (*k1, p1* on the next round knit your purls and purl your knits)

For your last rounds of decreases you are going to decrease while working your stitches in seed stitch still by work two stitches in seed and k2tog until you have 14 sts left. Cut a 12 inch tail and weave the end back in through the 14 sts and pull tightly to close the bottom and tie off and weave the tail into your work.

To make the drawstrings cut 6 lengths of the yarn at 70″ a piece. Make two braids and knot the ends leaving about 4 inches of fringe on either end. Weave the drawstrings in opposite directions around the bag. Work each drawstring one at a time and tie the ends together so you can create a little fringe here.

Now you can let your imagination run wild and embellish as you see fit. I used some fun wood beads and made some tassels and went a little over the top as far as my personal style is concerned. But I’m glad I did because it came out so wonderfully! I hope you walk on the wild side too!

Enjoy my dears!




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  1. Connie Raby says:

    Hi Precious!
    This is AWESOME and perhaps enough to get me off my duff and onto the DPN’s! Hope springs eternal, right? I hope you are doing well. Your site is so great and I love visiting just to see the bright colors and gorgeous eye candy, a.k.a. yarn. It actually changes any poor mood I might have to a great one, just seeing the love you put into your site and your company! I have friends who’ve seen my yo-yo diet scarf and they want one! It’s amazing what a little advertising will do. Bright warm and beautiful Love and Light to you!!

  2. Anne Daniels says:

    Is there a way I can get a pdf for this pattern? I’m getting ready to order yarn for this because I need a new purse and this looks great.

  3. Dali says:

    Any first time projects you can recommend?

  4. Samantha says:

    Omg been getting so angry and frustrated with this pattern and just realized i’ve been k9 yo k2tog for the 8.5 inches instead of knitting! Although a little more difficult it gave a cool look and more flexibility. Plus i needed this for a backpack bag and the rounded look the pattern gives makes it work great!

    • Jen says:

      Haha, it sounds like it worked out in a fun way! Can you take pictures and send them to me ( I’d love to put them up as a variation of this bag. :)

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