Hexagonal Shoulder Bag by Emily Ocker

Hexagonal Shoulder Bag

November 2000
DK (11 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch using size 4 (3.5mm) needles
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
4.0 mm (G)
432 yards (395 m)
12" wide x 10" high x 2½" thick, with a 2" strap about 36" long
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Skill Level: Experienced

Finished Measurements: 12” wide x 10” high x 2½“ thick, with a 2” strap about 36” long.

Yarn: Tahki Yarns Cotton Classic (1¾oz/50g; 108yds/98m; cotton) 4 skeins Purple #3945

* Size 4 (3.5mm) needles in double-pointed (dpn) and two 20” (50cm) circulars.
Two size 8 (5mm) circulars, any length,or size to obtain gauge*


  • Size F/5 (4mm) crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle
  • 1 button, 1” to 1¼“ in diameter
  • 1 yd cotton canvas in Cream for lining
  • Sewing thread in yarn and lining colors
  • Stitch markers, 5 in one color and 1 in contrasting color
  • Waste yarn
  • Freezer paper and protractor for lining pattern

Blocked Gauge:

  • (NOTE: Stitch gauge on smaller needles must match row gauge on larger needles. Adjust needle size if necessary to achieve this.)
  • 24 sts and 32 rows to 4”/10cm in St st using size 4 (3.5mm) needles
  • 21 sts and 24 rows to 4”/10cm in St st using size 8 (5mm) needles

Construction Notes: “This shoulder bag consists of two lace hexagons joined together on four sides by a double fabric gusset strip. The gusset continues and becomes the shoulder strap. The other two sides of each hexagon are finished with I-Cord and fold over to close the bag, with the outer flap secured by a decorative button. A washable fabric is used for the lining for easy care and to highlight the lace itself.”


  1. Hexagon is knit from center out.
  2. Only odd rnds are marked on the chart. knit all sts on even rnds.
  3. See Techniques, p. 162, for circular beginnings, sl2tog-k1-p2sso, and St st grafting.