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This cute and trendy bag is the ideal beach or travel companion. Knit largely in garter stitch and featuring a stockinette anchor encircled by a portal, this adorable bag features classic nautical stripes that will leave you dreaming of the beach all day long.  

Skill Level: Easy

Size: 14” wide x 8.5” tall x 2” deep.

Gauge: 22 sts and 30 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st after wet blocking

Materials

Medium weight yarnYarn: Cascade Yarns Cascade 220 (100% Peruvian Highland Wood; 220 yards [200 meters]/100 grams): 8505 White (MC, 1 ball), 2404 Atlantic (CC, 2 balls)

Needles: US size 6 (4.0 mm) straight or circular

Notions: Markers, tapestry needle, pins, two 1” buttons.

Pattern Notes

Portal is made in three parts: two panels for the large sides and one long strip which makes up the narrow sides, bottom, and strap.

Pattern

Strap

Using CC, CO 14 sts.

Work in Garter st (knit every row) until Strap meas 57” from CO edge.

BO.

Side A

Using CC, CO 61 sts.

Rows 1-2: Knit.

Row 3: Kfb, k to last st, kfb. (63 sts)

Row 4: Knit.

Switch to MC.

Rows 5-6: Knit.

Row 7: Kfb, k to last st, kfb. (65 sts)

Row 8: Knit.

Switch to CC.

Rows 9-10: Knit.

Row 11: Kfb, k to last st, kfb. (67 sts)

Row 12: Knit.

Switch to MC.

Rows 13-14: Knit.

Row 15: Kfb, k to last st, kfb. (69 sts)

Row 16: Knit.

Switch to CC

Rows 17-18: Knit.

Row 19: Kfb, k to last st, kfb. (71 sts)

Row 20: Knit.

Switch to MC.

Rows 21-23: Knit.

Rows 24-62: K22, work Chart over next 27 sts, k22.

Rows 63-65: Knit.

Switch to CC.

Rows 66-69: Knit.

Switch to MC.

Rows 70-73: Knit.

Switch to CC.

Rows 74-77: Knit.

Switch to MC.

Rows 78-81: Knit.

Switch to CC.

Rows 82-85: Knit.

Switch to MC.

Rows 86-88: Knit.

BO.

Side B

Rows 1-77: Work same as Side A.

Switch to MC.

Row 78: Knit.

Row 79 (buttonhole): K20, BO 3 sts (on the right needle you will now have 20 sts, a gap of 3 sts, then one st from the BO), k24, BO 3 sts (you will now have 20 sts, a gap of 3 sts, 25 sts, another gap of 3 sts, then one st), k to end.

Row 80: K20, CO 3 sts, k25, CO 3 sts, k20.

Row 81: Knit.

Switch to CC.

Rows 82-85: Knit.

Switch to MC.

Rows 86-88: Knit.

BO.

Finishing

Weave in ends.

Sew the two ends of the Strap together.

Centre the Strap seam at the bottom of one of the side panels, pin the Strap around the sides and bottom of the panel and sew in place, then turn the work around and repeat with the other side panel.

Attach buttons opposite buttonholes.

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