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Scrunchie Bag
Knit in Party Ribbon

Designed and  knit  by Terry L. Ross for Crystal Palace Yarns

This bag is deceptively simple to knit and even more fun to carry – and exceptionally roomy. A long rectangle is folded lengthwise and then scrunched onto handles and secured with I-cord that is woven through knit-in eyelets.

The unique handle style is simply a new twist on an old handle . . . well, not exactly a twist, more of a “flip it upside down and use it that way” kind of thing. You never know what you’ll come up with when you think about using traditional things in non-traditional ways.

4 - 50 gram balls of Crystal Palace Yarn Party in #403 Fall Herbs (Color A)
3 - 50 gram balls of Crystal Palace Yarn Party in #212 Apricot Cream (Color B)
1 CPY Bamboo or DAISY US Size 10 (6.0 mm) 26" or 29" Circular Needle
1 set of US Size 10 (6.0 mm) CPY Bamboo or DAISY Double Pointed needles
2 stitch markers
Row counter, or some other method of counting rows
Tapestry needle
1 pair of closed-U shaped purse handles (This pair measured 12" around the curve only of the U. Instructions for adapting to a different size handle will be given below.)

K Knit, P Purl
M1 Make one stitch
SSK Slip slip knit
K2tog Knit 2 together

Kfb Knit into the front and then the back of the same st
BO Bind off, CO Cast on
RS Right side, WS Wrong side, PM Place Marker, PU Pick Up
st(s) stitch(es)

18" tall x 36" long before folding

Using one strand of Color A, cast on 80 sts. PM after the first 11 sts and before the last 11 sts to mark the areas where eyelets will be worked for securing the bag to the handles. The rectangle will be worked in garter st.

Eyelet Row: K3, YO, K2tog, K4, YO, K2tog, slip marker, K to the next marker and then K2tog, YO, K4, K2tog, YO, K3. All rows will be K in garter st, except for Eyelet Rows which will follow the Eyelet Row st pattern. Work the Eyelet Rows and the Striping Sequence according to the following chart:
Row 5: Eyelet Row
Row 25: Eyelet Row
Row 45: Eyelet Row
Row 49: Change to Color B
Row 65: Eyelet Row
Row 81: Change to Color A
Row 85: Eyelet Row
Row 105: Eyelet Row
Row 125: Eyelet Row
Row 129: Change to Color B
Row 145: Eyelet Row
Row 161: Change to Color A
Row 165: Eyelet Row
Row 185: Eyelet Row
Row 205: Eyelet Row
K three more rows. After working Row 208, bind off all sts.

I-cord Drawstrings:
Work I-cord on 5 sts to a length of 18" and then work a fringed bind off as follows:
K1, *CO 12, turn and BO 13* until all five sts have been bound off and 5 fringe cords have been made. Cut the yarn and pull the tail through the last loop, using the tail to tighten any sts, if necessary. Make 4 cords, then sew them to the bound off edge, RS facing, so that they are centered and will fall across the 2 inner eyelets on each end. These will be used to weave in and out of the eyelets and meet in the middle of the bag to scrunch the bag around the handle.

Fold the rectangle in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, and seam 6" of each end from the bottom fold toward the opening. Leave the rest of the ends opened for ease in accessing purse contents. Fold the eyelet edges over the handle toward the inside and secure by weaving each of the 4 I-cords so that they both emerge from the center set of eyelets. Since there are 11 sets of eyelets, the 6th set will be the center set. Start the weaving by going in from outside to inside on the first set, the out the second, in the third, and so on, coming out the 6th, and vice versa from 11 to 6 on the other end. Do the same on the other side. Cinch the top of the bag and tie to secure.

How to adapt the pattern to fit a different size handle:
The pattern is written to fit a 12" handle surface, and would still work for up to 16".
The length of the rectangle is calculated on a 3 to 1 ratio. So, to cover 12" of handle surface, 36" is knitted and then gathered. If you choose a handle that has more than 16" of surface to cover, I recommend that you K the length of the rectangle to 3 times 18", or 54". Additional eyelet rows would be needed as well, every 20 rows, and the striping sequence would need to be adjusted as well, either by adding more rows to the five stripes outlined, or by adding more stripes to the sequence.

Designed and  knit  by Terry L. Ross for Crystal Palace Yarns

Pattern Copyright 2006 Crystal Palace Yarns/Straw Into Gold, Inc. - We are happy to share this pattern with knitters. The pattern may be used for non-commercial personal or knitting guild use. It is not to be used in any publication in print nor should it be reproduced in electronic/digital format without permission. Knitting shops carrying CPY Yarns Party Ribbon are welcome to print and share this pattern with customers of our yarns.

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Crystal Palace Yarns, 160 23rd St., Richmond, CA 94804
phone: 510-237-9988, fax: 510-237-9809

Last revision of this page July 18, 2006

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