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Knit your own pretty gift bags with Artesano Yarns!

Once the hassle of Christmas shopping is over, there’s still the stress of wrapping to contend with. Wrestling with piles of paper and reels of ribbon isn’t an ideal way to spend December evenings, so save yourself the bother this year. These knitted gift bags from Lynne Rowe are not just for Christmas, they can be used to present all manner of handmade gifts to your loved ones.

  • Knit your own pretty gift bags with Artesano Yarns!
    YOU’LL NEED:
      • 1 skein Manos Del Uruguay Wool
      • Clasica, Rhine (2364)
      • 5.5mm straight needles
      • 5.5mm circular needles (40cm)
      • Stitch marker
      • Scraps of green felt and contrast sewing thread
      • 2 small red buttons
      • Small cream beads
      • Finished size: approximately 20cm x 20cm
      • Using main colour and 5.5mm straight needles, cast on 29 sts.
    ABBREVIATIONS:
      • C3L: slip next stitch onto cable needle, place cable needle at front of work, knit next 2 sts from
      • LH needle then knit st from cable needle
      • C3R: slip next 2 sts onto cable needle, place cable needle at back of work, knit next st from LH needle then knit sts from cable needle
      • K: knit
      • P: purl
      • K2tog: knit next 2 sts together as 1 stitch (to decrease 1 stitch)
      • RH: right hand
      • LH: left hand
      • Sl: slip
      • Yfwd: bring yarn forward between the 2 needles
      • Yb: take yarn back between the 2 needles
    YOU’LL NEED:
      • Artesano 4ply Alpaca, Chile (1532)
      • 3mm straight needles
      • 3mm double pointed needles (dpns)
      • Stitch marker
      • Small cream beads
      • Finished size: approximately
      • 10cm x 10cm
    YOU’LL NEED:
      • Artesano DK Blue Faced Leicester,
      • Beryl (05)
      • 4mm straight needles
      • 4mm double pointed dpns
      • 4mm cable needle
      • Stitch marker
      • Small cream beads – 4 each of
      • 4mm/6mm/8mm plus
      • approximately 15 x 4mm beads
      • Finished size: approximately
      • 17cm x 15cm
    Holly bag

      PICOT CHANNEL:

      • Row 1-4: Starting with a K row, work 4 rows in stocking stitch.

      • Row 5: K1, [yfwd, K2tog] to end.

      • Row 6-11: Starting with a P row, work 5 rows in stocking stitch.

      Cut yarn and push sts to bottom of needle (note: the channel will be folded and stitched at the end). Cast same number of sts onto same needle and repeat all instructions for second side, but do not cut yarn. Next, slide all sts to the circular needle with RS of both pieces facing you.

    MAIN BAG

      With RS facing you, bring tips of circular needles together to start knitting in the round. Join the round by slipping the first on the left needle to the right needle, then with the left needle lift the second on the right needle over the first st, leaving it on the right needle. You are now ready to knit in the round. Place a stitch marker on one needle to mark the start of the round and slip the stitch marker on every row**. Knit in stocking stitch until bag measures 18cm from picot fold row (row 5).

    MAKING UP

      Turn work inside out carefully. Place needles parallel to each other and arrange half of the stitches onto each needle so that the stitches on each needle are lined up. With a spare 5.5mm straight needle work a three-needle cast off. Or cast off all sts and stitch the seam with matching yarn. Next, fold each channel to the wrong side and slip stitch in place using matching yarn. Cut two 45cm lengths of yarn. Tie onto a safety pin and thread through one picot channel then straight through the second picot channel. Thread the second length of yarn through both channels, starting from the opposite side. Thread beads onto the ends of the yarn and tie a knot to prevent the beads from slipping off.

    EMBELLISHMENTS

      Draw a holly leaf shape onto paper to your chosen size and cut out to create a template. Use this template to cut four felt shapes in green (two per leaf). Whip stitch each set of leaves together using contrast sewing thread then stitch to the front left of the bag. Stitch two red buttons to the tip of each leaf.

    Ruby bag

      Using main colour and 3mm straight needles, follow all instructions as given for ‘Holly’ (omitting embellishments), changing to 3mm dpns when instructed to work in the round. Work in stocking stitch until bag measures 10cm from picot fold row then follow making up instructions as given for ‘Holly’.

    Mistletoe bag

      Using main colour and 4mm straight needles, cast on 39 stitches and follow all instructions as for ‘Holly’ picot channel, working P2tog at the end of the last row on each channel (38 sts per channel – 76 sts in total). Continue to follow ‘Holly’ instructions to **, changing to dpns when instructed to work in the round. Next, work main bag as follows:

    MAIN BAG:
      • Rounds 1-4: K

      • Round 5: [K11, sl2 purlwise, K12, sl2 purlwise, K11] twice.

      • Round 6: Rep Round 5.

      • Round 7: [K9, C3R, C3L, K8, C3R, C3L, K9] twice.

      • Rounds 8-10: K

      • Round 11: [K4, sl2 purlwise, K12, sl2 purlwise, K12, sl2 purlwise, K4] twice.

      • Round 12: Rep Round 11.

      • Round 13: [K2, C3R, C3L, K8, C3R, C3L, K8, C3R, C3L, K2] twice.

      • Rounds 14-16: K

      Rounds 5-16 form the pattern. Repeat Rounds 5-16 three times more. Follow making up instructions as given for ‘Holly’. Stitch the 4mm beads to one side of the bag in the centre of each mistletoe stitch.

     
     
    Knit your own pretty gift bags with Artesano Yarns!

    Once the hassle of Christmas shopping is over, there’s still the stress of wrapping to contend with. Wrestling with piles of paper and reels of ribbon isn’t an ideal way to spend December evenings, so save yourself the bother this year. These knitted gift bags from Lynne Rowe are not just for Christmas, they can be used to present all manner of handmade gifts to your loved ones.

    YOU’LL NEED:
      • 1 skein Manos Del Uruguay Wool
      • Clasica, Rhine (2364)
      • 5.5mm straight needles
      • 5.5mm circular needles (40cm)
      • Stitch marker
      • Scraps of green felt and contrast sewing thread
      • 2 small red buttons
      • Small cream beads
      • Finished size: approximately 20cm x 20cm
      • Using main colour and 5.5mm straight needles, cast on 29 sts.
    ABBREVIATIONS:
      • C3L: slip next stitch onto cable needle, place cable needle at front of work, knit next 2 sts from
      • LH needle then knit st from cable needle
      • C3R: slip next 2 sts onto cable needle, place cable needle at back of work, knit next st from LH needle then knit sts from cable needle
      • K: knit
      • P: purl
      • K2tog: knit next 2 sts together as 1 stitch (to decrease 1 stitch)
      • RH: right hand
      • LH: left hand
      • Sl: slip
      • Yfwd: bring yarn forward between the 2 needles
      • Yb: take yarn back between the 2 needles
    YOU’LL NEED:
      • Artesano 4ply Alpaca, Chile (1532)
      • 3mm straight needles
      • 3mm double pointed needles (dpns)
      • Stitch marker
      • Small cream beads
      • Finished size: approximately
      • 10cm x 10cm
    YOU’LL NEED:
      • Artesano DK Blue Faced Leicester,
      • Beryl (05)
      • 4mm straight needles
      • 4mm double pointed dpns
      • 4mm cable needle
      • Stitch marker
      • Small cream beads – 4 each of
      • 4mm/6mm/8mm plus
      • approximately 15 x 4mm beads
      • Finished size: approximately
      • 17cm x 15cm
    Holly bag

      PICOT CHANNEL:

      • Row 1-4: Starting with a K row, work 4 rows in stocking stitch.

      • Row 5: K1, [yfwd, K2tog] to end.

      • Row 6-11: Starting with a P row, work 5 rows in stocking stitch.

      Cut yarn and push sts to bottom of needle (note: the channel will be folded and stitched at the end). Cast same number of sts onto same needle and repeat all instructions for second side, but do not cut yarn. Next, slide all sts to the circular needle with RS of both pieces facing you.

    MAIN BAG

      With RS facing you, bring tips of circular needles together to start knitting in the round. Join the round by slipping the first on the left needle to the right needle, then with the left needle lift the second on the right needle over the first st, leaving it on the right needle. You are now ready to knit in the round. Place a stitch marker on one needle to mark the start of the round and slip the stitch marker on every row**. Knit in stocking stitch until bag measures 18cm from picot fold row (row 5).

    MAKING UP

      Turn work inside out carefully. Place needles parallel to each other and arrange half of the stitches onto each needle so that the stitches on each needle are lined up. With a spare 5.5mm straight needle work a three-needle cast off. Or cast off all sts and stitch the seam with matching yarn. Next, fold each channel to the wrong side and slip stitch in place using matching yarn. Cut two 45cm lengths of yarn. Tie onto a safety pin and thread through one picot channel then straight through the second picot channel. Thread the second length of yarn through both channels, starting from the opposite side. Thread beads onto the ends of the yarn and tie a knot to prevent the beads from slipping off.

    EMBELLISHMENTS

      Draw a holly leaf shape onto paper to your chosen size and cut out to create a template. Use this template to cut four felt shapes in green (two per leaf). Whip stitch each set of leaves together using contrast sewing thread then stitch to the front left of the bag. Stitch two red buttons to the tip of each leaf.

    Ruby bag

      Using main colour and 3mm straight needles, follow all instructions as given for ‘Holly’ (omitting embellishments), changing to 3mm dpns when instructed to work in the round. Work in stocking stitch until bag measures 10cm from picot fold row then follow making up instructions as given for ‘Holly’.

    Mistletoe bag

      Using main colour and 4mm straight needles, cast on 39 stitches and follow all instructions as for ‘Holly’ picot channel, working P2tog at the end of the last row on each channel (38 sts per channel – 76 sts in total). Continue to follow ‘Holly’ instructions to **, changing to dpns when instructed to work in the round. Next, work main bag as follows:

    MAIN BAG:
      • Rounds 1-4: K

      • Round 5: [K11, sl2 purlwise, K12, sl2 purlwise, K11] twice.

      • Round 6: Rep Round 5.

      • Round 7: [K9, C3R, C3L, K8, C3R, C3L, K9] twice.

      • Rounds 8-10: K

      • Round 11: [K4, sl2 purlwise, K12, sl2 purlwise, K12, sl2 purlwise, K4] twice.

      • Round 12: Rep Round 11.

      • Round 13: [K2, C3R, C3L, K8, C3R, C3L, K8, C3R, C3L, K2] twice.

      • Rounds 14-16: K

      Rounds 5-16 form the pattern. Repeat Rounds 5-16 three times more. Follow making up instructions as given for ‘Holly’. Stitch the 4mm beads to one side of the bag in the centre of each mistletoe stitch.