Norwegian Mail Bag by Mary C. Gildersleeve

Norwegian Mail Bag

August 2008
Sport (12 wpi) ?
26 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette St
US 3 - 3.25 mm
1090 yards (997 m)
One Size
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Yarn Symbol: Fine (2)

Level of Experience: Intermediate

Finished Measurements:

  • Width: 12.5” (25” around)
  • Length: 12.5”
  • Flap: 7.5” x 3”
  • Strap: 40” x 1.25” or desired length


  • Dale of Norway Dalegarn HEILO (1.75oz/50g, 109yds/100m, 100% Norwegian Wool): 4 skeins #9155 Dark Olive Green (MC), 3 skeins #0083 Charcoal Black (CC1), 3 skeins #0017 Natural Cream (CC2)
  • Size 3 (3.25mm) 24” (61cm) circular & dpns or size needed to obtain correct gauge
  • Stitch markers
  • One 1” shank-button of coordinating color
  • One piece of stiff cardboard approx 4.25” x 10.25” for base of bag

Designer Note: This bag is made “upside down.” The CO edge is the top of the bag and the base of the bag is the mitered BO. The flap and strap are knit on after the bag is finished. The strap has a running stitch on either side as both a design element and to help keep the strap from stretching. Note - on charts where you’ve done a CC1 knit rnd, where the chart then shows a black bar on white, purl on the RS with CC1.