As a companion to my interview about growing and processing cotton in the upcoming Plants are Magic Vol. 3, I actually wrote up a pattern for a little sachet bag made from handspun cotton. Due to time and space constraints, the pattern didn’t make it into the magazine, so I figured I’d release it here on my blog.
This pattern has not been test knit or tech edited so if you find a mistake or something isn’t clear, please let me know!
Cotton Sachet Bag
Needles: Double Pointed US 1 (2.25 mm)
Yarn: Handspun lace weight cotton (3 colors, 1 skein each)
* Brown: 21 yards (20m) + extra for embroidery
* Green: 11 yards (10m) + extra for embroidery
* White: 7 yards (7m) + extra for embroidery
Gauge: 34 sts, 52 rows = 4” (~10 cm) Gauge is not terribly important for this project, but know that different gauges may require more or less yarn.
Notions: Stitch marker, small yarn needle, scissors
Bag (knit in the round)
Using green yarn and Judy’s Magic Cast On, cast on 45 stitches.
Round 1: Knit 1, place marker, knit to the end of round distributing stitches as desired between 3 needles (I divided mine 11, 11, 23)
Round 2-8: Knit 1, slip marker, knit to the end of round
Cut green yarn, join brown yarn.
Round 9-42: Knit 1, slip marker, knit to end of round
Round 43 (Drawstring eyelet row): Knit 3, *yarn over, knit 2 together, knit 2* repeat between * * until the last two stitches, knit 2 (you should end up with 10 holes)
Round 44-46: Knit 1, slip marker, knit to the end of round
Cut brown yarn, join green yarn
Round 47-52: Knit 1, slip marker, knit to the end of round
Picot Bind Off:
Cast on two stitches, bind off (cast off) four stitches, place that last stitch back on the left hand needle. Repeat until all stitches have been bound off.
Weave in ends.
I Cord Drawstring
Using white yarn, cast on 3 stitches on a double pointed needle.
Knit 1 row
Instead of flipping work to knit the next row, slide the three stitches to the other end of the needle making sure to keep the yarn in back of the work.
Knit another row.
Repeat until i cord is 12” or desired length.
Cut yarn and thread it through the three stitches, remove them from the needle and pull tail tight.
Weave in ends.
Use remaining yarn to embroider whatever design you desire on your bag. Thread the i-cord through the eyelet row. Fill your bag with small treasures, lavender blossoms, or anything else you want and enjoy!
That’s it! I hope you enjoy the little pattern. If you end up making one, let me know how it goes! And if you share pictures on Instagram, be sure to tag me @expnumber1 so I can see them.
Copyright Jennifer Dennis 2018
This pattern is intended for personal use only. The content may not be reproduced in other patterns or shared on other platforms without the author’s approval. Thank you.