I am a cross body bag kinda girl. I buy or make myself clutches all the time but never use them. Adorable shoulder bag? Nah. I like to throw a bag strap over my head and across my body and forget about it. But this bag is too darn cute to forget about! A large main pocket is perfect for your wallet and keys, and throw your phone in a very accessible smaller front pocket. Since the bag is double knit throughout there is no need for a lining! The extra thick fabric keeps everything in.
I’ve used a 45” handmade leather strap for my bag, but you can use any length strap if you aren’t as fussy about your bags as I am. Weaving a strap out of yarn would also be super cute! And if having open pockets makes you nervous, snag a couple magnetic purse closures at your local craft store.
Finished Size 9” wide, and 10” deep main pocket unfolded. Folded down bag is 6” tall. Bag shown with 45” strap.
Yarn: Knit Picks Brava Sport, 100% Premium Acrylic; 273 yds/100g: Caution (MC), 1 skein, Cobblestone Heather (CC), 1 skein.
Needles: Size 4 (3.5mm): straights. Adjust needle sizes if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions: Tapestry needle; 45” leather strap with D Rings and Tabs, shown from Homestead Heirlooms, LLC in turquoise.
Gauge 16 sts and 24 rows = 4″ (10 cm) in double knitting.
Notes The body and front pocket of Multiplicity are knit using double knitting, a technique used to create two right sides of fabric at once. If you are unfamiliar with this technique, Knit Picks has a great intro here. There are also lots of video tutorials on Double Knitting if you do a little searching. Don’t be scared! It’s a really fun technique, and with a little practice you’ll be double knitting your heart out in no time.
Throughout both double knitted pieces, the first and last 2 sts are knit together holding both colors, knitting 2 sts together and creating 2 sts at the same time.
The Designer: Allyson Dykhuizen is a knitwear designer and knitting teacher from Michigan who lives in Minneapolis. Her patterns have been published in Interweave Knits, Knitscene, and knit.wear magazines, and by Lion Brand Yarns. She self publishes and blogs on her website The Sweatshop of Love, and runs Holla Knits. For questions about this pattern please contact Allyson at firstname.lastname@example.org.