Perfectly plump with folds and dimples galore, our fun new Dumpling Bag, designed by Jeannie Lee, is a bite-size knit that’s an elegant twist on the simple knot bag.
Jeannie designed this bag as a bottom-up knit, starting with a provisional cast on. You knit the body in the round, then work the straps off live stitches. You graft the ends of the straps to the body with Kitchener Stitch and finish by closing the bottom with our old friend, Kitchener, again.
And you need? One skein of our beautiful Blackbird Linen! A light worsted weight, this 6-ply 100% French linen is a super hard-working yarn. It makes a strong and sturdy bag with a lovely drape and subtle shine.
Rustic and elegant at the same time, Blackbird Linen comes in seventeen gorgeous colors, including these dumpling neutrals!
Designed for Purl Soho by Jeannie Lee. Based in California, Jeannie designs, knits, crochets, and, most of all, shares her joy of crafting with others! Her garments, accessories, and housewares bring simple pleasures to life with innovation and whimsy!
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- 1 skein of Purl Soho’s Blackbird Linen, 100% linen. Each skein is 175 yards/ 100 grams; approximately 165 yards required. We used the colors Queen Anne’s Lace, Silver Thistle, and Natural Flax.
- US 5 (3.75mm), 16-inch circular needles
- Scrap yarn and crochet hook for Provisional Cast-On
- Stitch markers, including one unique
- Stitch holders or scrap yarn
20 stitches and 27 rounds = 4 inches in stockinette stitch
- Finished Circumference: 20 inches
- Drop Length of Long Handle: 6 inches
- Drop Length of Short Handle: 4 inches
You will start this bag with a Provisional Cast On, then work the Body in the round, from bottom up. You’ll then work the Straps separately, attaching them to the Body using Kitchener Stitch. You will finish by grafting the bottom closed, again, using Kitchener Stitch.
PROVISIONAL CAST ON
For assistance, including how to join in the round, remove the cast on, and put live stitches back onto needles, please visit our Provisional Cast-On: One-Step Method tutorial, or watch our video above!
With scrap yarn, use a Provisional Cast-On (see Notes), to cast on 100 stitches.
With main yarn and leaving a 2-yard tail . . .
Set-Up Row: Knit to end of cast-on stitches.
Place a unique stitch marker for end of round and join for working in the round, being careful not to twist the stitches.
Round 1: Knit to end of round.
Repeat Round 1 until piece measures 7¾ inches from cast-on edge.
Do not cut yarn.
Set-Up Round: K16, bind off 18 stitches, k31, place previous 32 stitches onto stitch holder or scrap yarn, bind off 18 stitches, k15, place previous 16 stitches onto stitch holder or scrap yarn and remove end-of-round marker. [16 stitches remain for First Strap]
Work First Strap
NOTE: In this section you will work the Strap flat, turning the work at the end of each row.
Row 1 (right side): K1, slip 1 with yarn in front (wyif), k12, slip 1 wyif, k1.
Row 2 (wrong side): Slip 1 wyif, knit 1, slip 1 wyif, p10, slip 1 wyif, k1, slip 1 wyif.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 thirty-nine more times or until Strap measures approximately 12 inches, ending with Row 2.
Cut yarn, leaving a 15-inch tail.
With right side facing you, slip 16 on-hold stitches onto other end of needles.
Holding needles parallel with tips pointing to right and working stitches on front needle, use 15-inch tail and Kitchener Stitch to graft Strap and Body stitches together.
Work Second Strap
Orient bag so First Strap is on the right and 32 on-hold stitches are on the left. Slip first 16 on-hold stitches onto needles. [16 stitches remain on hold]
With right side facing you, join yarn and work Rows 1 and 2 twenty-seven times or until Strap measures approximately 8 inches, ending with Row 2.
Cut yarn, leaving a 15-inch tail.
Slip remaining 16 on-hold stitches onto other end of needles.
Holding needles parallel with tips pointing to right and working stitches on front needle, use 15-inch tail and Kitchener Stitch to graft Strap and Body stitches together as for First Strap.
Carefully unravel Provisional Cast-On and slip live stitches onto circular needles, 50 stitches per needle.
Now choose to seam the bottom with either Kitchener Stitch or a 3-Needle Bind-Off . . .
Graft bottom of bag closed using 2-yard tail and Kitchener Stitch.
Turn bag inside out so wrong sides are facing out, and with a spare needle, bind off all stitches using a 3-Needle Bind Off.
Weave in ends, wet block, and lay flat to dry.