Gifted

Knitting
December 2014
Aran (8 wpi) ?
18 stitches = 4 inches
in Stocking Stitch/Stockinette
US 8 - 5.0 mm
68 - 167 yards (62 - 153 m)
XS, S, M (easily adjustable to the size you want)
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This pattern is available for free.

This pattern was designed for knitting charity p/hop, which supports Médecins sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders. Please donate what you can through p/hop. Happy Knitting!

A gift-bag to keep and re-use. We’re knitters. We have stash. We have scraps. This adorable bag can go out into the world, spreading knitterly love, wherever it goes.

The bag is knit all in one piece, with i-cord handles. If made in wool, as shown, the finished bag can be fulled (slightly felted) by giving it a rub in hot soapy water. It’s an easy intermediate knit.

Three sizes are given in the pattern. You can easily change the size by changing the yarn, number of stitches and height worked.

Sizes
Easily adjustable.
All 3 sizes are 7cm/2 1/2” deep, from front to back.
XS 12.5cm/5” tall x 8cm/3” wide - holds e.g. an earrings box, or a credit-card style gift card, or some knitters notions…
S 14cm/5 1/2” tall x 10cm/4” wide - holds e.g. a couple of balls of yarn, or a larger jewellery box, or a scented candle, or a pair of hand-knit socks…
M 21cm/8” tall x 16.5cm/6 1/2” wide - holds e.g. novels, or a couple of skeins of yarn, or a box of candy, or some toiletries…

Or…adjust it to make the size you need: The base is made first, so you can adjust that to the size you want, then work upwards to the height you need. The felting/fulling is minimal; you’re not aiming to shrink it, so it’s easy to control the finished size.

Materials
100% Wool, shown in 100m/110yds per 50g, aran (heavy worsted).
Allow 62m (88m, 152m) / 68yds (97yds, 167yds)
Make sure wool is NOT superwash.
5mm/US 8 needles for working in the round - set 5 dpns or circulars with min 80cm/32” cable for magic loop.
Stitch markers - 3 the same & 1 to mark start of Rnd.
Stitch holder, or use waste yarn.

Tension
Gauge 18 sts to 10cm/4” over Stocking Stitch (Stockinette).

Let’s give to those who need our help this festive season. Please make a re-useable bag and/or donate to Médecins sans Frontières through p/hop - Pennies per Hour of knitting Pleasure.

Thank you to: Rachel & Paula for testing, Akshata for tech editing, Larissa at p/hop.